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#2198 of 2954 Re: 2009 Highlander design changes? [nimrod99]
Feb 19, 2008 (9:53 am)
All I can say is a big HURRRMMPH,
While the 3rd row is not that big a deal for me the 2nd row jump seat is. I can't believe that Toyota chose this way to go. The 2nd row jump seat is Mickey Mouse IMnotsoHO.
Anyway my 2004 HL is not getting the trade in I think it should. Sooo I am going to wait to see what Honda does with the diesel engines and if Toyota gets real and offers a 2nd row split bench.
And can we PLEASE get the ebony interior on the HL Limited. What the heck is Toyota thinking.
Also with the news today about Toshiba getting out of the DVD business and studios alreading ditching the DVD format why buy now, if the entertainment system is part of your buying scenario.
My view is wait and see cause automakers always tweak the models.
#2199 of 2954 Re: 2009 Highlander design changes? [mtairyordge]
Feb 19, 2008 (11:23 am)
Toshiba is getting out of the HIGH DEFINITION DVD business (HD-DVD). Not regular DVD's. Nor are studios "ditching" regular DVD's, which will continue to be produced for some years to come.
#2200 of 2954 Re: 2009 Highlander design changes? [nimrod99]
Feb 19, 2008 (1:28 pm)
It will be interesting to see if Toyota does make any of these changes. Of all of them, I think the split third seat makes the most sense and adds the most versatility. I think the second row configuration works great, but my family needs are different than yours. Which is the point....most cars end up being some kind of compromise to each of our ideals...someone else earlier was complaining about the interior door handles being too close to the window buttons.....another complained about the location of the gas release lever. All those items to me are total non-issues, but they were a hot button for someone........so, again, it will be interesting to see what Toyota does for 2009!
#2201 of 2954 Re: New Highlander vibration [thardgrave]
Feb 19, 2008 (5:41 pm)
Hey, do you think you could tell the name and location of the dealer who helped you with your bluetooth sound problem? My dealer thinks I am making it up.
#2202 of 2954 2008 Highlander Hybrid Milage
Feb 20, 2008 (2:16 pm)
I have new Highlander Hybrid Limited. After 550 miles it is only getting 22 mpg. Any one else doing this bad.
I love the car otherwise. Nav, bluetooth, XM all work great.
#2203 of 2954 Re: 2008 Highlander Hybrid Milage [sepco]
Feb 20, 2008 (2:57 pm)
There's a breakin period of about 5000-10000 miles. After that the vehicle should be operating at its optimum.
There is the well-known well-documented 'winter effect' on fuel economy. My post from the Hybrid Camry forum ...kdhspyder, "Toyota Camry Hybrid MPG-Real World Numbers" #314, 16 Dec 2006 3:20 pm
Your personal situation also has a big effect. This is especially true if you use it for short trips.
#2204 of 2954 Re: 2008 Highlander Hybrid Milage [kdhspyder]
Feb 20, 2008 (4:15 pm)
Thanks for the reply. I'll wait for the 5 to 10k for improvement.
#2205 of 2954 Re: Bluetooth improvement
Feb 20, 2008 (11:15 pm)
Sorry your dealer is apparently unaware......I bought my car from Toyota of Escondido, and am sure you can Google them and get the phone number. My sales person was named Sean Roeder, so would ask for him. He talked through the process while I was on the phone in my car.....took all of 10 minutes!! It involves going to one of the screens, clicking on one of the icons, then touching the upper then lower section of the screen alternately about 3 times. It then opened up a special screen that controls some of the Bluetooth functions....I believe there were two different buttons that you could change settings on....think mine were both set to the lowest setting, and then changed both to about mid level setting.....like going from #1 to #3 or 4..........he said not to go any higher. What it improved was the quality and volume of the sound that whomever you are calling receives. I have made a point of asking several people that I call frequently about the sound quality now, and they have all said it was considerably better. Some were complaining about weak and somewhat broken up sound before, and that was with a good signal strength. This salesman also said that specific cell phones seem to vary on how well they work, as do different providers. I have a Motorola Razr phone and Cingular/ATT service.
I use the Bluetooth quite a bit now and really like it...seems to recognize pretty well the different voice recognition names I have programmed in and the sound in the car is just great...especially when both the wife and I are in the car and talking to one of our grandchildren! Good luck, and let me know how it turns out.
#2206 of 2954 Re: 2008 Highlander Hybrid Milage [sepco]
Feb 20, 2008 (11:40 pm)
I do not have a Hybrid, but do have a 2008 Highlander, and have read a lot of articles and tests on both. First of all, I think it depends a lot on what type of driving you are doing.....mostly city,mix of city and hiway, mostly hiway. People with regular Highlanders doing mostly city stop and go, and hitting the gas pedal can get 15 mpg or so. My car with a fairly even mix of freeway and some city averages consistently about 18.5, and I drive it fairly easy. For that kind of driving I have read to expect about 4-5 mpg better with the Hybrid........no more. With freeway driving, the difference is even less....maybe only 1-2 mpg. That kind of points up the sentiment on buying one, and most articles seem to say you will never pay for the cost difference on mileage improvement, even though it is somewhat better. In any event, you should see some improvement with more miles.....good luck!!
#2207 of 2954 Re: Disabling factory alarm [moline]
Feb 21, 2008 (1:40 pm)
Did you figure this out? My alarm on a 2008 Highlander is doing the same thing and the delaer tells me there's nothing wrong!! I'm sure my neighbors would disagree with them. I had to disconnect the battery last night to get it to stop. Would love some advice if you have some...