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#2851 of 2954 Highlander Navigation on Ebay!
Jul 26, 2009 (8:09 pm)
When I bought my Highlander in late 2007, I didn't order the navigation system. I'm not really sure what I was thinking, mostly about the price I guess. Afterward I regretted it and went to Toyota to try to buy one. They wanted to charge me $1400 for an aftermarket system that didn't even fit right in the console. They were going to have to frame it out with plastic and put flaps to cover the two big radio knobs. It was ugly!
Anyway, almost two years later, I bought one on Ebay. It is the factory Nav system from Toyota. Exactly like what you would get off the assembly line. It was under $1000 including shipping. My husband and brother-in-law installed it today in about four hours...they said it would be easier the next time (I of course hope there isn't a next time.)
If you are one of those who didn't buy a Nav system when you bought your vehicle, and didn't want to buy an aftermarket one because of the way it looks in the console, there is HOPE!. The guy I bought it from has the Ebay name "cantulla". I'm sure others are for sale on Ebay, but I can recommend this guy. Here is the link to the one I bought. He doesn't have any others posted right now, but I'm sure you can ask him and he'll probably list one for you.
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:I- - T&item=300330770834
#2852 of 2954 Re: Highlander Navigation on Ebay! [caitrocks75]
Jul 27, 2009 (4:03 am)
YOU may be sorry that you bought the TOYOTA Nav. I bought 2008 Highlander Limited and my sales guy + dealership "talked me OUT" of buying the Toyota model for one simple reason. The upgrades to the maps are VERY expensive and features of the Toyota model are far more inferior to the latest Tom-Tom or Garmin brands. Plus, the Tom-Tom and/or Garmin upgrades to the maps are MUCH cheaper and much more user friendly. I bought the model you can use as hand-held, use in another vehicle, or out on the boat. Like it a lot and very user friendly.
So, for what YOU paid, be READY to spend some money when it comes time to UPGRADE your maps on the TOYOTA model. I am NOT sorry that I did NOT buy the Toyota model.
Be aware of tearing apart your dash and voiding any warranty features as well.
#2853 of 2954 Re: Highlander Navigation on Ebay! [damifinomike]
Jul 27, 2009 (8:43 am)
Well I have had my 2008 Highlander with navigation for about 1 1/2 years now, and both my wife and son have the Tom Tom portable units. I can say after trying all of them quite a bit, I am still very happy with my built in Toyota unit. Yes, it is not perfect and does have some limitations and drawbacks, but for me, it works very well. As for updates, I have not ordered any yet, and feel no need to do so anytime soon.
The main drawback for me with the portable units is the mounting. There is no good place to mount it other than the windshield and it is very distractring and annoying at times. I also like the integration of mine and the bluetooth unit. Maybe not for everyone, but not everyone is going to like the Tom Tom either.
#2854 of 2954 08 Toyota Highlander Navigation Color Key
Oct 21, 2009 (8:30 am)
I am looking for my boss to find a color key for the navigation system on the Highlander - for example when driving green is displayed for parks & golf courses, blue for beaches and water areas - what is pink, red, yellow/beige and other colors?
#2856 of 2954 2008 Highlander Limited - sound at low speed
Dec 08, 2009 (12:22 pm)
I have a 2008 Highlander Limited, at 18k miles. I have been hearing a sound for the past a few months often at low speed, when I just start the car and pulling out of drive way or park the car. Now I think of it, I hear the sound when I am driving the car in Reverse Gear. It sounds like the sound is from the suspension or brake (sound more like snap of a spring). It's a short and one-time sound, yet I am curious whether anyone else has the same experience and whether I should have it checked out by the dealer.
The car drives well and fine otherwise.
#2857 of 2954 Re: 2008 Highlander Limited - sound at low speed [jilin74]
Dec 08, 2009 (2:25 pm)
I now have about 26,000 miles on mine, and have not experienced a noise like that...in fact, I have had virtually no problems at all with mine...great car! Probably wouldn't be a bad idea to have the dealer look and listen to it to make sure.
#2858 of 2954 Re: 2008 Highlander Limited - sound at low speed [jilin74]
Dec 08, 2009 (2:49 pm)
Sounds as if what you're hearing might be dueto the "backlash" in the brake pad mounting. The pad is free to move just a tiny bit when you change from forward braking to rear braking.
Most common when you park overnight having pulling straight forward into your garage and then brake to stop. During the night the pad will "seal" ("stickion") to the rotor and now in the morning when you back out of the garage and/or apply the brakes in reverse, you will hear a sound as the pad "snaps" loose and moves backward/forward about 0.050".
#2859 of 2954 Re: 2008 Highlander Limited - sound at low speed [wwest]
Dec 10, 2009 (7:30 am)
That makes sense.
Thanks a lot for the info.
#2860 of 2954 2009-2010 Toyota Highlander Radio Problems
Dec 11, 2009 (2:56 pm)
I live in New England and recently purchased a 2010 Toyota Highlander base Model V6 4WD I am having reception problems with the FM Band. I have approached Toyoyta Regional and they claim it is a design flaw and offer -0- for fixes or corrections.
I asking the region of Toyota Owners for some feedback. What do you think and have had similar problems?