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#2876 of 2952 accelerator sticking
Jan 26, 2010 (4:47 pm)
I'm a bit nervous about this recall of accelerator problems. There are so many cars being recalled and I just heard that they are halting sales on some Toyota vehicles. I know the 2010 Highlanders are being recalled. Are they sure 2008's aren't involved? It just scares me. I know the 2008 was the new design. What was changed on 2010 from 2008 that might be causing this? Anybody else nervous? Have you heard anything about 2008 acc. sticking?
#2877 of 2952 Re: accelerator sticking [findme]
Jan 26, 2010 (6:01 pm)
The 2010 Highlanders are not only recalled, but Toyota suspended selling them late this afternoon (1-26-2010.) According to the story on MSNBC.COM, the list includes:
I have an '08 HL LTD 4x4 and have had no accelerator issues either with the factory carpet mats or the WeatherTech ones I use in the winter.
#2878 of 2952 Re: accelerator sticking [findme]
Jan 26, 2010 (7:17 pm)
I also have a 2008 Limited and am a little concerned with the whole issue. I think those of us who already have the car (and I love mine...I wouldn't get rid of it for anything right now!) just need to remember the common sense advice if this ever happens in any car......immediately put the car in neutral and use the brakes...that's it, that is all you have to do. Do not turn the engine off, and don't just try and stand on the brakes. This happened to one man with a Camry, and he was able to drive it all the way to the dealer this way without any damage.
#2879 of 2952 Re: accelerator sticking [thardgrave]
Jan 26, 2010 (10:05 pm)
I have had Toyotas for the last 20 years driving them well past 100K miles. I can't say that I have had any issues other than the problems I created. I still feel confident about Toyotas and am glad to see that they are taking responsibility to do the right thing.
#2880 of 2952 Highlander recall + gas mileage
Jan 27, 2010 (6:16 am)
I too am a bit concern about this recall. I have Highlander Limited '08. I bought it used with 25,000 miles on it. I use the cruise control as much as possible. Couple of times I was switching lanes and had to brake. When I pushed the cruise control back on, the car seemed to accelarate unusually fast. I jumped on the brakes and was able to slow the car down and disingage the cruise control, but it got me scared. Have anybody else experienced this?
The other issue I have is the current mileage I am getting. I used to get pretty good mileage before putting new tires on. At 45,000 miles I needed new tires as they were severely worn down. After the new tires were put on, the gas mileage went down significantly. Is this normal? Do I use more gas just because it's winter time? My driving routine has not changed. Thanks for any feedback.
#2881 of 2952 Re: Highlander recall + gas mileage [krb1]
Jan 27, 2010 (8:31 am)
Normal action for cruise control. Putting the cruise control back on resume will usually cause car to accelerate fast, if you don't like it, manually press on gas pedal till proper speed is reached and then resume cruise control.
Yes, winter driving will always use more gas because of engine warmup and cooldown. The new tires may also have more rolling resistance than the older tires, but check to make sure tires are at proper pressure, the new tires may have not been properly inflated and one cannot use visual means to check the pressure.
#2882 of 2952 Re: Highlander recall + gas mileage [krb1]
Jan 27, 2010 (9:07 am)
In regards to mileage, I also believe that "winter" gas is a different formula, and that may also partly explain the lower mileage. I also talked to a friend at work, whose brother works for a Toyota dealership in San Diego area, and he said the reason the 2010 Highlander is on the list, and the 2008 and 2009 are not, is that they went to a completely new and differenct "drive by wire" circuit for the accelerator, and that is likely the culprit.
#2883 of 2952 Re: Highlander recall + gas mileage [typesix]
Jan 27, 2010 (1:23 pm)
Thank you for the input, typesix. I did not make myself probably too clear in my previous message regarding the cruise control. Most of the time it works fine - "just right", but couple of times it just seemed different from the typical performance. It speeded up unusually fast - to the point that I was afraid that I will not be able to slow down or stop and hit the car ahead of me. I used to drive 4Runner before(2002 model). I put 120,000 miles on and never experienced that problem.
#2884 of 2952 Toyota Owners
by KarenS HOST
Jan 27, 2010 (2:00 pm)
If you are a Toyota owner and interested in sharing your reaction to the recall with reporters, send an email stating the vehicle you own, your telephone number, and the best time you can be reached.
Send to: karenedmunds.com
#2885 of 2952 Re: Highlander recall + gas mileage [thardgrave]
Jan 27, 2010 (8:30 pm)
Thanks for sharing the info of why the 08 and 09 are not on the recall list (thardgrave). I'm hoping that this drive by wire is the culprit and they will be able to fix all cars involved. I don't want my HL involved in the recall, but I want to be sure it's not going to develop a problem later. I have a daughter who will be driving in less than a year and I want to be sure I can trust the safety for her, too.
I do love my HL sport! It has 25,000 miles. We purchased it new and we have been very pleased with it. I have not had any problems.