Last post on Nov 13, 2011 at 11:20 AM
You are in the Toyota Highlander Hybrid
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Toyota Highlander Hybrid, Hybrid Cars, SUV
#4017 of 4026 Re: block heater [poodlgal]
Sep 03, 2007 (8:11 am)
So, you'd like to be paying 24/7 for power coming out of the wall plug vs the minor cost level extra fuel burned in the very few minutes/miles it take to warm the engine coolant to the same level as the block heater.
Don't most block heaters only keep the engine coolant above ~40F...??
Back in the sixties and seventies block heaters seemed to be fairly common in MT and AK where wintertime temperatures get so low that ATF and power stearing fluids become SLUSH.
They had to be plugged in, generally, 24/7 since no one could predict when the vehicle would next be used/needed.
Reminds me of being in Fairbanks in the wintertime and going to a movie with all the vehicles setting around on nearby streets and parking lots, unoccupied, but with the engine idling.
#4018 of 4026 Re: block heater [wwest]
Dec 05, 2007 (7:15 pm)
"So, you'd like to be paying 24/7 for power coming out of the wall plug vs the minor cost level extra fuel burned in the very few minutes/miles it take to warm the engine coolant to the same level as the block heater."
A)You can use a timer to limit your electric use; and B)The extra fuel used is actually more expensive (both in $ and environmentally) than the electricity.
"Don't most block heaters only keep the engine coolant above ~40F...??"
When it is -30F, that is significant. However, I don't believe it is simple as that. The block heater is just a resistance heater that is either on (plugged in) or off, depending on the car/truck they are designed to fit , they have different watt ratings. I am fairly sure they also have a thermal overload protection feature. That means that if it is a large engine with a small block heater and it is really cold (say -40F), the engine will only be warmed slightly. If the block heater is larger, or the engine smaller, the engine will be warmer.
(I live in North Dakota and spent 7 1/2 years in Alaska, including 3 years in Barrow. Our car there had a block heater, oil pan heater, transmission oil pan heater, battery blanket and trickle charger for the battery.)
#4019 of 4026 Deperately needed feature
May 10, 2008 (12:32 pm)
I have a 2007, maybe they fixed this in 2008? You can't use the Nav system to locate an address or gas station while you're rolling. I understand the need to pay attention to driving, but the pasenger should be able to do it! If the airbag switch is on, indicating there is an adult passenger, you should be able to use the Nav system. It is SO freaking dangerous to stop on some 70 MPH roads with a narrow shoulder and tractor trailers flying by you, but Toyota needlessly forces you into this dangerous situation thinking they're keeping you safe. All the nanny bureaucrats don't work for the government.
#4020 of 4026 Re: Deperately needed feature [t_mooney]
May 10, 2008 (8:31 pm)
And you can't simply take the next exit and THEN check the Nav...??
#4021 of 4026 Trip Distance Display
May 11, 2008 (11:55 am)
A simple question...maybe. Im the owner of a 2008 HiHy Limited Edition, no nav, no DVD. Almost everything works great, conservative gas mileage estimate of about 28 mpg, highway and city. Here's the question: when I re-set the MF display to O, I get a reading of MPG down to the decimal point, which is great, but the distance reading is in whole numbers only -- no decimal. So I can't measure distances accurately (i.e. to give directions to my house I might say "It's 2.7 miles from town, etc.) Is this bogus, or did I not read the manual correctly? Help, this minor glitch really irks me.
#4022 of 4026 2009? Too early for changes?
May 31, 2008 (4:02 am)
Good morning. I'm just wondering if anyone has read anything about the proposed changes to the 2009 model year Hybrid Highlander and could list them up?
Thanks in advance....
#4023 of 4026 Re: Trip Distance Display [lizcnyc]
Jun 04, 2008 (1:55 pm)
If you check the math, you will see that the tenths of a mile on distance do not make any significant change in the answer.
#4024 of 4026 Re: Trip Distance Display [lizcnyc]
Jul 19, 2008 (12:47 pm)
If you want to read the distance (in decimal), you can use the trip odometer A or B. Just press the bottom to change to trip A or B then press and hold for few second to reset.
I hope that will help you.
#4025 of 4026 Re: Changes I'd Like To See in the Toyota Highlander Hybrid [ktmcg]
Nov 12, 2011 (5:17 am)
I can't believe this state of the art techno hybrid was sold with a tape deck!!!
What's anyone suppose to do with a tape deck???
#4026 of 4026 Re: Changes I'd Like To See in the Toyota Highlander Hybrid [joeboxervr6]
Nov 13, 2011 (11:20 am)
That's hilarious. A couple of weeks ago as we were doing some housecleaning, I told my wife we should just pitch all of our old tapes since I can't remember the last time we used one.