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#3441 of 4026 Totally Dissatisfied
Mar 26, 2007 (8:46 pm)
2006 Highlander Hybrid Ltd. purchased in Nov, 2005. Feb, 2006, the A/C (cooling not fan) quit. Service mgr. informed us that it was the A/C condenser which had apparently been hit by a rock and lost coolant. At that time I looked under the front end and it was very obvious that part of the condenser wasn't sufficiently covered. It was just out there, in the open, waiting to get hit by anything on the road. I finally got the salesman and mgr to agree that Toyota would pay for the fix. The receipt states "These repairs occurred outside the scope of any Toyota customer program, warranty, service campaign or policy adjustment. Since your satisfac" (it ends just like that). March, 2007, same problem but this time Toyota would NOT pay. I insisted that it was a design flaw but was told that Toyota wouldn't fix the problem again and that I could call my insurance company and/or Toyota Customer Service. The new Highlanders have bumpers that extend lower and cover the condenser. I was very mad, left the dealer and traded it off. BTW, I also never got above 24 mpg. Bad feelings about Toyota - would never buy another one.
#3442 of 4026 All is quiet except for wind noise
Apr 14, 2007 (11:33 am)
I purchased a 2007 Highlander Hybrid Limited/FWD w/Nav last week and am quite pleased. Many have mentioned how quiet this car is. I agree that there is very little mechanical and road noise but I have noticed a good deal of wind noise (maybe from the roof rack/cross bars) when traveling over 50mph. Not sure if this is unique to my vehicle but am wondering if others with a limited model have noticed this. One other thing - during the test drive I drove a regular Hybrid but bought the Limited due to the nicer appointments. It seems the Limited is a bit quieter overall than the base Hybrid.
Thanks for any/all comments.
Regards - M. J. McCloskey
#3443 of 4026 Re: All is quiet except for wind noise [mmccloskey]
Apr 15, 2007 (2:51 pm)
Hi, it is very likely that the moonroof is not closing correctly.
When we first picked up ours in August 2005, it was also noisy and the cause was the moonroof not closing correctly because it was never initialized at the dealership. The manual has instructions on how to do this, real easy.
I hope this is the cause of the noisiness. It is an easy fix.
#3444 of 4026 Re: All is quiet except for wind noise [cdptrap]
Apr 15, 2007 (3:40 pm)
Thanks so much for your reply -
I had suspected the Moonroof and ensured it was closed. I even closed the moonroof shade and the wind noise was still evident. As the moonroof is one-touch open/close I would assume it would close properly. I have used the tilt feature a few times and am wondering if it is completely closed - it looks as though it is from the outside. With all this rain/wind in the mid-Atlantic region I sure hope it is closed! Based on your recommendation I referenced the Owner's manual (P. 45) and saw nothing about initializing the moonroof. Maybe I need to contact the dealer about this.
Other than this issue, the vehicle is quite nice overall. I am very impressed with the fit/finish and ride/handling. I had a 2002 Lexus ES300 and this Highlander is on a par with it in that regard. Although the interior is not Lexus Like (better leather and real wood in the Lexus) it is certainly above most other similar vehicles.
Best regards -
M. J. McCloskey
#3445 of 4026 Re: All is quiet except for wind noise [mmccloskey]
Apr 15, 2007 (4:05 pm)
We have owned a 2003 Highlander, and currently have an 05. On the 03, we experienced a wind noise, that was determined to be coming from the front door windows. If you lower the front windows 1/8 on an inch, see if the noise doesn't get much better. If so, I believe tere is a service bulletin that the dealer can perform that will fix this. It seems that when the window is all the way up, it can cause the rubber at the lower part of the glass, where it meets the top of the door panel, to slightly pull away from the glass, allowing road noise to enter the cabin.
#3446 of 4026 Re: All is quiet except for wind noise [mmccloskey]
Apr 15, 2007 (7:31 pm)
If the moonroof is able to operate automatically, then what I said may not apply. Please check with dealer then.
In the 2006 Manual, the "Normalization" (Initialization) process is described on p.46, center column. Just to the left of the yellow caution boxes.
Just last week, our moonroof stopped working and I could not even run the normalization process. It ended up in the dealership and they said, "...the moon roof computer lost its memory..." and they had to "...re-initialize the memory...". Hmmm... but it works now and I am not complaining .
#3447 of 4026 Re: All is quiet except for wind noise [mmccloskey]
Apr 16, 2007 (6:17 am)
It's best to see the mechanic. You could go nuts looking for the wind noise and it is very difficult to track down alone.
You could have a misaligned door seal. The Highlander doesn't have the best ones I've seen.
I do agree with your assessment of the car. I like mine as well.
#3448 of 4026 Georgia Emission Test Flunks Prius probably HH
Apr 16, 2007 (9:25 am)
If you own a hybrid or an HH in Georgia, you probably already know that the HH will "flunk" Georgia's emission test.
There is a CNN video clip on cnn.com (today, 4/16/07) that details how Georgia Emission Tests cannot handle gas-electric hybrids *because* the ICE shuts down. So Georgia tells owners of such vehicles to pay $25 anyway to run the test, fail it and then bring that "failed" report in for "waivers". Wow, speaking of selectively targeting gas-electric owners and making life particular difficult for them.
In an interview with a lady who is reported to be "head" of the Georgia emission effort, she said Georgia has not yet determined that a gas-electric hybrid has cleaner emission. Wow. Looks like getting an HH in Georgia is not as simple as just buying it without rebates.
#3449 of 4026 Re: 2007 HH ltd 4WD w/3rd Row + EVP#2 Pricing? [rnguyen]
Apr 16, 2007 (9:51 am)
Just bought a white one in Denver exactly as you described.
Paid $38,000 plus tax etc.
#3450 of 4026 Re: 2007 HH ltd 4WD w/3rd Row + EVP#2 Pricing? [stevegold]
Apr 16, 2007 (7:28 pm)
a 2007 that price is awesome and the white is gorgeous, you r so lucky, that or the lexus rx are my dream cars....in 4 years if you're under 50,000 miles i bet u could sell it for $28,000. just think,. you're driving the fastest,(except for porsche cayenne) and quietest suv in the world for $2500. a year. can't beat that. i'm saving and hopefully will have one by the summer. isn't air cond. quiet? enjoy. and i'm really happy for you.