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#883 of 4026 Wiring harness missing?
Jun 30, 2005 (11:59 am)
We picked up our 2006 Highlander Hybrid Limited 4WD yesterday.
We want to add a trailer hitch to the car, but there is NO sign of any wiring harness. The owner's manual (page 334) says it should be there, and I confirmed it with Toyota's customer service people.
Short of removing things that we really don't want to touch, we looked around very thoroughly (even removed the spare tire) and there does not seem to be any sign of it. I'm wondering if it was left off accidentally when it was made.
If anyone else already has their Hybrid, have you looked under the rear of the car for the wiring harness? I'd appreciate it if you could take a look and let me know if you see it. Thanks!
#884 of 4026 Re: Wiring harness missing? [chgohhltd]
Jun 30, 2005 (12:38 pm)
The manual suggests it is stored in the body panel on the right side. I could not find any sign of it on my HH. I pulled the tool tray out and found what I think is an amp for the stereo on one side and a mysterious black box on the other.
Are you planning on putting the trailer hitch on yourself? My dealer did not seem interested in installing one and suggested I go to a Uhaul dealer. I don't like the idea of some kid drilling holes when 650 volts are close by.
I will take a closer look tonight and let you know if I find anything on mine.
#885 of 4026 Re: Real Life MPG [toyotaken]
Jun 30, 2005 (1:04 pm)
I'm just wondering what "high price of repair parts" this is referring to?
On the Prius there have been at least two posters that paid $2100 & $2800 for a catalytic convertor. You can buy a cat convertor for a Camry for under $200. That is the kind of gouging those with hybrids are going to face very soon, if not already. Honda is doing the same. A 2003 Civic hybrid owner with a $7000 CVT transmission repair bill.
#886 of 4026 Re: Real Life MPG [gagrice]
Jun 30, 2005 (1:15 pm)
I honestly can't say that I am familiar with ANY prius that I'm aware of having such a repair, but it could be. Is there any difference between that and a $2000 transmission replacement on a conventional vehicle? I guess I'm just not understanding how this is MORE expensive than any other vehicle on the road. Close to, or at this point, over 300,000 Prius's on the road and two repairs to catalytic converters do not indicate a trend to higher ownership costs.
Just my thoughts.
#887 of 4026 HH "asleep" in the garage
Jun 30, 2005 (1:26 pm)
I went out to my garage this am to drive my base model 2WD HH #6960 AF to the Y for my morning swim. Perturbed when the auto-unlock didn't work. Put key in the ignition and NOTHING. DEAD. No lights. No dashboard display NADA. I had not driven the vehicle for 3 days but YIKES! The owner's manual says if you're not driving it for 1-2 WEEKS then it should be started up and charged. Has anyone else had this happen? Is it attributable to break-in period? To be fair, the HH started right up when I jumped it with my 2001 Camry. Kids were quite freaked out when they heard HH wouldn't start (remembering horrible mostly dead-of-winter experiences with our 1994 Voyager) but I told them it "had just gone to sleep and needed to be woken up."
#888 of 4026 Re: Real Life MPG [toyotaken]
Jun 30, 2005 (1:46 pm)
"I honestly can't say that I am familiar with ANY prius that I'm aware of having such a repair, but it could be. Is there any difference between that and a $2000 transmission replacement on a conventional vehicle? I guess I'm just not understanding how this is MORE expensive than any other vehicle on the road."
Well, in my math, $7000 dollars (for a hybrid transmission) is $5000 dollars more than $2000. That is why it is different than a conventional car.
I understand your point about trends and mileage, but the question is how much do repairs cost when they are needed. By the above standards, the HSD would have to last three times as long to be worth the extra $$ for repair.
#889 of 4026 Re: Dealer Allocations [boylan13]
Jun 30, 2005 (1:55 pm)
Thanks Chris for the info and hope you are real happy with your HH. I am still holding out for the base model and the color blue to boot so I may have to wait quite a while. I just wish Toyota would give out for information about how long a wait customers have ahead of them.
#890 of 4026 Re: Real Life MPG [gagrice]
Jun 30, 2005 (2:07 pm)
These repairs should have been covered under the emissions warranty which is longer than the power train warranty.
#891 of 4026 Re: Real Life MPG [mackabee]
Jun 30, 2005 (2:24 pm)
These repairs should have been covered under the emissions warranty
That was my feeling exactly. Toyota got around it some way or another. The problem as I see it is the special parts that are only used in hybrids will be over priced. The longer the warranty the better off you will be.
#892 of 4026 Re: Wiring harness missing? [chgohhltd]
Jun 30, 2005 (4:38 pm)
The owner's manual is incorrect with regards to the harness (it also shows a DVD player which isn't an option on the Hybrid). I suspect they simply rewrote the non-hybrid model's manual and some things just weren't known at press time.
My dealer told me ahead of time the trailer connection wouldn't be there. However, they are installing an after-market hitch and providing a wiring harness.