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#292 of 315 2006 2wd Highlander Transmission Leak cont.
Jun 16, 2012 (7:51 am)
I mentioned both dealerships in my letter to Toyota which included their paperwork quote for repair work. How else would I support my case that the initial dealership was damaging the reputation of Toyota as well as trying to take advantage of a customer.
I don't believe the second dealership that provided me an accurate description of the problem (the mechanic showed me the cracked gasket and seeping transmission fluid around the gasket seal) as well as providing the correct quote for repairs will be punished by Toyota.
I suspect Toyota is more interested in the dealerships meeting their sales quota then responding to my letter. In fact I would be very surprised if Toyota took this matter seriously.
But I learned a valuable lesson on trusting my instincts, saving money on a unnecessary repair job and identifying a dishonest dealership.
#293 of 315 Re: 2006 2wd Highlander Transmission Leak cont. [sevenseas]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Jun 16, 2012 (8:30 am)
Probably wouldn't have mattered anyway, since Toyota can pull your service records from your VIN if they care. I'd want to give the "competent" dealer props too.
In fact, you can compliment them in our Dealer Ratings and Reviews section.
#294 of 315 Re: 2006 2wd Highlander Transmission Leak [sevenseas]
Jul 01, 2012 (10:59 am)
I bought my 2006 2wd Highlander 1/06/06 and 9,500 miles later it needed a new transmission.. it was shifting erratically, no leaks . Whatever the reasons it would seem that Highlanders have transmission issues just not enough for SB's or recalls...
#295 of 315 Re: 2006 2wd Highlander Transmission Leak [izzo233]
Jul 02, 2012 (3:42 am)
Looking at low number of posts in this thread since 2006 we can safely assume that transmission problem is not a widespread issue requiring a recall.
#296 of 315 Re: 2006 Highlander has transmission oil leaking [gawarfco]
Sep 24, 2012 (7:06 am)
I noticed this a few oil changes ago,a very small oil leak coming out of casing seal on driver side tranny,it has red sealant in that very spot where someone tried to repair,I was able to get a few torqe flats on the bolts that can be reached,I will monitor but this is a very small drops more annoying than anything.I agree just keep an eye on level don't add unless you take some out ,replace a quart or so to replentish additives,if there aren't tranny issues don't give dealer a chance to screw somwthing else up!These trannies are very touchy,I have the hesitation also but I can live with it for fear of more issues.I also had to have two rear windows reclamped for like 700$,that was not covered under ext warrenty ,the window just fell in the door,I later found bodyshops repair these for like 100$ ,nice Toyota. This is my last Toyota,I will buy American if there are any left.
#297 of 315 2007 Toyota Highlander Transmission Problem
Nov 10, 2012 (6:51 am)
My son and daughter-in-law have a 2007 Toyota Highlander with over 100,000 miles. About 6 months ago it developed a leak in the transmission/transfer case area. They took it to a reputable transmission shop and the technician replaced a couple seals in transfer case. Last month a noise started coming from the transmission area almost like metal on metal. This was in forward and reverse. The sound was kind of like the noise you get when a brake is hanging up. They hauled the car back to the transmission shop and yesterday the technician said the transfer case was shot. He said when he removed the plug he was able to feel metal shavings inside the case. He is now saying it will be about $2000 to replace the transfer case if he gets a used one. Any suggestions/comments/ideas appreciated. Thanks in advance.
#298 of 315 Re: 2007 Toyota Highlander Transmission Problem [shooter5743]
Nov 10, 2012 (9:52 am)
have you ever changed transfer case and differential oil?
#299 of 315 Re: 2007 Toyota Highlander Transmission Problem [luckyseven]
Nov 10, 2012 (7:13 pm)
I believe it was only changed when the seals were replaced. Right after my son got the car back after the seals were replaced he said he could smell burnt fluid. The technician said it was the residue burning off. My son said the tech told him there are two reservoirs for fluid but you can only check one. It now has me wondering if the tech forgot to put fluid back in one of the reservoirs. After the tech said the transfer case was shot I asked if the work he did before on the seals could have anything to do with it and he said it didn't. The reason we took it in the first time was to fix the leak. Now the transfer case needs replaced. How tough a job is it to replace? We have replaced transmissions on older cars before but not on newer ones.
#300 of 315 Re: 2007 Toyota Highlander Transmission Problem [shooter5743]
Nov 12, 2012 (12:54 pm)
Hard to tell now but sounds like your mechanic botched your transfer case. I don't know if there a way to prove it. Besides the leak you transmission/transfer case were fine before the repair. Transmission replacement is not an easy DIY project but anything is doable as long as you have the skills and equipment.
#301 of 315 Re: Highlander transmission noise, vibration [ldickerson]
Dec 16, 2012 (6:53 am)
Any update on cause? My 2007 highlander on cold start is fine while in park. Once placed in gear, there is a rattle (sounds like chain rattle) while cold, but disappears when warm.