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#98 of 111 Inverter problem - recall
Jul 25, 2011 (6:10 am)
With 2006 and 2007 Highlander Hybrids, a recall just came out from Toyota. It was issued 6/29/11.
I thought the reason my car stopped working, from one of the other discussion forums, that it was the inverter problem. Unfortunately, with my car the engine has fallen apart. Toyota does not know the cause, but parts of the engine got loose and damaged other things. HOW could that happen? I have a 2006 with 87,000 miles. Toyota does not know what happened. Of course, though, they expect me to pay for part of the repairs since it is over warranty (60.000 miles) and I did not have an extended warranty. Right now, we are looking at a new short block.
I filed a complaint with NHTSA and called Toyota national customer care. I am not letting this go; they need to fix it and people need to know of this potential engine problem.
#99 of 111 Recall on 2006/07 Highlander inverter
Jul 27, 2011 (4:38 am)
We just received the notice on our 2006 Highlander Hybrid concerning the inverter issue. Our hybrid currently has 92k on it and I've been using it to tow my brenderup horse trailer for over 2 years. This was why we bought this car in the first place.
Upon reading the additional information on this recall, Toyota suggestions you not tow anything until the problem is fixed. Mind you, this is just the "preliminary" notice; the "second" letter will not come out until January 2012.
So, we're not suppose to tow for the next how many months? I have 3-4 horse shows just this summer, one this week, and now I'm not suppose to use my hybrid??
I called my dealer—they can't help me. I called Toyota Customer service—they listen and said they can't help and pointed me back to the dealer. Said to try and get the dealer to do the repair now since I have a Gold extended warranty. The dealers don't even have the part yet. What a mess.
We can't be the only ones with this issue. I bought this car for towing as I didn't want to purchase a truck. My trailer is a European design and will never put more than 165lbs on the tongue fully loaded.
We've owned Toyota's since 1984; one for 19 years. I'm beginning to wonder about my loyalty to this company.
#100 of 111 Re: Humidity/moisture leads to electrical problem [gabs1]
Mar 05, 2012 (12:35 pm)
i had a similar issue while driving from NC we had no gps, radio control or climate control via lcd dispay unit. Display would say "external a/c connection problem" Dealer said that display may be shorting out, but they needed to replace unit under drivers seat first. $900. + Still not working, when pushing the audio button on the display it says the audio system is off. I can still use the knobs on radio itself ,but cant see what station or which cds are being played. Not sure what to do.
#101 of 111 New poster with concerns about my 06 Hi Hy
Apr 16, 2012 (6:27 am)
Having read many of these posts , I have questions. I bought my 06 Hi Hy new in June, 2005. Have had almost no problems , and have 94,000 miles . The safety recall work on the inverter was done this past Feb just before a trip. I held my breath, but all was fine. I do not tow with it , and live in Mich. I do have the 100,00 warranty. My questions : Does anyone know if I can relax now that the resister has been replaced in the IPM/inverter? Also, if it does fail , am I likely to get it repaired at no cost? I was planning to hand the car over to my wife , and get another new Hi Hy , but now wonder about both thoughts. My vin is 60005527.
#102 of 111 Re: New poster with concerns about my 06 Hi Hy [bchihy]
Apr 16, 2012 (8:05 am)
hey bchihy: we have about the same car, year and date bought. We just went out of warrenty 100k, yipee. My wife is the main driver of the car, and I get to drive it on long trips (9hours), I love this car. We did have to replace the small battery inside the engine compartment, the car died when it went under voltage and I will replace it again at exactly the five year mark. Other than that, no problems.
Question for you though, put your foot hard on the brake and hold it down, then turn the key to start the car, keep holding your foot down hard for lets say one minute , just sitting there....what if any noise does the abs pump make? When the weather is cold, 30ish, mine makes a strange noise, took it to the dealer and made it happen again, found another 06 on the lot and it did it also, we all surmised it was an 06 thing....
#103 of 111 Re: New poster with concerns about my 06 Hi Hy [wolfcal]
Apr 16, 2012 (8:32 am)
Hi Ya Wolfcal ; Will try that . Won't get the chance for a day or so. Sounds like you may plan to keep the car??? We did tires at 50k and the timing belt at 75k or so, and that is it. Hate to trade it in and get so little. I also am curious about the new hybrids, trouble wise.
#104 of 111 Re: New poster with concerns about my 06 Hi Hy [wolfcal]
Apr 19, 2012 (12:59 pm)
Wolfcal ; I did try for the pump noise ; nothing. Maybe it is too warm now. It seems we got a couple of the best cars they made in 06. Wonder what the percentages are of good to bad??
#105 of 111 Re: New poster with concerns about my 06 Hi Hy [bchihy]
Apr 20, 2012 (6:01 pm)
gotta tell ya. you know how big and heavy this car is right, well i just love the power and so did the calif. hwy patrol....seems I was pulling 97mph uphill when they got me, locked in radar at 87mph and wrote me a ticket for 75mph in a 65mph..it pays to talk nicely:> I almost said "damn this thing can move", when he told me how fast I was going. have hit 105 before I got nervous on a different trip up to oregon, in the flat lands of nowhere between calif and oregon. and it was smmmmmooooooth...
#106 of 111 Re: New poster with concerns about my 06 Hi Hy [wolfcal]
Apr 27, 2012 (4:41 am)
Plenty of punch; shocks some people. I am still on the fence about keeping it for my wife. Some of the problems that others have had are holding me up. I still need to get a feel about the reliability AFTER the recall repair. Have had no problems with the car.
#107 of 111 Re: New poster with concerns about my 06 Hi Hy [bchihy]
Apr 27, 2012 (7:02 am)
fyi: had my recall done in january 2012, no problems ..
this car is now over 100k.
we live in the mountains of california.
4 seasons, winter snow, down to 20's.
commute to work is short 10 miles up and down the hill.
all long drives we use this car, 3hr-5hr trips, and 4 times a year 9hours to bend oregon.
may make a difference if sitting in commute city traffic or long hauls consistently, don't know.
it is my wife's car and I haven't had to worry or don't.
p.s. don't remember , you did replace the small battery inside the engine compartment. That was my only issue and scare with this car. I will replace before 5 year life span also. When it goes , the car shuts down.