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Toyota Highlander Hybrid, Heating / Cooling, Interior, SUV
#21 of 40 Re: Hybrid Highlander - problem with heated seats [susannahmp]
Dec 14, 2007 (9:29 pm)
Sorry to bother you folks:
From Calgary, Alberta Canada:
Have 06 Highlander, with same heated seats activation problems as described here. (very long, sometimes never to activate, just barely starts to activate, then cuts out and cycle repeats) Nothing like any heated seats I have ever seen (including previous SIenna)
Has anyone found a resolution to this? Would your dealer (who solved it) help by passing to our dealer?
We are being bounced back and forth from Dealer to Toyota Canada who assert this is "normal"!
Since delivery (now over 1 year) have had over 35 contacts with Dealers/Toyota Canda. (This is ridiculous!)
#22 of 40 Re: Hybrid Highlander - problem with heated seats [kencal]
Dec 14, 2007 (9:39 pm)
It's frustrating isn't it!?!
I've come to terms that this is just a poor design. This time of year, I keep them on all the time and every 20 minutes or so--if my trip is that long--I get some toasty seats.
Luckily, I live in the relatively mild Puget Sound Area. I feel for you in Calgary!
Toyota Corporate was MISERABLE with this case and finally just dropped it. I don't know if its an open or closed case. This summer they never called me back (didn't need the seats this summer).
The guy at my new dealership said that they do suck and this is just how they work. Terrible, I know. But, since I don't expect them to work, when they come on, it's a nice surprise.
Isn't that terrible?
#23 of 40 Re: Hybrid Highlander - problem with heated seats [susannahmp]
Dec 14, 2007 (10:09 pm)
Frustrating - no kidding!
Really appreciate your response post, sincerely.
While I would agree its a poor design (or poor choice of parts, some heating pads are identical to that [useless], There appear to be owners of Highlanders whose seats work as you would expect. (and our Sienna they were fine).
I'm not sure I am prepared to leave this as is.
I am absolutley shocked at Toyota corp. terrible response.
If by some miracle you find out something, please post it.
I certainly will.
can anyone out there reading this pass along a solution?
Are you reading this: someone at Toyota Corp?
Thanks again to susannamp
#24 of 40 Re: Hybrid Highlander - problem with heated seats [kencal]
Dec 14, 2007 (10:41 pm)
Well, post here if you ever resolve it--I'll follow up!
It just caused me SOOO much stress for months, I wasn't able to enjoy my new totally cool hybrid SUV!
#25 of 40 Re: Hybrid Highlander - problem with heated seats [susannahmp]
Dec 15, 2007 (8:52 am)
You don't suppose they went to a lower wattage seat heater, along with LED bulbs and HID headlights, in order to conserve hybrid FUEL...
And they may have licensed Ford's patented technique that results in less regenerative braking capability duirng the winter months, as a SAFETY matter, thereby requiring them to make extra/additional fuel conservation measures.
Now I understand why our Prius has cloth seats.
#26 of 40 Coin Holder for Ashtray
Dec 18, 2007 (7:44 pm)
Just bought a 07 HH, does anyone know if there are inserts available for the ashtray to convert it to a coin holder?
Thanks in advance.
#27 of 40 Re: Coin Holder for Ashtray [lechatcoco]
Dec 19, 2007 (3:18 pm)
#28 of 40 2006 Highlander Sport
Jan 17, 2008 (9:54 am)
Any issues or recommendation on resolution on having the windows down & severe reverberation while driving above 35 mph ?
#29 of 40 Re: 2006 Highlander Sport [bradleyt]
Jan 17, 2008 (11:28 am)
I've had this happen on most cars.
#30 of 40 Re: 2006 Highlander Sport [bradleyt]
by pf_flyer HOST
Jan 17, 2008 (12:23 pm)
Most every car seems to do this now. The last one of mine that I can recall not doing it was my 1966 Chrysler Newport.
Perhaps it's because that car wasn't as aerodynamic as newer cars and the airflow across the rear windows not as smooth.
The entire effect is much like blowing across the top of a sode bottle and creating a tone. only in this case teh "bottle" is the interior of the car and the opening is the window. The frequency of the vibration is so low you feel it more than hear it.