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#20 of 40 Totoya Highlander Bluetooth
by rl newbie
Mar 28, 2010 (1:12 pm)
The bluetooth phone capability of my 2009 Highlander is severly lacking in one critical area. I can hear the other person just fine, and I can upload my phone book as well, but when I speak, it sounds like I am far away. Other posters have mentioned this as well, but it does not to seem to be widely understood.
I have had Toyota change the microphone in my vehicle. I have had the Toyota field inspector confirm that my car is performing to his spec. I have tried a half dozen different cell phones. Nothing seems to make a difference - the sound quality of the person speaking in the car is quite poor.
Yesterday, I test drove the Lexus RX SUV for the sole purpose of testing their bluetooth phone. Exact same problem !
I have a 2005 Acura RL with excellent sound quality on the bluetooth phone. Why is it that 4-5 years later, Toyota does not know how to solve this problem?
In general I like the Highlander, but this is an important feature for me. Any ideas on how to remedy this frustrating situation?
Thanks in advance.
#21 of 40 Re: Totoya Highlander Bluetooth [rl newbie]
Apr 05, 2010 (6:39 pm)
I'm so happy that I'm not crazy! I have the same, an '09 Hybrid Ltd Highlander.. love the car, love that the bluetooth "synced" so easily and that I hear the other party so clearly while driving... But, it has driven me nuts that they can't hear me. I'm told that every other word gets lost, and that I'm "far away" sounding. Kinda defeats the purpose, doesn't it..
I've messed with the internal diagnostic sensors (change the mic volume that it "is supposed' to pick up the speaker in the car's voice) to make it less metallic/far away sounding. Yet, it's not really better...
Please post back if you find any fix to help with the other end of the line! My dealership has also said the same thing, "everything is running like it should." So I had thought it was over.. maybe not, eh?
#22 of 40 Toyota Highlander Bluetooth
Apr 13, 2010 (5:05 am)
For the last year we have had a 2009 Highlander Hybrid. While we love the bluetooth our problem has been when leaving messages on someones voicemail. When actually speaking to someone there are no problems but when people try to listen to voicemail messages I have left they tell me that it is so garbled they can't understand it. Kind of like a radio cutting in and out. Only one time has it happened while I was speaking to someone. I have had it to the dealership and they "fine tuned" it and told me it was ok but the problem has continued. On that same visit the salesman told me that it was because my airconditioning was on! I guess that means in the summer I have to turn off my airconditioner! By the way, it happens all winter too. Has anyone else had a problem like this? Love the vehicle otherwise.
#23 of 40 Disappointed in nav
May 13, 2010 (5:10 am)
We bought a 2010 Highlander Limited with nav to replace my wife's RAV4. It has only been 4 days since we've had the vehicle and I am already disappointed in the navigation unit. My $250 Garmin nav is more capable than this unit. The voice command is terrible. By the time we enter a destination or do a POI search we are far from where we need to be. The whole point of getting a navigation unit like this is for convenience. It is not convenient and it is far from safe. As another post mentioned, if you have to pull over on the freeway to enter data into the system, it is far more dangerous than operating the unit while driving. The safety concern argument is very weak. I see at least 50 people a day driving while texting, shaving, putting on make up, eating, reading or worst; dozing off. Give us a break toyota.
I read instruction in another post on how to adjust the bluetooth microphone volume. That did not work for me. I will contact my toyota dealer and keep you posted.
#24 of 40 Re: Disappointed in nav [hawre]
May 13, 2010 (6:22 am)
I guess the logical thing to do would be to enter data for your destination BEFORE beginning your trip, so that entering it while driving doesn't become necessary. Just sayin'...
While I'm a big believer in "stupid is as stupid does," you know some knucklehead is going to sue (and win) when he/she is injured in an accident casued, in part, because they were distracted by entering data into the system while driving. The safety argument is far from weak. If you don't feel the same way, just have Toyota change the functionality to allow data entry while driving and leave your bank account # from which they'll pay claims...
#25 of 40 Re: Disappointed in nav [mdhutton]
May 15, 2010 (11:28 am)
Of course I always enter the destination before leaving. The issue is when I am driving and I need to find a POI. The system takes so long to recognize what I am looking for. For example, last night we were out of town and wanted to stop at a walmart. The voice command could not understand walmart, it was giving me golf courses and many other unwanted location. If we had access to the system while we were driving, my wife who was a passenger, would have been the one using it. Also, last night when we were driving, we saw a teenager tailgating everyone and came close to hitting many cars while she was passing everyone in a hurry. When she finally passed us, she was texting on her cell phone. Is that logical? When you turn on garmin or any other gps navigation system, there is a disclaimer and you have to agree to it, which leaves the manufacturer protected. I don't see too many people suing garmin or tomtom.
#26 of 40 Re: Totoya Highlander Bluetooth [rl newbie]
Jun 12, 2010 (1:02 pm)
I can't answer your question but I have one for you..
I have a 2009 Highlander and have got the BT to receive incoming calls if I want to call out I have to initiate the call with with my Blackberry curve then the BT takes over. I have read the BOOK on installing the phone book but no luck!! Can you help?
#27 of 40 deleting bluetooth phone in 2008 highlander
Dec 18, 2010 (11:03 am)
any ideas about how to delete old bluetooth phones from the 2008 highlander? is there a way to reset bluetooth connections back to factory defaults? i'm having trouble connecting a new blackberry torch and i think the old phones might be the problem. thanks!
#28 of 40 Re: Disappointed in nav [hawre]
Dec 29, 2010 (11:11 pm)
Have you heard of Coastaltech's Lockpick?? It instals by plugging in between the original wiring and the Nav dvd player and allows you to enter destinations while the car is moving. Don't think twice, get it, it works. I had it on my 2005 Lexus RX330, and just bought a 2011 Highlander Hybrid LTD and plan to put one in.
No more blockage and hassles from the "lawyers" at Toyota who don't want you to enter destinations while moving for fear of getting sued. Preposterous when other mfg's have it. Good luck.
#29 of 40 iPhone compatibility
Jan 20, 2011 (4:00 pm)
I was wondering if anyone was able to pair their iPhone 4 with the bluetooth. I noticed that only the 3g version was listed on the Toyota website.
I'm, in fact, planing to get a Verizon iPhone 4 and thinking of getting the Highlander. I have hearing issues and need to use the car's bluetooth. I'm assuming (maybe wrongly) that the At&T version might be similar enough to the Verizon that I can get some idea about compatibility.