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Toyota Prius, Honda Fit Hybrid, Ford Escape Hybrid, Honda Hybrid, Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid, Toyota Highlander Hybrid, Hybrid Cars, Coupe, Hatchback, Truck
Jan 13, 2010 (3:05 pm)
I just bought a used 06 Highlander Hybrid. I keep getting less than 20 mpg.s. Is something wrong? What can I do? This just doesn't seem right?
#138 of 186 Re: MPG? [bob49855]
Jan 13, 2010 (6:03 pm)
2wd or 4wd??? www.fueleconomy.gov lists actual mileage results at from 21 to 30.
The original window sticker had been rated at 33City/28Hwy. The "adjusted" window sticker now reads 28City/25hwy.
What are you getting? Do you let the car "warm up" in the morning? Do you do a lot of city traffic "driving"? With lots of stops and starts? Do you drive faster than 60mph?
#139 of 186 Re: MPG? [bob49855]
Jan 15, 2010 (11:59 pm)
Our 2006 2WD still gets around 26 mpg on average. When it's used just for short trips and hasn't warmed up much, it's more like 24. But when it's used for longer drives, we get closer to 28. We have 82K miles on ours.
#140 of 186 Re: Hybrid Vehicles Maintenance and Repair [gagrice]
Jan 20, 2010 (9:32 am)
Toyota is overcharging people. I put a regular 12 volt battery, that was small enough to fit. I had to change the battery connectors, or terminals to a regular size, to fit on the batt. post.Bought everything at Wall Mart.
#141 of 186 Re: Hybrid Vehicles Maintenance and Repair [gagrice]
Jan 20, 2010 (9:57 am)
YOUR KIDDING! $300!! For a teeny tiny ( motorcycle-sized ) battery like that? I say B.S.
At most it is an "AGM" ( Absorption Glass Mat ) battery. It's a CAR, not a SPACE SHUTTLE!!! It powers the electronic control units. I'll bet SOMEONE makes a good battery for a whole lot less. $300? Does that include diagnosis and replacement labor? And disposal too?
#142 of 186 Re: Toyota Highlander '08 Hybrid Battery Problems [partygal]
Feb 07, 2010 (9:58 pm)
Hi I leased an 08 highlander Hybrid in Dec 07 and have the same problems. I do a lot of short trips and will stop to unload. If i leave the trunk open or put hazard lights on or have any other accessory on, i cant restart the car without a jumpstart. I keep finding new ways to flatten the battery on this piece of junk!! I have been to my dealer at least 4 times and each time they tell me the battery is fine. I have 9 months left on my lease and cant wait to get a reliable car.
#143 of 186 Re: MPG? [bob49855]
Jul 12, 2010 (9:12 am)
I am considering buying a 06/07 HH with around 60k miles. 4x2. I had an 02 4cyl 4x2 model and consistently received 25 MPG. I loved it. I am looking to buy another Highlander and was toying with the idea of a hybrid. Never had one before and was a little concerned about maintenance, and if its really worth the extra $$ to buy, vs.just getting another 4 cyl. Some of the options I like are hard to find on 4 cyl, (sunroof, pwr seats, alloys). Can anyone share their experience with their HH as far as hybrid specific repairs past 50k mile range. Any special maintenance? Aside from the batteries which I thought are warrantied until 100,000 miles, is there anything else that could go wrong with the hybrid system that would cost an arm and a leg? If the electrical motor went out, or electronics, etc.
#144 of 186 10k miles for an oil change?
Aug 20, 2010 (2:10 pm)
I took my 2010 Prius to the dealer for its first oil change because I just hit 5k miles. The book says to change the oil at 5k miles but the dealer is saying 10k because of the 0w 20. Is that right or is the dealer trying to not pay for the oil changes he promised?
#145 of 186 Re: 10k miles for an oil change? [mp4]
Aug 20, 2010 (2:26 pm)
!0K mi for 0w-20 equipped engines. Some "early" '10s were not filled with 0w-20, so they get the 5K mi oil change interval instead. Make certain you have the correct maintenance manual. Didn't the salesman tell you? HA!
#146 of 186 Re: MPG? [easternguy2]
by Mr_Shiftright HOST
Aug 20, 2010 (3:29 pm)
Well, once out of warranty, just about any modern car, hybrid or not, is going to cost a good deal of $$$ to fix if a major component fails---so be it Benz or Buick, Civic or Suburban, if you blow out a transmission after warranty, for instance, you're in the hole for thousands of bucks. The only disadvantage of repairing a high mileage hybrid is that you're pretty much stuck with taking it to the dealer, as very few independent shops overhaul hybrid power systems.
Hybrid technology has proven itself to be just as reliable as any modern powertrain. If you are concerned, get yourself an extended warranty that specifically cover these electronics, would be my advice.