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#140 of 172 Hood Protector
May 21, 2010 (3:14 pm)
I just installed the Toyota hood protector (PT427-48080) on my 2010 Highlander and was surprised how far away from the hood it sits. At first I thought I must have installed the brackets wrong but they can really only go one way. Standing by the drivers door all the mounting brackets are clearly visible and the bottom lip of the protector is inches away from the hood.
Does anyone else have the hood protector installed? If so is it mounted away from the hood? If someone had a picture that would be great.
#141 of 172 Re: Hood Protector [smitbrad]
May 22, 2010 (8:52 am)
I do not have a hood protector on my 2010 Highlander, but I have seen other 2010s on the road with it and it does sit away from the hood as you described.
So, unless all of you are installing it incorrectly I think you are OK.
#142 of 172 Uncomfortable Seats
Jun 11, 2010 (4:55 pm)
I just purchased a new 2010 Toyota Highlander Limited and already wished I hadn't. I love everything about the car except the drivers seat. It is hard as a rock and my butt and back aches from driving the car. Did I make a 39.000 dollar mistake or is there help out there on this seat?
#143 of 172 Uncomfortable Seats...
Jun 11, 2010 (5:07 pm)
We purchased a Venza first and my wife had terrible back pain (no problem in any other car before and no pre-existing back problems), so we bite the bullet and traded it in on a new Highlander and took the substantial financial hit. Good move since its seats are far better but still inferior to most rental cars that I have experienced. Seats are not Toyota's high points.
On a related subject, I hope you didn't opt for the navigation package as I did. My $200 Garmin beats the pants off of it. Terrible investment but the back up camera is nice, but not worth the cost of the entire nav package.
While there are several good features to our Highlander Limited, it will be my last Toyota.
#144 of 172 Re: Uncomfortable Seats... [bearlover]
Jun 11, 2010 (5:18 pm)
As a matter of fact I did opt for the Nav system. I too have a Garmin which I like but the HL system is far easier to see, the voice is better and it seems to have far more POIs than the Garmin. And the backup camera is superb. The one thing I liked about the Garmin that's not on the HL is the listing of speed limits for each road. That's a big help when there are no posted signs. Or is there a way to display that info on the HL system?
#145 of 172 Re: Uncomfortable Seats [waynenav]
Jun 12, 2010 (11:54 am)
Did you test drive it? I'm not trying to sound like an a**, but I've always taken 45-60 minutes for a drive before buying. If the dealer doesn't like me being gone that long, he doesn't get my business.
#146 of 172 Re: Uncomfortable Seats [waynenav]
Jun 13, 2010 (9:31 am)
Since you have the Limited, I assume you have the seats with the extra options. 1 of those options is a seat extender to give you better thigh support which should improve the comfort if you have not yet used it.
I have had my 2010 Limited since 12-23-09 and it has 6,000 miles on it which includes several 1 1/2 hour trips each way. In addition, I have taken it on an 8 hour trip each way in mid May. This is my opinion only & since you have already formed your opinion, I am not trying to convince you otherwise.
"I" find the Limited seats to be very comfortable.
In fact, 1 of the reasons (there were others) I went with the Limited was because of its better seats & numerous settings that you do not get in the base model.
#147 of 172 Re: Uncomfortable Seats [steven1357]
Jun 13, 2010 (6:20 pm)
I'm inclind to believe you on the seats. They just don't seem to be that comfortable for me. I did try the seat extender which helps with thigh support somewhat. The main problem seems to be my lower back, especially on the left side. I have tried adjusting the lumbar support which doesn't seem to make much difference. I'm confident I can get it straightened out in time but it's frustrating right now.
#148 of 172 Re: Uncomfortable Seats [mdhutton]
Jun 13, 2010 (7:01 pm)
Well, you are right of course. In hundsight I probably should have done a longer test drive, but I did test it twice and the seat seemed fine to me. Granted they were short test drives. However, this is my third Toyota and since all the seats in the previous two were fine I wasn't concerned. I'm sure I'll get it sorted out soon.
#149 of 172 Re: Uncomfortable Seats [waynenav]
Jun 14, 2010 (5:51 pm)
Well, at least the HL has pretty good resale. Maybe he can check out the 11 Explorer when it comes out this fall. I've found that Ford's usually have pretty comfortable seating, but you're right, it's a very individual thing. I've ridden a long distance in a friend's Nissan Murano and it seemed pretty comfortable as well.