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#158 of 337 Re: toyota Highlander Hybrid Milage [davida21_77]
Jun 29, 2011 (7:31 pm)
" I have noticed that the MPG given on that little screen to the right does not match the fuel gauge in the center."
I have a 2008 HiHy. This is the nature of the electronic gas milage function. It is an estimate. Mine is usually overstating gas milage by 1.5 mpg, but every once in a while it understates the mpg. The computer is using an algorithm to estimate milage based on various readings, it does not measure fuel flow directly.
I believe this is true of all such reading, no matter the make and model.
#160 of 337 Re: 2006 AC Compressor Dead, Check hybrid system, check CSV system [irina2]
Jul 05, 2011 (1:49 pm)
My AC on my 2006 Hybrid Highlander just went out... OMG I could not beleive this is almost a $5000 repair... $2558.86 is my wholesale on-line price just for the Compressor. I'm shocked and will never buy another Toyota again. Has anyone had any luck with the after markets ?...I found one on EBay for $190 , made in Texas, with a warranty.
#161 of 337 Re: Finally, a recall!!! [irina2]
Jul 09, 2011 (5:28 am)
Hey guys - thanks for the head's up. We paid for the labor portion of the repairs, but then traded our car in last November. I called Toyota and they had me fax in all of the information - service invoice, proof of payment, and proof of past ownership and they said I should hear something in about 6 weeks. They won't guarantee reimbursement, but we'll see! I'm so happy to see a recall and pray that this issue won't happen to anyone else now.
#162 of 337 HiHy Power inverter recall
Jul 15, 2011 (7:17 am)
1)Many thanks for Karen for alerting me to this recall. I just purchased a high mileage used 2006 HiHY and at my first service they did the electric power steering unit recall which would have cost me around $1600 if not covered. It was covered even though I have 120K miles on the car. I hope this new safety recall for the inverter is will also be covered.
2) Can anyone share with me what real world mileage I can expect with this car? I am only getting around 22MPG with mixed driving and I am driving very deliberately to economize on fuel.
#164 of 337 HiHy inverter failure
Jul 15, 2011 (2:14 pm)
2006 4wd HiHy 81 000 km: It happened yesterday at only 40 kph (canada) in a usually very busy intersection in town: it was as if someone had thrown a big steel bar in the front wheel spokes, it just made the car jerk very hard (without any braking lights in the back of course: nobody was too near my back). I almost hit the front windshield with my head but my belt was well adjusted (no air bags came out as I did not hit anything). I dont want to imagine that situation happening at 90+ kph in a tightturn narrow road (this is the case here) after loosing all stability driving safeguards. I would probably not be here to tell the story today!! After that shock (±3s), it just went into a free wheeling mode (like in neutral) and I had chance to run slowly to the side of the road and clear myself out of the way. The message center said AWD failure, check HYBRID system and check CSV (I think). Almost the full XMAS tree. No way to get back on track. Had the vehicule towed. I am still frightened today. One important note is that the dealer said the present recall for emergency lights in the dash IS NOT the same as an inverter recall (i believe it is a disguised one though). It will probably be covered by canadian 8yr hybrid parts coverage or by a secret TSB. Waiting for the parts to arrive end of next week. Good luck to all as I think people could get really hurt in another situation.
#165 of 337 Re: Hard to sleep last night [myraf]
Jul 16, 2011 (6:27 am)
I have read to this point and am I sad. I recently bought a clean but high milage (120K) 2006 HiVi LTD and although I thought this was a dream come true own such a luxury car as this I am now thinking this may be the beginning of a nightmare. With only less than 1K miles since owning the care pefrorms great for me. For my first service and checkup the dealer called my attention to the Toyota campaign to replace the electric steering gear unit and they did it for free. I am really shocked that Toyota left all these good folks out to dry with the Inverter power control units. If Toyota wanted to actually encourage the development and public acceptance of their Hybrid Synergy Drive technology you would think they would quietly fix these flaws whenever found and the less said the better. The bad word of mouth just may be more devastating than just biting the bullet and making the repairs to the faulty Inverter Controllers. Great to hear on June 29, 2011 Toyota has officially admitted their shame in this matter.
#166 of 337 Re: Hard to sleep last night [kdegru]
Jul 16, 2011 (8:15 am)
You are correct. We have a 2007 HH and I lost some sleep over all the inverter problem reports UNTIL Toyota announced the recall. While it doesn't eliminate the danger, at least they will pay for any repairs so we have been much more relaxed since June. Be sure to get the recall applied as soon as possible. They might give you a hassle over the mileage but probably not.
My daughter in law has a 2006. She hasn't lost any sleep over it.
#167 of 337 Engine problem that looked like inverter
Jul 20, 2011 (6:00 am)
My 2006 HH, 87,000 miles, went from driving perfectly to sounding like a cement mixer with the check engine light flashing. Then the Check CVS System warning came on and a few seconds later started flipping to Check Hybrid System - these warnings flipped back and forth while the check engine light continued to flash. I was seconds from home (and, thankfully, not going very fast) so practically coasted into the driveway. I had it towed to my mechanic who hooked it to the computer -- one of the error messages stated Fuel Low even though the tank was full. They had to finish another car so mine sat. The next day, I started looking for issues with the car and found this forum. The inverter problem sounded exactly like what happened to me -- I phoned NHTSA and got a claim # and was given the # to Toyota national. While waiting to connect to someone there, I found the post stating there is a recall effective June 29. Toyota also gave me a case # and sent the info to the dealer, so I had my car towed to Toyota.
The service guy immediately said it did not have to be the inverter since the check engine light came on.
Yesterday they call to tell me it is not a hybrid problem; it is an engine problem: problem with the short block at the bottom of the engine, engine won't spin, crank shaft is being blocked, & -- get this-- pieces of the engine are OUT OF PLACE. They want me to agree to pay 1100 to start to diagnose and it could cost up to 6K to repair! He suggests I trade it in since it is a five year old car -- heck, I always keep my cars about 10 years!
I flip out and tell them with a 5 year old TOYOTA at 87,000 miles, this should not happen. I call the on-site customer service manager to complain (who I had met the day before). How would engine pieces of a TOYOTA just start breaking off? I call NHTSA and file a complaint. I call Toyota National to complain. I go back in and show the records of the maintenance on the car (like clockwork). The service manager called some "higher up" and they are proceeding this morning by taking off a pan (not that I know what pan) to see why the crank shaft turns one way and stops and turns back and stops, but won't go around. Once they see if they can determine problem, the regional person will be called again.
I again reiterated how ridiculous it is that this is not covered by Toyota and the reason I bought the brand is because the vehicles are supposed to last for well over 100K! (No, I did not have an extended warranty -- too expensive at the time; in hindsight probably something I should have done.)
They are well aware I filed a complaint with NHTSA. I told them if I keep the car, I want the inverter replaced immediately!
Sorry for the length of the post, but if anyone is told pieces of the engine are "out of place" they should contact NHTSA (1-888-327-4236).
I will keep you apprised of what Toyota does -- or does not -- do for me.