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#243 of 337 Re: 2007 Highlander Hybrid Dies - Rotating Errors [stevegold]
Jan 20, 2012 (11:58 pm)
I have a 2006 model. We received the recall notice in June stating that the inverter would need replaced once they had enough parts to do a full recall. Sure enough the car died last night. The dealer says that although the VIN matches the recall, the serial number on the inverter is not within the recall. Was advised to call Toyota and was referred to case management team. Waiting for a call back. Dealer said replacement cost is $9,000! Toyota needs to replace this for us! This is my first toyota and may be my last.
#244 of 337 Re: 2007 HHylander Limited V6 Loaded [hanknum]
Jan 21, 2012 (12:40 am)
Would love to know what happened!?
#245 of 337 '12 HiHy stalling; anyone else with this problem?
Jan 23, 2012 (1:07 am)
Our 2012 HiHy has stalled 3 times at stop lights. Brought it in today, awaiting diagnostics; anyone else have this happen recently? We only have 16k miles on it, and otherwise has been a fantastic vehicle...
#247 of 337 Toyota opened a case, but....
Jan 25, 2012 (6:59 am)
Of course, our car didn't stall out at the dealership, so they wanted us to take it home. I asked for the manager, who then got involved, but all the data had been lost from the stall on Sunday, so they are keeping for one more day, then want me to bring it in asap when it stalls again - aarghhh!! Go news is that they started a case with Toyota. They said I am the only one to report a newer model with the same problem that has been reported here, so would love to hear from anyone else who might have had this. BTW, I meant 2011, not 12; just seems way too new to have a problem like this!! Thanks for any info...
#248 of 337 similar problem
Feb 03, 2012 (5:02 pm)
Thursday, on my way back to the office, I had to swerve to avoid someone coming into my road thinking he really didn't have to stop at the stop sign. I slammed on the brake. My car's dash lit up and I couldn't move the car at all. There I was in the middle of a two lane road. Once I was towed to the dealership, they said the brake accuator was stuck open, continuously sending brake fluid into the wheels. Thursday night I did some research online and found on the NTSB website that the inverter had been recalled and that the customer letters were supposed to be sent out beginning 1/5/12. I hadn't gotten a letter. I mentioned this to the asst. service manager assisting me and she said that she was going to mention this. Well, the accuator costs over $1700 and with labor the cost will be just over $2000. The inverter is being replaced at Toyot's cost because of the recall. I asked if the inverter problem was related to the accuator because there was a note on my estimate saying the problem was also electrical, and they said no, that the two were unrelated. Anyone know about this? I was given the regional rep. number for my area (NC). Thanks!
Feb 14, 2012 (1:01 am)
I've been considering buying a used Highlander Hybrid with the intention of getting a low mileage unit, save a few bucks off new, and keeping it for the long haul. I have a young son, and another one on the way. Wife will stop working for Maternity leave, and with a single income, I can't afford to have something like what's been described in these posts happen to me. I live in Calgary, Alberta, so it gets cold here, which probably makes it even harder on Hybrids. (I'm guessing)
After reading what many of you people have gone through, (and I feel very bad for many of you) I'm definitely going to have to stay away from these Highlander Hybrids. I usually do all my own tooling, but if I have to replace a $10,000 part, it won't matter how much of the labor I do on my own. I won't be able to afford the parts. BTW, I have an 07 Tundra, and an 09 Matrix, and both have been very reliable. Tundra is awful on gas even with the 4.7, but their reliability has been great. Its a shame the Highlander Hybrids have these problems. I appreciate people taking the time to post about their problems. Thank you all for probably saving me some money and time!
#250 of 337 Re: Glad I read this [gawdfather]
Feb 14, 2012 (8:37 pm)
Consumer Reports reliability ratings find that the Highlander Hybrid is also very reliable. There are going to be some failures on any car. Some of the whining on this site is from people who have run their cars very hard (exceeding 100k miles in less than 3 years), and find a large repair after the warranty has run out.
I live in North Dakota, very cold winters. My 2008 HiHy has been very reliable in the cold.
#251 of 337 Re: Glad I read this [gawdfather]
Feb 16, 2012 (7:06 am)
We have a 2006 Highlander Hybrid Limited since new and it has been nothing but reliable and fantastic in the Canadian winter. There have been a couple of recalls but to address potential problems, which have not surfaced with our car. We calculated that the premium we paid in 2006 for the hybrid system vs the V6 4WD model has been paid off by the gas we saved. From this point on, any savings in gas will be a gain. The cost of the replacement HV battery is also coming down so it is looking very good. Having said all these things, we are still waiting for Toyota to call us in for the inverter replacement, they are probably dealing with the dead inverters first then the "recalled" customers like us.
#252 of 337 Re: Glad I read this [eh2k6]
Feb 16, 2012 (10:06 am)
The 2006 recall is to replace an inexpensive, faulty circuit board before some poorly soldered components come loose and cause very expensive inverter damage and possibly create a dangerous failure while driving. The recall information is available by VIN number for 2006 and 2007 HH's.
My HH is not on the list which I guess is good. We have not had the problem.
This is something you should check. The people who had the problem had to pay $10,000-15,000 to have it towed and repaired. They eventually got a full or partial refund if they had not sold or junked the car.