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#293 of 337 07 highlander hybrid
Dec 31, 2012 (12:22 am)
I took my car in last week to have the windshield washer receptacle flushed out because something else had been inadvertently put inside it, so they had to disconnect the 12volt battery to get to it..when I drove away from the auto shop my display started to flash "check hybrid system, check vsc, check AWD" alternately. I called the shop the next morning, brought it in, and they said they reset the codes, but next day 10 miles later the same info starts flashing again.
So I begin my research online and see mention of inverters going bad, I wonder if this is what's happening to me, and did removing the 12volt battery trigger it somehow? I replaced the 12volt battery last summer with no issue.
I live on an island in the middle of the gulf of Alaska and there is no dealer here...does this car problem sound familiar to anybody else's?
#294 of 337 Same situation, different day
Jan 23, 2013 (4:36 pm)
Anyone still check this board? My 2006 HH died this Monday 1/21/13. Getting minor avoidance so far from dealership. So far they have asked me to approve $285 in diagnostics and given no diagnosis. Three full business days and they let me know tonight they have contacted 'technical assistance' for my 'unusual' problem and still can't figure it out. I looked on the Internet for ten minutes and feel confident it is probably the inverter. Same exact symptoms and error messages. (Do they really not know or do they plan to jerk me around?) The car stalled in traffic, luckily I was pulling into a parking garage and not on the interstate.
Feeling thankful to have read this thread before beginning any type of discussion with Toyota.
Jan 23, 2013 (5:03 pm)
Would let them know that there is a problem with inverter on 2006 and also electrical system (my problem with coils on 2008). You could contact Toyota and start a case file asking for Toyota to fix problem since this is a known defect. I negotiated fix price with the local dealer after research. I have a problem with paying a diagnostic fee for a known problem.
#296 of 337 Re: Same situation, different day [coffeymom]
Jan 23, 2013 (5:45 pm)
If it is the inverter, 06's are covered on the recall, they should fix it for free, dispute the charge they gave you.. Good luck
#297 of 337 Re: Same situation, different day [coffeymom]
Jan 23, 2013 (6:26 pm)
Yes, be sure to use this info! Our dealer really didn't know what to do so it was best to contact Toyota and get a case manager. Request that they send a tech that knows hybrids. Be persistent, patient, and good luck
Feb 27, 2013 (7:42 am)
I took my Highlander hybrid in to the deal, and it turns out that a small drip needs a new radiator. Since I have the Hybrid they tell me I have to go with a new Toyota Radiator. I have dealt with the inverter when my car died on me while I was driving, so scary. I just feel like Toyota has control over my car since it is a Hybrid. The quote was $1200 but they seems so high for the radiator, anyone have any input.
Thanks in advance.
#299 of 337 Thinking of buying a 2006 Highlander Hybrid - 97K miles
Mar 09, 2013 (11:46 am)
Hi - I've been thinking of buying a HH but after reading these forums I'm not so sure. I see many of the HHs were fixed via recalls, are these now safe?
#300 of 337 HH are terrible, especially 2006-7
Mar 09, 2013 (9:52 pm)
Don't even consider a HH. They stink even when they are working. You can buy mine.
#301 of 337 Re: HH are terrible, especially 2006-7 [stevegold]
Mar 09, 2013 (11:05 pm)
heh - why do they stink?
#302 of 337 Re: Thinking of buying a 2006 Highlander Hybrid - 97K miles [achillezz]
Mar 20, 2013 (5:04 pm)
Think again. I have a 2008 and am waiting for the next electrical breakdown and it is not even close to the mileage on an even more troubled 2006 you are considering. If you want to be stuck in an unsafe vehicle whose battery may be the next thing to go . . .