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#319 of 337 Re: 2008 Highlander hybrid [ytallent]
Jul 02, 2013 (9:29 am)
My 2006 THH was under the recall. I took it to the dealer and they fixed "whatever it was". When I had the problem with the inverter and mentioned the recall the dealer said it was some other piece not related to the $10k problem. I got $1500 from Toyota, $600 from the dealer (I call it keep quiet money) repaired the car and so far it has been running fine. Toyota had to send an "expert" because none of the mechanics at the dealer knew how to replace the inverter. I contacted a lawyer and he said that the guarantee was over, so no recourse. After having 3 toyotas in my lifetime now I want out and far away.
#322 of 337 2008 Highlander Hybrid
Jul 27, 2013 (10:16 pm)
Well my 2008 HH was running fine with no problems until one morning 2 weeks ago. I was 20 minutes into a drive made a turn, hit the gas pedal and the dash board lit up and all power is gone! I managed to coast into the left turn lane to get out of traffic on a 6 lane road. After an hour of trying to restart the car made a call to get towed. I did not take the car to Toyota but to an independent shop. They diagnosed the problem as the inverter and quoted $4500 to repair. I decided to see what I could get from Toyota since the issue was the same as the recalled 06 and 07. I had the car towed to the Toyota dealership I bought it from and they diagnosed the same thing claiming that they had not heard of this happening but to 1 or 2 other HH. I managed to get Toyota to agree to pick up half the 9800 total bill. I had 126000 miles on the car and for me that meant that I still had another 75000 miles that I got out of my Honda's before this Toyota. I decided to let them fix it for someone else as my wife insisted that I not drive that car again since this could have happened on the highway that is under construction with no way to get out of traffic. I let them have the car as a trade in an bought a used Honda CR-V with way less miles. So I'm back to a car company that does stand behind their cars. I will report the HH to the NHTSA to help the rest of you that will probably see this problem going forward. GOOD LUCK to you and thanks for this post to help me see what was going on with my former HH.
#324 of 337 Re: Highlander 2006, stalled on highway with msg vsf [prat]
Aug 22, 2013 (5:27 am)
My story is the same as so many others, but I am still posting here just in case there is better news regarding Toyota stepping up to do the right thing. My Toyota 2007 Highlander Hybred was doing just fine. I had 238,000 miles (often 200 miles a day ) when the warning lights went on and I coasted to the side of the road. Towed to dealer and spent $230. troubleshooting the problem. Repair costs $8,700. I'll file a complaint. The dealership called immediately to try to sell me a new car... no chance. Really sorry to hear so many stories of people being hit hard financially. Should be help some where.
#325 of 337 Re: Highlander 2006, stalled on highway with msg vsf [hubbard333]
Aug 22, 2013 (9:48 am)
im sorry to hear about your car, i assume it was a bad inverter? just wondering how much the inverter (if that was the problem) cost and how much the labor cost out of the total $8700 bill.
#326 of 337 2008 THH inverter problems
Aug 30, 2013 (4:50 pm)
Bought a Certified Pre- Owned 2008 THH in 2011 and thankfully I bought the extended warranty from Toyota directly that extends warrant coverage through 2014. Vehicle has ~68K miles on it now. Last month I would see a "Hybrid System Overheated" message mometarily flash on the small screen with a bell tone alert about 2 x wk. Took it it for svc and had them check for it. They charged me $150 for troubleshooting and tech could never replicate it. Said there were no error codes in computer. I was miffed but nothing I could do.
Now it's acting up way more often, maybe 2 x day. Happens when you go from stop to rapid acceleration (throttle 2/3 open) and is easy to reproduce. I took a video of the message and took it in. The Svc Advisor said this time there would be no troubleshooting charge and he would have his Sr. Master Tech work on it.
They took the same video and sent it to Toyota Tech Svcs. TTS made the tech take a "snapshot" of the computer output and send it in. Next day they advised tech to flush and replace inverter coolant at my expense as this was a maintenance item that is usually done at 90K service. I was on the hook for $269. I gave then the ok to proceed Today the tech did the flush and replacement, problem still there. Again he had to take a "snapshot' and send to TTS. Finally TTS are convinced, that its an intermittent inverter failure problem. Inverter has been ordered. The Svc Advisor says its like $14,000 job and he wants it done and off his books. I guess they don't like having expensive parts sitting in inventory. So far Svc Advisor says it's covered under warranty
Will Update when Inverter is replaced. Hopefully the battery has not taken a beating cause that's also $10K+ job.
#328 of 337 Re: 2008 THH inverter problems [cd94539]
Sep 05, 2013 (7:33 am)
As of 9/4/2013, Toyota has agreed to a voluntary recall for exactly this problem so I am hoping all parts and labor will be covered by them and I get my diagnostic fee refunded. The car has been in the shop for 6 working days still waiting for Toyota to ship Inverter parts to the dealership.