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#90 of 337 Wish I had read this before my recent purchase
Feb 09, 2011 (5:54 pm)
I just recently purchased a 2006 Toyota Highlander Hybrid and was doing some research after the fact. I wish I had done this before my purchase. Anyway I noticed the post on the VIN break and wondered, since my VIN begin 6002**** does that mean I have the new inverter? If so does that mean maybe this won't happen to me? Luckily a retired person previously owned my Highlander so I was able to purchase it with only 21,000 miles so hopefully the inverter is covered for at least the next 3 years or 79,000 miles.
#91 of 337 Turned in my 06 Hybrid
Feb 09, 2011 (6:15 pm)
Decided to turn in the car after I got the inverter fixed. To my surprise, Lexus offered me $18,000 on my trade-in. I only had 40,000 miles to date. I suspect that because I live in Hawaii, the inverter issue hasn't come up a lot here. Happy with my decision. I didn't want to take a chance and keep it for another couple of years and have the value tank when the hybrid warranty runs out.
#92 of 337 Re: Wish I had read this before my recent purchase [j_kwallace]
Feb 10, 2011 (12:04 am)
coverage on your hybrid is in your manual,it's covered by the federal govt( 8 yrs or 100,000,)please if you have the slightest problems demand your dealer does a systems diagnostic check,these toyota dealers do a deny and delay tactic,just keep on insisting,and about your vin break,not necessary,that vin break was in 2006,march third,but in2008,dec 16( and i have a copy of the toyota tech service bulletin(i can fax you both copies if you like,there was another vinn break,that production break is jteew4#a#82015709,good luck,now some in greenhybrids.com came up with a great idea,he said since these hybrid inverter parts arewarrantied for 100,000 miles,he said to drain the hybrid transmission fluid out ,leave it empty,drive the car around till the inverter burns out,then fill the fluid back up ,then go to your dealer and get a new inverter under warranty,now i 'am ashamed of myself that i didn't think of that,hey i know it's dishonest but so is toyota with there customer service and repairs,and always ask for the old parts back to make sure your's is replaced with a new part and not a used one they get out of a salvage car,i don't trust anyone that's with toyota,and make sure you get the new inverta,not the defective one.good luck,i wouldn't have bought a hybrid if i would have known they only lasted just over 100,000miles and then needed ten's of thousands of dollars of parts.
#93 of 337 Re: Turned in my 06 Hybrid [napagoer]
Feb 10, 2011 (12:07 am)
good decision ,you'll be way a head of the game later on,smart smart
#95 of 337 Re: Wish I had read this before my recent purchase [myraf]
Feb 10, 2011 (8:22 am)
did you get my fax's,if you post your private email we can converse privately,mine is posted so if you want to email me without going thru edmunds ,you can they restrict what you can say.i also secured on go daddy the site toyotalemons.com i would love to do a web site with all of our stories on these toy hi hyb ,and do a youtube,video exposing these defects on inverter's so unsuspecting consumers like yourself will be aware of the problems,what do you think,i'am just not that computer savy
#99 of 337 Re: Wish I had read this before my recent purchase [myraf]
Feb 10, 2011 (2:32 pm)
I got your fax just before they deleted my message with my phone number.
Give me a day or so to locate the original TSB and I'll post it on this site.