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post #16 of 202 Old 09-26-2007, 09:20 PM
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It has enough power and descent towing capacity, but Toyota has a disclaimer that states, "The Highlander Hybrid is not designed to be driven off-road." You may need a 4-wheel drive system that locks in the center for equal distribution of torque (50/50) to the front and back. Remeber your tires play a big role in traction, too. If 4wd is absolutely necessary, then I would consider a 4Runner, although the fuel economy would not be there.


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What about the normal (non Hybrid) Highlander 4wd?
I was reading and I understood it has real 4wd, as apposed to All wheel drive.

I'm not sure I need to lock the differentials, at least I haven't had to yet on my Mazda MPV (generation 1) which can operate in 2wd, 4wd, or differential lock modes.
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What about the normal (non Hybrid) Highlander 4wd?
I was reading and I understood it has real 4wd, as apposed to All wheel drive.

I'm not sure I need to lock the differentials, at least I haven't had to yet on my Mazda MPV (generation 1) which can operate in 2wd, 4wd, or differential lock modes.
the gas highlander still uses an on demand all wheel drive system with no locking center differential

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the gas highlander still uses an on demand all wheel drive system with no locking center differential
Which, based on your prior post appears to be all you would need since your prior truck didn't need the locking diff either. As an FYI, there ARE reports of 4x4 Highland Hybrid's getting stuck in mid-level snow (8 to 12 inches). The FACT is that the Hybrid 4wd system is NOTHING like a traditional 4x4 system. It works OK for "very light" duty snow but will NOT work for sand or deep mud. In fact, you can't even SPIN the wheels INTENTIONALLY on the Hybrid's. You push down on the accelerator and NOTHING happens. It's GOT to be pretty frustrating when it does happen. having said all that I have had success in light (under 6 inches) of fresh snow in the W. Virginia mountains so while it may work for snow, I would not try it in sand.
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Just a question from a non owner.

But I'm considering this for my next vehical.

I need to know if it can pull my boat (17 foot fishing boat) out of the water. The landing I us is all sand and 4wd is necessary. All 4 wheels have to have power to them or I just get stuck.

Is the highlander hybrid up to the task?

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What are you currently using to pull your boat out of the water?

We use our old ass 93 mazda mpv mini van to tow our 17ft boat . The underpowered 3L RWd does the trick. The tires sometimes spin a bit due to being on gravel but it does the job. Im pretty sure a newer highlander is capable (not sure about hybrid though)

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Tow bar set-up? Any particular brand?

With regard to the tow bar set-up: Is there any particular brand that you've liked?

For the '06 HiHy I see several brands out there, to include the Toyota one. I may just buy the $200 tow bar and install it myself.

Anyone comment on the feasibility of doing this?


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Tow Harness - is it DIY ??

New to this forum -- we just purchased a 2008 HiHy ... specifically because of the towing capacity that we needed.

We have a Tow Prep Pkg installed. What I have gleamed so far from this forum (thank you!) is that other than a Class II (3,500) tow Hitch, we are required to purchase/install a Tow Harness Kit. Part # PT21948871 ($120)

So my question is, is this a DIY install? has anyone done it and if so, is it very complicated? does it come with instructions??

Thanks so much ... I look forward to learning and sharing so much on this forum.

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I didi it on my 2007. It is DIY. Instalation is as simple as tightening (quite) a few bolts.

The instructions are more than adequate.

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Thanks for the response. we bouth the Part #, but the box has NO instructions. We're looking at the wire and connectors and have no cluse where to bolt and connect things. does anyone know of some place to download instruction sheets for servicing these things? or do we have to buy a Manual?
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Just wanted to Thank ChicagoAndy for your guidance on this. We were able to install the wiring harness on our HiHy. You were right about the number of bolts/screws needing to be dealt with. It took us around 2 hours to complete. The Convertor box that goes under the driver's side of the dash was quite a pain in the butt to install ... but we did it!

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USA What is the towing specs and qualifications

I am going to put a hitch on my highlander but i want to know what the towing specs are and if i have to add any cooling systems. I usually know all gas cars but this is my first hybrid and i am blank on how much and how i can tow stuff. DOes anyone know?? Do i have to put a cooling system for the transmission, i dont know. thanks
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It's in the manual (3500 lbs.). For other info. go here:

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thanks i could not find it there because i want to put a hitch onit it did not come with one thanks agian
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I purchased an '08 HiHy 2 months ago specifically with an eye on installing a tow hitch just for mountling a bike rack. After purchasing, I was told by two dealers that Toyota does not make a hitch for this vehicle yet. Yes I am surprised since in the documentation it states that it can tow up to about 3000 lbs (vs. 5000 for the standard Highlander).

Cody21, where did you get the parts for your HiHy 08? Any part numbers you can share? Who did you get them from?
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The $tealers just flat out LIE ... or are clueless ... IMHO ..

I went to our local dealer (vs. the place we bought it) after having a 3rd party hitch installed, and the PARTS and SERVICE dept. were shocked that I was told they don't have the part. I don't know the actual part number, but you should call another Service Dept for the information. Another solution is just go to UHAUL ... they have them & install them on these HiHy's ... Do NOT got to CampQuest .... they ended up cutting the facad (sp?) to get it to fit - which is NOT necessary on the few that I've seen properly installed. So either the DEALER or UHAUL seems to be the way to go. Good luck.
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