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  1. 90k Mile Service:

    Highlander 1st Generation (2001-2007)
    Yeah, I know the plugs are good for another 30k, but a set of platinum plugs is cheap, and I'm going to do them while I have it torn apart. As far as the trans fluid goes, I haven't been able to find much in the way of guidance on transmission fluid changes in the hybrid's CVT.
  2. 90k Mile Service:

    Highlander 1st Generation (2001-2007)
    I'm gathering parts for my upcoming 90k miles service on an 06 Highlander Hybrid. I'm going to do the timing belt (with component kit...tensioner, water pump, etc.), PCV valve, oil change, air filter, cabin air filter, spark plugs (while I've got it all torn apart), coolant (while I've got it...
  3. 06 Highlander V6 Timing Belt Change: Special Tools?

    Highlander 1st Generation (2001-2007)
    I've read just about all of the resources I can find on replacing the timing belt as a DIY procedure (including those listed below). There doesn't seem to be agreement on one point: Do I need any "special" tools (e.g. the Toyota camshaft tool or Snap On Equivalent that some reference)? What...
  4. 2010 Highlander Hybrid Accident (Totalled)

    Highlander 2nd Generation (2008-2013)
    Just wanted to drop in and say that my 2010 Hihy was recently totalled. I was driving down a 2 lane road at the posted speed limit (40mph), when an oncoming driver crossed the center line into my lane. I had a choice between a head-on with the oncoming car, or taking the ditch. I chose the...
  5. Highlander hybrid mpg thread

    Highlander 1st Gen - Hybrid (XU20/2005-2007)
    My mileage on my 06 and '10 highlanders drops in the winter, but not to 21. Short trips bring it down disproportionately, because it has to warm up the engine and HSD before it really starts using hybrid mode, which is very much unlike the summer. My '06 drops to 24-25ish, and my '10 drops to...
  6. 2011 Hihy: Disabling ESC?

    Highlander 2nd Gen - Hybrid (XU40/2008-2013)
    I've heard rumors that the 2011 HiHy has a switch that permits the driver to disable the ESC. Can anyone confirm/deny this? Anyone try it yet, and see what it does or how it performs?
  7. 2011 HiHy in Cold Climate?

    Highlander 2nd Gen - Hybrid (XU40/2008-2013)
    I averaged a shade under 29mpg for the first 9,000 miles on my hybrid, in warm weather, in Illinois. (Calc'd by hand). With winter temperatures, my average mileage dropped to high 25s or just under 26.
  8. Planning to Buy 2011 Highlander Hybird

    Highlander 2nd Gen - Hybrid (XU40/2008-2013)
    It does use the electric motor to generate electricity, but it ALSO ENGAGES THE CVT AND USES ENGINE BRAKING TO DECELERATE THE CAR. The reason for this is twofold: 1) it provides more braking than the electric motor can provide; and, 2) it provides engine braking when the batteries are fully...
  9. 2010 HiHy in the Snow...User Report

    Highlander 2nd Gen - Hybrid (XU40/2008-2013)
    Over the past 2 weeks, we've gotten a total of about a foot of snow where I live...so I've had the opportunity to do some significant snow driving, in varying accumulations, both on and off-road. On-road, the most I've encountered is about 4", and it's very flat where I live. The stock Toyo...
  10. Planning to Buy 2011 Highlander Hybird

    Highlander 2nd Gen - Hybrid (XU40/2008-2013)
    Uhh..that's totally wrong. When decelerating, you're definitionally bleeding off energy. You're trading forward speed for something else. Ordinarily, in a non-hybrid vehicle, you're trading forward energy for heat generated by your brakes. In a hybrid, you're trading forward energy for some...
  11. CA - snow chains?

    Highlander 2nd Gen - Hybrid (XU40/2008-2013)
    The CalTrans link says they treat AWD the same as 4wd. It's essentially AWD (only the rear axle is powered by an electric motor instead of a driveshaft). I'd drive it like an AWD. If you get stopped, you can tell the officer to look underneath; he'll see axleshafts powering all 4 wheels...
  12. '08 HiHy 60k battery checkup/maintenance?

    Highlander 1st Gen - Hybrid (XU20/2005-2007)
    Yeah, the dealer is pulling your leg, and trying to squeeze $306 out of you. I'd take a printout of the Toyota website in to him and put him on the spot.
  13. Hella 500s behind grill: Install Pics

    Highlander 2nd Generation (2008-2013)
    And oh yeah...those are the upgraded horns on there, too.
  14. Hella 500s behind grill: Install Pics

    Highlander 2nd Generation (2008-2013)
    On the last few vehicles I've had (Dodge Ram, Toyota Tundra), I've installed a set of Hella 500s behind the grill...usually on the radiator support or a bumper bracket. I've completed the install on my Hihy, and thought you all might be interested. They fit perfectly. Personally, I've put a...
  15. 09 Highlander Fuel Cap

    Highlander 2nd Generation (2008-2013)
    My 2010 Hihy has a button on the dash...lower part, far left side (in front of the driver's left knee).
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