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  1. Need help 2001 Avalon/Techstream program new door remote

    Avalon 2nd Generation (2000-2004)
    When I got this Avalon I was able to add a new key and one remote but not a second remote. I suspect it may have had the limit of remotes programmed ( I heard 5) over the years. Now the one remote doesn't work. Can Techstream be used to remove old remotes (not keys) and program new remotes...
  2. Wash/Wax

    Highlander 3rd Generation (2014-2019)
    BTW Before polish/wax I also wash with Dawn to get road grease off the car but then use a quality car wash. I also use a clay bar at least when the car is new but mine was problem free and no crud. The top surfaces like the hood will tell you how bad it needs a clay bar routine. That's real...
  3. Too much rust?

    Highlander 2nd Generation (2008-2013)
    First I have to commend you for looking under the car! Good job. Other than move I don't know how you can escape rusty cars in NY, OH, MI etc. Expect some rust on the body in the future since it is almost 7 years old. Rustproofing helps a lot but the salt and wet winters takes it's toll...
  4. 3M film versus hood deflector

    Highlander 3rd Generation (2014-2019)
    Look at Xpel or Suntek Ultra before 3M. Last I checked 3M wasn't favored by a lot of dealers. I had the grille, mirrors, door cups, hood (about 12 inches) and leading fender edges done with Xpel for about $450. Find a shop that does expensive cars and you will probably also then find better...
  5. New Study.... Distracted Older Drivers

    General Discussion
    To me the key is making the drivers controls user friendly and placed in a position that makes sense. Ergonomics. That applies for all ages but becomes even more important to older drivers, like me. My Highlander is pretty mediocre in my opinion. My reference is a 2015 Ram where controls on...
  6. When Is It Time To Trade Up

    Highlander 3rd Generation (2014-2019)
    From a cost perspective your trade in is probably roughly in the $23k-$25k range. A new 2019 XLE would probably run about $35k depending on the local market. So you are probably in a pretty good spot now. As for features I'm not quite your age but I couldn't stand the lane departure and engine...
  7. Brakes 2019 Highlander

    Highlander 3rd Generation (2014-2019)
    I also thought my brakes were pretty lame. I found myself jamming the peddle a lot harder than my pickup I just traded in while coming to normal stops at a light. I don't know if it's me or if the brakes are finally settled in around 2500 miles before the brakes felt okay. Not great but...
  8. What DON'T you like about your Highlander?

    Highlander 3rd Generation (2014-2019)
    THANKS! I saw the compass in the multi-functional display was "NAV linked" but didn't think to look around in the NAV Map Options setup. Something I think they need to point out in plain language in the owners manual. It's better now. I still think it needs to be available on the display...
  9. What DON'T you like about your Highlander?

    Highlander 3rd Generation (2014-2019)
    I wish the radio knobs were at the bottom and therefore easier to reach. At the top they are tilted away. Also the radio and heater knobs are too thin/slippery. They need a better grip either with a taller profile or maybe knurl the finish. Right now I am trying to find some aftermarket blind...
  10. The NEW 2020 REDESIGNED Highlander Spy Pics! What do you guys think?

    Highlander 4th Generation (2020+)
    At first I was hesitant to get a 2019 rather than wait to see the new changes. I'm glad I got the 2019. That new grill looks a bit like a CX9 (not crazy about it). That stand up style of radio Toyota is also using in the Rav4 reminds of a billboard. I don't get why Toyota designers can't fit...
  11. Max mileage to buy a used 2015-2016 Highlander?

    Highlander 3rd Generation (2014-2019)
    It might be worth getting a short subscription to carfax (I think there are other similar products) and run the VIN to see if regular servicing shows up in the history. That is assuming they had the work done at a dealer and some retail places. Obviously if they did oil changes themselves it...
  12. Stop/Start Custom Disabling Device Build

    Highlander 3rd Generation (2014-2019)
    Before I change anything has anyone had a dealer either notice the change or complain about it impacting the warranty when you had it in for service? I just wondered if anything would show up on their Techstream readout to call their attention to it.
  13. Working Lexus SmartKey (the wallet key) in my 15 XLE Highlander

    Highlander 3rd Generation (2014-2019)
    Does anyone know if a USED key card can be programmed to a different car?
  14. Highlander Seat Comfort

    Highlander 3rd Generation (2014-2019)
    It's a problem I have with a lot of car seats. It seems to me Asian cars in general are prone to making my legs go numb and butt hurt. I just went from a 15 Ram extremely comfortable highway cruising truck to a 19 HL XLE. I haven't taken any long trips yet but I can tell I should be able to...
  15. Why didn’t you get a 4Runner?

    Highlander 3rd Generation (2014-2019)
    I had a 4Runner for a year about 5 years ago. It was a clean low mileage used one. I pretty much liked it but the MPG sucked, bad road noise and on anything over an hour drive my legs went numb and my butt hurt. They are really meant for trails, not highways. I went back to a Ram for 4 years...