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While I am not a fan of the Start/Stop technology, I may be a bit more receiving of the idea if I knew that Toyota uses the same Starter on both the V6 and the hybrid versions. I would expect that the Hybrid version would get a harder workout on the starters than the V6 version with Stop/Start . Anybody know if they share the same part number? I tried to research this, but so many different parts came up that I'm still uncertain.
 

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Easiest way I've found to corroborate interchangeability is via Rock Auto. Compare the repair part numbers between the 2. And many of the aftermarket suppliers give the OEM p/n in the "details" pop up in RA, where you can compare the OEM numbers as well. For the latter, remember that OEM Toyota p/ns can be a range of numbers, not just one... changes in computer tracking system, running changes, design corrections, model of vehicle can all result in more than one number for an OEM part.
 

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While I am not a fan of the Start/Stop technology, I may be a bit more receiving of the idea if I knew that Toyota uses the same Starter on both the V6 and the hybrid versions. I would expect that the Hybrid version would get a harder workout on the starters than the V6 version with Stop/Start . Anybody know if they share the same part number? I tried to research this, but so many different parts came up that I'm still uncertain.
Hybrid doesn't have a conventional starter that's in the gas only Highlander - it's uses MG1 which is one of the two electric motors in the hybrid trans-axle.

 

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Correct, no starter on hybrids. One of the traction motors starts the engine (and is way more powerful than needed for that job). The stop-start experience on a hybrid is far more seamless than on a gas-only car that uses the starter.
 
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