2008 Toyota Highlander
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- Roomy - better than average fuel economy - great handling
- Road noise - Poor rear DVD design - NAV cant be programed while moving
Our 1st day of owning our new 2008 Toyota Highlander was not pleasant. The road noise was so loud inside the vehicle that we couldn’t even talk on a cell phone without the person on the other end saying "is your window down"? After taking it back a day later to the dealer they took it in at 0930 and when I came back at 1330 all they had done is "test driven" it. They told me "they could hear nothing" and vehicles sound different on different surfaces.
I was really disappointed that they couldn’t find any problems so they agreed to let me drive and they (Service Manager and Salesman) would ride along. After driving about 5 miles both treated me like I was crazy and nuts for hearing excessive road noise. After I went around a corner the service manager said "humm maybe I should check the air pressure". He got out and I heard Shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh - he was letting lots of air out in every tire, and finally he got back in. He said "every tire had about 47 psi of air in them. WOW unbelievable - then everyone started talking about the road noise and how much better it was inside the car....amazingly they both said that sounds so much better, but keep in mind they never heard nothing to begin with.
I requested a meeting with the GM of the Dealership and they offered me a gas fill up for my time and trip & a free sound barrier undercoating & a gas top off on the return to have it done. They also gave an apology.
Our Highlander does ride, handle and have less inside cabin road noise now that it has the correct 33 psi of air.
We are happy with most features, including the DVD in rear seat for kids although it does block the rearview mirror when it’s down - this seems like a true SAFETY ISSUE!!! We also like the back up cam feature and the stylish "Limited" design.
One thing we don’t like is how the NAV requires you to be stopped to enter in a Point of Interest. It was told to me "that is for safety" Problem is when your on a trip and the passenger wants to play with the NAV - They can’t!
Someone else did point out and we agree that not seeing the radio song title and artist is disappointing.
RECOMMENDATIONS FOR FUTURE BUYERS:
DO NOT buy the NAV - install your own Garmin, it will do the same if not better and it’s a heck of a lot cheaper!
DO purchase the sound barrier undercoating and undercarriage rust protection?
DO purchase a bug deflector (after market)
DO NOT purchase satellite radio in car, your better off purchasing it after market so you can take it out and move it around from car to car or even inside your home.
DO buy the rubber floor mats - amazing how much sand, dirt etc gets in your floor board, and that all can make your car eventually smell bad.
BE leery of paying more for a HYBRID for 3k-4k more, depending on how many miles you drive per year - Do the math will you actually save money? Keep in mind at some point batteries do go bad. I don’t know too many used car buyers that want to buy a car knowing the batteries may need replaced.
There are so many things that sell this car but the biggest for us was the TOYOTA name. We have owned an Avalon since buying it new in 2001, and only had one small issue with a speaker on the sound system. We hope the 2008 Highlander will turn out to be as good of purchase as we feel the Avalon has been.
Only time will tell....the thing I worry about most is how the Indianapolis Tom O’Brien service center will handle our needs!
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