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I was in a meeting the other day and was surprised to see a few of the people in the room say they’d never purchased a toyota before, but I was one of them. The thought of picking the car up and driving it around in the parking lot made my stomach churn and my feet hurt. I guess it was the realization that nothing in this life is permanent.
So as we all know, the highlander is a 4-door sedan, but it is also the same car Toyota is using to get around the country. As you may have seen in some prior trailers and on some videos, the highlander has a problem with the ignition key that causes the car to start in the middle of the road while the gas is running. That means that even if you’ve got a good key, it will still start in the middle of the road.
The problem is that Toyota is not only using a key for the ignition, they’re also using a key to start the gas. I’m sure with a little research this problem would be solved, but it’s still one of those “you know what, it’s a problem” things that only really become apparent when you stop to think about it. In the end, the only solution is to somehow replace the ignition key.
I was really hoping that this would be a problem only if you were using a ‘keyless’ key, but alas, there are a few people here who have found that the problem still stands. So if youve got a ‘keyless’ key, get it replaced.
I love that the car has a keyless ignition, and I wonder if the problem will ever go away. It’s like if your car has a keyless window, but you only go out to get your groceries, then the car will still get stuck (no matter which way you turn the key, you have to move to the other side of the car to get it to move).
We’ve got a Toyota Highlander, and a few of our car enthusiasts were wondering about the problem we’re talking about here. Turns out it may have more to do with the way the keys are actually fitted to the car. Toyota makes a plastic key that’s used to fit the key into the ignition, and there is a slight bit of play that takes place when the key is inserted (and the car moved) that causes the keys to stick.
If youre lucky, you may have a key that is actually fitted. So, if you plug the key into the ignition and turn it to adjust the angle, the car will move. If you plug the key in, and it doesnt move, you may need to give this a try to get your car to move.
The best part about the new 2011 Toyota Highlanders is that if you break your key, or drop it, you wont have to worry about it breaking. The car will go right back to where it was before you dropped it. Also, the new key is a little more slippery which might be something to give the car a try.
Well, for most people with a 2010 or 2011 model, this is fine. But I have a friend who bought a 2011 model and he needs to be sure it’s not going to break. He has to drive it to his house and back, and since his driveway is a little bit sloped, he has to drive it down the middle of it to make sure it doesn’t end up wedged in the middle of the street.
It’s not like it’s a hard fix. I don’t know about you, but I’ve had a few problems with my own car. So the dealership told me to drive it back onto my driveway and tell them to hold it there for a couple of days. I drove it back home and did the same to my friends truck. I wasn’t happy about the dealership telling me to do this, but I let him know it was a matter of safety.