Elec error/car won't start due to conv't battery
We bought one of the first available HHs in 2005 and have driven it over 65K. We started getting an error message when starting the car to "shift to PARK before starting" (the car was in park). After a few tries this would resolve itself, however one mid-morning (after driving an hour) it did not. Per the dealer, the problem is with the conventional battery, which caused electrical errors when it was not putting out enough current to the system, and thus no READY light.
Toyota tells us the battery (specific to the HH) has been ordered and may take several weeks to arrive. We post this so that HH owners are aware that there is a known problem with the conventional battery running down which can cause your vehicle electrical errors which prevent it from starting - we were able to jump start the car to get it to the dealer - and that at least right now the replacement batteries are not readily available.
p.s. we found a tremendous mileage difference when not using the blower/ac/heat in the spring/fall (aver 28 mpg), granted opening the windows requires some finesse to avoid the wharble, but +6mpg is worth it
Same Problem with Battery
I have had to have my Toyota HH jump started four times in the 16 months that I have owned it. I drive it 50 miles a day. I finally took it to the dealer who checked it and told me that all systems were working normally so there was nothing they could do. If this is working normally then that says very little for the design quality.
I also have a 2006 Toyota
I also have a 2006 Toyota Highlander Hybrid that would not start on two occasions. Both times the car had been running for some time , turned off for 5 minutes and then it would not restart. On one occasion after sitting for a few hours it restarted. The other time it had to be jumped and the code read "Shift to Park" even though it was already in Park. I took it in and everything checked out and of course they said that they never heard of this happening before. Does anyone know what the correct battery should be or if Toyota is acknowledging a problem. Is there a chance of a recall to correct the problem?
I have been having this same
I have been having this same problem for the last 8-9 months. I bought my car in August 2006. I got the same answer from Toyota when I took the car in, but now it has happened again today, after leaving the car parked for only 45 minutes. Have you had any other communication with Toyota?
I have owned my 2008 HH for
I have owned my 2008 HH for 8 months and have 30,000 miles on it. Looks like I'm currently experiencing this problem. I regularly use the vehicle's radio and inverter w/ laptop without the car running. I have noticed the car will automatically shut off power after some time but as always started back up again. Perhaps this is a "new" system to combat the problem described here. If this problem persists my dissapointment could not be fully expressed within the posts of this site.
I didn't buy an expensive new car to spend my time replacing batteries instead of working to pay for it. It might be time to ditch the $40K vehicle for a $5K one as it seems, based on the posts here, to be a more reliable option. Ridiculous!