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Within two weeks of ownership, when I tried to accelerate from about 40mph to get onto the highway, the transmission went into a deep hesitation and the car did not move forward, then suddenly it did move forward!! This has happened at least 10 times so far and at even lower speeds. This problem is VERY DANGEROUS and could lead to a fatal crash.
I took the car to TOYOTA and was told that this was a NORMAL action for the transmission!! REALLY??
So the dealership and TOYOTA, which are aware of this DANGEROUS normal function of this transmission, never mentioned to me that this very DANGEROUS function was considered as "normal operation" of this transmission of the HIGHLANDER before I bought this car!!
I had the same problem on the 2008 GMC Acadia and GM had to REPROGRAM the transmission software
to a new code which completely cleared up the hesitation problem in the Acadia!! THIS SHOULD BE WHAT TOYOTA MUST DO AS WELL!!
- Joseph V.,
Toms River, NJ, US