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Old 03-22-2013, 10:47 AM   #11
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If you check the VIN # with Toyota, its hould indicate whether the tow package is installed.
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Old 03-22-2013, 11:17 AM   #12
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Glenn, I used edmunds.com. Too bad Toyota didn't offer the same equipped vehicles in both Canada and the U.S. Here in the states, Toyota vehicles even differ by regions.
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Old 03-22-2013, 12:11 PM   #13
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Be very careful here. I am quoting Toyota
Towing Capabilities

Four-cylinder Highlanders can tow 1,500 pounds, or up to 3,000 pounds if you buy the towing prep package
V6 Highlanders can tow 2,000 pounds, or up to 3,500 with the towing prep package

You must have the Toyota tow package to tow 3,500 pounds. Just saying that the buyer needs to be aware that not any 2005 can tow 3500 pounds.
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The specs quoted in this discussion for the Highlander's towing capacity all look correct, for both Canada and the U.S.

Some Toyota models are very consistent between Canada and the U.S., especially those built in North America and in only one factory in North America, such as the Sienna and likely the Highlander.

One national difference is that Toyota tends to include the towing prep package in Canada as standard equipment - it may not even appear on the vehicle's documentation - while it is optional (although very common in most years) in the U.S.

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You must have the Toyota tow package to tow 3,500 pounds. Just saying that the buyer needs to be aware that not any 2005 can tow 3500 pounds.
Correct... which is why the discussion of towing "packages" is important. What Toyota is requiring for 3500 lb trailer towing capacity is the V6 engine with the towing preparation package, as Glenn (gbaglo) explained at the beginning of this discussion; the existence or not of that is what Jon (Vermilye) mentioned could be confirmed by Toyota.
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Old 03-22-2013, 01:26 PM   #15
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It is a 2005...
We came across the 2005 Highlander which has a good price and only 39 thousand miles, but they didn't mention a tow package in the ad...
I suspect that a lot of people would not mention the towing prep package in an ad even if they had it, as they might not be aware of the package.

I assume this vehicle has a V6 engine, as few people would deliberately choose the less-common 4-cylinder if they had towing in mind.

2005 is in the first generation of Highlanders, which use the "MZ" series of V6 engines; these do not have an engine oil cooler in the towing prep package, so it would be just the components which gbaglo listed at the start. In 2005, they specifically had the 3.3 L 3MZ-FE engine, identical to the 2004-2006 Sienna (such as mine). It is very difficult to visually spot the towing package components, since every Highlander will have a transmission cooler integrated into the radiator (the package gives you a larger cooler in a higher-capacity radiator). That VIN check with Toyota seems like a good idea.

Toyota provides lots of towing information in the owners manual (at least they did in 2004/2005, and at least for the Sienna), so that's a good reference source. Fortunately, they offer these manuals (a section at a time) for free download from Toyota owners; you do need to register, but it is free and does not require that you already have a Toyota. Trailer towing information is in Section 3 - "Starting and Driving". It looks like the same content as my Sienna manual (most is generic stuff independent of model, and the Sienna and Highlander have the same drivetrain and so the same rated capacity), and it confirms the ratings others have quoted.
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Hi Ruthe

I don't know where you live but I have my 07 Trailblazer with towing package up for sale. It has 6200 lb towing capacity, towing package and we pulled our 19 footer with it with no problems. Check it out on autotrader.
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I don't know where you live but I have my 07 Trailblazer with towing package up for sale. It has 6200 lb towing capacity, towing package and we pulled our 19 footer with it with no problems. Check it out on autotrader.
If all members included their City and State or City and Province somewhere in their Public Profile it would sure be helpful!
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Me too, me too. Ditto.
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