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Old 07-25-2019, 07:00 AM   #1
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I want to guy a Highlander. Should I allow dealer to install tow pkg ? Is it as good as manufacturer’s?
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Old 07-25-2019, 07:39 AM   #2
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If buying new get one with the factory package.
Usually when added at the factory any programming, wiring and heavy duty equipment is cheaper than the dealer and most dealers have no idea about what is required to do the job
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I don't know about Toyota, but with Rams, for instance, the factory tow package brake controller is built right into the dash and integrated into the trucks braking and electrical systems. The factory brake controller is a very nice option and much nicer than an add-on.
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What kind of “tow package”?

Older Highlanders offered an optional factory tow prep package consisting of drivetrain upgrades: HD radiator, HD alternator, and HD transmission cooling. Those could not be added by a dealer; they had to installed during manufacture.

I believe current Highlanders come from the factory with all they need, mechanically, to tow the full rated weight, which varies by trim. Some trims have upgrades to tow 5000#, and on the others it's not available at any price. So, what the dealer is calling a “tow package” likely consists of towing accessories added by the dealer- hitch and 4-pin wiring. It will not change the factory tow rating.

If it’s a new vehicle, generally any dealer accessories added at the time of purchase are covered by the bumper-to-bumper warranty, and sometimes dealer-supplied hitches fit better than aftermarket. However, dealer accessories generally cost more, and with the Highlander, Toyota doesn’t supply full 7-pin trailer wiring, only 4-pin. You’ll have to go aftermarket for the rest.

The alternative is to have a third party hitch installer do everything- hitch, full 7-pin wiring, and controller. If done correctly, it will be as good as the stuff installed by the dealer, but it won't increase the factory tow rating. Beware of the receiver- some don’t fit as well as others.

Bottom line... “tow package” can mean many different things. Know what you’re getting, as well as what you need to tow your intended trailer.
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I don't know about Toyota, but with Rams, for instance, the factory tow package brake controller is built right into the dash and integrated into the trucks braking and electrical systems. The factory brake controller is a very nice option and much nicer than an add-on.
When I bought my Ram it came with what the dealer described as the “TOW PACKAGE”

Class 4 trailer hitch
Transmission cooler
4 & 7 pin receptacles
3.92 rearend
V8 engine
Oil Cooler
Integrated brake controller
Tow Haul mode
Hill assist
Anti slip rearend

One of the advantages I see is that factory installed equipment is covered under warranty , after market is not
Why would you buy a new vehicle for the purpose of towing and not get the tow package ?
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Why? Easy. If it’s only simple, aftermarket accessories, why pay dealer prices? If it’s not even complete, why pay twice?

Each manufacturer has a different way of packaging and selling towing equipment. Trucks are packaged differently than passenger vehicles. Passenger vehicles, especially the Asian makes, generally package everything in trim levels. The only options are usually dealer-installed accessories.

But first things first. What year is the Highlander, what trim, and what's included in the “tow package” the dealer is offering to install? (I used lower case because it’s probably a very small package... )
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I want to guy a Highlander. Should I allow dealer to install tow pkg ? Is it as good as manufacturer’s?
No it's not. Have the dealer print out what is included in the factory tow package (or do your own research), and compare item by item with what they will install.

Always buy the factory setup if you are buying new.
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I want to guy a Highlander. Should I allow dealer to install tow pkg ? Is it as good as manufacturer’s?
How do you do that? Add toxic masculinity?
What exactly would the package content be?
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Why? Easy. If it’s only simple, aftermarket accessories, why pay dealer prices? If it’s not even complete, why pay twice?

Each manufacturer has a different way of packaging and selling towing equipment. Trucks are packaged differently than passenger vehicles. Passenger vehicles, especially the Asian makes, generally package everything in trim levels. The only options are usually dealer-installed accessories.

But first things first. What year is the Highlander, what trim, and what's included in the “tow package” the dealer is offering to install? (I used lower case because it’s probably a very small package... )
Thank you. I don’t think the salesmen know. I saw a 4 pin plug and what they said was a classIII receiver. The end. This was a XLE AWD 2019 new.
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Having worked for Chevrolet Motor Division for some 35 years I can tell you that factory add-on's are a problem, not so much back in the day before computers, but today they can sure cause havoc to the electrical system and send up error codes. Buy it from the factory as it works within the vehicle system and can be handled by the dealer service dept. if need be, trust me.

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Old 07-25-2019, 06:24 PM   #13
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I’m finding a 7 prong plug doesn’t come on the Highlander. Has to be wired for it aftermarket. Which makes me suspicious of Toyota’s statement that it will tow 5000#. Maybe it doesn’t believe in itself. ��
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Thank you for that information.
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