Toyota Highlander 2001-2007 Key Programming Procedure
The following are the key programming procedures for Toyota Highlander for the year 2001 to 2007.
Fits (vehicles without red LED on original remote):
1. Start with key out of ignition, driver’s door is open all others closed and driver’s door is unlocked.
2. Insert key into the ignition (Do NOT Turn) and Pull key out.
3. Perform these steps within 40 seconds.
a. Using the power lock switch on the driver’s door, perform 5 lock/unlock cycles starting with lock. Use an even pace and try to go about one cycle per second (1 Cycle = 1 lock and 1 unlock).
b. Close, then open driver’s door.
4. Perform these steps within 40 seconds.
a. Using the power lock switch on the driver’s door, perform 5 lock/unlock cycles starting with lock.
Use an even pace and try to go about one cycle per second (1 Cycle = 1 lock and 1 unlock).
b. Insert the key in the ignition cylinder.
c. Turn the ignition to ON (Do NOT Start) then back to OFF once to program remote while retaining the original remote codes. Twice to erase all original codes and add new remote. Three times to check how many remotes are programmed or five times to erase all original codes.
d. Remove the key from the ignition.
5. Within 3 seconds the power door locks should cycle automatically indicating successful entry into programming mode. Return to step 1 if the locks do not cycle at this point.
6. Perform these steps within 40 seconds.
a. Press the lock and unlock buttons on the remote simultaneously for 1 second.
b. Immediately after letting go of the lock and unlock buttons, press the lock button itself and hold for 2 seconds. Within 3 seconds, the door locks should cycle once indicating successful programming. If the door locks do not cycle, or cycle twice. Repeat steps A and B in step 6 as your remote has not been accepted.
c. Repeat steps A and B in step 6 for each new remote.
7. Close driver’s door.
About Toyota Highlander
Toyota paraphrases an old candy-bar slogan in press materials introducing the latest member of their sport utility menagerie: “Sometimes you feel like a truck, sometimes you don’t.”
That is correct. As a result, the Toyota Highlander presents itself as a cross between an SUV, a minivan, and a passenger vehicle. Highlander, a crossover SUV built on the Toyota Camry automotive chassis, attempts to integrate the characteristics of the three vehicle classes while avoiding many of the problems.
Though it may appear to be a tough SUV, the Highlander is not a rough-and-tumble off-road vehicle. And calling it a truck is a misnomer. Highlander rides and handles nearly as well as a car, thanks to a carlike unibody chassis identical to the smaller RAV4, and a softly sprung suspension, although it limits exposure to the wilderness. The Highlander is primarily a practical family car, spacious and accommodating, better suited to suburban streets and parking lots than boulder-strewn terrain. Consider it a tall station wagon with excellent driving characteristics. Look for them with bumper stickers that say “Mom’s Taxi.”
By the way, the Highlander is a less expensive counterpart of Toyota’s upmarket sibling, Lexus’ RX 300. The RX 300 was the vehicle that characterized crossover SUVs, which are today a rapidly increasing niche, providing carlike luxury comforts with the convenience of an SUV and the roominess of a minivan. Does this sound familiar? So, if you’ve been eyeing the pricey RX 300, now is your chance to purchase practically the same vehicle, albeit slightly longer, less attractive, and less well-equipped.
A flat floor adds to the spaciousness of a minivan. The shifter level-mounted low in the center of the dashboard, set up like a floor shifter, is a feature that was praised in the RX 300 and carries over to the Highlander. It’s far superior to a steering-column shifter and allows for a pass-through between the front seats.