Posted 12 June 2003 - 03:07 PM
I was wondering if anyone else has had this problem and if there was a fix without an overhaul. I will do that later but funds limit me at this time. It appears that the previous owner did not service it regularly and I purchased it at a dealership I work at, so I do not know the owners.
Any info would be appreciated. Thanks!
Posted 13 June 2003 - 12:21 AM
the year after yours there is an extended warrenty for 97 and up years for the same problem as they have a slightly differnt design and have higher temps for emmisions causing the problem of the oils startign to evaporate and sludge
Posted 13 June 2003 - 07:59 PM
The car can be saved. But it will need a lot of care and a few prayers. I would flush a lot of cheap oil through it every 500 miles or so for 2,000 miles. Then do compression check, valve lash and clearance, complete tune-up and all that. IF everything looks good - put some 5-30 oil in there and take good care of it. If the checks are bad out, you need to determine if it will be worth keeping the car. I'd probably sell it or trade it.
Posted 15 June 2003 - 03:36 PM
Posted 15 June 2003 - 10:43 PM
that is suppsed to be flushed out?
when i do them i put cheap oil in for a week then reflush with good synthetic
one way i check an engine before buying a car is
to open the oil cap and rub my finger inside of the opening and see if it is slimy or gritty
to see what the inside might be like also the oil cap back gives a few hints also
Posted 16 June 2003 - 08:19 AM
Posted 01 August 2003 - 10:29 AM
I purchased my car from a wholesale car dealer (don't do that again) last year for about $28,500, (fair price I thought for all the options) and noted from the warranty manual the vehicle had received its maintenance from Lexus Don Valley in Toronto. So I looked at the engine, the tail pipe (both clean) drove it around, and bought it. I assumed (wrongly) that if Lexus was servicing it since original ownership, it was a) in good shape and there would be no problem about their honoring the rest of the 115000 Km drivetrain warranty (it had about 67,000 km when I bought it). It had come off a lease.
5 months later the engine just died. Lexus at first would not honor their warranty, saying the engine had not been serviced regularly, but later when I showed that I had made oil changes twice in that time, they paid for EVERTHING!! towing (50 miles) cab fare, and rental of a replacement vehicle for 3 weeks. They had to replace the entire engine block, including pistons and all the moving parts, so now I have a '98 with a new engine. Total cost was about $7500. Lexus says that there was a period within the original ownership where the oil had not been changed for approx. 30,000 km.
I am impressed with Lexus/Toyota for their work and service, but I have heard subsequently that this 3 L engine has a reputation for gelling up, regardless of how often it is serviced. I heard from a mechanic in Toyota's Tennesee plant that the engine was tweaked to get more HP for use in the Sienna in '98, and now burns hotter. That's when this problem started surfacing, and Toyota has since developed a secret warranty that addresses this problem.
Posted 01 August 2003 - 08:01 PM
they will replace any 98-02 with that problem
Posted 03 August 2003 - 10:47 AM
Lexus rebuilt the engine under warranty. Would suggest that you contact Lexus since they appear to have eased up the initial oil gelling repair requirements.