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  2. Hi all, I believe I have posted here before a long time ago with my old LS430 LEX, I now have a 2007 LS460L with 110K on it now. I have owned it for a few years now, since 65K miles, and recently I started having acceleration/hesitation problems. I did alot of research, and didn't find very many good answers. I did have the transmission and engine ECU update flashed, with some improvement, but after that didn't solve the problem, I was convinced it was the cylinder head replacement deal, which was way out of my budget with 5 kids....and I thought it was ridiculous that a flagship sedan wo
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  3. I just fixed my 97 es300 with same problem"s" . The only difference between mine and yours is, mine wouldn't rev past 2500 rpm once it warmed with no check engine light. I've replaced everything you've done and still same problem. so, I took out my cam and crank sensor out to see how bad the resistance are between the prongs and cam sensor was within spec but started to leak oil and the crank sensor reading was off the chart. I've replaced the cam sensor due to oil leak and crank sensor due to extremely high resistance and my engine runs and sounds new. I was just about to post my finding a
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  4. Sorry, I didn't understand exactly what you wanted. It is common for forum software to be configured to turn on "follow" by default whenever you post. If you don't want to follow a thread after you post, then immediately turn off following after posting. I assume that this is a forum software configuration setting that could be changed by a forum administrator but many people prefer to automatically follow a thread after posting.
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  5. My bet is that it is. Every so often a bad battery rears its ugly head. Thankfully, they are few and far between these days.
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  6. OK, Lexus owners might be too purist to use this cheap and dirty trick. Replacing the foam is technically time consuming and requires you to remove the speaker from the car. Instead, take the cover off, apply a bead of silicone caulk where the speaker has separated from the speaker frame. Let it dry and replace the cover after it has fully cured. The silicone prevents the speaker cone from vibrating against the speaker frame and it is flexible enough to allow the speaker to function normally. Instead of eating up a whole day meticulously removing the speaker and replacing the speaker foam
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  8. This one was originally a dark silver color. The owner had it partially wrapped in a scheme that did draw lots of attention. My impressions: 1. The seats were very comfortable - not in the same way that our RX's seats are but we could easily drive cross country on either vehicle's seats. 2. The infotainment system's touch pad is not my cup of tea. I tried something similar in an Audi A4, a while back and I really didn't like that one, either. Fortunately, it didn't take long to figure out the NAV setup. 3. The radar cruise control is different from what I am used to in my 2014 Mazda
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  9. Way back when this site was conceived the idea of a hybrid automobile was about as interesting to most as the wire bread tie. Oh that's cute what what is it actually good for? Gasoline was about a buck a gallon and the big three were pushing "more power" as the US market was interested in tugging around big ole boats or campers. Room for six was required even though the majority of those SS Soccer Mom sized vehicles were driving around with occupancy of one up and down the interstate every Monday through Friday. Most did not know that Mr Porsche had built and sold hundreds of hybrids whe
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  10. Trevor, that's a long way back - maybe when I was just a young kid! 🙂 When you compare a Camry hybrid versus a 4 cylinder ICE version, you can see that the 15 MPG difference represents an improvement of 47%. With gas prices sky high as they are, I'd bet it wouldn't take long to pay back the $1500 - $2000 extra cost. But yes, you have to look at differences closely after retiring. It does become harder to justify an electric car or even a brand new (any type of) car. Between my two cars I drive about 5000 miles. My wife's RX400h now sees only about 4000 miles per year but we've had th
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  11. Yes, as were all other Triumph cars that I can recall. I'm not sure if I ever saw the TR8 in person but I remember it being on the cover of Car & Driver magazine. I think it was an aluminum V8 and fairly lightweight. Bykfixer, the TR8 went on sale sometime around 1978.
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  12. Was that before or after the SunBeam Tiger with it's Ford engine?
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  13. I can go back even earlier than that Mike where the heater in the car was an optional extra and all the interior was metal so it was absolutely freezing in winter 😞
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  14. I don't know if this helps but I went to two different lexus dealerships after failing miserably to get out the bolts. The first dealership charged me $2400 dollars for a brand new amp installation and another quoted me $1400 for a factory-refurbished amp. I went with the factory refurbished one and while they were installing it they found that several fuses had blown when the old amp died. So in a way I kind of guess it was a good thing that I wasn't able to do it myself, but lets see if this amp can last longer than the old one.
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  15. I just replaced the Mark Levinson amplifier in my 2013 LX 570, so I thought I'd describe the process. First of all, the amplifier failure results in absolutely no audio from the speakers. No radio, no Sirius XM, no music via bluetooth pairing with your phone, no voice prompts from the navigation system. A DVD will still play, but video only, without sound. The door ajar beep still works, as it has its own speaker. The amplifier is located in a depression in the floor under the driver's seat. It is covered by carpet, which isn't the best engineering for a device that's heat susceptible like an
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  16. The camera is not making the noise but the car is. This is legally required to alert pedestrians that you are backing up or going forward (still a noise going forward but not as loud) since you are driving a hybrid and at times only the battery is functioning so there is no car engine sound, at all. Very dangerous and so the noise is to warn people.
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  17. Some less expensive wheels are hit or miss when it comes to how well balanced they are from the factory. Wheels like Enkei, for example tend to be well-balanced but I've had inexpensive $100 wheels made by other brands that were never able to be balanced to my satisfaction. You may want to call various tire shops to see if they have something like this: Road Force® Elite Wheel Balancer | Hunter Engineering Company® These are well known among auto enthusiasts for being able to balance just about any wheel.
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  18. To put it in perspective, it sounds like the 27 year old vehicle that carries you to doctor visits is in need of some doctor visits. It really comes down to making a steady monthly payment or the occasional "SURPRISE" $2000 repair. That and do you still like the car enough to put up with all the hassle. Some would say "stick with the devil you know". Me? I used to buy all Fords because I knew what broke on them. So I'd probably keep that old LS 400 if I did not have to commute every day.
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  19. One of my uncles drove a tank in WWII. I still remember his telling me that the tank turned by stopping or slowing down one of the two tracks. My 2001 Corvette's active handling would apply hydraulic pressure to any wheel's calipers to ensure that the car's direction of forward travel was always where the steering wheel was pointed. It saved me a couple of times. Technology sure does progress over time.
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  20. Absolutely, Trevor; it was somewhat similar to the Jaguar F-Sport I rented last year. Of course, the LC is a more reliable car, for sure. Dave
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  21. My son rents sports cars for a day from time to time to see if he wants to buy it in 10 years when he can afford one.
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  22. Nice one Dave.....completely and utterly jealous now 🙂 Looks superb with the wrap and shame that Lexus don't actually produced that colour scheme. I too drove an LC500 for a day and totally agree with your review comments....it really is a superb car and would absolutely go for one over other high-performance cars as it seemed totally useable as a daily driver as well as being able to 'produce the goods' when needed.
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  23. I’ve been doing a lot of research lately on purchasing a higher mileage LX470. I want something for my son and I to have fun with on the weekends, with the thought of him taking it over when he is 16 (6 more years). I live in VA and there are about a handful of decent 470’s around. I’ve locked into one that has 224k miles for 11,995. It’s a 2002. It has a clean CARFAX with all scheduled maintenance complete. The interior is in OK shape, probably need some reupholstering in some places. It also has a suspension coil conversation on it. I’ve been close on making the deal, until I found one
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  24. I was reading on how to install a dvd player in a headrest and every article suggested isolating the player with its own fuse. It seems the fuse you seek is the one that powers the entire infotainment system and not an individual player itself. https://fuse-box.info/lexus/lexus-gx470-j120-2002-2009-fuses ^^ The diagrams
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  25. Perfect, We here are Happy for you, Heck 3 weeks is a Bear of a problem. Enjoy the ride 🙂
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  26. Goof info. Thanks and welcome to the site!!
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  27. problem solved after 3 weeks of on and off diagnostic. it was the crank sensor that failed and this was very difficult problem to diagnose because the crank sensor did work " to a degree ". previous owner sold me this car for 1200 with only 89k miles because 4 or 5 shops that she took this ES300 to couldn't figure out the problem including 2 Lexus dealerships and 1 of them even suggested a new/rebuild motor because they thought somehow, the compression loss after engine warm up while running. I've been turning wrench as a master tech since 2001 and never encountered this problem before. not
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  28. Been there, You have to purchase a Toyota fob. No way around it.
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  29. it is showing listing ended, no issues i found this page which will allow me to procure and ship to my place using shop and ship https://seafoamworks.com/where-to-buy/
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  30. I have a 2007 with 150,000 miles on it I just replace all six of my control arms and my car rides so much better
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  31. I don’t know about anyone else but I have a 2007 LS 460 and I put 87 octane in there once and it was knocking but once I put the super in my car I don’t put anything else in my car and I haven’t had a knock yes it cost more but it makes my car rides better and that’s with the car specifies for you to use
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  32. While looking for other info I found this. It's the paint codes for 2nd generation GS models. This site has photos of cars those colors http://importarchive.com/lexus/gs/1998-2005/paint I'm considering having all of my chrome and the peeling trim on the roof painted graphite gray.
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  33. very interesting video and great to see their origins going to where they are now and still market leaders with technology like the Hydrogen cars
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  34. I didn't verify this, as I don't have an IS but did the tire employee try this: IS F / IS250 / IS350 (2006-2013) Time needed: 7 minutes. In this generation, your vehicle equipped with a satellite switch to change the settings of various features. Follow these steps to reset the TPMS: Stop the vehicle and turn off the engine Tire pressure reset process cannot be done while the vehicle is moving. Adjust the cold tire pressure in all four tires recommended on the tire placard The tire placard located on the door panel Tur
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  35. My 2009 is 250 tire system check light won't go off. The guy from American tire Co. Tried replacing the sensors but couldn't get light off. This was after I replaced all 4 tires.
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  36. I just upgraded to Project Mu SS lines on all 4s to help with the brake feeling and stopping power but it still leaves me a nagging feeling. salvage yard sold the calipers to another person. I will go with ebay again. with regards to brembo and other AfM bbk, I like the notion but for practical application its an overkill, I only use the car during summer season here in Finland so the BBK upgrades I am left with is to stick with either LS calipers and GS calipers that can be bolt on/custom brackets.
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  37. Sorry I'm a bit late to the party chaps! Mike, Jim is correct, as its normal practice to see what responses you get from posting in different threads. You can opt to turn off the responses like Jim has stated by toggling the switch, but it is a global change to default to switch it off as it will affect all members
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  38. Here's a how to video.
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  39. Was out and about today at a craft show on an awesome weather day. Taking a casual stroll with Mrs Fixer I looked in the distance and saw a really sexy car in the grass parking lot. After commuting to and from work in my work vehicle for the last 21 days in a row I'd forgotten I didn't drive that. Hey, that's my car. Woohoo!!
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  40. Water pumps always weep a small amount around the main pump bearing weep hole as they get older and unless you are visibly low on coolant AND smell coolant after running it at highway speeds (where a leaking water pump would mist the exhaust from the passing high speed air) you are not at risk. Also bad water pumps will make squealing noises months before they fail. What bothers me more is that they are mentioning doing the water pump without mentioning replacing the timing belt and pulleys (timing belt service kit). You need to remove the timing belt to get to the water pump. No c
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  41. LOC the Explorer is the XLT version so it's not fully packed with comforts like higher end versions yet the 290hp engine and 6 speed tranny do the job. It's got big ole Michelin touring tires that really run quietly. It does not have that shot from a slingshot feet when I smash the gas pedal going say, 35 but need to go 60 in a hurry yet you do reach your desired speed quickly much like my 225 hp GS 300. So even the "work truck" version of the Explorer is pretty comfy. Now the work truck version of the F-150 the XL rides and sounds like a work truck. But you can strap it to a building an
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  42. Do you mean when the HVAC system is completely off? if so, put the HVAC system into recirculation mode, so no fresh air is pushed through the vent into the car.
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  43. Thanks so much for the advice and I will try it ASAP, I have the same model as you with the. Same wheel package but now that I see the chrome ones I’m gonna switch LOL. Thanks for the answer
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  44. They have an entry point under the passenger side hood hinge. See the pic. I placed a clothes pin in there to point to the little alley way they have to go up inside and get into the air filter. On this side of the clothes pin is a little square flat area where you can cut out a square piece of sticky paper designed to catch mice before they enter. when the hood is closed, that area is blocked to rodents by a rubber seal. But if you look at the seal in the pic, they can just wiggle between two pieces that are not bonded to each other. So the design was there but the application was care
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  45. Very glad to hear I was able to help someone else out, and glad it worked well for you. Some people say the difference is "just in your head" but you and I can feel it in the pedal, so I know it works. Glad I could help again, take care :)
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  46. 1 can every 7500 miles or so for me, so about every other oil change...
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  47. I just wanted to throw my humble opinion out here, too. I have used this BG 44K for several years. My mechanic who I have known for about 25 years, recommended it for my 1962 Cadillac Fleetwood and my 1984 Eldorado convertible. I drive these car at least weekly, and the Eldo has over 130,000 miles on it! This product has kept my cars running beautifully. My current 2013 Lexus LS460 only has 20,000 miles, so have not used the product for this yet. I jus wanted to let readers know the BG products are all wonderful! And yes, your Lexus is very handsome....and the wheel so impressive. Than
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  49. I have a 2001 LS430 with 81,000 miles. When I don't drive it for 5-6 days, the battery will be discharged. The battery is 3 years old and was checked out today. The load test was good and I was told it must be an electrical drainage problem. I tested the charging and it was good. What is the most common cause of an electrical drainage problem? JN
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