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  1. On the GS350 once you have a destination established, hit the destination button again and a black bar will appear at top of screen with white lettering stating "Delete Destination" Y/N. Select Yes and you are out of guidance mode. Maybe it works the same way on the IS350.
  2. Lexus has them correct the problem in the cheapest manner possible. Why would they want to spend a hundred dollars, if they can get you out the door for ten, even though the fix may return in the future. You just may give up on going back or sell the car before it happens again. It is a business, first and foremost, and profit is the name of the game.
  3. Unfortunately on used cars it is usually "Caveat Emptor" (buyer beware). You had the option to take it to a trusted mechanic in your area and have it checked out. If the dealer would not allow that, then you definitely do not want to buy from him. You also could have paid a small fee for the Carfax or better yet demand that the dealer provide you with a Carfax Report. They do not catch everything, but if it goes through an insurance company or Lexus dealer for that type of repair it should be in the report. Nothing is perfect. In some states dealers are responsible only if the car they s
  4. When I lived in the Central Valley of California where it gets very hot, my wife's car had a similiar problem. I tried everything to get them out and couldn't. I went to an auto body/detail shop and they tried and could not get them out either. Their so called conclusion was that the spot/stain had dropped through the paint, and therefore, it would not come out. I lived with it for another 18 months until we traded the car. I know this does not solve your problem, but thought it might give some insight into your situation.
  5. The 18, 19 inch tires and higher are usually a low profile tire and they are made from a softer rubber to grip the road surface and wear faster. But your driving habits dictate your mileage more than anything. My wife used to have a SC 400 with the low profile tires and at times she barely made 10,000, because she was an aggressive driver.
  6. Had the same question and asked the Service Manager at SHEEHY Lexus in Annapolis, and he said the book is incorrect and also incorrect in a few other places. States you must pull/push trunk lid until it contacts the latch (metal on metal ) and then it will close and lock it the rest of the way.
  7. If the RX is like my GS you cannot lock the car with the smartkey in the car. Not sure how it knows, but that is what the manual states.
  8. Maybe he misquoted and meant to say it had the platinum warranty, which is usually 7 years/100,000 miles, in which case it will soon expire as to years.
  9. Some models of the LS take more oil than other models, so that could be one factor. The other is naturally that the more expensive the car generally the flat rate charges are higher. You cannot get an LS serviced for the price of a Avalon, which is basically what the ES series is all about.
  10. Above post is about right. Follow initial instructions, push learning button once and within 20 or 30 seconds you do the remote while in the car and it will work fine if your unit is rolling, which has been around for a number of years. I have had 5 Toyota products with the home link and they all work fine. A lot of people have problems, because they over think it and try to make it more complicated than it really is.
  11. It is on the GS350, but I do not know about the IS models. Would think they are the same system.
  12. Legally, they would not be liable, and I think the original warranty on the battery is probably only 3 years. So you would get no replacement from the battery manufacturer. Things happen and you just have to deal with it. For the most part batteries do not give any warning. Just one day you go to start it and it will not work. If one of your tires blew out while it was sitting at their shop would you expect them to buy you new tires.
  13. Add what you already have invested in the car, plus their total for financing, etc, and you get the real cost of the car, which will seem rather pricey. Why GAP insurance? That is only if something happens to the car and what you owe is more than the insurance company will pay you. That turns out to be darned expensive insurance. Also, who is underwriting the warranty they are trying to sell you. I do not believe Lexus would be the warrantor on a car that would take it up to 11 years old, or 107,000 plus miles. I personally do not believe in leases, but you would be better off leasing a n
  14. I read recently that "Iphones" will not do this automatically with the Lexus system. They must be entered manually.
  15. Just use voice recognition to make a call while driving! If you know who is in your phonebook you just say call mobil, cell, or home of individual and the system will make the call for you. You do not have to punch in any phone numbers. This is of course only works when you set the numbers via speed dial.
  16. As long as I say call, name, and use the word mobile/cell or home it works fine just by pushing voice button on steering wheel. I do not have to go through any commands. Also, while driving you can input navigation info, provided you go to the screen and override the system which is defaulted as a safety concern.
  17. Kind of hard to get anything repaired anymore. Everything seems to be remove and replace, as labor cost are very high.
  18. When you buy an extended warranty you should not be driven by the fact of will it break and will you come out ahead. You should buy it only if it will it give you peace of mind. If you are going to be overly concerned, buy it. y
  19. What kind of price are they asking? In Feb this year I purchased a 2010 AWD GS 350 (which is $2000 higher than the RWD GS) for only $2000 more than they were asking for a near perfect 2009 RWD, which had extremely low miles. The 2009 had ML, but was equipped with the DVD based navigation, whereas the 2010 has the HDD navigation. Might want to try hard on a 2010. I got about $4000 off the sticker. The CPO's are generally marked up to cover the extended warranty they so called "give you". You might get a good price and have a new car in the bargain. Supposedly they are having special price
  20. Google it. I got one for my previous Avalon Limited. List price was $36.00 at dealer. Got one from Amazon (Fram) for $10.95. Purchased a couple of items which put the total above $25 and the shipping and handling was free.
  21. Go to Info Phone button, push and the screen comes up allowing various functions, one of which is volume control.
  22. Your vehicle is out of initial warranty 4 years/50,000 miles, and even if you have a Platinum extended warranty, paint is excluded.
  23. GS350 AWD, 2010, with options put the total MSRP at 52,105; paid 47, 895, plus registration & title. Not a great price, but fair, in my opinion!
  24. If your car was keyed, then it is vandalism and if you carry comprehensive insurance it can be fixed for a small or no deductible, whichever you carry, and does not count as a claim against your insurance as far as rates are concerned. At least that is the positive side!
  25. Did you not do an extensive test drive and check all the features before you purchased, or did these things start sometime after the purchase? If it is in fact defective contact the manufacturer, as the dealer has no interest in undoing a sale.
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