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About BMAN1113

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    1993 SC400
  1. Well, I took my car to an auto electrical specialist who was successful in fixing the problem. Althought the previous mechanic stated that he had checked the solenoids and they were fine, after running a full electrical diagnostic, this guy believe they were bad. I really even doubted they were bad because we had put two, seperate, rebuilt transmissions in the car. What are the odds that two, back-to-back, rebuilds would have the same defective solenoid problem (code 62). He said it wouldn't be the first time he had seen it happen. I would only experience the problem after the car had run
  2. Recently, my transmission started slipping so bad and became undriveable. I had an independant Lexus shop replace the transmission with a factory rebuild ($3800). They stated that it would be coming from the same rebuilder that supplies the dealerships, Awtec (couldn't find them on Google). Anyway, the very first night that I had the car back, I started experiencing intermittent problems when taking-off from a stop. I would hit the gas and it would slowly take-off in what felt like second gear. After a few seconds it would catch and launch forward. This would happen about six or so times
  3. $1300!!!... I was just quoted $5400 from the dealer..... $4500 from a very good dealer alternative and $3600 from some other decent tranny shop. None of them want to rebuild one, though. They all say that that transmission is a b*tch, and that they rarely come out right. This came from a master Lexus mechanic that had previously been with the dealership since 1989. On the other hand, being at the dealership all those years he probably never had to rebuild one. They all just want to swap it out for a factory rebuild. But then again don't they "rebuild" them at the "factory" ? This sucks!!
  4. I used Amsoil ATF in my 93' SC400. I started to notice that when I really got on it, the tranny didnt seem to want to engage. The RPMs would just keep climbing and I would have to let off of the gas. At normal driving conditions it felt fine. After putting around with the Amsoil for a year or so I decided to switch back to the Toyota T-IV. At 147K I'm now facing a tranny replacement. I keep wondering if it was the year of Amsoil. I can't say for sure, but I wish I hadn't done it. I dont see how Amsoil can say they have one fluid that covers all brands, and they didn't answer my question
  5. I would also recommend getting a high-end tint job done on your windows. From your pic I can see daylight through your car. Get the fronts maximum legal and limo-out the rear quarters and back. I decided to do this when I put new leather in my car and it is going to benefit the speakers as well. It only takes a couple of Houston summers to start breaking down the speaker material, running the risk of tearing when you crank it. Putting a good metallic blended tint (Llumar was the brand I went with.. Ran about $200 for my SC) on your windows is a lifesaver for your cars interior, not to men
  6. You're in L.A. Just find someone to re-cone the original. That's what I did. Talk to some guys on the music scene. They blow their sh*t out all the time and they should know a good re-coner. The speaker will sound as good as new. I re-coned every speaker in my '93. It sounds killer. That way you arent wondering about compatibility. If I remember right, that bass is like an 8 ohm. Kind of an odd-ball. Lexus and the Nakamichi designers knew what they were doing when they came up with this system and I wouldn't get into trying to jack with adding after-market this and that... unless,
  7. SC's rule. Classic and timeless American body design. One of the top ten production cars ever made. It's a definite keeper. Michael Jordan could have bought any car for his dad and he picked the SC400. Just remember not to park and sleep on lonely country roads. Motels are a whole lot safer.
  8. What am I looking at to have my '93 SC400 transmission rebuilt. $$$ I'm getting a whining sound from right under the shifter when I accelerate. This sucks!! Thanks
  9. Sounds kind of like when one of my decorative exhaust tips on my '93 Sc400 became loose. At a certain RPM the pipe would vibrate just right causing it to make a loud sound, similar to your description (more rattling than grinding). Sounded horrible. Just put the car in park (with emergency brake on), have someone hold on to both tips (when cold!!) and accellerate. See if that takes care of it. I thought I had a catalytic going out or something. It was deceptive because it didnt sound like it was coming from the rear. I guess being connected to a long exhaust pipe tends to throw the sound
  10. I know they breathe better, but I just can't help thinking that K&N may not filter as good as factory. I'm with 082. I have had some other brand filters effect the way my car ran. I've had best luck sticking to the factory air filter.
  11. Wow... I think I'll go ahead and hang on to my '93 SC400. lol
  12. The stealerships are way over-rated. I was between mechanics when my A/C quit blowing cold. I thought what the heck, I'll take it to the dealer. They charged me $150 and told me that my evaporator coil (located in the dash) had gone bad and it will be another $1,300 to replace. I went ahead and did it. A few days later I go back to pick up my car. I get in and the steering wheel won't tilt down. I fumble around thinking maybe the switch is off, but everything is on. It drops down about an inch then there is this grinding sound. I show my service advisor and she drives it back to the m
  13. Also, I had friends get their cars tinted and find that the back window consists of several pieces. Make sure they are giving you one full piece in the back. Also, if you do go with Llumar, get the lifetime semi-metallic. Llumar makes the cheap stuff too and you don't want it. You can tell the metallic blend because in sunlight, although my tint is black, it has more of a reflective appearance. Makes it hard to see into the vehicle from the outside. Because of this, it's actually easier to see me in my vehicle in low light than in the daylight. Kind of strange. Good luck.
  14. I paid like $160. Worth every penny. That back window was a b*tch. He had to do it twice. Not only is it so cramped back there, but apparently the defroster elements degrade on the older cars ('93) and debris from it gets caught in the new film. I could tell he wasn't a happy camper. He then cleaned the back window very carefully and the second attempt was damn near perfect. This guy was awesome. He took it upon himself to re-do the rear window. Someone who gives a sh*t is a rare thing these days. If anyone is near Houston "X-Treme Auto Tint" on FM1960.
  15. I used to have a musty smell coming from my vents. Then my A/C quit blowing cold. I took it to the Lexus stealership and they said my evaporator coil had sprung a leak. $1450 later I have an ice cold A/C and, sure enough, the odor is completely gone. I guess not cleaning the coil cost me big. Wish I had known a couple of years ago.
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