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  1. It sounds like the only keys you have are valet keys. You need a master key to open the trunk with a key. I think you can get a master key if you have a valet key although it might be a little pricey. IIRC, the two LS400's I bought each came with two master keys, one valet key and one wallet key. I'd be hard pressed to find instructions or an old forum thread that tells how to jump the circuit to open the trunk but I think it involves bridging two wires behind the dash mounted trunk switch. A locksmith might even know how to do it. I don't think a physical cable runs from the dash mo
  2. A fairly common cause of the problems described in this thread is a starter drawing excess amps. Have your starter checked for current draw. The starter in the 2000 LS400 I drove for 11 years developed this problem at something like 150,000 miles. It was a lot of years ago but I seem to remember that having it replaced cost around $800 at an indie repair shop specializing in Lexus.
  3. What kind of paint job are you looking for? Something basic to make your car look a little better or an OEM quality paint job? Prices can range dramatically from a few hundred dollars to many thousands of dollars. Preparation is everything. I've largely stripped cars before I had their bodies painted removing all pieces that weren't going to receive paint, e.g. badges, moldings, headlights, taillights, fog lights, grills. I even removed the windshield on one convertible. Since you're in California, here is a link to an LA Times article about having an entire car painted: https://www
  4. You can check for a filter but don't be surprised if you don't find one. The 1990 LS400 I drove from new to 14 years didn't have one. The first model year that a filter is shown in the parts list is 1992 but I thought that 1993 was the first model year that the North American market gone one. The Lexus organization made quite a big deal when the HEPA filtration system became standard on the LS400 in the North American market. It was an expensive option on the Japanese market Celsior (LS400) in the early years. Ducts in the HVAC system could be clogged with who-knows-what or electric s
  5. Thoughts? Maybe you should have bought a 2010-up RX with the optional the Luxury Package which includes power seat cushion extenders.
  6. I've always wondered why muting the audio system during a navigation instruction on Toyota/Lexus navigation systems isn't an option ... but it's never been. I've gotten used to pressing the MAP buttons in our vehicles to have the last navigation instruction repeated. Sometimes I first manually mute or lower the audio system volume.
  7. Why not replace your 2013 RX350 with an SUV that can tow your boat safely with no drama and also carry at least as many passengers as your RX? It would probably be less expensive than owning an extra vehicle. If you don't want to buy new, I'm sure you can find something nice on the used market that would work for you. For example, the Carmax down the road from me here in Kansas has Chevy Suburbans from 2013 to 2019 priced between $25K and $37K. The purchase price of a boat is only the beginning. I was stunned at all associated costs. I swore I'd never own another boat unless I could
  8. A unit body vehicle like the RX cannot be "beefed up" to handle that kind of load. I suppose you could ask around but I strongly doubt that anybody in their right mind would assume the liability of doing that type of job. You've just plain got the wrong vehicle for towing that kind of boat. Some versions of the F-150 wouldn't tow that boat either. The marina service I used to recover our sailboat used a much larger 4WD pickup truck - something on the order of an F-350 - but they were sometimes launching and recovering boats that weighed well over 10,000 pounds. You need someth
  9. The Ford F-150 is a "body on frame" design and engineered from the start for heavy towing. The RX350 is a unit-body vehicle without a separate frame and is designed for light duty towing at best. Trailers over around 1,500 pounds should have their own brakes - electric or surge. Trailers over 3,000 pounds REALLY need their own brakes. Trailers for boats of the size you are talking about usually have surge brakes since electric brakes aren't happy being submerged. Boat ramps can be scary slippery with moss in the Midwest but maybe that's less of a problem in Florida. I once had a sca
  10. I doubt that you would get ticketed anywhere in the U.S. for not having rear side marker lights and certainly not in the Florida keys "Conch Republic". Is anything illegal down there? 🙄 Does your replacement lamp unit have a manufacturer name and/or part number on it or does the box it came in have it? It would be interesting to see what it really is. Here's an image I grabbed from Amazon that shows the back of the type of lamp module you needed. It has a socket for a 5W side marker bulb. If the lamp unit you bought instead has only a socket for a larger 21W rear fog lamp bulb t
  11. OK, another possibility that I hesitated to bring up is that a rear fog lamp unit may be involved. In most areas outside North America, the lamp units in the rear bumper are fog lamps instead of side marker lamps. These rear fog lamp units use 21W bulbs instead of the 5W bulbs used in the side marker units. The attached diagram and parts list shows the rear fog lamps for the European market RX. There are a number of possible scenarios including ... 1) A previous owner removed the rear side marker units, installed the rear fog light units, and did the necessary rewiring to support
  12. My understanding is that security codes were not used on Toyota/Lexus vehicles sold in North America after the early/mid 1990's. For example, my 1990 LS400 radio had an option for entering a security code but my 2000 LS400 did not. The security code feature was documented in the owners manual for the 1990.
  13. I wonder if you got the wrong version of the light unit. Determine where your RX was assembled - Japan or North America - and verify that the part number you were sold matches the one in the appropriate attached image.
  14. Here a parts list for both rear tail lights. Google the part numbers for sources.
  15. If your 2012 RX has the optional heads-up display, it includes current speed displayed in digital format. Press the "HUD" button on the lower right of the dashboard to turn it on.
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