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  1. Based on the parts diagrams on http://www.toyodiy.com , the air filters are very different in size and shape.
  2. According to the parts diagrams on www.toyodiy.com , part number 63251-30090 is the "WEATHERSTRIP, SLIDING ROOF" for the 2007 ES Ultra Luxury Package. Is this what needs to be replaced? I see it at https://www.lexuspartsnow.com/parts/lexus-weatherstrip-sliding-roof-panel-or-removable-roof~63251-30090.html for $47.12.
  3. It could be a good opportunity if you really want an LS 500 and especially if you plan to keep it a long time. You might be able to negotiate a even lower price based on the vehicle's history. I read recently that there are still a lot of unsold new 2018 LS 500's so the market for them is apparently very soft. Other than its run-flat tires and no spare tire, my main problem with the LS 500 is the shrinking interior which now has a volume within a tenth of a cubic foot of the space of a 2019 Toyota Camry with its optional moonroof. The Camry we rented 6 weeks ago was actually roomier than an LS 500 since the rental Camry didn't have a moonroof. Of course, Toyota/Lexus is too ashamed of it to publish interior volume dimensions for the LS 500 so it's necessary to go elsewhere to find them: https://cars.usnews.com/cars-trucks/lexus/ls/2018/specs/ls-awd-398085 Lexus LS 500 - Passenger Volume (cu. ft.): 99.4 Toyota Camry (with moonroof) - 99.3 cu. ft. per https://www.toyota.com/content/ebrochure/2019/camry_ebrochure.pdf I know the luxury sedan market has shrunk due to the flight to SUV's but I never expected the Lexus LS interior to shrink.
  4. It looks like the part number for the cigarette lighter assembly including the lighter itself is 85500-30520 if you want to replace it. I've read about lighter sockets - especially as cars age - wearing out from using chargers on numerous makes and models. They were designed for use with cigarette lighters and not with chargers. The sockets on newer vehicles really are designed for use with chargers. Few vehicles these days come with cigarette lighters. After you replace your cigarette lighter assembly you might consider plugging in a charger that you never remove. For example, we have twin USB charging adapters plugged into charging sockets of our current vehicles and I don't think we've removed them since we bought the vehicles new seven and five years ago. I had a butte-load of 12V devices to power in the 2000 Lexus LS400 that I sold in 2014. I didn't power any of them from the cigarette lighter socket under the radio or from the charging socket in the center console. I bought a corded single charging socket at Target, chopped off its plug and spliced the wires into the car's accessory electrical circuit. Into the corded single charging socket, I plugged in an "octopus" charging contraption that I also bought at Target. The octopus device had two USB ports and two charging sockets. I hid most of the octopus and the corded single charging socket inside the car's center stack and underneath the center console and routed the cords from the devices I was charging through crevices where interior panels met the center stack. I thought it was an elegant solution since the many charging cables were mostly hidden.
  5. I've never bothered to look into why artist, album and track information doesn't show when playing music from CD's on Toyota/Lexus in-dash systems but all the information does show on the in-dash screens after I copied my music collection to my phone and then stream the same music from my phone via Bluetooth. And it's way easier to scroll through my rather large music collection on my phone screen than to juggle a bunch of physical CD's. I put phone holders high on our dashboards to make it easier. The steering wheel controls can be used to skip and restart music tracks streamed from phones over Bluetooth. Streaming my music collection via Bluetooth from my phone sounds as good as playing the same music from an original commercial CD - I've tried hard to tell a difference even with engine off. Bluetooth sound quality sure has improved since the early days. I don't listen to my music collection all that much anymore ... mainly stream from Internet services (Pandora, YouTube Music, Amazon Prime Music, Tunein Radio) or listen to The Bridge or The Spectrum channels on XM satellite radio while I drive. I use the free iBolt Dock'n Drive phone app to make using streaming apps safer to use while driving. All the music on your 500 albums would probably all fit on an 32 GB SD card in your phone or in an iPhone if it has a decent amount of memory. Or upload your music to a cloud storage service and stream it from there. A bonus of having my music collection on my phone is that I can listen to it while I'm flying and in other situations where I don't have Internet access. Sorry I can't answer your question but CD's are going the way of cassette and 8-track tapes. Some car makers have stopped putting CD players in new vehicles.
  6. Are you the original owner? If so, has the Auto button ever worked? If you are not the original owner, see the Customization section of your owners manual which shows that the exterior mirror Auto button can be disabled by a Lexus dealer. A prior owner could have requested that the Auto feature be turned off. Some people are paranoid about wearing out the mirror retraction motors and would rather control them manually only when they need to retract them. Replacing the retraction motors is fairly expensive and early versions were prone to failure after a few years. A problem I've had is the exterior mirrors freezing in the retracted position in ice storms; the retraction motors were unable to overcome the ice and return the mirrors to the extended position while making a nasty noise. I try to remember to not retract the mirrors when I park outside and icy weather is forecast.
  7. Look two posts back in this thread and follow the link provided by Filehorse to get to the documents.
  8. Was the valet key stolen when the car was parked where you frequently park it? If not, the thief might not find your car again. You might be able to have the all the keys "deleted" from the vehicle ECU memory and then have the keys you still have programmed back in. The thief would still be able to unlock and gain access to your car but the stolen valet key could not be used to start the engine. If that is not good enough, yes, you can have the service center replace and program new keys but there will be significant expense to change the door and trunk locks and the ignition switch. Insurance may cover much or all of the cost if you have it.
  9. The reasons are that Anker brand products routinely get extraordinarily favorable reviews and all of the many Anker products I have purchased have been consistently wonderful. Google "Anker" and do some reading.
  10. You said "Also, am getting (gasp) older and the 4RNR is a little bit of a climb in.". And you still what another SUV-like vehicle? The Prius v has almost as much space as the RX400h and the driver seat sits higher than the regular Prius which is why my wife liked it. I saw a butt-load of Prius v Orange Cabs in Seattle - their high cargo volume is why they are popular with cab companies. Or consider a Toyota Highlander Hybrid if you want an RX-like hybrid vehicle - same space and most of the amenities of an RX400h at substantially less purchase and maintenance costs. And, the rear visibility from the driver seat of a Highlander is much better than from the driver seat of an RX. Mechanically, they are the same. After 24 years of Lexus LS, my opinion has come to be that the only reason to buy a Lexus brand vehicle is if a similar/same vehicle is not available under the Toyota brand ... unless you really, really like the "free" pastries at the Lexus dealership. The Toyota version of a vehicle is sometimes better than the Lexus version. For example, the Toyota Avalon has received substantially more favorable reviews than its Lexus ES clone.
  11. A salvage company may be your only option or maybe advertise for one on this or the "other" Lexus forum. Some people have replaced their in-dash nav units with modern systems and may be willing to sell or even give you their hard drive. The last update (hard drive exchange) from Lexus was in 2004.
  12. Funny ... we got back last night after 8 days of driving rental cars in the Seattle area doing the touristy things we didn't do during our many visits when we were (much) younger which, back then, included hiking the Wonderland Trail and climbing Mt. Rainier twice. The main purpose of this trip was for my wife to see a new born grand niece. IMO, miles are infinitely more important than years. For example, my wife's seven year old hybrid Prius v wagon just hit 40,000 miles and is still like new although it's been garaged day and night most of its life. The eight days it sat in long term parking at the Kansas City airport while we were in Seattle was by far the longest it's ever sat outside. If you live downtown and drive only twice a week, have you considered a Prius? I noticed that the Seattle streets are filled with both private and for hire regular Prius sedans and Prius v wagons including Orange Cab, Uber and Lyft. If you buy a top trim older Prius (about 2011-up) you can get standard automatic emergency braking (Pre-Collision System), Dynamic Adaptive Cruise Control (DRCC), LED headlights with pressure washers, heated seats, panoramic roof, etc., etc. - probably more features than you can get on an older Lexus RX. My wife's top-trim 2012 Prius v Five with the Advanced Technology Package can even parallel or back-in park itself. Parking in downtown Seattle is a bit sparse to say the least and a smaller car might make it easier since so many spaces are marked "compact only". Adaptive cruise control is VERY nice in Seattle I-5 traffic. The rental 2019 Camry we were driving in Seattle had it as do all the vehicles we currently own and it makes driving much less stressful. My take is that the Japan assembled Prius is the most reliable of all vehicles Toyota sells. We have had zero problems with our Prius - not a single problem or flaw. Or if you really want to stay with the Lexus brand, consider the CT200h hybrid. It was discontinued for the U.S. after 2017 (still available in Canada) and is available with even more do-dads than the Prius including a memory driver seat. It's about the size of the Prius but much snazzier.
  13. Is it really bothering you? The 8-speed transmission changes gears so that the engine runs in its most fuel efficient rpm range with excellent power on demand. I usually don’t even notice the shifting of the 8-speed transmission which was much more noticeable with the previous 6-speed transmission. I assume you are driving in areas with at least modest size hills. If it's shifting when driving on completely flat roads, then there is a defect. Edit: Whoops! The 2017 still had the old 6-speed with the much more noticeable shifting on hills.
  14. Adding a backup camera to a 2001-2003 LS430 is rather involved. There is a post on ClubLexus on how to do it on an LS430 with the Mark Lev system but I don't know if would work for the standard nav system: https://www.clublexus.com/forums/ls-3rd-gen-2001-2006/511807-how-to-ls430-mark-levinson-everything-w-pics-and-part-s.html#post5620270 If you can't see the attachments in that post, here is a direct link to the YouTube video about it:
  15. According to the old http://www.lexusnavigation.com/what-to-order/ website which was shut down in 2017 but can still be viewed through the Internet Wayback Machine, the 2013-2015 RX350 navigation system is of the type that must be updated by a Lexus dealer tech using the "Master USB SST LEXD-HDD-07-XX" tool with the XX representing the map update year. You'll need to buy an activation card, part number PT219-HDD07-XX with the XX representing the update year and present it to the Lexus dealer that performs the update for you. According to the following Lexus dealer web page, the 2018 map update (suffix "-18") is Version 17.1 which is odd since, from my experience, the part number suffix and Version number are usually the same: https://parts.keyeslexus.com/oem-parts/lexus-gen7-v17-1-nav-map-u-pt219hdd0718?c=az0x You might have to consult with a local Lexus dealership to verify. Normally, one would buy the activation card from the same dealership that performs the update. My wife's 2012 Prius has a similar nav system and we bought the activation card at one Toyota dealership and presented it to another Toyota dealership which did the update. It took the dealership tech two tries and several hours to do the update - they might have regretted quoting me only $40 to do the update. I bought the activation card for the Prius navigation system through the Costco Auto Program. It had the same $169 retail as the Lexus activation card but I paid $143 for it through Costco.