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About mckellyb

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  1. Then this appeared at a local off-lease car "lot". It's really an old warehouse, they've been there for decades. 2008 LS 460 L, many an option (no four seat option or the executive rear seating bit, but I think everything else), 93K miles, very clean save for a bunch of small hail dents (hey, it's Texas, it's likely going to happen, anyway), paid just under $19K, Wednesday. The car was originally a Toyota corporate car in Cali...three years of that @ 9K miles per year, then it made its way to Texas for private ownership for the next five years. The guy traded it in on a newer S
  3. Changed 'em this morning. The car is so quiet, unless the windows are open, and you're next to a wall/building, you can't hear the 'worn out chirpers'. Got 95K out of the OEM's...yeah, I know, sub-100K miles on an almost 10 year old car.... She, Princess, sat in storage for a few years, under our ownership. I'd say I got maximum life out of the inside driver's side pad! Funny, 'cause yesterday, I had to positively stomp on the WHOA pedal when the person in front of me stopped well short of traffic while they were fishing something out of the back seat of their Honda CR-V.
  4. Sorry for the delay in posting, but it's been a while since I've visited, and this jumped out at me, being I was just here for my wife's RX. I heartily second this tire choice. I've been a fan of Kumho's since putting a set of KH-11's on a '95 Intrepid ES we used to own. On the side was molded, "FOR SUMMER USE ONLY". Yeah, whatever. I had a dedicated set of snows on a separate set of wheels, which I'd gotten for the mountains west of Denver, but in Portland, OR, there was no way I was swapping tires for the one or two snow days per year. Just not gonna happen. I was one of three peopl
  5. I too would love to have an override for the nav system, but on the RX, the gen 2/3 navigation system, I never see a 'dvd' option. It just doesn't exist. No matter where you go in the system, it's just not there. In these, the radio is a wholly separate unit in the center stack, which may be the difference. As it is, I have a burned 7.1 data disc which locks up a disturbing amount of the time. It happens enough so that I carry the OEM disc from 2002 in the vehicle, so, if nothing else, I have access to old data. I've gotten to where I can change the discs at a stoplight, if necessary.
  6. When the tank was about half full, I unscrewed the gas cap but left it on the filler tube, and left it overnight. I'm still surprised this seemed to work. Remember, don't drive with it unscrewed, it's a guaranteed 'check engine' light cause.
  7. Holy old thread, Batman! I finally figured this out. I actually caused this problem without knowing it. The RX spent 12 months in my mother's garage, stored while we traveled. I've stored motorcycles, snowblowers and PWC's over the years without problems...I've gotten confident in doing it. Put a Battery Tender on it, change the oil (fresh Mobil 1, of course), put max air in the tires and top off the fuel tank. It's this last one which bit me. I filled the gas tank to the top, which I'd not done in the past, as we'd lived in Oregon, land of gasoline is too dangerous for anyone but the m
  8. Fletcher Jones is gone. Bought out by Lexus of Las Vegas, morons that they are. I'm with you on shop rate. $260 to change the transmission fluid. Um, I think not. The waiting room is nice, bit it ain't that nice. I've actually 'felt' where the noise it and it on the left side of the shift console, almost exactly next to your knee, if you're of 'average' leg length.
  9. Oh, I'm not clueless. I have an 18" long clear tube which is attached to a device allowing the tube to be screwed on to the top of an engine oil/transmission oil/gear lube fluid bottle. It's much like cheating, but in a good way. Just bugs me to no end this is the design which has been accepted for the last 50 years.
  10. I started the multi-fluid change transmission 'flush' today, and man, did Toyota put some thought into making this quick and easy!! I am almost anxious to do it the next was that easy. First, get a socket wrench, a 10MM socket and a ratchet wrench, though only if you're gonna remove the pan to clean/replace the filter. A bolt spinner, whatever you call those offset wrenches which allow you to remove bolts/nuts quickly, will not fit unless the front tires are a good four inches off the ground. Even then, the rear ones might be a challenge. Anyway, you need a 10MM Allen wrench, or
  11. Oh, I'll share. This is the kind of thing which will send some of us to the nuthouse in a hurry. I'd have thought the Suzuki Grand Sucktara, the first car I bought new...embarassingly, would have cured me of having rattling/squeaking/odd noises bother me, but now I'm just more sensitive to it. Good in that vehicle, as it's broken three rear diff pinion gears in 75K miles. Sigh.
  12. Way cool find! I gather those of us on gen 2 and 3 (an '02 RX300) are SOL.
  13. Update: I almost do not believe this, but it seems the slightest incline which makes the nose lower than the tail will allow the funky first shift behavior. Playing around some more, if it's parked ever so slightly 'nose up', it's fine. The tiniest bit nose down, it "shifts" twice going into first. This is downright odd.
  14. In my case, that's not is. I set the e-brake if there is the slightest incline...owning a 5300 lb. 2-door GM from the early-70's will teach you this the first time you don't do it. Plus, mine is still molasses-like in R through 1, or whatever the lowest gear selectable is.
  15. Oh, got it. This makes sense, now that I've thought about it.
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