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jragosta

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  1. Several times in the past few months, I've had threads shut down. In each case, the record is very clear. I've been discussing something that I have the education, credentials, and experience to discuss and someone jumps in with "I don't care if you have a PhD and spent half of your career studying this and I'm a high school drop out. I don't like what you say, so I'll disagree with it - even if I can support my position". I try to educate people with the facts. Apparently, the management of this board doesn't care about the facts. They would rather let people with no education or experience
  2. I feel you are talkig about air filters but you can have high Si levels and it is meaningless. I know very well about your filtering past jobs since you have inlightendc me many times about it. For me, I could careless what people have done for jobs etc. Since oil testing in engines is a differet ball game. I even used air glazed filters for years (5) and the Si (some high) do not dictate anything. Even had the oil tests that showed this. Again, if you test your oil you will know SI in the great puzzle means nothing. You can have high Si and nothing is even wrong with oil or engine oil.
  3. based on the oil filter ratings, I would use it and be happy too. But then again I send $4.75 for my 2 oil filters that last one year (using the same oil).. Si is one piece of the pie and does not mean a bad filter. If you oil test, you would know this. Si isn't the whole puzzle, but it indicates that particles are passing through the K&N filter - which is exactly what I said would happen. K&N advertises filter ratings which are meaningless. They are simply reporting dirt holding capacity which is not what you want to look out. Hint: I spent many years in R&D developing new f
  4. Well, I wound up going to advanced autoparts, purchased a K&N filer adn Mobile 1 oil 5W30 did the oil change. I also purchased the SeaFoam but wasn't sure where to put it in order to clean the cilinder head and valves so I postponed it for next oil change when I find out more of how to do it. Before installing it, you might want to read the reports on K&N. You'll get a lot of people saying 'I used it and it worked fine, added 50 hp and improved my fuel economy 90%' without any evidence. You'll also get people who actually tested things and found that the K&N filter was dumping
  5. Here we go with the age discrimation..AGAIN! monarch- Do you really think most users or memebrs buy what you post? It is so wrong it is funny (but sad). Just compare the ratings on the filters. Toyoto is nothing short of a normal filter. I would not pay over $2.50 for (1). I, for one, buy what he says. There is a lot of crap out there that sounds good if you read the marketing but turns out to be useless (or even causes damage). I can think of a couple of products that have been recommneded on thsi very board that have been shown to be bad for your car, but people still buy them becaus
  6. It is fairly common for the temperature to go up when A/C is running, but it's usually not a problem. How high does the temperature go?
  7. Hint: Get a grip. Your life will be much more enjoyable if you learn to put things in perspective and treat people like human beings. The person who did the work is a human being. They may or may not have made a mistake (it's unlikely that they got your instructions - you should probably be complaining about the service manager, not the technician). As a result, he put in green antifreeze which clashes with the pink inside your engine bay. Since both the red and green antifreeze meet Lexus standards, you're getting all bent out of shape, calling names, and losing your temper over the fact tha
  8. For what it's worth, I'm generally opposed to any third party additives. It takes many person-years to engineer a modern car because it's critical for all the pieces to work well together. The car is shipped when the design is complete and everything (including the fluids) works well together (usually). Any third party additive is necessarily a compromise. It's not going to be ideal for everything. In fact, it can make things worse. Let's say that the additive makes the fluid more viscous. In some cases, that would have a negative effect on performance. And that's not to mention the risk of
  9. All they're obligated to do is to use coolant which meets Lexus specs. They presumably did that. If you wanted something different, you should have written it on the service write up. If you did that, take it back and have them do what you requested. If you didn't write it up, you're SOL. Like I mentioned previously, I did discuss using "red" with the guy and I figured a verbal was good as gold. In any case, I did call them this morning and mentioned what I stumbled upon and they agreed to flush it and use the red. I have been going to them for years but the manager and master tech that
  10. All they're obligated to do is to use coolant which meets Lexus specs. They presumably did that. If you wanted something different, you should have written it on the service write up. If you did that, take it back and have them do what you requested. If you didn't write it up, you're SOL. Like I mentioned previously, I did discuss using "red" with the guy and I figured a verbal was good as gold. In any case, I did call them this morning and mentioned what I stumbled upon and they agreed to flush it and use the red. I have been going to them for years but the manager and master tech that
  11. All they're obligated to do is to use coolant which meets Lexus specs. They presumably did that. If you wanted something different, you should have written it on the service write up. If you did that, take it back and have them do what you requested. If you didn't write it up, you're SOL.
  12. I'm not very mechanical, but I can do it. It's fairly easy. Just make sure you get the right battery. Always disconnect the negative (black) terminal and make sure the black lead is well away from the terminal before touching the red lead. When reinstalling, connect the red lead first. Good luck.
  13. I wouldn't suggest running out and buying a starter based on my wild guess. Go to Pep Boys or whoever offers cheap testing of the electrical system. That way you'll know what is broken rather than guessing.
  14. I can't imagine how a low battery would make the car shake. Bad starter (or bad solenoid, perhaps) would be my guess.
  15. Get rid of it. Even if by some miracle you can obtain the parts (I doubt if GS parts will work) and get them shipped to Poland, that car will never be right again. You're looking at major structural damage.
  16. That was an option suggested back on page 2 or so of this thread. When I looked into it, the cost of the Canadian ECU was over $1750 USD in 2003. The other problem was at the time the car was under warranty and Lexus would have voided the at least the emissions warranty should I have opted for this. The car would now not be or may not be ULEV compliant and they would not stand behind any unknown failures in any emissions testing that I had to have performed nor would they be responsibe to cover any failed part under warranty. I had taken this as maybe they haven't tried it and didn't know
  17. In addition, Canadian vehicles are not known to suffer these problems......due to the different emission regulations between our 2 countries. Exactly. Lexus should allow US ES owners to choose the Canadian Transmission settings if they wish. Lexus could no longer claim the vehicle as ULEV, but that only matters for new vehicle sales. Once I own the car, I can modify it within fairly broad limits.
  18. Go to nhtsa.dot.gov. The throttle lag problem is the #1 problem on the ES330. There are dozens of complaints. Given the small number of people who bother to complain, you can bet that the number is huge. Virtually every review I've seen in magazines and newspapers mentions it. Read the threads in this board. There are a few complaints about the cup holders. A small number of complaints about a few other things. And many hundreds of complaints about the throttle lag. Just what (other than a blind 'Lexus can do no wrong' attitude) can make you think it's not a significant problem?
  19. The 2007 Camry / ES350 / RX350 has the same all new 3.5 liter V6 as the 2006 Avalon. I havn't heard of complaints from 2006 Avalon owners about hesitation problems nor have I read about any such complaints in auto road test magazines. I'm guessing the hesistation problem may have been largely resolved. I've got oceanfront property in Arizona to sell you, too. 1. Toyota has claimed that the problem has been solved over and over and over - and people still have problems. 2. The USA Today reviewer said he experienced the problem. 3. Go to nhtsa.dot.gov. There's already one complaint abo
  20. What irritates me the most about this is Toyota's denial. USA Today reviewed the 2007 Toyota Camry and saw the same hesitation problems. He contacted Toyota and they said that it's a problem that doesn't occur in production vehicles- ignoring the fact that there have been dozens of complaints to NHTSA and thousands of complaints online. THAT is why I won't buy another Toyota vehicle and will recommend to my friends that they don't buy one. Also, my company will not buy any Toyota vehicles for its fleet.
  21. Does the BMW have a warranty or can you get one for a reasonable price?
  22. Except that you keep ignoring the facts in dreaming up your silly scenarios. My car does not have Trac. It does not have VSC. It is a standard 2004 ES330 without either of those options. Yet I experience the severe, long 1-2 second delay. It has been pointed out to you over and over again that you don't know what you're talking about. Just accept it and learn.
  23. Not the ones that have been shown to be wrong. VSC can't be the cause of problems on cars that don't have VSC. Traction control can't be the cause of problems on cars that don't have traction control. Please do yourself a favor and take a course in logical thinking.
  24. Let's see. I don't have any idea what you mean by 'Trac', but as for ABS firmware, please explain how ABS firmware would cause the following: When pulling onto a freeway, your foot is on the gas as you move down the ramp. You see an opening in the traffic and step harder on the gas. The car sits there for 2 seconds thinking about it and then takes off. You really have some strange ideas.
  25. Other than wasting energy and throwing up clouds of confusion in chasing a red herring? If one is really interested in determining the cause of the problem (and eventually a fix), one has to look at it scientifically. VSC has been eliminated as a potential source of the problem. Move on to something else. What I've noticed after renting alot of '04-'06 Toyotas and other Asian cars recently is that the duration of the hesitation on the Toyota / Lexus 1MZ-FE / 3MZ/FE V6 is greater and long enough to be annoying. The duration of the hesitation in the other Toyota engines and other Asian car
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