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  1. My '01 idles at a constant 600 - yours definately shoudn't be @ 1200.
  2. No, my '01 has the warning chime and also will display 'Moonroof Open' in the dash display if you open the drivers door with it left open. Could be that the personal options menu has been tinkered with & when she is 'unlocking' the car with the remote she may be holding the unlock button down long enough for the sunroof to open. The options can be set for various openings of windows and/or moonroof.
  3. I have to agree with IS400 - better looking wheels are a must. I upgraded to 18" TSW Vortex rims last year & IMHO, it makes a big difference. As far as chillin' them puppies down, I will have to defer to her womanly insticts ;-) I do love the articulating vents though, it makes the frostbitten knuckles a thing of the past. Can't really say which option is my favorite, everything on my UL is incredible - once you have it, you don't want to be without it!
  4. You can list it on one of the online car sales sites - such as, or such. If you have pictures, or can have someone take pictures of it, it helps a lot - everyone wants to see what they are going to be buying. They also only charge a one time fee that is good until it sells. Best of luck.
  5. Reza - Another vehicle for possible consideration would be the Acura TL. It seems to be a bit more centered between the luxury of the ES, and the sportiness of the G. Consumer Reports ranks it very high on both owner satisfaction and reliability. Best of luck & let us know what you decide.
  6. Here is a link to the installation for the update:
  7. The nav unit is in the trunk under the carpeted paneling - I beleive it is on the passenger side.
  8. Definately understand the shying away from the Toyo brand - just thowing in my 2 cents worth for the new Versado's. Anyway you can't go wrong with Michelin's - either speed rating. The H's cost less to begin with, and will wear better, so economically that would be the best route. Performance wise, just depends on your driving style/aggressiveness - personally, I don't think that the difference between an H rated (130 mph 'sustained speeds') and the V rated (149 mph) is worth the $45.00 extra. I put the V rated on last year simply for the fact that is what they had available the quickest.
  9. I've had a few posts regarding the Toyo Versado LX's that I put on my LS last year (V rated 245/45-18) - about 20,000 miles ago, and still love these tires. Very quiet still, great handling and performance (I'm a bit older now & more settled in my driving style, and I don't pretend that my LS is a Porshe) and appear to have plenty of tread left - I use a set of dedicated snow tires here in Minnesota, so at least a couple more years left on this set. They are available in H or V ratings, with the advantages/disadvantages that you are already aware of. Anyway, just throwing another manufacturer out there for your consideration. Let us know what you decide!
  10. Here are a few other sources: Lexus Parts Online - $22.40 each Sewell Parts Online - $28.00 each Iron Toad - $45.70 each Obviously prices will vary drastically - I called my Dealership (originally quoted $42.00 each) & they matched the Sewell price, so I just went & picked them up there.
  11. The position of the ect switch doesn't necessarily cause strain on the engine or transmission. It will alter the transmission 'shift points' for a more aggressive style of driving (tranny will hold gears a bit longer, & will shift at a higher engine rpm). You can do the same thing with the switch in 'normal' position and have the transmission 'learn' your driving style (hence the name 'Electronically Controlled Transmission'). If you have a heavy foot and floor the gas pedal when accelerating from every stop, the 'shift points' will be at a much higher rpm and the tranny and engine will take more 'abuse' also. It really just depends upon your driving style, how much you want to put your foot into the pedal, and how much abuse you want to dish out on your vehicle.
  12. There is a drawer in the front of the seats, just above the filters. If you pull this drawer out all the way, it will come out & you can see the clips that hold the filter in place (you will be able to see one side anyway - the other side is tucked up closer to the transmission tunnel, but is in exactly the same place/position). You can put you hand in through the hole left by the drawer removal & press the tops of the clips down to remove the filter.
  13. Be carefull that you don't run the fan motor(s) without the filters in place - the airflow will be much better, but anything that is left under the seat can be sucked into the motor & I'm sure that would be fairly expensive to replace! The correct part number for the filters is: 88921-50010 and they are the same for both the drivers and passengers side.
  14. I'll jump on that Rant train!! Drive it or Park it, you can't do both at the same time.
  15. I remember reading those posts earlier, but decided to chance it on feedback that I'm sure they received from their customers. Hopefully they took that seriously when they put out their 'Luxury Touring' Versado tire. So far so good though, and I am still very happy with them.
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