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  1. gx470forme, You've already lemon lawed 2 vehicles and you're working on your 3rd? Are you serious? What do you think are the odds of you being the recipient of 3 lemons? What's the common denominator in all 3 of those cases? Yeah, I'm one of those consumers that likes to pay $50k for shotty products. Come on, that's stupid. I expect a great car for that kind of money and you should too. But you can't expect perfection and I just think some of these complaints are drastically blown out of proportion. If the GX is such a horrible vehicle riddled with so many problems and Lexus is so awful for not fixing them to your satisfaction, why did you buy it? Didn't you do any research? I read every complaint on every forum I could find before buying, didn't you? Not one of the complaints that people have listed here is new to me, I heard them all before I bought mine 2 months ago.
  2. I'm amazed at how quickly folks are ready to trash a car and a company over some minor problems. There are people here suggesting Lexus buy back a vehicle because there's a barely perceptible vibration in the steering wheel between 1700-2200rpms. I own a GX and I realize it's not perfect. But if you guys would check the boards for any other manufacturer at Edmunds or any other site, you'd see that your GX problems pale in comparison to the major mechanical and electrical problems people are having with other $50K vehicles. After I had owned a BMW X5 for a year, I read the X5 boards at Edmunds and was stunned by how many people there were trashing BMW and the X5 for being the worst car they'd ever had. We had one issue with the car not recognizing the key and not starting. Dealer fixed it right away. I don't understand how people think a loose radio amp wire, a knock, a mirror vibrating, and a fan working intermittently constitutes a lemon and a buy back. I think people have some unrealistic expectations about Lexus and any other car for that matter. I strongly encourage you to spend some time reading the boards for the X5, M-class, Touareg, Escalade, Navigator, Land Rover, etc...and then report back how serious these problems seem in comparison. I've had the knock once and just the thought of it occurring bothers me, and I'm sure I'd be frustrated if I'd had all of the problems you have, but you may want to look at the bigger picture. I have searched every Lexus forum I can find on the net, and read all the complaints I could find, all before buying the GX. Not once did I find anyone who had reported a mechanical or electrical problem that interfered with the actual functioning or safety of the vehicle. 95% of the complaints are the clunk, the vibration, and inaccurate temperature gauge (not engine temp, ambient temp). I would say that's pretty good. But that's just my viewpoint. JPI, I keep waiting for that perfect vehicle to evolve, which one is it? It seems like after a few generations one of these cars would be perfect, right?
  3. I had the front windows tinted by the dealer with the Huper Optik ceramic tint. The Nav seems to work fine. Depending on which state you live in, it's doubtful that you'll be able to tint the front windows quite as dark as the rear. It's illegal in most states to make them that dark in the front. Mine is pretty close and still looks great.
  4. You can't blame Lexus for disabling those functions. It's our own society that thinks that the words lawsuit and jackpot are synonyms. Yes, people would sue Lexus if they hit a wall while entering a new address. Why don't you mark your home and then register that as the home address. Pull into your garage and hit mark point, and then register that as Home. Of course, if someone steals your car with your garage door opener in it, they'll hit the voice command and say "take me to the guy's house I'm going to rob and open the garage door." I think you got a little carried away when you said Lexus "disabled the entire functionality of the nav system when you step on the gas." My NAV works very well when I'm driving, you just can't change the address until you come to a stop sign.
  5. No one has ever reported a fix for this. I think it's going to be one of those things that you tolerate. I honestly think it's blown way out of proportion. If I didn't specifically feel for it, I never would notice it. I doubt corporate is going to turn flips over it.
  6. I agree with you 100%. They have XM available only on the new LS I believe. I've spent a lot of time on the XM forum asking folks about hard wiring this thing. I know nothing about the inner workings of electronics, but it just doesn't seem like it should be that hard to do. It seemed logical to me that most of these audio systems would use one or two variations of connections for cd players, etc... and that you would only need a couple of adapters to take care of all systems. I've been told that this isn't the case and that it's not possible to do the direct connection into my system as of yet. The tape option does sound stupid, but it works pretty well. If I could find a way to hide that wire coming out of the deck it would be close to invisible. I was able to rationalize it and accept it by reminding myself that no 19 year old punks would be taking apart the sensitive equipment in the dash of my $50K truck. I visited several car audio places in my area, and that made me painfully aware of the incompetence level in that arena. The thought of those guys cracking my dash really shook me. I've been just as frustrated as you. :chairshot:
  7. I love my GX470. Nothing's perfect and it doesn't have any more issues than any other luxury SUV. These types of threads got out of control at Club Lexus, it seems people may have some unrealistic expectations that even Lexus can't meet. Check any other manufacturer's board and read about the problems those owners are experiencing and it will put it in perspective for you. BTW, we've felt the clunk once, the vibration is the most ridiculous complaint I've ever heard, it's barely perceptible, everything else is awesome. If I could change anything, I'd make the seat extend further under my legs and make the back window power down.
  8. I just noticed that the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety had finally crashed a GX470. It received a Best Pick, and placed 2nd only to the Volvo XC90 vault. And it placed just ahead of my BMW X5. I bought the GX banking on Lexus' reputation for safety and I'm glad they didn't let me down. It's so nice to see so much improvement in all of the categories of vehicles, lots more in the Good category and lots of Best Picks. When I started getting interested in auto safety a couple of years ago, it was rare to find one or two Good vehicles in each category.
  9. I've researched this a ton. I've contacted Blitzsafe but they don't have an adapter yet for the GX. They've put me on the email notification list, but I'm not expecting it any time soon. I was really disappointed that I couldn't find a way to make a direct connection. There's a guy on the XM forum who's thinking of cutting open the cables in his RX300 and soldering on an XM connection, but I don't think I'll be doing any cutting or soldering on my new GX. The tape adapter is 2nd in sound quality behind the direct connection. I ended up buying the XM Roady by Delphi through the tape adapter. I plugged the power adapter into the cigarette plug right there on the left side in front of the shifter. I took the Roady mounting bracket and wedged it in right above that power plug, didn't even mount it permanently. I magaged to hide all the wires in that little compartment above it and then ran the antenna wire down under the dash on the passenger side and out the passenger door (under the rubber seal) and then up the windshield (under the rubber seal) and onto the roof just in front of the luggage rack on the passenger side. The only thing you can see is the 3 inch bit of cassette adapter wire coming out of the cassette deck and disappearing into that little compartment below it. I can take a picture if you're interested. I've been tempted to see if there's a way to tap in through the CD player connection, but I think it would require sacrificing the CD player, and you may still need an adapter even then.
  10. I have a new 04 GX and I think the ML sound system is great. I agree that the bass is very prominent and may be too much for some folks, but I love it, it's not flabby, it's tight and refined. My wife commented that if she really wants to crank it, it's nice, but other times it's too much. So that sounds like your experience. Maybe the Nakamichi system was geared more to the upper frequencies. Maybe you should experiment with the bass level and mid level on the system adjustments. I have my treble turned up a little and my bass at the mid point.