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  1. I will be due for new brakes soon on my 2005 ES 330...I have priced out OE Toyota replacement parts & frankly the dealers around here are astronomical just for the parts (front & rear pads & rotors). I am considering a complete brake kit from Powerstop which includes front / rear cross drilled & slotted rotors & "Evoloution' front & rear ceramic pads for approx $320, plus free shipping. Does anyone have any experience with these & if so, I would love to hear your feedback. More info here: http://shop.autoanything.com/brakes/61A5870A0A0.aspx
  2. It's possible sure...fingers crossed.
  3. Having said that, a bit disappointed that a 7 or 8 speed automatic has not been introduced...
  4. Posting another gallery here...if you want to really enlarge the pics, simply click on the 1600 x 1200 sizes. ;) Enjoy!! http://www.netcarshow.com/lexus/2013-es350/
  5. A complete Amsoil oil change for me is $52.27 (I have an Amsoil membership). That includes 5 qt's of Amsoil 0W 30 'signature series' motor oil & the Amsoil EA synthetic oil filter. I do the oil changes myself & I also have a Fumoto oil drain valve to make my life much easier. I let the old oil drain for hours to boot. More than a half dozen Amsoil 'dealers' for the same want between $107.50 & $120.00+ tax & that does not include the synthetic oil filter. :whistles:
  6. Max towing is 1,000lbs when properly equipped...but the ES is not a vehicle I would choose to be a towing vehicle. If you do use it for towing, I would make sure you install a tranny cooler as insurance.
  7. I will second what SW has said...and I too use synthetics (for everything, not just engine oil)...depending on the annual mileage & brand of oil & oil filter you use (I use nothing but Amsoil) you can safely do 2 oil & oil filter changes per year. As for tire pressure...don't even go near 50 PSI. :whistles: 32-33 PSI is what I set mine too....for even wear & excellent fuel economy.
  8. As lenore mentioned...nothing but OEM plugs which will be either NGK or Denso (Iridiums...which are different & than the IX plugs which won't last nearly as long).
  9. Amsoil PI complete fuel system cleaner here...twice a year. Always before a nice long highway drive. More info here: http://www.amsoil.com/storefront/api.aspx
  10. Here is some detailed pics to go along with SW's video... http://www.netcarshow.com/lexus/2013-es350/02.htm Hat tip to Lexus...I think they did an absolute fantastic job on the redesign!!
  11. I keep it simple...I use Amsoil synthetics (oil, tranny fluid, brake fluid, power steering fluid) in my 2 vehicles & have for years. Because we live in the great white north, I use Amsoil 0W 30, along with their synthetic oil filters. I do the oil & filter changes myself every 6 months, regardless of mileage (which works out to be 8k - 10k anyways). For those that do their own oil changes, I highly suggest the Fumoto oil drain valve as well...makes a huge difference with no mess to drain the oil & it replaces your current oil plug. Check out www.amsoil.com for their synthetics. B)
  12. Here is the most current 2011 - 2012 Winter tire ratings from the APA. Simply select your category (passenger, SUV, performance etc) to assist with your selection. http://www.apa.ca/tire_wintertireratings.asp
  13. I appreciate the info. Would you be able to e-mail me a copy of the letter so that it is not public? Any idea roughly (labor wise) how long the repair should take?
  14. Saw this on one of my websites I frequent... http://www.autos.ca/general-news/toyota-recalls-vehicles-for-crankshaft-pulley I'm just wondering if this is a major repair or something simple...what I mean is, while they are performing this fix, do they have to tear down any major components & should I be considering replacing the timing belt or any other items during this time if easy accesss is there? My 05 ES330 now has close to 76k miles on the clock. Any thoughts, suggestions are appreciated.
  15. I appreciate the help to all those who responded! Window works as normal now. Probably saved me a chunk of change!
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