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  1. I have a 97 ES300 with 181,000 miles. Problems so far: Idle Control Valve: $300 Radio LCD display: $125 Peeling bumper and right rear view mirror: $325 Normal Maintenance: Replaced struts and mounts: $1100 timing belt (twice): $250 each time water pump: I forget. battery, tires, wiper blades Damage repair Front windshield damaged due to a sandstorm: $250 Fixed scratches on front and rear bumper: $200 This has been the most reliable and cheapest to maintain car that I have ever had.
  2. I got three quotes from independent bumper repair shops for the bumper plus mirror. They were $350, $425, and $515.
  3. There were earlier messages about paint peeling off side mirrors of Oyster Pearl cars. I also have a problem with paint peeling off the front bumper. Did anyone get any response by complaining to Lexus? Cost is around $350 to repaint the front bumper and one side mirror.
  4. I got my 97 ES300 from Longo Lexus in El Monte. Their prices were very competitive. They had a very good selection. Subsequently, I have been very satisfied with their service.
  5. Usually, I get 25mpg in city and 28-29 highway on my 97 ES300 with Costco 87. On my last long trip, I was cruising 75-80 mph and got 420 miles on one tank with the yellow light on for the last 10 miles for 31 mpg! This was with UNOCAL 87+.
  6. It'll cost around $90 for a new display. See my thread
  7. The Garmin iQue 3600 has lots of bad reviews on The Garmin Street Pilot 2610 has a lot better reviews. The dash units are very easy to install and move between vehicles. My main misgiving about these dash mounted units is that they are an easy target for thieves. So, you have to go through the hassle of putting them away when you park.
  8. Go to a bumper repair specialist. Some even come to your house. I had gouges and scratches fixed on the front and back bumper for $200.
  9. There are companies that specialize in bumper repair. I had my car fixed at my house. The repair guy had a complete paint mixing setup for matching the paint. I had a couple of deep gouges, but he was able to fix them perfectly. It cost $200 to fix the front and rear bumpers and took 2 hrs.
  10. I had some scratches fixed on my bumpers for $200 and the results were perfect. I had a $50 discount coupon. The repair guy (Bumper Doctor in San Diego) came to my house and had a complete paint mixing setup in his van to perfectly match my color. I had four 1/8" deep gouges on the front bumper from hitting an asphalt curb and a bunch of scratches in the back bumper from someone hitting me . The repair guy fixed them in a couple of hours. I really appreciate a craftsman that does a really good job. He said that he had three Lexus's to do that day. I guess Lexus owners are very particul
  11. I tried to use an Auto Sharp pen to fix my paint chips and am unhappy with the results. I put on four layers of paint, but it wasn't filling the cavity. I put a gob of paint and it formed a lump. I sanded it down, but I also sanded the area around it. The paint color matched but there were black pigments that settled to the top. My color is a metalic Oyster Pearl. I recommend that you develop your technique by trying it on a paint chip not on the hood. Better yet, take it to a specialist to get done right.
  12. There have been reports of poor performance and reliability problems with the Garmin iQue 360. The Garmin Street Pilot 2610 is getting a lot of good reviews. Garmin just came out with the 2620 with a preloaded hard drive with the whole US. See My main concern with the dash mounted units is that it is very attractive target for thieves.
  13. I have a 97 Oyster Pearl and the paint has half peeled off on the passenger side mirror. It started peeling about 18 months ago. It sounds like there should have been a warranty repair. Also, the black decorative pillar between the side windows is delaminating below the surface.
  14. David had replied to several topics involving LCD displays in our forum. $125 included shipping. I'm glad that aejjrseto98 got a good deal. That is the same part number. Why didn't you post this information earlier? The display and interface were completely new and from Pioneer. There was no warranty. David had color Xeroxed complete instructions for removing the head unit. The pictures were extremely useful. Also, he had Xeroxed the Lexus Service Manual for the head unit. It wasn't as useful. It was mainly circuit diagrams and instructions for adjusting and repairing the head
  15. My LCD display for the head unit was turning dark. The radio tech says that the display is delaminating. I got a replacement LCD display with interface module from David at: jill allen [] for $125. It came with complete instructions for removing the head unit. I was quoted $270 to replace the LCD from a radio repair shop. They also quoted $60 to replace if I provide the parts. David provides very detailed instructions with pictures for removing the radio. Make certain to cover up your wood accent pieces and be careful of scratching the foam around the rad
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