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    2006 AWD GS300

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  1. The dealer told you to use the wrong type of screwdriver...and you do have to pry. 1. Take out the mechanical key from your fob. 2. Put a flat head screwdriver into the inset space...just inside of the mechanical key slot....and turn it. This will pry open the fob. 3. Remove the old battery and replace with a new CR1632 battery..positive side facing up. 4. Replace the cover of the fob by first pressing on the bottom then the top (The top is the side where the mechanical key is inserted) --Duckman
  2. Sorry - they did not explain it in detail. It literally took 20 minutes and they didn't charge me anything. I can only assume they took the wheel off, the brake pad off and found the rock. I asked him how common this was and he said that it happens more than you think. Never had this happened before to me. I also asked him if there would be any damage to the rotor and he said no. That the rock would become more polished the longer I went, but the rotor had no damage. I apologize I can't offer any more than that. --Duckman
  3. I had the exact same problem. Took the car in and there was a rock stuck between my rotor and brake pad. They fixed it up and didn't charge me a dime. --Duckman
  4. We may need a spreadsheet for statistical analysis and graphing this out! --Duckman
  5. Same thing happened to me with my BlackBerry. I had a Motorola Razr when I first purchased the car and never had the buzzing noise...bluetooth worked flawlessly. I exchanged the Razr for a BlackBerry World Phone from Verizon and the buzzing happened when making the first call after a bluetooth connection. It never actually interfered with the was just loud. I recently purchased a Motorola Droid phone and the buzzing has gone away. My has to do with the type of phone.... Keeping score....2 Motorola's-no problem. 1 BlackBerry-annoying buzzing. :D --Duckman
  6. +1 to that! I love going to the dealership for my oil changes. I don't mind paying a premium price because I get a great loaner, if necessary....they are always very nice don't mind the free donut holes. :D --Duckman
  7. Congrats on your new cars and welcome to the club! --Duckman
  8. The interior styling of the ES and GS are very different. I have only driven the ES as a loaner when my GS is in for service. Personally, I'm not a big fan of the current model ES interior. To me it just feels more like a standard Toyota. The GS interior has that extra something that makes it feel more luxurious. The exterior is also very different. The GS, looking at the front, has much more of a sporty look to it. In fact, the lines on the GS are really all about a sporty look, compared to the standard sedan look, which the ES has. But, the most important difference for me is the AWD. I live in Minnesota....snow baby snow! I won't purchase a car without AWD anymore. The GS does a nice job in managing the AWD system. In warmer weather it is balanced at 70% rear and 30% front, which gives it a sportier driving experience. When the weather turns cold it is 50/50 rear/front. --Duckman
  9. I really don't think that it is something that Lexus is going to be able to fix...or diagnose. It's an XM issue. My portable unit is a Delphi MyFi XM Radio unit...and it has this exact same issue from time to time. I have to turn the unit off and turn it back on when it occurs. You noticed that you do not receive a NO SIGNAL on the radio....and....the song titles and artist names will continue to update, even though you do not hear sound. I agree it's a bummer, but I'm skeptical that Lexus can do anything to resolve it... Here are other posts about this same issue from other forum sources: Toyota Prius forum: Cadillac forum: --Duckman
  10. The lights will not go out immediately. It will take a couple of drives. So....tighten your gas cap, make sure it clicks a couple of times. Then, drive for a couple of days. If everything is right, the lights will turn off. At least, that's how it went for my car. Good luck! --Duckman
  11. I love that show!!!! They did an entire episode on the many myths surrounding Duct Tape! --Duckman
  12. Timetotravel: I would make sure that you get an opinion from a GS350 owner. There very well may be a difference. Although, it probably is not a significant difference. --Duckman
  13. The 06 is a GS 300, not 350, just as an FYI. My GS 300 is AWD and I get, on average: Summer: City: just over 24 MPG Highway: Around 28 MPG. Although, I have taken a couple of trips where the computer said I was just over 30 MPG! Winter (When AWD is being used): City: just over 22 MPG Highway: Around 27 MPG Hope that helps! --Duckman
  14. It may take a couple of days for the Check VSC light to turn off after you refuel. Mine did not immediately turn off, I noticed it off 1 or 2 days later. That being said, it very well could be a seal problem with your gas cap and you might need to replace it. In the thread I posted above, steviej suggested to a person having the same issue, to take the car in to a repair shop, and have them give you the codes that they detect. This should pinpoint the reason the light is turning on. --Duckman
  15. Hello energie8 and welcome to the Club! The Check VSC light could be coming on for a few reasons. They have been discussed in this thread....check it out. --Duckman
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