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Pho_Tai

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  1. Thanks, the pictures makes it clearer. Does that mean a filter change means changing the filter element and not the housing and filter? This is a first for me. Yes, the filter element is the item that you change. If you follow all the steps in the pdf document, than be sure to change the small and large O-rings as well.
  2. I found this very useful instruction, with pictures, on changing the oil filter for an '06 Avalon. The '09 RX350 uses the same oil filter. All you have to do is find the location of the oil filter and the process of removing the filter housing and cartridge should be the same. Hope this helps. Refer to the first post. http://www.toyotanation.com/forum/showthread.php?t=141459
  3. We own a 09 RX350 and I'll be attempting my first DIY oil/filter change on this vehicle soon. The 1st oil change was compliments of the dealership. And a big thanks for the informative write-ups from those of you who have done this yourself. For our other 2 vehicles(00 Grand Prix & 03 Maxima), I've been using both Fram and Supertech(from Walmart) for the oil filters. My question here is what brand of oil filter do you use for your RX350? I found this filter from AutoAnything: http://www.autoanything.com/filters/201A3689.aspx. Have anyone has any experience with this filter? Any other recommendations? Thanks.
  4. Also, just in case you are willing to spend $$$ and go for the UPGP, you might want to check out DetailCity.com. The Ultima product line is on sale and you also get 10% off on top of that.
  5. Welcome aboard! And congrats on your first car. If you are on a limited budget, than I would recommend the Klasse High Gloss Sealant Glaze over the Ultima Paint Guard Plus; not because the Klasse is better than the Ultima, but because the Klasse is cheaper. Whether you decide to use UPGP or Klasse sealant, apply them sparingly; especially for the Klasse because it is hard to buff off once it is dried. And the Klasse also has a 12hr cure time before the next coat of Klasse. Just like "rjt65" have replied, I would also recommend DWG. So, for the harsh Wisconsin winter, this is what I would do: 2 coats of DWG(30min. cure time between coats and before applying sealant) and then 2 coats of either UPGP or Klasse sealant(12hr. cure time between coats). For your stubborn bug "splats", apply whatever bug & tar remover you use and let it soak the splats for about 1min. or more and then scrub off. In this way the splats will be softened and can be scrubbed off easily with very little pressure. Good luck.
  6. Have anyone used this duster before and how well does it work? I know that quite a few members from this forum seem to say to avoid dusters in general because they will cause scratches. I have done dusting at home and the amount of pressure I apply is dependent on the surface that I am dusting. If the surface that I am dusting is prone to scratches, than obviously I don't want to apply too much pressure or none at all. In this case, I will be using this duster on my nicely detailed paint surface and I'll just be gliding the duster across the surface to get rid of the dust. Obviously, I will have to shake the duster to remove the dust before gliding across a different section of the surface. My question is basically how well does this duster picks up the dust?
  7. To me, there is no such thing as a #1 Dealership. A dealership is just like any other business; they are there to make a profit or else they wouldn't be in that business. And the selling price of almost everything in the market today is highly marked up(of course for a purpose: to pay stockholders, pay employees, etc.); especially the automotive industry. Sexxyy, may I ask in what city was the Longo Lexus you went to? We almost bought our RX350 at the Longo in El Monte. I didn't have a bad experience with them; they just didn't meet my price. I actually didn't even go to the dealership, I just gave them a few phone calls to see if they had any RX with the exact options that we wanted and to negotiate the price.
  8. Cool rides. In the 5th pix from top to bottom, are those aftermarket bulbs you are using for the foglights? If so, where did you get them? I was thinking of getting aftermarket zenon bulbs for my foglights, if possible.
  9. ED, thanks for the reply. Please let me know how well the langka stuff works after you try it. I haven't even purchased mine yet. I still need to get my touch-up paint. I wonder if I should just pay the high price the dealer charges instead of wasting too much time searching the internet for the touch-up. From my reading of this langka stuff, I am assuming that it is to be used to repair paint chip on the main car panel instead of other pieces such as the door trim which is plastic. I also have quite a few chips/scratches on the driver side door trim, which is very noticable. I wonder how well the touch-up paint will adhere to plastic. I guess it doesn't hurt to try since it is only plastic and won't rust.
  10. Thanks Steve for the reply. That is what I thought, polish on an as needed basis; since it is an abbrasive. Another question if you don't mind about whether I should wax or not wax my new RX? Since wax doesn't last that long and my RX hardly have any swirls or scratches, instead of waxing, I am thinking of apply more than 2 coats of the Klasse sealant; especially when the PC I ordered this morning is on its way to my doorstep. I've read somewhere that the more coats you apply the more glossy the paint looks. From your experience of using sealant is that correct? thank you, Pho
  11. I am new to the detailing world and this and the Autopia forums have helped me a lot in learning how to detail a vehicle. I have just placed an order for a detailing kit from Autopia which includes: 1 Porter Cable 7424, 1 4.75" velcro backing plate, 1 of each Sonus SFX-1,2,3 polishing pads, 1 of each Sonus SFX-1,2,3 car polishes, 2 Sonus microfiber buffing bonnets, and 2 Sonus detailing towels. I will start to use this kit to restore my wife's neglected white Nissan Maxima. The car is in decent shape, but if you take a closer look, you'll see a lot of "spiderweb" scratches. The car also has a few paint chips on the hood area, which I will need to take care of ASAP before I start the polishing process. Before I start repairing the paint chips, obviously I have to wash and clay the car first. A collegue of mine refer me to langka.com and to get the Langka Paint Chip repair kit and use it with the touch-up paint. Have anyone used this Langka kit and does it work? Are there other methods to repair the paint chips? After repairing the paint chips, I will then polish and probably use the Klasse products. Are there any tips for bringing the Maxima back to its glossy look? After reading about what a polish is and it's purpose, how often should you polish(since polish is an basically an abbrasive)? When should I start polishing a new car(09 RX350)? For now, all I do for the RX is wash and clay, then use the Klasse all-in-one and sealant glaze(2 coats). When the porter cable comes in I hope that the time for glazing will be cut in half if not more. Thanks for your help, Pho
  12. Hello all, We just bought our first Lexus vehicle not too long ago. I am just browsing the internet to find the cost for general maintenance parts such as oil and air filters and ran across a brand called K&N. I have always used Fram on my other 2 vehicles. K&N is more expensive than Fram, but is the quality of the product better? Are there any other brands to consider? thanks, Pho_Tai
  13. I have done very basic cleaning both exterior and interior for my vehicles in the past, but now we added our very first Lexus vehicle. With the price we paid for this vehicle, I want to make sure I learn how to clean this car "better" than my basic cleaning in the past. My question here is for the interior. What solutions do the collective/pros use for cleaning the following items: 1. plastic modings around entertainment/Nav system 2. Nav touch screen 3. plastic(or rubber?) insulation around the doors 4. windows Thank you for all your help.
  14. Pho_Tai, if you don't mind I'm asking, how much did you get for your RX350? Which location? Hey ilovelexus2007, I was able to get the RX350 for slightly under $46k out-the-door in Indiana; still pricey though. Pho_Tai, thanks for the info. So you were able to get around 1K off the MSRP? I got about 2.3K off the MSRP from Minnesota, but I heard people on this board was able to get 3-5K off their MSRP, I wonder how they did it. (sigh) ilovelexus, I am just curious. Was the price you got an out-the-door price? And is your vehicle is an '08 RX400h? If you meant the "out-the-door price" is the total price excluding tax + license, then yes. I got '08 RX400h for 48K, MSRP was $50,420. ilovelexus, The "out-the-door" price I am mentioning is tax, doc fees, temp plate, etc.. all included.
  15. Pho_Tai, if you don't mind I'm asking, how much did you get for your RX350? Which location? Hey ilovelexus2007, I was able to get the RX350 for slightly under $46k out-the-door in Indiana; still pricey though. Pho_Tai, thanks for the info. So you were able to get around 1K off the MSRP? I got about 2.3K off the MSRP from Minnesota, but I heard people on this board was able to get 3-5K off their MSRP, I wonder how they did it. (sigh) ilovelexus, I am just curious. Was the price you got an out-the-door price? And is your vehicle is an '08 RX400h?
  16. Hey Toyotafan, To make my wife happy, we just got our 09 RX350 this past Saturday 3/29/08. And since this is an 09 model, I am crossing my fingers that Toyota has fixed most if not all of the problems(relating to RX350) that are posted on this forum. I did the same research/comparison between the 08 MDX and 08/09 RX350. The RX350 we have is not fully loaded; it has Nav w/ the premium plus package(MSRP around $46396.00). So far it is a very comfortable car when driven on paved road. We had to purchase an 09 since the 08's are pretty much sold out and my wife only likes Silver for exterior color. Anyway, happy hunting. Pho_Tai, if you don't mind I'm asking, how much did you get for your RX350? Which location? Hey ilovelexus2007, I was able to get the RX350 for slightly under $46k out-the-door in Indiana; still pricey though.
  17. Hello All, I am trying to buy a custom fit dashboard cover for my 09 RX350. On all the online retailers that I looked at, you can only configure the dashboard cover for 08 model year(09 model option not available yet). According to this forum and the Lexus dealership, the 08 and 09 RX350 are identically with no changes what so ever for exterior/interior design. So would it be fine to configure the dashboard cover for an 08 model and will fit perfectly on my 09 RX350? Don't mean to be cheap, but once I purchase this cover, I can't return them. Thanks for any advise/replies.
  18. Hey Toyotafan, To make my wife happy, we just got our 09 RX350 this past Saturday 3/29/08. And since this is an 09 model, I am crossing my fingers that Toyota has fixed most if not all of the problems(relating to RX350) that are posted on this forum. I did the same research/comparison between the 08 MDX and 08/09 RX350. The RX350 we have is not fully loaded; it has Nav w/ the premium plus package(MSRP around $46396.00). So far it is a very comfortable car when driven on paved road. We had to purchase an 09 since the 08's are pretty much sold out and my wife only likes Silver for exterior color. Anyway, happy hunting.
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