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  1. .....this isn't the first time. OH, and on a separate note, THANKS GUYTELEFUNKEN!! You rock as usual.
  2. Fella's, please keep in mind that on the GS430's that there is a 'good chance' that your check engine light will come on permanantly with this mod. This is ONLY on the 430's, not the 400's or 300's. (cannot speak for sure of the LS series) It is an excellent mod, and I have it on my GS400, but, I just want to be sure you are aware of this "feature".
  3. I just spoke with the Brembo US office. (the 800 number is under "contacts" on their website) They mentioned that www.buybrakes.com is an authentic retailer for their product. They also mentioned the Tire Rack and some place in Florida.
  4. You all sound like you're describing the typical Lexus creak/snap/pop sound that most of us have. It happens for me and others predominately when you first start a car, pull out of a drive way or parking spot, start to pull away and within 10-50 feet you get that creak or snapping sound. It's just the Anti-lock doing their check upon initial movement. Check and see that it doesn't happen at any time after that. If it does, then you could have a real problem. (GuyTelefunken, I'm praying you don't jump in here and tell me I'm full of crap! :) lol! )
  5. For the adventurous, I read on a brake pad website the other day that you can put a little chamfer on the edge of the brake pad to cut down on potential squealing noises associated with aftermarket high performance pads. (leading and trailing edges)
  6. I personally don't know of any good affordable Lexus dealers but I have seen many a good car go across www.traderonline.com. I bought mine sight unseen, 2000 miles away with proper checking. (Lexus system report for VIN, Lexus Dealer 100-point inspection, carfax, etc) That link is the electronic equivalent of the small magazine like car selling rags. It has people and used/new car dealers from all over the USA. Good luck!
  7. my seats are not as quick as yours SRK. I have heard people who should know say that the seats vary in temperature depending upon the outside temperature. Also that they will not turn on if the temp is over 70 or so. Mine sure feel that way. It takes mine a few minutes to heat up, but after that, they are comfortable enough to just about leave on as long as I want to.
  8. go to www.l-tunedparts.com good prices, good dealership. I'm pretty sure he can get them, so call them even if you can't find Explosion on the site.
  9. Just continue using the same fluids, lubes and filters Lexus originally installed in the car the day it left the factory. Boring? yes, but it's risk free way to maintain your car. ← I hardly agree. Messer: you're fine with the Mobil 1 or the Amsoil for the engine. Like was mentioned above, I'd only use the 0 weight if I were in some constantly, seriously cold area's. I won't argue about whether Mobil 1 is as good as or better than Amsoil but let's just say that they both are at the very top of the list, one can hardly be much better than the other. For the tranny, I keep hearing Lexus mechanics on these boards say to stick to the Toyota Type IV fluid, not to go to someone elses synthetic tranny fluid. They have mentioned it's perfectly fine for the engine and even differential, but, they recommend against synthetic for the Toyota/ELexus tranny. Good luck man!
  10. no doubt. might as well be Mr. Incommunicato
  11. dude, go to www.traderonline.com for yourself and you will have all the info you need. PS. this seems uncalled for. there are plenty of examples cited above.
  12. I'm pretty sure that a couple of vendors make a header for your car too. (probably at some small sacrifice of noise level)
  13. Even though the 42k miles is really low, I don't think $21000 is a great deal. Probably not a total rip off, but, not a steal anyways. The 2001+ have some nicer features that I would GLADLY give up the extra 20,000-30,000 miles to have. ie. nicer tail-lights, and NAV with DVD instead of the hard-drive setup on older models, the minor steering improvement, In August 03, I paid 23,995 for a silver, very clean, 82,000 mile GS400 with NAV, htd seats, 17" chrome, CD, etc.
  14. it's always baffling to me, being out of the loop like this, to comprehend why the guy would say that this higher mileage tranny is "weak". That is such a weak statement. It makes me weak in the stomach! it's gonna take me a week to stop thinking about this! At worst, one day it'll need a rebuild. More labor cost than parts probably. it's even more confusing that you know the guy well, why would he try to snow you? :-/ (rhetorical question)
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