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  1. lol Lexi, but the GX is a gorgeous machine. you win automatically ;) and SW yeah you are right. unless i find a super bargain. on the flip side though, buying the farthest ahead you can in the curve is almost always the best way to go. getting the current gen will hold it's values vast period of time... and pretty much give the cost savings spread over the years. long run. always long run lol. Thanks for the different way of thinking though bud, you brought up some points i should look more into. :)
  2. lol smasood - he photoshopped the pic into his car as a 'demo" look. not actually isntalled it yet... ( i admit it looks amazing! ) godfather - ive done a lot of wiring work on the es in general. it would all depend on the rear connectors on the nav unit. ive never touched an OEM nav before, im not sure if the antenna is hard wired to the "shark fin" normally or not for connection/reception. if it is... you already know the es doesnt have one. might be a problem. i'de need to find a spec sheet + pinout of the nav unit in question to know for sure. got a link as to where you saw the 97 with
  3. I have an older es, but regardless - I inspect my brakes here and there to get a feel for how they are wearing. generally speaking i find this is the best way because it all really depends on how much you drive. Ive put 25k on the car already and only had it for a bit over half a year.... obviously my pads/discs are under much more use than the buying bread and milk corner store driver. When i check, if i dont like how low the pads are getting. i just change them. it's a very easy job anyways and do-it-yourself way costs next to nothing. while the pads are being done, then ill check the d
  4. lol ive driven a 03 yes. Im not wishing to get a magical huge number off a massive heavy long sedan... im a realist hehe. i can see that this isnt a yaris or something. but if im looking overall as i described in my last post, if it's inking out 1mpg more only.. meh... im gonna save a few more pennies and just get a this gen instead. I know that the upgrade would be good, but the newest gen would be even better ;)
  5. Eh i guess SW, bunch of deciding factors. Thing is, although im very happy with the 98 now, and es generally - i can see why i would want to upgrade to the next gen. bells and whistles, better interiour blah blah... but at the same time that mpg has to go up too. and not by a point or two. Look, i can admit that when i lead foot as with any car the mpg suffers drastically. worst on older cars like the 98. and flip side when i take it easy and drive eco like my life depends on it, i can squeek vastly better numbers out of the old car. If the real world tests show that it tosses a point above
  6. lol Paul... what a mistake eh? (although if you promise not to tell anyone, there are certain stretches of the road in the quebec/ontario border part that are slightly downhill, straight as an arrow and weed-trimmed. meaning you can see for miles with 0 obstructions.... or cops... ive taken the '98 to speeds over 130(mph) and it still felt like smooth butter, hehe what a cruiser! but shhh eh! ) and SW... ermm im not sure what to say... my 98 right now does on average 17.... you're telling me that in 5 years the mpg stayed the same "real world" numbers? urk..thats terrible. then we see a
  7. 100k standard timing belt belt/water pump etc... (the LS is the only model that has a slightly different standard belt standard and you can let it go until 120-30k easily. - LS only tho ;) ) I have the haynes. it's perfect. just get that. 10 bucks used off kijiji or something.
  8. Doh! lol it's KM up here. Imma guess you use mph down there? I feel like a tard :P
  9. Popping back in here (thanks for the added info btw pete) I had another question... I dont drive in the states... im seeing dotted around the forum people posting that the highway limits are 75 or something?? why is everyone setting the cruise at 75? seems kinda low lol. up here in the north all our highways are 100, and ermm usually they dont even give you a second look for setting the cruise at anything below 120. I'm wondering if thats why you are blowing these numbers outta the water. heh. would make a huge difference we are not all crusing at the same numbers hmm.
  10. Noooo DC !! going against the grain i'de say yoko from experience. has some (before some clown stole them when they were in storage) on my old ES and i loved them. I was using summer only though. I detest all season tires. This, i think makes a massive difference. (also in quebec here... need pure winters, so it's kinda dumb buying all seasons and not pure summers) But considering i love the oem look and dont go putting 18 anything.. on anything... i guess you really cant use my comment as a springboard for advice lol. I was running 16"s on stock lexus rims from another model. That p
  11. Here they are all on 1 zip file.
  12. To be honest I took it to the local mechanic (who i later found out was ripping everyone off. nice to know nobody can be trusted sigh) the top ones you can easily do yourself it's 2 bolts. the bottom one in front it's iffy. the way he did it without ripping out or lifting the entire engine... ready for this? used a 2x4 after unbolting to jimmy the engine about 1" upwards and slid it out. notably my top was busted so it allowed this. also the car was on a lift to put the 2x4 underneath in a wedge position. the force required as per my recollection, would be scary if the car was only on jack
  13. already posted how. and "rough" on the road has nothing really to do with a busted mount. you will hear the loud clunk of the engine bucking upwards for sure, when shifting or under very heavy acceleration. unless all 3 are broken you can "get by" for a small while. If they are all broken and you let it go, basicially worst case your engine will fall right through the bottom of the car into the road lol. The car wandering around or feeling bad on the road due to a strut is a completely different problem.
  14. wow LOL im a tard. just realised you posted your year in the first sentence >.< the evap systems are all varied throughout the years. some are under the hood, most are in back of the gas tank... i checked my 98 cuz im an idiot and cant read properly :P for me it's under the hood. isnt it burried under the gas tank and exaust pipe for the 95? someone in the other thread mentioned that. But I highly doubt they would be swapping bolt sizes throughout the years. a T-40 will stay the same as with the T-20. the torx kit is actually on sale right now at canadian tire for like 17 bucks.
  15. I looked and it doesnt have many torx around the valve at all... only the fitting rail that holds it all above the engine. the large ones are T-40 near the manifold. The only other two i saw should be T-20's possibly T-15's. would say T-20's though, they are the "reverse" type. where you need a socket type torx rather than a bit. Hope that helps !
  16. The torx are annoying lol. I'll check tomorrow when i go outside, and give you the proper size.. it's like 2am right now ;)
  17. I wouldnt tape it down.. the car can only tell if you are opening or closing it via the sensor. i'de guess that you would set off the alarm more than once if it always thought the door was in a "closed" state. scrapyard a door and just grab the sensor for 5 bucks maybe? ring up the dealership and ask for that piece to see what price they tell you. work it from there. regardless of where you get one - you will still need to pop the trim and the interiour paneling to replace/fix the sensor. so dont see what the point of doing that would be if you didnt have a replacement ;) the door panelin
  18. I'm at a loss. :( that lexus part seems to be refering to a fuel injection controller module. yet lower it shows it as part of a ECM... but... the haynes says thats the PCM going by the diagram placement matching the lexus one. what the hell?? lol btw, a search turned up a previous thread on the same codes and errors/problems. sorry i cant shed some more light on this. im drawing a blank.
  19. lol paul, good guess you got it :P the fuse should be the 30A power under the hood. as it's linked to the main fuse link block. BUT i'll mention that looking at the diagram for the wiring there is a lot running of the damn circuit. like GBH asked, are the motor's themselves are not working or are they? if yes the seat motors move around, then its wiring somewhere in the button assembly. if not, the fuse is probably burnt like paul said. as it gives power to the entire seat motor + programming buttons etc... looking at the wiring diagram, it would be one or the other. not both, as the fuse c
  20. just grab a haynes manual. for the 97-01 model, it's the camry book you need. isbn: 1563924048 (this book includes all the lexus es' through the same years as they share the camry base.) kijiji / craigslist usually has people selling them used for under 10 bucks. auto stores retail it new for 20 bucks + tax. worth it's weight in gold as it literally gives you A-Z step by step. and GBHrps is right. 90% of the repairs you can easily do yourself given a garage or some space in your yard and a bit of spare time. the major work like replacing a muffler line or gas tank.. you'll need a lift
  21. the fluid level in the master brake cylinder has a very very very sensitive sensor. a hair under the level it wants = instant light. top it up and away you go. (but by all means if you think something else is wrong dont kill yourself by not checking!) gb gave you the other advice. you can visually see pad wear. and it will screech like a pig when they get too "low". only reason to change them before this is if you dont like how it's biting.
  22. you happen to be in luck. i was strip searching my evap schematics the other weekend trying to weed out a gas gremlin. the p0446 code is a vent control malfunction. and refers to code p0441 as a solution. the 441 code is an incorrect purge flow. the list of "culprits" is as follows: open/short in vsv circuit for evap, vsv for evap, open/short in vapor pressure sensor circuit, vapor sensor sensor malfunction, open/short in vsv circuit for vapor pressure sensor, malfunction in vsv for vapor pressure circuit, vaccume hose blocked/damaged/disconnected, charcoal canister malfunction. since it g
  23. Ah well thats great! guess ill be buying one of the newer ES' for sure. with that kind of milage and today's gas prices... brilliant. :)
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