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Marklouis

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  1. I'm sure there are die hard Lexus owners that still get thier babies serviced at Lexus - it would be neat to rifle through the Lexus Database and look at some of the mileage the cars are clocking - for sure these cars can go 1 mil + with the proper maintanance - if a camry can do it the LS sure can! mine is a 95 LS with 240k now with wonderful compression in all cylinders.
  2. my Speedometer needle sticks also especially on hot days, if I am not mistaken a posted thread on this issue stated that the small amount of grease at the base of the needle liqifies by the heat and causes a vacuum effect with the base. I believe extruding the excess grease off of the needle fixes this, in which you have to remove the instrument Cluster and that shouldnt be too difficult - this is something i am having to fix in the next couple of days so I will let you know how it goes ;)
  3. I would jump on that so fast. if you don't get it I sure would like to! let us know how it turns out!
  4. Hello Newbie, If you are uncertain about the Condition of the Timing Belt you need to at least inspect it closely to see if you can squeeze a few more miles till you can get it changed out - good luck with solving the pinging issue, I would definately start with the basics and work your way up from there, I actually did have a pinched plug wire under the plastic cover that caused my car to misfire -
  5. ok, now I see what you are saying. fluid and filter change wouldnt hurt anyways!
  6. The First set indeed - I remenber the second set being similar to the 84-86 mustangs and I hated them! but the Hankook tires are sweet.
  7. Have you already checked the Transmission mount to see if it needs replacing? that's a main contributer if your stutter seems like a vibration -
  8. Thanks for the reply. In talking with addco and research on other forums on this car the ride quality on normal roads is not changed and only comes into play on corners obviously. Addco also stated the bar was tested in conjunction with the stock front swaybar setup from the factory. It will most likely be my only suspension mod other than maintenence as the roads in the state of Massachusetts can be brutal after the winter plows ruin them and makes potholes etc. What have you done to your LS400 ?? I am a Lexus noob but have worked on cars abit over the years. Thanks My LS400 is as stock
  9. Thanks for the reply. In talking with addco and research on other forums on this car the ride quality on normal roads is not changed and only comes into play on corners obviously. Addco also stated the bar was tested in conjunction with the stock front swaybar setup from the factory. It will most likely be my only suspension mod other than maintenence as the roads in the state of Massachusetts can be brutal after the winter plows ruin them and makes potholes etc. What have you done to your LS400 ?? I am a Lexus noob but have worked on cars abit over the years. Thanks My LS400 is as stock
  10. I think it may be a positive modification for more aggressive drivers - that's not too bad a price either, may consider adding that to my shocks package - and if i dont like the feel of the modification right away, then further adjustments can be made to stiffen or soften it a bit. Remember, there is no "absoulte 0" when it comes to tuning any cars suspension there are always +'s and -'s to fine tuning. just be sure to do your homework as you have done before installing any aftermarket products.
  11. It is a timeless machine for sure - I keep pushing mine everyday and it pushes right back. Road trips are much better in the LS, and it seems you bought the car for all the right reasons - it will serve you very well. Thanks again by the way for finding that Passenger sideview mirror on Ebay for me - didnt get it in time - next time i will be faster on the draw. hope you found what you needed. enjoy the LS and have a good time in Dallas - will be traveling to San Antonio in June myself for a wedding.
  12. Sorry GS fans, the LS is better and just as quick - remember the LS is the Flagship and gets the most attention in quality and detail. unless you actually prefer the GS bodystyle of course - to me the LS badge definatley speaks more volume in comparison.
  13. Personally I would consider the 98, partly due to liking the bodystyle better, and that it does'nt have the air suspension. BUT! if I did have the mula for the extra maintanance, I would opt for the 430 - cause I like gadgets. life is short, so go for what YOU really want! lol
  14. Jchrome has taken great pics of his cleaning throttle body/plate procedure years ago and posted them - just tried to search for them and couldnt find em.
  15. good question, hopefully not too expensive on the extra range - it's lithium ion battery packs and I can only see the number of cells as being the difference in them. 600lb - 1200lb battery pack, thats a lot of power cells! and the longevity 5-7 years or more surely is a plus - battery maintanance and the correct charging methods can lengthen the life of the cells. I believe some of the original Prius battery packs are still going stron also. the 160 mile range pack is still the longest range for any EV, so that would be satisfactory for now. another thing is they hope to build Battery switchi
  16. ASTON Martin. Thank you forum spell checker! lol - must have had Texas on my mind.
  17. yes, the Base price is $57,400, but may drop or rise the closer it gets to crunch time - the rebate will keep going up for sure I hope. The only reason I bought the Lex is because of it's longevity, comfort, safety, and decent gas mileage - and it's the best "used" car in most categories. and i will continue enjoying it for sure - I have never bought a new car, and this would be my first - I'm willing to take the plunge and go through all the little technical challenges ahead with this model S, but the Roadster has had great reviews so far on reliability and quality, so hoping this would be t
  18. I agree the claims are exaggerated and I'm also somewhat skeptical - they really don't need to use fudged numbers as "+- amount of coal/gas consumed = +- amount of electricity used" as a selling point because I was sold on the fact that my wife doesnt have to stop at a gas station again and we can charge it in the garage at night - and the fact it looks like an Austin Martin and not an ugly little eggshell. I believe this technology will keep improving and have longer ranges as well - We can get rid of our $400 monthly gas bill also.
  19. we have just reserved one of these Tesla Model S all electric sedans for later 2012 - i know it's not Lexus related, but it caught my interest immediately because I am a fan of the Tesla roadster (or anything fast) and this would be a great investment for the future - Im still keeping my Lexus because it's paid off and will outlast me probably. But i thought I would share this new toy with you guys and thought you might enjoy checking it out. http://www.teslamotors.com/models/index.php
  20. you have one of the best powertrains in the world ever built - no worries there. just basic maintanance. 250K on mine and I drive it hard everyday in commuter traffic -
  21. Ditto on Blacktop - to really gain more horsepower will take some good money and good tech knowledge - these powertrains are way ahead of their time and still are more sophisticated than some modern powertrains as well - I've had these same thoughts as you untill I changed the timing belt and checked my valve clearances and compression, then I realized this is one powertrain not to be rifled with unless you have extensive knowledge on modern powertrains and thier limits - it is easy to work on but not easy to modify without loads of $$$
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