Dannymcenrow

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    1994 Lexus Sc 400
  1. I don't know but The guy I know who works at a garage said that they don't rebuild Japanese engines because the parts are hard to reach or something like that. But he didn't say the Lexus engine he said japanese cars Like the Subaru Legacy and cars like that when their engine dies you can't rebuild them. But the thing is nobody knows about the 1 UZ FE engine. I like to keep this car for a long time but don't know if I'll be able too because I know that with American cars when the engine gets old you can rebuild them and like put a new crankshaft re sleeve them change the pistons,pistons rings ,gaskets and stuff like that and more. But I don;t know if it can be done with these engines because nobody ever actually worked on these. My engine is still good as new but the thing is I think my driving is a little bit to much to make it last a lot longer. I drive in pwr mode and sometimes gear changes at like 4 or 5 k Rpms because I drive a little sporty but till now I have 0 issues with this car and hope to keep it that way.
  2. I have an SC400 but in the opposite situation. I bought the car from my sister about 4 years ago and she bought a 1999 rx with Nakimichi sound system. The rx is at home now she's not driving it because the tranny gave up. Somebody is rebuilding the tranny now. But still even before that she said that she misses her sc400. Now with the bad experience she had with the transmission on the Rx she thinks she's gonna sell it next year and buy a Land Rover. I told her to just get another 1st generation sc or ls but she said no because when you buy a car that old you don't know how the previous owners have treated it. Then you can end up with a bad car. Me Myself I'm gonna keep the sc for now till I get my hands on my brothers car. That's my next dream car. He has a 2007 Mercedes S550. In 2012 he's done paying off this car at the bank but I hope he's not selling it right then because I won't be ready. I don't want to pay the bank each month for the car I want to save up for the car so if he sell it like in 2014 then maybe I'll come up with $40k by then. So I hope MY sc will last till then. But... If My engine goes out before that then I'm gonna have to buy a new car. Then I'll buy an AUdi or a PASSAT cc with 4 motion(all wheel drive)and luxury package. But the I'll probably need to forget about the S class. But right now that's about the only car I actually like I don't know if I lost my taste in cars or if I got spoiled by drving a Lexus. But I don't find any car better then My sc. A few weeks ago I took a ride in a Jaguar TYPE S with 1 of our brothers in christ and I wasn't even impressed. I said like IS THIS a Jaguar?????? I feld like I was riding in a Ford Taurus or something I mean I didn't even feel like I was in a Luxury car and this was a 2005 model and BRITISH. Maybe there is something wrong with me but I still think the sc400 ride is WAAAAAAY smoother and feels more luxurious then in theJaguar Type S. Strange but that's how I felt. BUt I hope these will become a classic soon. When I buy my S class Mercedes I won;t sell my SC I'll keep it if the engine goes out I'll try somehow to fit another engine in it I'll do anything to keep it till I die! When I die then they can do whatever they want with that car.
  3. TRy cleaning the connectors. I got an almost similar problem and after I cleaned the connectors the Check engine light went away and the car stopped stalling.
  4. Oh come on why do we have to start this? Look The maf sensor is like a light bulb right? Well a lightbulb is made to burn a certain amount of hours but the reason why people don't change them before they burn out is because nobody has an hour meter on their light switch to count how many hours the bulb has burned. But some people do. Look I have a DLP tv in the livinroom. That one uses a DLP bulb because it's a rear projection tv. That tv DOES have an hour meter build in. You reset it when you change the bulb and it counts and when the bulb is about to go out a light will start flashing on the tv telling you that it's time to replace the bulb. If you ignore it then one day you'll turn on the tv and you've got no picture. It's the same with cars. Things go out at certain mileagebut not only mileage but age is also a factor. Some parts go with age and not mileage. I work at a car dealership and I can tell you I saw '90s cars with 80k miles that already has a bad crankshaft and the same model but like year 2000 with 200k miles still going strong. And don't say you're car is better then mine you haven't looked at it and if you take a ride in it you'll be amazed by the ride quality. Everybody that rides in my car thinks it's amazing that a car this old can run so nice it's in NEAR NEW CONDITION. When the car is cold it starts up perfectly. You've just got to put the key in the ignition and turn it over don't even TOUGH the gas pedal it will start and keep running WITHOUT giving gas. This on a car with 145k miles. I use synthetic oil that's whats keeping the engine in top shape. If you give it gas the engine still has a LOT OF POWER and doesn't LEAK ANY OIL. Did I mention I use synthetic? Now tell me who's got a car in this kind of condition. This has been my sister's car since 1997 she really took great car if it she sold me it around 4.5 years ago and it still drives like the day she got it in 1997 as a certified pre owned car. All 90' cars I see on the road are beat up IF THEY ARE STILL on the road. Most cars has already reached their big end and can't be driven anymore. Most of the time when I see a 90's car I see them broken down at a traffic light or by the side of the road. A few weeks back I even saw a guy I knew WAY BACK years ago he was stuck in is Geo Metro Istopped and helped him push it off the road. The other day a friend came to visit my son he has a Neon a 1996 Neon he went to start it and the thing wouldn't start. But even if it starts it never starts on the first try and the engine definitly sounds like it's had it's better days.
  5. Oh yeah? Well let me tell you this CAR NEVER BROKE DOWN WITH ME on the road. Only onc I had stallin problem when the Maf sensor had problems but m car is in it's best shape. I'm almost the only onethat has a 90's ca in this good shape. When I changed the fuelpump I noticed that the engine became more responsive so mine was already weak waiting to go out. That doesn't mean the car is completely fail safe but if you know something IS GONNA FAIL why wait till it fails and leave you stranded on the side of the road. Till now I never had car trouble tat left me stranded by the side of the road but I know a lot of people who did because these parts fail. There are parts tha always fail aroun certain mileage.
  6. Not right now but I think it's gonna happen. I can see on this forum that people give up their cars just because a timing belt broke or something small happens because the repair costs as much as the value of a car. In the modern society people think different in the older days you bought house to grow old in but nowadays if the mortgage they owe is higher then what their house is worth now they just stop paying and let the house go into foreclosure and lose their home on purpuse. It's the same thing with cars now I work at a car dealership and almost everybody thinks the same way. In the older days people we're proud of their Cadiilacs and cryslers they wanted to drive them their whole life but now we became a throw away society everybody throws their tvs every 2 years to buy a new one and things lik that. And of course what car parts store is gonna sell parts that people won't buy. So soon they will all stop selling.
  7. Yes Maf sensor do go bad I work at a car dealrship so I know exactly what goes bad at what mileage. Most coil packs seem to last for about 80k miles some go till 100k and fuel pump also. The Maf sensor will go bad because th connectors get dirty and short out the sensor. That's what happened to me. And actually I was going to replace the Maf but a guy I know who works at a garage that repairs different kind of cars told me that it's a common problem with Lexus that the connectors go bad to just clean it and maybe it will work again. He came with a fluid I don't know what it was cleaned the connctors and put it back. THe car wa RUNNING FINE the the CEL wen't OFF.
  8. That's the problem Lexus parts are expensive but the value of the car is too low. If your timingbelt brakes or your headgasket leaks the labor will cost more then the car is worth so nobody does it. If nobody does these that means that nobody will sell these parts either. And that means that our cars will become opsolete. That's what I'm afraid of. That I'm gonna end up with a car that has a good engine and everything but completely useless because there's no parts available to fix them because nobody thinks it's worth it to fix this car. In the older days older cars actually had better value because they become classic but now days that doesn't seem like it's gonna be the same. That's a shame because these can make for great classics. But in your case trying going for a 1999 or 2000 one that you'll be sure you're gonna find parts at least 5 years from now
  9. Yes it's good to replace parts anyway for prevention later on. Me myself I replaced the fuel pump,Coil pack just for peace of mind. Now I got to replace the Maf it failed already but I cleaned the connectors and the problem went away but I want to change it anyway.
  10. No Just send the unit to audiovideoservicestop. You don't need parts from Nakimichi to fix your stereo maybe it's a capacitator going bad or something and these can be replaced with any other ones regardless of brands. Mine just got fixed at least that's what they told me I'll see when I get it back. Mine had a different kind of problem but it got fixed apparently. Lets see when I get it back
  11. Yeah Tell them!!!!!. My sc400 had the nakimichi system too but it had a problem so I replaced it with an Alpine unit. BIG MISTAKE. My cd changer quit working just 1 year after I installed it and when I went online to get some information I found out that everybody has the same problem and the fix costs like $200 and a new one $300. But Lukily I kept my old system in the garage. I just send it to a place called Audiovideoservicestop and they said they fixed the issue. So now I'm looking forward to putting it back in my car and nobody can tell me that it's impossible because I only have to connect wires together back again to make it work. It will be easy. The only thing is I don't have the cd changer so I've gotta find one cheap but never get rid of your oem stuff. Electronics of today are complete crap you're better orf fixing your oem system for only about $100
  12. Well let's see. I know a guy who's an expert on transmissions so I'm gonna go tomorrow to pick up 2 guys I know that are good on cars to help me get the tranny out of her rx and bring it to him. Then he'll see what he can do with it maybe he can fix it for way cheaper price. Right now she can't afford a new car but next year she'll sell it and buy a new one. But not this year.
  13. Unfortunatly not that much. I see them go at $2500-$3000 but I advice you to just repair that car. Because they don't make cars like this anymore My sister bought her 1994 sc400 in 1997 And drove it for 9 years and sold it to me 4 years ago. Now she's got a 1999 rx300 at 113k and the tranny already died. But my car is still running very and I mean very well like it's brand new but it has 145k on it. And I drive a little agressive I drive it like a BMW or an AUdi but it still runs great I mean absolutely great the engine doesn't make any weird noise and the transmission still shifts very smooth. And it doesn't leak any oil either it's like the only 1994 car that doesn't leak any oil. Amazing. But newer cars aren't so great they won't last as long so you better just fix your sc. Somebody told me that the engine in japanese cars are too hard to rebuild so I'll get rid of mine when the engine starts to burn oil or something like that.
  14. HI all. My sister has got a 1999 rx300 with nakimimichi sound system and now she's got a big problem. The car has 113 k miles on it and she takes really good care of it. My sc400 I actually bought from her 4 years ago and everything still runs perfect. But this one well..... The car will drive but till like 30 to 40 mph if you go to fast the tranny will disingage and the car will not switch into drive again until you turn the engine off and start it back up again. She's puzzeled at what to do. She went to a Lexus dealer they told her the tranny needs to be replaced and a new tranny will cost like $5000. She said she thinks she's not gonna fix the tranny she's gonna sell the car as is and buy an Acura mdx or a Hyundai Veracruz. Because she's so discusted with the car she said like the sc400 she had before was way better in quality it has 145k miles on the odo and it's a 94 and the tranny hasn't ever been touched. She kind of expected the samething with her rx but later all japanese products quality have degraded a lot. Now I'm thinking because I work at a vw dealer and I know that with vw people often do a SOFT REBUILD of a tranny. I don't know exactly what part they change but people do it when they have tranny problem that doesn't require a new tranny but just to fix the problem to get the car on the road again. In this case a new tranny for $5000 is to much for a tranny but for a tranny this expensive isn't there a way to soft rebuild it. I'll appreciate if one of you can guide me through the process of rebuilding a tranny partially because I work on cars but never did tranny rebuild but I personally think that a car like Lexus with such an expensive tranny at 113k there has to be a way to soft rebuild the tranny do get the car running properly again. I know that I shouldn't question a dealership expertise so if they say it can't be done I have to listen to them but I work a t a dealer I know it's not lexus but vw but THEY DO MAKE MISTAKES so possibly there's something that the mechanics at the dealership didn't see . But I want to ask for help maybe if anyone can help her out so she's wont have to sell the car
  15. Hi all. I just wanted to share something with you people I went to Belem Brazil last month for a vacation and to meet the rest of my wifes family because she is from Brazil. One of her relative had this really great car. It;s called Toyota Mark 2 Grande. But I mean if you see this car you will go nuts!!!!!!!!! First of all this car was a 1993 model but when I first looked at it I tought it was like 2003 or something. I mean I cannot understand why Toyota didn't sell these in the U.S. Because if they did they would have outsold the Ford TAURUS FOR SURE. I mean look at this car try to google it and look at it you'll find that this car is truly amazing. It has the steering wheel on the right hand side so as a passenger I had to sit on the left side where the driver normally would sit in the U.S and that felt a little weird but the car was a beauty. It has great durability like a Lexus. The one I saw had 200kilometers on the odo but ran like brand new. The engine is the same engine that is found in the Sc300 and the Toyota Supra. It's a Durable engine that is capable of handling high rpms. This car was like the family of the Toyota Soarer a.k.a Lexus sc300 and 400. Let me tell you if you even see this car you will learn to Appriciate Toyotas a LOT MORE. I mean you got the respect these engines like these supra engines and the 1 uz fe. People like to say that Lexus is actually a badge engineering thing because they are sold as Toyotas in Japan but if you see the mark 2 like I saw the Mark 2 I learned to love my sc more now knowing that it came from the Toyota soarer. Because the soarer is not just any car and the Mark 2 is also a very great car. In Brazil people really love these cars and the owner of the Mark 2 said he will never buy anything other then Toyota. I know my post maybe kind of stupid but I got shocked when I saw the Mark 2 and learned much more about Toyotas engines. So can any of you try to look at one and tell me what you think of those?