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  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 ri
  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
  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
  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 roa
  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
  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 th
  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
  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
  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
  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
  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 go
  16. Hi 1990ls 400 since you know much about Nakamichi I wanna ask you if you know somehing about Alpine? Because I have Alpine I know this brand I first saw it like in 1999 at a car show and always tought this brand is expensive but a High Quality brand. But in 2008 I bought an Alpine from a webside online the Headunit was like $1000 and the amps we're like $750 each they we're only 100 watts amps. Now I'm having problems my cd changer quit working since last year and I find it strange that I can't find ANY SUPPORT not even online for this stereo system. Everywere I look it's like this system
  17. Nakamichi IS STILL IN BUSINESS! I Went on their webside a couple of weeks ago and they have great things that they didn't have 1.5 years ago when I was looking for a Stereo system. So I went for an Expensive Alpine system that can't play cds anymore now the changer went after just 1.5 years. But check for a new Nakamichi aftermarket nakamichi system if you really want Nakamichi because their products really last. Look how long the Nakimichi stock units lasted in our cars
  18. Looks like you had a short that blew the fuses. Try to locate the fuses and replace them if it happens again after you replace them then you may really have an electrical issue.
  19. Ok I'm sorry but I'm gonna stop this right now. I know all ths is stupid stuff but it's the kind of things I have to put up with with the young guys I work with that talks only about speed speed and speed and racing and that kind of stuff. I know it's crazy and after working every day with them I kinda got as crazy as them also but this is not me I'm not a kind of person who only speaks about my car my car is a way of transportaton and I don't have to be proud of it who cares if it's better then Vw or not you know to young guys that's all that matters their cars but not me there are mostimpo
  20. Ok so SC 400 really DO HAVE the same engine as the Ls 400. I know this is Normal in most car manifacturers like Gm also put the same engines in their normal cars that they do in their higher performance cars. The thing is like with Mercedes Benz they came with a though engine that's especially designed to drive fast. It has a stronger crankshaft to handle High rpms without a problem. But people at work say that vw's has that too that the engine and transmissions are heavy duty and designed to be able to withstand High Rpms MOst of then these days have an automatic tiptronic transmission a
  21. Oh The thing is when I give a comment I don't give exactly my comment I give the comment of the people at work because they know more about foreign cars then me anyway. But the thing is I know more now I didn't know that Lexus can last as long as a CRown victoria I thought only Crown vics and Cadillac can go for this kind of Mileage. So far I knew Cadillac is a very reliable luxury car that's why most people over 50 prefers it. But I didn't know that Lexus can last that long too till I came on this Forum in the Ls forum there are people that has like 360 on the Odo. But now I'm trying to
  22. The thing is I don't know about the Sc300 but on the 400 the engine is very smooth so sometimes you are aproaching the redline but you don't know it till you look at the Tach. I found myself in this situation before I have an AUTOMATIC and still when I really press on the gas pedal it goes like over 5k rpm but it does it so smoothly you don't feel the engine screaming but the tach goes way high. The thing is I don't know if Lexus cars even have rev limiters like American or European cars have. On my dad's infinityq45 I went BEYOND the redline because of that. I was testing the car I put th
  23. I am somebody who knows cars for a long time especially American cars and I know a lot about the engines they have like every car have a name or number for the Engine or Transmission they have. But I don't know much about foreign engines. I work at the Vw dealership and they tell me that the engine in my car is the same as the Ls has. But that can't be true the thing is they don't know this engine is not a stupid engine it has almost audi like performance it can go to high rpms without problems but it' still very smooth but it's still sporty not a luxury engine. Like with Duratec engines w
  24. ok but does anybody have a solution? I found a place online called audio video service stop and they say they can repair all kinds of stock car radios including the Pioneer Nakamichi system in the Lexus. In the meantime I think I' going to buy a Palm thungsten that's a palmtop computer thatcan play mp3s and connect that to an i Griffin or something like that that's an fm transmitter so then I'll set it to play my mp3s on an Fm frequency. I can't buy another i Pod because the newer i pods require USB 2.0 and my computer doesn't have that s I'll need anew Computer PLUS the i Pod and that's a
  25. Well what kind of car did you end up buying? One car I can recomend you is a Ford Taurus. I had a 2002 Ford Taurus SEL that sold to get my sc400(yeah I know dumb desicion but make a lot of those). But that one looked a lot like a Lexus inside. I'm not talkning about the gl or something like that I'm talking about the SEL. The L stands for leather. Mine had a complete leather interior just like my sc the kind of leather is different from my SC I don't know if it was real leather or not but itlooked good. I had all the extra options like a compass in the mirror Mach audio system with EIGH
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