My wife and I purchased an 1999 ES300 to replaced our modified 1997 Nissan Bluebird. I'm quite adept mechcanically, but I'm not familar with this model at all (though I've had a few toyota's). Any advice would be really appericated, we'll be using this car to transport our son around in so want it safe, and nice
The loud exhaust, modifed intake, hard hitting power band, and bouncy ride didn't work since this guy was born some weeks back....
It's a pretty old car now (15yrs), so there are alot of minor blemishes, and the bumpers have some minor damage.
It's still quite tidy inside, and it really just needs a damn good clean.
The car has 143,000km's on it. Which is low, but I like to start ownership with a full service, and addressing any outstanding mechanical issues right away. I see no evidence the cam belt has been done, and there is a minor oil leak from under the plastic cover. This would freak alot of people out but I can do it all, have before so I spent some real
money at a friendly toyota dealership.
- I think that this one is about to blow, .. might have to replace that or re-tank it. I've got a family member that knows a mangement guy at some radiator manufactor, they reckon ~cheap~ really ~cheap, other wise it's $200 - $400.
- pretty sure the person two owners back didn't believe in serving, the last guy owned it only a few months (3,000kms), he lost a bunch of money on the deal (leaving for Hong Kong for good in days), so we offered low and he took it (half present value). I see moderate oil caking under the cam cover !(ekkk).
I can't figure out what these two are for, they aren't bagged .... ?
I'm pretty sure I got everything, .. check out that unit price vs. the net total I actually paid ! nice 35% off. I'm doing ...
- all spark plugs,
- oil filter, oil, remove sump, clean re-seal.
- both cam cover gaskets
- cam belt, cam seals, crank seal, water pump, tensioner, etc.
I also picked up a few other things,
- Silcone for the windows (for the rubber) to help them seal better (source of mositure ??) and address 'whistle'.
- Some polish / wax, cos it's only effort and it might pay off.
- Rainex for the windows (makes water bead = less need for window wipers)
- installed new silcone wiper blades (already), rain season, .. needed those soooo bad.
- and Rainex for the inside too to assist with the misting thing, .. wow is that unreal.
- Anti-Seize for the spark plug install (never used it before but long past time I started)
- and silcone for the sump, I'm taking that off to clean out the inside of the sump as part of the first service.
The rear and sometimes front windows mist really badly. To be fair, our other car which has yet to be sold has recently had this issue and it is weather related (it's getting down to zero or -1C at night). I wonder if I should check the cabin air filter, perhaps replace it thoughts anyone ?
Does anyone have a suggestion on how to address this, I'd like to give the seats a chance to stay nice.
I can't wait to turn spanners on this thing, I love toyota's they are so easy to work on, I just get them. Rang my friend and he's dropping over the special service tool for toyota 1uz-fe's I made some years ago. It does both the cams and the main lower wheel. It's been years since I've had a toyota (cough lexus).