200k Mile Club
I made it! Had the car for 25,000 miles and a little under two years.
Pictures of the car can be found here
I figured since this is such a major milestone, I should do a list of everything that I've done in that time. I hope this helps some other people who might be thinking about a high mileage ES and would like to see what will need attention.
Original Major issues:
Valve Covers and the Camshaft Seals were leaking
Radio/HVAC Lights were Burned Out
Rear Sway Bar Links were shot
Driver CV Axle was spewing grease
Dirty IACV was causing a rough idle and misfire codes
The Front Brakes were shot
Check Engine Light (incorrect oxygen sensor used)
Driver Headlight was damaged by a deer.
Mismatched Rear Tail Lamps (related to an accident)
Driver Rear Quarter Dent
Passenger Door Dent
Replaced 16 Valve Cover Bolts w/Washers
Replaced Front and Rear Valve Cover Gaskets
Replaced All Spark Plug Hole Gaskets
Raplaced All Spark Plugs
Replaced Spark Plug Wires
Replaced Intake Manifold Gaskets (both sides)
Replaced Ignition Coil Plastic Electrical Connectors (dry rot)
Replaced PCV Valve w/Grommet
Replaced PCV Valve Hose
Replaced Air Filter
Cleaned IACV Multiple Times
Cleaned MAF Sensor Multiple Times
Replaced All 3 Coolant Hoses
Drained and Filled The Whole System with Toyota Red
5 Oil Changes + Filters
-Oil Pump Seal
-Timing Cover Gaskets
Power Steering Fluid Flush
New B1S1 Air/Fuel Sensor (CA Spec)
Replaced Fuel Filter (engine bay)
Tried to Figure out The Source of Low Fuel Pressure
Replaced Fuel Pump
Replaced Fuel Pump Sock
Replaced Fuel Filter (gas tank)
Replaced Fuel Pressure Regulator (gas tank)
Drained and Filled ATF (3 Times) with AMSOIL
Replaced Transmission Filter
Replaced Transmission Pan Gasket
Replaced 17 Bolts for the Pan
Replaced Driver CV Axle
Replaced All 4 Sway Bar Links w/Moog Problem Solvers
Front and Rear Whiteline Sway Bars with new Bushings
Tokico Blue Struts
Tanabe DF210 Lowering Springs
Toyota Mounting Hardware (every little piece)
Four-Wheel Alignment (3 times)
Replaced Front Brake Rotors
Replaced Front Brake Hoses
Replaced Front Brake Calipers
Replaced Front Brake Pads
Brake Fluid Flush
Painted Front Brake Calipers
Patched Original Rear Passenger Tire
New Michelin Xice Xi2 Winter Tires on Original Wheels
New Hankook Ventus V12 Evo Summer Tires on 17" GS300 Wheels (215/50/17)
Replaced Driver Side Headlight
Replaced Driver Side Corner Light
Replaced Rear Inner Lamps (2000-2001 MY) to Complete the Package
Polished the Passenger Headlight
Replaced Fog Light Bulbs
Replaced Rear Brake Bulbs
Replaced Front Signal Bulbs
Replaced Low Beam Bulbs
Replaced License Plate Bulbs
Replaced Rear Inner Parking Light Bulbs
Replaced Rear Outer Most Parking Light Bulbs
Replaced Outer Tail Light Gaskets (dry rot)
Replaced the Burned out Climate Control Bulbs
Resoldered the Radio Bulbs
Replaced the Battery
Cleaned All Leather with Leatherique
Cleaned All Carpeting with the Rug Doctor
Cleaned the Front Seat Belts
Cleaned the Speaker Covers
Clay + Machine Polish + Wax
Replaced Both Remote Batteries
2 Sets of Wiper Blades
Replaced 6 Rusty Exterior Mirror Screws
Cleaned the A/C System with the Toyota A/C Refresher Kit
Dusted the A/C Vents with Compressed Air
Installed a Cabin Air Filter
Lubed up the Steering Column
Touched Up Some Body Damage
Popped out a Dent in the Rear Bumper
Wrapped the Steering Wheel with a Brown "Wheelskin"
Remove and Replace Exhaust Y-Pipe (Noisy Catalytic Converter) Done
Replace Rear Rotors and Pads Done
Replace Noisy Alternator Pending
Replace Floor Mats with Lexus ones Done
Congrats! and thats ALOT of work!
Nice! these cars can last a long time with proper maintenance.
congrats on the good work！
lol, i always wanted to make a list of the things i did....and i tried...and it got too long and i just scrapped it.
now my mod list is probably just as long as the repair list lol..maybe i should start thinking about the mod list
Wish I had this much money to spend on the upkeep of mine. Thinking I need injectors and suspension overhaul most right now, but lack of Air con and audio is killing me.
I've got 30k till I hit the big 200 though, so maybe I'll have my stuff together then.
Car looks great. What rotor+pad combo are you going to do on the rear?
I am at +280k miles (+450k km) on my 97 ES300. I also have a list of all the maintenance.
As for rotors, I use premium ones. The brake pads, I just use the cheap ones.
How much do you think you've spent since you've had it? At what mileage did you buy it at?
As for myself, beside regular fluid changes, normal wear and tear stuff (i.e. brake/suspenion/tires), exhaust pipe, timing belt and spark plugs, etc.....normal stuff....not much. I do everything myself if I can...including timing belt change. I am still on original alternator, starter, steering components...
I bought it from my old man (who was the original owner) at 125k miles.
good to see the care involved. Also what kind of oil, viscosity and filter have you been using. And did u stick with same oil everytime??
thats quite a list. I compile a list in my head though, and i start to laugh at the amount of stuff i've done. It blows yours away lol
Have an 1998 ES 300 with 524,000 miles on it. I am the original owner from the showroom with 22 miles on it. My maintenance list is not as long as yours, but there are always some items that could use repair. Next on the list is new exhaust from the Cat on back.
What a great car! Drive it about 170 miles R/T to work, 5 days a week. Always runs good, and mileage between 28 and 29 mpg.
Holy #$#$#! 170mile commute every day? this is insane.
Who knows, they might publish an article in the new magazine they send to their customers and hook you up on a new car purchase!
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