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Old 10-15-06, 02:21 PM   #1
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I have a 99GS400 with the Nakamichi sound system. The left front speaker (the one in the driver side door) works only intermittantly. When I first got the car it worked perfectly for a few weeks, then I noticed one day there was very little sound coming out of it. That lasted for a few days, then went away all together and I almost forgot about it until about a week ago when it stopped working again

It's VERY erratic, sometimes it will work for a month straight, sometimes it will stop working for a few hours, then work again. Currently it's been on and off for the past week or so. If I fade the stereo all the way to the front and the left, you can hear faint music and a lot of static and distorted bass

I got the door taken off and the speaker looked at by a local audio shop, but the guy who did it said he didn't know what the problem could be becuase it's so inconsistent. I'm really clueless about car audio so I would appreciate any advice you guys could give me

The guy that checked it out also said that he thought it might be the amp, but the Nakamichi has a seperate amp in each speaker and I would have to go to my Lexus dealership to get the whole thing replaced, which would cost a lot of money. I'm hoping there's an easy fix but I'm not sure. Has anybody else ever experienced this?
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Old 10-15-06, 04:10 PM   #2
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i had a similar problem in my first gen GS, the speaker wires run thru a rubber conduit by the the door hinge, they were shorting in there. i cut the wires and spliced them back together. i assume it's the same design in the second gen GS.
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Old 10-15-06, 07:24 PM   #3
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i have this same problem. when its not working, if i moderatly pound the speaker w/ my foot, it will come back on. i just haven't had time to take off the door panel and figure it out. i have a '99 gs3 w/ premium sound system, btw.
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The guy that checked it out also said that he thought it might be the amp, but the Nakamichi has a seperate amp in each speaker
There isnt an amp for each speaker. Just swap the speaker wires for the front left and right and if the problem swaps sides, you know its the amp.
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Old 10-15-06, 08:24 PM   #5
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I also have a 99 400 and I have the exact same problem too!
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99 GS300 here, and mine started doing this yesterday! On mine...a quick flick of the volumeknob will fix the problem...for a while...

I feel a new headunit and a new set of speakers comming
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Old 10-16-06, 01:05 AM   #7
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99 GS400 as well and same problem. I usually have to mess with the volume to get it cranking. I turn it up and then lower it. Very annoying. Installing aftermarket unit over the winter. Hopefully itll go away.s
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Old 10-16-06, 09:25 AM   #8
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2002 GS300 with same problem. Just hit the door panel and it works again. Took it to the dealer and they said everything is "fine". Tried blaming it on my ipod. Retards.
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Thanks guys, it's nice to know I'm not the only one with this problem. Are there any easy/cheap (permanent) solutions?
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I gently nudged me kne on the speakercover today...and the sound came back when doing this...so it looks like a theres a bad conector on the speaker....and this also sems to be quite common?
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has anybody actually got to a permanent solution for this problem? my GS is getting plagued with it latley too >_<. I'm about to take it to the dealer for the 120k tune up and im tempted to have it fixed then but im sure they'll charge me a lot....good excuse to get aftermarket speakers?
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I have the same problem. I haven't looked into it yet.
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Have yall noticed if its with FM, AM tape or CD? Mine's the passenger side on my 00 gs4 but i notice it ONLY on AM radio.

Both am & fm radio also sounds has WAY less sound quality than CD. My Ford Ranger FM sounds just as good as the CD, and maybe better than the lexus..of course the lexus CD blows it away.
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anyone with a fix yet? If there is a way to test if it's the amp, the headunit, or the speaker, whats the best way to test them?
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I have the same problem and a friend thought it's a bad speaker. There's a crossover in the speaker that usually goes bad.
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