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Old 07-19-14, 04:16 PM   #1
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Hello all,

I hope to purchase this 2003 GX with (73000 miles) this week from a private owner and was hoping I could get some feedback from experienced owners. I've seen quite a few of these type post and you all have been generous with your knowledge. Please take a look at this craigslist ad and accompanying pictures. I understand that the 03 is the first year for this model... is this an undesirable year given it is the first model year? Any particular issues I should look for when looking it over?

Thanks for any feedback!

http://knoxville.craigslist.org/cto/4525597965.html
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Old 07-19-14, 04:21 PM   #2
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Looks nice! Buy it.

GX470s generally had very few changes from 2003-2009. The tail lights, the position of some of the interior buttons, the higher resolution GPS screen and adding VVT-i to the engine later on are all that come to mind. There is nothing wrong with the early models.
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YoshiMan. Thanks for the input!
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Old 07-19-14, 04:50 PM   #4
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From the mileage and from the pictures, the vehicle looks like it is in great condition.

The one thing that I don't see in any of the pictures is a picture of the dashboard. Since dashboard cracking is an issue that some GX owners have experienced, the absence of dash pictures makes me wonder if it could have a cracking dash, but, if it does and if you haven't already seen the vehicle in person, that should be easy for you to spot when you are checking out the vehicle.
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good heads up on the dash. I'll be sure to check. If dashboard is cracked, is that likely too cost prohibitive to fix?
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good heads up on the dash. I'll be sure to check. If dashboard is cracked, is that likely too cost prohibitive to fix?
I'm sure that you can find more information about the cost of replacing a cracked dash in the thread about dash cracks that is stuck to the top of this board, but my recollection is that replacing the dash comes with a price somewhere around $2000. Also, if you read through all of the posts in that thread, you will see that there is a high correlation between those who have had the problem and those who live in locations where hot temperatures are common, such as Florida, Arizona, Texas, etc.
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Thanks Lesz!
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I just ran the VIN through Lexus.
https://secure.drivers.lexus.com/lexusdrivers/home

I didn't see any mention of a timing belt and the last service though Lexus was back in Nov. '12. I guess there's no good Lexus dealers in Tennessee. I would definitely change the timing belt if they don't show proof of it already being changed. At 11 years old it's time to change it mileage reached or not.
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RCsGX- awesome! good looking out! I will be sure to ask the owner tomorrow when we meet.
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RCsGX- awesome! good looking out! I will be sure to ask the owner tomorrow when we meet.
Good luck, I hope it's what you're looking for!
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so I checked the vehicle out today. It's a no go. First off, large crack in dash around instrument panel and the smell of cigarette smoke was overwhelming. Thanks for all the input. The search continues...
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so I checked the vehicle out today. It's a no go. First off, large crack in dash around instrument panel and the smell of cigarette smoke was overwhelming. Thanks for all the input. The search continues...
Sorry to hear that it didn't work out.

Like I said in an earlier post, it struck me as a red flag that the seller posted lots of pictures showing virtually all of the exterior and interior of the vehicle, but there were no close-up pictures of the dash.
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so I checked the vehicle out today. It's a no go. First off, large crack in dash around instrument panel and the smell of cigarette smoke was overwhelming. Thanks for all the input. The search continues...
Just as well, smoker and damaged dash, YUCK!!
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As I continue to look for a clean gx 470, do you guys have any thoughts on purchasing a vehicle with 100k+. I am budgeting between 15k to 20k. The recent birth of my son has changed my priorities and budget. I am in the process of selling my Cooper S and my Tacoma. Painful... lol.
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