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Forum: RX - Third Generation Today, 12:38 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,286
Posted By vlad_a
I will respectfully disagree. Owning a Lexus can...

I will respectfully disagree. Owning a Lexus can be a drain on the pocket, or it can be as cheap as owning any other Toyota vehicle. I owned my IS300 for more than 11 years and I have spent very...
Forum: RX - Third Generation Today, 12:07 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,286
Posted By vlad_a
Direct-injected engines are notorious for carbon...

Direct-injected engines are notorious for carbon build-up. RX350/450h does not have such an engine - it is port-injected. In fact, most Toyotas do not either. And the kicker is that seafoming does...
Forum: RX - Third Generation Today, 07:48 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 265
Posted By vlad_a
@UCSB, when we had '09 Outback, I was very...

@UCSB, when we had '09 Outback, I was very pleasantly surprised at the lack of rattles. That was one of great things about it. And it was the last "family car" on the market available with a stick...
Forum: Hybrid Technology 08-29-14, 07:11 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 118
Posted By vlad_a
Might be the battery ventilation system running. ...

Might be the battery ventilation system running. It sucks in air from under the rear seats to keep the battery cooled.
Forum: RX - Second Generation 08-29-14, 07:08 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 778
Posted By vlad_a
On a Lexus? I have an '03 IS300 and it is...

On a Lexus? I have an '03 IS300 and it is bulletproof. If maintained, it will keep going forever.
I spent somewhere between $2K-$3K last year to bring it up all of maintenance up to date, mostly...
Forum: RX - Third Generation 08-25-14, 02:21 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,190
Posted By vlad_a
We took our RX450h on a road trip to Florida. ...

We took our RX450h on a road trip to Florida. There were quite a few hills on the way there.
There was no need for Manual or Sport mode going downhill!
When the gas pedal was completely...
Forum: RX - Third Generation 08-25-14, 07:14 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 314
Posted By vlad_a
Koni makes great [adjustable] shocks, but I found...

Koni makes great [adjustable] shocks, but I found none for the RX. In fact, I couldn't find any aftermarket struts, other than KYB. There might be a way to use stock struts as donors but I don't...
Forum: RX - Third Generation 08-22-14, 12:31 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 692
Posted By vlad_a
Anita, I disagree. Litigation can come from...

Anita,

I disagree. Litigation can come from anywhere.
Here's Ford and GM under fire for having a CD ripping feature:...
Forum: RX - Third Generation 08-22-14, 11:54 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 692
Posted By vlad_a
Considering how much automotive journalists hate...

Considering how much automotive journalists hate the Cue, I would say, it's a wash.
Forum: RX - Third Generation 08-22-14, 10:42 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 692
Posted By vlad_a
And if it weren't for litigation in US, we'd be...

And if it weren't for litigation in US, we'd be able to do this by now:
Lexus is 250 (2014) mirrorlink hd - YouTube
Forum: RX - Third Generation 08-22-14, 10:32 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 692
Posted By vlad_a
There are so many things they could have done to...

There are so many things they could have done to make the OEM nav even half as useful as a $80 handheld, yet they didn't. :cry:
Forum: RX - Third Generation 08-22-14, 08:43 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,276
Posted By vlad_a
I got news for you. In 6 months, he/she will be...

I got news for you. In 6 months, he/she will be 1-year old. You will no longer use a cradle, so it won't be as much of a hassle. Better yet, the seat will get reversed to forward-facing. Much...
Forum: RX - Third Generation 08-22-14, 08:32 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 692
Posted By vlad_a
We all know the real reason for the lockout -...

We all know the real reason for the lockout - frivolous lawsuits that is one of American core values.
We also get service reminders every 5K miles. And TMPS. And undefeatable traction/stability...
Forum: RX - Third Generation 08-21-14, 01:14 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 692
Posted By vlad_a
On my 2013, verbal commands don't work, whether...

On my 2013, verbal commands don't work, whether stationary, moving or performing any other tricks. They just suck. I just use Siri on my iPhone. Hence why there's Seri Eyes Free for 14+.
Forum: RX - Third Generation 08-21-14, 12:36 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,276
Posted By vlad_a
If you don't mind me asking, but why are you...

If you don't mind me asking, but why are you moving from the IS to the RX? I have been driving (2) IS300s for over 14 years now and I also own an RX. There is no way I would trade the power and...
Forum: RX - Third Generation 08-21-14, 07:01 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 692
Posted By vlad_a
You can put a switch on the speed sensor wire...

You can put a switch on the speed sensor wire that goes to the Nav. The parking brake wire can be grounded as well for DVD playback.
The Nav will not be tracking your location while the speed...
Forum: RX - Third Generation 08-21-14, 06:58 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 475
Posted By vlad_a
Nanook, how does the aftermarket remote starter...

Nanook, how does the aftermarket remote starter work?
When you start the car, is the smart key still operational, in particular to relation to unlocking? When you open the door, does the car keep...
Forum: RX - Third Generation 08-20-14, 09:40 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 301
Posted By vlad_a
My RX is set to fold its mirrors, so it is easy...

My RX is set to fold its mirrors, so it is easy to see from a distance when it is locked. Typically, I would use the door handle to lock the car, so not much of an issue.

Have you tried adjusting...
Forum: Hybrid Technology 08-20-14, 08:31 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 373
Posted By vlad_a
I tried switching to '89 on our latest road trip....

I tried switching to '89 on our latest road trip. Half a tank of 89 and another half of 93 was just fine. When running purely on 89, the engine sounds rougher and the MPG drops by 2. I switched...
Forum: RX - Third Generation 08-20-14, 08:24 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 475
Posted By vlad_a
I wouldn't waste money on the OEM one. You can...

I wouldn't waste money on the OEM one. You can buy the plug-in-play* module for about $230.
* may need key code programming.

I have been always wondering about the aftermarket implementation. ...
Forum: RX - Third Generation 08-20-14, 08:20 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,276
Posted By vlad_a
The reason you had issues with your IS250 is...

The reason you had issues with your IS250 is probably because of direct injection. The ugly truth is that it causes carbon build-up. That's why 350 has both port and direct injection. Toyota is...
Forum: RX - Third Generation 08-18-14, 02:02 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,734
Posted By vlad_a
Mine are in the basement. Lexusdrivers has PDF...

Mine are in the basement. Lexusdrivers has PDF version if anything is needed. Otherwise, it would just take up space in the car.
Forum: RX - Third Generation 08-18-14, 12:27 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 355
Posted By vlad_a
I didn't get bolts either with the bracket. I...

I didn't get bolts either with the bracket. I guess dealer gets these in bulk. They are usually plastic and last a very long time in Northern states. I reused leftover metal bolts I had from my...
Forum: RX - Third Generation 08-15-14, 01:01 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 239
Posted By vlad_a
Nah. They just keep the dust away from the...

Nah. They just keep the dust away from the engine.
I haven't put the plastic cover on the engine in my IS300 since I did the timing belt last year.
Forum: Hybrid Technology 08-15-14, 12:46 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 385
Posted By vlad_a
Traction battery cannot go completely dead. It...

Traction battery cannot go completely dead. It has to maintain a specific charge rate, somewhere between 60% and 80%. If it does drop very low, a special device is needed to charge it up. I hear...
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