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Hi, I have just bought a 1998 GS300 and I love it :D . I am intending to use the car to tow my caravan in the summer. The car is booked in to have a Brink detachable towbar fitted and I have ordered a Kenlowe oil cooler. Am I right in thinking the car should be o.k. with the oil cooler fitted? I have been told that the car might need a bigger radiator, the radiator in the car is already huge and has 2 fans... is this the normal radiator?

Sorry for asking questions already. I will post up some pictures later


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I can't see why the car should need a new radiator, I have towed with loads of other cars and never had any problems. The only thing that worries me is this is my first auto which is why I ordered the oil cooler. I'll probably worry now every time I head off for the weekend in the caravan :duh:

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Nice car mate, get those rear light clusters changed to the new style ones, I did on mine, doesn't cost a great deal and it really transforms the entire back end of the car imho :)

Welcome to LOC as well :)

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Thanks :D .

I emailed Lexus and have and got got some great news...

Dear Mr Savage.

Thank you for your email to Lexus GB Ltd.

Yes, Mr Savage your vehicle should be fine. When the tow bar is fitted,

your vehicle will be capable of towing a maximum load of 1,500 kg. There is

also an additional upgrade kit that will allow you to tow a greater load if

needed which would allow a maximum tow load of 2000 kg.

I hope this is of some help to you and if I can be of any further

assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Kind Regards

Tyronne Springer

Lexus Customer Account Manager

0845 278 8888

My caravan fully loaded is below 1500 so all is well, I'll still get the cooler fitted though just to be sure :) .

Now I can get back to enjoying my new car.


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  • 6 years later...

Quick update on this pretty old post :-). I've been regularly towing the caravan for six years now with no problems. I had an oil cooler fitted 50000 miles ago and have happily towed the caravan round England and all over Ireland with 2 dogs and a family of five.

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