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About Jaystar77

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    Gen1 RX300 / Gen2 RX350
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  1. I had a similar issue with mine a few years back but it was the front straight pipe before the Y-section that was leaking. Ended up using this site (everyone bookmark it for future reference) to find the part number and bought eBay's cheapest version at the time: http://www.japan-parts.eu/lexus/eu/2002/rx300/mcu15r-awpgkw/3_521210_002_/tool-engine-fuel/1702_exhaust-pipe Looks like 17410-20410 is the one you are describing and it's mega money due to the incorporated catalytic convertor. Weighs in at just under £600 even via Amayama. I'd be looking at either a secondhand one from a breaker or going the custom route with a fabricator to make a whole system for that kind of money. Hope that helps, Jay
  2. Browsing the auctions and spotted this, wasn't aware the gen2 RX (okay, okay Harrier..) had a roof like this. Did it ever make the jump across to UK models? Looks very trick indeed:
  3. I got lucky with black and black interior, the cream upholstery doesn't age well IMO. Really like the dark grey and dark blue in them. Silver would hide a lot of the scratches and swirls that black really doesn't!
  4. Just to clarify, is this hose for the oil cooler or is it the pipe that feeds oil to the camshafts? (I have a similar weep on my 350 and it is the latter).
  5. You could find (as I did!) that a front brake caliper is either stuck in position due to seized sliding pins (fairly easy to sort) or the main piston is sticking (brake fluid bloody everywhere). This will cause the brakes to behave differently on each side. Generally if there's no indication of irregular wear on the old discs and pads a mechanic wouldn't dig into it too much. They should have checked the rubber boots for rips and tears though, and noted how easily the pistons and sliders moved when wound back into the calipers. Toyota/Lexus calipers have always been a weak spot for me TBF. I've done three of four on my RX350. And both fronts on my mum's Rav4. And two rears on my track starlet. And two fronts on my RX300. And one front on my grans starlet. And two on my last MR2. Oh and the starlet before that I needed three. The list goes on!
  6. That pipe that Graham mentions is weeping slightly on mine, I bought a genuine one Lexus (circa £75) via Amayama and am just waiting on the opportunity to replace it. Oh and yes, it's a chain on the 2GR engine so you shouldn't need to worry about it.
  7. What condition are the front brake calipers in Tom?
  8. Oh yes. The tax. Probably best not to mention that bit till it's too late 😄
  9. Welcome aboard, I can only offer what odds and ends I've picked up during ownership but it might help. Alongside the usual checks for service history / tyres / crash damage / etc / etc have a good look round the interior and sniff for water ingress. That was one of the things we've seen a few times on these pages. The body seams aren't great around the tailgate from what I've seen. Mine needed a few lines of sealant to sort a trickle into the boot and a few of the tail lamp gaskets could do with replacement. The 2GR can suffer from an oil leak at the back of the engine. There's a pipe that feeds oil up to the cams that can perish and you get a trickle of oil down the engine as a result. Mine is actually suffering a bit of mist from it and will need addressed. Pipe is around £100 plus some curse words if I remember right. I've had a few worn out bushes in the rear DS hub as well. They are a big heavy bus so you'd expect that sort of thing. Handbrake is rarely used so make sure the cables haven't seized in the off position. Other than that it's just the basic maintenance that you would expect (a lot of the above is probably in this category for a 13 year old car anyway). Oh and fuel. Lots of fuel. But that being said I'm loving it, in no rush to drive anything else!
  10. Fairly certain mine operates just like Daniel says. I've gone out to it many a morning to find I'd forgotten to lock it the night before. Age is a terrible thing!
  11. Hi Jason, It's part of the UK so there shouldn't be any red tape hassle unless you are skipping across the border into the south. Which is well worth the trip, it's quite a varied island! Just touching on what Malcolm says yes there's a few rough areas (same as anywhere) but it's gotten a lot less prickly in previous years. Best advice is to keep politics, football and religious opinions to yourself unless you know who you are talking to. Try to avoid the July 'celebrations' too, it can get rowdy! Thanks to online car buying and the potential savings on the mainland there's a serious amount of UK registrations here nowadays which should help you blend in. Plenty of tourist spots in the north and the scenery can be epic on the right day.
  12. Unfortunately the first step with warning lamps is normally to check the logged fault codes and go from there so without an ODB reader it's a bit of a guess for the average DIY'er. Still well worth your time casting your eye around the engine bay wiring and components in case something is visually suspect. Hope fully it's something obvious (and cheap!) In some cases I think the VSC is tripped if the engine throws a fault so it should just be one initial fault rather than two separate issues.
  13. Those look great Les, freshen up the whole vehicle 😎 I've had issues with corrosion affecting tyre pressures but it was on various older rims (talking 15-20 year old) so hopefully shouldn't be an issue for most of us. A 'proper' refurbishment of the alloys in question sorted them.
  14. My apologies John, you are correct the coolant pump isn't actually tied into the timing chain operation. It looks more like the fact that the engine needs lifted slightly to get the pump out (?) could be more the issue. I've seen plenty of Toyota calipers over the years. Enough to just opt for fresh calipers when possible. Rebuilt quite a few so I realise the sliders are a weak spot but there have been many that the main piston has been the problem. Probably just part of owning quite a lot of older vehicles I guess!