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  1. BTW I found the reset sequence here: http://us.lexusownersclub.com/forums/topic/58458-one-touch-open-or-close-for-moonroof/ Worth a punt before you buy it I reckon.
  2. Morning Neil, my RX had the same sunroof issue when I bought it. Just needed the set-up procedure done on it (took 60 secs) and it's been fine ever since. I think they sometimes lose their calibration.
  3. From personal experience Toyota brake calipers have plagued me across all models. I've only had two RX caliper failures so far but they all follow the same design. Once they hit a certain age the seals perish then moisture gets in then the piston or sliding pin jams and you get a sticking caliper. Currently refurbishing a Levin caliper and a Rav4 caliper as we speak! I've just learned to expect it now.
  4. Aye, something like that appears to be your best option. Never simple is it!
  5. On the up side we could tie a bit of string to the throttle valve and you could loop it round something when you get to the desired MPH?
  6. I don't think it does, the other end hooks onto the throttle valve and operates the flap regulating the air into the engine. It is rather mechanical. My starlet operates the same way. The ECU would get a signal from the throttle position sensor mounted on the flap but that's more of an after-effect, they couldn't use it to regulate anything. I'm not clued up on cruise control systems but I wouldn't be overly fond of them messing about with the throttle cable.
  7. Definitely looks mechanical to me, that's the end of a throttle cable.. After digging through the parts EPC it seems the 2.4 is definitely mechanical, the 3.0 looks to have an electronic throttle. Diagram of the 2A throttle: http://jp-carparts.com/toyota/partlist.php?maker=toyota&type=521120&cartype=6&fig=7801 Diagram of the 1M throttle: http://jp-carparts.com/toyota/partlist.php?maker=toyota&type=521120&cartype=1&fig=7801 The joys of imports eh?
  8. Cheers Nicole, knew someone must have ventured down this path! Do you have any idea which brand they are? I'm currently weighing up some BC coilovers..
  9. Just whilst I'm buying a few other bits I had a quick look on the auctions. Firesports do a lip kit which looks fairly subtle : http://www.firesports.co.jp/catalog/catalogdetail.php%3Fid%3D251&xid=17259,1500002,15700023,15700105,15700124,15700149,15700168,15700173,15700201&usg=ALkJrhjQMGnUW4qTRoqdg78cBeEItUVe8w That looks to be the same kit but with real world pics taken: https://page.auctions.yahoo.co.jp/jp/auction/c639289984 Unfortunately the shipping makes these financially unviable. Best way to access them is to get them from imported vehicles already in the country. I was quoted £800 just to ship a bumper last year!
  10. Only things I've seen have been the Lexus optional kits in the brochures or some Japanese-based aftermarket stuff which would cost a bomb to import. She a gen2 or gen3? Managed to pick up a front lip and side skirts for my gen1 but can't seem to find a rear lip to finish it off anywhere.
  11. After the first bad snowfall of the winter I discovered I was in the same boat (good tread but old tyres). Opted for a set of Hankook Durapro to replace the knackered set and they have performed brilliantly since. Feels much more surefooted and very little road noise too. Only question is how well they wear but I'll find that out in due course I guess!
  12. Delivery mileage on a brand new NX

    Don't know if it's of any relevance but I see plenty of new VW's through work and the delivery mileages average around the ten mile mark. Always get the odd one that's a bit more of course. You'd expect to add a few miles on the pre-delivery inspection but that's about it.
  13. I like that line of thinking - electrics just have a habit of going wrong. Usually expensively!
  14. But who cares about figures when we have so much else to look at in this flashy brochure.. Check out the amount of mental optional extras Toyota can dream up!
  15. Right, the important info you are looking is that the 2WD 160PS 2.4 litre 2AZ-FE offers 11km/litre which converts to approx. 31mpg. Compare that to the 4WD version (28mpg) and the 2WD 220PS 3.0 litre 1MZ-FE (26mpg) there's definitely a benefit to get the lightweight of the range. The 4WD 1MZ-FE gets around 25MPG apparently. Obviously manufacturers data isn't real world but it's nice that they are optimistic.
  16. Will check it out and let you know Mark
  17. I'd agree, so much easier to drive. Rather partial to the Japanese imports myself. Would bring a box of randomness in every few months for my other car projects. I've a tonne of Harrier showroom brochures lying here if you need any random info
  18. Is a gathering of road dirt in the door shut areas not just a natural consequence of driving? It's something I've seen on every car no matter the price or manufacturer.
  19. Glad to hear of the purchase. Just by coincidence I was reading up on throttle control boxes the other night and could swear there was one that, along with the usual settings, offered a form of cruise control. Might be worth investigating yourself in case they are applicable to your model code? The only names I can remember are Blitz, Apexi and Greddy but it could have been one of the more generic brands.
  20. lexus owners - what did we drive before?

    Good thread, great to see such a variety of cars. Sadly I sort of stuck with the one model for a long long time. In fact I'll probably stick with them a while longer as a few are still lying about the garage as side projects now! First Starlet Turbo back in 2000 : Then had a long run of rinse and repeat: My first automatic GT: Still have this one: This is my current project car: This auto served me for 8/9 years as a daily driver, it's currently rusting away in the yard till I get back near it: Still have the first one thankfully. Perfect garage ornament:
  21. One word of warning - check the doors, bonnet and bootlid for signs of oxidisation under the paintwork. Known issue with them for a long time. Could lead to a serious repair bill for the unsuspecting buyer.
  22. Just on this topic, has anyone replaced their factory suspension (air or standard) with aftermarket coilovers? I see both PB and BC coilovers offer similar versions and whilst I don't want to ruin the smooth ride I'm enjoying at the minute it could be an option once the suspension wears out. Also means I can drop the ride height slightly and tighten up the handling. Haven't noticed anyone running them on here?
  23. Wanted - Set of RX wheels

    Just bumping this up. Now looking a decent set of 19" wheels for my 2006 RX350. Let me know what is out there. Ebay hasn't had much over the last few months unfortunately. Thanks, Jay
  24. Wanted - Set of RX wheels

    Hi folks, Looking to upgrade the 16" wheels on my 2002 RX300 for something bigger. Preferably more modern with good tyres on them. Open to persuasion if anyone has any ideas. Cheers, Jay
  25. Speak for yourself Ian - I've been waiting a long time to put all this practice to good use!