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  • First Name
    Chuck
  • Gender
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  • Lexus Model
    RX300
  • Year of Lexus
    2000
  • UK/Ireland Location
    Dorset
  • Interests
    Classic Cars
    Car Restoration
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  1. I tow two different classic Caravans, one a Cheltenham (1000kg,) and the other a Carlight Commander (1600kg). I hasten to had that I have been towing for over fifty years now, and really do hate this modern "rubber-block" suspension as on the Carlight; give me proper springs any time! Apart from pushing it on steepest hills there are no issues towing apart from a balancing act with the Carlight, It has a high nose weight ratio approaching 90kg but if I manage to decrease it to around 75-80kg it improves. The only issues were, the transmission of some humps and bumps from the 'van to the car. This is not noticeable with the Cheltenham as it has spring over damper suspension. My own view is that the rear suspension on the Lexus is somewhat harder than a normal car suspension so, that I have learnt to live with, as in general it tows very well.
  2. I need to upgrade my lights for some off-road and lane works. Years ago I fitted CIBE lights to my Range Rover bull bar and that did the job admirably. So I need to do similar but cannot find a bull/light bar suitable for the LX300 (Year 2000). Has anyone carried out such a modification, and with what?
  3. I found some great IVORY OEM carpets in the USA but for left hand drive only. Does anyone know where I can buy them in the UK (RHD) ?
  4. Well! My problem has been solved!!! I looked very carefully at the exhaust and found a pin hole by the sensor on the centre section so thought just a quick blob of weld …. Nothing like it; I had our local tyre and exhaust crowd (DCM Shaftesbury) look at and they quoted me less than £800 for a complete S/S system from front to back, new Cats and silencers etc., as there were pin holes literally at every vulnerable place. The upshot is ,the car has behaved impeccably ever since many thousands of miles all over UK, some very slow traffic and motorways - no warning lights! Great! I think I will keep the car now!
  5. Well mine is an ongoing saga! Quite regularly the lights come on. I clear it all with a diagnostic and it can be happy for a week or two. The readouts although indicating lean mixture and catalytic problems, quite often show "wrong grade of fuel" heading the list. I have resorted to adding injector cleaner on each fill up and that does seem to prolong or extend the good periods. It all seems to relate to slow driving around 1200 revs. So I am thinking the system is just clogging up as it was standing or little used before I bought it.
  6. Sending them back - they do not fit properly. So lets try the 'States!
  7. I have just taken delivery of the Thule roof rack - not impressed. Compared with the similar rack for a Rover 75 of the same year it is very bitsey; lots of screws and bolts that have to be reset every time it is used, it has certainly not been thought through. I certainly would not recommend it.
  8. Well it has now been a thousand miles or so with a few tank fill-ups, mostly premium grade fuel but did bight the biscuit and tried inferior supermarket stuff as well! Since the incident with the fertiliser spraying it has behaved well. The fuel consumption readouts have become more stable, no more wild fluctuations and reading a constant 27-27.8 MPG locally and nearly mpg (29.9mpg) on a steady run. It did go 31+ mpg for a while on a lazy journey but then it was nearly always never over 50mph! It seems to run much smoother and quieter now, apart from a transmission mount vibration when idling in gear. Upshot is that I can now see why others like their RX.
  9. I am trying to source a roof bar system for my RX300. Apart from some very expensive systems advertised by Thule, are there any others that will fit? even used will do for the amount of times it will be needed.
  10. I have now changed the MAF and so far so good although passing a field or three that had just been treated with some potent artificial fertilizer, that seemed to affect the system as I left the area the warning lights came on again and the readings were "too lean". after clearing the codes all seemed well again ... fingers crossed!
  11. Well! After all the hype about Oxygen sensors, and even catalytic converters, it turned out to be a £22 MAF sensor in the air intake! Surprisingly, when I changed all the plugs, and as the upper intake manifold had to be removed to get to the rear ones, I was shocked at the inlet ports. One bank were black the other three were clean ... cant see how that could happen unless the majority of air flow from the engine breather is directed to one bank only.
  12. Thanks Chris, I feel a little easier now although it is now getting interesting and frustrating! I change the Bank 2 Oxygen sensor, 89467-48011 (Diagnosed at Lexus) for one bought direct from USA/Hong Kong Labelled Toyota/Lexus. great it lasted for approx 10 miles!!! even rebooted several times (disconnect battery for 10 secs. lasted another 10 miles or so) I then bought another labelled DENSO, so far it has lasted 13 miles... all with the same part number. Anyone had issues with "new" sensors. the USA one was $30 the Denso was £95 and one from Westover would b nearly £300!
  13. I have this problem, VSC and engine warning lights on, as well. Sometimes it goes out for a day or two. Lexus did a diagnostic on it and came up with 'Code P0174: bank 2 oxygen sensor at fault'. I replace it. The lights did not go out straight away so I disconnected the battery for about 30 seconds. Presto! the light went out .... for about 10 miles! Reading above about the fuel cap and the whooshing sound. I just tried it and yes I had the whooshing! is that good or bad? judging by the smell of fuel I can only assume the tank was under positive pressure but may be wrong. I did seem that the lights would come on after high reeving (passing others/over 65mph etc.,) so are we saying that the tank breathing is at fault?
  14. After a quick look at my 2000 RX300 the cam belt change looks simpler than it was on my Rover 75 KV6 engine. is there any special (essential) tools needed?
  15. PUKU

    I Have Joined The Lexus!

    .In fact it is a 1963 P5 3 litre Coupe'; one of the first few Coupe's made in the first production year 1963. The photo was taken at the New Year Day run from Sturminster Newton, Dorset. I also tow a similar age Cheltenham PUKU caravan with it! Thank you for your interest