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#2110 of 5282 Need a little advice re: my 100
Oct 30, 2002 (10:47 pm)
I got a 2001 LX470 instead of a Land Cruiser because I could get one for $10K off of MSRP. Fine. But what about service? The Lexus dealership strongly recommended that the transmission fluid, transfer case oil and front and rear differential fluid be changed at my 15,000 mile service.
I said to go by the book so instead of charging me $460 (or so) they only charged about $85 (plus another $100 for replacing two A/C air filters, which they weren't going to do).
So now my paperwork says "Cust. refused 15K service" which means I refused their service (as opposed to what Toyota says to do).
Question: For non-heavy duty operation, how often should the transmission fluid be changed? The book says to inspect every 15K miles but doesn't seem to ever say to replace.
I like the features on the Lexus but I don't like dealing with the static I get from the service salesmen. Maybe I'll take it to the Toyota dealership that's three miles away for service in the future.
The 2003 LX470 towing capicity is only rated at 5000 lbs. this year but the Land Cruiser is still rated at 6500. Funny.
Oct 31, 2002 (10:31 am)
Expect the same high pressure for unneeded services at the Toy dealer. They make a bundle on this, and, for the most part, the service writers get a commission when you bite.
At 30 k they will try to sell you fuel injection cleaning, throttle body cleaning, power steering flush, etc., etc. All unnecessary at that mileage unless you abuse the heck out of your car and are running Pemex 85 octane gas.
My .02, anyway.
Oct 31, 2002 (10:43 am)
Just keep your receipts and be sure what you have done keeps pace with the factory's recommended service intervals. If you don't, and have a problem (unlikely on this vehicle), it may require some legwork to get warranty coverage.
That comment about you refusing is for this reason: The service manager at a modern dealership gets paid to increase the profit per customer and the service writer (who wrote that) is under his or her thumb. The SM gets monthly statistics on how many customers accept their added service level and when he looks at the paperwork there had better be some indication the service writer tried to sell you the extra stuff. Just like at McDonald's (Would you like an apply pie today, sir?).
I'd stick with factory intervals on all items. The code words are "Please service my vehicle for the miles it has and the FACTORY's recommended services, NOT your dealership's recommendations. Thank you."
#2113 of 5282 Thanks for your replies regarding service.
Oct 31, 2002 (11:21 am)
In the end, I did get exactly what the book said to do. I'm still a little confused over the factory's recommendation for transmission service - it's basically inspect every 15K (but never an automatic replacement). Unlike a lot of Toyota products, it still uses Dexron II (or III).
I'm thinking 30K miles is a lot more reasonable service interval for the trans. fluid. I don't think I'll ever go back to that dealership.
#2114 of 5282 Tranny intervals
Oct 31, 2002 (6:12 pm)
The reason for the inspection is simply to be sure the fluid level's topped up properly, since that's far and away the #1 reason auto trannies die - low fluid. Unless you tow, or offroad a lot, there's no need to change it at 30k. Believe me, even the factory intervals are designed to be a bit conservative, so short changing things like that could easily be a waste of your money.
Nov 02, 2002 (6:14 am)
The aforementioned wheels are not available as they intend to rebuild this vehicle. I'd hate to be the schmoe who buys it.
Nov 04, 2002 (6:23 pm)
I agree. Those cars are not the same after massive damage and the typical minimal cost salvage job.
Nov 06, 2002 (10:31 am)
any suggestions on locating a nice set of floormats for my 40th anniversary TLC? Dealers tell me they were discontinued. Thanks!
Nov 10, 2002 (6:35 am)
I have gotten over 50K miles on the OEM Michelin LTX M/S tires. I have owned the truck for two years only. Can anyone recommend an alternative to this tire that they have preferred. Most of my driving is on paved roads. As we approach winter in the NE however these Michelins do not appear to be a valid winter tire.
Nov 11, 2002 (12:37 am)
Try the new Michelin Cross Terrain. It's an updated version of the venerable LTX and improves on many aspects including winter conditions. Not the cheapest, but as always, Michelin tires are the best and worth the bit of extra. These are one of the few available in your exact stock factory size, also.