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#425 of 5282 Heat shield rattle
Jan 27, 2001 (4:56 am)
A little information to share with those of us who have experienced the annoying heat shield rattle with the 1998 and 1999 TLCs.
I checked with the dealership and confirmed that a Technical Service Bulletin TSB)was issued by Toyota. It came out in the summer of 2000. The TSB identifies the design problem and the recommended modifications. Unfortunately, it also limited the repairs to the standard 3 year / 36,000 miles.
As my TLC has over 50k miles, the service folks at the local Toyota dealership could not fix it under warranty. They recommended that I contact Toyota directly.
I sent Toyota an e:mail detailing the problem and and the out of warranty concerns.
It took a couple of weeks, but yesterday the dealership called, informed me that the parts are in, and that Toyota was covering the cost of repairs.
Oh, what a feeling!!!
By the way, I took a test drive on the new Highlander. Nice vehicle. However, the engine noise in the passenger compartment is excessive to what I have become accustomed to in my Land Cruiser.
#426 of 5282 Thanks for Comments; Made the trade for the LC
Jan 27, 2001 (7:00 am)
Thanks for the input. Couldn't afford to keep the 740I and get the LC. Yes, the BMW is by far the best driving car on the road and I had 50,000 miles of driving pleasure. However, change is good and with the new BMW 7 coming out soon and my mileage, I believe the value which had already started to go down was going to drop even more.
After driving the LC, which by the way didn't mention was purchased by the dealer through the Auction, was driven by someone in the Gulf States Toyota Division, so it's never been titled and had 10,000 miles. I was able to purchase it for 44,000.00; I couldn't pass on the deal and after driving the LC for a week, I reallly began to appreciate the quality, etc. Thanks again.
#427 of 5282 Anti theft
Jan 27, 2001 (11:07 am)
Because of the engine immobilizer system on the LC, the chances of theft are greatly reduced. It is not possible to hot wire this thing under any circumstances. To start it, you must have the original key with the chip in it or replace the engine computer. This means, in order to steal it, one must either car jack it or tow it away with a flat bed truck and then replace the computer at a cost of about $3000.
Jan 27, 2001 (11:46 am)
has anyone driven their 2000LC with snow chains on? What brand, model # of the chains did you use? Any clearance problems? I'm trying to decide on cable vs. chain. Thanks for any feedback.
#429 of 5282 lease coming up on 98 tlc
Jan 28, 2001 (6:31 am)
the three years are coming up on my cruiser. I've had two with a four runner in between. it's been great truck winter and summer- with minor off road duty. I'm very spoiled with a cheap (525) lease because of the high residual 38,500. I'm thinking of Volvo cc- Audi all road - MDX-all more expensive than keeping the old cruiser. however my wife thinks it just too big for our normal suburban life style. after ten years in big trucks it's hard to think of driving a wagon. we have no kids just some weekly grandchildren duty.. I would appreciate any comments. ( I read the article this week in edmunds about giving up the tlc for an allroad also cars are important to me and i'm not going drive a little four wheel drive wagon just because i could(baby boomer mentality-sorry) thanks
#430 of 5282 endodoc Jan 28, 2001 (09:31 am)
Jan 28, 2001 (7:28 am)
I tend to look at the long term effects of "cost per mile" I also look at vehicles in terms of 100,000 miles, and multiples thereafter. If the cost per mile is comparable, it is up to your fickleness at the moment. For me, long ago I was shocked that the cost to run a TLC was slightly less than the cost to run a camry (neigborhood of .22 to .23 cents a mile, plus I still have the TLC and had to sell the Camry (unscheduled maintenance dog) I would not get a 4 wheel drive car wagon, they dont even approach the durability and reliabily of the TLC.
#431 of 5282 considering leasing/purchasing 01 tlc
Jan 29, 2001 (4:29 am)
I have been reading these posts for awhile, as I need to select a new car shortly (97 acura rl lease ends early april). I have decided to go w/ 4 wheel for snow driving and storage capacity. This car will be used to haul around my 19 month old and second baby due in May. Only hesitation w/ LC is various complaints on this post re: stereo problems. Is this just an inherent issue w/ 01 tlc? Is it bad enough to reconsider this car? Also, any recent purchaser's willing to share their purchase or lease price? Thanks for the help?
Jan 29, 2001 (5:13 am)
If it ain't broke don't fix it!
if you like the LC why change? You will just wind up hating yourself in the long run.
#433 of 5282 just purchased tlc
Jan 29, 2001 (8:46 am)
We just bought a 2000 TLC this weekend. Originally were looking at the Sequoia and MDX. After a few rides in the MDX, wasn't happy with the noise level, torque steer under accel, and four month waiting list at MSRP. The Sequoia rode great, quieter than the TLC, but really too big (long) for my tastes.
The dealer had a 2000 TLC in the showroom, which was way too expensive at 57K sticker. When I expressed interest, he said it could be had at ~$50K (only $5k more than the Sequoia). Final negotiations came out at ~$47K. More than I wanted to pay, but we got the #1 SUV out there, IMO. TLC had less than 100 miles, never titled. I read some info about 2001 stereo problem, this unit sounds great.
Sold my 95 Explorer to my sister to purchase this. Can't wait for some snow or mud to test out the 4wd.
#434 of 5282 Heat Shield Rattle - Bwrsro
Jan 29, 2001 (10:57 am)
Bwrsro- Can you e-mail me with the e-mail address you used to address Toyota regarding the heat shields? I too have a '98 TLC and I eventually removed the heat shields after the dealer refused to cover them under warranty. It's a little discouaging as each of the 4 smaller shields are torn in the exact same place. Clearly a design issue. I occasionally off-road the TLC and I don't want to start any fires. I would like to see if I can get Toyota to consider my case. Thanks for the info. kpondpacificnet.net