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Lexus ES 300, Lexus ES 330, Lexus ES 350, Auto Repair, Sedan
Dec 09, 2008 (8:37 pm)
I will be purchasing a 2009 ES 350 premium plus w/nav within about 2 weeks. Geico is my insurance provider and I will add Mechanical Breakdown Insurance (MBI) and also GAP which pays off any balance that is owed on your loan if your Lexus is totaled (God forbid!!). My wife has worked for Geico in customer service and glass claims for over 9 years. She recommends that you keep your Mechanical Breakdown Insurance (MBI) for several reasons. If your dealership doesnít honor something on your warranty then MBI covers it (It doesnít cover normal wear and tear items like tire wear, batteries, brakes, etc).
Most people arenít aware that warranties donít cover glass damage. A windshield on a Lexus 350 can cost about $1100.00. If you have MBI and there is only glass damage then your deductible is only $50.00 even if your comprehensive deductable is $1000.00. So this is something to consider, not trying to sell you on Geico, but just give you another angle of looking at it. Thanks
#11 of 49 Re: Geico MBI [lexpaul]
Dec 10, 2008 (9:06 am)
Thanks for your reply. Good info to know. Given what you have said then do you mean that I should consider having the Geico coverage as of "now" or only as of when my warranty is up because I am paying for the extended coverage now.
Re GAP my car is paid for so I do not have the loan or balance "owed" issue.
#12 of 49 Re: Geico MBI [mayfletcher]
Dec 12, 2008 (11:05 pm)
Considering the high reliability of Lexus cars, I think you will be fine with the warranty from Lexus. Keep in mind though, that you won't be able to get MBI after 15 months of ownership or 15k miles on the car, so that gives you a very short window to decide. You can get an after 'market warranty', but they tend to be much more than Geico's MBI. I would say if the cost of having Geico's MBI is something you can comfortably live with, then I would keep it for the peace of mind, because it will cover you long after the manufacturers warranty has ended.
Here is a great link with some additional information:
Feb 26, 2009 (8:32 pm)
I have a 2001 lexus es 300 with 66 K miles on it. I have started to get a periodic rumbling or rubbing sound. It is much more felt at lower speeds, when I am slowing down or when I turn a corner. Showed it to Firestone. they say the rear struts have to be replaced (rear tires have unusual wear pattern) and also the rear tires. The tires are fairly new and have a lot of tread. Has some one had a similar problem? How difficult is it to replace the struts? Any help will be appreciated.
#14 of 49 Re: Struts replacement [wkendmechanic]
Feb 28, 2009 (3:33 pm)
#15 of 49 2008 Lexus ES 350 Sparkplug Replacement
Mar 01, 2009 (9:53 am)
Although manufacturers recommend sparkplug replacement at long (100,000 mile) intervals, often the plugs can become carboned up and impossible to remove without removing the cylinder head. To avoid this I have always taken out the plugs at about 20,000 mile intervals and replaced them after inspection.
On my 2008 Lexus ES 350 the front cylinder bank plugs appear easy to remove, but the rear bank plugs are hidden.
Has anyone learned the trick to removing the rear bank plugs?
#16 of 49 Re: 2008 Lexus ES 350 Sparkplug Replacement [turbobill]
Mar 02, 2009 (9:15 am)
Remember "fun vans"? Back in the 70's/80's where about 1/2 the engine sat in the drivers compartment? Had a couple Dodge ones.
Knew I needed some fresh plugs so on one nice spring day I popped the hood and removed the engine cover in the passenger compartment. The front plugs were easy, the rear plugs were a PAIN...literally. Removed heat shields, contorted my body in ways not comfortable, left a lot of blood from my knuckles all over and 6 hours later the job was done.
The next time I took it to my local gas/service station (remember full service?).
They offered to change the plugs for $1.00 labor per plug + $1.50 each for the plugs themselves. My thought, "knock yourself out". I told them I'd come back later and they asked if I wanted to wait as it would only be 15-20 minutes.
I thought I had better stick around just for laughs. Laugh was on me. They put the van on the hoist and thru the wheel well all plugs were easily accessible. No heat shield removal, no nothing and 15 minutes later I was on my way.
Just a thought, but I wonder if the same applies to the ES.
#17 of 49 day light saving change problem
Mar 08, 2009 (10:57 am)
I have an es350 with navigation. My problem is i tried to reset for daylight saving time change. It does not change to dst or will not change time zones. Please post if you have a solution to my problem.
#18 of 49 hydraulic radiator fan motor
Mar 25, 2009 (12:14 am)
i have the motor and fan in the car but the oil line connecting the fan to the motor is bad and i need to know what that part is and where i can find it. any suggestions would greatly be appreciated
#19 of 49 Lexus ES 350 Air Filter Element Replacement
Mar 28, 2009 (7:47 am)
The "plumbing" around the air filter box looks a bit complicated. Does anyone have any hints on how to replace the air filter element?