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OK, as promised I've uploaded a sound clip to YouTube that lets you hear what the Takeda CAI sounds like on a 2015 Lexus RC 350 with F-Sport option. The exhaust is stock. I've tried to include as many different driving conditions as possible. If you have any questions let me know.


At no time was the speed limit exceeded on surface streets or the freeway. The CAI makes the car sound like it is going faster than it really is.


That sounds awesome. Is there ANY downside to getting a CAI installed on these cars? If it doesn't void warranty and there's no downside, it would seem like a no-brainer to get this sound for ~ $450.
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That sounds awesome. Is there ANY downside to getting a CAI installed on these cars? If it doesn't void warranty and there's no downside, it would seem like a no-brainer to get this sound for ~ $450.

Not really. Only downside is you want to put your foot into the accelerator more to make the sound, which then results in you getting less MPG, but I prefer the SPM (Smiles Per Mile) I get when I drive so I'm good with the trade off. Actually I'm averaging 22 MPG combined because of the CAI. Before I was only getting about 18-19 MPG combined.


The only other thing is the price for it now. When I got mine it was like $349, but I was the first one to get one labeled for our cars, and not buying one for a GS350. Now both are just as expensive. Timing is everything.


Get one. You won't be disappointed.

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That sounds awesome. Is there ANY downside to getting a CAI installed on these cars? If it doesn't void warranty and there's no downside, it would seem like a no-brainer to get this sound for ~ $450.
So I just found out from my particular dealership that... any modifications may void the warranty... so I am about to sell my intake that I have enjoyed for about 2 weeks.. -.-;;

He said that he has to report any type of modification down to the dealership during check up AS it can mess with the combustion...

again this is for my particular dealership may not apply to all...

So is anyone interested in buying my intake before I post it on ebay?

Again i emphasize the "may" portion

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So I just found out from my particular dealership that... any modifications may void the warranty... so I am about to sell my intake that I have enjoyed for about 2 weeks.. -.-;;

He said that he has to report any type of modification down to the dealership during check up AS it can mess with the combustion...

again this is for my particular dealership may not apply to all...

So is anyone interested in buying my intake before I post it on ebay?

Again i emphasize the "may" portion

I understand where you are coming from, but your dealer is a d**k. Ask your dealer this, why does Lexus sell a CAI for other Lexus cars if it is so bad? Yes, I've seen a Lexus CAI for sale in every Lexus dealership parts area in the Phoenix area. This is from the Lexus website with regard to performance products: http://www.lexus.com/models/IS/accessories


Keep it, and take it off when you need to take it in, which won't be very often as it is a Lexus. Just my $.02 on the matter.


Did you refer your dealer to the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act? http://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles...intenance#will


Will using 'aftermarket' or recycled parts void my warranty?

No. An 'aftermarket' part is a part made by a company other than the vehicle manufacturer or the original equipment manufacturer. A 'recycled' part is a part that was made for and installed in a new vehicle by the manufacturer or the original equipment manufacturer, and later removed from the vehicle and made available for resale or reuse. Simply using an aftermarket or recycled part does not void your warranty. The Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act makes it illegal for companies to void your warranty or deny coverage under the warranty simply because you used an aftermarket or recycled part. The manufacturer or dealer can, however, require consumers to use select parts if those parts are provided to consumers free of charge under the warranty.
Still, if it turns out that the aftermarket or recycled part was itself defective or wasn't installed correctly, and it causes damage to another part that is covered under the warranty, the manufacturer or dealer has the right to deny coverage for that part and charge you for any repairs. The FTC says the manufacturer or dealer must show that the aftermarket or recycled part caused the need for repairs before denying warranty coverage.

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I understand where you are coming from, but your dealer is a d**k. Ask your dealer this, why does Lexus sell a CAI for other Lexus cars if it is so bad? Yes, I've seen a Lexus CAI for sale in every Lexus dealership parts area in the Phoenix area. This is from the Lexus website with regard to performance products: Lexus IS - Accessories | Lexus.com


Keep it, and take it off when you need to take it in, which won't be very often as it is a Lexus. Just my $.02 on the matter.


Did you refer your dealer to the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act? Auto Warranties & Routine Maintenance | Consumer Information


Will using 'aftermarket' or recycled parts void my warranty?

No. An 'aftermarket' part is a part made by a company other than the vehicle manufacturer or the original equipment manufacturer. A 'recycled' part is a part that was made for and installed in a new vehicle by the manufacturer or the original equipment manufacturer, and later removed from the vehicle and made available for resale or reuse. Simply using an aftermarket or recycled part does not void your warranty. The Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act makes it illegal for companies to void your warranty or deny coverage under the warranty simply because you used an aftermarket or recycled part. The manufacturer or dealer can, however, require consumers to use select parts if those parts are provided to consumers free of charge under the warranty.
Still, if it turns out that the aftermarket or recycled part was itself defective or wasn't installed correctly, and it causes damage to another part that is covered under the warranty, the manufacturer or dealer has the right to deny coverage for that part and charge you for any repairs. The FTC says the manufacturer or dealer must show that the aftermarket or recycled part caused the need for repairs before denying warranty coverage.
<3 you gear, I will ask him about that. But I am taking the car in to make them figure out what is wrong with it. Could be a bad motor mount or the springs/suspension is bottoming out. If either or is the case I am going to ask them to give me a new car... because that car is not even 35 days old! or I will try at least haha
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<3 you gear, I will ask him about that. But I am taking the car in to make them figure out what is wrong with it. Could be a bad motor mount or the springs/suspension is bottoming out. If either or is the case I am going to ask them to give me a new car... because that car is not even 35 days old! or I will try at least haha

Good luck, and remember Lemon law. Read up on it in your state in case you have to invoke it. I had to once, and got a new car out of it. They have to have tried at least 3 times to repair the vehicle and it has to do with vehicle safety, which bottoming out would.


Especially remind him about the Lexus website that sells a Performance intake, and why doesn't that void the warranty. I'd love to see his smug face when you ask him that. LOL

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Good luck, and remember Lemon law. Read up on it in your state in case you have to invoke it. I had to once, and got a new car out of it. They have to have tried at least 3 times to repair the vehicle and it has to do with vehicle safety, which bottoming out would.


Especially remind him about the Lexus website that sells a Performance intake, and why doesn't that void the warranty. I'd love to see his smug face when you ask him that. LOL
I will ask him haha, I am bringing it into the shop - my guess is he is going to say it is a Lexus item, specified for that model.
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I will ask him haha, I am bringing it into the shop - my guess is he is going to say it is a Lexus item, specified for that model.
Yea they would say that, but the fact that Lexus sells a CAI to be installed into a Lexus and does not void the warranty is a perfect example of the Warranty Act I specified. Same goes for their cat-back exhaust. You can put in any exhaust as long as the emission items are still present and would pass an emission test.

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Gear, talked with a rep, what he said was beyond astonishing.... pretty much a round about way of saying if anything besides stock parts are on it you void the warranty which just does not sound right LOL...

"The answer I received from a mechanic or representative at the shop told me that if it damages the engine or another part, yes it will void the warranty. So I asked what if it is a aftermarket part? The individual then said "If it is not lexus's, then yes it can void the warranty then also."
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Gear, talked with a rep, what he said was beyond astonishing.... pretty much a round about way of saying if anything besides stock parts are on it you void the warranty which just does not sound right LOL...

"The answer I received from a mechanic or representative at the shop told me that if it damages the engine or another part, yes it will void the warranty. So I asked what if it is a aftermarket part? The individual then said "If it is not lexus's, then yes it can void the warranty then also."

All I have to say to what your dealer said is "You can fix Stupid".


Obviously the Lexus people at your dealership have not read, or have failed to fully comprehend the meaning of the Magnuson–Moss Warranty Act. What the rep and Mechanic said is partially true. The non-OEM part is not under Lexus warranty, but that is the only thing not under warranty. Buying a non-OEM oil filter or air cleaner will not void your power train warranty. With that being said, if you buy a really cheap oil filter or an air filter that has so much oil in it that it fouls you MAF (Mass Air Flow) sensor, and it hurts your engine then that is an example how a non-OEM part can void your warranty. It is an example of cause and effect. Always buy quality name brand replacement parts, and keep the receipt.


If the part you put on the car damages another part then it will void the warranty, but they, in this case Lexus has to through some kind of mechanical/electrical analysis prove without a doubt the new part damaged another part. That being said the onus is on the dealership to prove that the oil/air filter or even light bulb caused the issue.


Getting a tune or putting on a Turbo/Supercharger will obviously void the power train warranty as the car was not designed to handle all the extra power and stress that it will cause. Putting in a 100 watt bulb where a 5 watt bulb goes is another example as the higher wattage bulb can overheat the wiring, and cause a fire. Putting on 24" rims and then complaining about the ride quality is another example of what Lexus will say is not their fault. You see the pattern here? Doing things to your car that it was not designed to do will more than likely void some part of the warranty.


That is what the Better Business Office is for or better yet a good lawyer.


All I'm trying to do is educate you and others so that you are not intimated by the dealer to buy OEM parts where you do not necessarily need to.


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