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I figured I would stop all the quoting as it is getting quite long. LOL
My wife and I go to LA a few times a year so I will give you a shout and will definitely take you up on that tour. We are on the 4-10 schedule for the summer since I work as a Business Analyst at a college, and it is more cost efficient not to run the AC, etc. when we don't really have the same number of students in the Summer.
I was an E6 and never made that much money when I was in, but that was years ago. I too wish they would give a Veteran discount.
I just went past 4,000 miles, and my oil change with 0-20W synthetic at the dealer cost me $89.95 minus 10% for being a VIP member at that dealer. I take it to Lexus since I can have all the service verified when I go to either trade a car in or sell it, which you can also see on the Lexus Enform site. It is really cool site to use. The price really depends on the dealer, for example a brand new dealer will probably charge more since they have to pay that dealership off, whereas a dealer that has been in business for a while doesn't have the same overhead and can charge less. I really like the way Lexus treats you when you come in for service, and will probably never go back to a regular American car.
On the older Lexus (2004) I try to do the work myself as it saves a bunch of money, and I build 60's muscle cars for fun so I'm a pretty good mechanic. Older BMW's cost a bunch to maintain, and when I had mine I did the oil changes myself. If it wasn't for the fact that I could fix cars that BMW would have driven me to the poor house. Lexus is built to be reliable, and that is what I want.
Good afternoon, how are you? And everybody else too on this Forum? $90 for a synthetic oil change +10% discount sounds very reasonable. For my Toyota Tacoma at the dealership would cost roughly $110 tax included. What a great deal for a Lexus, huh? Hopefully, for my RCF, it will be in your neighborhood price or at least under $150. If not, I do understand I am getting an $80000 sports coupe and a simple 5000 mile synthetic oil change is well worth it. Hehe..
That really comes in handy that you can fix, repair and do minor things as a mechanic. Unfortunately, I am super dumb when it comes to that field. Working on cars was never my cup of tea and can't tell tit from tat. Hehe.. put me out in the wilderness and I can survive with very little amenities but if you asked me to care for a child or fix a car, forget it. I do understand human beings have their strength and weaknesses, right?
4000 miles and have you noticed better gas mileage because it is broken in? Of course, since you are in Arizona and have to use the AC. To tell you the truth, I have had my Tacoma for 13+ years and NEVER HAD TO REFILL my AC Freon. Being in Southern California, it gets hella hot and I blast the heck out of it and it still runs brand spanking new. Also, since your RC350 is a V6, do you notice a huge drop off in horsepower once you engage the AC? For my 2002 Tacoma, being a V6 190HP, it does take some power away but I only feel it in the acceleration when I am stopped. I try only to turn the AC on on the freeway. Plus, it is a truck, not a sports coupe and my torque is pretty good compared to a normal car.
Yes, please let me know the next time you and the wife are in Los Angeles. It would be my pleasure to meet you and give you a tour @Space X. Just a reminder that I can only do it on Sundays or one of my weekday off. My schedule is really hectic from 330pm-4am, Monday to Friday. Saturday is 12pm-6pm. Just giving you heads up on my crazy work hours and I do sleep in the day time and work nights. I am pretty much like a vampire or zombie with the exception of sucking blood and eating brains. Hehe.. I love those horror gore movies. Oh, Kobe Bryant and Bono from U2 were at Space X last week. I have also met or seen James Cameron, Morgan Freeman, Will Smith, Bruce Jenner (or whatever the Fu** he/she is), Will I Am, from Black Eyed Peas, Robert Downey Jr., and numerous politicians and NASA, and Generals from the Military.
That sounds outstanding. I understand what you mean about about the military and today's youth. Less than 1/2 of 1% of the population has ever joined the military. Doesn't seem quite fair, but we joined. I also agree that everyone should be made to serve 2 years to give them appreciation of what it takes to be free, and also make them grow up. But that will never happen will it?
With regard to gas mileage on my 65 Mustang Fastback I installed a modern 5-speed, and more than doubled my gas mileage. At 70 MPH I get 21 MPG and that is with a carburetor not direct injection. Now it is only 325 HP, but there is nothing monitoring anything, so the RC F should get at least 21 on the highway in Eco mode as long as you don't get the devil horns on the on ramp.
When I got the XPEL paint protection film put on the GM and Sales Mgr. of Tesla stopped by the shop to pick up their car, and when they saw my RC350 Black on Black they were blown away and said they wanted one. I told them to go to the Lexus dealer and get one. They said if they had something that looked that good on their lot they would not be able to keep them in stock. That's a good compliment.
The Strut Tower brace is to stiffen up the front end so that it does not flex when in the curves. It was not expensive at all as I got mine for $129 shipped from CA. It's coming in today. Other than installing OEM lighted door sills, window tint, and a CAI it is stock. In AZ the CAI will not be an issue for Smog, but in CA who knows. It is very easy to swap out, and makes the car so so much more aggressive. I'll post up a video of it this week so you can hear it. The tower brace is really easy to install as you take off 6 nuts, remove the dust cover for the front strut, and put on the brace. Install the nuts, torque them down and you are done. Easy, peasy. Like you I'm not going to lower it as it is hard to not bottom out when pulling in the garage.
Yes, I have the Mark Levinson & Navigation upgrade. I really like it, others don't think it is worth it, and think aftermarket is better. To me having 17 speakers and 825 watts is good for me. Like anything if you don't have it setup correctly it won't sound as good as it can be. Me, I have it setup great. At level 30 I can make the rear view mirror dance, and my pants leg move with each bass note.
I see Bromance going on here!!!!
how do you get 23MPG average and drive it like you stole it???? I have never gotten more than 19MPG