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  1. Lets say 25 oil changes with additional flushes and oil filter cartridges. Approximate total cost being $1100 over 5.5 years. Normal oil changes [with diesel flush] every 6 months = 11 = $450. Extra costs for de-sludging = $650. Costs are reduced because I have been using non-genuine filters [$3-$4] and oil was bought on special usually at 40-50% discount. Also oil being used changed from mineral to semi-synthetic to full synthetic. In hindsight, would have been quicker and cheaper to remove and clean the front valve cover plus also remove the engine pan and clean the oil pump.
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  2. The supra is coming along along nicely IMG_0721.MP4
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  3. Leather doesn't breathe actually, unless yours has perforated leather. It's just the nature of the skin regardless of coating. If you're experiencing sweating, it's more likely due to the high ambient temp/humidity where the A/C has to work extra hard to combat but can't. My M3 doesn't have anything on the leather and I have experienced a bit of the old sweating down the back occasionally. I like to place a large towel over the seat on extended drives. This helps a lot and gets a little protection from the sun thrown in too. One of my favourite things to do too. There's a huge sense o
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  4. Hey Gents, Supercheap Auto is having a 50% off Nulon 6LT 5w-30 finally ! The 6Lt is cheaper to buy than the 5LT lol. I dropped in and grabbed four more on the way home this afternoon. https://www.supercheapauto.com.au/p/nulon-nulon-full-synthetic-long-life-engine-oil-5w-30-6-litre/343508.html It's a 7 day deal and there are other discounts to be had also. https://www.supercheapauto.com.au/7-day-deals?j=4711815&sfmc_sub=822401467&sub=206595815_SCA01_CRP&l=333_HTML&u=99105915&mid=6010680&jb=19012&utm_source=email-subscriber&utm_medium=ema
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  5. I just posted a reply to Motorserves response, which will take a day or two to be shown. In it I posted this video...https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Thszl7visBU I also asked them to send me a cheque too.
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  6. Looks like you are going to have some interesting times ahead swapping out units then probably again if the new unit fails. Best to start looking around for a decent name brand unit and hope it comes on special at EOFY or next Xmas sale. Easy to give advice when it is other person's money, time and effort. 😁
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  7. I've been driving Corollas for many years and are great cars but the main reason was I needed more Boot space, of cause the Camry has so much more leg room and a bigger 2.5L engine was a bonus. I chose the Camry Ascent Petrol because it is built in Japan and has everything I need, although it took some time to get used to the Electronic Handbrake because I kept reaching for the Handbrake that wasn't there. The Technology in this car is mind blowing compared to my 2001 Corolla, it takes time to get used to it, I'm still learning. The best feature is the Reversing Camera which makes park
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  8. The idea of having to pay for map updates is ludicrous to begin with. I think any car that has a factory fitted GPS should get free map updates for the life of the vehicle. The time for gouging the customer should've ended a long time ago, which is why I'm not even remotely interested in factory GPS head units. Google maps is superior to anything I've seen or used and will continue using this free service. I don't get why people feel the need to upgrade their head units other than to upgrade the stereo quality and connectivity. The rest of it seems like one big extra distraction for road
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  9. Latest Repco catalogue has Castrol Magnatec 10W-40 5Litre for $22 [1/2 Price]. Because their website is currently unavailable, there was this notice " Here's a 10% off* coupon, use 10OFF at checkout, expires in 24 hours. " Expect that that will only apply for online orders today, Thursday 4th March 2021.
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  10. It's coming along really nice mate. I remember these Celicas when they came out. They looked very cool back then and still do. Nice work man.
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  11. I guess your right, it was very warm/humid & I had just popped into the car without it cooling down. The leather is definitely not perforated/ventilated like the Lexus cars. Alcantara would certainly fix this problem though. I might investigate the cost to cover the face (not bolsters) of the front seats, although I suspect it won't be cheap. Yeah the wheels will be far easier to clean that's for sure. I used one of them cheap conical polishing attachments on a cordless drill which worked a treat 😉 using the medium pad first then finishing with the soft with the appropriate polish.
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  12. My Heart tells me to go for the newer, lower kay vehicle. But it's catch 22 with these two. The AWD will have slightly better resale value, but it's got higher kays and has the tow bar and racks. 220 kays is getting up there though. The 2WD model has lower kays, but no tow bar or roof racks and is more expensive. Obviously because it is newer and having lower kays. Both one owner with service history. Question is, which was serviced better ? Were they serviced according to Toyota's stupid 15k service interval ? This will also dictate engine condition. The oil should be changed n
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  13. Just done another oil change at 226571 kms using my overkill oil change process. Initial flushing of the engine was with diesel. I refilled the engine via the PCV opening in the valve cover to help flush any sludge particles out of the oil baffles in the valve cover. I was thinking about repeating the diesel flush but there were no obvious sludge particles so proceeded to the final flush using new 15W-40 engine oil [previously bought on special]. End result is very clean or cleanest possible engine internals before filling with Nulon 5W-30 Full Synthetic engine oil and a new oil filter ca
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  14. Have read somewhere in threads on here of some fitting a frontal camera, which would at least allow you to see anything that would impact the centre area of the bumper, so maybe that is worth exploring. I found like any car you do get used to distance and allowing for the bumper, but yes 4 sensors would have been a great help, but like anything what if's come into any design and living with a car always throws up things that could be improved. KAA
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  15. Welcome to the Forum. Reckon that you have found out that the offered advice is spot on. Never owned a VW and after DieselGate exposed their Corporate eitics deficiency, that is unlikely to change. Mecedes Benz are taxis in Germany and they are sold here as a luxury brand. Have to agree that the current shape has the looks and style. Certainly explains why it is in high demand with a backlog of orders for the Camry Hybrid model. Toyotas are reliable but they do need to be serviced regularly to maintain that reliability. If you look at previous posts on this Forum, recommend
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  16. Hi Alex, The main purpose of those "parking sensors" are primarily for a parking situation. The proximity of the sensor is such that it is designed to monitor your distance from any object to the left or right sides of the vehicle. Frontal situations are not included unfortunately. If you look at where the sensors are located they are basically trained at the corners only and will only detect objects in the specific region. If it had 4 parking sensors, two corner, two front, then this would of course do what you're asking about. Not sure why Toyota do this either. Perhaps ask them on t
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  17. I think that it demonstrates the effectiveness of a 3 electric motor combination and the power of the fitted motors. I had another viewing of the video. Interesting how it is his daily driver and he has been using the all electric drive option presumably for his daily commute to work then charge overnight. End result being that he has not had to buy petrol. All of this with a 48 mile range battery pack and no "range anxiety".
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  18. Yeah, I know ! I got smoked by a Prius one time in my Hilux dual cab. That was embarrassing 🤪
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  19. @Tony Prodigy Do you find the leather don't breathe like it used to ? Would make sense after coating yeah? During our recent 5 day lockdown I thoroughly cleaned & ceramic coated my leather interior with CQuartz Leather like I said I'd do. Days after drying/curing I drove it down the coast a couple times on very warm humid days & noticed my tanktop sweat a little & stick to the back of the seat & thought hmmmmm ceramic ? CarPro Inside works real good, smells great. I also took the wheels off & did a good correction/polish & CQuartz them also with 2 coats. They
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  20. Just fixed my problem. The power steering ECU is under the dash just above the accelerator pedal. Remove the black cover by undoing one Philip head screw. Looking from the floor up, you can see the ECU. Tap on it with a metal rod. I did it with both engine off and on. Finally when I restarted the engine, the power steering becomes good again. No more PS warning light. I shall test the car within my neighbourhood over the next few days. If problem returns, I will replace the ECU.
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  21. I should mention, I'm not a SUV guy but I did look at the RAV4, GL,GLX...small Boot that you have to drop the seats down if you want to put anything bigger than a suitcase in and a 2L Engine. Start price is nearly $40k for the GL how Toyota can justify that is beyond me. The other thing is Camry mats, Toyota want nearly $400 I got mine in Super Cheap Auto for $60.
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  22. Happiness is a matter of attitude. Nothing like some good music to assist the attitude process. Recent posts have got me thinking about when to upgrade to the latest technology. Just so happy to get behind the wheel and drive my Aurion. Latest technology can wait until I really need it.
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  23. Yes Ash great song, I watched an interview with Oprah and Pharrell, he had no idea of the world wide appeal to HAPPY, he was in tears when she played him video of so many people around the world dancing and singing to his song..Dr's Nurses, everyday people being HAPPY..love it mate. KAA
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  24. Hey everyone, I recently spent the week with a 2021 A91 Supra and I thought you guy's as owners/enthusiasts might enjoy it most Full review here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0SlZ7eUm_ws Also, feel free to ask me any questions about my experiences with the car! Cheers - Matt
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  25. Haha, It's two BMW's going head to head 😄
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  26. Hi all, My name is Dave and I just purchased a 2020 Corolla Hybrid. I am liking the car and it is getting great milage (as you would expect). There are a couple of things I don't really like about the infotainment system, but there are always a couple of dislikes aren't there 🙂
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  27. Another great band. Chrissy Amphlett. We lost her too young too. Such a shame. "Sleeping Beauty" was my favourite song. She was a tough woman. A survivor. Yes he was. I remember him vividly from his stint on "Our House" too. Such a great talent on and off the stage. I was very sad on hearing of his death. We all knew he loved to fly and his helicopter just didn't make it one day. R.I.P. Shirley Strachan.
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  28. I've been watching Scotty for a while and so glad I did because he knows what he's talking about and not selling you anything. Here's some more excellent advice from the man....https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BIycEyNci1o Anyone who doesn't know who Scotty is look here. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCuxpxCCevIlF-k-K5YU8XPA
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  29. Love to be proved wrong and you actually get a genuine refund. Michael, you are on the right track with regular 6 monthly oil changes for long term ownership. If I was to buy a 3-5 year vehicle that has only had the minimal annual servicing done, then I would be doing a number of short interval oil changes using a high detergent oil to desludge the engine and avoid the oil consumption issues.
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  30. ELO are awesome, but you have to love Skyhooks. Gee they had a great sound. Miss Shirley ! I have several of their LPs in my mammoth collection lol. 😁
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  31. That's what I will miss the most, apart from the effortless acceleration, smoothness at idle and at speed and the excellent fuel economy. Shame the tight ringers couldn't see this otherwise more would have sold. It seems the general consensus is "get the 4", "it's cheaper on fuel".. If only more people did their research and figured it would be better to own a V6 with ALL the extra benefits it provides makes a better argument over the 4 cyl anyday.
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  32. Minor update. Looked into the recommendations provided from @Tony Prodigy and after having previous experience with some, in particular Meguiar's Hybrid Ceramic, and reading/watching reviews of all the products, I opted for the Mothers CMX Ceramic Spray to apply to my headlights. Seeing as it was on sale and I had some store credit for SCA, I ended up getting it cheaper than listed. As soon as I got home I applied the first coat to both the headlights following the instructions on the bottle. It was simple and easy to apply and had no real downfalls that I've notice
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  33. Chinese New Year has begun. It is the Year of the Metal Ox starting from 12th February. Not such a great start for Melbourne with a lockdown. For those who want to be optomistic about this year, consider this quote from https://edition.cnn.com/travel/article/lunar-new-year-2021-ox/index.html "The metal element represents anything sparkly from jewelry to the needle of a syringe. So we can see a bigger emphasis on industries related to metal in 2021. "The ox, in Chinese culture, is a hardworking zodiac sign. It usually signifies movements so, hopefully, the world will be less sta
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  34. Fitment was really easy - took me around an hour including removing the old intake. I followed the guide for the K&N 8611TS here (for the US Camry 2GR V6) - only needed to buy some 4mm vacuum caps for the switching valve and some metal for mounting it to the frame (to give it some more rigidity). I know there were one or two vacuum hoses I had to reconnect but I didn't really look into the specifics (just followed the guide) 😕 - I wish I could give more info. Can't remember if I posted a photo of it installed a while back, so here's one from straight after install (before properly tig
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  35. One problem is that the google play is not allowing me to log in as it throws an error, will try to fix tomorrow, if not will email the supplier for fix. The radio is clear and the bluetooth connected to my phone though have not made a call yet. It looks better but will see if it lasts. Dan..
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  36. Second update time! So as of last night, the second mod that I mentioned in my previous has now been completed and installed. In a post about a year ago or so, I was part of group buy to get BRD engine mounts. Me being me, it took a few years before the mod actually got installed 😂 When Alec came over last week, along with doing my shifter cable bushings he also removed my old engine mounts and gave me a spare rear mount so I could move the car around if need be while it didn't have the front engine mount in. I was extremely careful with the clutch and accelerator to not cause the en
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  37. Yes it is. Try and avoid direct sun though. Do it in the early morning or late afternoon or inside a garage if you have that. Just follow the directions on the bottle and you can't go wrong. This one will require a cure time and having the lights off at the moment you can take your time and even do a second coat. Those lights will pop !
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  38. All good mate. I hope it all goes well. Post up some pics when you do. Cheers
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  39. Hello everyone in the forum, this is my first post and my first post in a while in any forum. My name is Daniel in Western Australia owning a 2010 Aurion as in title for about 2 and a half years now. I am very pleased with the purchase and find driving the Toyota very pleasant. As in on past vehicles I have performed a lot of service maintenance and minor upgrades myself, and are now on the Aurion. I firstly for the kick in acceleration put in a K&N air filter, as if the Aurion does not have enough already. After doing over 100,00klms in here a while now I changed all spark plugs to N
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  40. Thanks to all for the responses, I told the wife today about the upgrade and she is not impressed for the wrong 'real' reasons. It may arrive this week or early next due to postage delays. Looking forward to the challenge of installing, and setting up. I hope I have all the cables, as the head unit is steering wheel learning ready, and I bought an Autopro video retention cable for the stock camera to still work, even though in the package a new reverse camera is included, and that the stock system uses a 6 volt trigger rather than 12 volt for the camera to be functional. I have looked into a s
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  41. Hey mate, nice to see you were able to get some things done. Those headlights look sensational ! Beautiful job mate . Huge improvement. Can't wait to see them on the car now. Can I offer some advice. I'd hold back on the lens clear coat. Reason being is that new lenses will have a layer of U.V resistant coating already which does break down with time, same as the clear coat you intend putting on. The clear coat is not permanent and it will break down eventually and look horrible. A much better solution long term would be to either ceramic coat them with the traditional method or get a spr
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  42. Haha, well said. Some people just find it hard to wield spanners and I get that. It's something that comes from within. I've been tinkering since I was a boy back in the late 70s when I had my dragster bicycle, my Dad's garage had plenty of tools available for me to choose from. It was exciting as a young kid to find the right tool and adjust or mend something. That's where my DIY mentality started. Dad was a very handy man too, still is God bless him. He was an accomplished carpenter and metal worker among many other things and he had everything in the home workshop. It opened my eyes at a ve
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  43. 7PK2875 for TRDs, manual says to change this every 90,000 kms
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  44. Hi Daniel and welcome. Glad to have another Aurion owner/member here. Good to see you have a DIY approach too as this will not only save you $$$, but help you understand your car better as you go along. Don't hesitate to post and by all means upload pics too. It's nice to see what others are up to visually. My 2 cents on head units, I'm not really into car stereos much these days, but if I had to, I'd look at a brand name and not waste my time with cheap Chinese junk. They are cheap for a reason and you will have no recourse if it fails. Too much rubbish is coming out of there these
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  45. I had no idea. Interesting stuff. If anyone can make a CVT that is smooth as silk it has to be Lexus/Toyota engineers. I must say, I drove a Corolla CVT before my Aurion Ownership and I hated it. Just never felt like a transmission should. The big rev and whine from take off had me laughing hard ! It's the dumbest thing I've ever driven. Why CVT ? Just put a normal transmission in there for God's sake. They have to mess with everything. Take something good and then make it worse.
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  46. The lexus LS has a real high tech auto/cvt combo It's got like 4 physical gears then the cvt takes over, they only act as launch gears for smoothness & acceleration, without being a buzzy cvt
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  47. I know. It's kinda getting on the side of the ridiculous. Just like 8 speed, 10 speed transmissions. Sheesh !! What next ? 12 speed, 14 speed, 16 speed, 20 speed,30 speed, 40 speed, 50 speed
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  48. Hello and welcome Miriana. First, may I just say that you have excellent taste in cars. Owning an Aurion proves you are of high intelligence. Second, don't be shy in asking anything. There's no such thing as a silly question. We will try and help as much as possible if you ever need it. Cheers and take care
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  49. Absolutely pay attention to what The Care Care Nut says in his YouTube videos. Easy for me to agree with what he said about buying oil in the last minute of the video because that is exactly what I have been doing. Progressed to only buying the full synthetic engine oils when they are on special. My preference has been upon oils with high detergent additive levels.
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  50. On a more serious note, THIS video explains the oil consumption issue that Toyota's can face. He makes total sense too.
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