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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. ๐Ÿ˜
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  7. Reassuring to see Toyota in the No. 1 position for new car sales but I also look at the gap with its rivals and also best selling models. I was somewhat surprised to read this article. https://www.caradvice.com.au/930453/vfacts-mg-leads-another-surge-in-chinese-new-car-sales/ Guess a lot of buyers are voting with their wallets based upon the purchase price with little consideration for future resale value. This means potential lost current sales for Toyota but maybe future customers if they get burnt badly enough with quality, service and warranty issues. Recently I wa
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  8. 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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  9. Last and final update, and what an embarrassment! The VSC and ABS lights had me thrown initially as I continued to fear the worst for the Kluger. I had even gone to the length of purchasing a, "Foxwell NT510 Elite Scan Tool" - which is an outstanding tool I must say. Whilst remaining under the impression that this error simply needed clearing after the broken wiring on the trailer had initially caused the errors - I thought that I would be happily on my way. I eagerly scanned the car for these errors once the scan tool arrived on the Friday - it specifically contained the "Toyota" sof
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  10. That's good value. So is the discount coupon on top of the already discounted price then ? So it will be $53.10 for the jack ? I wish they could could a proper deal on the 3T variant or even an aluminium jack. I don't need another back breaker of a jack.
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  11. 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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  12. 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 ๐Ÿ˜‰ using the medium pad first then finishing with the soft with the appropriate polish.
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  13. I have since downloaded a diagram from Toyota Aurion Workshop Manual 2006 - 2012 XV40 Free Factory Service Manual (allcarmanuals.com) Fingers crossed.
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  14. 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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  15. Hopefully you have already seen this YouTube video by Tha Car Nut. He says that he is a Toyota Master Technician and located in Chicago USA.. He gives some very good afvice and well worth your time to view most of his videos.
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  16. Sounds like it is getting better and better Ash, I am sure all this hard work is worth. KAA
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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. Hi Rick that unit looks nearly identical to mine, as in my post the unit arrived with three wiring harnesses, that is from the unit to my cars wiring, I chose the one that had most of the correct connections, steering wheel controls work from this wiring, just need programming from when the unit has powered up and inside a setting menu. You can do this yourself following online guides, beware of scratching the plastics and use a softer plastic knife or utensil to prise out certain fittings, 10mm socket and your there. Rick what spec is your unit Gb of ram and rom? I also used
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  20. 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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  21. 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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  22. Yeah, I know ! I got smoked by a Prius one time in my Hilux dual cab. That was embarrassing ๐Ÿคช
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  23. Umm, not sure how to answer that as I haven't sampled other models, but I can say that the controls feel nice and decisive. The climate controls are a soft touch button arrangement but everything else has a nice click to them, like the power windows, onboard computer etc. They rarely go bad. Everything works perfectly. The overall build quality was much better back then too, I have to say, being a 90's car and it shows. It's definitely a keeper.
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  24. Checked the ride heights today which is about 7 weeks after installation. Driver Front: 706mm Passenger Front: 718mm Driver and Passenger Rear: 706mm After wondering about the rear measurement, I realised that I still had tools in the boot. Measurement was unchanged after emptying the boot of tools [trolley jack, socket set, screwdriver set etc.] I have camber adjustment bolts so plan is to fit them before booking the car in for a wheel alignment.
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  25. 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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  26. Haha, It's two BMW's going head to head ๐Ÿ˜„
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  27. 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 ๐Ÿ™‚
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  28. 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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  29. Gotta love Scotty. He is so right too. Those Morons at Motorserve are accountants not engineers it seems and by selling you stuff you don't need is potentially damaging to your engine. They need a little Scotty Kilmer in their lives hahaha !!
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  30. Recent post inspired me to go listen to some Electric Light Orchestra then move onto Skyhooks.
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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. Looks great - I have the 2/32GB version with a painfully slow CPU, so hopefully that's a bit faster! If you have an Android phone that supports Android Auto, I'd definitely recommend using Headunit Reloaded: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?hl=en&id=gb.xxy.hr . Don't need any fancy adapters - just a USB cable to your phone for full Android Auto. I used it for a few months before switching to iOS. As for Google Play login issues - try and keep the unit booted up and connected to WiFi for a good 1/2 hour. It may be running an old version of Google Play/Google Play Services, a
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  35. 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) ๐Ÿ˜• - 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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  36. 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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  37. Yet another update ๐Ÿ˜. Going to keep the exhaust for now - doesn't really bother me anymore. Switched out the filter on the intake for the larger one that was included in the kit (managed to just squeeze it in) and placed a water repellent sock over it. Went out last night and gave it a couple of launches - complete axle tramp from 1st gear that I've never had since getting the RE003's which was nice, but could be due to the colder conditions/road. Definitely felt more pull on the kickdown from 60-100 vs before the Y-pipe and it sounds glorious with the intake/exhaust (mainly intake noise).
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  38. 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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  39. I'm still waiting for Turtle wax's Flex wax to arrive here and the 303 graphene nano spray. Both these are graphene based. But for the meantime we have these following ceramic sprays that are decent enough. The Mothers CMX probably edging the other two out. There are more fancy boutique brands but they're all much of a muchness really. The ones below are readily available at your local SCA and at decent prices at the moment. https://www.supercheapauto.com.au/p/meguiars-meguiars-hybrid-ceramic-wax---786ml/579411.html?cgid=SCA01010406#start=1 https://www.supercheapauto.com.au/p/mothers
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  40. Have a read of this URL. Good idea to check the condition of the serpentine belt. https://ricksfreeautorepairadvice.com/toyota-ac-light-flashing-2/ This YouTube video might also be helpful.
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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. Very similar background growing up with a garage full of tools and being encouraged to use them. Certainly encouraged to have a useful set of hands and to appreciate having tools. Helps with the problem solving to turn thoughts into action. Learn to look for the root cause and not just to deal with the symptoms. As this post demonstrates, if you are not fully knowledgable about a particular service then you could be easy prey for the unscrupulous. Lesson learnt is to know what is exactly in the log book service. Certainly pays to read your owners manual and service schedule. I
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  43. Welcome to the forum Dan, As you see this is still a very active forum especially with Aurion's, I am sure if you play it right you can win the wife over for not telling her about head unit coming LOL but in case keep the car fob handy for a fast escape LOL Many here have already have thread's up about head units they have including me, however I left it to the experts as playing with electrical these days and computers is well out of my league and not wanting to stuff anything up. Let us know how it goes and good to have another Aurion lover in our forum mate Keep Safe KAA
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  44. Workaround is to loosen the engine mounts so the engine can be jacked up high enough to get out some bolts, the water pump pulley and the water pump itself. Bit of a fun job especially as I did not jack the engine that high. I had previously replaced the rear VVTi oil line and the alternator so not too mentally traumatized. Checked out a few YouTube videos on replacing a water pump on the 1MZ-FE. Little wonder that the water pump is replaced when the timing belt is replaced. I will have to look into the premix 8 year life coolant that I am now using. Sure it is Nulon instead of Penri
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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. 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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  48. Have a read of the following link. https://www.hackettsdiscounttyres.com.au/toyota-camry-pull-left-fix-brisbane.html Wheel alignment is going to involve adjusting the castor, camber and toe. Note that they mention using either a single or double offset kit. I am sure that they will have to "play around" to get the bushing in the right offset position. Something like initial fit, check alignment then reposition bushing to get the desired result.
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  49. Actually, I reused the coolant which was Nulon Pre-mix with a 8 year life. I drained the radiator and that was approximately 5.5 litres. There was still some coolant in the thermostat housing and the water pump so there was some loss of coolant which I thought [at the time] looked to be fairly minor. When I refilled the radiator, I had the air bleed valve on the top of the thermostat housing fully removed. I then topped off the coolant with some distilled water. Ended up being approx. 1 litre [maximum] which was more than I was expecting. Radiator cap and air bleed valve were re
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  50. Just had a look and yep, you're right. They are in Rockingham W.A. Not sure why I thought it was Sydney. When you buy too much stuff you tend to lose track ๐Ÿ˜œ
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