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  1. U660E Transmission Filter Replacement.doc Totally agree with your mechanic. I had the same experience until I got the level in the transmission correct. I have attached some documents that your mechanic may find useful. It took me a few reads of the Technical Bulletin to finally notice and action the line on the last page about adding 200mls of ATF after the fluid flow has stopped then install the refill plug. U660E AUTOMATIC TRANSAXLE FLUID ADJUSTMENT.doc How to to service the Toyota 6 speed Transmission.doc
  2. I have stopped using E10 fuel. I did a few weeks trial with my Aurion ATX and fuel economy was worse by more than 10% with urban driving. I stick with 91 unleaded with the occassional tank of 95 octane.
  3. Your transmission has just given you a big wake up call that it needs to be serviced. The automatic transmission fluid [ATF] needs to be changed. Best to drop the transmission pan to clean off the accumulated sludge and replace the transmission filter/strainer. Alternatively you could just replace the fluid in the transmission pan a few times. About 4 years ago at 165,000kms, I removed the transmission pan and replaced the transmission filter/strainer. Lots of sludge on the bottom of the pan. Since then, I have replaced the ATF in the transmission pan about every 6 months. I will have to check my records. Odometer reading just turned 210,000kms so planning upon replacing the ATF in the near future. Gear changes are smooth and unnoticable. I am DIY and have a tendency to over-service my vehicles and a great believer in preventative maintenance. $50 spent on ATF changes is a lot cheaper and easier than having to repair/replace a transmission. If you want your transmission to last, then service it and drive smoothly. .
  4. After weeks of procrastination, reassembly done yesterday morning and engine started, initially at 2000rpm. Running ok but idle was still a bit higher at 1000rpm which I put down to charging of an older battery which I have been reconditioning. Restarted the engine in the afternoon and later noticed a check engine light [CEL]. Error code P0505 had me thinking it was a vacum leak or the throttle body needed a thorough cleaning. After checking for vacum leaks, I replaced the battery and sprayed cleaner into the air intake. No CEL and idle is about 900rpm. Something to keep an eye on and further investigate if the idle does not settle down to a lower level.
  5. Just based upon experience with a Honda Prelude, I would be inclined to try and clean the EGR valve. Next step is the pathway from the EGR valve to the inlet manifold or valve cover. Something to further investigate so you know more about the EGR system for your specific engine.
  6. I do not follow your reasoning. If you think that the underlying cause is an electrical fault that could cause a fire then that is a very different matter. A refurbished unit should have been fully tested and guaranteed, Looks like the extended dealer warranty was a good choice.
  7. The main things to be concerned about are the vehicle history for accident damage and oil sludge build up in the engine. Both of my Aurions that I own, I bought with white smoke on start up due to oil sludge build up in the valve cover resulting in oil being sucked into the intake via the PCV valve. I am very much inclined to agree with your local mechanic. If the price is right, then buy it. The combination of synthetic oil and weekend trips will soon get rid of any oil sludge, Because I am DIY and most of my driving is short distance, I do an oil and filter change 3-5K kms. Only saying this as a recommendation to do regular oil and filter changes.
  8. The 2GR-FE engine is very reliable however it needs to be regularly serviced with quality oils to avoid oil sludge. White smoke on start up is a symptom of oil sludge build up affecting oil circulation in the valve cover and oil via the pcv valve getting into the air intake.I bought my 2006 Aurion with 160k and a 2009 Aurion with 108k with this oil sludge/white smoke issue. There are also 2 known weaknesses with oil hoses with earlier models. The rear VVTi oil line had a rubber mid section. Eventually it develops a pinhole leak which causes obvious oil loss. I replaced this oil line with the full metal version and this job was quite frustrating for me. Quite separately are the oil cooler lines which have rubber hoses and when they leak results in immediate and total oil loss. Toyota Australia will replace these oil cooler lines when they leak at their expense. Replacement part is all metal.. Recently, at 208k, I have replaced the alternator. It is not a simple task. Before that, I replaced the spark plugs and ignition coils. Again, another time consuming task removing various vehicle components to access the rear spark plugs. Another absolute must is the regular servicing of the automatic transmission. After lots of internet research, the ATF in these sealed for life transmissions should be replaced after 100k miles / 160k kms. At 165k, I replaced the automatic transmission filter/strainer and cleaned off the sludge build up on the transmission pan. Another frustrating job because of 1 bolt on the transmission pan that is difficult to access because of the vehicle sub-frame. Something else on my to do list is the replacement of the fuel filter. Rear seat needs to be removed for access. Absolutely love my Toyota Aurion and why I bought a standby 2008 Aurion, The driving pleasure more than makes up for the very occassional DIY weekend jobs.
  9. Best to refer to your owner's manual. I also do a Google search using oil manufacturer + lube guide e.g. I prefer to use oils with the latest oil specifications of API-SN and ILSAC GF-5
  10. Will they provide a no questions asked type of guarantee to replace/repair the transmission if it fails after being flushed by their machine? I have seen the amount of build up on the transmission pan and precisely why I would stick with the more expensive option of removing the transmission pan and replacing the filter/strainer.
  11. I am very much DIY and spent quite some time researching how to service the Auruin automatic transmission which is sealed and does not have a dipstick unlike my previous 1998 Camry. Quite a number of internet posts warn against using a machine to flush the transmission which can result in the transmission failing about 6-12months later. You should do your own research to confirm whether I am being too alarmist. At 160,000kms on my 2006 Aurion ATX, I removed the transmission pan and replaced the transmission filter which is referred to as a strainer in the parts manual. I was somewhat surprised at the amount of accumulated sludge on the bottom of the transmission pan. Other Forum members have reported the same. My Aurion has now done 208,000kms and I have replaced the ATF in the transmission pan [approx, 2 litres] annually. As the dealership has included 8 litres of Toyota WS ATF fluid in their quote, I expect that they intend to replace the fluid, drive the vehicle to circulate the fluid then replace the fluid a 2nd time.
  12. Welcome back. Not surprised to hear your experience about the Golf and Subaru being money pits. No doubt lots of fun to drive, when working. Hopefully, your Sportivo has been well maintained and the expected surprises of having to replace worn out parts has already happened. Personally, I like stock standard and a really quiet exhaust [at idle and cruising revs] so the show offs can get the Police attention and collect the speeding tickets.
  13. Auto electrics is far from being my specialty. In your position, I would start by replacing the blown fuses and a visual check of the wiring looking for any visual damage. Any changes to the wiring, I would regard as suspect for potential shorts causing the fuses to blow.
  14. campbeam

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    You could try an eBay search for the rubber cupholder insert. This was one search result.
  15. Might be a good idea to take some before and after photos to indicate just how much of an improvement comes from cleaning the headlights and also a change of the headlight bulbs.