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Old 08-25-2014, 10:46 PM   #1
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School me on Lexus RX300

A good friend but one who is not at all a gear head came to with a question.

Seems he oil starved or the sludge build up killed his engine.

His RX is an 2000 with 140k miles, he's retired and on a fixed budget so selling the RX isn't the best plan.
But we are in the info gathering stage.

My questions are
What do I need to look for in ways of engines that would work in the truck?
Is it better to go junkyard, rebuild the existing or find a rebuilt engine?

It looks like the cost of that engine is around$1,800-2,500. Any ideas how many hours a shop would say to put one in?

Thanks for any input you can give.
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Old 08-26-2014, 12:34 PM   #2
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A good friend but one who is not at all a gear head came to with a question.

Seems he oil starved or the sludge build up killed his engine.

His RX is an 20000 with 140k miles, he's retired and on a fixed budget so selling the RX isn't the best plan.
But we are in the info gathering stage.

My questions are
What do I need to look for in ways of engines that would work in the truck?
Is it better to go junkyard, rebuild the existing or find a rebuilt engine?

It looks like the cost of that engine is around$1,800-2,500. Any ideas how many hours a shop would say to put one in?

Thanks for any input you can give.
A friend once grenaded the engine in his FJ40 by revving the piss out of it. He was lamenting his stupidity at lunch one day, and I suggested buying a take-out engine. He grabbed the classifieds off the counter at the restaurant, and in about five minutes had located an engine which turned out to be in better condition than his had been in the whole time he'd owned the truck.

That's what I would do, and swap it in yourself provided you have the knowhow, tools, and motivation.
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Old 08-26-2014, 05:28 PM   #3
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Keep in mind, it's going to be a VERY in depth process considering the mass of sensors and wiring that are not only in the way, but also connected to the engine. My good Toyota technician friends (they are very skilled and experienced mechanics) could have the engine and transaxle out in about 4-5 hours. Putting the new engine in would take them probably a total of 15 hours at the most.

Someone not familiar with the car would expect to take probably a week or more of leisurely work.
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Old 08-26-2014, 08:07 PM   #4
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yeah,
I so am not going to do this, I'm just looking for info to get a rough idea of cost and time, so a shop doesn't totally snow my buddy.

Thanks so much for the info so far.
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Old 08-26-2014, 08:20 PM   #5
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the 1mz-fe engine was used in camrys solaras siennas avalons and the rx300. that means there should be a large pool of them out there.

i'd make sure the shop doesn't charge the lexus price for the toyota motor.
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Keep in mind, it's going to be a VERY in depth process considering the mass of sensors and wiring that are not only in the way, but also connected to the engine. My good Toyota technician friends (they are very skilled and experienced mechanics) could have the engine and transaxle out in about 4-5 hours. Putting the new engine in would take them probably a total of 15 hours at the most.

Someone not familiar with the car would expect to take probably a week or more of leisurely work.
I realize that Lexus is no FJ40, but working methodically, one can prevail over the forest of loom, wire, & plugs I'm sure is under that hood. I replaced the head gaskets in the GF's Outback this summer, was amazed by the thicket of wiring associated with just the heads & intake manifold.
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Old 08-27-2014, 06:34 AM   #7
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They made a blue billion of those things, see them all over the roads so it should be easy to find a motor.

I would look for a Toyota specific independent garage or a Toyota tech that likes to work on the side to swap engines. I would think 8-12 book hours should get the job done.


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Old 08-28-2014, 11:35 AM   #8
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Agreed -- scare up a used engine. There are skrillions of these things around.

With any engine you find, you'll want to allocate a few bucks for the whole timing belt kit (water pump, belt, idlers, tensioner).

They're great vehicles, but someone at Toyota ought to be shot for sending a truck to America with a frickin' rubber band timing belt instead of a timing chain... anyway, might as well start with a fresh belt so you don't have to futz with the stupid thing again for a while.

And replace the front and rear main seals and trans seals since you're in there. OEM only for the seals.

Any good mechanic should recommend the above. If they don't, ask why.
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