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post #46 of 98 Old 12-15-2012, 12:19 PM
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NSXs stickered for around $60k when they first came out in 91, so they were priced very similarly to the Allante. Today, a nice example of a 20 year old NSX is worth at least triple the value of an Allante. They are definitely worth the coin.


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About those LS series problems....

Early ones, head gasket failures. The right gasket blows externally, coolant pours on the ground. Also have seen about a dozen with cracked heads, the car/truck mysteriously loses coolant. What happens... the cracks form along the top of the head, along the spring seats, the coolant vaporizes and is pulled into the intake manifold on the left side via the PCV orifice. The right one, it ends up in the intake tube right behind the throttle body. Either way, to see, pull the intake duct, open the throttle all the way and look inside the intake with a flashlight. They'll be a BIG puddle of dexcool sitting in there, waiting to be ingested at the next heavy throttle acceleration.

The ones with piston slap, well, they ALL still do it, as they use slipper pistons even now. The oil quality has gone up, at least if one uses a GM 6094 or better (Dexos1) grade. Cheap oil seems to not get to the pistons fast enough on cold start, making the noise much worse. The early ones also had issues with sudden internal oil pressure loss, and the resulting damage.

AFM engines (same principle as Honda's VCM) have problems with the AFM filter clogging (under the oil pressure switch, intake removal required to access) causing system failure. Also the lifters fail quite often, much like Chrysler's MDS issues. On both GM and Chrysler's V8s, head removal is required to do lifters. On the GMs at least it's only a 30 minute job to get a head off it.

ALL LS engines will break exhaust manifold bolts at some point in their life. usually they are really easy to get the broken pieces out.

We have several customers with later model ('03+) G vans (savana, express) they routinely get 300k trouble free, until it's time to get rid of them. Biggest issues, since '06, radiator failure at 70k, water pumps. When they went to the ZF/Ford/GM collaboration 6 speed trans, what a HUGE difference in driveability and refinement.


I just took out the S2000 today, even at 50 degrees I put the top down and buzzed about, wandering aimlessly. Driving that car on a back road, even at moderate speeds, flying around corners and just enjoying the air, this is WHY I bought it. So much fun. Feels so much like a 4 wheeled sport bike.

I wish I could afford an NSX. But I doubt that will happen.. I always wanted one of those, in Silverstone as well.

Here's a couple of pics of the S, I need to take more, since these are with it's old bald tires, and it's a bit dirty. I included a pic of the Accord so it doesn't feel left out.

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post #48 of 98 Old 12-16-2012, 05:11 PM
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Very nice pair of Hondas Fred! I always did say that the S2000s were like a sport bike on 4 wheels.

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My girlfriend and I have decided on a car for her... she's taking the Accord (as she wanted) and I bought another one of the cars on my list of "cars I'd like to own some day". I found this cream puff of a 2001 Lexus ES300 for sale at a local Toyota dealership and couldn't pass it up. I know, I know, it has the Toyota 3.0L and I've already been though a round of oil sludge in a 3.0 on an 04 ES300, but I know now what to look for and I'll give it another chance. Besides, the 04 wasn't really the generation that I truly wanted... I've always admired the 97-01 ES300s (the 00-01s especially) a.k.a. "3ES" and consider them to be the best looking of the ES generations. Finding a Crystal white pearl 2-tone Platinum series model in showroom condition with low miles and NO sludge, I was more than willing to hand over the keys to the Accord!

The car has a whopping 76k 1 owner miles. It's been dealer serviced every 5k since new and it runs and drives flawlessly. Unlike the 04, these ES300s didn't have software issues with the transmissions. The 3.0 (1MZ-FE) is generally a solid and extremely reliable motor minus the tendency to sludge up if you didn't change the oil regularly and/or didn't use quality grade oil. It is not uncommon for them to go 300k+ miles (I've ridden in a 95 Avalon that had close to 500k on it). In any case, I'll drive it for a few years, rack up the miles and then try something else.








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It doesn't have as many features as the Accord does, BUT, it does have nice details that the Accord lacks for being just a mid-priced family sedan. The suspension and sound insulation in the Lexus is superior to the Hondas, as is the sound system and interior materials such as the carpeting and leather. This car has auto up/down windows for both driver and passenger, 1 touch open/close sunroof, automatic headlights (factory HID), power drivers and passenger seat, lighted footwells and to my surprise, the windows and sunroof will open/close via inserting the key into the door lock and holding it at either lock or unlock. I'm sure I'll discover new things as I go along.

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that lexus looks brand new.

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1998 Expedition 5.4 triton v8 flowmaster exhaust: Bought in 99 with 12k on her now has 104 k, runs gr8. Used for towing 28 ft camping trailer up north during summer months.

2008 EX--current daily driver, 43k, runs gr8 Thinking of selling this at end of 2013 and getting a 2013 cert pre owned Honda coupe or sport

2004 Maxima--my sons, 83k runs gr8

2003 Altima--my daughters, 120k runs gr8
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I swore that I wouldn't bring home another car as I really don't have the room, but I'm a car buff and that just isn't going to happen. This is my latest "toy" that I had to have. I found this rare beauty at a local Corvette dealer here in Central Florida (Roger's Corvette Center). It's a 1992 Cadillac Allante with just under 70k original one owner miles. He also had a 93 (which was the last year for the Allante), but I did not want any part of the Northstar engine. This one has the good 'ole tech 4.5L V8 which provides PLENTY of get up and go (these engines were low end torque monsters). Only 21,000 Allantes were built from 87-93, the car never really took off due largely to it's obnoxious price tag ($60k+ new) and FWD drivetrain with relatively underpowered engines (compared to the import competition in which they were competing against). The cars were designed and bodies fabricated in Italy by Pininfarina and then flown to Detroit for final assembly.
I pass Roger's Corvette Center all the time, how long ago did you buy it?

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Here's my Audi A5. It's quattro AWD with a 6-speed manual transmission. Lightly modded with catback dual exhaust and a K04 turbo and custom tune. She'll outrun a V8 S5 and still get 30+ mpg on the highway!





And here's my winter ride--a 4Runner Sport with FJ wheels, Discover ATR tires, and a small front leveling lift. This thing is a beast in the snow!



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My '00 S2000. Bought it used back in 2005. She was my daily until i bought a new Subaru STI back in 2010. She's a garage queen now.

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Great thread. That Lexus ES300 looks mint... I agree, probably the best body style for that car, until the 2013 model... which is amazing.

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white_shadow Any pics of the engine bay? That's pretty sick that it's faster than an S5!

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white_shadow Any pics of the engine bay? That's pretty sick that it's faster than an S5!
Sure, not much to see though. Like most new cars, the engine is basically covered with plastic covers/panels.

Yep, as the car is right now, it'll pull on a stock V8 S5. The new S5 coming out this year have a supercharged V6, so it will be much easier to mod those for more power. As for my car, a direct bolt-on turbo swap to a slightly bigger unit and a tune allowing for more boost is really all that's needed to get the 2.0T engine running slightly faster than the V8 S5. The exhaust system probably helps a bit too, but I really did that more to get the dual exhaust more than anything else. The sound is only slightly louder than the stock exhaust system.





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I pass Roger's Corvette Center all the time, how long ago did you buy it?
First week of December. He's got A LOT of nice Vettes of all generations inside as well as a few other nice makes/models... it's worth checking out.

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1992 Cadillac Allante
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Sure, not much to see though. Like most new cars, the engine is basically covered with plastic covers/panels.

Yep, as the car is right now, it'll pull on a stock V8 S5. The new S5 coming out this year have a supercharged V6, so it will be much easier to mod those for more power. As for my car, a direct bolt-on turbo swap to a slightly bigger unit and a tune allowing for more boost is really all that's needed to get the 2.0T engine running slightly faster than the V8 S5. The exhaust system probably helps a bit too, but I really did that more to get the dual exhaust more than anything else. The sound is only slightly louder than the stock exhaust system.
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