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The BEST $500 car in history!!! #4845935 08/21/18 02:03 AM
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So while browsing around on Facebook Marketplace I came across an ad with a very attractive price. It was a 2000 Lexus GS300 with.... 360,000 miles on it. It was sitting for a couple years and was almost 2 hours away from me. I went and fell in love. Not perfect. Engine and tranny do not leak, but "sweat" oil out, if you know what I mean. Nothing a few new oil seals and gaskets can't fix. Engine bay was full of spider web, but no rat's nests! (YES!) Obviously had tree sap all over it, after sitting outside for so long. So under close supervision from owners I quickly brought the car to life, as I am familiar with 2JZ-GE Inline six engine. Owner was surprised... After a couple rounds in the neighborhood I decided to pull the trigger on it. Basically this car comes out to $500. Best part? I drove it home for two hours and it didn't miss a beat after 360,000 miles and sitting outside since 2016. Lexus quality.
I will periodically update this thread with what repairs and upgrades I make to new-to-me $500 car. Super excited. Here it is after a quick wash. Yes that is a dent on the rear driver side door... Door and window function without issues, no water leaks either.







0W20 in summer at Death Valley is as good as 25w70 in winter at Alaska. Both can be done, neither is good for the engine long term. Oil grade is chosen by CLIMATE and OPERATING CONDITIONS.
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On the way home I stopped by Wal-Mart to get new windshield wipers. Could not hear the engine at all while changing wipers... Only knew that the car was on by the fact that fans came on periodically, and tachometer was reading idle RPM...


0W20 in summer at Death Valley is as good as 25w70 in winter at Alaska. Both can be done, neither is good for the engine long term. Oil grade is chosen by CLIMATE and OPERATING CONDITIONS.
Re: The BEST $500 car in history!!! [Re: Vladiator] #4845937 08/21/18 02:09 AM
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Those color changing seats are awesome!

Congrats!


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Re: The BEST $500 car in history!!! [Re: CharlieBauer] #4845939 08/21/18 02:20 AM
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Originally Posted By: CharlieBauer
Those color changing seats are awesome!

Congrats!

Hah yea, some car was pulling in the car wash while I took the pic and headlight shine made it look a different color. Nice observation! I didn't notice it.


0W20 in summer at Death Valley is as good as 25w70 in winter at Alaska. Both can be done, neither is good for the engine long term. Oil grade is chosen by CLIMATE and OPERATING CONDITIONS.
Re: The BEST $500 car in history!!! [Re: Vladiator] #4845941 08/21/18 02:27 AM
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Man, that's an outdoor barn find.


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Re: The BEST $500 car in history!!! [Re: Vladiator] #4845976 08/21/18 05:42 AM
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Good find!


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Re: The BEST $500 car in history!!! [Re: Vladiator] #4846013 08/21/18 06:51 AM
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That's awesome! cheers


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Re: The BEST $500 car in history!!! [Re: Vladiator] #4846022 08/21/18 07:05 AM
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Engine bay shots please.

Great work.

Re: The BEST $500 car in history!!! [Re: Vladiator] #4846041 08/21/18 07:47 AM
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The GS is perhaps Lexus' best. And that's saying something.
Keep us posted!


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Re: The BEST $500 car in history!!! [Re: Vladiator] #4846134 08/21/18 09:01 AM
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What a steal!!! Congrats.


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Re: The BEST $500 car in history!!! [Re: Vladiator] #4846232 08/21/18 10:30 AM
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Really nice find and I am sure this thing will be good for another 100-200K with some TLC thumbsup


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Re: The BEST $500 car in history!!! [Re: Vladiator] #4846446 08/21/18 12:43 PM
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Great find. Congrats!


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Re: The BEST $500 car in history!!! [Re: Vladiator] #4846682 08/21/18 04:22 PM
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Red 1999 Lexus GS400 was purchased a couple months ago as my brother's first car. $2000. 210k miles.

And Black 2000 Lexus GS300 was purchased last night $500. 360k miles.




0W20 in summer at Death Valley is as good as 25w70 in winter at Alaska. Both can be done, neither is good for the engine long term. Oil grade is chosen by CLIMATE and OPERATING CONDITIONS.
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Not even 24 hours after purchase, and here comes the FIRST UPGRADE! Nothing crazy just an OEM for OEM swap. As you can see from the pictures above - GS300 has the fat five spoke alloys. I'm not digging that wheel, so I got "skinny" six spoke wheels from the "Sport Design" model of GS300. OEM look, but a bit more appealing to my eye.

P.S. "Fat Fives" are for sale with local pickup. Charlotte, NC. 5 wheels with bad tires.




0W20 in summer at Death Valley is as good as 25w70 in winter at Alaska. Both can be done, neither is good for the engine long term. Oil grade is chosen by CLIMATE and OPERATING CONDITIONS.
Re: The BEST $500 car in history!!! [Re: Vladiator] #4847113 08/22/18 12:41 AM
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Originally Posted By: Vladiator
Could not hear the engine at all while changing wipers... Only knew that the car was on by the fact that fans came on periodically, and tachometer was reading idle RPM...


Had a flashback when I read this.

When Lexus first came out I was a valet at a resort. Every so often we'd get in Lexus' to go park and turn the key. Oh, that horrible noise of a car already running. Gives you a start and an angry look from the owner!


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