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2009 lexus rx350 repair or get rid?

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2009 lexus rx350 repair or get rid?

This morning my brother called me for advice to repair or get rid of his car. Has around 120K and the entire rear suspension is making all kinds of noises going over bumps. The car is not immaculate or will win any car shows. He is cheap and even misses or delays the oil changes, so no preventative maintenance. If it ain't broken to the point the car does not run he will drive it still. Hey he says toyota never breakdown and even if it does you can still drive them. Anyways I told him to get rid of it but he just renovated his home, bought a rolex and spent on a lavish holiday so might be tight to buy a new set of wheels.

He sent me some pictures of the rear arms that would need to be replaced. So repair? Get rid? DiY?
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It's his wallet, let him decide. If his view towards a car is to go from A -> B and as long it is moving, then it sounds like just repair it and hopefully, it will not have any major repairs, like engine & tranny down the road
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Only 120K? My parents have a 2012 RX350 pushing 300K and it's immaculate.. All they've done is brakes, tires, filters and oil changes, everything else is original (including battery). So imo, fix it and tell him to stop being cheap. Do the required maintenance and he'll easily get a couple 100Ks out of the car.
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JoelK22976 wrote: Only 120K? My parents have a 2012 RX350 pushing 300K and it's immaculate.. All they've done is brakes, tires, filters and oil changes, everything else is original (including battery). So imo, fix it and tell him to stop being cheap. Do the required maintenance and he'll easily get a couple 100Ks out of the car.
Did you see what tires he has on the car? You got to be really cheap to run FULLRUN tires?
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is this thread for real?

120K?

Get it fixed.
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cristianosham wrote: Did you see what tires he has on the car? You got to be really cheap to run FULLRUN tires?
That's why I said, tell him to stop being cheap. But it's his money and he can do what he wants..
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What is the value of the vehicle now? What is the estimate to repair it? Not enough information provided.
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skeet50 wrote: What is the value of the vehicle now? What is the estimate to repair it? Not enough information provided.
Dealership is going to give him 5.5k for a trade in towards a new car.
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Could be as simple as changing out rubber bushings etc...
How about getting a diagnosis from the shop?
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Would he be happy with spending $500 for minor repair like rear shocks and bushings?

Any other cars in his house? If he has a nicer car and this one makes all kind of noise, just live with it because he said Toyota.
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most likely its the rear sway bar links and bushings roughly $300 ish for the replacement
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I'll offer 6k cash as is where is
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Where is OP's brother? If GTA, take it to iGarage and ask Ivan for repair cost or his opinion. I would get it fixed if around $500.
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Menace wrote: Where is OP's brother? If GTA, take it to iGarage and ask Ivan for repair cost or his opinion. I would get it fixed if around $500.
Ivan responded above for around $300 Winking Face
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cristianosham wrote: Did you see what tires he has on the car? You got to be really cheap to run FULLRUN tires?
He sounds like a clown. Not sure why you'd want to waste your time helping him. I sure won't.
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120K is nothing on a 10 year old car. The last car I traded in had amlost 2x that mileage. I had a 2002 Camry LE V6 that made rear suspension noises over bumps. Turned out that it needed a bushing which was not very expensive.

I would take it to get it checked out and have the issues fixed. Think of it this way: A $600 or $800 repair to get the car up and running is better than spending $600 to $800 a MONTH on new car payments. If he bought a home/rolex/fancy vacation, it might be better to just get this car fixed, detailed and make it look like he is driving a decent car. This way he can better manage his existing payments.

But that is just me being practical.
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vkizzle wrote: Could be as simple as changing out rubber bushings etc...
How about getting a diagnosis from the shop?
Could be as simple as something loose in the back like a tire iron.

120k km seems early for worn out bushes.
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Martin (deal addict) wrote: Could be as simple as something loose in the back like a tire iron.

120k km seems early for worn out bushes.
Based on Toyota's reliability, does seem fairly early,
Now a days, I don't rule anything out, as these components are sourced from the same handful of manufacturers.
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vkizzle wrote: Based on Toyota's reliability, does seem fairly early,
Now a days, I don't rule anything out, as these components are sourced from the same handful of manufacturers.
Nah Bushing go all the time on Toyota's especially in our terrible climate. 120k over 10 years screams to me short tripper and he doesn't wash his car I bet so it's about right.
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tebore wrote: Nah Bushing go all the time on Toyota's especially in our terrible climate. 120k over 10 years screams to me short tripper and he doesn't wash his car I bet so it's about right.
Does look pretty dried up under there.
Maybe he can get it Crowned and the oil will bring the bushings back to life...LOL?

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