Lexus GX 460 & 470 owner's thread

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I love my GX470. I may have overpaid a bit on my Sport but it was a 2-owner, under 120k miles, had insane maintenance records and was from Texas. The frame doesn't even have a spot of rust. Being from the Northeast, I was willing to overpay a bit for a clean example. Worst part is the cracked dash... and the scratches I've put in the paint off-roading it.

I'm still rocking stock suspension for now (rear is converted to coil spring) but threw on a set of Toyota FJ Cruiser Steelies and 255/75 Yokohama Geolander G003's. Excited to get back to modifying it once things settle down.
 

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BringMeWinch

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I've had my 2008 GX470 for just over a year. I bought it with 88k and I'm sitting at 103k now. This SUV continues to impress me. I daily drive it and use it for road trips, camping trips, hunting, hauling and trailer pulling, bike and kayak transport, etc. I was looking at 4th and 5th gen 4runners as well as a Tundra when I came across an article calling the GX the best kept secret in off-road SUVs. I think the secret is out...View attachment 570108View attachment 570109View attachment 570110View attachment 570111View attachment 570112View attachment 570113
I just completed a coil conversion with a 2" rear lift. New front Bilstein struts and Freedom Off-Road UCAs will be installed this coming weekend.
What roof rack is that? I like the simple, low-profile design. Is the wind noise tolerable?
 

nimslerpon

New member
Please correct me if this is the wrong thread for this question, but I'm curious what insights anyone might be willing to share for a prospective GX470 owner (myself).
I've been told to check for timing belt and water pump replacement on higher mileage vehicles, but is there a ballpark mileage these components start to fail?
I've also been warned that the navigation system in first generation 470's is connected to the climate control and can be an expensive fix when it eventually fails. Anyone have any experience with this? If this is the case, is there a work-around? I live in AZ and this will be my daily driver as well as my hunting rig, so reliable AC is essential.
 

True Grip

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Timing belt and water pump should be replaced every 100,000 miles for preventative maintenance. The Nav models and the KDSS models just add a level of complexity that may need addressing at some point. I’d recommend finding a non nav non KDSS model and if over 100,000 miles if the timing belt and water pump hasn’t been replaced figure that into negotiation. Figure about 1200$ to replace TB and WP.
 

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nimslerpon

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Timing belt and water pump should be replaced every 100,000 miles for preventative maintenance. The Nav models and the KDSS models just add a level of complexity that may need addressing at some point. I’d recommend finding a non nav non KDSS model and if over 100,000 miles if the timing belt and water pump hasn’t been replaced figure that into negotiation. Figure about 1200$ to replace TB and WP.
Thanks, this helps a ton!


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SDDiver5

Expedition Leader
So I've said this before- I am highly considering a GX. I need a truck but I believe I can make due with a GX because when they're modified, they look damn good.

Would love opinions on the interior and the dash/entertainment area...From the pics I 've seen, it looks very outdated and could use a serious refurbish.
 
Question for those familiar with the 4.6L in the 460. Are these prone to have the secondary air pump failure that's so common in the other engines? Is there anything else I should be aware of with the 4.6L?
 

F350joe

Well-known member
So I've said this before- I am highly considering a GX. I need a truck but I believe I can make due with a GX because when they're modified, they look damn good.

Would love opinions on the interior and the dash/entertainment area...From the pics I 've seen, it looks very outdated and could use a serious refurbish.
08 and 09 470 do have an AUX port. The Mark Levinson system sounds amazing but the head unit is super dated. This is a nice solution.,. https://phoenixautomotiveinc.com/products/10-4-tesla-style-vertical-screen-android-navigation-radio-for-lexus-gx-470-2003-2009
 

F350joe

Well-known member
Yeah I saw that!! No reviews tho...Know anyone who has done it? Because that looks great!
The XGOR facebook group has a ton of post about it. Some people have had some bugs but overall seems pretty cool. You Can run Gaia, vehicle data, music and all from it. Youtube has some vids too
 
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