Lexus GX 460 & 470 owner's thread

Tex68w

Beach Bum

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James T

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Longtime lurker / new member just dropping by to dump some proof that I exist, so when I try and sell some well-loved expo gear here I'm not dismissed for having zero posts and no profile pic...

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Plus you guys seem to have some pretty useful conversation, and I want to play!
 

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James T

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Pshh no we're gonna run that thing into the ground before we sell it. The dog... has some good days.

Dissent makes top quality stuff.
 

FirstLC

New member
Does anyone have suggestions for roof racks or even cross bars for a 2020 GX 460? The track system appears to be junk and Yakima and Thule don’t readily appear to have parts to fit it. I’d like to avoid the Frontrunner and Prinsu racks (I have a Prinsu rack on my Land Cruiser) only because they are more than we will likely need for this vehicle. We would like to carry canoes, kayaks and paddle boards on the roof. Thanks!
 

Tex68w

Beach Bum
Does anyone have suggestions for roof racks or even cross bars for a 2020 GX 460? The track system appears to be junk and Yakima and Thule don’t readily appear to have parts to fit it. I’d like to avoid the Frontrunner and Prinsu racks (I have a Prinsu rack on my Land Cruiser) only because they are more than we will likely need for this vehicle. We would like to carry canoes, kayaks and paddle boards on the roof. Thanks!
The only option at the moment for a t-slot ruggedized cross bar that works with the factory side rails. Not the best looking or as low profile as their 470 crossbars, but they are affordable, lower profile than the Yakima/Thule options and they get the job done.

 

JakeH

Adventurer
Does anyone have suggestions for roof racks or even cross bars for a 2020 GX 460? The track system appears to be junk and Yakima and Thule don’t readily appear to have parts to fit it. I’d like to avoid the Frontrunner and Prinsu racks (I have a Prinsu rack on my Land Cruiser) only because they are more than we will likely need for this vehicle. We would like to carry canoes, kayaks and paddle boards on the roof. Thanks!
The lexus factory crossbars are actually very well engineered and may surprise you. One of the highest quality accessories I've used and more than adequate for canoes kayaks or SUPs
 

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MAKDUFF3

New member
So we're all used to seeing the GX represented as a compromise between those who can't or won't spend the cash on a Land Cruiser & those who need something larger or more powerful than a 4runner. I say that's all BS. The GX is a goldilocks SUV in my mind, so here's a thread dedicated to all those who own or love the American version of the prado! If you own build or drive a GX, post up for the record!

Mine is a white 2014 & dang right it is 4wd with a V8, they don't come any other way!
I have had mine for 3-4 years no complaints. Now we have done our second year of adventuring, this year we did 6400 miles covering NM, UT, ID, OR, NORCAL, WY, and Co back to south Texas where we live. Last year we did Big Bend, the Gila nat'l forrest up to the Grand canyon and back. All with the GX our 84qt fridge and RTT
 

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Can someone help me out to understand why when I am asking or searching through past threads about MPG on the GX470 platform, some people fully loaded with 1200+ and even above GWVR are getting better MPG than simply someone running larger tires with a 2-3" lift and no rack and no armor RTT or custom cabinets?

Theres obvious answers like speed, heavy foot, etc. But why such a big disparity. I see a ton of people who are so far from fully loaded claiming 11-13mpg with just a lift and tires. Then you see definitely the minority but more than 1 hand of fully loaded fully armored RTT users who claim to get 12-14mpg even tho they have 1000lbs extra compared to those other guys. Then you have the other fully loaded guys claiming 9-10MPG and I just dont really understand.


Is there anything to do with preventive maintenance? things like coil packs? plugs? hub bearing assemblies? CV servicing?
Or is it luck of the draw and purely driver style/heavy foot.

A good example of a thread I saw today. Bone stock GXs (admittedly almost all 03-05s) claiming 12MPG. Then a guy comes in and shows him pulling a medium size RV and manually calculating and hes getting 11MPG. Hes also running slightly larger tires and lifted 2". Just confused how thats possible. Also pulling a legit RV you have to assume hes got a few people in his car.

Im just super baffled to this?
 
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