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The dealer loaned me an ES350 to tide me over while the tank is being replaced. Only 250 miles on it!



I've been hauling my bike around in the bed of my truck. Never liked doing that, so there's this:







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So I've been driving around the loaner and it's just a pleasure to operate. I've always been intimidated by all the new technology and buttons and features of new cars but this is the most user friendly I've used by far.



When I was inquiring about parts for the SportCross the parts guy told me he hasn't seen one in 10 years. When I parked outside, a different salesman was staring at it through the window and told me he's never seen one. My maintenance guy said everyone was talking about it when I pulled into the service bay It made me realize how rare these things are.

Anyway, more parts came in today. Brake pads and rotors all around, Denso O2 sensor and some rear door struts. The struts were based off measurements so I hope they fit!

I have a mountain of parts just waiting idly. Reminds me of the turbo car




After 4 years, one of my mechanics is leaving the shop to pursue a different career path. He got me a nice parting gift! It might just end up on the SportCross



He was a great employee and will be missed!
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Man oh man, that is a nice find. Congrats! Can I ask whereabouts did you pick this one up at? Transportation/hauling costs decent? I've always wanted a Sportcross
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Last of the parts showed up today. Rear wiper arm and blade:



Car is done and I will be picking it up tomorrow! Perfect time for the weekend

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Man oh man, that is a nice find. Congrats! Can I ask whereabouts did you pick this one up at? Transportation/hauling costs decent? I've always wanted a Sportcross
Had it shipped from somewhere close to Chicago. Not my first choice of geographic location to purchase a vehicle from but it was the only one I kept going back to.
Shipping was right around $1 per mile. I live about 350 miles from there so it was around $350.

If you can find one that fits what you're looking for, I say go for it!

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Replaced the O2 sensor. No more check engine light.
I went as far as to install some wire loom in the factory locations so the clips wouldn't rub through:


Pulled the gutter covers off as they were warped a bit. Cleaned the gutters and straightened the covers as best I could.
To my surprise they seem to just be made of rubber:



Taped off the rear wiper base, primed and painted it:


Used some leftover antiseize from the O2 sensor for the splines and installed the new arm:



Stocked up on some ratchet straps and tie downs:


Installed the roof rack and test fit the bike rack:






Decided to just wrap the front bar for wind noise.
May or may not get the spoiler thing later on:

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Cleaned up the sedan calipers as best I could. Pushed out the pistons with compressed air, primed and painted them:







Painted over the dust covers because they're getting replaced anyway:





Installed Bluetooth and USB. Even though the CD player works, I'm not going to carry around my High School CD case with me



Tucked the box and Bluetooth transmitter behind the glove box:



The struts I purchased for cheap didn't work. I didn't even know Fig's carried them. Would have been my first option:



Picked up a Magnaflow manifold from a good buddy on the forum. He included gaskets and paperwork!



Even though the timing cover says the belt was replaced 40k ago, I have a feeling the belt was all that was replaced. The water pump looks original and I have no proof the tensioner or anything else was touched. Decided to give myself peace of mind:





OEM rubber brake lines, clips and gaskets were going to run $250. Picked up some stainless instead. Always had a mental block about these things... We'll see how it goes:

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Nice! I love the Sportcross. There's a few around town that always catch my eye.
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Nice! I love the Sportcross. There's a few around town that always catch my eye.
Thanks! I've only seen one in my area and offered to buy it a couple years back. They weren't selling



I put a few hundred miles on it since the last post and it's running near flawless. Idling a bit low in D, about 600rpm, but hope to take care of that with the OCV and throttle body cleaning. Now that I think about it, I might as well replace the PCV valve too.

Hoping to put the new headlights in this week amongst other things. Luckily, unlike my sedan, I've been able to drive it more than work on it.
Took this pic today in its natural habitat. A metro park

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Yeah mine needs a little bit of love as well. What headlights are you putting in? I've been wanting to buy a spare set with auto-leveling and trying to paint them black or a matching grey.

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Yeah mine needs a little bit of love as well. What headlights are you putting in? I've been wanting to buy a spare set with auto-leveling and trying to paint them black or a matching grey.
I have new OEM lights sitting around. Don't know yet if I'm going to paint them or just leave them chrome. Not sure how aggressive I want to get with the Sportcross.

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After two O2 sensor codes I finally got the cat efficiency code. Luckily, I was prepared!

Had to cut all the bolts off at the lower flange. So much rust!







Took about 4 hours. Could have done it in 3 if the bolts cooperated. All in all not too bad of a task. Soaked all the hardware, screws and clamps in penetrating oil for a solid week before I began.

Really happy with the new manifold. Lots of room and it dropped right in. Much easier than maneuvering the stock unit out and super easy to reinstall the sensors.

...also cleaned the throttle body and the little holes under the top plate. I thought the car ran good before but now it runs great!

Dropping it off Monday for brakes, suspension, caster bushings and the old 18" wheels
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The dealer loaned me an ES350 to tide me over while the tank is being replaced. Only 250 miles on it!







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Details on the roof rack setup, been looking for one.
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Details on the roof rack setup, been looking for one.
https://www.yakima.com/

They pretty much offer one system for us. Qclips and round bars. I think the bike rack is the High Roller.

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Im glad to here the magna flow is working out for you! Did it help with exhaust tone at all? I have a megan Y pipe sitting around And a Apex-i N1 cat back
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Im glad to here the magna flow is working out for you! Did it help with exhaust tone at all? I have a megan Y pipe sitting around And a Apex-i N1 cat back
It's working out great! Thanks again for getting it to me

As far as tone, I can't tell a difference. Very quiet and tame but definitely a bit more responsive. Not sure if that's just because the old manifold was shot or because I cleaned the TB at the same time but it's very nice. Much better design than stock.

I do plan to keep this one quiet for as long as I can

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