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What to watch out when buying used Toyota Mark X?

Discussion in 'Toyota' started by 6UE5t, May 13, 2012.

  1. 6UE5t

    6UE5t Senior Member
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    Hi, its doing fine, very reliable, surprisingly pretty fuel efficient for this type of car which already a decade old too. I've done some minor mods on mine, like 4 pot calipers, stiffer suspension, and bigger/wider rims & tires, plus removal of the speed limiter just to make it a bit more fun but don't expect head snapping sports car performance. It's more of a highway cruiser that accelerates smoothly but continuously up to 240-250kph. Basically I'd highly recommend it for those who are looking for a reliable daily driven car yet a bit more sporty characteristics and more powerful than the typical Camry/Accord/Mazda 6.

    Why? Do you want to buy one? :biggrin:
     
  2. 6UE5t

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    Well just lately very busy with work, plus I just bought a 2008 Swift Sport for my son. Just got the car this morning. :)
    But yeah, I drive the X every day.
     
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    The Suzuki will be your weekend car.......lol
     
  4. ixeo

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    How's that stick shift? Hehehe. Nimble, and responsive.
     
  5. 6UE5t

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    For now I'll use it everyday until my boy can drive and need to use later. So the X will be resting a bit.

    It's quite short and precise shift, a bit notchy though. Quite fun and zippy but the gear ratio is very short so rpms pretty high on highway drives. Handling is nice, light and toss-able with good cornering stability. It already came with Eibach Pro-kit and wafer thin 205/40 tires on 17 rims so the ride is too harsh for me. I'm planning to downgrade it to stock 16' rims or maybe even 15' (but very difficult to find small 15' with 5x114.3 pcd!). Overall nice pocket rocket, and I'm enjoying to drive manual again so far, reminding me of my old CB5 from a decade ago, just a simple light car to play around.
     
  6. MKMD428

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    Yup..looking to buy one, but only can afford GRX120 for cash buy.
    I have a long term idea of putting ROTREX SC to the engine once i bought and got acclimatize with the mark X. But the nearest goal is to own one first.

    I also noticed that some GRX120 got push start and heck some even rare with rear wipers. I dont mind much about bodykits though since it is still available out there (i like vertiga bodykit)
    I got a few additional questions...how do you remove the speed limiter? is it by reflash or just install RSM/ultra/pivot/etc...because if i am not mistaken, theres no wiring diagram for Apexi RSM, dont know about other speed meters

    and how's the wear and tear in comparison to camry in terms of price and availability.
    and since it is quite sometime you own one...what are the common issues on the mark X
     
  7. 6UE5t

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    Ah IC. For Rotrex installation, you need to spend about 15-16k for new kit. The SC it self should cost you around 9K new, otherwise can try source a good used one which should be around rm3k maybe. Last time got a few who have installed but got some complication with the mapping (coz they sell the kit without remap and nobody back then knew how to remap the ECU!) hence some may experience knocking while others may got lucky and running more smoothly. But nowadays probably should be safer coz now already got a few shops who can remap the ECU. I have been thinking to install myself also once already got shops who can remap, but still not deciding since I'm actually also considering to sell mine! :biggrin:

    This car has many variation in options since it's JDM, so things like push start, electric seats, ionizer, long LED interior lamp etc2 can vary too. So depends on what you need.

    Speed limiter can be removed by 2 ways: either you install HKS VAC for Mark X (which I have), or you reflash the ECU. Back then when I got the car, not many shops can reflash so we use the HKS VAC but now quite a few can reflash already. APEXi RSM is not really recommended because it's actually not compatible and has a risk that it doesn't work in sync with the 6 speed gearbox. Got some people who have managed to get it working but its not easy job and need to be done by people who really knows how to wire and set it up. Other speed meters or speed removal module are also not compatible.

    Wear & tear is very comparable to Camry and very reasonable for this type of car. Parts still quite easy to find and chop shop parts are also still abundant, and most parts are interchangeable with Lexus IS250/GS250/GS300. For common issues, really nothing much worth mentioning coz the car is really bullet proof. I barely spent anything to repair mine. Most of the money spent is on modifying/upgrading it rather than repairing which is great! :biggrin:
     
  8. MKMD428

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    Great!! thanks for the reply bro, if i am not mistaken its already 6 years you own mark x right? its good to know the car is not problematic (i thought so, since it is toyota).

    Thanks again for the infos!!
     
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    Fall in love with the Sports, give Mark X to son......lol
     
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    Which reseller do you mind to share?
     
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    Thats weird. Mark X was not offered locally but they have parts here huh.
     
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    Yes, already over 6 yrs ownership now and no nagging problems whatsoever.
    You're welcome. You can join the MXCU Facebook club also if you want to ask around there.

    You mean the Swift Sports? It's a female driver from KL. Why?

    No la, the SS is for my son! I don't dare to let him drive the X yet coz it's foot parking brake so if he misses his braking I cannot do anything to help slow down! Plus I worry he would spin due to the RWD layout. The SS is far safer for beginners and it feels fast & loud due to the short gear ratios, so can deter people from speeding, unlike the X which is effortless and still silent at high speeds.
     
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    Ahem.. cough... my house has space and I could use a car whilst mine rots in the workshop... :biggrin:

    The fact that it uses RON97 only means he'll be real careful with the go-fast pedal otherwise his allowance habis on petrol only. Haha!
     
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    Yes, already over 6 yrs ownership now and no nagging problems whatsoever.
    You're welcome. You can join the MXCU Facebook club also if you want to ask around there.

    You mean the Swift Sports? It's a female driver from KL. Why?

    No la, the SS is for my son! I don't dare to let him drive the X yet coz it's foot parking brake so if he misses his braking I cannot do anything to help slow down! Plus I worry he would spin due to the RWD layout. The SS is far safer for beginners and it feels fast & loud due to the short gear ratios, so can deter people from speeding, unlike the X which is effortless and still silent at high speeds giving the impression you're still at low speeds.
     
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    Didn't buy from used car dealer PUBLIC AUTO right? hahaha.

    I wonder why did a female driver buy a stick SSS
     
  16. 6UE5t

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    Hahaha of course not!

    Well she said she likes driving manual car! She had the car from new and all that time she had been driving it daily in such stiff setup with the wafer thin tires. I've been only driving it for 3 days now and I already give up and will soon revert back to the stock rims with thicker tires. Cannot imagine how she can stand it for 10 yrs, must be a rare breed of female I suppose. Quite nice and friendly lady though so the buying process was a breeze.

    Hahaha you'd fall asleep driving my X leh, too slow for you with only half the power of your 1JZ!

    Yeah, hopefully he'll be much wiser than his dad at that age! I hope I can teach him well enough too.
     
  17. MKMD428

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    Thanks 6UE5T.
    I already request to join the group, still no approval.
     

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