Close call, but armed with the info in the archives and the advice you all provided (thanks!!) , I have secured the vehicle I was looking for - via Ebay. '97, lockers, 93K miles, one owner, looks real clean, $16.5K. Buying it from Lexus of Ft Myers Fl, same dealer that sold it new and has done all the required service - and more, right down to wiper blades and tires. I'm delighted. Picking it up week after next and will drive it back out to SoCal. I called Slee today - unfortunately he may not have sliders available for installation there during my window to stop in. It would have never occurred to me to look at a Lexus without this group/forum - thanks again all. BigMac - CAPT, USN reporting aboard.