After 4 Toyotas in the past (78 2wd, 87 4runner, and two Tacos-one rolled (94), and one traded (2000, I'm gonna miss that truck), I bit the bullet and bought a 1997 LX450. This machine is awesome. My only two complaints (other than the dreaded 401 code occuring that the dealer will be fixing ), is the color (that silvery tan), and it doesnt have the f/r lockers. That's probably a good thing, because it will keep me from getting into places I shouldnt be going with it. It has 69000 on it, and is in awesome shape(clean carfax, no new paint, etc). You guys gave me some ammunition for price bargaining due to the 401 as well as the birf seals. After all was said and done, it was mine for a little over $12.5k It came with the towing package, what appears to be a smittybuilt brushguard, and some taillight guards (not sure of the taillight guards are going to stay on it). I live in central NC, and will be using this as my daily driver, road warrior, family hauler, and an official salty sand and fish assualt vehicle (Cape Lookout on the outer banks of NC is the place to be ). No major mods are in the works right now. Dual batteries will happen, just need to figure out the best way to do it (PO just put a "certified lexus 84 month battery less than 6 months ago). Second batt will be for accessories (possible wench, errr winch), lighting and cooler/fridge.....Michelins still have about 50% of tread left (so no new tires yet.....)I was able to strip my taco of all the goodies (hi-lift, roof racks, extraction gear, 12v outlets, lights, etc), and now have to find homes for all the goodies. I wanted to thank you guys for all the great information that helped me get it for a price I was comfortable payin. Knowin is 2/3 of the battle, specially when your facing a CE light that decides it needs to be on more than the dome lights.....Mechanic will be puttin on a new EGR valve, regulator, plenum/egr temp sensor cleaning and VSV cleaning/replacement, or else I get my taco back I'll post some pics once the tornado warnings are done and can get outside. Now time for my stupid newbie question. What the heck do you guys do for cupholders???? Do they think since you bought a lexus you always eat-in instead of drivin-thru??? PS: I'm looking for a second factory center console (the top two pieces only) to build a true driver's side armrest over the parking brake.