Need Lexus Mechanic For Timing Belt/Water Pump Work

#1
Hello all, looking for an independent mechanic or shop (aside from Davenport) that has experience working on Lexus. We've got a 2004 GX470 with 80000 miles that has sprung a radiator leak, and needs a new steering rack. Since the the front of the car will be apart for that work, figured I'd go ahead and have the timing belt/water pump/thermostat replaced. The mechanic we use for brakes and such is great, but need somebody who's done this specific type of surgery before ;).

As always, dealership rates are laughable, and had a really bad experience with Davenport in the past, so looking for another alternative. As always, TIA!!
 
#2
Big fan of Davenport still.

Don’t know of any other independent Lexus mechanics.

Bad experiences - multiple times with Park Place Lexus.

(It’s been 20 years since I used Sewell Lexus last. But no issues there. Just higher $$$ than Davenport.)

About to get a new timing belt/water pump on my SC430. It only has 39k miles, but it’s 12 years old - so past the time limits. Timing belts can dry out or become brittle with age. Probably will go to Davenport.

I took a risk with Kelly at Auto ER here in Frisco with another SC430 I had - timing belt replaced much cheaper than anyone else. Kelly had never done an SC before. Took them several days watching videos to remove all the engine components correctly. But I drove it another 4 years with that new timing belt/water pump - plus the guy I sold it to has now had it for 4 years (we talk now & then) with zero issues. So I took a risk with Kelly, but it turned out just fine.
 
#3
Thanks, would also not return to Park Place; not sure how that place stays in business between the horrible service and rude "sales" people. I did call Davenport, but they won't even give me numbers over the phone - they insist on us bringing it in, and paying for a diagnosis of things I already know need to be replaced (pretty easy to see a radiator and steering rack leak, not to mention that it's just plain time for a new timing belt), so I'm crossing them off the list, unless you can recommend a service adviser there that's easier to work with ;).

I've got a guy kind of like Kelly, but since he's not done this specific job on a GX before, I'm pretty apprehensive about using him for this..... Any other local places you'd recommend? Cheers!
 
#4
Sorry, just looked back at your post saying that there weren't any others you would recommend. Guess that par for the multi-tasking course... Saw LD Automotive recommended in past posts; what are your thoughts on them for this kind of work? Thanks!!
 
#5
I like dealing with Evan Keenan at Davenport. Low key, younger guy - good customer service. Gave me a price for the timing belt/water pump without any hassles - I can’t remember but it was around $1100 to $1200. Wrote it down somewhere. But I use LD a lot. They’ve done a radiator on my son’s Kia recently. Also needed new tie rods recently on my Ford Expedition - I talked them into price matching Firestone’s low quote (Firestone had found the issue when I went in for my lifetime free alignment). Both jobs performed perfectly at a great price. Just ask them if they’ve done a timing belt/water pump on a Lexus? I’m sure they have....