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Most servicing can be done by almost anyone (assuming they don't drop your car off a lift).

It's a Toyota drivetrain.

Not sure what "tunes" means, but most ppl don't get new programs very often.

Is there a LI owners' group?
I'd be careful with that thinking ...yes it's a toyota drivetrain but getting to things and all of the other peculiarities make this car tricky to work on for an unfamiliar mechanic.
 

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I understand, but cannot agree.

If I can do it, a pro mechanic certainly can.

Even when stuff is hard to reach, the path is usually pretty obvious.

E.g. Had to change an a/c hard line and access clearly required removing the RH rear wheel and fender liner. Added 20 minutes to job, but still easy.
I think you under estimate an owners own care when working on a car. Possibly even your own skills.

I am unfortunately a poster child of what can go wrong even when working with well known mechanics and shops.
 

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What happened to you? Do share? :(
Well you can follow one link I have for Monkey Wrench Racing in my footer.

Basically well know "toyota" specialized shops try to work on my car and royally screwed it up. Just because one is a Toyota mechanic does not mean they can and should work on your car.

I had Monkey Wrench Racing, Hass Turbo and a few others work on my car and they fu(ked it up royally. All while paying these popular shops thousands of dollars.

All I'm saying is a "toyota" drivetrain does not constitute it as being the same as working on a Celica or Vibe and competent with the Lotus. Sharing the engine and tranny is only bit a smidget of knowing how to properly work on these cars. Not that they are uber complicated but they are different and very delicate to mistakes.
 
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