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I have had issues with my GS300 2006 Lexus for some time now. VSC light came on and I thought it was a fuel cap issue. I had the fuel cap replaced. Car felt shakey and would feel like it will die on me at a stop light. I had a transmission fluid change at 117K, car ran fine. Yesterday, the VSC light came on again and this time the car actually died after I sat idle. I took it to Lexus dealer and they informed me of a misfire engine recall. Today I was told they will fix the recall issue, but I have to replace my transmission. They are saying that the transmission issue could be because I had the fluid changed at 117k when it was due for a scheduled maintenance at 125k.
1) Can the pistons and engine misfire recall cause issues to the transmission?
2) How can a transmission fluid change cause the transmission to be replaced even if it was done at 117k miles?
3) I cannot afford the price they are asking me to pay for the transmission. What are my options with Lexus Corporate?
4) I was able to drive my car to the dealership and per the mechanics there, even if I don't fix my transmission now, I would be able to drive it, but it would show up in diagnostics if I tried to trade in my car?
5) PLEASE HELP!