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Lexus LS 400/LS 430



  • agent0986agent0986 Posts: 64
    anyone pushed there LS430 up to 115-120+ mph? if so, how did the car feel at that speed?
  • flint350flint350 Posts: 250
    Park assist is enabled/disabled thru the switch marked by the large "P" slightly below and to the right of the mirror adjust buttons. The distances are adjustable over 2 ranges - approx. 1.5ft or 3 ft. Volume of the tones is also adjustable as is turning the display on/off.

    Of course, all of this is in your manual (nav. manual) if you forget.
  • ljflxljflx Posts: 4,664
    Sorry if I offended you but it certainly looked like an April fools joke to me particularly from the S-class perspective.
  • blehrlichblehrlich Posts: 92
    I may have to keep this board alive by myself.
  • ljflxljflx Posts: 4,664
    Told you that a long time ago. My problem was my original purchase (silver) was mainly a car for my wife. So when I needed a second car for work, which would be exclusively for me, I grabbed it again in the midnight pine. That car is at 25k miles and is flawless. My wife's car is at about half that mileage level and also flawless. Someday you should ride in the LX470. It's the suv version of this thing.
  • blehrlichblehrlich Posts: 92
    It is really phenomenal quality-wise as compared to my S500, specifically the interior. The LX 470 is really nice, but environmental considerations prevent me from ever owning an SUV. My wife, before she was an active environmentalist, had one, which, in around town driving, got EIGHT miles per gallon. Hard to justify....maybe a Mini?
  • jefftpjefftp Posts: 11
    My Pirelli Grand Touring P4000's have good road grip, but don't seem particularly quiet.

    There is a good owners survey at (go to tire survey), rating tires as to ride, handling, etc... The Yokohama AVS db seems to be thought the quietest, and Dunlop SP 5000 sport close to.
  • jefftpjefftp Posts: 11
    Your car should still be covered under the original 7 year/70K mile powertrain warranty. On a normal car that would cover all the significant $ repairs you'd encounter. However, I understand a lot of potential non-powertrain related repairs on an LS can add up. I guess it would depend on price. I wouldn't pay $3K for a warranty, but if it was only $750, ???
  • ljflxljflx Posts: 4,664
    I get 16-17mpg on the LX470 highway and 15 city. It is better than I expected. On the car I get 22-25mpg highway (usually 23 but 25 when NY traffic is kind to me) and about 19 city. On the old LS400 I got about the same but on a NJ - Myrtle beach trip straight down 95 I averaged 30mpg going and coming and I did hit speeds in the 90's in much of NC and southern VA. But man if anyone takes that route watch out for those Maryland troupers who hang out in the middle of 95. Flint350 - How do you handle those guys?

    Does anyone ride with the extra power switch on all or most of the time in highway driving. I was wondering if it lessened the gas mileage if you did or if it would hurt the engine. I tend to use it only when I want to beat out someone but tonight I left it on all the way home from work and really enjoyed the extra power and torque. The car has plenty of power without it but it was an even better experience with it on full time.

    Blehrlich - what would you say to all those people who never drove the car and want to believe it's a bore to drive. Dead wrong. Pretty soon you'll find yourself driving for bagels in the morning even though you don't need them just to get behind the wheel.
  • whybuy1whybuy1 Posts: 43
    I appreciate the information on the tires. Thanks.
  • blehrlichblehrlich Posts: 92
    Driving, or even just sitting, in the LS is really an experience for many of the senses (I know this sounds ridiculous, but I love the smell).Far from boring.
  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    Driving my LS400 is quite thoroughly BORING, exactly the way I want it. Music is most enjoyable that way.
  • blehrlichblehrlich Posts: 92
    Boring might apply as compared to driving a 540i...but I agree about the music thing.
  • flint350flint350 Posts: 250
    ljflx, the Md. troopers are aggressive (and probably should be, considering the way I've seen some people drive around here!). I believe there is a difference in driving on a hwy at stable high speed, versus driving fast and reckless. So, I take my chances and count on my Valentine One. But Virginia is nearly as bad and they outlaw radar detectors.

    By the way, the Md. Troopers are the only ones I've seen who will stand on the side of a major highway with radar and literally jump out into the road (fast lane) and point directly at the offending driver to get his attention and pull him over. It's effective, but, I think, rather dangerous. I'm waiting for the little old lady in her Cadillac who doesn't see him until it's too late. Even if he jumps back, the resulting swerving cars will eventually lead to a serious wreck. Just my $.02
  • Those MD. Troopers are real punks! Just got a ticket going 83 on I-95. Considering 80-90 is common on this trans-continental highway, and I didn't even see a cop for the previous 700 miles from Tampa to NY, this state is desperate for cash from people who wouldn't soil their shoes in this state! But tell me how u really feel....
  • As I posted earlier, I purchased a battery operate ``escort`` but have observed several police cars parked directly facing the road, and just wondered if the radar would pick up anything?? In my opinion one needs to be very careful no matter what, or here comes a ticket. Tony
  • ljflxljflx Posts: 4,664
    I am always careful when I drive through Maryland. The cars the troopers have are so different then the ones you see everywhere else. I am amazed they sit in the center island and yes I've seen them jump out and one nearly caused an accident one time. Crazy.

    How's the car doing these days? By the way did you ever buy the HDTV? If not you may want to check out the Plasma's. They are getting reasonable and amazingly the commercial versions are usually 15% or more cheaper than the consumer models and they are identical. Check into the panasonic 50" set. Probably the best set in the world with a 3000:1 contrast ratio.
  • mheni1mheni1 Posts: 41
    When will updated CD be available for my 2001 LS430 nav system? How much will it cost?
  • mrittermritter Posts: 10
    I just signed papers to lease an '02 LS430 with ML/Nav...I am having "not worthy guilt". Please assure me this will go away and that it is normal. I will posting my experiences here as they happen. I am very excited and not as weird as this post may come across...
  • mheni1mheni1 Posts: 41
    I recently purchased a 2001 LS 430 after driving "lesser" cars for years. I too wondered for a while, a really short while, until I came to my senses. The car is absolutely fantastic, and so am I, so it is a real match. Give yourself about 10-15 days and you will wonder why you ever drove anything else! Have fun!
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