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Lexus LS 400/LS 430



  • bcleepebcleepe Posts: 53
    I had mine fixed six months ago and the problem was gone. The dealer said all they have to loosen up the grip tiny bit to ease the retraction.
  • ljflxljflx Posts: 4,665
    Is that your only problem with the car or do you have others?
  • sorry1sorry1 Posts: 4
    After spending approximately $60K on a new car, expecially a Lexus, don't you think six repairs in 12 months on the same manufactures defect is enough?
  • ljflxljflx Posts: 4,665
    Thanks for your politeness. You should have read the board - it had the answer but I won't waste my time pointing out to you where it is.
  • humbledonhumbledon Posts: 1
    Glad to hear I'm not the only one with this problem, just haven't been to the dealer to have it checked, since in 20,000 miles, thats the only thing I can complain about, I did just replace the tires with Michelin MXV4 Plus. Since thats the only problem besides hitting a deer (ouch), no external dammage, just the under pan
  • sbenls430sbenls430 Posts: 2
    Dear trmga:

    I have just bought one from the internet sales manager at Johnson Lexus in Raleigh. You should definitely call him as he will offer you a great price. He beat all my other offers, even from my local dealer and priceline. He will not monkey around with you either. I emailed him and he immediately called me back and in less than 2 minutes gave me a great price with no haggling. His email address is You will not be disappointed. If you have already talked with someone else there you should still call him back because he will seriously compete for customers outside his market. Scott
  • slexyslexy Posts: 31
    Go to and read the feedback from actual consumers who bought this tire. Check out the feedback on Bridgestone Pole Postion also. But, for now (until the Pirelli P Zero/Nero tire in our size comes out), I like the Dunlop SP 270's in a 225/55 17 W. Lexus cars are so quiet, that you will hear road noise from any tire depending upon road surface conditions (especially in a W rating=strong sidewall). They handled nicely with my Euro suspension, and will get about 28,000 miles of wear by rotating every 5,000 miles (probably more if you rotate/balance every 3,000). What amazed me about the tires is that in 26,000 miles, I have not balanced the tires! My dealer showed me every 5,000 miles that the tires were wearing, and still are, perfectly. I do check tire pressure every two weeks. But, because the fit to the stock, chrome wheels was so perfect, I hardly ever had to add air (except for hot/cold, expansion/contraction depletion. I never had a flat even with all the construction going on in my area.
    I wish tirerack had more info on the Dunlop's ( "N/A" shows for most categories of tire characteristics). Bridgestone and Michelin are fine tires, but they will only get 17,000 to 20,000 miles of wear according to the consumers who bought them and gave feedback on The main complaint I have about the Dunlops is that they are about $100 per tire more expensive than the Bridgestone's Pole Position or Michelin's Energy Plus MXV4's. But, I like to change tires as infrequently as possible, so I will go with the Dunlops for replacement until an overall better value comes along (in my exact tire size). I was told by my dealer that the great short turning radius on the 430 means that I should probably stick to the exact same size tire for replacement. Good Luck with whatever tire you go with, and let's all of us using this chat room (even if it is only from time to time) share our replacement tire experiences.
  • nofeernofeer Posts: 380
    OK OK< it's summer time but i would like anyones insights as to the best winter tire for my ls430 16", i have some snow and ice about 6 times a year. If winter tires can address my traction problems then i won't have to depend on my wife's suv. I love driving this thing.
    Also, what about just having studded tires/ or winter tires on the back? Anyone with experience with winter tires on the ls430 and 16" tires (no euro suspension)
  • 02ls43002ls430 Posts: 1
    Just got my wife an 02 LS 430, Euro/Nav/ML. Can anyone tell me if it's possible to change the C-Best settings yourself? Also, wondering if anyone has a list of all the C-Best Options-they seem to be "sprinkled" throughout the owners manual. Thanks for any info.
  • slexyslexy Posts: 31
    Oops, my posting of #2989 was in response to posting #2981 vs.#2931.
  • sorry1sorry1 Posts: 4
    Sorry, didn't mean to come across as rude, I am just very frustrated with Lexus and the situation. I did read through the board and was able to find a message which contained very useful information for me. Thank you.
  • topgun7topgun7 Posts: 409
    We got our 02 LS ultra a couple weeks ago. I noticed that the bass for the ML is very weak. I have to boost the bass to the max to feel any low frequency sound. Does the ML systems in LS come with a subwoofer? We had an SC with ML and the bass is much stronger. Is this a problem with my particular ML or this is true for all the LS. Thanks.
  • hjzhjz Posts: 1
    I have a brand new lexus ls 430. I took it to the local car wash the other day. please note though that it was the _first_ time it was EVER taken there. I have used this car wash over the past 10 years with no problems till now. they applied the tire dressing onto the car. I made sure that there was NO over spray on the car or any other blemishes on the car before I left the car wash. when I got it home, there was some tire dressing "thrown" from the tires on the inside of the wheel well, and down some of the trim panel. knowing that I was going to wax the car the following morning and NEVER having ANY problems with this car wash, I left it on. next morning when I go to wax the car, the tire dressing will not come off! I tried everything that I had but it did not come off. took it back to lexus and they used some kind of solution to get some of it off - not much though. the lexus body tech had never seen anything like it. the car wash had said it was tar and that it was NOT there tire product. I had the lexus tech and another body shop tell me that it was not tar but most likely something else, or the tire dressing. both techs tired to get some of it, but was mostly scared to do further work because of the paint coming off. so... just in case it was not the car wash, has someone else had this problem with the paint? the spots seem to be a yellowish-green color and seem to be "etched" into the clear coat. any feedback will be appreciated! thanks!
  • nealm1nealm1 Posts: 154
    topgun, you have a sick stereo and need to have it fixed. Maybe the subwoofer is disconnected. The bass on this unit is awe-inspiring; not boomy, rap-wagon bass, but it is tight, precise, and concussive with the right program material. I have NEVER had the bass knob set past 12:00, and I am an inveterate fiddler and play with the controls constantly. If you even think for a moment that the bass is defecient, there is something desparately wrong with the system. Just ask them to crank up one of the demonstrators.

    I am sad to report that after 6 mos' absence, my groan is back! This weekend, it groaned at me twice. I am just sick about this and sympathize with sorry1. There is a TSB on the issue, which involved more than lossening a fitting, but its effectiveness is, apparently, temporary. Oy!
  • trmgatrmga Posts: 50
    Thanks Scott. I'll definitely be talking to your guy.
  • scottphillipscottphillip Posts: 249
    My 2002 makes the same noise at times. When I took it into the dealership for an oil change it went mute. :)

    The noise doesn't really bother me.

  • c5goldc5gold Posts: 4
    I'm a new member to this discussion. I also posted this question on the member's board - sorry for the duplication.

    I pick up a new LS430 UL tomorrow. I've seen several references to default settings for nav system and ??. Does this refer to the dealer's ability to "program" various functions in the car ? On the test drive, I noticed the auto door locks do not unlock (rear) when car is shut down or in Park. Is this programmable ?? What else is ?
    Any info would be appreciated.
  • rennyboschrennybosch Posts: 329
    c5gold, you can have the dealer program the doors so that when you put the shift control into Park, all four doors are unlocked at the same time. There is also an option that controls when the doors lock automatically: either as soon as you take the shift lever out of Park, or when you reach 12 mph, or never (I think).

    You can also have them program the remote entry control to unlock all 4 doors at once. The default is that when you press the Unlock button on the remote entry control once, it unlocks the driver's door only; pressing it twice unlocks all the doors. To me it is more convenient to unlock all four at once, but I realize to some people it may be a security issue; you might feel more secure if it only unlocks your one door, especially at night, in a big city.

    An additional tip: When you lock the doors with the remote control, it doesn't turn the headlights off (assuming they are on), but if you press Lock a second time, it does turn them off. Quite neat.

  • marwankwmarwankw Posts: 6
    Hi, I'm interested in installing the original park assist sensors kit from Lexus to my 1998 LS400, the dealer told me that the sensor kit include 2 sensors for back only, anybody know if I bought 2 sets of sensors will I be able to put them in the front also? will it work?
  • dustbirddustbird Posts: 11
    Just bought a '01 LS with Lexus Link, but am not sure I *need* this service. Would appreciate comments on experience with Lexus Link...good, bad, or otherwise.
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