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Lexus LS 400/LS 430

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  • sidgriggssidgriggs Posts: 122
    You have available 17 speed dial positions which can be dialed by one touch while you drive, plus one other (18th) position which I use for redial of last dialed number. Set these up for your most often called numbers--it works great.
  • rennyboschrennybosch Posts: 329
    How do I set a bookmark in Internet Explorer Favorites to come back to the page containing the latest postings in this board? I used to use

    /direct/view/.ee9e745

    But recently it has been taking me to the Townhall Welcome page.

    Thanks for any help.
  • chicagoedchicagoed Posts: 69
    Went to this page for me
  • rennyboschrennybosch Posts: 329
    Usually if I click the same bookmark in Favorites a second time, after it has gone to the Welcome page, it does then go to this page. I am beginning to suspect that it may have something to do with signing in. Like: The first time I click it, it checks to see if I have signed in, and since I haven't, it goes to the Welcome page. But somewhere I have a cookie or other goodie that then does sign me in automatically. Therefore if I retry the same bookmark, the second time when it checks to see if I have signed in, it finds that I have and so it does go to the appropriate page.

    But I'm only speculating. I need Pat/Host.
  • oacoac Posts: 1,594
    Going on a business trip next week, but week after will be taking the LS in for its next scheduled maintainance. I have an RX330 loaner waiting, but more importantly, will finally have an opportunity to test drive a 2004 LS 430. I am really looking forward to that test drive. I will also get to see what all the rave about the RX330 is all about after 2 days of temporary ownership.

    Looks like you are really enjoying your new LS, and giving me something to look forward to already. If only my '99 will just develop a leak or break something real nasty that will make me wanna give it up right away ??? That will make the decision a no-brainer for the 2004.

    BTW, the dealership (Longo Lexus, #2 Lexus shop in the US) told me they have a 6-week backlog of pre-sold RX400h. I didn't even know Lexus had released pricing for this car already ! Looks like another Lexus hit with their hybrid vehicles. I suppose this may make the 2007 GS and LS hybrid versions even hotter to purchase !!!
  • ljflxljflx Posts: 4,661
    The waitlist for the hybrids is going to get real long real fast. That LS car in 2007 will dominate the segment and will be a very hard car to get. The Germans have nothing close for the US market right now or its the worlds best kept secret. Buyers in this segment can't resist new technology that you can brag about. I was almost tempted to take a 4 year lease - beacause I'm anticipating a long waitlist - but resisted. By the way when was the last time you drove an S-class. I just drove one yesterday - a 2003 S500 - and there is nothing special or fun about its handling and its ride is a step behind the 2004 LS but maybe a step ahead of the 2001. A Euro LS is a superior handler but very hard to find. Maybe a 7-series is different as I haven't been behind the wheel of a new one.

    You will love the RX - it's a much better vehicle than the prior one. It's a high-end lux vehicle now. The old one was more ES like. This one is more LS like.

    By the way I'm down in Williamsburg VA, saw an old buddy and drove his S-class yesterday. He's happy with it so far but when I told him about the upcoming 2007 he said he will be an immediate buyer. He has an LX but has actually never driven an LS. He's coming my way in June and I told him he can lease the car for a day.

    I just drove the GX470 325 miles and now realize how great an SUV it is. As much as I was enjoying it before - I appreciate it all the more now. wbwynn - you will love it when/if you get it.
  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    Try http://townhall-talk.edmunds.com /WebX? 14@ @.ee9e745

    Jeez, you wouldn't believe what it took to get that information posted instead of interpreted!!! You have to put all of that together, removing the three spaces.

    Or you can right click on this: sysop Apr 9, 2004 12:01pm (which is what I'm trying to show you, but it's interpreted here) and save the link (Copy Shortcut in IE), then paste that into a Favorite. But you must delete the information that will show up between the first and the second @s.

    I am sorry this is so hard - I'll be happy to email the link to anyone who wants it. Please put Town Hall or something like that in the subject to help me find it amongst all the spam I get.

    On another note, I'm actually surprised your URL has worked as long as it has - that cgi-bin stuff went away a while ago. :)
  • sysweisyswei Posts: 1,804
    Pricing has not been announced on the RX400h. My guess is that people that are getting in line are agreeing to buy at whatever the msrp turns out to be, and will have the opportunity to back out.
  • edspider1edspider1 Posts: 195
    My dealer asked if I wanted an extended warranty on my new 2004. I said no, but I wanted to order a 2007. He laughed, but hey, I'm serious. It would be nice if Lexus could let people sign up for the hybrid LS. Something that would let us get first dibs when it lands on our shores.

    I can wait a few years. :) This 04 is just so fantastic, and I thought the 01 was as good as it gets.
  • sysweisyswei Posts: 1,804
    I don't know how these wait lists work, but my impression is that it is at the dealership level. Just ask your dealer if you can put $1000 down and be first in line for the 2007 LS hybrid...just make sure you get something in writing saying the deposit is fully refundable if you change your mind for any reason (though I think most states have laws would protect you anyway).
  • sv7887sv7887 Posts: 351
    Hi All,
      An unfortunate incident with the 92 LS (AGAIN!!) A contractor doing some repair work dropped a moulding on the car. The damage was limited to the RF quarter panel, chipping the paint in two (small) places to primer.

    This part of the car was repainted about 7 mos ago due to an accident. It seemed like the panel didn't have as many coats of paint on it as the rest of the factory original finish. It sure doesn't seem nearly as durable.

      The LS is supposed to have a Total of 4 coats of paint. Do the body shops repaint it in the same fashion? The shop that did the work, does all of the body issues for the local Lexus dealer. The bumper that they also painted seems to chip easily as well. Anyone have any experience with these body shop issues?

    Thanks,
    SV
  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    And just what will your recourse be if the dealer holds your deposit until 07 and then decides to renege on the deal?

    Barrier Motors in Bellevue had my deposit (may of 98) on a year 2000 911 C4 allocated at the factory for me specifically and ordered under my name. Barrier sold it to a higher bidder the day it arrived.

    They even denied having my money and said, "so sue me". The deposit refund arrived in the mail a few days later.
  • sysweisyswei Posts: 1,804
    Nothing prevents your scenario, but if the car does sell above list for awhile, then once it falls back to MSRP, hopefully the early-deposit customer would be able to get the first LS hybrid from the dealer that goes at MSRP.
  • tdo123tdo123 Posts: 102
    Ok, I admit I read a post a few months back about running down the battery if the trunk is left open. I was caught in it this time and it was a trap that cost me.

    I got to work and parked in the garage and popped the trunk just like every morning. This time, when I got out, I remembered that my briefcase was in the backseat and not the trunk. So I grabbed it and walked in the building.

    Later, when I came out, my battery was completely dead because when the trunk is cracked, it kept my headlights and interior lights on all day. The car would not even turn over, and then, Lexus link kept coming on asking what is the emergency. Finally, after telling them I am fine, the cars system locked me out of putting the car in Neutral. I needed to back the car up to get the jumper cables in reach of the car. I tried to dis-arm the alarm with the keyfob, but them the battery was totally dead. After an hour, lexus link called again (battery must have found a bit of juice) and they "released" the lockout. Then I was able to get the car in neutral so I could back it out. It was a crazy day. That system should shut down if the battery is draining for more than 20 min. like on other cars.
  • rennyboschrennybosch Posts: 329
    You are absolutely right. Lexus' software is definitely below par by American standards. Another example is the window lock switch. It prevents everyone from controlling the windows, even the driver! In American cars, it locks out the passengers (usually the kids), but not the driver.

    By the way, what model year is your car? I am wondering if there is any trend of Lexus fixing these problems that have been commented on, here and elsewhere.
  • There are so many items on the LS that can be adjusted by your service Tech...It would be worth while if you asked them if the window lock could exclude the drivers window.

    It they say no, I would call Lexus and ask the same question ...Just to be sure...

    That does seem dumb...I never lock my windows so I never noticed.
  • ljflxljflx Posts: 4,661
    I prefer it that the driver can only open the driver side window when windows lock is on. There have been a number of times I accidentally tried to open one of the other windows while driving. It's no big deal as the unlock is right next to up/down window switchgear anyway.

    Edspider1 - We seem to be enjoying the new cars about equally. Really phenomenal car I must say. Today I had the steering wheel lock on me and had to jiggle it to be able to turn on the smart key switch to start the motor. It has happened to me before on just about every car I owned but when it happens the first time with smartkey it makes you think something is wrong with the smartkey control. You'll get a message that "the ST switch is locked" if this happens. It simply means the steering wheel didn't find its proper lock position when you shut the engine the last time you drove thus jiggle it into position while turning the smartkey switch.
  • edspider1edspider1 Posts: 195
    I've never seen "switch is locked", but sometimes, I do need to turn the wheel a bit to turn the starter. I guess I don't think about it. What I can't figure out is when I dial a call on my cell phone the "conversation" screen pops up. But half the time, my call is still on the phone and half the time - it's hands free. I can't seem to figure out how to force hands free. But then I haven't played with it much.

    Everyone comments on the color. Flint Mica is a winner.
  • ljflxljflx Posts: 4,661
    Haven't utilized bluetooth yet. I'll let you know my experience when I do.

    smartkey - you'll only see that message if you try to turn the smartkey switch to the far right and keep it in the turned position. If it is unable to move to the start position because the steering wheel is in a locked position then the message shows up. It may have said "unlock ST switch" instead of what I wrote earlier. I forget exactly what it said but the term "ST" is key.

    I have also gotten a number of compliments on the black color and on the cars overall looks. People definitely notice the taller tires and the sharpened headlights as the distinguishing features from the prior edition. The flint mica is unique in that it is the first year for the color on the car and hence it is not often seen. When I picked my car there was a mod lux flint mica with ash parked right next to it. Buyer was picking it up the nexr day. The LS was a knockout in both the black and the flint mica to my eyes.
  • gteach26gteach26 Posts: 576
    I'm sure you're all very busy, but if you 2004 owners get a chance, can you take digital snapshots of your new '04's (inside and out) and post them? I'd love to see them. I find the best way to see what these cars REALLY look like without dragging myself to the dealership is to check out ebay (the one's on the lexus website are either too "artsy" or downright horrible (build your own vehicle, etc.) -- but there aren't many '04 for sale on ebay yet as you might guess!

    I know its a pain to do but I'm sure I'm not the only one who'd love to see your new babies firsthand in full digital glory! :)
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