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Lexus LS 400/LS 430



  • garyh1garyh1 Posts: 386
    Didn't you just go through something like this about a week ago? If you reset the reminder (per page 95 in the manual), won't this DING stop as well?
  • nvbankernvbanker Posts: 7,285
    Now, that MUST be more annoying than the click from the analog clock every minute in the Navigator, eh, gteach?

    Good to hear from you old buddy!! NV
  • gteach26gteach26 Posts: 576
    Hi nvbanker, garyh1.....

    Yes, I went through a similar "ding" experience with a "main't required" message. That ding however, only occurred once at car start-up but the red exclamation mark stayed put. Thanks to some advice from this board I was able to reset it. The washer fluid "ding!" comes on EVERY 60 seconds! Yikes.

    The fact that this car is so smooth and quiet only serves to make the "dings!" even more obtrusive and startling.

    I'm not sure If I can reset the washer fluid message but I'll sure give it a try next time -- even if I have to pull over and do it.

    The message center on this car is proving to be quite pushy! I guess I can just turn up the Levinson sound system to drown out the "dings!"
  • Guys:

    Doesn't the washer fluid ding go off when you fill up the container?

    If the ding stays on ....Can't you just call Lexus service and ask how to turn it off. What do they say when you do call them...

    I would make my second call to Lexus USA...
  • gteach26gteach26 Posts: 576
    ...after you fill up the container. I just happened to be on a 60 mile trip when the dinging started. 60 miles with a "Ding!" every 60 seconds.

    I was all dinged out by the time I got to my destination!
  • It would have driven me are a lot tougher then I am.
  • nvbankernvbanker Posts: 7,285
    Yes, that would make me dingy!!!!!
  • topspin628topspin628 Posts: 373
    This was reported on another board and I myself have experienced it. Where in my BMW after a turn I could "glide" around and then accelerate, in the LS it feels like it breaks a bit and then I have to give it some gas. Anyone experience the same sensation? Is it inherent in the "drive by wire" which I hear mentioned?
  • I always thought it was recommended to slow down going into the turn then accelerate through through it? At least that is what I did in my youth.
  • chicagoedchicagoed Posts: 69
    How are you people with the chrome wheel option doing on longevity? Mine have a deteriorated finish after 14 months - microscopic pits that will not polish out.
  • 00boxsters00boxsters Posts: 202
    My driving instructor at high school taught us to brake for the first third of a turn, glide/coast for the middle third and finally accelerate for the last third of a turn for the smoothest drive.

    A very limited look at some of the racing cornering literature, I see many brake for the first one half of a turn and then accelerate out of the last half of a turn.

    This is what I understand currently.

    I believe the transmission on the LS430 (and most other automatics) tends to upshift whenever the accelerator is not depressed for better gas mileage. Holding a lower gear may be inherent in a BM or certainly when the ECT control is switched to sport on the LS.
  • ckennedyckennedy Posts: 82
    In short the dealer holds to the point that the car was not purchased their so we would not be entilted to one. We would get one only after we have had the car serviced a few times. Headquarters apologized but there is nothing they can do as they have no control over the dealerships. Seems like the dealer is looking at it from a money perspective and not from a service perspective.
  • ron36330ron36330 Posts: 68
    I have an 03 LS 430 Ultra with chrome wheels and they are blemish free. Look as good as the day I bought the car(Jan03). If the car is still in warranty I would check with dealer and have the defective wheels replaced.
  • rgswrgsw Posts: 334
    Factory Chrome or Dealer Chromed Wheels. Not all LS430 Chrome wheels are the same. Some dealers have them chromed locally. Even so, Ron's comment is still valid. Good Luck
  • What is the name of the Dealer...

    If possible I would try another Dealer.

    It will not take many complaints like yours for him not to be an Elite dealer.

    I would definately get even when those service Inquires came in....

    I personally think you are being had by this dealer.
  • gteach26gteach26 Posts: 576
    Something is not right.
  • topspin628topspin628 Posts: 373
    Having experienced the slight hesitation in my 04 LS 430 and reading in many places that it was inherent, part of the LS experience etc. I then came across a posting that told of a tech bulletin TSB TC006-04 for this symptom. I decided to stop in to my dealer today and he gladly performed this "computer download" to adjust the shifting. I drove home and found the car noticably crisper in accelerating and that annoying microscopic but perceptible pause seemed like it was gone. The power of information. Keep up the good work everyone.
  • jbeejbee Posts: 4
    I was wondering if you could get the p.scan (program scan) feature that the manual discusses to work.

    It doesn't do anything for me.
  • oacoac Posts: 1,594
    That is unbelievable, yet true. Sorry to hear that. Seems like there will always be exception to the norm, and this is the outlier of the bunch.
  • rcf8000rcf8000 Posts: 619
    I test drove an '06 S500 this morning, and was impressed. I'm thinking about trading my '01 LS430 for one. Or, I may go for an '05 LS430. Is there anyone out there who traded an LS430 for an S500? How do you feel about it now? I see a lot of advantages both ways, most of which are on the LS430's side. But the S500 sure is beautiful!
    (Eddie Fisher said that "a pretty face is just a pretty face"; that principle may apply here.) I looked at the A8L and 745iL, but they don't do much for me.
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