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Lexus LS 400/LS 430



  • bitkahunabitkahuna Posts: 206
    So besides a groaning steering wheel, for which there seems to be a cure, what were your impressions of the AS [sic]?
  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    the evil spellchecker changed LS to AS in carlo7's post.

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  • jjsdfsjjsdfs Posts: 3
    Any Specs for next year 2002 model ?
  • jarogjjarogj Posts: 16
    Anyone having any problems with noise, such as squeaks, creaks, etc with their driver's side seat cushion. Especially when moving in and out of the car. I have noticed that near the seat controls there is an area within the seat cushion that when pressure is applied it squeaks. It's actually inside the seat cushion along the edge.
  • greasykid1greasykid1 Posts: 336
    Anyone having trouble with the motorized release/latching. Mine releases & then pulls down again partially. I have to be back there @ release time & raise it manually when it releases to open. Lexus has had a fix on order for a month. Anyone experiencing this problem?Everything else is great as I have had the LS for 3 months.
  • greasykid1greasykid1 Posts: 336
    Now have 16" wheels. Going to change to 17". Need info particularly on 225/55/17 tires--ALL SEASON. Have checked all the tire sites & know what is available but would like to hear some personal experieces on this size tire. Am considering everything from Conti 95 to Bridgestone Revo Z. I'm looking for a good quiet ride as well as improved handling & looks. Real world experience only please.

    Has anyone suggegestions on 17" wheels? Right now I'm zeroing in on wheels from Discount Tire. Any help appreciated. Thanks.
  • bongerbonger Posts: 16
    I have the LS with ashtrays and was wondering if they can be removed and storage pockets be inserted in their place. Has anyone tried this or know if it can be done? I have seen several LS's with the storage pockets and although small, they would be far more useful than ashtrays to me.
  • bitkahunabitkahuna Posts: 206
    Of 'improved handling and looks', 'quiet ride', and 'all season' - pick 2.

    As far as wheels from Discount Tire or Tirerack or anywhere else, there are good ones and not so good ones. For handling, look for lighter rims. For looks, maybe chrome is your style, but that makes the rims heavier.
  • rennyboschrennybosch Posts: 329
    I've been reading numerous messages here describing tire performance and mentioning things like Z-ratings, and always felt totally dumb, wishing I knew what they are talking about. Well, I just found a web site that describes all about tire specifications and performance ratings, and is very well organized. I recommend it to you if you feel the same as I did:

  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    Pick one.

    Not sure that I would take the LS430 to 17" wheels, that's not ITS "style". I would go for the Bridgestone Turanza's for quiet. The BBS-RR (japanese market only) really look good on some LS'es.

    If you find you need winter tires keep your old wheels and mount all-season on them. Me, I park my LS (GS300 at the moment) and drive my RX.
  • bitkahunabitkahuna Posts: 206
    > Not sure that I would take the LS430 to 17" wheels, that's not ITS "style".

    Huh? Lexus offers them even, and I think they look a heck of a lot better than the 16s. I think the 16s just look way too small for the body.
  • nofeernofeer Posts: 380
    after 7500 miles, none of the above "problems" have occured in this near perfect motorcar. I would only do two things
    quicker downshifts
    redisign the cruise control setup
    came back from lexus link service in columbus oh (wow what service even filled my tank) got on 270 at 65 got 29.5 mpg then on the way home got 28 mpg--that's wonderful mileage.
    We love this car, anything else we drive just is fatiguing. my wife want's to trade in her turbo yellow bug for a station wagon, like the volvo. the rx probably will be resisgn for 03. our loaner rx wallows a bit, but nice, the volvo has more room in the cargo area, we'll also try a highlander. but she likes the volvo--any comments?
  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    When I bought my 92 LS with air suspension I immediately "stiffened" the suspension with 16" wheels. Having driven the new LS I believe the air suspension has been so significantly improved that going to 17" wheels would add too much stiffness.

    I would buy the LS430 for quietness and "comfort", not for "sporty" handling characteristics, I understand that's the market the GS430 is aimed at.

    I don't really expect to become involved in any car chases or races in my LS, I'll leave that market to BMW.

    17" wheels look REALLY good on the GS, but somehow out of place on the LS.
  • ljflxljflx Posts: 4,661
    I couldn't agree more with your comments. The car is as close to perfect as you can get. I am so used to the cruise, which Lexus has kept as is since 95 and probably before, that it would become foreign to me if they changed it. It works flawlessly which is what counts. I've also never had this groan.

    Definitely take a look at the Highlander - it's more roomy than the RX7 and rides smooth and quiet and handles well. A friend of mine got one a few months back amd loves it. I think the next generation RX7 will probably be somewhat bigger, roomier inside and more luxurious if you can wait. I need 3 rows of seats and am likely going to the LX470 shortly. But if I didn't need the 3 rows I'd give the Highlander very serious consideration.
  • hschenhschen Posts: 16
    There is a slight vibration when I accelerate or deccelerate my 98 LS around 75-80 mph. I can feel the vibration coming from the floor not from the steering wheel. Another thing I noticed was that the wheels (not the tires) got very hot after driving a while. The front wheels are hotter than the rear wheels. After driving on the freeway, I cannot leave my hand touching the wheel for more than 3 seconds. My wheels are stock 98. This is my first LS and I only had for a month. I don't know if that's normal. Thanks.
  • bitkahunabitkahuna Posts: 206
    > Definitely take a look at the Highlander - it's more roomy than the RX7

    I would hope it's roomier than a Mazda RX7 - a 2 seat sports car :-) I assume you meant RX300. Maybe Edmunds' glorious 'spell checker' at work again?
  • ljflxljflx Posts: 4,661
    Guess I was asleep at the wheel. Of course you are right - I meant the RX300. I've still got that SC430 on my mind and seeing more and more of them on the road isn't helping matters. So my logic is I thought sports car rather than suv when I wrote.
  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    had you blamed the evil spell checker, no one would have doubted you! ;-)

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  • flint350flint350 Posts: 250
    Now that I've recovered from that "slap" at my personal color choice ;), I have a question from post 1337 by nofeer. How would you (or should I say "wood" you MR. Spell Ckr?) redesign the cruise setup? Bear in mind, I don't know which one you have - mine is the laser and I like the way it functions. If other than the laser, then never mind.
    As for that earlier referenced shot at my color selection, today my golf instructor highly praised my choice and is thinking of buying one for himself. However, he distinctly did NOT praise my choice in golf shots. I tried to explain that none of those errant shots were by choice, but he remains unconvinced. Sounds like new clubs (Callaway Hawk Eyes, here I come!) are in order!
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