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Lexus LS 460 Owner Experiences

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  • sidgriggssidgriggs Posts: 122
    How do you set it to recognize multiple cell phones?
  • ljflxljflx Posts: 4,677
    When you go into the phone settings mode make sure it is on auto connect.
  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    Congrats Renny!! Keep us posted on all of your new-car experiences! ;)
  • Thanks Len and Pat.

    I agree the LWB probably helps give a better ride. And the turning radius is still very good. Sadly, I live on a street whose width is just such that the LWB cannot make a U-turn, while the 430 was able to do it. But it's a small price to pay for the added perfection.
  • After reading jtslaguna's post about erratic shifting, I became especially sensitive to my LS460L's shifting. So far I only have about 120 miles on it, but it did seem to me this morning when the car was cold that the shift from 2nd to 3rd gear was a bit jerky. I am hoping this will go away, but if not I certainly will expect Lexus to fix it.

    jts (I assume you are from Laguna Beach?), are you satisfied with the explanation that "this was just a normal characteristic of the 460"? If any other 460 owners have had this experience, would you please post your opinion.
  • Has anyone else noticed a problem with the LS 460 pulling back when decelerating - like brakes are being applied when they're not? I have 300 miles on my new LS 460 and I'm noticing a subtle jerkiness that wasn't there on the 430 that I had.
  • Update: After 2 weeks, I am no longer noticing any jerky shifting. If there ever was a problem, it has gone away by itself. Maybe I just imagined it because I read that post and wanted my car to be totally blemish free.

    Renny
  • kmbaerkmbaer Posts: 20
    I don't know that I call this a problem, but I have noticed that the car does decelerate quite noticeably by taking my foot off the accelerator. I cannot compare this to the LS430 as I owned an Infiniti M35 prior to this car. I can compare this to our Murano which has a CVT, and it acts quite similar to it. I'm attributing the condition to the 8 speed transmission. I'm guessing when you decelerate it begins to downshift from the upper gear ranges. :confuse:
  • sidgriggssidgriggs Posts: 122
    If I am above 30 mph, mine coasts when I let off and I have not noticed what happens below 30.
  • pjsentpjsent Posts: 4
    Has anyone got experience using this car as an airport reservation car or as commercial ground transportation? Am considering starting a "limousine" service and this is one candidate vehicle I would consider. Any comments would be appreciated.
  • georget3georget3 Posts: 53
    My cell is Mot Razr with Verizon. How do I make the phone book uploaded to the LS460?

    The Lexus sales told me it could not be done.
  • sidgriggssidgriggs Posts: 122
    Take your sim card out--put it in a Sony Erickson and transfer the entire phonebook. Then put your card back in the Razr and use it. My local AT&T store loaned me a new Sony E. long enough to do this in their parking lot.
  • georget3georget3 Posts: 53
    Thanks for the reply. Two questions on the LS460 voice commands (for now):

    1. How do I program phone tag for voice command?
    2. I found poor info on the voice command from owner's manual, is there better source to look for additional info?

    Thanks in advance,
    George
  • bmlexusbmlexus Posts: 755
    I like to know any troubles with LS460 owners.

    I have been recently very impressed with this car haven't heard any bad things about it except a few that there is wind noise from the drivers seat

    The only trouble I am having is I like to have a good driving position which IMO only suvs can offer. None of the lexus suvs have impressed me lately gx dont like rx old lx huge.

    Then I keep going back to the bmw x6 which I think is a very unique suv well of course not every1 likes it, love the looks the style and everything about it. do know it doesn't offer comfortable back seats but I dont need the back seat or the cargo space,Then when I hear the troubles with bmw cars it scares the hell out of me

    The harsh ride with run flats expensive to replace tires difficult to use electronics $2000 to change the brake pads thats what I've read. new cars going dead on highway the built quality isn't as good as japanese built :sick:

    I am certainly lost and confused to choose :confuse: :sick:
  • georget3georget3 Posts: 53
    Please ignore my last call for help on recoding phone tag. I have found out how to do it. Actually, it is pretty easy once you understand how the phone book is organized.

    Thanks.
  • georget3georget3 Posts: 53
    My only problem so far is after I programed security gate clicker successfully, it somehow did not work. I wonder if anyone has any experience in this matter?

    My Megacoded garage door opener program works well.
  • bmlexusbmlexus Posts: 755
    Hi

    Since I am getting zero replys from here, Well maybe the reason is I am comparing 2 very different cars

    I wonder you could tell me something, If not about the bmw x6 at least about the ls460.

    !. How is the driving position.

    2. How are the electronics

    3.Because I feel the size is really big is it difficult for parking

    4.Can you set the steering position I am sure you can just making sure because in the bmw X6 the steering is fixed you can not adjust it which is strange because even in a camry you can adjust the steering.

    5.Is the ground clearance enough to go through speed breakers humps.

    6. Since you own the previous S500 how better do you feel the LS 460 is and why did you consider the new LS rather than the new S class.

    Did not consider the bmw 7 series?

    I would love to know if you know anything about x6

    thanks hope to hear from you.
  • sidgriggssidgriggs Posts: 122
    You need to visit a Lexus dealership--they will let you sit in a LS460.
  • georget3georget3 Posts: 53
    lmlexus:

    Prior to the 2001 S500 (8 years), I drove 1994 BMW 740IL (7 years). Now, I have driven 2008 LS460 for a week. As far as driving position and experience, I like S500 the best. Both the 740 and S500 gave me numerous recalls and maintenance problems. Thus, I am now trying LS460.

    I used to "drive and push" the car more than I do now. So, LS460 is doing adequate job in that department. For those who definitely require superior handling and steering, my recommendation is to stay away from LS460.

    With that said, so far LS460 meets all requirements in other areas. Here are my comments:

    1. Driving position: Literally unlimited adjustment.
    2. Electronics: Well designed and easy to use. With Navigation voice commands are very useful. Voice phone tags are easy to program and edit.
    3. Parking: It depends what space you may have. My LS460 is equipped with "Park assist and rear view camera". I find it to be very useful parking in tight space. I have big garage so I never have parking problem.
    4. Steering position: LS460 has numerous steering wheel adjustments. Well done.
    5. Speed bumps: I live in a gated community with many speed bumps. If you slow down, you should have no problem with any regular sedans. Many sports cars with next to nothing ground clearance will have problems.

    Any question, just ask.

    George
  • smithgsmithg Posts: 9
    DC,
    I have had similar experiences with my LS460. The shifting does occur 'rough' in the low range; for the 1st -- 3rd gears, one can discern its erratic movement, if the acceleration is gentle. A similar problem occurs on the slow-down. Around 30 mph on the deceleration, an abrupt shift occurs and the auto slows, only to later 'surge' slightly. Everything seems to happen at the low end of the gear range. No problem at the upper end.
    I have not other problems with this car. Other than the above, the car is excellent!
  • georget3georget3 Posts: 53
    rennybosch:

    Has the shifting problem resolved on your LS460? If yes, how?

    I just got my LS460 SWB for 2 weeks. I have been very disappointed on the car's engine overall (not responsive), and the transmission in particular. The transmission is jerky, cold or warm, at any speed, even though low speed (less than 30 MPH) is more pronounced.

    I have driven 350 miles so far. Please advise.
  • georget3georget3 Posts: 53
    smithg:

    Has the irratic shifting problem resolved on your LS460? If yes, how?

    I just got my LS460 SWB for 2 weeks. I have been very disappointed on the car's engine overall (not responsive), and the transmission in particular. The transmission is jerky, cold or warm, at any speed. The jerky transmission problem is pronounced and consistant at lower speed (less than 30 MPH).

    I have driven 350 miles so far. Please advise.
  • georget3georget3 Posts: 53
    mikenj329:

    Mine is doing what you described in addition to jerky transmission and non responsive engine.
  • rennyboschrennybosch Posts: 329
    Hi georget3,

    I just took my LS460L in for its 5000 mile service and when I looked at my list of service request notes that I had made I came across the rough shifting, and was a bit surprised because I had completely forgotten about that problem. Either it went away or else I got so used to it that I don't notice it anymore. Anyway they said they would check it, but of course they found nothing wrong.

    Have you experimented with the ETC (Electronic Transmission Control)? If that doesn't help, I don't know what else to suggest except taking the car back to the dealer and make them fix it. But of course remember that this car is not designed to be a sports car. . .

    Good luck.
  • georget3georget3 Posts: 53
    rennybosch:

    Thanks for the reply. I have not played with ETC, and I will.

    In fact, I have passed my mid life crisis stage and I am so gentle with the LS460 that my wife teases me as an old man driving.

    The LS460 jerky transmission is so apparent and troublesome that I do not understand how LS460 fans can forget it so conveniently. Maybe that is one of the reasons that LS460 sales is dropping big time.

    The transmission is worse than any Toyota I have tested. I certainly will take it up with my dealer. My LS460 drives like a troubled 15 year old car.

    I suggest anyone that has jerky transmission to go out and test drive an Avalon. It beats my LS460 by a mile.
  • bmlexusbmlexus Posts: 755
    Thanks for the reply.

    I have passed my mid life crisis stage and I am so gentle with the LS460 that my wife teases me as an old man driving

    Your that gentle with this car :surprise:

    The LS460 jerky transmission is so apparent and troublesome that I do not understand how LS460 fans can forget it so conveniently. Maybe that is one of the reasons that LS460 sales is dropping big time.

    The transmission is worse than any Toyota I have tested. I certainly will take it up with my dealer. My LS460 drives like a troubled 15 year old car.

    I suggest anyone that has jerky transmission to go out and test drive an Avalon. It beats my LS460 by a mile


    Jerky transmission it seems your dissapointed with this car lately.

    Avalon trans iss better than LS460!!! :sick:

    I can't believe your saying it drives like a 15 YEAR OLD CAR :surprise:

    You can always trade and get the next generation 7series coming within the next 3months. :)
  • rcox4rcox4 Posts: 4
    I purchased a 2007 LS 460 in December after really enjoying my LS 430. I would concur with many of the postings about how the shifting is not as smooth as the 430, but it is offset by other attributes. Where I am having a big problem is with wind noise. One of the things I have valued in all of my Lexus' has been how quiet they are. When I went in for my 6000 mile service and brought this to the dealer's attention, he told me it was due to a design flaw with the side mirrors. Recently a business acquaintence told me a friend of his had a similar problem and after testing four more cars, finally found one without the problem. Has anyone else experienced this and if so, what action did you take?

    Russ
    Orange, CA
  • jmcraneyjmcraney Posts: 19
    My car was so noisy I was going to have to sell it, until I figured out a fix. Others are having success with this too. Go to:

    http://www.clublexus.com/forums/showthread.php?t=352398&page=14
  • rcox4rcox4 Posts: 4
    Thank you for the link. I read all of the messages and saw the discussion about the triangle trim, but am not clear what this is? Can you let me know?

    Thanks again,

    Russ
  • jmcraneyjmcraney Posts: 19
    Russ,

    You need to read most of the discussion - over 10 pages. There are pictures and a procedure near the beginning. The triangle trim is the piece of plastic trim that is located at the front lower corner of the of the windows in the driver and front passenger doors. If you will start at page 1 you will be able to understand what to do. If you need some help I will work with you personally. I feel sure that your car will benefit.

    Regards,

    Jeff
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