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  • sv7887sv7887 Posts: 351
    98ls,
    That creaking is likely front suspension bushings. I had that done on my 92 LS for only $142..You also may need shocks done at the mileage. That could be shocks or just the bushings. Make sure the Power Steering fluid is changed regularly. They tend to leak if this is neglected and can take out the alternator.

    I'm surprised the MXV4 isn't working for you. They are standard equipment on most luxury cars.. I have those on my 92 and drove it in the middle of a nasty Boston snow storm with little if any problems..They've been a real winner in the winter. What speed rating are your tires? I have a H (130 MPH) rating on mine. I'm a real Michelin man,...Another good tire set are the Bridgestone Turanza LS-H...Ever consider getting a rim/snow tire set? If you're planning on keeping your 98 you can get a moderately priced set from TireRack. (Bridgestone Blizzaks cannot be beat, WS-50's in particular). I think the bolt pattern for the new LS430's is different so I'm not sure they will work on those.

    SV
  • jmaplejmaple Posts: 1
    MIke,

    Do you still have your 1995 LS400? I have a 1996 LS400 purchased in 2001, has 79,000 miles and is running great. Had someone ask me last Friday if I bought a new car!

    Plan on keeping the car a long time!

    Jeff
  • paulrlpaulrl Posts: 11
    I bought 05LS430 on Dec 04 with 18" rim ,on the way home feel like driving a truck.Next morning i went back to dealer [Grape vine,Tx] ask manager to change back to 17" He said OK.
    On the way back home feel completely difference
    17" has more rubber,smoother than 18",thanks god
  • irishvolirishvol Posts: 1
    I just bought a perfect '98 LS400. What a dream auto! Never experenced anything like it.
    I have 2 questions: First: Should the trans be shifted manually or will this cause damage? Second: Will replacing the 225-60-16 tires and wheels with 245-45-17s effect the electronic readouts and speedometer? They are one of 3 sizes suggested for +one replacements along with 225-55-17 and 235-50-17 but there is actually a much better selection available in the 45s.
  • leonardwleonardw Posts: 4
    Hi! Have had my 2005/LS430 for a month now and I'm very disapointed in the ride.It was delivered with 19"wheels and tires.I'm think the car has the capibility of riding much
    better with 16"whells and tires.I'm told the LS400 had a very smooth ride wit the 16" wheel.Can anyone coment on any problems with a change like this.Thanks for any help anyone can give.
  • rgswrgsw Posts: 333
    Never heard of 19" wheels on 2005 LS 430. They come standard with 17" wheels which I prefer. The sport wheels available from the factory are 18" and most folk believe they do ride firmer. Many customers have returned the new LS 430 to the dealer and exchanged for 17" wheels. Good luck.
  • ggeorgeggeorge Posts: 4
    Recently bought a 99LS400. The lift supports were weak and sagged down. The Lexus dealer quoted me a cost of approximately $230 to replace the both of them!! I checked Advance and Autozone without success. I replaced both of my 91Cad lifters for $40. More like it. In the meantime I bought a pair of vice grips to snap onto one of the lifters. Works great. My mechanic said he always uses the same technique. I hope I don't have similiar costs for other future minor repairs. But I sure love the 400.
  • Purchased a beautiful LS430 in Briarwood, but after 5000+ miles I have a couple of problems. I cannot seem to get comfortable in the drivers seat! Also the ride is very poor compared to my 96 LS 400.

    Anybody else have similar complaints?
  • rgswrgsw Posts: 333
    Suggest you post this to the "LS430" or "Owner's problems and solutions" forum. This subject has come up before. Suggest you do a "search" at the top of the forum for "LS" or "Owner's Problems and Solutions". I got quite a few hits when I typed in "seat comfort". Most folk praised the driver's seat, a few had the same general comments that you have.
  • Hi,
    I have an 2005 LS 430. I will be moving to Italy and I am planning to ship the car too. Do you know where could i buy a navigation CD for Italy in english support.

    Thanks
  • nvbankernvbanker Posts: 7,285
    I had trouble with the seat as well - just has no support, it's like sitting on a folding chair with a little padding & nice leather. Lexus really needs to go get a Volvo seat, tear it down, and copy it. Eventually, I got used to it - but it's probably the poorest part of the car, IMO.
  • pat26pat26 Posts: 2
    I'm going to buy a 93 LS400 with 130000KM in perfect state, where is the risk, for 5000 Euros
  • nvbankernvbanker Posts: 7,285
    Well, I don't have my conversion chart with me, so I don't know what $5000 euros means to me, but the risk with a well kept 93 LS400, would be in the air suspension, and the LCD readouts in the dash, and the instrument cluster. You may lose a power steering pump too, which when it leaks, will take out the alternator below. But the engine and transmission are only half done, so I wouldn't worry about those.
  • pat26pat26 Posts: 2
    I go to Berlin tomorrow to buy the car and return to Toulouse with it, I shall see .......
  • nvbankernvbanker Posts: 7,285
    Let us know how that goes.....?
  • edstticoedsttico Posts: 2
    I had same/similar problem...an '04 LS 430 with unsatisfactory ride. Turned out to be a busted strut, left rear. An inexpensive (relatively) fix that really give the car a beautiful ride again. Maybe your situation is different, tho.
  • edstticoedsttico Posts: 2
    This may seem strange, but I also had problems finding a comfortable driver's seat position but fooled around with it a lot and found one that's great even on long rides. I hated the seat, not I like it.
  • nvbankernvbanker Posts: 7,285
    I still hate the seat, and have not really yet found that sweet spot for a seating position. I've always had this problem with Toyotas - they're not built for a long-legged, fat assed American male. If I don't buy another Lexus, the seat would likely be the reason. The rest of the car, I love.
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  • nvbankernvbanker Posts: 7,285
    I DID buy another Lexus in August, and the seat on this one is far superior to my old one. So, the relentless pursuit is still going on, successfully.
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