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Lexus LS 460 Navigation System



  • It would be nice if they could devise a test for drivers so that those who are able multi-task could be licensed to use their cel and nav system, and those that couldn't would be prohibited.

    Those people would have to have a bumper sticker on their car stating, "If I'm on the phone, watching a DVD, eating, reading, or putting on make-up, call the State Police"! :D
  • navguy1navguy1 Posts: 181
    I noticed today that Lexus has added a new option, if you have registered on, to submit a missing address or business, check to see what is available on the current map disc, check city listings and verify which DVD map disc fits your vehicle.

    Go to and click on OWNER at the top of the page. Just register and you will have unlimited access to these features. Remeber, you must have your VIN to register.
  • I have seen more posts on Nav in cars that make me wonder if anyone has heard of Garmen, you know like the Nuvi 360 portable with bluetooth, voice for your phone, take to your other car or friends cars, walk down the street and find restaurants and stores. Plug into your computer to update,not have to go to the dealer, set your destinations in the house then in my case use the suction cup mounting and stick right next to the gear shift and go. No problems with using it while driving,will never be outdated (throw away and by a new one) does not have the distracting screen in the dash, which you have to play with for other functions in the car. When your hard drive crashes what else will you loose? Why would you not go portable?
  • terry79terry79 Posts: 27
    I could do without the nav, but have to have the ML. Wish
    they had ML with a suction cup.
  • I use a portable Magellan (similar to the Garmin) for my Harley (attaches right to the handlebar), and I've also used it when I've gone cross country skiing. However, as good as it is, it doesn't hold a candle to the Lexus nav system. Also, you don't have to throw away the Lexus system, your dealer can easily update it yearly.
  • chasfjchasfj Posts: 13
    Has anyone actually had the mapping SW on the LS460 updated? I'm told by the parts guy that unlike the LS430 which just involved replacing the DVD, the LS460 mapping software is on the hard drive, and is updated through a firewire port via some sort of memory stick ($265 plus labor). Can anyone confirm any of this, or provide some details around how the Nav is updated in the LS460?
  • sidgriggssidgriggs Posts: 122
    I can confirm what you say--mine was updated by the dealer to ver. 7.1. Don't know the cost as they didn't charge me.
  • georget3georget3 Posts: 53
    When did you buy your car? Does Lexus cover the update for a period of time?
    How do you find out the version of the software?

    I just got my 2008 LS460 (previous car S500), I feel the Nav system works pretty well, including the voice command.

    My only problem so far is after I program security gate clicker successfully, it somehow didM not work. I wonder if anyone has any experience in this matter?
  • After a *lot* of complaining, I got a rebate for the cost of my Nav system. Here is a link to my check -- --. Copy it and take it to your showroom and fight to get yours too. I have spoken to Lexus about getting a rebate to all registrants - so far without success. But if they gave a rebate, they must know at some level it just isn't right!
  • georget3georget3 Posts: 53

    I'd love to get the rebate too. I do I have to do to get it?
    I have registered with
  • rennyboschrennybosch Posts: 329
    I am not planning to go as far as asking for a rebate from Lexus, but I do hope that a lot of readers of this forum will register with to make it clear to Lexus that they should try to find a solution to this problem.

    We (or our passenger) should be able to enter a Nav destination without having to get off the highway.
  • rv65rv65 Posts: 1,074
    There is an override kit from Prestigious Society that works. It's a plug and play module that lets you use the system in motion. It's about $299 which is pricey but it does do the job.

    For some information and chung@prestigioussociety is a good information. If you live in LA they can install it for you. It's actually a Japanese kit but they happen to be the US distributor for it. They are a great company to deal with. It works with the 7.1 and the 8.1 map updates for the LS460, LS460L, and the LS600HL.
  • navguy1navguy1 Posts: 181
    Did anyone else get the email for the $199 map disc? It says its until the end of the month.
  • rennyboschrennybosch Posts: 329
    I got an email from offering the new Nav update for $199. It also indicates that the update for the LS460 is now in the form of a USB memory device. My dealer says installation cannot be done at home as it requires 4 different special tools, and their change is $120. Does anyone know if that's true, and if not how do you install it?
  • The NAV System on the LS460 in any year Prior to 2009 is a Gen 5,
    This CANNOT be upgraded to Gen 6 without a Susbstantial HW Upgrade...(in excess of $10K)...

  • Boy, I just encountered the exact same thing today. Did you ever get any help on this?
  • I got no help from this site, but in the meantime my dealership has changed hands and the new one (South County Lexus of Mission Viejo) quoted me "about $250", although they are not yet set up to do it because their computer system has to be updated. It sounds to me like the price has to cover the cost of preparing the data, not the cost of the installation. I'll let you know the final when it is done.
  • So they (South County Lexus, Mission Viejo) got their act together and installed the Nav update on my 08 LS460, charged me $199 for the software and $60 for the installation. That seems to be the fair price for the update.
  • What's new in the update from 2008 version?
  • There are no new features. Just updated roads and interchanges, addresses (where new houses were built), and of course business changes. I would think in areas that have been fairly stable you wouldn't need to update. But here in Southern California where they're building a new mall and a new freeway every other week you need it :-)
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