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Lexus LX 470

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  • tdo123tdo123 Posts: 102
    Sat Radio would be great. I would also like to see park assist (my wife, need I say more), air conditioned seats, and a fuel computer.

    Maybe I should go work for Lexus!!!
  • I would also add individual climate control for the for the driver and passenger.
  • gteach26gteach26 Posts: 576
    The two above posts highlight some relatively inexpensive features that I feel an SUV of this caliber should have. My wish list: HID lights, parking assist, third row "fold-flat" dissapearing seats, satellite radio, individual climate control. If you add those features to this already astonishing vehicle I'd snap one up asap! As it is though, I am still contemplating other SUV's. Do I hold off my purchase until the rumored total overhaul occurs in the next 2-3 years?
  • I'm trying to decide between the LC and LX470 - I understand they are basically and functionally the same. My questions are whether the air suspension on the LX470 makes any detectable difference in ride quality to most folks, and whether the LX470 is any quieter. Thanks.
  • ljflxljflx Posts: 4,687
    Friend of mine who leases the Land Cruiser just rode in my LX470 and immediately noticed the better ride (smoother), higher grade leather, better stereo and the quieter interior. It's usually about $100-$150 more a month for the LX then a fully loaded TLC and those plus the air suspension, the lowering of the truck to get in and out and Lexus service are the main differences. Reliability is top notch in either one but you will definitely notice a softer ride and quieter interior in the LX. I've also been in his TLC and test drove it as well. By the way I came out of a 97 TLC and either of the new LX and TLC models away the prior editions.

    The main thing the TLC has going for it is you can order it with less options and keep the price down. The LX has virtually everything standard.
  • Would anyone know when the LX is due a major body change? I own a 2000 model with 30K miles and will probably drive it another year or so.
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,695
    is 2005 model year, which probably means sometime mid-year 2004.

    2013 Civic SI, 2009 Outback Sport 5-spd (stick)

  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,695
    going to coincide with the introduction of the new bigger V-8 for the truck line - 5.5 liter, if memory serves.

    2013 Civic SI, 2009 Outback Sport 5-spd (stick)

  • marsha7marsha7 Posts: 3,676
    since you traded in your 2001 with 50K, I'd like to ask...was the vehicle badly worn?...did it have any major mechanical problems?...was there any special reason for trade?...my reason for asking: if one wanted to buy a 1 or 2 year old used LX470, would your vehicle be a good candidate or was the vehicle worthless after 50K?
  • I only had the car back to Lexus for the 15,30,and 45 thousand service. All other service was done at Grease Monkey. I never had to do any warranty work on the 470. It was like new at 50. The reason I sold it was that I like to trade before a car runs out of warranty.

    Still working on getting the plush ride that the 01 had in the 03. Switched tires today so will report.
  • ljflxljflx Posts: 4,687
    When you report let us know what tires you switched to.

    Did you take the DVD entertainment system as an option? If so how is it?
  • Switched to Michelin 285-55-18 V. The ride is much better. Not quite as plush as the 01 but close. Have 500 miles on them.

    The DVD system for the rear seats is not available yet. I was glad not to have it as an option because I very seldom have back seat passengers
  • We just had twins, in addition to our two other children. Big family. I would be curious to hear feedback from any LX owner who has more than 3 kids....is it big enough? Can you fit a stroller in the back? Are the kids "reasonably" comfortable in the 3rd row? I am looking to either buy the Sequoia new, the Expedition new, or a 2000 LX 470 used. I am trading in my 99 RX300, unfortunately, to make this move. Thanks.
  • kexicaokexicao Posts: 30
    Can you make changes on 03 nav while driving? I know the previous models you can't do that.
  • ace10ace10 Posts: 137
    the nav on the '02 can be altered while in motion. most functions are fully operational, such as enter a point of interest, plan a detour, etc. to the best on my knowledge to only function that is "locked out" is the entry of a destination. the address entry is a slow process, and certainly not something you want to do while in motion. btw- the nav system is definetely one of the better ones out there.

    ace
  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 41,935

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  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 41,935
    What's the picture of again, Diploid? LX or GX?

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  • diploiddiploid Posts: 2,286
    They have it correctly as the LX on the main page. But once you click on the link to read why the Land Cruiser won, there's a picture of the GX470.

    Now stop walking ahead of me...it's scary.
  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 41,935
    lol, figured you'd show up in here next after your Ask the TH Hosts post ;-)

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  • diploiddiploid Posts: 2,286
    Well I wouldn't have posted. Just merely checked to see what people had to say (I'm more interested in the BMW threads - I can just feel the onslaught of anti-BMW trolls coming in).
  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 41,935
    The BMW's were well represented in the list for sure.

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  • 9411794117 Posts: 39
    I got a 2001 LX470 instead of a Land Cruiser because I could get one for $10K off of MSRP. Fine. But what about service? The Lexus dealership strongly recommended that the transmission fluid, transfer case oil and front and rear differential fluid be changed at my 15,000 mile service.

    I said to go by the book so instead of charging me $460 (or so) they only charged about $85 (plus another $100 for replacing two A/C air filters, which they weren't going to do).

    So now my paperwork says "Cust. refused 15K service" which means I refused their service (as opposed to what Toyota says to do).

    Question: For non-heavy duty operation, how often should the transmission fluid be changed? The book says to inspect every 15K miles but doesn't seem to ever say to replace.

    I like the features on the Lexus but I don't like dealing with the static I get from the service salesmen. Maybe I'll take it to the Toyota dealership that's three miles away for service in the future.

    The 2003 LX470 towing capicity is only rated at 5000 lbs. this year but the Land Cruiser is still rated at 6500. Funny.
  • ljflxljflx Posts: 4,687
    You can easily fit a stroller behind the third row and the kids love it back there. If you fold up the seats you can play board games back there. My 12 year old always sits back there unless we are only going for a short ride.

    Look into the DVD system if you're kids are old enough.

    Steve - they really do have a picture of the GX on that most wanted list. They state the TLC/LX but show the GX.
  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 41,935
    grrr, thought that'd get fixed already - guess no one emailed the data people (I assumed someone else would so I didn't, LOL).

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  • diploiddiploid Posts: 2,286
    LOL, well I brought it to the hosts' attention. I thought you guys were going to follow up on that...
  • I have a question regarding my new 03 LX470. I just got it yesterday and the ride isn't quite as good as in the past. I didn't even test drive it (mistake) because I thought it would be like the other years. Does anyone know if changing the tires and wheels back to a 16 would be beneficial or can that even be done? Any suggestions would be helpful! thanks
  • I also have the 03 and the ride is quite harsh compared to the my 01. The plush ride is gone. I switched tires to Mich 285/55/18 and that helped. It still doesn't ride like like the 01 or 98. I don't know if it is 18" wheels or if they changed the suspension. Let me know if you try the 16" wheels.
  • Check your tire pressure. Mine was delivered with 51 pounds in all 5 tires. That really made for a rough ride home.
  • What pressure is suppose to be in the tires? I haven't even checked that. I asked my brother and he said the 18" tires shouldn't make any difference. He said the suspension doesn't know what kind of wheels and tires you have. He said to go to a softer tire (which will wear out sooner) but worth the better ride in my opinion. I think I'm getting a little more used to it as the day went on. It wasn't really that bad, but getting out of the beast is another thing! I'm short and it's a long way down....even though it has a running board. I just might try a softer tire and see what happens. Everything else is great!
  • Ok, I have another question for you....I know I should have checked this out as well, but do we have to pay monthly for the Nav service? Someone asked me and I started laughing because I didn't have a clue...whatever it is... it's worth it. We were never lost in LA yesterday the whole time we were there. It was awesome!
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