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Lexus LX 470

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  • Anyone have experience with installing a TRD Supercharger on the 4.7L V8 for the LX470? I am considering this add-on for a 2003 and would be interested to hear any feedback on installation and maintenance. I would also be curious to learn if there was any notable increase in engine noise.

    Thanks
  • rcf8000rcf8000 Posts: 619
    The TRD supercharger is no longer available for the LX470.
  • nvbankernvbanker Posts: 7,285
    " Do you think it the manufacturer can do something like reimbursement? The vehicle has 94,000 miles on it and never had a problem,"

    Are you serious? How long does a manufacturer have to guarantee a machine against wear and defect? Forever? That's not reasonable. This is highly unusual, to be sure, but it's also hardly something you should expect Toyota to fix free of charge either at 94,000 miles, IMO. It's a machine, and even Toyota machines break once in a while.
  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 41,963

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  • dale2dale2 Posts: 1
    VERY INTERESTING-
    My 00' LX 470 with 97000 miles in is a toyota dealorship presently with exactly the same problem! I was driving to work at approx 60mph when I heard the popping sound accompanied with tremendous vibration of the entire vehicle coming from the lt front wheel assembly making the vehicle almost undriveable. The toyota dealership ( rosner motors , va) told me essentially the same thing. That the bearing and hub for the lt front wheel needs to be replaced( almost $1000 for lab/parts). I contacted several lexus dealers and this is by no means part of the regular ' wear and tear' that they see with these vehicles ( especially a vehicle > $60G). I would be curious to know to know if the 2 incidences on this forum are just isolated occurrences.
  • Here is the new LX 470 or what ever there going to call it. Has a simular look to the new Tundra pickup coming in the future. I guess it looks a little like the Dodge Durango. Wide and bloated. Must be the direction they are going to.

    http://www2.autospies.com/article/index.asp?articleId=3656
  • any idea when the new body style will hit the streets, my 99 just rolled over 100k
  • djt21djt21 Posts: 13
    Does anyone know the difference between the frame of an LX470 (ladder type) and the new Range Rover (unibody or monocoque), more precisely which of these two vehicles would hold up better in a collision? I was told the Lexus ladder type frame is very rigid and would subject its passengers to greater forces because of its resistance to deform, while the RR's passengers would fare better due to its design ability to deform to a greater degree and lessen interior forces. Also, accidents aside, which type of construction would be most durable for the long haul?
  • nvbankernvbanker Posts: 7,285
    How depressing...I had such high hopes they would improve on the looks of the current model but alas, they even managed to ugly it up much worse. Could Toyota/Lexus manage to hire a designer from somewhere besides Mercedes maybe? I guess I can scratch them off my list for another 10 years or so again. Thanks for the link anyway.
  • oacoac Posts: 1,594
    NV:

    If you believe autospies prediction of the next LX, then I have a bridge for you out here in the Bay area I'd like to sell you.

    C'mon....That autorag pic is not even close to anything Lexus has in its future design scope. How about you take a look at the LF-S, LF-X, and LF-C concepts.

    http://www.lexus.com/about/concept/index.html

    These are the TRUE future designs for the Lexus brand. Anything else is pure speculation...
  • Just bought a Used 2000 LX470 from a dealer. It is Riverock Green Mica with 81K miles, Nakamichi Stereo, no roof rack, no tow hitch. Lexus Dealer had it listed for 27.8K, I got them down to 25.7K. It also had a good service history, no major repairs on the Lexus dealer records. (By the way, thanks to the person who posted the message that any Lexus dealer can pull up the service records of any Lexus serviced at a dealer.)
    Never paid this much for a used car, but I'm counting on the truck giving me another 80K miles. Heck, the last new car I bought cost less than the used LX470!
    Do you think this was a good price?
  • oacoac Posts: 1,594
    I am also shopping for the LX and looking at an '02 or '03. I love the re-touches on the interiors for the '03 and later so I am holding out until I can get one at my price point, with low mileage.

    At $25,5K for a '00 LX w/81K miles, that is a good deal. KBB has it at about $28K retail for "Fair", so maybe you did good afterall...

    Congrats and enjoy your new vehicle.
  • nvbankernvbanker Posts: 7,285
    That's much better than a bloated PT Cruiser, oac, thanks.
  • tyee1tyee1 Posts: 2
    I too would be interested in the answer to djt21 question. I'm interested in both cars, but don't know which to choose. I like the Range Rover, but question it reliability. Like the Lexus, but its kind of underpowered and it facing its last year. Would like the G500 by Mercedes, but not convinced of its safety. I feel that the Range Rover would be the safest of the three.
  • If the resale value of your vehicle is a variable in your equation, your decision is a no brainer. RR will lose value faster than a bullet train. And if your heart is into RR, you can go around the reliability issue by purchasing extended warranty.
  • nvbankernvbanker Posts: 7,285
    I looked at the GX-470 very closely yesterday, and it's a nice unit. Didn't drive it. If you really need more size & power, I recommend the Navigator, which I have. I've been very happy with that. It's been a great truck.
  • My car was just burned to a crisp, with all our possessions and Xmas presents inside. We were crusing down the highway when the car just went from 70 to 0 and shuddered and bucked as it came to a stop. There was smoke coming from under the hood, and one of my kids got out and screamed "the car is on fire". My 3 sons and I bolted out of the car. You should see the pictures...the fire started under the engine compartment and became completely engulfed in flames before the fire dept arrived.

    My Q. is: can I hold Lexus responsible for the contents (the car was still under warranty - about 41,000 miles and there was no apparent cause for why this happened). I have no homeowners policy to cover the contents of the car! Also, any other advice on how to deal with Lexus or my auto insurance company? I'm just thankful my family is alright, but I also want to be "made whole" from a financial standpoint and we lost so much in the car! Thanks.
  • i am trying to decide between GX and LX '05 models, and would appreciate your advice. thanks!
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,109
    Omigosh! How awful! I'm glad no one was injured.

     

    I don't think it's possible to know whether Lexus can held responsible until the cause of the fire has been determined. It's possible your insurance will cover some or part of the loss of property.

     

     
    By any chance, have you had your oil changed recently? I'm just curious. Another manufacturer seems to have had a problem with it: (Honda CR-V engine fires)

     

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  • The last service I had on the car was the 36,000 mile check up a few months ago and Lexus changed the oil then. The car had about 40,000 miles on it now and wasn't yet due for an oil change or another service check-up.

     

    Shouldn't Lexus replace the car under the warranty? I'm assuming the investigation will show that there was some kind of a defect because a car should not have a fire like that unless something happens, and nothing did...no accident, no collision, no driving problem.

     

    Does anyone know how to hold Lexus responsible?
  • nvbankernvbanker Posts: 7,285
    You have a loss claim with your Insurance Co, right? Get a Lawyer and sue for any damages above what the Insurance covers. But, why would you want another Lexus if this one just about killed you?
  • My insurance company (AAA) is giving me a hard time (I posted about it in the insurance section) because they didn't change the policy from my old 2000 Lexus SUV into the new one that I bought in 2002.

     

    I caught the problem earlier this year and had at least one phone call and one letter (not sent certified, but I did save a copy) notifying them of the fact they had the old car on the policy erroneously. But it's a he-said/she-said thing at this point and they're giving me a hard time.

     

    There were other inaccuracies on the policy - showing cars and people who no longer should have been on my policy - they took them off, but they hadn't yet corrected the year of the Lexus, and the last time I notified them about it (in writing) was in late November. Then, this happened Dec 23rd and now they're telling me the policy still had the 2000 car listed and so this car is not covered...even though they were taking my premium checks and even renewed the policy in October with me having told them how the policy should be corrected.

     

    Any suggestions of what else I should do at this point?
  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 41,963
    As far as the insurance problem goes, most (all?) states have divisions of insurance set up to handle complaints from consumers. The insurance industry is heavily regulated and you should get a fast response once you ask the state to step in. You may not like the response, but it'll get shaken out fast.

     

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  • nvbankernvbanker Posts: 7,285
    Oh, for Pete's sake! You've got to be kidding me!! AAA is pulling that crap on you? Steve is exactly right, I'd get in touch with your State's Division of Insurance pronto, that's first, then I'd find a good former Insurance

    Defense attorney, and hire him. You're gonna need him. Shame on AAA, that's just shameful, but after taking your premiums every month, I doubt they can even come close to getting away with it, and they shouldn't even try if all you're trying to recover is the vehicle. If you were trying to recover a couple million for personal injury, I could see them throwing up a defense, but over $60,000? They should write that check all day long, that's a rounding error to those guys. Call a good lawyer.
  • Let me clear one thing up...AAA hasn't denied coverage, and they may not. They are just saying they have to investigate. My policy renewed in October, though, and I sent in MORE $ than I even owed, just because I thought since they hadn't changed the policy yet to show the correct year/VIN for the new car, I wanted to be sure I was fully covered.

    Should I wait and see if they deny me before I get a lawyer, or get one now? Ditto contacting the state insurance division?

    Thanks
  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 41,963
    Well, if you complain to the state insurance division because you think they are taking too long to make a decision, AAA will know you'll complain again if the decision isn't in your favor.

     

    Or they may come through anyway, and you'll have made much ado for nothing....

     

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  • nvbankernvbanker Posts: 7,285
    Wait on the Lawyer though. Getting one too quickly can escalate things unnecessarily.
  • Don't know if you have made your decision yet, but I wanted to give my two cents worth as we recently went thru the same decision process. The GX is a nice vehicle, however we were concerned about a few items (minor):

     

    1. The rear opening hatch swings to the side vs. the split hatch on the LX

    2. The width of the GX is a bit on the narrow side. We have two car seats and can still sit a third person (or additional car seat in the LX. 3 across seating in the GX is next to impossible.

    3. The additional width also helps in the front seat with additional storage/arm rests in the LX470.

    4. The GX has a better sounding Levinson system (not much better, but it benefits from additonal speakers and sub woofer).

    5. The navigation system in the GX is considered version 2 and version 3 (more capabilities) in the LX. However, they are designed by different companies and th version 2 seems to have a more up to date map. (Our neighbors have a 2004 GX470 and we have a 2005 LX470, yet they can use the navigation to get to and from the house, we cannot!)

     

    I am rambling a bit now, but we like the additional size of the LX and it fit our needs. It is a bit quieter than the GX and it can run all day...anywhere you like. We also checked out the Range Rover, Land Rover LR3 and and were not overly impressed by either vehicle.

     

    The GX is much more reasonably priced, but it did not have the feel of the LX. Also, the upcoming GX with Sport package looks like it will be a blast to drive with the nudge up in horsepower. We feel the LX is fine, granted it is not a Cayenne turbo but it gets us where we want to go and the torque gives the zip need to deal with pretty much any situation (except drag racing).

     

    Hope this helps.
  • TAIL GATE, no suv should be without one and the GX has rear door! Unfortunately the LX is on its last years so you are buying an obsolete vehicle. Can you wait till 2006 or 2007, I can.
  • lamboolamboo Posts: 4
    I'm considering a new or slightly used SUV and have narrowed my choices down to the LX 470 and the RR. The recent exchanges on the two have been quite helpful. I seek clarification on a couple of fronts:

    1. When does Lexus plan to introduce a new version of the LX and how radical a redesign is expected - freshening, upgrade, redesign?

    2. Has the reliability experience on the 2003 and later RR been better that prior models or are people still experiencing the legacy problems?

    3. My bias is to go for a used LX (say "02 or '03) and wait for the new LX in a year or two assuming there is a major redesign. However, I'd swing to the RR in a minute if reliability is getting better. Any thoughts or counsel?

     

    Thanks!
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