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2008 Lexus LS 460/460L

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  • Does anyone know how the air suspension option works? Does it allow for a "floatier" suspension than the normal one? All that Lexus says, as far as I can determine, is that it changes the level of the car. I am used to a 2003 Avalon which simply floats over nicks and cracks and holes in the road. Incidentally, this is a different problem from going over speed bumps (or speed humps as they are called here) which the shocks tolerate beautifully.
  • rennyboschrennybosch Posts: 329
    If you turn the engine off while the driver's door is open, an alarm starts to ping and doesn't quit until you shut the door. So if you stop, put the shift lever into Park, open the door to talk to somebody, then turn the engine off it starts to ping forever. Does anybody have an idea why they might have designed it that way? What potential problem are they warning us about? How can turning the engine off while the door is open possibly be a problem? If you stop the engine first and then open the door, there is no pinging. But if you open the door first and then stop the engine, it goes berserk. Why?
  • theo529theo529 Posts: 2
    Posted this on both the BMW 535xi and Lexus LS 460 forums

    Would like any advice in decision between buying a BMW 535xi which pros are 4 wheel drive, lower cost, better for Minnesota weather. Versus a Lexus LS 460 which is bigger, nicer interior, rear wheel drive, 99 on consumer reports, reliable, more room in the cabin.

    Is the wind noise of the LS460 a big problem - did it get fixed with the 2008 double pain windows?

    I know different driving experince - tough decision for me - Biggest concern on the BMW 535xi is realiability and interior comfort - any feedback on those points could sway me either way.

    Any advice would be appreciated.
  • sidgriggssidgriggs Posts: 122
    I have owned both. Now that I am 65 yrs old, the LS460 is my driver. If I were under 50, single and looking--it would be a Black BMW.
  • houdini1houdini1 Kansas City areaPosts: 5,774
    Just drive them both and you will buy the LS. No comparison.

    2013 LX 570 2010 LS 460

  • This morning I went down to my garage and discovered that my LS 460L had all 4 windows rolled down, and the sunroof open about 2 inches. Last night I had left it fully closed, though not locked.

    I remember reading something about this in one of these boards. Does anyone have an explanation/solution to this? It could be a real disappointment if it happened at night in a movie parking lot while it's snowing . . .
  • You probably inadvertently pressed the unlock button on your remote. Holding this button down is designed to do just what happened. Check your user's manual.
  • bmlexusbmlexus Posts: 755
    I have owned both. Now that I am 65 yrs old, the LS460 is my driver. If I were under 50, single and looking--it would be a Black BMW

    I have really taken interest in what you said,

    I am single, less than half the 50 age that you mentioned.

    So, I think its not rite for me to like the big and expensive LS460,

    I do like bmws, but trust the Japanese reliability better.

    You have really inspired me for bmws.
  • This is a good one. I just could not stop laughing after reading it :)
  • houdini1houdini1 Kansas City areaPosts: 5,774
    I have owned an ES 300, a RX 300, and two LX 470s and just purchased an LS a couple of days ago. I drove the LS 460 and really liked it. I also drove a cpo 2006 LS 430, liked it better and ended up buying it and saving some dough.

    While the 460 was the most impressive car I have ever driven I opted for the 430 because it seemed a little smaller and had much better visibility all around.

    I would imagine that most on this forum have also owned 430s and I would like your impressions of the differences between the 430 and the 460. I am a fairly slow adopter of new models and it is not unusual for me to take a couple of years to warm up to a new model. Old and stubborn I guess.

    2013 LX 570 2010 LS 460

  • ljflxljflx Posts: 4,661
    Houdini,

    I haven't posted in ages. I've finally looked back in because I'm looking at SUV's. I've got my car since May 2007, have about 22K miles on it and love it. The more I look at it the more I love the styling. Naturally it's been flawless and I couldn't go back to the 430 after ths experience. You've got a great car in the 430 but the 460 raised the bar a lot in power, luxury and most particularly, styling. The only thing I'm annoyed about is they didn't have AWD when I leased. The gas mileage on the 460 is also noticably better, particularly on the highway.

    Charlie - Hope you are enjoying the car and that things are well in this economy. My business is doing very well but I'm in media information and that holds up very well in downturns. In fact I've been busy as hell and almost forgot about this place. We're also doing a lot in our house as I'm building out my "Godfather" study now that my daughter is 10. She's owned the room now for 7 years and I want it back. In this real estate climate we decided to pass on a lot on Pawley's Island, SC and do more work on the inside of the house. We spent a fortune on the yard with a natural pool in 2003 so now we are spending on the inside as the kids are old enough. In fact we ended up caving in to NJ Design magazine and they are going to feature our pool and backyard in their spring pool issue. My son loves his G35 and with him driving more and more I hardly drive it at all anymore. We just made the college circuit runs this summer and he just applied to a bunch. I'm in the market for an SUV and don't know what the heck to do. I have the GX now but I've grown tired of it as I've had it for 5 years. It's been flawless and therein lies the problem as that reliability never makes you want to leave Lexus. Drove the LX and it is phenomenal and very luxurious (basically an LS460L in suv form) but my wife doesn't want something that big and I want MPG. I always thought oil was a hedge fund spike so I'm not expecting high energy costs anytime soon (in fact I just bought $1.95 87 octane and I've seen a few $1.85 stations) but I still want MPG. I'm considering the ML and the Highlander and am very intrigued by the Highlander hybrid. I can't write off the GX just yet because it does hit the sweetspot as well.

    Tag - briefly looked at the other board and read that you were hospitalized. I hope that it was minor and that you are OK, my friend.
  • bmlexusbmlexus Posts: 755
    Hello Houndi, long time no see.

    I guess your correct LL has become a bmw lounge, but to tell you the truth, I am also more interested in bmws, I just love the x6 after testing once,

    But I do acknowledge that it won't last long, and isn't reliable :sick:

    You are correct that the LS430 visibility is a lot better.

    Did you test the genesis before taking the LS?
  • bmlexusbmlexus Posts: 755
    I'm considering the ML and the Highlander and am very intrigued by the Highlander hybrid. I can't write off the GX just yet because it does hit the sweetspot as well

    May I suggest to stay away from the ML, its unreliable, and to me, the interior is very ugly.
  • bmlexusbmlexus Posts: 755
    It's been flawless and therein lies the problem as that reliability never makes you want to leave Lexus. Drove the LX and it is phenomenal and very luxurious (basically an LS460L in suv form

    That is why I am also so keen to get a Toyota Lexus, but thier suvs are to big for me.

    You are correct, the LX is a LS460 in a suv form, with a commanding driving position and great visibility.

    Have you tested the new cruiser, Its also very comfy and same body structure as the LX.
  • houdini1houdini1 Kansas City areaPosts: 5,774
    Hi BML,

    Actually I drove the Genesis a couple of months ago and I was very impressed with it. I think it is a very good automobile but it was just not for me. If you haven't driven it you should. Let me know your impressions.

    2013 LX 570 2010 LS 460

  • houdini1houdini1 Kansas City areaPosts: 5,774
    Len, good to hear from you and thank you for your response. It is great that you are doing well at something you really like and are good at.

    I agree that the 460 is much more automobile but I just feel more comfortable driving the 430 for some reason. It seems less formal and is just the perfect fit for me. I like to think that I am a lifelong learner, so my taste may change in the future. :)

    A couple of months back I also traded my 2000 LX in on a 2007 model. Kind of weird because with very minor changes the two are practically identical and drive and handle the same. I really liked the 2008 LX but just could not bring myself to spend over 80 grand. Got a great deal on the 07 and actually like the interior better.

    Don't be a stranger !

    2013 LX 570 2010 LS 460

  • ljflxljflx Posts: 4,661
    Houdini,

    It's been so busy and I never did like the way Edmunds splintered everything. It seems like a lot of boards died at that point. But I'll post more. The car is so great that there's almost nothing to post about though.

    On the SUV front the LX is driving me crazy. It is so perfect. I drove it again yesterday. My wife has taken over the LS leaving me to drive the GX on my longer business jaunts. The GX rides great but that LX is a dream. I don't know - I'm just lost on this SUV front. I did look at the ML yesterday and I agree with bmlexus that the interior leaves a lot to be desired. MB is running a great lease deal on this now but I don't think I'd be happy in that interior for 30-36 months. Except for the interior, I liked the ML's styling, ride and handling. The LX has special incentivized pricing now and the dealer is getting me a quote. I'll also look at the LC and I remain bery intrigued by the Highlander in both ltd and hybrid form. But the LX is in a league by itself.

    I've got till Dec 9th on the GX and with thanksgiving it's a short month so i'll be deciding in the next two weeks.
  • houdini1houdini1 Kansas City areaPosts: 5,774
    FYI. About 3 months ago when we were shopping for the SUV we looked at a new 2008 LC.

    Remember, at that point gas was much higher and we were offered a great deal on the LC. It is not quite as nice as the LX but...the one we looked at and drove had most options incl. nav and listed for about $71K. It was offered to me for $59K . I was flabbergasted at that price and would have bought it but my wife insisted on the LX.

    The LC was a brand new unit with about 30 miles on it.

    2013 LX 570 2010 LS 460

  • bmlexusbmlexus Posts: 755
    Actually I drove the Genesis a couple of months ago and I was very impressed with it. I think it is a very good automobile but it was just not for me. If you haven't driven it you should. Let me know your impressions.

    I will look into it.

    But I just don't seem to like sedans anymore, my cousins and uncle's are responsible :P because they all own suvs, from the new cruiser to the new lx570.

    After driving these suvs, I just can't go back to a sedan.
  • bmlexusbmlexus Posts: 755
    ...the one we looked at and drove had most options incl. nav and listed for about $71K. It was offered to me for $59K . I was flabbergasted at that price and would have bought it but my wife insisted on the LX.

    $59k :surprise: that was a very big discount :surprise:

    I think the new cruiser would have been a better choice, but I guess its not your decision.
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