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Lexus LS 400/LS 430



  • tjm1198tjm1198 Posts: 10
    So you think that nothing is indeed wrong w/ the Lexus Link? I don't even use the system at all it just came as a part of the car that i got at the dealer. Also does anyone else have the "invisible" bra treatment on their LS430? If so what do you think of it? Does it work in whatever climate you are in and actually protect against dings and scratches? Mine has helped no doubt but I am starting to see the lines where it was installed and against my black paint it looks sort of tacky. Also anyone w/ jet black paint ever notice a dulling in the paint?
  • rennyboschrennybosch Posts: 329
    Right, we think there is nothing wrong with your Lexus Link. If the warning doesn't come back, it means that your backup "battery" (probably just a capacitor) has been recharged and all is well again.

    About your bra I don't know.
  • nofeernofeer Posts: 381
    At 25k miles i got routine service and the service manager says i need new tires (i knew that) and brakes. it's a lease which goes back next december.
    I was going to get continental tires (lease expensive) but the brakes???? with a lease am i required to get that done at lexus or can i go to a licensed brakes place or have my mechanic do it. I'm somewhat surprised that i need new brakes so soon, i'd figure at least 40k miles before replacing. When i leased this i thought it had the 16" all season tires, when i looked they are the 17" tires, which are more expensive and on differenct rims (aren't they) Need some advice. I have a local tire store that i have gotten all my tires done, maybe they can get my brakes done too, but not sure since it's a lease and i don't want any problems at return.
  • gteach26gteach26 Posts: 576
    I am not a car expert by any means,but needing new tires after only 25K miles seems like a stretch to me. Is that the normal life for those tires? As for the new brakes, again, SO SOON? Something doesn't seem right about this.
  • ljflxljflx Posts: 4,690
    Didn't replace either on my car until 42k miles. Even then I could have gone further but since I'll put another 25k mile on it before the lease ends it made sense to do both sooner rather than later. I've never replaced tires or brakes on the more typical 3 year 36k mile leases in the past.
  • nofeernofeer Posts: 381
    these are i guess summer or sport tires, they have about 1/8th inch left. when i found out they were the 17" ones i sighed because sport tires don't last as long, the brake issue i will call lexus (just serviced my ls friday this was a voice mail) i agree that 25k miles on brakes is lousy, my mercedes needed them at 42k and MB are soft and replaced more than others,

    But--if i did the brakes myself or my mechanic do you think it affects the lease, the lease shouldn't require me to use lexus dealer?????
  • stevesteinstevestein Posts: 263
    Copied from Lexus LS Owners Photo Gallery - Can any of the group help this guy out?

    LS400 tire sizes by kevins4 Apr 07, 2003 (2:42 am)
    Hello, I have a 95 Ls400 which I just purchased with 38,000 miles on it. I find the factory rims and tires boring. I have purchased a set of 18x8.5 rims. I want to put 245/40/18 on the front and 255/45/18 on the rear. My question is are there other people running two different sizes as in the height part.( ie 40 and 45.)I've had mixed comments about this as your tire height is different and will send wacky messages to the computer, especially regarding the ABS, and also the traction control, even though I can turn the trac. control off. I'm concerned about the ABS.If there are other people running diff. combinations I would like to hear from you or even from anyone who can comment on this. Thank you in advance Kevin.
  • ljflxljflx Posts: 4,690
    You absolutely do NOT need to have the Lexus dealer install new brakes. Ordinary maintenace items like brakes are fine to get done anywhere. On the other hand I would hesitate to get more sophisticated electronic type of work done anywhere but at a Lexus dealer. But brakes, tires and the like are no brainers. Usually at lease end, the dealer will give the car a cursory look if you are leasing anew. If you are turning it in and not renewing they may look a bit closer at things, but on things like brakes they will only bother you if those brake pads are nearly worn out.
  • nealm1nealm1 Posts: 154
    look at this The picture is gorgeous. What does this portend for the new LS? _code=carnews&loc_code=index&content_code=01101720

    (08:30 April 02, 2003)
    Lexus to unveil all-wheel-drive concept utility vehicle at New York auto show

    Lexus will unveil its own concept vehicle, the HPX, at the New York Auto Show.

    Though development details and specifications are slim, the all-wheel-drive concept utility vehicle is touted by Lexus officials as a “high-performance crossover,” thus the HPX moniker.
  • gee35coupegee35coupe Posts: 3,475
    But then I guess it would probably have to. How many different ways could such a vehicle look?
  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    A chopped top Hudson out of the fifties.
  • oac3oac3 Posts: 373
    Picture looked like a C230 Kompressor sport.

    Merc1 where are you ? Here is another Lexus copy of the Merc fine line of innovative designs....

    Not !
  • ljflxljflx Posts: 4,690
    I'm with you. it's a great looking vehicle to me and it blows away the Infiniti FX. It probably does have some of the restyling cues supposedly due on the 2004 LS. I wonder if it will have 6cyl and 8 cyl options.

    I may have to re-think my lease renewals next year. I was going to do an LS, GX and SC. I do hope Lexus comes with an AWD LS. I need two AWD's in my family. This winter is also shaping my thoughts on that. It must have snowed more than 20 times and we had another 6-7 inches of snow on Monday here in central NJ. It was a very strange feeling to be using a snow blower on my driveway in broad daylight at 7:30 in the evening.
  • lenscaplenscap Posts: 854
    To shed some more information on the HPX, it is coming to market in about one year as a crossover based on the next-generation GS, also due in one year. It has been under development for some time now since Lexus wants a crossover with more sport than is offered by either the RX or GX. Whether or not the concept car in NY is the actual car remains to be seen, but remember the GS and RX "concepts" from 1997 turned out to be the real things.

    Also, the latest rumor circulating at my dealer is that the new GS will be AWD drive only; it wil not be an option. We'll have to wait and see.
  • CasterCaster Posts: 6
    So my dad gets this car in 1990, some new luxury car company called Lexus. He's excited about it, looks impressive on the road. Little did he know he was driving one of the best cars ever to be built. I don't think he ever expected to be driving the same car thirteen years later. He is as excited now as the day he got the car, primarily because he is about 1,000 miles away from 300,000. The guys at our local Lexus dealer love him. They told him that his year and the '89 were magical years because everything was hand made (don't know if that is true or not). They also said that his car will never die, the engine has a lot left to it. I commute with him every day into New York City and this car still rides perfectly. It has had no major issues except when he plowed into a taxi, his own fault and a whole separate, hilarious story. Anyway, thought you all might like to know that he's throwing this car a party when it hits 300K - and he's not even a car enthusiast.
  • JBaumgartJBaumgart Posts: 890
    Very impressive indeed. Can I ask what has been his maintenance schedule, as far as oil & filer changes and other routine maintenance is concerned? Anything else he's done that would explain how the car still drives like new after almost 300,000 miles?
  • b4zb4z Posts: 3,372
    My dealer has one for $19,900 and all the service has been done.
    What do you guys think? Should I look into it and what should I pay?
  • CasterCaster Posts: 6
    Hey JB,

    I can't say he has been the most diligent car owner in terms of oil changes/ filter changes every 3,000 miles. Sometimes he has gone quite a bit past the recommended mileage. I do know that he always takes his car to the Lexus dealers for maintenance. He knows that he pays a little more for the service but they know his car very well and will tell him what needs to be done in terms preventative maintenance. Maybe about once a year he spends around $1,000 for a comprehensive lube/plug job. They say that's about all it needs. The bottom line is that he trusts these guys to give him the straight up answer and they have never steered him wrong. He could easily afford a new Lexus but the dealer has actually told him not bother because he already drives one in perfect shape. I guess a big part of owning a car for a long time is building a good relationship with the people who service it. Sorry I can't tell you he has been the perfect car owner. I suppose he just got lucky with an excellent car and an excellent service dept.
  • CasterCaster Posts: 6
    Oh Yeah JB,

    Forgot to mention the car has been garaged its entire life. I'm sure that adds to the life.
  • bluebeastbluebeast Posts: 261
    As a point of reference for you, I just sold my 1996 LS400, 82K miles, air suspension, traction control, heated seats, sunroof, Nakamichi, factory chrome wheels in excellent shape for $14,900 (had 2 buyers).

    IMHO, I think they are about $1500 - $2000 over priced.
  • b4zb4z Posts: 3,372
    I was thinking 18.5-18.9K so you are right in that range.
  • mheni1mheni1 Posts: 41
    Finally go around to making a CD of my favorite music to play in Mark Levinson CD player. Am using CD player that came installed in my Dell PC--now 2 yrs old. Though CD played well in my PC there was absolutely no sound from the car CD. Any thoughts on how to proceed? Or, is it a wasted effort! Thanks.
  • ljflxljflx Posts: 4,690
    I've made about 10 cd's that way and they all play perfectly on my ML. You'd never be able to tell the difference between the sound quality of the ones I made from store bought CD's. A friend of mine who was listening in one day wanted to know where I bought the CD. So I copied it for him from the playlist I made and it played perfectly in his LS430 with the ML as well. Currently I have 16X Digital Research CD's that I bought in Best Buy. Maybe give them a try. They play in all my home CD players as well, even a 7 year old Onkyo I have in my basement.

    I know your frustration though as I am having the same problem with DVD-r's playing on my home dvd players - that I've recorded from my Panasonic DMR-HS2. It's frustrating to see the players not be able to read the disc.
  • stevesteinstevestein Posts: 263
    I have found that the ML will not play CD blanks that have a blue tint. Copies on media that are gold or silver hued work fine. Do not use adhesive paper labels on the CDs. The tolerances in the player unit are very tight, and the added thickness (particularly if there are any wrinkles) will jam the unit and it will have to be removed and disassembled to get the disk out. This happened to me, and they replaced the player. Two weeks later I got my CD back in the mail. Although it was clearly my fault, I wasn't charged.
  • dustbirddustbird Posts: 11
    I'd guess the problem is with the burner, not your ML. I haven't problems with any, even the cheapest blank CD's I've used.

    While we're on the subject, any opinions of what song or CD sounds best on the ML?

    I'd recommend just about anything from The Crystal Method, but their song, Vapor Trail on the Vegas CD sounds sweet on the ML.
  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
  • lenscaplenscap Posts: 854
    At the New York auto show, Denny Clemens (Lexus' U.S. GM) talked of Lexus going further upscale starting in the next few years. He said the LS 430 "has a lot of potential to move up," and mentioned the need for more products and more variations of existing products.

    One concept under development, which has yet to be approved, is a car in the $150,000 range.
  • Caster,

    I was intrigued by your post (#4015) about your Dad's 1990 LS400 with 300,00 miles. I know what you mean about the engine and overall drive train. I have a 1998 LS400 with about 150,000 miles and the engine and transmission perform virtually just as they as when they were new. The one thing I have done is exclusively use Mobil1 synthetic oil from the first 1000 miles. I also switched to Mobil1 transmission and rear axle synthetic lubricants. Unfortunately, Lexus dealer make this tough since I have never seen one that carries Mobil1. If they offer a synthetic oil change option it is typically Castrol, which for the last year or two has not been a true synthetic (since a change in formula that utilizes a cheaper process)! I have always had to bring my own Mobil1.

    By the way, over a year ago, I saw a 1991 LS400 at the dealership in Austin that had 485,000 miles and had not had any major work required on the engine or transmission. Its owner had also used Mobil1 from when he first purchased the car new. He told me he typically drives close to 50,000 miles a year in Texas and surrounding states for his job.

    If operated on Mobil1, Amsoil or other top quality synthetic lubricants I really believe that a LS could exceed 1 million miles! They are amazing vehicles.

    However, I am convinced only the rear-wheel drive Lexus sedans are conceivability capable of this performance. Front wheel and four-wheel drive just cannot accomplish this type of longevity.

    I suspect that in the future you will also have an LS?
  • jerryh6jerryh6 Posts: 5
    James Fletcher
    I'm wondering,who changed the transmission fluid? I guess they had to flush completely. Does this void the warranty? How often do you change your oil? Do you use 5W30 and does the dealer do it? What you say makes a lot of sense; I wonder why the dealers don't offer Mobil1. Looks as if your Lexus will last a long time.
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