Lexus GX 470 Maintenance and Repair
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I have not been able to use my garage door opner on the GX am i missing something will apprciate anyones input on it I have been very happy with my GX no problmes has 20,000 miles on it .
The highway vibration problem is actually very common in the 4runners but not at all that common in the GX. I would say less than 1% of the owners have it. Some 4runner owners have gotten rid of the problem by getting their front wheels aligned with a special alignment machine that simulates force as if you were driving on the highway.
Dunno if this was covered in "missing" posts or another forum (just point me there), but has anyone been able to hard-wire install Sirius/XM modulator (not the wireless tacked-on-dash version) recently? Make/model/company ? Would prefer to see/operate channels thru usual Audio settings.
Are you talking about the Hill-start Assist Control?
The good news is that I believe there are 4WD trucks that have better on-center feel. The bad news is that I don't think this can be fixed on the GX470 and 4Runner.
Balancing the tires isn't going to do a thing for on-center feel.
Does anyone know if telescoping steering wheel can be made to come out further--I cannot seem to find a comfortable driving position otherwise and I drive 40,000 miles a year. Thanks for any useful info on this one way or another.
The one thing I've found that does help is to drive in 4th vs. overdrive - but that dropped the average MPG by more than 2 miles...which isn't really worth it to me.
I'm thinking its because the engine is more sensitive/responsive than other SUVs, and so it is actually a positive benefit in disguise. But just curious if anyone else experiences this and if there is any other option to minimize it...
As for the clunk, it's probably the slip yokes that need greasing. It's no surprise that you experienced on the LX470 -- the drivetrain and suspension of the LX and GX are very, very similar.
I am always playing with the gear lever anyway to help decelerate when braking I guess because one of our cars is a 6 speed manual.
Let me know if you find out that this shifting behavior is not normal.Thanks.
We took my wife's '04 GX470 on only its second long trip ... Tucson to Yosemite and back ... and the cruise control drove me crazy as well. I also found the car/truck to be stunningly unstable at speeds above 70 and with any breeze at all I fought with the car to maintain straight line driving. Actually made me long for the Grand Cherokee we traded in for this "luxury" ride. If I had driven this car on the hiway before buying it I wouldn't have bought it ... it is, IMO, a grossly overrated vehicle. Fancy shmancy, but for $53+K I really feel I made a BIG mistake. My wife loves it, but she's really clueless about how a vehicle should ride. Bart :mad: :shades:
My experience exactly. Our GX470 has horrible road manners at highway speeds ... our old Grand Cherokee was an infinitely better road car ... the Lexus doesn't come close to it. From the posts I'm seeing here it's an inherently poor performer by design. Bart :mad:
Is this a known problem and a misprint in the manual?
I've had several cars over the years that have the trip timer - E/T, and NONE of them reset automatically. Gotta be a misprint in the manual. It would be silly to have it reset every time you turn the engine off. How long does it take me to get to San Diego? If I stop for gas or a bite to eat I'd have NO idea of my total elapsed time unless I did that with my watch ... and that would totally eliminate the value of the E/T timer IMO. Bart :shades:
I'm very disappointed w/ the hiway stability of my GX ... had I been to this board before I bought it, or had the good sense to test it on the hiway, I wouldn't have gone near it. I had a Navigator that was FAR superior on the road, and for that matter my wife's Grand Cherokee was far superior on the road ... not as quiet, not as luxurious, but far easier to drive at hiway speeds. My two daughters had Isuzu Rodeos that were better! Bart :mad:
I have GX 2005 with 10k miles:
- One thing I agree, the steering feels awkward ... and I have to deliberately attempt to keep it in center, while noticing it is not quite always. I usually dont mind though, cause I thought this is mainly due to height of GX ... consequently steering so much away from wheels.
- this truck rides more smoother, more quieter, more buttery than any car, i have ever driven ... so its joyous aspect
- when i bought, its wheels were not aligned and I took it to dealer, since then, it drives flawlessly
- the truck has tremendous acclerating power, overtaking power with nice braking. On accelerating you literally feel as if rocket just burnt initial fuel and now takin off (and i love the faint sound that GX gives)
All that said, I'm these days concerned about gas consumption, 16.1 mpg on my vehicle is too much.
alexmn76: I had a Navigator two cars ago and it's hiway driveability was far superior to my wife's GX. I've been very disappointed w/ the way the GX maintains road stability at high speeds, so if you're replacing your wife's Navigator and plan to do a significant amount of extended high speed hiway driving I cannot recommend the GX. It is clearly not the concensus on this thread that the GX is awkward at high speeds, but there are quite a few posters who share my experience. Bart
All in all, I'm pretty happy with the GX though....
As for the clunk - I do feel that at most stops. I think its actually just the car shifting out of gear. The first few times I actually thought I had been slightly rear-ended. But now...I've gotten used to it. Doesn't seem to be any kind of safety issue, b/c the car reacts quickly and smoothly when the gas pedal is then depressed. So, I'm not too concerned with it.
Not sure what your problems were with the LX, but I did have horror story problems with my ES. So...I know your uneasy feeling of concern - the 'did I just get into ANOTHER problem Lexus?' feeling. Anyway...all in all, I am quite pleased with the GX.
Secondly, Lincoln has NOT ONCE failed to give me a loaner for an oil change, or any other service I've had, for the past 15 years! Finally, if you bother to check my carspace, you'll see my 03 Navigator (may it rest in peace in Phoenix somewhere) in Death Valley, on the Race Track road, which is a 30 mile one way jeep trail only, and it not only came back without incident, it had just as many rattles as when we started - 0 -. Your comments are unnecessary, your facts are in error, and if you have not had one, unresponsive. So let's just move on please, to helping people with their problems here constructively.
I was surprised -- "You mean -- if a tire is low -- I need to bring it in to Lexus Service?!"
"Yes. Otherwise, they won't report accurately."
After reading the GX 470 Owner's Manual, it seem like Lexus absolutely didn’t care if you fill your tires yourself, and in fact, recommend you check and maintain tire pressure. No warning about Lexus Service needing to "register" or adjust each monitor.
I understand the need to "register" new tires with different batches of monitors. That makes sense.
Has anyone EVER heard this before? Is there anything about this issue (like a TSIB) from Lexus? Where could I refer this salesperson if she is misinformed?
Our GX is an '04 and from what I can gather from the salespeople and the manual the tire monitors only signal a "low" inflation "too late light". I don't get their reasoning. I'd rather have NO monitors and rely on my old hand-held guage than have a semi-reliable monitoring system. My daily ride is an Infiniti M35 ... it monitors all four tires but not accurately enough for me to feel totally comfortable with inflation. I still check them every couple of weeks. Bart