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Lexus LX 470



  • 9411794117 Posts: 39
    It looks like the grill emblem is the same shape as well so maybe it's just a matter of going to the Toyota store and having them remove and install some badges.

    Are 18 inch wheels a good thing in the new LX? It seems like Toyota is keeping up with the Jones' when BMW has SUVs with optional 20 inchers ("not recommended for off-road use"). I'm going to Western Canada and Alaska soon with a friend's spare tire and two unmounted tires just in case of flats on the gravel highways. Finding 18 inch tires in the boonies might be tough. I'd be surprised if Toyota went worldwide with 18 inch wheels on their SUVs so I'm thinking this is a styling over functionality issue.
  • steverstever Posts: 52,572
    Heck, even the Cassier is mostly paved these days. I never took more than one spare on my trips up and down - those things take up a lot of room.

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  • 9411794117 Posts: 39 get flats. Maybe my plan is overkill and a couple of cans of flat fixer would keep me out of trouble.
  • steverstever Posts: 52,572
    Been there, done that, one flat :-)

    It's remote, but don't go nuts. You won't get stuck in any one place all that long. I don't recommend bombs of gas on the roof either. Grab a Milepost too ( Great country, you'll love it.

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  • tinlittletinlittle Posts: 21
    Mike, thanks for the info. I am now waiting for the 2003 model after checking out new features of the car at insidelexus.

    3 major things I like on the new LX, side airebag/curtain airbag, voice activation on GPS and 18 inch wheel. The 16 intch wheel is too small.

    I expect price won't increase more than a couple of hundred dollars. So I will either get a new one or get a 2002 around Oct for $2000 below invoice.
  • lambeth1lambeth1 Posts: 2
    Our 99 lx470 lease is up, the buy out is $36,400. My problem is deciding whether to purchase the lexus and have it run through lexus certification for $899. It has 34,500 miles. No problems at all.The other suv's that we have looked at and driven are the Denali, Escalade, BMW 3.0. To purchase the Lexus would cost @$1,200/month for 3 years, it should be worth @$18,000 in 2006. The lease prices that I have been quoted for the others Tax Inc. 3yr/36k are $750, Denali, $800 Escalade,$735 BMW. $2,000 out of pocket on all 3 quotes. I am not sure what would be the best way to go. A new lease on a 2002 lx is $1,200/month wow! This is my wifes car, I drive a 2002 Yukon which I enjoy but it is not a Lexus. Any thoughts? I have 3 weeks to decide.
  • md2002md2002 Posts: 142
    The problem is there is no comparison. You indincated as such by saying you drive a 2002 Yukon and it is not a Lexus. $1200/Month over 3 years seems a bit steep (don't know your money factor) but I would say long term have it certified and keep it. The others including the BMW 3.0 (which has had several issues) are not worth their residuals at the end (except the BMW due to the BMW name).

    Good Luck and let us know what you decide.
  • rainymamarainymama Posts: 1
    I just purchased a 1999 Lexus LX470. The dealer told me that the TLC was going to be discontinued. This might account for some of the difficulty in finding the LX470. He said Lexus produced less of them in order to move the TLC. Has anyone else heard about this? Just wondered if it was true.
  • britton2britton2 Posts: 305
    I have heard a couple of conflicting reports - first I heard that the TLC will be discontinued because Toyota is selling a heck of a alot more Sequoias than Land Cruisers - also, they will be making in the future several different models of the Sequoia, one being a luxury edition similar to the Land Cruiser - then I heard or read that this is hogwash - so I don't really have an answer - we have a '00 LX 470 and my husband just loves it - I like it too except for the gas mileage!
  • ljflxljflx Posts: 4,690
    It actually doesn't make business sense to keep the TLC and the LX470 so similar. Why would'nt Toyota want those who can afford TLC's shopping in Lexus showrooms so that they are exposed to LS,SC, GS and ES models intesd of Avalons and Camry's. You've got to believe at some point the two models will become a lot more differentiated with the more high end model being a Lexus.

    At the same time it wouldn't make sense to kill a lengedary brand name like the TLC. So I would think it'll become a different type of truck, maintain it's high-end quality and be priced in the $40-45k range at some point in the near future.

    Yes - I also agree this is a great truck and I also love it. I get around 16-17mpg which I am actually pleasantly surprised about but it'd be nice to get 20.
  • rbm1rbm1 Posts: 1
    nope! I have to ask y would u have only 14k on it?
  • whothemanwhotheman Posts: 169
    available that the current TLC platform will be phased out, and the GX platform will take over it's spot. It also seems that the Sequioa is being groomed as a the car that will compete with the new 2003 Range Rover and the like.

    Maybe Toyota's VVTi technology will yield different power levels in their current and future (5.4L) V8's. Obviously to swing with the Range Rovers, Escalades, and Navigators, you need 300+HP. The RX needs 240-250HP to stay competitive, and the GX should be inbetween. The GX needs to get to 275HP at $50k a pop. The future LX470 must have 290-300+HP. It won't be as dedicated off-road, but that's ok with me. More legroom is more important.
  • im_brentwoodim_brentwood Posts: 4,883
    The GX is based on the smaller Land Cruiser Prado..

  • kjack100kjack100 Posts: 133
    Has anyone investigated the possibility of tying a rear seat overhead display into the existing DVD/NAV system? It seems like if you could have some sort of switch for the DVD player, it could be wired to another non-dash display. I guess you'd have to override the player only operating in park mode.
  • im_brentwoodim_brentwood Posts: 4,883
    It can be done, but from what I understand is a lot more expensive than it is worth...

  • gteach26gteach26 Posts: 576
    Has anyone been able to dig up 2003 LX pics yet?
  • psu1983psu1983 Posts: 24
    In a rather impulsive fashion (i.e. not alot of comparative shopping), I just traded in my Lexus GS430 and purchased a 2000 LX470...It's Riverock, with Nakimichi, has 33k miles and is certified. I ended up paying $45.3k, which seemed fair given the limited research I had done. Reasonable deal?

  • whothemanwhotheman Posts: 169
    and a couple of interior luxuries. Nothing serious. The move to 18's is good. More HP would be appreciated.
  • lgig1lgig1 Posts: 4
    I live in Chicagoland area. Looking to purchase an 02 LX470. How close to invoice can I come?
    Please advice.
    Thanks to everyone in advance,
  • raybearraybear Posts: 1,795
    Well, look up the car at to see how it's made, then use Edmunds to figure the invoice price. Using Lexus again, locate the dealers' email addresses and make them an offer.
  • I think the NIGHT VISION SYSTEM is so cool but too


    HP has not be changed.
  • im_brentwoodim_brentwood Posts: 4,883
    I wish that Land Cruiser 70 was imported tho....
  • lgig1lgig1 Posts: 4
    Well, I finally purchased a brand new 2002 (only 4 miles) lx470 for $1000 over the invoice from Woodfield Lexus. Unfortunately I had to pay $775 for Lexus dealer advertisement, but no other dealer offered anything even close to this price.
    Is this a good deal? What about LDA $775? Is this legit? I can't imagine dealer paying this much for advertisement.
  • kexicaokexicao Posts: 30
    Does that mean you paid around $56K? That's a very good deal. This is the kind of deal I've been looking for.
  • 9411794117 Posts: 39
    when I got my 2001. I believe all the prices are the same for 2001 and 2002 (except that navigation is now thrown in for free on all vehicles).

    List was $65K, invoice was $57K and I paid $55K, which was pretty much the broker price found on

    The LDA quoted to me at the first dealership was about $600 (this is in northern CA). This is a real expense in that the dealership would not have to pay it if they didn't sell the vehicle (unlike their rent or electricity bill which is covered by their markup). But also not factored in was the holdback payment the dealership would get from Lexus. Some people figure the LDA when they want to make a "fair" offer to the dealership but I was going to pay less than invoice anyway. I don't think the second dealership could survive if their average profit is what they made off of me but I was willing to take what they had. I didn't pay no LDA (or get chrome wheels for $1600 extra).

    Lexus/Toyota must have had a huge dealer rebate program at the time to unload the remaining 2001's - maybe the knowledge that navigation would be free in 2002 was a part of the reason.

    Prices might be a lot lower next month but there's not much you can do to lower the price on the best offer you get in your area.
  • kexicaokexicao Posts: 30

    Do you remember the exact date when you bought you 2001 LX relative to the new 2002 model release date, ie, two or three weeks before or after? How did you find that deal, newspaper ads, web? Did you lease or buy if you don't mind I ask? Any detail will be greatly appreciated.


  • 9411794117 Posts: 39
    ..came out, if I recall correctly - 9-17-01. This was just after 9/11 but Lexus started that dealer rebate in August. Because of 9/11 Lexus might have made fewer vehicles in 2002 so there might be fewer available now. You can check some of your local dealers' inventory by starting at

    Carsdirect is great because it gives you a great idea of what offers a dealer would accept in your area. Some cars are listed at $10K over list price and some are listed at $10K under. I didn't tell the dealer about Carsdirect because they probably have a deal where they don't compete with each other. From stepping foot onto the dealership to making the deal with the manager took about ten minutes so they might have accepted a lower offer. I wrote a check.
  • I haven't figured out the pricing on the certified pre-owned LX 470's. Sometimes the same Lexus dealer has same year vehicles with a lower mileage vehicle being less than a higher mileage vehicle and both are loaded?? Both are like-new?? Does anyone know if they negotiate much on the listed prices? Will they throw in additional years on the 3 year/ 100K mile warranty the C.P.O. vehicles get? I will hit the three years long before the miles (even if I buy one with 50K miles already on it).
  • tpetrotpetro Posts: 1
    Does anyone have any info on enabling the DVD player while moving?
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