Lexus LX 470

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  • netmiaminetmiami Member Posts: 13
    Yes, I agree with you. I got my new LX470 from JM Lexus in Margate FL (near Ft. Lauderdale FL) with Mr. Bill Mullen (he is truely a good guy....resonded to my questions and concerns promptly).

    As far as Connie in Ft. Myers.......well, I e-mailed to her at the same time I e-mailed Bill at JM Lexus. Bill got back to me very quickly. And for Connie????? I NEVER HEARD FROM HER!!! I DON'T KNOW WHAT HAPPENED????? I started dealing with Bill of JM Lexus a little over a year prior to actually buying the LX470 from him. All this was done over the internet. When I was absolutely sure that I am ready and the price was what I thought the BEST AND VERY IMPORTANTLY......THE RIGHT COLOR and absolutely loaded (in this case Golden Pearl).....THEN my wife and I made the buy and have no regrets at all.

    A word of advice....NEVER BUY ANY VEHICLE IN A HURRY.....take you time. It took me a little over a year to make the buy on the LX470. Who knows......while you are waiting.....the folks at Lexus are making the LX470 even better....maybe the next one will be an LX500 with >300 HP???? This would be interesting.

    Enjoy and happy motoring.
  • glamourlifeglamourlife Member Posts: 49
    What is Bill's, Shane's, and Connie's email?
  • rewyllysrewyllys Member Posts: 24
    Dear Glamourlife (nice pseudonym),

    Connie Johnson: [email protected]

    Bill Mullen: [email protected]

    Shane Palmer: [email protected]
  • sabertouchsabertouch Member Posts: 3
    Purchased a 2001 Lexus LX470 from Shane Palmer of Lexus of Palm Beach Florida last week. It is to be shipped to me this week. It had just arrived on the lot, so I got hit with the $700 price increase from Lexus. Blue Vapor color with NAV and Mark Levinson systems.
    Talked to all the sales people mentioned by others on this forum. Shane had the color I wanted with NAV [only about 10% come with NAV] and the lowest price of all. He sent me digital pictures of the car and sticker on window. Very good sales experience so far. Highly recommend him if your local dealer quotes you the small small discount off RSVP that mine did.
  • lynnw1lynnw1 Member Posts: 1
    I have been hearing a grinding noise when I travel from a stop up to approximately 30mph. I hear the same noise when on a straight-away either accelerating or slowing down to the 30 mph range. I don't know if it is my transmission or what? Any ideas.
  • sbagshawsbagshaw Member Posts: 2
    Lynn,

    I have had various problems and noises with my 2000 LX470. The first problem was that when the 30k service was performed, they forgot to put in a special addative to the differential. This caused a grinding/skipping during acceleration. Once the addative was put in, it went away.

    I also had a grinding noise and high pitched sound especially when the vehicle was cold. They just replaced the transfer case to fix that problem. The tech at my dealer has told me that they have had some problems with the transfer cases.

    Good luck.
  • sbagshawsbagshaw Member Posts: 2
    Greetings all,

    I have noticed several posts regarding pricing for a 2001 LX470. I currently have a 2000 LX740 with 60k and want to get a new one. I paid close to sticker for the first one when their was a waiting list for the truck.

    Although everyone has said they have received some good deals in Florida, can anyone share their actual purchase price and transport fees? You do not have to identify the dealer or sales person. I'm trying to get a good handle on what is a fair price.

    For those of you that have purchased LX470s from dealers outside of your area, have you had any troubles getting service? What about a loaner?

    Thanks for your help in advance.

    Sean
  • lx470loverlx470lover Member Posts: 1
    I am currently in the market for a 2001 Lexus Lx470....but I am afraid to purchase one if Lexus is going to change it at all for 2002. I can easily wait for a 2002. I want to know if there is most importantly going to be a horsepower boost. I have been hearing rumors. Also any minor styling changes or equipment or new options. i would like to know about anything. If anybody has any information please!!!!!!! post a response. I know many of you out there are very knowledgable about Lexus. If you have any information i would greatly appreciate it!

    Thankyou so much!

    R. Fisher
  • afieldsafields Member Posts: 5
    Anyone with a 2001 LX470: Is the navigation system really worth it or could I just live with a map in the glovebox.
  • gbhopper2gbhopper2 Member Posts: 25
    The nav is well worth it. You also get the better sound system with it.
  • rewyllysrewyllys Member Posts: 24
    Here's a question that I hope someone with personal experience can give me an answer to.

    I'm considering buying an Escort Passport SR1 radar detector to be installed in my 2001 Lexus LX470. The SR1 is a model whose detector is concealed behind the front grille, with a separate display mounted in the passenger compartment.

    Having been told that the display would be mounted on the top of the steering column, just under my line of sight through the top of the steering wheel to the instrument panel, I can't help wondering how this actually works out for the driver.

    Does anyone have personal experience with such an installation in an LX470 or a Toyota Land Cruiser? If so, I'd certainly appreciate your comments on how satisfactory such an installation has been for you.

    Thanks in advance for your help.
  • h3ybfpfh3ybfpf Member Posts: 16
    Has anyone experienced problems with power antenna? Mine would not go down all the way. It is straight and goes all the way up, but stays about 5 inches above the opening on the way down Should it be cleaned? If so, what is the preferred way? Please advise. Thanks.
  • afieldsafields Member Posts: 5
    Thank you for the tip.
  • mghmgh Member Posts: 43
    Does anybody here knows why they change the metal rear wind deflectors on the 2001 LX470/LC to Plastic/fiberglass?

    Thanks,
  • rxpcrxpc Member Posts: 2
    I just got a 2001 LX470 in December (Los Angeles, CA area)and I got over $7000 off MSRP. The best way to find out what the going rate is in your area is by logging on to Carsdirect.com It will give you the price you can get for it instantly. That will give you a good starting point for negotiations with a dealership in your area. That discount does vary considerably from zip code to zip code. A Sacramento, CA zip code would have only saved me $2000 off MSRP but my brother got one for the same price I did and he lives in San Jose, CA.
    According to Automobile magazine and Kiplinger's mag, there is no major change for the LX470 in '02. I constantly research info on autos and I have not heard about a LX500 in the near future. As far as Car and Driver, Autoweek, and Automobile magazines have to say, there isn't a new LX470 coming until at least 2005.
    I love my LX. She is the smoothest SUV on the road today. The new Range Rover coming next year or the year after may have something to say about that but until then, the LX470 is truly the KING of the luxury SUV's.
  • soleglosoleglo Member Posts: 2
    After owning 2 Mercedes, and 1 BMW I am seriously considering buying a preowned LX470 (98). I really feel it would be a good purchase but would like some input from current owners. Thanks!!
  • ixixviixixvi Member Posts: 24
    I took my 01'LX470 in today to repair the Driver's side [left] mirror. Mirror will not move when using the adjustment switch to the left of steering wheel. Does operate when in reverse mode, or when memory position is activated.

    I got a call from the dealer saying that it is a factory defect. An electronic junction box is faulty and this part is on back order. So I will pick up the auto tomorrow and they will call when part comes in. Apparently, this is a factory defect on some early 01' LX 470. The mirror is adjustable by hand and so no problem while I wait for fix.

    Other than this no other problems; 4,300 miles.
  • sabertouchsabertouch Member Posts: 3
    Our newest Lexus arrived yesterday morning by car carrier. Blue Metallic mist w/Nav. Perfect condition. My wife has staked it out as "her baby". She spent 2 hrs reading manuals and then 2hrs in the vehicle playing with and learning to use all the "gadgets". I finally went outside to check on her, and she was watching a DVD movie. Got a woman's 15 min tour of all the features. She hasn't had a smile off her face for 2 days.
    I came so close to buying a Land Cruiser. Stopped purchase because of "bass problem" Drove a LX courtesy of the local Lexus dealer. Got a price quote and lecture on how Lexus will not let them discount the LX very much. Did my internet research and found Shane Palmer of Palm Beach Lexus in Florida. Called him and several other dealers recommended on internet. Shane had low price, hot new color, and Nav system. He busted his rear to earn my business.
    Incidently, the difference in the price between the LC and the LX is not small [about 5-6K at invoice], but the many extras "gadgets" and luxury trim and a more sophisticated video readout from the Nav, and a 4 year warranty vs 3 yr., and better sound proofing more than justify the price difference. The adjustable ride and height control is very nice. About 8 inches and stiff to very soft ride adj.
    OK, I got a little carried away, but I love the new car. Give Shane a call at 800-633-2844 or email at [email protected]. Now if I can just figure out a way to bypass that DVD lockout.
  • csnowcsnow Member Posts: 5
    To rxpc #317

    Would you mind telling what LA dealer you bought from? I'm 60 miles north of LA and have heard that they do not "deal" in my area.

    I'm also afraid that between wanting the navigation and a certain interior/exterior color combination, mine would have to be ordered, although I haven't ask anyone yet! Thanks!
  • ixixviixixvi Member Posts: 24
    to CSNOW,

    I purchased my 01'LX 470 just north [100 miles] of Los Angeles and got a very, very good deal. Mine is fully loaded. Marc Levinson, NAV, etc.

    E-mail me at: [email protected]

    and I will put you in touch with the dealer who gave me the deal.

    regards.
  • nofeernofeer Member Posts: 381
    with the pressure from the LC and sequoia, will lexus redesign the Lx470 and base it on the sequoia? does any one know if the rx will be changed soon. you'd think with the Highlander and the sequoia $$$$ less than the lexus things may get changed for 2002
  • rxpcrxpc Member Posts: 2
    The odds of the LX being changed to a Sequoia platform is very unlikely for several reasons. The main one is that the Seq is more "trucky" and the LC is more "luxury." The LX being Lexus' ultimate, luxury SUV, it needs to maintain it's ultra smooth ride. If you've driven a Seq, you'll notice that it is nowhere as smooth a ride as the LC or LX. Don't get me wrong, the Seq is a wonderful SUV but it's is geared for a different audience.
    As far as the RX goes, several buying guides have indicated a complete makeover in '03. The new Camry is coming in '02 and I believe the RX will be based on that platform.
  • gkexecgkexec Member Posts: 6
    Just returned from a trip to Florida. In order to more fully enjoy the two months we decided to buy a car trailer (fully enclosed) and tow one of our two sports cars with us. I must say, the LX470's billing as being capable of towing 6500 lbs. proved to be accurate. With the trailer and BMW Z3 inside, we topped out at around 6500 lbs. While we could certainly tell we had a load behind us, the LX470 handled it beautifully. My only complaints are the gas mileage (down to 10 MPG) and a desire to see more horepower in the Lexus. For those who intend to embark on some seious towing, you need to follow the owners manual carefully and lower the suspension before attaching your trailer. As the manual noted might occur, my vehicle did not return to the Normal driving indicator on the suspesion, but in Low, it handled just fine and we had a good experience.

    I would be interested in anyone else's towing experience with the LX 470. By the way, mine is a year 2000.

    Thanks.
  • rmddnrmddn Member Posts: 9
    Have read concerns from #170 lando3 and #285 mckinnis----
    Does anyone have an answer to bypassing the 2001 DVD??? Am anxiously waiting for a solution!!! (As are many others) Would LOVE for the children to be able to watch a movie other than in the line at the car wash!!!
  • woolyswoolys Member Posts: 1
    I just picked up my new LX470 last week with Navigation. I ended up with an amazing deal. I live in the Los Angles area and had been poking around the internet looking for availability and the best possible deal on a new LX470. I found a local dealer advertising one at $300 over invoice or $59,289. My wife and I went down to see it as it was a Blue Vapor color which was not my first choice. After seeing it and driving it, we decided we really liked it and would buy it right then. When we went to sit down and do the paper work they said there had been a mistake and that the car should never have been listed at that price as they are getting close to invoice or more for 2001's with Nav. I showed them a copy of the email they had sent me with the price and VIN # and they still refused. Needless to say I was a bit upset! The next day I called up Autonation, who owned the dealership, and complained. They advised my to talk to the dealership again. When I did and told them that I was contacting Lexus to let them know about them not honoring an offer in writing, they backed down and said they would sell it to me. One problem, they had just sold it to somebody else! After a lot of discussion they agreed to sell me a RiverRock that was coming in next week. That was my first choice of color. I just picked it up last week. Score one for the little guy! Boy is that Nav system great. Now can somebody please help me find a way to override the DVD lockout while driving. They should let you sign a waver and override it for you. What's up Lexus?
  • tierradtierrad Member Posts: 3
    Hello All,
    I purchased a wonderful 2000 LX470 fully loaded last year and have had no problems to date. However, that all changed recently when I took it in for its 15,000 mile service. It was performing great, I had no problems, it was just receiving the recommended service (which I am very dilengent about and never late in having scheduled service performed). In any event, my wonderful LX470 now sounds very loud to me. When my car is in the "Drive" mode and I have my foot on the break, there is is loud drumming sound and I feel a slight vibration in the steering wheel and in the shift gear. When I put in in "N" or "P." the loud sound goes away completely - it sounds like my old LX. This noise problem did not occur until after the 15,000 mile service check-up. I took it back to my dealer and spoke with the head mechanic about this "new" noise problem. We took it for a test drive, he heard the noise, and said it was normal. I once again explained it was not "normal" because I had never experience it until after the 15,000 mile service was performed. I am the only one who drives the LX. I know every sound this baby makes so when I tell you this noise is new, it is new. The mechanic did re-inspect it for me and check some heating shields that was causing some LX owners noise and vibrating problems. My shields were not cracked or showed no signs of being cracked and according to the mechanic, everything checked out fine. What should I do? I know it's not in my head. I let my husband listen to it and he said it sounds like the LX is trying to "rev-up" and take off although you have your foot on the break pedal. Although he may drive the LX once every 4-5 weeks, he knew the noise was new and it was very loud to him also. The noise is louder when it been sitting out in the cold for a few hours(it is garage kept, however I do travel in the evening). The LX is loud and it's driving me crazy. Help! I think I will take it to a different service department next week. Has anyone experienced this problem?
  • tierradtierrad Member Posts: 3
    Hello All,
    I posted this message somewhere on the board but don't think it was the right place.

    In any event, I took my 2000 LX470 in for the 15,000 service 2 weeks ago and when I got it back, I am discovering some strange noises that did not exist until after this service was performed. My LX is garage kept, so it never gets truly "cold" but I still wait 30-40 sec before driving. After allowing it to "warm up", I noticed that it is very loud when I am stopped at a light and when I start acceleration. I put it in "N" or "P" and this loud thumping/humming sound goes away. There is also some vibrating in the wheel and the shift gear. I took it back to the service shop only to be told that this noise, which they acknowledge, is normal and maybe I was just looking for a problem now that I have 15,000 miles on the LX. I explained the noise is not normal, I am not "looking for problems", and I expect them to re-check the LX. They did, found no problems and opened a file on my complaint. I am planning to take it to a different service shop next week. Has anyone experienced these noise problems. Help.
  • scheukscheuk Member Posts: 2
    When I got my LX470 (from Florida)the tire pressure was at 39 lbs. I lowered it to 35 lbs. The sticker at the door says 29 front 32 back. I took it to another deal (New Or leans)for the first recall they pumped it back to 39 again. My friend just bought an RX300 in Baton Rouge. He told me the tire pressure is 5 lbs over inflated. Is over inflating consistent with all Lexus dealers. Can anyone explain?
  • tonychrystonychrys Member Posts: 1,310
    I can tell you that I have a 2001 RX300 and that the tire pressure is exactly as stated on the door jamb sticker, when I picked it up new and when I take it for service.

    I would simply ask the service manager for an explanation, they are usually very cooperative.
  • stingrayy1stingrayy1 Member Posts: 17
    I don't know if I have the same problem as you. But I do hear a low bass, thumping/humming sound when the vehicle is stopped while in gear. While the vehicle is stopped and I shift into N or P, the sound stops. I took my 2000 LX470 with 6,500 miles in to the dealer this morning. One of the tech took a ride with me and he heard the sound too. When he heard it the first few times, it wasn't very descernable due to the background traffic noises. He said that the sound is normal because the vehicle is in gear and there is load and pressure on the engine and transmission so there is not much he could do about it. But when the same sound became more appear ant in the quieter dealership parking lot, he offered to take another LX470 for comparasion but I had to goto work. He said he is going to take another LX470 for a ride later and let me know the results. I think the tech is right about that there will be some sound when the vehicle is stopped while in gear, but it's the level of the sound that concerns me. I just hope that it is not an indicator of later problems. And to me, this level of noise shouldn't be coming from a $60,000 plus vehicle!
  • tierradtierrad Member Posts: 3
    Let me know what your service department come up with. I took it to another dealer and they too acknowledge the noise and have received the same complaints from other 2000 LX owners. The fact they cannot give me an explanation for this noise is unacceptable. I have placed a call to Lexus customer service (1-800-Lexus) and am awaiting some feedback. I'll keep you abreast.
  • 123461123461 Member Posts: 2
    I own a 01 and I've notice a slight tendency for the truck to go towards the right. I have less then 3000 miles and have already had a alignment done by the dealership under warranty. I'll probably bring it back when the 5000 mile service is due, so they can rotate the tires. I personally think its the tires, but not sure.
  • khuynh1khuynh1 Member Posts: 1
    I owned a 4runner before trading it in gor the LX, and noticed the same problem of veering off to the right on the 4runner. I had it aligned many times without effect, and finally balanced the tires, and the problem resolved. I don't know if this also applies to the LX, but it is something to consider.
  • spessardspessard Member Posts: 5
    Now that we're apparantly heading into recession with consumers increasingly holding off on major purchases, even the Lexus dealers should be more flexible, right?

    I'm just curious to hear about other people's experiences in buying over the last 3 or 4 weeks, and how close to invoice the dealers are getting these days.
  • wood190wood190 Member Posts: 4
    It might be dirty, try cleaning it with a damp rag.
  • rewyllysrewyllys Member Posts: 24
    I've now had my 2001 LX470 for almost 3 months, and have put just over 2000 miles on it so far.

    Right, most of the mileage has been in town (Austin, Texas) or to nearby cities (San Antonio and Waco). We were planning to go to my mother-in-law's this weekend--about 450 miles roundtrip--but my wife developed a cold, so we've postponed what would have been our longest trip to date.

    But though the mileage is limited, my delight in the car is not. I find myself enjoying it more and more. Some unexpected nice features have turned up: for example, I use a dark parking garage at work, and with my previous car, had to turn on the headlights manually each time I entered the garage, and had to remember to turn them off when leaving it. In the LX470, I just leave the headlight switch in the AUTO position and never have to bother with turning headlights on or off, whether in the garage or not, whether driving from dawn into day or day into twilight. Another nicety that has turned out to be unexpectedly pleasant is the heating of the front seats; my wife, who has back problems from time to time, has developed a fondness for turning on the passenger-seat heating even when the air-conditioner is running.

    And as to basic driving, the transmission is the smoothest shifting automatic I have ever driven. The engine power, while not putting the LX470 in the 0-60mph in 5 seconds class, is more than adequate for my driving style both in town and on the highway. Partly because of NAFTA, and partly because of the explosive growth of Austin, I-35 between Laredo and Dallas-Fort Worth has become one of the most crowded sections of interstate in the country. The heavy congestion makes for frequent need to get quickly past trucks, and the LX470 responds very nicely to a heavy foot on the accelerator when that is necessary.

    Best of all, though, is the superb noise insulation within the passenger compartment. I've caught myself exceeding 80mph more than once just because the engine noise is so low. (Fortunately, so far I'm the only person who has caught me doing that. Knock on wood!)
  • dwrichadwricha Member Posts: 24
    Rewyllys..That's great!! Glad to know that you're enjoying the LX450. That's one SUV that I'd love to own one of these days. I know how you feel finding the little features, I was finding little things myself when I first got my 97 Land Cruiser. These are some very well made SUV's, inside and out. They're pricey, but in this class of SUV's, you get what you pay for.
    In my opionion, they're the best SUV's on the road.(and off) LX470/TLC
  • bmw5454bmw5454 Member Posts: 3
    All,

    I have a 2000 LX470 and noticed a 4" crack at the bottom of the windshield (approx in the middle). Never taken offroad and only my wife's daily city driving - this crack appears to be a defect. She swears that no rocks have hit the windshield!

    Anybody out there experience the same? Will take to the dealer soon.

    Thanks
  • jgts1jgts1 Member Posts: 32
    If you know nothing has hit the windshield...it sounds like it could be a stress crack, from flexing to much.
  • deuce56deuce56 Member Posts: 46
    I own a '00 ES300 so I happened to stop by the dealer today and checked out a "new" '98 470. It has been used by the owner's wife and has 6500 miles on it. This would be sold as a new vehicle as it has never been titled. The asking price is 51k+. Edmunds and KBB price this vehicle USED as 39-41K trade-in, 44-46K private sale, and 48-50K dealer retail. What would be a good price for this "new" LX with remaining new car warranty? (I would especailly like to hear from Bill M. or any other dealers.) tia
  • nofeernofeer Member Posts: 381
    ANY CHANGES TO THE 02 LX470?

    Will there be any changes to the 02 lx470?
  • coolmatt44coolmatt44 Member Posts: 54
    Hello all. I always keep one SUV (for long trips, and to get through snow in the New York winter.)I had a LX470 for a little while, but (and yes I have a pattern of this.) about three days after I bought it, I thought I should get an RX300, and save the money. Well now I am unhappy again (only about 6 months latter) with my choice. I would like something larger, with some of the higher end options that the RX doesn't have. My Lexus dealer is usually very good with prices, and he said to expect about 58k for a loaded LX. Is it worth the 5-6k premium? Thanks in advance.
    Matt
    E-Mail me [email protected]
  • nofeernofeer Member Posts: 381
    What's going on for 02, will lexus put a diesel in the lx470? where's the market for 12mpg lx470 with premium?
    As far as the rx300, lx430, you may have to look outside lexus, or wait till 02 for any changes. the toyota highlander is better than the rx300, a few less luxo items but it is bigger. the ml320 gets great mileage (ours gets 19-20 city, 24 hwy) next year they will have a totally redone interior (dash etc.) we like it's size. what about a sport wagon, volvo (spotty quality) A6 quattro, passat awd.
    I think the market is moving back to hybrids, station wagon types that look like suv's etc. highlander, mdx, quattro wagon, etc.
    People want utility, car like ride, safty, and better milage. when the explorer, trailblazer was compared to the highlander, the HL won. Women want something like a cross between a sedan and an suv, that will grow and the suv market will decrease. i hear ford will use the volvo underpinnings for a new taurus and taurus wagon.
  • gbhopper2gbhopper2 Member Posts: 25
    I don't see a diesel. Would love to see the LS430 engine in the LX for 02. I don't think that most people buying a 67,000 SUV worry to much about 13 mpg.
  • swiftmswiftm Member Posts: 68
    Hello all: I, also waiting for 02 LX info, sold my 00 LX with 8k in it. No complaint at all. Swiftm
  • coolmatt44coolmatt44 Member Posts: 54
  • coolmatt44coolmatt44 Member Posts: 54
    I think that the 2002 will recieve the rummored 5.0 litre, because it is respectively underpowered right now (Come on, 240 horse power, on a huge truck?). If I were on the design team I would add the ls430 engine to the RX300 for the upcomming remodel. Offering both the 3.0 V6, and the 4.3 V8, to better compete with the mercedes ML, and BMW X5 V8 engines, because people that want a smaller, luxury, V8 SUV are leaning twards thoose models right now.
  • megasuvownermegasuvowner Member Posts: 64
    I think toyota should go ahead for an LX500 because there movin up the liters on all of their sedans, why not give more power to this great luxury truck?

    Has anyone else heard the rumors that Lexus will get a version of the Sequioa? I think that would be great, but it will take away from the LX sales.
  • skimmelskimmel Member Posts: 43
    I was surprised to find that the LX470 does not have side airbags (or even head air bags for that matter since other Lexus cars have it), park distance control, or stereo controls on the steering wheel.

    Does anyone know if these are going to be added for 2002?
  • mghmgh Member Posts: 43
    Has any one installed a Jaos Roof rack II in a 98 and up LX470/TLC? I just installed one on mine and it gives me a very low pitch wind noise whistle at 55mph and up. Please advice if you have the same problem and how you solve it without making any ugly modifications.

    Thanks,

    MG
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