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Lexus LS: Problems & Solutions



  • luapluap Posts: 21
    Answer to #1352 and #1360. I checked the local dealer and after having to show him the picture in the Owners Manual, he finally found it (15 minutes later) in an exploded view of their parts database. Looks like the P/N is 58810 ($259) and the power outlet is P/N is 85530C ($46). Shame on Lexus for charging over $300 before installation - I agree with burk, "THE COST IS TOTALLY UNREASONABLE" and I also will NOT do it. We are trying to become a Smoke Free society - why is Lexus installing ash trays in their USA cars?
  • I have been informed by my local Lexus dealer that there is a version 4.1 for both Generation 3 and 4 Nav installations. Has anybody bought a Gen 3 version 4.1 DVD and was there much difference to their previous version? I have version 1.0.
  • pc1pc1 Posts: 1
    My 2004 LS430 has a high frequency whine heard at speeds of 75 to about 82 MPH. This was noticed before the 1000 mile service. I was told initially that there would be a technical service bulletin or recall to correct the problem. Subsequently Lexus has stated that the noise is within "design specifications."

    I would appreciate information from 430 owners on their experience re a whine (or absence of) at high speeds.
  • I just got 4.1 from 1.0 on my 2001 Ls 430. I made a big difference. Lots of new streets in my area. Now I can even find my own home.
  • pip7pip7 Posts: 10
    Does anyone out there have personal experience with the SonyEricsson t637 or the nokia 6820 on the 2005 LS? It seems odd that niether Lexus phone support nor the phone manufacturers want to deal with this issue.
  • While I can't address the particular phones you listed, my experience with a Motorola V551 (Cingular)might be of some help. I found that I had to sit down with the Lexus owner's manual and the cell phone manual and go back and forth to get the Bluetooth link set up properly. The Moto V551 manual was a real mess, but punching enough buttons finally got the job done. Now the phone/car interface works perfectly in all respects. One warning however, if you leave Bluetooth active on your phone, it really drains the battery! I discovered a shortcut that lets me turn on Bluetooth temporarily with two button pushes and it automatically turns off when I get out of the car. Hope this is of some help...


  • pip7pip7 Posts: 10
    Thanks, I ended up getting the Sony Ericsson T637. I'll reprt back when I see how it works out.
  • famwaldfamwald Posts: 114
    <<The gas struts are there to hold the trunk lid in any "given" position, they have a gas valving system that causes them to resist movement in either direction.>>


    Is that why the trunk lid is so darned difficult to raise? My Avalon was so much easier to open.


    I'm wondering if I have a service issue with my new '05 LS430.
  • mezecamezeca Posts: 66
    Does it not tick you off that you had to have the transmission replaced on such a new "dream".
  • rgswrgsw Posts: 333
    Didn't tick me off, especailly after the dealer filled my empty tank with gas and then Lexus Headquarters sent me $200 in gas gift certificates with an apology for any inconvenience suffered on my part. I'd rather they change out the transmission than to keep it secret of try to fix the existing one. Cheers
  • primesprimes Posts: 1
    I lost my key and all i have left is the flat.What shoudl i do? The car is a 90 lexus Ls
  • famwaldfamwald Posts: 114
    Have you checked the Owners' Manual?

  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    If one of your front wheels is "blocked", parked with the tire "forced" against an object, say against a curb or something, that will oftentimes result in the problem you describe. The locking mechanism is under pressure from the force applied to the tire.


    The best procedure is to force the stearing wheel so the tire moves slightly farther into the blocking force, curb(?) and thereby release the pressure on the locking mechanism.


    Then the key should move freely into the on position.
  • mfprmfpr Posts: 41
    Evidently the LS430 has a steering wheel lock that grabs easily. When I first got my '04, the wheel locked a few times. I talked to my service department about it and the tech suggested that I remove my hands from the steering wheel when turning the ignition on or off. Seems like even some slight turning of the wheel could cause the wheel lock to engage. Ever since I followed their suggestion, my steering wheel has not locked. Try that and if you still have a problem, talk to your service advisor.


  • sv7887sv7887 Posts: 351

      Is your '05 equipped with Smartkey? If so there is a long paragraph in the owners manual dictating what to do in that situation. Regardless of the key type, insert your key into the ignition and simultaneously turn both the key and the steering wheel. It's a anti theft measure.


    Seeing that your car is new, I'd have the dealer pick it up and have a look if the problem isn't as simple as I've made it out to be.


    Hope this helps,

  • Thanks for the rapid response to my question. In my case the wheels are straight and not against curb. I am beginning to believe it may be electrical and somehow related to the "keyless"system.
  • Car was is shop today. Couldn't find anything wrong. According to service dept the problem is me and not the perfect car. When I went to drive off in the car the wheel and key was locked. They were puzzled to say the least. Now have a call in to the technical people from LEXUS.
  • Thanks for reply. It does have a Smartkey. What you describe works but my wife is unable to turn the wheel enough to release the lock. And when I do it it takes several minutes before it releases. I am beginning to think that their may be an electrical component as well.
  • I have a 98 LS400 with 103K miles on it and has never had the timing belt replaced. I am not sure if the 98 is a interfering or non-interfering motor. Looking for any opinions on the belt replacement or inspection.


    Thanks, Pete
  • 98 LS400 noticing a fuel smell inside and outside of the car while the car is running and stationary and when I just get out of the car. Cannot see any leaks anywhere. Anything I should look for? Funny, I just had the car into the dealer for strut arm service when this started to happen.


  • sv7887sv7887 Posts: 351
    Hi Pete,


    The 90-94 was a non-interference engine, but I do not believe the 98 is. (Wwest might know more) I had mine done as a preventative measure at 84K last year on my '92. The belt showed some wear, so it was not exactly a necessity. At the same time they replaced the water pump as well..The car was noticeably quieter when I got it back. This is part of the 90K service at most dealerships, and I paid around $1,000 for all of it. I will say this much though, the car ran like brand new when I got it back..


    I take a preventative maintenance approach with these cars..In my view it's better to be safe than sorry..They had to take apart half of the engine to get at it, so most of the charges are due to labor.


    Hope this helps,

  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    A friend has a 98 LS400 without seat heating and wants to add it on. Does Lexus always ship with the heat elements installed but without complete wiring like many manufactuers?
  • nvbankernvbanker Posts: 7,285
    I believe the seat and heat is an integrated package from the seat contractor. I don't think that will be an easy conversion at all.
  • sv7887sv7887 Posts: 351
    Hi All,

      Does anyone know the expected life of shocks (or strut inserts) on the LS? I had my rear ones on the '92 replaced at 64K b/c the ride was getting a little bouncy..The front bushings on the front have been replaced too...


    But the dealer found that the front strut bushings were cracked, (Likely from the accident, b/c it never make that annoying "thunking/clunking" sound before..They missed a few things) and since they'll taking it all apart I thought I might as well have the strut inserts replaced too.


    Also, what are the life of the rotors on the car? My rears will need new pads soon and this got me thinking about the rest of the braking system..I don't let them machine it normally, but I think it's been done once before. The car has 93K on it now.


    I don't mind spending the money, this car is certainly worth every penny. I'm realistic in my approach, as a 93K car is bound to have some components wearing out..



  • gee35coupegee35coupe Posts: 3,475
    Is developing a hesitation at throttle tip-in. Any suggestions?
  • Hi,


    I'm considering purchasing /97 LS 400 wit 102000 miles. Does anyone have any history with this year and model lexus? Any feedback you could give would be appreciated.


  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    Noticed the turning lights on my friends 98 LS400 weren't working. Removed the light to check for failed bulb and no bulb, nor place to put one. The back of the assembly is plainly labelled 12 Volt, W5W bulb, but no hole, no socket, no wiring that we could find.


    Anyone know why Lexus would go to the trouble of having a non-function tuning light?
  • pip7pip7 Posts: 10
    I have a 2005 LS - purchased Jan 08, 2005. Yesterday I noticed my smart key was not working. The battery was completely out. This is without leaving it near any of various devices listed in the manual (that I know of). So, I got one of the new keys. Lo and behold, the key does not work with smart access - only with the remote buttons and placing it in the ignition switch.

    The dealer claims that all the keys worked at the outset (I never tested them). The service dept was closed.

    Question is - does anyone know of a method to reaquaint the keys to the car without going to the dealer? The manual doesn't really cover this.
  • pip7pip7 Posts: 10
    I got the answer on another board (valet key) oops!
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