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Lexus LX 470, SUV
#1455 of 1476 Re: 2000 lx470 priced at 14,500 ??? [amauro]
Oct 09, 2009 (1:30 pm)
I bought a 2002 LX470 this past August for $25k. It has <45k miles and runs great. I had a 1995 Land Cruiser for 10 years, purchased used in 1999. I put appx. 150k miles and had great reliability. Never left me stranded. I had considered a used LR3, but came to my senses and purchased the LX.
#1457 of 1476 Mechanical Problems with LX470
Nov 07, 2009 (10:49 am)
Just got my LX470 back from the dealership last night after having the ignition cylinder housing/rod problem fixed ($514). Was also told that it needed the following work done: CV boots leaking ($600+), starter needs to be replaced ($815), 90k checkup ($1400), etc. Was hoping to get some input as to what other problems will be lurking out there after I invest the money to get these problems fixed. What other major repairs is everyone experiencing? What is the cost? It has approx 103k miles to date.
#1458 of 1476 My suggestions....
Nov 11, 2009 (5:24 am)
Get the CV boots fixed. Have an independent garage change out the timing belt (the major cost of the 90k service) and check the water pump if it needs replacement. At the same time get the starter contacts serviced (kit is $45, and you don't need a new starter).
All told you should be under $1000, and have a truck ready for the next 100k miles.
At this mileage you can also consider optionally: transmission service, front bearings repack, driveshaft lubrication, transfer case and differential service. Most likely, it would be better to wait until something happens to go after these things if you are not a believer in preventative maintenance.
These trucks are engineered to last about 500k miles providing they are serviced properly.
#1459 of 1476 2005 LX 470 - Purchase?
Nov 20, 2009 (7:02 am)
I have an opportunity to buy an '05 LX470 from a friend. 88K miles - $27,500. I'm familiar with the car an know it's had no mechanical problems and has been serviced regularly per Lexus recommended schedule at Lexus dealershp. The 90K mile service was just completed. Miles are all onroad and most highway.
Thoughts? Advice? I love these trucks but am concerned re: the high mileage. I've read of folks having trouble with the AHC around the 100K mile mark. Any other potential areas of concern for an LX with this mileage? I'd aim to purchase and keep for several years - past the 150K mile mark.
#1460 of 1476 Re: 2005 LX 470 - Purchase? [ssmithlx470]
Nov 20, 2009 (9:26 am)
We have an LX470 with 140,000 miles and it is a great car. We had to replace a few of the sensors(behind the tires). Luckily we know a mechanic and purchased the parts ourselves so we saved a lot of money. I would buy the sensors yourself at an auto parts store and find someone to do it for you. Other than it being a gas guzzler... it is great! The kids love it, we love it and we just keep filling up the tank!! We expect to drive this to at least 200K
#1461 of 1476 90k Service Question
Jan 20, 2010 (7:46 pm)
Hello, just bought a 2003 LX 470 with 81k miles from a Lexus dealership. Dealer told me it had recently had the 90k mile service which they said costs about $1,000. I assumed this included replacing the timing belt and water pump, which is partly why I decided to purchase it. A week later I found out that the timing belt and water pump in fact had not been replaced.
Did the dealer mislead me here, or did I make a false assumption? Is the timing belt/water pump change part and parcel of the 90k service, or are they separate services that just typically are performed at the same time?
Finally, since I only have 81k miles, is it necessary for me to replace the timing belt/water pump right away, or can I wait until I actually hit 90k miles or maybe more?
#1462 of 1476 Re: 90k Service Question [tdkeator]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Jan 20, 2010 (10:01 pm)
Although it's usually recommended that the water pump be changed when the timing belt is done at 90,000 miles (since you're already in there anyway), it's not part of the recommended service by Lexus. But the timing belt is, so yeah, the dealer lied if they said they did a 90k service and didn't change the belt.
I've been reading more posts in the various discussions here that people aren't replacing water pumps as often since they are lasting longer. Most of those posts involve cars that have a 60,000 mile timing belt change interval, and some of those owners are waiting until the second timing belt replacement to replace the water pump.
I'm sure if you called the service department, the service writer would recommend you do the water pump at 90k. But service writers typically work on commission and they'll recommend all kinds of stuff that the manufacture doesn't.
If the dealer is charging $1,000 for the 90k service, then they are charging more than twice what Edmunds says it should cost.
I think I'd contact Lexus corporate and tell them that the dealer lied about the 90k service. Maybe they'll do the belt free and you can pay for the water pump then. But hang onto your wallet at this place!
Edmunds Maintenance Guide
#1463 of 1476 Re: Towing on > 2003-2005 LX470 [gas61]
Jan 22, 2010 (7:02 am)
So does this mean that the 2005 LX47 will have no problem towing a travel trailer? Help! My husband wants to purchase a 2005 Ford Expedition instead of the LX because he believe it will tow our newly purchased travel trailer better.
#1464 of 1476 Re: 90k Service Question [steve_]
Jan 23, 2010 (9:55 am)
Thanks Steve. How do I contact Lexus corporate?