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Lexus LX 470, SUV
#156 of 1474 A Dissenting Opinion
Oct 10, 2000 (6:33 pm)
The word you were looking for is "grommet".)
Here's a curious opinion on the 2000 LX470 that just popped up elsewhere on the Web. It appears so atypical of the experiences with the LX470 that show up in this topic that I thought it might arouse some reactions. Here it is:
Cons: too many problems to list.
To whom it may concern:
I am very dissappointed with my purchase of my new 2000 Lexus LX-470. The reasons that I am mad, dissappointed and confused about this car is because I have no power, visited the shop 3 times in the past 3 months for the same problem and lets not forget the incredible low mileage that I get per gallon.
I was promised from the dealer that if I did not like the car now, that surely it would grow on me. Well, here I am 3 months later and no sign of growth. May be I have some kind of secret repellent for this particular kind of vehicle. I have spent more time driving rental cars, than driving my own car. This makes me mad because, I pay a nice monthly payment, and lets put it this way, I have 247 miles in three months. half of those miles are driving to and from your shop.
The problem that keeps reoccuring is in the engine compartment, everytime that I come to the dealer to try to get it fixed it is always the same problem, however you tell me that it is an easy fix, and I get my wonderful car back in three weeks, with the same rattling noise as if something were missing.
Lexus is a trademark of luxury and right now, I do not feel that luxurious driving around in a rental car, but I guess it will have to do for now.
The purpose of this letter was to inform you of the problems that I have been receving because of my reckless purchase and my trust into your salesman. I liked the looks of your dealership and the 2000 Lexus LX470, however what happened to my particular car. Is it a bad one, because if it is please get me a new one.
Thank you for your time,
If you owned a car of this sort, a 2000 Lexus LX-470, you will have to write one of these types of letters to your dealer wondering why your $60,000 car has a single problem. My friend just received the car, and he is having many problems, and he has not written a letter, but maybe this will help him to acheive his happiness.
Take care and have a great day.
Purchase Price: $ooooo
Owns this: No
Model Year: 2000
Reliability: Several visits to the shop per year
Comfort: Seats comfy for about an hour
Quality & Craftsmanship: Everything rattles a lot
Handling & Control: Significant roll when cornering
Model and options: LX-470
Has anyone in this topic heard or seen anything like this?
Oct 10, 2000 (10:11 pm)
Ron: Sorry, sound like lemon law may apply to your case. To share my experience with my 2k LX, it has <5k with only two problems: I ran over a nail and driver back seat squeak. Dealer replace the seat and repaired the tire for $18. Most of my miles are from driving across the US recently. This is my fourth Lexus and no significant problem with others also. Swiftm
#158 of 1474 Adjustable Suspension Advise
Oct 11, 2000 (11:37 am)
Can someone advise on the following:
Can the Adjustable Suspension be placed in the lowest position and driven very, very slowly?
If one is putting a LX 470 into a garage where the clearance [height] is close [garage door entry lower than garage height]can the vehicle be placed in the lowest suspension setting and just creep along to park and also reverse out of garage space also in lowest suspension setting.
The information I have says the suspension goes into the lowest suspension setting for entry and exit. I have no idea if it will do the above. I seem to remember that on my test drive once you put the vehicle into Drive the vehicle goes to Normal setting and will not remain in the lowest setting.
Any help would be appreciated.
#159 of 1474 adjustable height
Oct 11, 2000 (7:02 pm)
There are three solutions to your problem:
1. Adjust the garage height. or
2. Put the adjustable height to low. Turn off the adjustable height mechanism and then turn off the engine. Try to push the SUV into or out of the garage. (based on the manual, even if your lx is located on the truck during the tow or in the shop, a vibration may cause it to adjust back to normal height.) or
3. Try to get in or out of the garage within, say, one million second to beat the adjustable time needed by the haydraulic mechanism.
#160 of 1474 Any regrets on buying the LX470 because of the vibration?
Oct 12, 2000 (12:04 am)
I was seriously considering buying either 2000 or 2001 LX470 until I read a lot a complaints on vibration from the NHL and am having second thought. I was wondering how many of you considered the vibration a big enough issue that you would make you regret buying this car. I did read one post warning potential buyer from buying? Thanks in advance for any input !!
#161 of 1474 ixixvi & goldlion2k
Oct 12, 2000 (4:59 am)
You won't have any problem, as I lower my lx before I pull into the garage always. It will not automatically re-adjust to the neutral position until vehicle is traveling between 10 to 15 mph.
I'm one of the posters on this issue and I've even been blessed with being able to hear it as well as feel it, would I still buy the lexus? You bet. There does'nt seem to be any mech problem here just annoying if you have your hand on the shifter.Concider that if this was Ford they wouldn't have given me the time or day with the audible or vibration. The line of "within operating condition" I'm sure I would have heard.
Good luck John
Oct 12, 2000 (5:04 pm)
Nothing is perfect. Consider the alternatives to the LX470, I'm sure they will have more existing and/or potential problems. I just took the plunge last night on a 2000 LX470. It's black/ivory. I feel I got one hell of a buy!!! The dealership still have several 2000 left including black/ivory. If you're interested, Email me at noctilucent44hotmail.com
#163 of 1474 2001 Lexus LX 470
Oct 14, 2000 (2:02 am)
Hello, all. I just put down $1000 as a deposit for a 2001 lexus LX 470. It's fully equipped with Navigation/Mark Levinson Sound System and Lexus hands-free cell phone. I live in Boston and the best price I got is $65000 from a local dealer. I contacted three other dealers in Massachusetts and New Hampshire and the prices they quoted me are around $67000 without the cell phone.
Can anybody comment on the price? Did I get a fair deal?
#164 of 1474 Test drive of 2001 model
Oct 15, 2000 (4:48 am)
I finally got an opportunity to test drive a 2001 model today complete with the Mark Levinson package. In short, I was left pretty disappointed and thus have removed the LX470 from my list of SUV candidates.
I've owned an LS400 in the past. I was very pleased to find the LX470 exhibited the same smooth engine, shifting, and quiet ride. However, the body roll and poor braking really disappointed me. I hasted to mention that the salesman handed the keys over to me and I drove on both inner-city roads and highways for over an hour. I tried all of the suspension settings and even on the "stiffest" sport setting, this beast, in my opinion, swayed horribly. A couple quick stops (safely performed in the back of parking lot of a grocery store) also proved less than comforting.
Prior to my test drive, the LX470 was at the top of my list. I very much wanted this vehicle. The navigation system was very cool and the touch-screen very easy to use. I was surprised at how disappointed I found the illustrious Mark Levinson audio system. And, yes, I did make frequency adjustments via the touch-screen, but the sound still seemed a little flat and muddy to me, *big sigh*.
I'd really like to hear what other SUVs the denizens here tried, considered, and maybe even purchased instead.
Oct 15, 2000 (4:26 pm)
Can you give us more specifics about the problems you mentioned, i.e., body roll and poor braking. Are you comparing it with a Sedan or a similiar SUV?
I remember reading two reviews in MSN Carpoint. One of them mentioned the body sway in cornering, but gave the vehicle high marks (9.7 out of 10). The other one mentioned the braking problem. I was wondering if you have test driven other SUVs like ML430, Escalade, etc., to see how they compare.