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#163 of 1476 2001 Lexus LX 470
Oct 14, 2000 (1:02 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 1476 Test drive of 2001 model
Oct 15, 2000 (3:48 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 (3:26 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.
Oct 16, 2000 (5:35 pm)
I think you should give the Florida Lexus dealers a try. Email them with the specific options you want. I'm from MI and just purchased a 2000 LX470 from FL. I Emailed over 40 dealers and I found FL and CA dealers to be most competitive. I think you probably can save at least $3,000 from what you're paying now. Good luck!
Oct 16, 2000 (5:37 pm)
Check out www.greenlight.com before you buy! The website will give you a pretty good idea of what a good price is for your vehicle. Also, when you're at the site, put in different zip codes and see dealers from which parts of the country offer the best price!
#168 of 1476 goldlion 2000
Oct 16, 2000 (9:06 pm)
If the $60k plus is insignificant to you,,,
if you need to seat 8 person,
if you need large cargo space,
if you need overall performance,
if you are not a perfection phobic,
if you know the HNL vibration, but you don't care,
if...... then by all means, buy a lexus 470. You might not regret it.
OK, folks, it seems that lexus will soon issue the statement that the vibration of HNL is normal. The relentless pursue of perfection be damned for pre-2001 models or even 2002 model.
If you dare to complain the HNL vibration, you will get a sugar-pill treatment ( probably, dealers will install a o-ring to reduce the intensity of rattle, but not vibration) and will advise that they can do nothing about vibration.
As for you, Gold Lion 2000, when in doubt, wait it out. Maybe you shall wait for 2002 model year with an all new v-8 engine producing over 300 hp and over 400lb-ft torque with same MPG. Good luck.
#169 of 1476 Question for all
Oct 16, 2000 (9:38 pm)
If you gave a deposit to the dealer and signed a purchase contract, does the dealer have the obligation to provide the vehicle to you when it becomes available or will the dealer simply sell the car to anyone who offers a higher price for the vehicle? I have given a deposit to a dealer and was told I'll get the car in 2-4 weeks. How do I know when the dealer actually gets the car? How could I be sure he does nots ell to another guy who is willing to pay more?
Any comments would be appreciated!
#170 of 1476 Annoying Safety Features
Oct 17, 2000 (1:14 am)
I just bought the 2001 LX 470 with navigation and DVD. Not surprisingly, the DVD will not show movies while the car is moving. Plus, many of the navigation functions will not work while the car is in motion.
Has anyone been able to dissable these annoying features? There must be a way to fool the system into thinking the car is stopped. Where there is a will, there is a way. Anyone who has tried, or knows any thing regarding, please let me know.
#171 of 1476 2001 colors
Oct 17, 2000 (1:46 am)
I really like the grey leather interior so the exterior colors would have to be Riverrock Green Mica, Black Onyx, Blue Vapor Metallic and the
Mystic Sea Opalescent". Has anyone seen these colors in person and would share their opinion
on how they look.
All I've been able to see personally are the
2000's in White and Cashmere with ivory interior.
#172 of 1476 vibration of the HNL shifter
Oct 17, 2000 (5:59 am)
I have a 2000 LX470 and have no problems with the HNL shifter vibration at all (at least not yet, knock on wood).
To ALL with the HNL vibration: Is it really that BAD? I MEAN IS POSSIBLE THAT IT IS MORE NOTICEABLE BECAUSE THE CABIN OF THE TRUCK IS SOOOOOO QUITE COMPARED TO SOME OF THE OTHER SUVS????? On some of the demostic (and import) SUVs the "background noise/vibration level" are higher and therefore one tend not to notice ANY ADDITIONAL VIBRATIONS? For those of you having the HNL vibration problem.....how about go drive another similar sized SUV of a different make (demostic or import) and immediately jump into your LX470 and drive over the same route and in the speed and manner.....and see if there is any difference. It may just suprise you.
It is true that one can get a FULLY LOADED FORD EXPEDITION EDDIE BAUER for about $34K or less(no kidding!!)Or even spend some more dough for a FULLY LOADED LINCOLN NAVIGATOR.......THE QUALITY AND DESIGN APPROACH is TOTALLY DIFFERENT. One would be visiting the dealer shop way more often with these two. What I am saying is that if the background noise/vibration is more to begin with.....then one might not hear/feel any additional noise/vibration.
As you can tell.....I am very happy with my LX470.......Yes, it costs more...lot more to buy and run.....yes it gets very terrible gas milage. But everything is relative................
HEY, HUMMER GETS EVEN WORSE GAS MILAGE AND SHAKES AND VIBRATES A HECK LOT MORE (NOT TO MENTION THE NOISE AND THE HORRIBLE RIDE AND LOTS LOTS LOTS BODY ROLL).....AND COST A WHOLE LOT MORE!!!!! (at least the old original HUMMER...the new ones on the drawing board might be cheaper AND SLIGHTLY MORE REFINED though).
One needs to compare vehicles of the same type.....compare similar sized SUVs with SUVs and not with a sport sedan (or just a sedan). Similarly one would not compare an LS400 sedan to a LX 470. These two are totally different class of vehicles...and YES BOTH ARE MADE BY LEXUS. Certainly if you owned a Ferrari you would not go off road with it.....similarly if you have an LX 470 or any other similar sized SUV...you would not take that right angle right turn at 80 miles per hour........one can probably do it in a Ferrari though (assuming no traffic, and of course with a good set of rubber).
By the way.......for those of you who can not stand the LX470's HNL shifter noise/vibration.....don't get a Ferrari because the engine sure is loud and the shifter(not the ones on the steering wheel) vibrates (but it feels good).
For those of you keeping track of my postings......I did have some type of vibration noise from the center console....but it was due to all that junk that I had in the center console.....after I removed them....the vibration noise was gone.