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Lexus LS 400, Lexus LS 430, Sedan
#1272 of 2081 Multiple LS 400 problems
Jun 30, 2004 (7:49 am)
I think our 1990 LS 400 Lexus is a fine riding and handling car. I think it is more prone to troubles than it should be. It has been serviced every time at the dealer my wife purchased it through. We now have 79,993 miles.
The airbag light came on about 50k miles dealer wants $2000 to repair. Rearview mirror went out at about 55k miles repair estimate $1200. Gas gauge quit at 65k miles $1200 estimate. To me that is an outrageous amount to pay for repairs on a vehicle with less than 100k miles. My Chevy trucks and Suburban are much more reliable and less expensive to repair.
#1273 of 2081 Re: Multiple LS 400 problems [gagrice #1272]
Jun 30, 2004 (8:53 am)
In 14 years of ownership you have 3 major issues..None of which you have felt a need to repair and none that will leave you stranded.
Amortized over your 14 years of ownership that would amount to $366 per year if you fixed all three....That doesn't sound so bad to me.
#1274 of 2081 Re: Multiple LS 400 problems [michael_mattox #1273]
Jun 30, 2004 (9:00 am)
You may be right. It just seemed expensive to spend $1200 for little problems. It is like Lexus has a standard charge for every little repair $1200. Service was never cheap either. I think over the years it averaged over $400 per visit to the dealer. Our old Mercedes 300sd was not as expensive to maintain.
#1275 of 2081 Re: Multiple LS 400 problems [gagrice #1274]
Jun 30, 2004 (10:23 am)
Mercedes were fantastic 15 years ago...Electronic's in todays cars have pretty much distroyed their bullet proof reputation.
Maybe a new LS430 in your future?
#1276 of 2081 Re: Multiple LS 400 problems [michael_mattox #1275]
Jun 30, 2004 (12:07 pm)
NOt unless they re-design. They are not very attractive to my wife or myself. Of course I still think the SC400 is the best looking car Lexus ever built. I just do not like the new ones. We would probably buy the MB E320 CDI if the LS400 has any serious problems.
#1277 of 2081 Re: Multiple LS 400 problems [gagrice #1276]
Jun 30, 2004 (2:30 pm)
I agree with you on the SC 400.
Jun 30, 2004 (7:49 pm)
Especially the first couple years when they had the black underchin spoiler in the front.
#1279 of 2081 Replacement Key for 1990 LS 400
Jul 08, 2004 (1:09 pm)
My master key is damaged around the top where you hook it to a key ring. The remote works but I can no longer place the key on a ring as the top is broken. I went to the dealer and was told to get a new one would require a kit that changes the chip in my car to match a new key ; all total 500 bucks. Does anyone know where I can find a replacement housing that allows me to move the electronics from my existing key into it? I like the ability to unlock my car from a distance but not enough to pay 500.
#1280 of 2081 Re: Replacement Key for 1990 LS 400 [kl3415]
Jul 08, 2004 (7:05 pm)
You could contact a local Welder or maybe a Jeweler, and have them fix the top part. I was told the master keys were $300 for a new one.
A fix would probable be $20 or $30 bucks.
#1281 of 2081 Re: Replacement Key for 1990 LS 400 [kl3415 #1279]
Jul 09, 2004 (3:47 am)
A couple of months ago I had to replace the battery in my GS key and found several reference to buying new keys on the Lexus Club board. You might search there for some alternatives.