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You are in the Lexus LS 400/LS 430
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Lexus LS 400, Lexus LS 430, Sedan
Mar 25, 2001 (12:40 pm)
The "pulling out of the vents" refers to the A/C vents atop the automatic climate control unit. When you face the vent direction downwards this allows the tips of your fingers to grab the housing surronding the vents. if you pull outward and downward firmly the whole face with vents pops out exposing 2 screws holding auto climate with LCD in its place.
For question about wether to purchase a early 1990 LS 400 here is my opinion. Be preapred to spend a lot of money for parts and maintenance. The car is reliable and perfoms suberp, however it is expensive to own. The V-8 only uses premium fuel, and averages 15 MPG city. The trade off is you will own and drive a very prestigious, luxury car for a lot less than what a 2000 year model costs to purchase or lease. I think, if you can afford 2K a year for up keep than treat yourself to one. I would not pay 50 grand to purchase or 10 grand a year to lease a new one so I purchased a used one for a lot less. I think it will still have a resale value when 12 to 15 years old with 125 k plus miles, there will always be a buyer for such a car. I am a car dealer and I have a 2001 Nissan sentra that I bought outright, this is my daily driver which makes 25 miles to a gallon and takes less than 3 quarts oil when changing. I have been using my Lexus on weekends so I am not running up the miles and tearing up the car. I realize this is not feasible for all people, however it is a good way to own such a car to keep costs down and its value up. I have entered my 92 LS-400 in a E-bay auction, you can check it out a white 92 LS 400, flroida car.
The LCD unit can be purchased from Mikado Technologies 1-(650) 615-9966. I changed mine and I am very happy I did, I no longer squirm or get upset when I glance at the A/C/ unit.
Best regards to Y'all
#132 of 2081 Installing a New Antenna Bezel ?
Mar 25, 2001 (1:03 pm)
I have just recived my new 23K Gold Package for my 94 and i just installed it, looks wonderful , however I am not sure on how to take the old Antenna Bezel out and then install the new one , if anyone can help that would be great.
(Long time Lexus Fan)
#133 of 2081 Sheldon Your car Is WONDERFUL !!
Mar 25, 2001 (1:18 pm)
Hello (Me again)
I just took a Look at your 1992 LS400 Sheldon , wow it is very nice , but why are you letting her go after all the work and $$ ? do you have another Lexus ? i would not want to get rid of an LS400 with all the problems solved cuz that car will last you another 100,000 MILES k well hope to hear from you soon !
Mar 25, 2001 (4:47 pm)
To earn a living I am a consultant for import export companies. This occupies about 7 to 10 days a month. For the remaining time I buy and sell cars. I only purchase and sell cars I enjoy driving and repairing. This is my second Lexus
LS 400 and I am learning a lot about them particulalrly through this message board. I do a lot of the work myself to keep busy and I really enjoy it. At auctions I select only the best car I can find and search for the service records and/or hints of one ownership. I purchased this car and invested 1000 dollars into reconditioning. I have the time and the knowledge to change the LCD for example when the average person would not have the time or know how so I do it for them. I would only sell the car in the type of condition I would like it to be if I were the customer/buyer. If I get the price I want it will be sold, if not I will keep it. I do use it and enjoy it. I have another car, a 1985 cadillac Eldorado with 55 thousand orginal miles in very good condition as well. That car is at fedcar.com it is white exterior wit red interior. It is also a toy for me to play with but, Lexus is my favorite.
#135 of 2081 Transmission History on my 94 LS400
Mar 26, 2001 (11:30 am)
Hello (Me Again)
Well I was looking through the history records of my LS400 and I found one that was done on September 5th,1997 with 45,942 miles at Lexus it is part # 350105007084 and it states as follows on the service record
DESCRIPTION-~Reman ATM W/TORQ/C List price of $4,359 Net $5,115~ Then there was another part states as follows ~
Core, Reman ATM, LS, LIST-$1,000 NET, $1450 then it has it Subtracted from the $5,115 price for a grand total of $3,665.27 + $247.50 for Labor = $3,912.77 ,This is also on the record
CONDITION-"Hesitation felt why driving"
CAUSE-Clutch Shutters on Reingagement, Shifts Hard 1st to 2nd and 2nd to 3rd
Remedy- Replace Trans Assy
Ok well What I am wanting to know is "what was installed ??" was it a new Automatic Transmission ? is so WHY did it FAIL !?!?! and what is a Torq C ?? is that a common problem I think i have heard it mentioned before ALSO what was that $1,450.00 SUBTRACTED from the initial $5,115.27 cost , thanks everyone hope someone can help (Tyring to learn more about my Lexus "under the hood wise")
#136 of 2081 LCD cost from Mikado
Mar 26, 2001 (1:40 pm)
I just got off the phone from Mikado about the LCD unit.
It costs $295 for an individual ordering the unit.....If you can get a shop to order it for you the cost is wholesale at $195.
They require you to send in the unit or it costs you an extra $100.
#137 of 2081 ferraro1
Mar 26, 2001 (6:53 pm)
The invoice states that a "reman" (remanufactured) transmission was installed. Torq C is the torque converter. The $1,450 is the core charge for the original transmission, refunded IF the original is still in rebuildable condition when returned to the remanufacturing facility. You got somebody else's transmission after it had failed, been replaced, then remanufactured. Standard trade procedure.
Mar 27, 2001 (9:45 pm)
Hi--I own a 94 Lexus LS400--saw your post re the power steering pump. I replaced mine at around 96,000 miles and replaced water pump and timing belt at same time. I had a serious fluid leak with p/s pump but didn't experience any other mechanical problems. Water pump and timing chain were dealer-recommended maintenance.
I love my car and have expenienced no serious problems with it. It has 116,000 miles and I guess I will drive it until it won't go any more!
Mar 27, 2001 (9:52 pm)
Was wondering if you recommend maintenance by any other dealers such as Toyota? I feel like we really take it up the tailpipe when these Lexus dealers are the only game in town. I have received solicitations in the past from Toyota for service but have been reluctant to try it.
I recently had my "94 LS in for service and attempted to have them order me a new ignition key with remote. They wanted $350 for ONE key so I told them to keep it. My remote button broke off when I dropped the keys but it isn't worth that much for a new one
Mar 29, 2001 (6:57 pm)
I would not have a problem allowing a toyota dealer service a Lexus. I might ask for some references, perhaps other customers who are satisfied. Dealers, new car dealers that is, tend be reliable but expensive. Lexus cars have numerous shared parts with toyota autos. you can also try a smaller reapir first ad see how it goes?
Best of luck