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You are in the Lexus LS 400/LS 430
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Lexus LS 400, Lexus LS 430, Sedan
#1315 of 2081 Re: transmissions [maadm]
Sep 27, 2004 (9:43 pm)
The $200 gas card is compensation for being inconvenienced in regards to the transmission that has/had to replaced in the LS430's. The dealerships play dumb, but the corp. has confirmed it. Supposedly, once you have had the new trans installed, the Lexus Corp. sends the customer 2-$100 gas cards. I was told that it would be mailed out about 1 or 2 weeks after the trans is installed. It is supposed to be automatic, but I called just to make sure. I'm in the waiting process right now. I'll confirm its arrival as soon as I get the cards. I'm talking about the 2004 LS 430. I bought mine in early February, '04.
#1316 of 2081 Replacing Leather Seats
Oct 08, 2004 (5:14 pm)
First of all, I am new on this list, and have spent the last several days browsing the last few years worth of posts. Excellent information! I am considering buying a 1990 LS400 with very high miles, over 200K. I has had substantial work done, PS Pump, PS rack, struts, etc. LCD's work good, no dark spots, and AC recently "fixed" though not sure how well. Problem is both front seats have rips/tears at the seams of the leather. What have others done to replace the leather on the seats? Local shops? On-line? I'm guessing around $1600 to fix (this is what I was quoted to put leather on my Honda Odyssey through 3rd party a few years ago). Any inputs on the leather specifically, and checking out the high miles LS400 in general? I appreciate your inputs!
Oct 14, 2004 (6:15 pm)
Go to your dealer, try to find out where they send their cars out for repair, then go to that shop and see what you can negotiate yourself with that shop to get the repairs done. You should get the quality, without the middle mark-up.
#1318 of 2081 Re: transmissions [ownit]
Oct 18, 2004 (10:08 am)
I bought my 04 LS430 in January 2004, and I just had the transmission and fuel pump replaced. My impression is that the trans upshifts a little more sluggishly now. This makes for smoother part-throttle acceleration, but under hard acceleration, there is a period of latency of just under a second. My highway fuel economy is also up to about 26-27 at an average speed of 75-80 mph. Is this real or just imagined? Finally, I haven't heard of this gas card campaign. What is the 800 number to call to inquire about this? Thanks.
#1319 of 2081 Re: transmissions [archiefriend]
Oct 18, 2004 (1:59 pm)
I received my $200 Gift Cards for gas in the mail early last week. The dealer service manager was unaware that Lexus was going to do this. The Customer Service number should be included in your auto manuals that came with the car. The number I got off the Lexus Owner's site is 800-255-3987 ext #4. In regard to the shifting of the new transmission, I found just the opposite from your experience. I thought it down shifted more responsively than the old one. Good Luck
#1320 of 2081 Re: transmissions [rgsw]
Oct 19, 2004 (1:33 pm)
Thanks. That's 800-25-LEXUS. I should have figured that one out. BTW, has your highway mileage gotten better as well?
Nov 01, 2004 (4:19 pm)
Have you tried this woolite trick yet?
Nov 09, 2004 (9:06 am)
I did try the Woolite diluted with water to clean the leather interior. It seems to work well for cleaning dirt, but did nothing for staining from clothes (belts, dark blue jeans, and so on). Ecru is an unforgiving color when it comes to staining.
At least it isn't hot from the sun like my last car, which had a black/graphite interior. Still, I think next time I'm going for tan or saddle instead.
#1323 of 2081 Drifting on the Highway
Nov 11, 2004 (12:57 pm)
Have a new 2004 LS430 and was wondering if anyone has experienced a left to right drifting on the highway. Highway steering doesn't seem to be as tight as I would like. How can I tell if the progressive power steering is working properly?
#1324 of 2081 Re: Drifting on the Highway [luap]
Nov 11, 2004 (3:04 pm)
Could be misalignment or an underinflated tire or something wrong with the steering or any number of things...
I would take the car into Lexus and let them figure it out...