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Lexus LS 400, Lexus LS 430, Sedan
#1417 of 2081 Re: LS 400 '97...102k miles [gwendolyn]Buy it!
Feb 19, 2005 (10:53 am)
I have a '97 LS 400, purchased with 45K miles 11/2000, have a (now) 7 yr old son, use it for both family (with carseats) and business car, serves both uses excellently, expensive (gas, service, parts), worth every penny for reliability and peace of mind/relaxed driving, I use it daily fo in-town driving, every day commute car, lots of starts and stops, 3-4 freeway trips to San Francisco (I'm 35 mmiles away in Palo Alto). Costs are:
- premium gas, 15-17 MPG , max is 21-22 MPG all freeway
- Insurance (of course)
- tires every 40K miles (I use Michelin, about $400K+ per set)
- LEXUS service is about $300+ for minor, $1K for major allowing for extra stuff that always needs to be done...LEXUS service if good costs maybe 25%more than independent (my guess, I've used both) but will give you a free LEXUS for loaner, make friends with the service manager!
- Things that needed replacing: 1) new starter motor $1600+; 2) power steering pump $600+; 3) Tires (see above); $300K front headights, rear tailight
- Things that WILL need replacing next 100K miles: ir Conditioning compressor $700+K; Water Pump $300-400K
When I bought the car, service manager said expect about $5K budget for above replacement parts tot take it through 150K + miles. My first big car, biig cars are heavy and logically tougher on MPG, wearing out parts.
If you DO want to buy, check out Edmunds and Intelligoice sites for value comparison. And other than checking repair records & shop that worked on the car (including the LEXUS database that all dealers subscribe to), if you DO buy, have dealer do 1) minor servicing; and 2) balance and align tires (major safety consideration, particularly during winter).
LS 400 is a battleship, with all its sturdiness and substance, NOT a drag boat, and delivers wonderfully.
I cannot recommend the car enough, like the '97 as a used car because you'll get the same quality as '98-'00 before the new model came out, but best pricing of all those years because of the bigger engine, fancier headlights, possible global navigation system that priced '98 models about $5K higher (I looked at one and bought the '97 instead).
Curious what you do, let me know. If you buy it, over time you will appreciate it, best most relaxing easy to operate & secure car around, music equivalent is symphony, jazz, easy listening. But if you want your senses assaulted when you drive (zipply, hugs turns & road, etc.) then get another car & flip on the Rolling Stones.
Hope this helps, you caught me on first visit to Edmunds in 5 yrs on a relaxing day discussing one of my favorites.
#1418 of 2081 Headlights 1996 LS 400
Feb 19, 2005 (3:37 pm)
I purchased a 96 LS400 and fell in love with it until I drove it at night on a dark road. The headlights project out to a given distance and die. It is totally dark beyond that point and it is an insufficient distance to drive at any speed. I purchased some high intensity aftermarket bulbs and had them installed but it didn't help. I have also had it in to the Lexus dealer and an independent shop and had the headlights adjusted per Lexus specification.
I have read some of the past posts on this site and it appears that this may be designed into the LS???
#1419 of 2081 Re: LS 400 '97...102k miles [gwendolyn]Buy it!
Feb 28, 2005 (7:46 am)
I recently purchased my Coach edition with 84,000 miles for $13,700 from a private owner. When I financed through my Credit Union, they offered me an extended warranty for $1,500 covering all the major stuff for an additional 36,000 miles. I went for it.
You may want to check and see if this is avail. to you as well.
#1420 of 2081 CU extended warranty.....
Feb 28, 2005 (6:51 pm)
And let us know how it goes when you take the car back to your Credit Union for that warranty service
#1421 of 2081 Park Assist Problem in 01 LS430
Mar 04, 2005 (8:04 am)
My Park Assist on my 2001 LS430 started beeping constantly and the display shows a front obstacle at the nearest possible distance. I checked the front bumper and there is nothing there. My only option is to turn the Park Assist off. Has anyone experienced this problem?
#1422 of 2081 Re: Park Assist Problem in 01 LS430 [newlexi]
Mar 04, 2005 (3:21 pm)
Really strange. After the Park Assist was seeing a "ghost" obstacle for a whole day, it suddently cleared after it started raining!!! Weird stuff, but all real.
#1423 of 2081 Re: Park Assist Problem in 01 LS430 [newlexi]
Mar 04, 2005 (3:41 pm)
Seems like the device that see's objects had some dirt on it....and the rain washed it away.
#1424 of 2081 ASL - I don't think ours is working
Mar 04, 2005 (5:49 pm)
Our '05 LS430 is not quite 3 months old, and I don't think the ASL (automatic sound leveling) is working and never did.
When driving thru our neighborhood at 30 mph with volume at a reasonable level, then hit the interstate at 70mph, we have to manually increase the volume in order to hear the sound well. This applies to CD and radio.
We have the Premium Pkge (so no Mark Levinson system) and I'm wondering if ASL only works if the ML sound system is installed.
I've searched all the Lexus forums under "ASL" and have not found much information.
Any ideas, anyone?
Mar 06, 2005 (1:27 pm)
'03 LS430 STD. OR Premium model does not work,
dealer unable to fix, so noted in Lexus surveys of quality control. One fine automobile, but still persuing perfection.
#1426 of 2081 tire 225/55/R17 NEED HELP
Mar 06, 2005 (4:07 pm)
My 2005 LS430 with premium package and 18" rim pick up only one day from dealer shaking very bad
Next day went back to dealer asking them to change to 17"rim
Now drive a lot better .But still drive not smoot,small vibration at steering wheel
Any suggestion? Michelin MXV4 will help? or should i change to a thicker tires[my tires was dunlop 5000m 225/55/R17]
please help PAUL.