Last post on Oct 30, 2006 at 9:56 AM
You are in the Lexus LS 400/LS 430
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Lexus LS 400, Lexus LS 430, Sedan
#1501 of 2081 Re: post #1499 First of all.... [famwald]
Apr 27, 2005 (7:27 pm)
Lexus replaced all fuel pumps on 14,259 LS430s manuf for US from July 03 thru Jan 04 (approximate dates). They changed out the transmissions and the fuel pump. I heard that Lexus could have fixed the transmissions, but they chose to replace them with new ones and destroy the old transmissions. Vehicle: 2004 Lexus LS 430
ON CERTAIN PASSENGER VEHICLES, THE IMPELLER INSIDE THE FUEL PUMP MAY HAVE BEEN IMPROPERLY MOLDED DUE TO A MANUFACTURING ERROR. ALCOHOL IN SOME FUELS MAY DEFORM THE IMPELLER AND CAUSE IT TO COME INTO CONTACT WITH THE PUMP HOUSING.
Consequence of Defect:
THIS CONDITION COULD INCREASE THE ROTATIONAL RESISTANCE OF THE IMPELLER AND, IN THE WORST CASE, MAY RESULT IN FAILURE OF THE FUEL PUMP
#1502 of 2081 Re: post #1501 First of all.... [rgsw]
Apr 28, 2005 (5:30 am)
Wow, I did not know that. We are still newcomers to Lexus with our purchase in December.
#1503 of 2081 Re: First of all.... [rgsw]
Apr 28, 2005 (3:34 pm)
"The dealer cautioned me to bring in the car nearly empty of gas so they could fill up the tank as a courtesy and provided a new Lexus as a loaner vehicle. About a month later, I received a letter from Lexus Headquarters apologizing for the inconvenience and they included Chevron gas gift cards valued at $200 to make up for any inconvenience that it might have caused. I've never heard of any other car company doing anything like that. Guess that's how they practice "the Passionate Pursuit of Perfection".
That's a nice thought, but the reason they cautioned you to bring the car in nearly empty, is because they didn't want to try to drop a full tank of gas to get to the fuel pump. It's very heavy.
#1504 of 2081 Re: First of all.... [nvbanker]
Apr 28, 2005 (8:31 pm)
I had the same thought myself and challenged the service rep about it. He indicated that the fuel pump was not in the gas tank and that they did not have to drop the tank or drain out the fuel. I know my chevy pickup has the pump in the tank.
#1505 of 2081 Re: First of all.... [rgsw]
Apr 29, 2005 (3:44 pm)
Wow, if the fuel pump isn't in the tank, it's the only car I know of today where it isn't. I'll take your word for it.
#1506 of 2081 Re: Aftermarket XM Radio for 2004 LS430 with Nav System [rcf8000]
Apr 30, 2005 (4:31 am)
I know a dealer and mine was installed for $690.00 total. Doesn't seem like he gave me such a good deal now. The antenna is on the driver's side trunk lid. Seems like a ridiculous place to put it. Can't they hide it somewhere?
#1507 of 2081 The LS fuel pump ...
Apr 30, 2005 (4:51 am)
... is in the tank, but it is accessible through the floor of the car under the back seat. This means that the gas tank itself does not have to be removed to get at it. Removing the gas tank on an LS requires removing the drive shaft and a whole bunch of other stuff.
#1508 of 2081 Re: The LS fuel pump ... [vcheng]
Apr 30, 2005 (10:27 am)
Thanks for helping to clear that up. Maybe the tech rep told me that he did not have to remove the tank and I took that to mean the pump was not in or near the tank, sorry.
#1509 of 2081 Re: Aftermarket XM Radio for 2004 LS430 with Nav System [gpronesti]
Apr 30, 2005 (10:32 am)
I think I paid the Lexus dealer $780 including tax for the XM receiver and installation. They initally Put my antenna on the driver's side of the trunk because I think that is the closest and easiest place for them to put it. They wrapped the antenna lead around the cable that retracts from the trunk lid and that interferred with the retractor's operation. I complained to Lexus Hq and later the dealer moved the antenna to the forward center of the trunk on the 2004 LS430. When I took delivery of my 2005 LS430 they moved the receiver and antenna to the new car and placed the antenna to the center forward edge of the trunk lid. It works fine there.
#1510 of 2081 Re: The LS fuel pump ... [rgsw]
May 01, 2005 (2:44 pm)
Yeah, that makes sense - I'm thinking an empty tank would help facilitate the R&R of the pump anyway. But maybe they just want to give you free gas?