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
#1593 of 2081 Re: '99 LS 400 with 57k Miles - Feedback summary of expected maint? [bcoh]
Jun 21, 2005 (4:01 pm)
The LS400 has always been a ridiculously reliable car. Just about any year LS400 will give you years and thousands of miles worth of trouble free driving pleasure. Just remember a few things. Have you made sure the car hasn't been in a accident? How about service records? Also, remember regular maintanence on a LS400 is expensive. a timing belt change at a Lexus store will easily run you about $600-$1,000 based on where you live. Of course, if you can find a good local mechanic who can do a timing belt on a LS400, you could save yourself a bundle.
Buying a new Camry is personally a better way to go as it's a brand new car, maintanance will be cheaper over the life of the car, and you have years to go before having anything major to do like a timing belt change. But the LS400 is a better car, even a 1999 model. It's more comfy, roomier, has more luxo features, is quieter, etc. etc. etc. Tough call.
#1594 of 2081 LS400....
Jun 21, 2005 (7:47 pm)
I bought a new 1992 LS400 in th fall of 1991. Just this past weekend it rolled over 100,000 miles, other than a few of the early oil and filter changes it has NEVER been back to the dealer.
An oxygen sensor failed about five years ago and this weekend I rebuilt the PS pump, new tires and brake pads all around and installed a remanufactured alternator since the slip rings on the original one wore completely worn off.
I finally replaced the factory anti-freeze about a year ago because it was looking a bit murky, Ph and freeze level were still okay. ATF is still factory.
Don't expect to do the timing belt until ~150,000 miles.
#1595 of 2081 TSB For SmartAccess and Ignition
Jun 24, 2005 (12:37 pm)
Had a problem today while in for 15k service on my '04 LS430. They used my valet key to move the car and then I got in to leave using my SmartAccess and the ignition refused to unlock. It worked fine if I inserted the key to start but nothing if it was just in my pocket or held next to the dash. Even the lock/unlock feature was dead; the under dash button was in the right setting. Dealer had to get a tech to "reset the system" to get it functioning and said there was a TSB out there about this and next time it happens they will order the part to fix the problem.
I've done the search on the NHTSA board and find nothing. Anyone have info about this problem?
Jun 24, 2005 (12:59 pm)
Has anyone here have any experience with painting their Lexus LS400? my problem is that I have a big dent at the right side panel right on top of the front right wheel, im pretty sure it needs to be replaced, does anyone know if they have to repaint the whole car, or just the new panel? also how much would it costs to paint the panel/whole car? thanks.
#1597 of 2081 Re: Paint job [nhanxsolo]
Jun 25, 2005 (12:46 pm)
Firstly, it matters what color the car is. If it's black, painting one panel isn't too hard, same with white. If it's Gold/Tan, it'll never really match, Silver is tough. You never HAVE to paint the whole car, but if you want it to match exactly and be really hard to detect the repair, you may WANT to paint the whole car.
Quality of body work and paint varies all the way from soup to nuts too. You get what you pay for.
#1598 of 2081 Re: TSB For SmartAccess and Ignition [aggie76]
Jun 25, 2005 (1:29 pm)
The tsb you are referring to is probably EL016-03 , which refers to Smart Access problems. Ask your dealer if you can see it .
#1599 of 2081 Re: TSB For SmartAccess and Ignition [paul29]
Jun 25, 2005 (1:39 pm)
Thanks much, I will look into it on Monday with them.
#1600 of 2081 engine noise
Jun 28, 2005 (11:24 am)
I have a 96 LS 400 and some days when I drive it for a while and turn it off it makes a low honking noise any ideas?
#1601 of 2081 Re: Paint job [nhanxsolo]
Jun 28, 2005 (4:23 pm)
The other thing to think about is the age of your car. Paint will fade over time. Unless the body shop can match what is on the car by mixing their own formula, the whole car may have to be repainted. I don't have much experience with that, but I do know touch-ups on dings didn't match with that little bottle of factory touch-up paint on our '98 Avalon. (sea-mist green color)
#1602 of 2081 use of synthetic fluid in your car
Jun 30, 2005 (9:23 pm)
I have found that using synthetic oil in your lexus it will help it last longer and run cleaner
I also use mobil one 5w30 in my engine and mobil one transmission fluid in the transmission and I also use the synthetic transmission fluid in my power steering to help keep the seals soft. I have found that if you live in cold climate in the winter and don;t have a engine warmer mobil one will still lubricate down to 50 below helping the engine wear from dry starts and if you live in the desert area the oil will run up to 350 degrees plus. I have read where several people have transmissions that shudder when shifting I recommend going to a good transmission shop have them clean out the trans pan then do a full flush to clear out old oil. I recommend servicing the trans every 25000 miles and if you spend lots of time in bumper to bumper traffic every 20000 and if you can buy mobil one synthetic trans fluid and have the trans shop use it the trans will last a lot longer. All german cars now come with mobil one as standard fluid motor,trans rear-end and power steering Porsche BMW Mercedes ETC. They change the motor oil at 10,000 to 15000 miles which is now standard in a lexus if you use synthetic oil check the level every 4000 miles I hope this info helps I have always gotten at least 350,000 miles on my cars with the same engine and transmission using synthetic fluids. Happy Motoring!!!