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Lexus LS 400, Lexus LS 430, Sedan
#1140 of 8465 Buying a 1990 LS 400: The saga continues
May 12, 2001 (7:19 pm)
I saw 2 more LS400s today. I didnt see any Mercs because I wanted a reliable car and liked the Lexus features better.
The one I have set my mind on is a steel blue 1990 LS 400 122k with nakamichi & cd changer/moonroof. None of the other LS400s i saw had the Nak/CD- which is very important to me. The price is $7000. Is this a good price? Here is a list of whats wrong with the car. Please suggest how much would it take to correct them:
1)The LCD in the panel above the CD display..the one that displays temperature etc has leaked and needs to be changed. I can live with it- it doesnt affect any of the functionality.
2) The 122k reading indicates it needs a timing belt replacement soon. Dont know when it was done last. How much does it cost?
3) The remote key doesnt work. The person said it used to work till the last month and figures its possibly the batteries inside that need replacement.
Please advice me on this issue.
May 12, 2001 (8:42 pm)
If it's in good shape $7,000 is a really good price.
Take the VIN # to the dealer and he can tell you when and if any authorized dealer last changed the belt. If you ask nicely he will even give you a complete run-down on the car's history as far as Lexus knows.
The original timing belt interval for 1990 was 90,000 miles... I think.
Radio Shack carries the batteries.
#1142 of 8465 flint350 - black cherry
May 13, 2001 (12:22 am)
I've decided against pin striping my black cherry ultra. I, too, really like the way the light plays on the paint, and I think that pin striping would detract. Black cherries already have natural highlights. On the other hand, I'm still planning on getting the gold kit.
#1143 of 8465 topgun7 - custom luxury is worth it
May 13, 2001 (12:55 am)
I also wanted a custom luxury, but didn't want to wait and bought an ultra instead. I believe the custom is worth the extra money over nav/ml because the laser cruise control (among other options) is fantastic! You set it and forget it. Drive through construction zones without "one foot on the brake and one on the gas". Helps the nerves as well as fatigue. Park assist is nice because you can manuver around within inches of hitting something in complete confidence. I've also enjoyed the variable air suspension that you can get on a custom (it may be an option on a custom) because I can have either a cushy ride on the interstate or a stiffer suspension on winding mountain roads. Customs also now come with 17" chrome wheels. Cooled seats too (heated also, of course). A fan in the seat actually blows cooled air through the seat to cool your tush and your back.
The only difference between a custom and an ultra are the back seat goodies and rear and back window shades. Variable air suspension is included on the ultra and is an option on the custom. So, you're getting alot of really cool high tech goodies on your custom (I'm sure I haven't thought of all of them) without spending the extra cash on the back seat stuff.
#1144 of 8465 Black Cherry, Gold Kit...
May 13, 2001 (7:41 am)
First imagine the car without any "badges" at all. As soon as I bought my 92 burgandy it went into the paint shop to remove the ugly trunk badges and be patched and repainted. I had to live with the front grill badge so I had it painted burgandy also so it would be less obtrusive. It still looks grand today, 10 years later.
I think pinstripes or a gold kit would spoil the "understated elegance" appearance I suspect the original LS designers intended. Remember the huge front badge on the early Infiniti that everyone hated so it quickly disappeared?
If you travel to Japan you will see that "branding" is a very BIG thing over there, everyone goes out of their way to be sure they are "noticed" for the vehicles they drive and the suits and dresses they wear, even the evening gowns.
Not the american way (I hope).
Porsche has a option to remove all badging, who needs to be told what THAT is?
May 13, 2001 (9:56 am)
I just bought the LS430 with the NV/Mark Levinson package. When I was trying to negotiate a price I discovered that there was a real lack of information about what people were paying in the real world.
For the benefit of others who are looking I will post the price I received here. Please don't flame me and tell me I'm an idiot, etc. I am just trying to provide information to others who come after me.
My price (before tax & license)for the LS430 with NV/Mark Levinson package was $56,750.
#1146 of 8465 sweetspot - Price
May 13, 2001 (12:16 pm)
What was MSRP on your car? And what area of the country? I am negotiating a $61230 car (Nav/ML/Link/17's) in the Midwest. $56750 seems a pretty good price to me. My goal is to get $4000 off list, but maybe I'll deal a little harder.
#1147 of 8465 Custom Lux vs. Ultra
May 13, 2001 (4:51 pm)
I too would have preferred the Custom Luxury option to the Ultra because I don't need all that back seat luxury. But I couldn't wait (like barb85) and so got the Ultra. The one thing I know I would miss if I had the Custom Lux is the little refrigerated compartment in the back seat. It's so nice to have a cold Frappucino or Club Soda whenever I feel like it (substitute Red Bull or Michelob or whatever).
#1148 of 8465 flint350
May 13, 2001 (5:32 pm)
It's finally summer here so my time for the boards will not be as great as during this forever snowy/miserable past winter. So I promise I'm going to stay with this board only going forward. But I could'nt pass up that comment from auto magazine. My fighting spirit wanes in the summer heat so if someone is going to win a battle with me now is the time. But I'm smart enough to back-off beforehand. Besides these cars are so great why even discuss it with guys who don't wnat to hear it or more importantly accept it.Let them continue to believe the predjudiced mag articles.
You're black cherry looked awesome to me. It also had the ecru inteior which made it stand out even more. I love the pine color as well and finally had chance to wax it (used Zymol - no swirls). The wax deepened the color and it looks spectacular. Then my wife shamed me into waxing her silver one for mother's day and that looked great to. Then I saw a parchment and a black one on the road as we went out to a late mothers day dinner that caused me to get home to late for the Soprano's - and they looked real good too. You know the cars looks have grown so much on me that I like just about every color I see it in. And the more I see the S the more I see a Taurus/Sable
Happy mother's day Flint.
May 13, 2001 (9:33 pm)
I am in the SF bay area and waiting for an sc430 but also interested in a ls430 with custom luxury if it come before the sc. As part of the discussion with the dealer, we have 2 dealers that offered us about $5,000 below msrp (or about $3,000 above invoice) for nav/ml/17/lexus link. I believed the msrp is about $61k. You can also try www.cardirect.com and put in Los Angeles' zip (91311). I believed they cardirect offers the same car about $5,300 below msrp there. hope that help. By the way, the dealer here would go down about $3,000 from msrp for the ultra.