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Lexus LS 400, Lexus LS 430, Sedan
#1325 of 8465 2001 Lexus LS 430
Jun 09, 2001 (7:06 pm)
Our Lexus dealer has a 2001 LS 430 that has 600 miles on it. The original owner decided he didn't like the color and returned it. I believe that this is now considered a USED car and the warranty is extended from the original new car warranty. Can anyone tell me the depreciation amount that should be taken off of the sticker? Since the 2001 models are not yet listed as USED, I cannot get a fair price. Thanks
Jun 09, 2001 (8:09 pm)
I had this problem on my 99 LS400 - it would groan when the steering wheel retracted after switching off the engine. On my next service visit, I mentioned it to them and they said there was a fix available (maybe there's a Technical Service Bulletin for this?). A few days later (after a part came in) they fixed it. However, a few months later I started noticing another noise from the steering column - sort of like a softer grinding noise or high frequency vibration when going over certain rough road surfaces. Mentioned it on my next service visit, but they couldn't get it to happen, so were unable to do anything. Will try again next time...
Jun 10, 2001 (6:32 am)
I like mine. The startup sounds don't bother me, they are usually muted by the annoying "Lexus Link is active" infomercial. The size probably could be smaller, but might have something to do with the amount of electronics/features contained in the box. Remember, there are extra features like the bogey counter and the rearward looking antenna on the Valentine. My biggest problem (and maybe this is size related after all) is a good location. My wife is a big user of the pax side sun visor, so I really need to mount it on the driver side. It is just large enough to not fit above the rear view mirror, so I have it slightly left of that, using the windshield mount. The wiring is relatively simple to hide, though those damn Lexus microfit parts make it a bit of a struggle to insert the wires. I might go with a hard-wire setup (which is provided in the box with the unit, along with a visor mount and extra suction cups - well done). I also have the remote indicator, but haven't decided yet on how to locate it without further cluttering the interior. Unit costs $400 + $40 for the remote.
Jun 10, 2001 (6:36 am)
Hmmm... given how hot the LS430 is right now you might not do that well, but I'd shoot for invoice price of a new one.
#1329 of 8465 flint - valentine location...
Jun 10, 2001 (6:39 am)
Don't know if this will work on the LS430 but it works great on my GS400 - I put rubber feet on my Passport 7500 to let it sit level on the LEFT side of the dash (left of the instrument cluster), and I ran the wire down the side of the dash. The feet are held to the dash with tiny velcro pads. It works great. Most passengers don't even know I have a radar detector.
#1330 of 8465 Valentine location
Jun 10, 2001 (8:42 am)
As I indicated before, I placed the Valentine to the right of the rain sensor. It does not interfere with the passanger side visor. It will take some manipulation of the detector to position it just right, but it will fit without interference.
#1331 of 8465 tech. service bulletin
Jun 10, 2001 (10:05 am)
I have 2500 miles on my silver LS430,custom luxury. A great car, but I also have had the steering wheel groan, happens when the wheel is moving up and in. My dealer was aware of the problem and fixed it(I hope) by lubricating the gears. A more serious problem was a broken spot weld or welds in the area of the right rear wheel well. Again, my dealer fixed it and said there is now a tech. service bulletin for this problem. I hope all is now well as my family and I are leaving for a trip to Penn. and then south through Virginia and the Carolina's. It should be a great trip and I couldn't travel in a better car.
Jun 10, 2001 (11:17 am)
feverhart and bitkahuna, thanks. I'd prefer not to dash mount and will look again at the area next to the rain sensor. I remember that post, but couldn't seem to get mine to fit there as neatly as yours. On another note, I got the remote sensor, but it's dead. Unless I'm doing something wrong, I can't get it to power up at all. I know the wires are good and the detector works, but not the remote. I'll call Valentine's 800# on Monday. Thanks again.
#1333 of 8465 TSB on LS430
Jun 10, 2001 (11:47 am)
I too had the creaking around the rear wheelhouses of the LS430. The technician at Lexus apprised me of the TSB and fixed it promptly. Has anyone experienced a groan from the braking system? When I make a stop and then creep ahead a little bit and brake again I sometimes hear a groan on the left front side. The dealer says it is the abs pump reloading and the LS and GS both do it. I guess I just accepted that. It's one of those intermittent things but it is annoying. Apparently the abs and master cylinder or something were changed this year to an all in one unit and this is one of the by products from it.
Jun 10, 2001 (3:15 pm)
Bought one today....luxury pckge., white/ecru, chromes, window tint and gold badges...picking it up Thurs. the 14th...can't wait!