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Lexus LS 400, Lexus LS 430, Sedan
#1651 of 8465 Magazine Groan
Jul 28, 2001 (1:20 pm)
This week I got a letter from a magazine company that said "Popular Mechanics will soon publish an Owners Report about the 2001 Lexus LS 430. Our report will be based on your completed questionnaire plus those from other owners. Your name was chosen at random by an independent survey organization. We have no connection with Lexus..."
I don't know if you can volunteer to fill out a questionnaire, but if you want to try, call the magazine or write to the address on my envelope: "Popular Mechanics Owner Survey, Post Office Box 283, Spring Valley NY 10977-9923." I'll be watching for the results, hopefully in the Sept or Oct issues.
Let me add my thanks to drcomputer for instructions on how to eliminate the steering wheel retraction groan (#1601). It worked.
#1652 of 8465 NAV. system on the LS430
Jul 28, 2001 (3:55 pm)
Anyone have the screen (map only, not audio or climate control)go blank except for the blinking locator icon? If so, what was the fix?
#1653 of 8465 I FEEL YOUR PAIN
Jul 29, 2001 (6:37 am)
Bolony? i feel your pain, and frustration. I don't have to bash MB. As a previous MB owner (2 vehicles ml320 and slk roadster), I too was angry that my lexus neighbor was getting oustanding reliability, service and saved 25k to boot. My frustration with my service and all those "gliches" forced me away from my dealer that is only 4 miles from my house and it's ease of getting service--but i only visit every 7500 miles and my wife likes to shop in that town. Now i have to drive 125 miles for lexus service. The wonderful thing is, bolony, and it comes across in your words--as one who can afford anything i want ....i want quality, service, and luxury. I didn't get to my position by taking second best and throwing money out the door. I was frustrated that my door handle fell off, that my car doen't have top technology (gps system and ergonomics). The problem is just as Pogo said "we have met the enemy and it is us" that's mercedes fault for not keeping me as a customer. they have more pressure on them. you don't get the angry rants and raves from "frustrated underserved" lexus owners, but from my own experience, MB doesn't deserve my $$$$ or loyalty--let them make it up, and let the market decide. My friends s500 still can't get his phone to work, and the electrical problems have sealed his fate. when his lease is up--no more MB....i don't know what he'll choose but MB lost another customer. when you don't like something research says you tell 7-10 people. Well MB i challange you to get me back.
Jul 29, 2001 (8:31 am)
I know frustrated people like that too. They want the status of the MB but the quality of the Lexus. Easy decision - you drive a car not its status. Status is how you present yourself not how the things you own present you.
#1655 of 8465 NAV. system on LS430....problem solved!
Jul 29, 2001 (9:31 am)
Re. my post, #1607, I discovered the problem of no map. For some reason it had zoomed-out to 4 mi. Just zooming back in restored my map. Voila, no more problem(s). That's the difference between Lexus and other makes. With the others you have to go in to the dealer to fix the problem, less so with Lexus.
Jul 29, 2001 (1:06 pm)
Sorry, but I don't know too much about Longboat Key. I've been to the general area and am planning a visit a little further south at Captiva Island later on. I have heard of the Longboat Key Club as a nice golf resort facility and also of the (I think) Colony Beach which is a tennis oriented resort. If you have a car and the wanderlust, a short trip north to Tarpon Springs, there is a restaurant I would recommend. It is called Louis Pappas Famous Restaurant. It was started and owned by the former chef to General Blackjack Pershing during WWI. I've heard Tarpon Springs referred to as part Greek Isles and a New England fishing village with a southern charm.
Now if you only took your LS, the nav system could probably tell you all of this! Have a good (if hot) trip!
#1657 of 8465 flint350
Jul 29, 2001 (1:57 pm)
The Colony is where I'm at starting 10 days from now. Alas I will be driving a Sable - no nav or ml. What the heck - I always thought its Ford Taurus sister drove pretty well. No way will I take that Leganza that Nealm1 got stuck with.
#1658 of 8465 flint - chef from WWI???
Jul 29, 2001 (3:57 pm)
I'm surprised he or she is still alive, although I guess you didn't say that, you just said it 'was' started and owned (don't know if it still is). Anyway, that caught my eye
#1659 of 8465 Burn's steak house
Jul 29, 2001 (4:52 pm)
Anyone know if it is still in business in the Tampa area and if so is it as great as ever. Had a fantastic t-bone steak there and kept the menu as a souvenir many years ago. Never could forget how they devoted a whole section of the menu to tell you why a rib steak was a Prime Rib cut which they refused to classify as a steak.
Flint350 - WW1 chef ... huh. That aviation seems to keep you on top of everything. Did you really get a speeding ticket? Radar, lots of luck and an occasional great sense of timing has kept me away from speeding tickets for some time now. Last one I got was in my 1974 Chevy Monte Carlo going 71mph under the Verazano bridge in Brooklyn. The next day my college buddies told me that was a police training ground - at least back then.
#1660 of 8465 ljlfx.......Burn's Steakhouse
Jul 29, 2001 (4:57 pm)
is still there, but it is Bern's Steakhouse. The upstairs dessert place is the best!