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Lexus LS 400, Lexus LS 430, Sedan
#1672 of 8465 antenna on ls-430
Aug 01, 2001 (11:43 am)
I am curious if someone can help me. I want to hook a cellphone and connect to the car antenna. Does someone know where I can find this cable. I heard that the cable was located in the trunk. Any information would be apprecioated.. I pick up my ls-430 in April 2001 at a florida dealer. Car is just perfect. quiet, getting 24 mpg with 7000 miles on the odometer. The only problem I got withthe car was one morning I went out and tried to start car and had a dead battery. Lexus came to the house and towed the car 68 miles to the dealer and replaced the defective battery. Towing was $121 and the battery was listed at $110 and mechanic hours for 30 minutes.The towing was done by AAA which I understand has an agreement with this company. I rate the ls430 as a beautiful car to own. thanks
#1673 of 8465 Major Problems with my LS 430
Aug 01, 2001 (5:37 pm)
﻿I’m happy to hear others with no problems with the LS 430, but my experience has been utterly
abysmal. This car, which I had hoped would be my dream car, has instead turned into a major
The problems with my LS 430, since I picked up the car in March, have been as follows. 1) A
taillight burned out before 1,000 miles. 2) A wheel bearing stopped functioning within the same
time frame, requiring replacement. I was originally told that the repair could be done with an overnight stay. 3) After taking the car in, I was advised that I would have to wait for a week with an ES 300 loaner. The original replacement bearing itself was found to be defective by the dealer before it was installed. 4) The replacement installed either had either to be re-replaced or another bearing went bad (in any event, another replacement requiring two more trips to the dealer had to be made). 5) I developed a crunching sound at the back of the car, which required overnight repair and two more trips to the dealer. 6) The steering wheel noise then developed, requiring overnight repair. The bottom line? Eight trips for repairs to and from my Lexus dealer in three months’ time for a wide variety of obvious defects. The dealer has been unfailingly polite and professional; it is the car which has been a complete disappointment. As I write this, the steering wheel noise has once more become manifest.
So does this sound like a “lemon?” Will Lexus stand behind its name and replace this $60,000
vehicle with one which works as well as it is marketed to be? Not a chance.
I wrote Lexus national with the foregoing This was not a dealer or service problem, in my
opinion. I suggested the vehicle was a lemon and should be replaced. The reply? No response to
my letter for two weeks. We then traded phone calls. I then was obliged to wait another week
for a response to my last phone call. The bottom line: Lexus refused to provide anything more
than the bare minimum mandated by the lemon laws, i.e. Lexus will provide a replacement vehicle
for a bad car only to the extent a Hyundai dealer would be required to, by law, under similar
circumstances. That means Lexus will replace the vehicle only if I have the same problem with
the car which requires five repairs, or if it is in the shop for more than a month. Lexus, which
holds itself out to the world as a manufacturer of cars with a well-deserved reputation for
reliability, will back up its reputation on a $60,000 vehicle to the same extent a seller of a Dodge Neon, a GEO Metro or a Ford Escort, i.e. the bare minimum required by law.(The most Lexus
national would go was to convince the locus Lexus dealer to offer to pick the vehicle up at my
home, drop off an ES 300 loaner and then bring the LS 430 in to repair the noisy steering wheel.)
Should a buyer of a luxury car -- marketed heavily on the basis of its reputation for reliability – be obliged to accept the same remedy as would be provided the purchaser of a car costing one fourth the price by a manufacturer known for shoddy manufacturing? It doesn’t seem fair, but that has been Lexus’s answer.
#1674 of 8465 dzhango....sorry to hear of the
Aug 01, 2001 (6:56 pm)
problems with your LS430. It does sound like you've got one of the rare Lexus lemons. Moreover, I am not impressed with the way they've treated you. It would make me think twice about buying (another) one if I had the same problems with mine. My experience, as with with my previous four Lexi, has been nothing but good. At the least if I were you I'd spread the word to your friends, colleagues and co-workers, and let Lexus know you are doing it, and I'm sure they would like to prevent that from happening.
Aug 02, 2001 (7:59 am)
Include your VIN#
#1676 of 8465 jarogj, tomkun, and dzhango
Aug 02, 2001 (6:53 pm)
That makes three cars now with what sounds like major problems.
* Replaced driver side seat cushion assembly.
* Replaced moon roof.
* Squeak left front wheel.
* Shock absorber noise.
* Weak welds in rear wheel houses.
* Rear seat rattle.
* Left front window rattle.
* Engine vibration.
* Front brakes grab.
Lexus' reputation for reliability is getting a drubbing. I sure hope these 3 lemons are not the tip of an iceberg of many other lemons that we haven't heard from.
I have had no problems of any significance. I've had my Ultra Lux since last November; 13,000 miles on it now. I am still very happy with it, although it isn't as quiet as the early reports had led me to expect.
Aug 02, 2001 (8:04 pm)
I just noticed there have been *four* lemons reported: jkerrigan2 also had numerous problems. That's getting pretty embarrassing for us Lexus enthusiasts.
Aug 04, 2001 (6:55 am)
Maybe, now that Lexus has "peaked", it's a good time for Mazda to finally enter the luxury car market.
Conventional wisdom says that when you're on top of a market segment then it's time to "retune" and start seeing yourselves as COMPETITION.
Aug 04, 2001 (8:45 am)
I'm not sure Mazda has the resources, even wwith Ford, to go successfully in the luxo market. They're better off staying in their current niche.
#1680 of 8465 smells fishy to me
Aug 04, 2001 (9:16 am)
post 1628 - not sure I buy it. It's a solo post and the poster uses the comical name that flint350 and I have used in past about another board. Plus it comes on the heels of our friend bolony. I certainly will feel bad if its a true post but I have a lot of doubts. Has anyone ever experienced this type of service from Lexus? Not too long ago they overnight mailed me touch-up paint that I just wanted to have around and didn't need in any urgence. This has always been the type of service I've gotten.
Aug 04, 2001 (10:31 am)
Agreed. If it's a legitmate post, let's have the dealer's name and dates. Appears phoney to me.