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Lexus LS 400, Lexus LS 430, Sedan
#2394 of 8465 RE: 92 lexus LS 400
Jan 25, 2002 (10:29 am)
trisha2, I have a 92 LS400 that I bought used with 76K miles in 1997; it now has 156K on it. I have experienced the same problem you describe - squeaking in the strut area. The dealer replaced both upper suspension arm assemblies, and the lower ball joint assemblies. This had also been done by a different dealer a year earlier. The cost for this was $1,554.00 - including a four wheel alignment. This did not cure the problem. Returned to the dealer two more times for them to locate the squeak - but they never did resolve it on their own. I told them I thought it was the struts and they said they were good and never had problems with them. Nevertheless, I insisted they change the front struts. This fixed the problem and only cost $297.80. If I were you, I would have them replace the struts before I went with the higher price option. However, if you are having other symptoms that may indicate suspension problems: uneven tire tread wear, pulling in either direction, wandering on the highway - you may need the front end work done.
Other problems to be prepared for:
A/C compressor failure = $1,400 (2 times once under warranty)
A/C Evaporator failure a week after the 1st A/C compressor failed = $1,200
Rear Main oil seal = $473.00
Brake Job = $460.00
120K mile service = $995.00 (Same as 60K service)
Fuel door release solenoid replacement = $333.00
Don't forget to replace the timing belt at 90K miles - Cost $995.00, this includes changing the water pump, which they will recommend doing at the same time.
Did I mention the cost to maintain this vehicle can be expensive if you follow the manufacturer's recommended schedule - which I have. However, I would not hesitate to buy another used or new Lexus. They are fun and comfortable to drive, and generally very reliable. This car has never left me stranded.
#2395 of 8465 General questions regarding 1995 Lexus LS400
Jan 25, 2002 (3:56 pm)
As I am in the market for a used car, I recently drove a 1995 LS 400 with 127,500 miles, currently owned by second owner who is asking $16k. Owner thinks vehicle may have had quarter panel replaced due to rear-end collision.
Never drove a lexus before and found it very smooth/quiet. I live around Boston area.
I wondered if anyone experienced with Lexus LS400 might be willing/able to answer questions regarding my following concerns...
- How expensive is it to maintain these cars? Especially now that it's 7yrs old with 127K miles?
- What is actual gas mileage? City/HghWay?
- How reliable/dependable?
- What maintenace should I ensure was completed?
- How many yrs/miles should I expect to get out of this vehicle?
- How much in maintenance costs should I expect per year?
- Are there any other questions I should be asking?
- Is $16k a reasonable price?
Your response(s) will be greatly appreciated.
Thanks in advance.
Jan 25, 2002 (5:04 pm)
I think sixteen thousand is sort of high. You should get twenty five mpg highway if driven around sevety five mph. The maintenance reacord should be available Tony
Jan 26, 2002 (9:22 am)
I sold a '95 LS400 about six months ago to a private party for just under $20k but it had 78k miles, not 127k. Had all the dealer service records, expensive 60k service with timing belt, etc.
$16k isn't a bad deal if the service records check out and if the timing belt has been replaced somewhere between 60-90k. Also, it should be in good shapes inside and outside. Otherwise, $14.5k would be my offer so you have the extra $1.5k to put towards repairs.
#2398 of 8465 Codylabrador and ScottPhillip
Jan 26, 2002 (2:53 pm)
a. It is not uncommon for the electronic dash display to burn out on an earlier model Lexus. Someone on this board wrote a year ago that it costs $1,500 to fix.
b. You can read the Lexus magazine online at www.InsideLexus.com
#2399 of 8465 As if we didn't know
Jan 27, 2002 (7:29 am)
Inside Lexus reports that AMCI, after spending over 4000 man-hours testing the best luxuary sedans in the US, rated the LS 430 as the top of the heap--the best. This included the
Bentley Arnage Red Label, Rolls Royce Silver Seraph, and of course the BMW 750, The S600, Jaguar, Audi, and others.
So what else is new?
#2400 of 8465 feverhart
Jan 27, 2002 (6:20 pm)
The more I drive it the more I appreciate it. Now up to 20k miles and letter perfect just as expected - no squeaks, no rattles and I solved the cds sloshing around my glovebox problem. I mean that was the only noise in the car. Can't imagine a better car on the road. But I only evaluated it vs. the S-430 (which it easily beats) and the S-500 (better contest but it still wins)
#2401 of 8465 10k and still smiling
Jan 28, 2002 (4:45 am)
My LS turned 10k this past week, as I made several long road trips. The car is even better now that we are used to one another. Fast, comfortable, and smooth. The stereo remains the best I have ever heard in a car, and much better than most home systems. Got a chance to really test it out during this series of road trips (the first extended trips without spouse or child) and it is amazing. I think I will definitely keep this one until it turns 100k. Wish list items: heated steering wheel, quicker downshifts, hanger clip suitable for more than a single hanger (don't the Japenese ever pick up dry cleaning?), 2 inches more rear leg room (tight for my very tall son when I have the seat all the way back; where is the LS430iL?). All in all, a fabulous toy!
Nixon3, jkl27: No car in this class can remotely be called cheap to operate, especially when the miles pile up. My 90 LS, which had 127k when I sold it, had several of the problems Nixon3 mentioned (a/c, suspension, and also the bleeding LCD display). The thing to remember with these cars is that they are amazingly reliable machines BUT: all machines wear out eventually and when this one needs repair, the parts are expensive. I would still rather drive an LS with this kind of mileage and expect the occasional expensive repair than settle for a lesser car with fewer miles. Just a matter of taste, I suppose.
#2402 of 8465 L-Tuned upgrades for 1999 LS 400??
Jan 28, 2002 (6:15 am)
I have a 1999 LS400 which I enjoy very much, but is there anyway to ugrade the steering/suspension as in the GS to make it a little more sporty?? Thanks.
#2403 of 8465 New Owner questions
Jan 28, 2002 (7:38 am)
I just got my LS430 a couple of days ago and have some questions:
1) Is there any hack way to turn off the Lexus link startup message? -- I turned the volume way down and that really helps but I rather just turn it off.
2) Is there any way to disable the GPS warning startup screen?
3) I saw some messages on the steering wheel voice button not always working on the 1st press. I am also seeing that behavior. Is there a fix for this problem or are we doing something wrong?
4) Our top glove box does not align right and actually rubes on the top. Has anyone else seen this problem?
5) does anyone know of any hacks in the Navigation system. In other words -- hidden screens that are not documented in the owners manual that let you do interesting things to the car?
6) I heard from a friend that you can play DVD movies from the Nav system. Is this true and if so how.
7) what is the trick on opening all the doors with the remote. I double click but half the time it doesn't work.
8) I saw a posting on someone saying that it cost about $300 to swap out the ashtray. Has anyone done it themselves? If so, how much did the parts cost and how did you do it? I want to put my cell phone in this box.
thanks in advance for the help