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You are in the Lexus LS 400/LS 430
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Lexus LS 400, Lexus LS 430, Sedan
#2908 of 8465 GPS Update
May 23, 2002 (5:49 am)
Drive 2001 LS 430. Updated my navigation system 2000 version 1 to 2001 version 1. Cost $691-parts and labor. Upadated based on conversation with Lexus Hq that indicated northern NJ and Wash, DC area coverage would be expanded. Unfortunately am still unable to program my sons location in W Orange (located in northern NJ). Have not yet tried Wash area. Would suggest anyone considering update contact Lexus Hq and go thru the laborious process of listening to list of areas with increased coverage.
#2909 of 8465 air bags
May 23, 2002 (6:45 am)
are JUST backups for the seatbelts.
#2910 of 8465 wwest/seatbelts
May 23, 2002 (9:25 am)
wwest is correct; the passive restraints are intended to work in combination w/belts. Injuries can occur from bags, but almost all of them can be attributed to those who are not belted. In fact, the bags could be made MUCH more effective, saving untold numbers of lives, but if the manuf's did so, they would pose a greater threat to those who are not belted. IMHO, the bags' effectiveness should be maxed out, and if there are those who refuse to wear their seat belts, they should just accept the risk. It galls me that the lives of my family members are in ANY measure put at risk to make the world safer for those who refuse to help themselves.
#2911 of 8465 VERY WELL SAID !!
May 23, 2002 (3:04 pm)
#2912 of 8465 "Laser Cruise Control is not available" warning
May 23, 2002 (7:32 pm)
I had previously noticed that the laser cruise control (not the regular cruise control) becomes inoperative when it rains. I took that as an intentional safety measure.
Last night as I was driving (with laser cruise control on) directly toward the setting sun low on the horizon, I heard a ding and saw the warning message "Cruise control is not available" along with the triangular warning icon. There was no hint of rain, so I suspected some intermittent computer malfunction. A little while later I tried the laser cruise control again and it worked! But only briefly; after a slight turn it again turned off. The blinding sun made me suspect that it might be the culprit. So I waited till the road turned again slightly away from the sun, and sure enough, the laser cruise control was again operational. And remained so until another turn made us face the sun directly -- then it again turned off.
So it seems that if the car is pointing directly into the sun (plus or minus a small vertical beam width), the laser cruise control is unable to work. Presumably the incoming sunlight blinds it.
During this experiment I also verified that the regular cruise control continued to work regardless of the sun's position.
Just thought you'd like to know.
#2913 of 8465 Throttle tip-in
May 23, 2002 (9:41 pm)
has anyone noticed that the throttle "tip-in" (I think that's what its called) is very weird on the LS430.
I had the previous 400, and while it was a bit slow, obviously being a luxury car, it was not that different that a regular car.
The 430 throttle is almost as if there is honey or syrup or something coating the spring, actually, it seems like there is no spring at all.
This is in extreme contrast to the fairly firm brake pedal, that if you push lightly, nothing seems to happen; a firm push is required, like a sports car. The contrast is what is annoying, Lincoln-like gas, and porsche-like brake.
I'm not sure if that is just a problem with my particular car or an endemic characteristic of all 430s. Anyone else notice this?
May 23, 2002 (9:45 pm)
Uh, I was wondering if anyone has had any track experience in their 430>?
I realize that this car is hardly built for track work but I'd love to learn to drift the car thru turns.
My car has the 17 inch tires which are fairly "sporty" (Dunlop Sport SP9000s, I think).
Does anyone with track car experience have any suggestions? Is it "safe" to do a track-day on the car?
#2915 of 8465 SEEKING 16" WHEELS
May 24, 2002 (5:06 pm)
I'd like to swap my LS430's 17" wheels with BridgestoneTuranzo E33 tires (16K on tires with very good tread) for LS 430 16" wheels with or without tires.
Any interested parties in or near the Maryland area, please contact me at fredeverhartcomcast.net.
#2916 of 8465 Laser Cruise Control
May 24, 2002 (7:36 pm)
The situation you describe about the laser cruise control not working in the rain or when facing a setting sun directly in front of you is correct. I remember reading about it in the owners manual. The manual also says that the laster cruise doesn't work properly if the vehicle in front of you if VERY dirty or if the vehicle has a real high clearance.
May 24, 2002 (7:42 pm)
I have an 02 LS430. I know what you mean about the throttle pedal feeling like it's coated with honey. Mine has very smooth acceleration and you don't have to press very hard to get the car moving.
I find the car's brakes to be real sensititve too. Just a tap on the break and you can feel the pads clamp down hard on the wheels.
You may want to have the brakes checked next time you bring your car in for service.