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You are in the Lexus LS 400/LS 430
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Lexus LS 400, Lexus LS 430, Sedan
#300 of 8465 check out insure.com
Dec 01, 2000 (5:51 pm)
This is what I found at the site:
The BMW 5 Series and the Lexus LS 400 came out on top in the Insurance
Institute for Highway Safetyís latest crash tests of six large-size luxury cars.
The vehicles -- which also included the Mercedes E Class, Lincoln Continental,
Infiniti Q45 and Cadillac Seville -- were put through the instituteís 40 mph
frontal offset crash test. Officials then evaluated how well each vehicle and its
two crash-test-dummy occupants survived the test, which simulates a collision
between two similarly sized vehicles.
Besides measuring the likelihood of injury to the occupants, officials tested the
design of the head restraints and performance of the bumpers in low-speed
You might expect such expensive cars to fare well in crash tests, but high
price doesnít always add up to high safety.
One of the most important factors to surviving any crash is the ability of the
vehicle to absorb the impact without affecting the passenger compartment.
Serious or even fatal injuries can result if the engine is pushed into the
passenger compartment in a head-on crash.
The Lexus, BMW and Mercedes models tested maintained the integrity of the
passenger compartment, but the driverís door of the Mercedes popped open
during the crash test. Although the dummies in the car were not affected by
the opening door, officials said occupants could be thrown from the vehicle if
the door opens.
The dummies didnít fare as well in the Lincoln, Infiniti and Cadillac models. In
the Lincoln Continental, forces measured on the dummiesí legs were high
enough to break the driverís leg. Dummies in the Infiniti Q45 indicated the
likelihood of head and leg injuries.
The Cadillac Seville came out on the bottom of the list. The vehicle suffered
"major intrusion" of the passenger compartment during the offset crash test,
and the tests indicated a high likelihood of right-leg injuries.
IIHS President Brian OíNeill blamed the old design of the Seville for its poor
performance. "The rest have been recently redesigned, and this could be a
reason the Cadillac didnít perform up to the other models," he said. General
Motors has redesigned the Seville for the 1998 model year, which could help
improve its scores, OíNeill said.
The institute gave the BMW and Lexus models high marks despite their poor
bumper designs. The Lincoln Continental was the only one of the six cars
tested to earn a "good" mark on the bumper test.
see the site
#301 of 8465 Cadillac vs Lexus
Dec 02, 2000 (7:32 am)
Well, I went from Cadillac to Lexus so I'll help ya out. To put it simply, that $6,000 difference in price comes straight out of the interior. The interior of the DTS looks so cheap and awful after sitting in an LS430, or ANY Lexus for that matter. In short, my 98 LS400 is better in ever way than my 95 STS was. Also, wanna know something suprising? With the trunk full of sandbags my LS400 is better in the snow than the STS ever hoped to be. Yes its FWD, but its also 300hp.
Go Lexus, I did and I'll never go back. Its just a better car in every way.
#302 of 8465 SAND BAGS
Dec 02, 2000 (11:16 pm)
so with the ls430 and its traction control and antislip, and intermitant snow how many sandbags necessary? or should you have to do this or get snow tires? i'm getting the 16" all season tires, won't that be enough?
Any of you leasing the ls430 mine comes first week of jan what rates are you getting and what can i expect. they talk about credit "points", scale, and how can i predict if i qualify for the best rates. are they negotiable with a lexus link?
i'll be doing a 36month/36k mile lease on my nav-lev-lexus link ls430
#303 of 8465 Lexus 430 vs XXX
Dec 03, 2000 (7:01 pm)
After testing all the large, luxury cars, we decided on the Lexus 430. Did not like the Cadallic STS at all. Poor visibility, noisy, poor ride. Liked the Lexus much better than the MB or BMW. Also did not like the Nag system in any vehicle. We have very little use for Nag system. When the Neg system is a "real on-line" and updated often it would be more useful to us. We ranked the Toyota Avalon much higher than the Cadallic. Picked up our Lexus 430 Basic package on Friday evening. Wonderful ride, very quite, very comfortable driving and great audio system. No second thoughts about buying the LS430. The LS430 is easy to park and maneuver in close quarters.
Dec 03, 2000 (11:14 pm)
I put one 50lb sandbag over each rear wheel and one in the center of the trunk.
#305 of 8465 LEXUS LS AND SNOW
Dec 05, 2000 (1:10 pm)
I am contemplating the purchase of a used LS 400 ('97. Having driven, for the most part, front-wheel drive automobiles, I am concerned about the performance of the LS's rear-wheel drive in the midwest's hefty snows. I would appreciate your responses because they will definitely help to determine my purchase decision.
#306 of 8465 Replacing Center Stoplight Bulb
Dec 05, 2000 (8:27 pm)
Can anyone tell me how you replace the center stoplight bulb? It appears that somehow you have to remove the luggage deck? Nearest Lexus dealer is 80 miles away and it seems like replacing a bulb should be something I can do.
Bob 94 LS400
Dec 06, 2000 (12:05 pm)
I have a 91 LS and replaced the third brake light bulbs (there's two of them in there) recently. Very easy. There are directions in the manual. I took a flathead screwdriver (tip wrapped in cloth so as not to scratch the decklid) and then pryed the subwoofer speaker cover/third brakelight grill off. It took a bit of muscle but I managed to pop it off w/o damaging the lid. I changed the two bulbs and that was it. The bulb type/number is printed on the bulbs themselves and should be listed in the owner's manual.
#308 of 8465 jeannine
Dec 06, 2000 (6:14 pm)
You need a set of 4 snow tires for the winter. I have driven my 91 LS with traction control with 4 snows in the Buffalo area with few problems.
#309 of 8465 Oxygen Sensor ?
Dec 06, 2000 (6:29 pm)
Can a technically-savvy person help me? The "check engine" light in my 91 LS recently went on. The "traction control off" light also went on. The dealer thought the gas cap was not tight enough, so we tightened it and the lights went off. Now the lights go on and off intermittently and the dealer say that I have a bad oxygen sensor in the exhaust system. Replacing the oxygen sensor will be $350. Does this make sense? Both lights have been off for two days and the car is running just fine.