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Lexus LS 400, Lexus LS 430, Sedan
#363 of 8465 LS -430 vs MB S-Class
Dec 27, 2000 (3:39 pm)
After much agonizing I went with the LS 430 over the MB S-Class. Almost fell for that MB lore but in the end the LS luxurious interior, elegant ride, ultra quiet cabin & the combo of its' Nav system and Levinson stereo kept me in the Lexus LS family. I've been leasing LS 400's since 95 and have been very satisfied with the car, particularly its' ride and great reliability. A lot of people seem to complain about MB reliability but then claim the car's still worth it. In the case of the LS I have never had any problems other than tires wearing out early due to my failure to get a wheel alignment.I evaluated both the S-430 and the S-500 (to me the latter is actually the more competitive to the LS due to engine size) and found them to be great cars but didn't feel they measured up to the LS. I prefer the MB design & handling and give both A to A+ vs. B+ to the Lexus for both but Lexus wins everywhere else. The interior is off the scale at A++ vs. a B- for the MB (given its' price)and hey that's where you live. Besides the LS handles superbly for such a large car and with two kids in the car most of the time I would'nt drive it like a sports car anyway. I'm sure I would have been quite content with the MB but I actually felt that had I opted for it I would be sorry I didn't go with the LS and I didn't have any such feeling vice-versa. Now that I've driven it for two days I'm certain I made the right decision. My only complaint against the car is that you can't use the rear seat heaters if you put a child seat in the middle of the rear seats. Perhaps they will fix that in 2002. For anyone else caught between MB and LS - make your decision on the car not the MB lore - but both are great cars.
#364 of 8465 SNOW AND ICE TIRES
Dec 28, 2000 (6:39 am)
So what's the best snow and what's the best "ice" tire? I can use studded tires in kentucky,how about putting some studded tires on the rear like the cops do, or will it throw off the traction control. we have more problems with ice than snow in eastern ky and lots of rolling hills.
thanks for the info on the locks i'll have them changed when i get my service. My MB ml320 gets oil changed as per computer prompt about every 10-11k miles, what duration do you suggest on the ls430 i feel every 5k miles a bit too soon, maybe i can go 7500 miles between oil changes, or i'll just follow the book.
#365 of 8465 LS 430 in Black Cherry
Dec 28, 2000 (1:14 pm)
I just had a leasing company do a search for a Black Cherry LS430 with Ecru/AL package. Well he found one and I'll have it in 3 weeks. The question I have for anyone out there " how does the car look in Black Cherry". All of the dealers around don't have any to show and apparently the Ecru package was only built in the first run for dealers on the east coast. Any feedback
#366 of 8465 Snow and Ice Tires
Dec 28, 2000 (1:33 pm)
I have read numerous articles about this subject and the long and the short of it is...Bridgestone Blizzaks, Michelin Arctic Alpins and Goodyear Ulta Grip Ice tires will all do the job. They are designed to grip better under icy conditions and get you through the snow at the same time. I have personal experience with the Blizzaks and the Arctic Alpins and both seem to do the job well.
#367 of 8465 LS430 in Black Cherry
Dec 28, 2000 (2:06 pm)
lulu, I have seen the B Cherry with ecru (not ultra tho) and it was a beauty. I am waiting for one at my dealer - with the ultra pkg and ecru. It
seems like it may be a while, I have seen very few
of them here in the east (Md. Va.). I have been on the list since the beginning and have heard nothing about when one may arrive. I may need to give up my "one dealer" loyalty and check with other dealers. Bottom line, I think you'll love it, especially in bright sunlight - it glistens. It looks much darker indoors or in dim light. But, wow, in bright sun...!!
#368 of 8465 black cherry
Dec 29, 2000 (3:35 am)
Lulu11: There is a black cherry with ecru, nav, 17" tire and fully loaded in Lexus of Huntsville, Alabama. I test dove it for two hours, it has been sitting on the lot for 3 weeks now, accompanied with five others LS. It is a brand new dealer and I know they will negociate. You can find them in the www.lexus.com. good luck, Swiftm
Dec 29, 2000 (7:29 am)
Hello, i would like to start of by telling you that over the last few weeks my father has been shoping for SUVs priced from 40-55 thousand dollars. He allready has a jeep cherokee, and my mother drives a BMW 740i sport (LOL, after she drove mine she just had to have one). Well after researching, he realized no matter how much luxury was in a truck it was still a truck, big and unflatering. Even the RX300 and X5 didnt intrest him. So he decided to keep his cherokee, and lease a luxury car. He really like the LS430, and our local dealer has one with black onyx exterior, and black leather. It also has the nav. system. That is his first option. He also is consdidering a black/blac gs430, and a silver/tan mercedes e430. Any comments?? What would you do in this situation?
#370 of 8465 LS430 VS E430VS GS
Dec 29, 2000 (12:57 pm)
I had the same problem till i realized that
1. e series coming in next year or two upgrade causes huge hit on resale
2. for the price of the e430 i can have the ls430 better and equiv to s500 for 23k less
3. gs400 rides rough unless you get the 16j' wheels and doesn't have the luxury or quiet of the ls430
4. the ls430 has the best interior of anything maybe competes with a lear jet for ergonomics. better resale
5.ls430 rules it's awesome, MB is over priced, the one advantage MB has is the 4matic if you need awd.
#371 of 8465 Good points.....
Dec 29, 2000 (4:49 pm)
He has decided to wate a little bit, but when the time comes says he will buy a ls430.
#372 of 8465 Help--Black Cherry
Dec 29, 2000 (7:28 pm)
I am considering an LS 430 with Black Cherry paint but no dealer in my area has one. If anyone has seen a Black Cherry LS could you give a brief description of color ie; closer to Burgundy,maroon,etc. I don't want to order one and have it look like a fire engine. I plan to order gold package and chrome 17' wheels and I want it to have an elegant appearance.
Any response is appreciated.