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Lexus LS 400, Lexus LS 430, Sedan
#3755 of 8465 Bell like sound
Dec 25, 2002 (11:28 am)
Re:2001 LS 430, 17k miles. Spending xmas holiday in eastern N.C. far away from a Lexus dealer. Yesterday and today heard loud bell like sound coming from somewhere in car. No prior noise of this nature. No warning lights on dashboard. Lexus link did indicate that some problem was sending a signal to Lexus link. Car runs fine despite occasional bell sound and Lexus link notification. Home on 12/28 and svc apt 12/30. Any thoughts on problem cause? Any thoughts on action to take prior to 12/30 appreciated. Thanks.`
#3756 of 8465 SHOULD I BUY?
Dec 25, 2002 (3:26 pm)
HEY GUYS, I AM SEEKING A 2000 LEXUS LS400 WHICH HAS 38,000 MILES AND IS SELLING AT $39,000, I GOT THE DEALERSHIP TO SELL IT TO ME AT $37,000. IS THAT A REAL GOOD DEAL OR DO I NEED TO PERSUADE HIM INTO LOWERING THE PRICE? WHAT IS A SUGGESTED PRICE THAT I COULD POSSIBLY GET THE DEALERSHIP INTO SELLING THE CAR TO ME? I DROVE THE CAR AND I LOVE IT, IS THERE ANY REASON I SHOULD NOT BUY THIS CAR? AND WHAT ARE SOME COMMON PROBLEMS? CAN I EXPECT TO DRIVE THIS CAR TILL THE WHEELS FALL OFF? ALL ADVICE IS HELPFUL THANK YOU!
Dec 25, 2002 (7:38 pm)
I would think the price should be a bit lower. You would have some time left on warrenty, but forty thousand miles is a lot. If the car is normal(not some problam), you will be very pleased with lexus and their service. There really are no common problems, but I personally have always had one problem with each car I have owned over the last ten years. Right now the gas gauge is broken, and I am trying to use up most of gas before they fix it. The last few days I have driven no where so it might take a couple of weeks to get the gas down. The previous ls had a sensor in the fuel delivery (old carb) malfunction, and I was in Key West. Lexus carried car to Miami and back and rented me a car while this was going on. I then drove back to Charleston sc with no problems. As I say lexus service is good, and if no problems it is nice to know they are there. Good luck Tony
#3758 of 8465 Bell like sound by mheni1
Dec 25, 2002 (9:07 pm)
Try calling Lexus Link and ask them what error message your car transmitted to them. Just a suggestion.
Dec 26, 2002 (6:17 am)
lex2003, Is this a LS400 from a Lexus dealer? and if so, is it a certified Lexus pre-owned car, which would mean a 7-yr/100K warranty? ANd what kind of equipment does it have? is it a platinum edition LS400?
There are no real common problems to the LS400 especially the 2000 model. IMO, that would be one of the best years to own, since it's the last year production run of the 2nd generation LS400. I would say you could drive it until the wheels fall off, if you take proper care of it.
Dec 26, 2002 (6:06 pm)
anthonycecil - thanks for the advice i think i can get him to 35,000 would you say thats a good deal? What would be a reasonable price?
maxhonda99- thanks for your advice also, the dealer is Toyota yet i think it may be associated with a nearby Lexus dealer since a Lexus car salesman was the one that told me about the particular car, but for the most part i would have to say the LS400 is from the Toyota dealership. And i think it has a 60,000 miles warranty. Could i try to convince them in giving a 7-yr/100k warranty? It has the navigation package, I don't know if it is a platinum edition, How could i tell if it was a platinum edition? I would have to guess that this is the top of the line 2000 Lexus LS400 since many 2000 LS400's dont have a navigation system. Once again thanks for the advice.
Dec 27, 2002 (8:49 am)
lex2003, I doubt you can get a 7yr.100K warranty out of the Toyota dealer. It has to be a Lexus Certified Pre-Owned car, which only a Lexus dealer can do. And of course, it will raise the price of the vehicle also. Remember from the factory, all Lexus cars come with a 4/50 bumper to bumper warranty and a 6yr./70K powertrain warranty.
Platinum edition LS400's have a few differences. First the wheels are different, the Platinum has brushed aluminum wheels and they are 6 or 7-spoke wheels, second, platinum edition cars have a badge on the front fenders right in front of both front doors that says "Platinum Edition".
Third, they have perforated leather seat inserts, and the chrome badging comes in the black nickel plated finish.
And yes, the car you are looking at is basically top of the line, navigation, heated seats, and HID lights should be on it.
#3762 of 8465 the fixing of the gas gauge
Dec 31, 2002 (6:39 pm)
I used up enough gas so the gauge could be repaired. It too a few hours, and I found out the car has two gas tanks. I was told it right hand tank is used first and then the other. The sending gauge in the right hand tank was defective. Apparently the shop manual said a certain amount of resistance (electrical) should be had,and the elec gauge or tool said it was drawing the right amount. After they talked to trouble shooter it was determined the shop manuel was un correct. The sensor was defective and replaced. Lexus as usual did a fine job, but the loaner car was a little dirty, as they have been very busy. A small problem, and I mention it only so that the people that are thinking about an lexus can see everything is not perfect and won`t be misled. Tony ps they washed and cleaned my car up nicely, as they always do. Happy new year
Jan 01, 2003 (6:26 am)
Hey, glad everything worked out okay with the gas sensor.
The LS doesn't have two gas tanks, though. It is a single tank in a saddle configuration. Hard to explain without a diagram, but picture a large box with a hump down the center to allow for the drive shaft to fit underneath. The gas collects on either side of the hump, and a mechanism attached to the fuel pump causes it to pump from both sides evenly. There is a level sensor on both sides of the hump, one of which was defective on your car.
Jan 01, 2003 (4:49 pm)
Your thoughts on the tank make alot more sense than what I was told. This is one of the drawbacks of not getting my hands dirty. A long time ago I had a Jaguar that had two tanks that you filled up seperately, and even then (when I did get my hands dirty) I forget how the system worked. Tony