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Lexus LS 400, Lexus LS 430, Sedan
#4032 of 8465 New (Used 98 LS 400) Owner--QUESTION
Apr 19, 2003 (7:08 pm)
Hi all, this will be my 2nd Lexus. Had a 99 GS 300 that I bought new and sold after 3 years. Just bought a 1998 LS 400, black, black, chrome wheels, Nak, HID's, Traction, Heated seats and only 41K on it. Maint has been done by the book. Bought it for $27,500.
Anyway, my question, this was originally bought in Canada and the owner moved to the US soon after buying it. The outside temp gauge and the temp in the climate control all read in "C"degrees instead of the US "F". Anybody know if this can be reprogrammed by the dealer or not? HOpefully it would be just a simple plug in they can do but who knows. Anybody have any idea?
#4033 of 8465 Canadian LS
Apr 19, 2003 (8:59 pm)
My company has a 95 LS with the same "features" dealer says major cost to switch it out.
#4034 of 8465 Mobil1 & Synthetic Lubricants
Apr 20, 2003 (4:42 pm)
I use to bring all of the Mobil1 fluids to the dealership and then they just used them and credited me for their fluid portion of the standard service. Also, I have always used Mobil1 5W-30 as recommended in the owners manual although I believe that the manual also allows 10W-30. Later I just started getting the fluids changed with Mobil1 at the Mobil shop except when I was getting major service (30K intervals) done at the dealer. At those I would bring the Mobil1 with me and in one of case where I could not quickly get the Mobil1 transmission fluid I just had the dealer delete the transmission service portion and had that done the next day at Mobil.
As long as you are prescribing to the standard prescribed service in the owners manual it does not really matter if it is done at the dealership (as long as you keep all of the detailed receipts). However, I mostly just decided to bring the Mobil1 fluids to the dealer and have them do it with their normal servicing. Believe me, there different dealers (as I moved around) that did the service work were use to this since a number of people brought Mobil1 in. A number of the people working in the service department of two dealers could not believe that they did not handle Mobil1 but apparently a number of dealers have signed agreements with Castrol for extremely low pricing and Mobil will not play that game.
It is the old thinking of auto dealers that they will make a deal with any devil just to save a few pennies that go to the bottom line. It is a shame we have so much of that in the USA. It is totally different in Europe. In fact, some entire car lines like Porsche and Ferrari are shipping all of their new cars with Mobil1 and require that only true synthetic lubricants the meet the same SAE specification as Mobil1 (Amsoil, etc) are used or the warranty is voided. Cadillac and Corvette are also two domestic examples of this.
You can not believe the cleanliness of the internals of an engine, transmission, oil pump, real axle, etc when they use synthetic lubricants instead of refined fossil-based lubricants. If you ever saw it you would never question the superior and longevity of using synthetic lubricants. It is that obvious to the eye yet alone if you actually had engine or transmission oil analysis done on a constant basis.
#4035 of 8465 Lexus 430 in the snow
Apr 21, 2003 (4:18 am)
I presently own a 2000 Cadillac STS with which I'm quite satisfied. I'm thinking of trading in for a 2003 LS430. My only concern is the ability of the LS430 to perform in snow/ice. I've driven nothing but either front wheel drive or 4 wheel drive for the last 25 years. What are the opinions of the contributors to this forum in this regard?
#4036 of 8465 LS430 in the snow
Apr 21, 2003 (5:22 am)
I have one in upstate new york, and had absolutely no problems throughout winter. Just get a good set on snow tires on their own rims.
Apr 21, 2003 (3:34 pm)
Although the LS430 traction control and snow mode are effective, my experience is FWD vehicles will always be better and more forgiving on slippery pavement. My experience is driving in the Sierra Nevada: wet snow, some ice, and hills. I use tire cables, not snow tires, because I spend limited time in the snow at any one time. I had no trouble and was limited only by ground clearance. The snow mode gets you up icy hills.
There have been times when I put on the cables that I thought I would not have had to do so if the car was FWD. This doesn't apply if you go with snow tires because you keep them on all season.
I think you will find a world of difference in build quality between the LS and STS that will more than make up for the difference in handling on snow.
#4038 of 8465 Agreed but...
Apr 21, 2003 (3:56 pm)
..I moved from FWD cars to the LS, and while FWD may have some advantages in certain situations, the RWD LS has not caused me any undue stress or problems while driving in lots of snow and ice.
#4039 of 8465 FWD hazards
Apr 21, 2003 (4:31 pm)
unless you get the FWD Caddie with an over-running clutch that prevents engine braking you can get in real trouble in adverse roadbed conditions.
#4040 of 8465 how about this for "service"
Apr 24, 2003 (5:03 pm)
01 ls430 with 26k miles, went in for my $125 oil change and tire rotation, and the service guy calls my house ( i live 140 miles from my lexus dealer) and says i need all rotors turned and all brake pads replaced. 26k miles???? and a full brake job!!!! no wobble when i brake, no problems, i've never had a car with under 40k before front brakes and never replaced the rear brakes ( i trade after 45kmiles) and at the time of the brake job they turn the front rotors I think this service thing is a scam. he told me this was what ls430 do every 25k miles. I replace the tires with generals and the tire guy checked rotors and brakes and he said they were fine ( he could have lied and sold brakes)
soooooo how much do lexus brake jobs cost and are your service places pushing un needed services????
YOUR experiences please
#4041 of 8465 nofeer
Apr 24, 2003 (5:26 pm)
I feel for you absolutely. Took my '99 LS to a Lex dealership in LA suburb for the scheduled 60K mile service. Cost was ~$700. Dealership was 70miles north of my home. One day later, dealership called to tell me my car had a prior frontal accident (no records anywhere) and needed $1600 worth of parts and labor to fix.
What ??? I could hardly believe my ears. I had never noticed any wobbling, or alignment problem. The car drives like a dream. Not even a sound anywhere.... So you can imagine my shock !!!
Suffice to say that I told them to just do the 60K mile service. I then took the car to another dealership where they verified that my car did NOT need a front alignment/shocks/etc... job. Phew !
The brakes on mine were first replaced at 55K miles. At my 70K mile oil change, I was told my brakes are at 50% front, 40% rear. I will probably need new pads by 80K at the most. Meaning 2 brake jobs in 80K miles of ownership. Don't let yourself be scammed. Seek a second opinion before you consent. My guess is since they know you are that far away, you'd just say "go ahead" to avoid the trouble.... Don't give in....
Hope this helps