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Lexus LS 400, Lexus LS 430, Sedan
May 07, 2003 (10:26 am)
The results of the 2003 JD Power Initial Quality Study were released yesterday. It's no surprise that the LS 430 finished #1 in the premium luxury car category.
Other Lexus standings include:
Lexus #1 as a brand
ES 300 #1 in the entry luxury car category
SC 430 #2 in the premium luxury car category
GS 300/430 #1 in mid luxury car category
RX 300 #1 in luxury SUV category
LX 470 #2 in luxury SUV category
The #1 Platinum Award also went to the plant where the LS 430 and GS 300/430 are built. The plant where the ES 300 is built finished #3 of all plants worldwide (the Toyota Prius plant was #2).
May 07, 2003 (10:35 am)
Monopolies are usually not good so thank goodness the IS allowed soneone else to win a category.
What do you know about or think of the 2004 LS430 sheet metal change (or LS500 whatever it is to be)?
May 07, 2003 (3:29 pm)
I did talk with a Lexus rep (not a salesman) at the Chicago Auto Show in February. He said the refreshed 2004 LS would have:
1. Revised front and rear styling
2. 18" wheels
3. Revised dashboard
4. New interior wood selections
5. "Many" new comfort and convenience features
6. A "smart" key like Mercedes has
He didn't comment on the engine size or anything else.
Lexus boss Denny Clemens has recently said in the press that virtually all future Lexus models will be offered with all-wheel-drive, but I don't know if that includes the 2004 LS.
Also, Lexus has recently created a board of directors separate from Toyota and added a unique Lexus design center, something it never had before. Clemens has said this will result in future products being far more consistent in look and feel starting with the all-new GS next year. According to Clemens things will change "dramatically."
May 07, 2003 (4:09 pm)
Consistent with everything I've heard as well re the outside. I hadn't heard anything about the dash butI had heard you would be able to mix and match interior color schemes. They are definitely going to offer a 360hp engine though. They seem to be going to a more sporty aggressive look. It's all fine with me as long as they keep that best in the world ride. This will drive the enthusiasts nuts though as they won't have any shots to take at this car anymore.
It sounds like the 2004 is going to be a great car. I'm going to put myself on the brochure list as soon as Lexus makes it available on the website. My lease is up in January. I'll bet the 2004 will be cheaper on lease than the 2001 given the big cut in interest rates.
#4074 of 8465 Exterior Colors LS400 1996 to 2000
May 08, 2003 (1:02 pm)
I am in the mkt for a used LS400 and Edmunds and KBB have removed the old standard 8 page breakdowns of used cars. (Or at least I can't find that feature anymore.)
Anyway, I like the color blue.
Is blue offered 96 - 2000?
What are the other exterior colors offered?
May 08, 2003 (2:31 pm)
There was a navy blue, I believe, every year since 98 at least. Black, cashmere, white, milennium silver, a medium green (which I wouldn't recommend), a burgundy and a coffee type color were also available. Lexus always trades off a new color vs an old at some point in the cycle. So you may not find each color each year. Typically there are about 8 colors to choose from. Black, white, cashmere and silver are always the volume ones. I can't remember if the car was also available in a darker grey.
#4076 of 8465 LS430 warning light and chime
May 08, 2003 (6:03 pm)
Yesterday while driving home I had that warning icon with the chime come on for a fleeting second a few times. It was so brief that I couldn't see what it was. So I checked the manual and it indicated that it was that Master Warning light. Further in looking up what that meant it said that when any system malfunctions that light goes on with a chime and stays on until the problem is corrected. Sounded scary. But since this problem was lasting a second or less I seemed to have a self-correcting problem. This morning while driving in I noticed it happening more and more, but again it was so fleeting that I couldn't see what it was. My self correcting problem was developing and fixing itself more and more often. But it was mainly happening on turns or when you jumped from a red light. It never happened while driving straight no matter what the speed. The chime occurring on turns made it obvious that it was a fluid of some kind. Finally tonight on my way home it stayed on long enough to see. What was it? LOW WASHER FLUID.
Now Lexus doesn't need to go to the extreme of a chime that makes you think you need to go to a dealer ASAP when all you need is to add washer fluid. Morale of the story - if you hear that chime, and it goes off immediately, check your washer fluid before you do anything else.
#4078 of 8465 Ls400 Ext Colors & Another ?
May 09, 2003 (2:02 pm)
Am I right that the old used car 8 page rundowns of options and prices and what was new that year are no longer offered by KBB nor Edmunds?
Thank you for the Dark Blue answer for 1998 and newer. That is what I will look for.
#4079 of 8465 Inherited '91 LS400-- Is Maintenance Backbreaking?
May 15, 2003 (9:15 pm)
I recently inherited a '91 LS 400 (132K miles) from my Dad. It is sweet to drive but I'm afraid of the maintenance/repair costs for a 12 year old, very expensive car-- things are bound to wear out on it soon and I don't want to pour thousands into such an old vehicle.
Any advice from those who have older models? Are your maintenance costs typically high at this stage?
I've been thinking of selling and buying a newish Camry-- I already have a buyer at $7900, but the Lexus is awfully nice and I'm getting used to it! Advice appreciated.