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Lexus LS 400, Lexus LS 430, Sedan
Sep 11, 2003 (11:02 am)
In today's Chicago Tribune there is a review of the 2004 LS 430. As expected it's a pretty complimentary article. One thing I did not know is that the 2004's Mercury Metallic paint option uses a completely separate second base coat and second clear coat. Also, it seems the car they tested had air conditioning vents in the roof pillars for rear-seat passengers. One last point: an owner does not need to check the transmission fluid (there's no dipstick) because the car uses a new super-slippery fluid specially adapted for cold weather. The LX 470 gets the new fluid also.
In the article, Mike Wells, VP of Marketing, says the next generation GS will go on sale in January 2005 (I heard spring 2004) and will in fact be the first Lexus to focus on a "distinctive new styling that has synergy with all other future Lexus models."
#4616 of 8462 Missing dipstick....
Sep 11, 2003 (1:38 pm)
More likely so you can't see the transmission fluid color and condition yourself and therefore must trust the dealer when they say change it out every 3750 miles.
Sep 11, 2003 (3:11 pm)
According to the article, unless you find transmission fluid on your garage floor there's no need to check or add transmission fluid. That's why Lexus claims there's no dipstick.
#4618 of 8462 Not true...!!
Sep 11, 2003 (6:04 pm)
I've ALWAYS advocated checking it, just not changing it needlessly. Absent discoloration from over-heating due to abuse or towing, checking the fluid can give you fore-warning of an impending failure.
#4619 of 8462 splogue - nav upgrade...
Sep 11, 2003 (8:52 pm)
Like computers, hardware changes and sometimes upgrades are not possible. My 2000 nav is hard drive based and of course I can't use DVD's at all. I accept this, being in the IT line of work.
You WILL be able to get upgrades for your nav, giving updated maps, they just won't be same DVDs as for the new '04's.
#4622 of 8462 Tough Door pillars !
Sep 13, 2003 (11:06 am)
A 2 inch thoroughly rusted bridge screw fell from the 59st bridge onto my 03' LS last night heading into Manhattan.
I heard an initial bang followed by a couple of minor ones. I thought the worst.
Luckily, my sunroof was closed and no one was injured.
Upon inspection, the screw landed on the roofline 1.5 inches from the left rear door pillar. I guess that is a strong part of the car, as there were no dents and only 3 holes made by the screw. The bridge was probably 30 to 50 feet overhead. I heard the screw rolling in the crevice where the back window and trunk meets. The screw must have hit the pillars, then bounce onto the back window and rolled down onto the crevice, and rested there.
There were yellow rust marks on the trunk door edge, but they rubbed off. Besides the 3 holes made on the roof, I see no other damage.
Thankfully, it didn't hit the rear window or windshield where my son was. My son told me that someone must have fallen onto the car from the #7 train.
The infrastructure in this great city is really falling apart.
Sep 13, 2003 (11:28 am)
A freak accident....glad no one was injured.
Sep 15, 2003 (5:54 pm)
Thanks for the heads-up, syswei!
That's one very well-designed site with many beautiful photos of the new LS430.
I'm at loss for words...