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Lexus LS 400, Lexus LS 430, Sedan
Sep 20, 2003 (8:51 pm)
In MA it's still 1.89 Gal for 93 Octane..
Some sad news...I was taking my 1992 LS 400 for it's weekly Saturday drive(Use the LS 430 for weekday stuff) and some fool blew a Red Light and slammed right into the Left Front Side..Oddly enough, I only heard a faint thump and the car did not move.
The young girl then proceeded to blame me (Although her light was Red and mine was green)..
Upon inspection the Left Front Wheel was completely bent in and the quarter panel was dented.
However, the paint only sported a few minor scratches..(I use Autoglym polishes, Great stuff). The Policeman refused to believe the car was 11 yrs old, as it looks showroom new. I'll get it towed to the Lexus Dealer on Monday..I bet I'll be fighting with the Insurance Company over the Aftermarket vs OEM parts issue. To heck with it, I'll just pay the difference.
However, if the car is written off, I'm wondering how easy it would be to get another 92-94 LS. Call me a sentimental fool, but I really like the car.
Your comments would be appreciated,
Sep 21, 2003 (12:02 am)
Hi. From the damage you described, I'll bet your car has enough value left that they won't declare it a total loss. If they try to, and you don't want them to, stand your ground and point out the fact that's in exceptional condition. You might call around and ask some dealers what they would ask for a car in as good condition as yours. This is what I did in similar circumstances and I was successful in getting them to pay to have the car repaired. The only other time I had to deal with this issue (my car was SMASHED from behind while parked at the curb and totaled) I did the same thing and got the insurance company to pay me $2,000 more than they originally said they would.
I'm not sure about this, but I'm guessing the market for aftermarket body parts for Lexi might not be too big. I say that thinking that not many Lexus owners would be willing to use aftermarket body parts.
Knowing how people in general take care (or don't) of their cars, I'll bet it will be pretty difficult to find a '92-'94 that will come close to being in as good condition as yours.
Hope everything goes smoothly for you and works out well.
#4653 of 8462 I'll bet mine is..
Sep 21, 2003 (7:19 am)
1994 Anniv Edition. I've driven it 8000 miles in 2.5 years only on trips. No paintwork at all. 123,000 miles. Looks like a brand new car. I love that car.
Sep 21, 2003 (9:22 am)
Thank you for your advice and info. It is greatly appreciated. The car has only 85K Miles on it. In fact I just got it back from the 90K service that cost $1,500.
It doesn't look too bad body wise. Quarter panel is bent in and the bumper is bent slightly. They should be able to straighten it out. The Wheel however is a different story. The whole assembly is bent in. (Tilted inside towards the wheelwell) The Lexus mechanic who works on this car is going to have a jolly time putting the pieces back together. I've already told Lexus not to put any aftermarket parts in it. I've never put aftermarket parts in this car, and don't plan on it.
Insurance companies ought to make the driver at fault liable for this sort of thing. Why should we be shortchanged because of what someone DID to OUR cars?! It's incomprehensible that insurance companies refuse to pay for Original parts on these sort of cars.
Take good care of that car!! It sounds like it's in lovely condition. Lexus sure doesn't make cars like that anymore. My LS430 lacks the flair of the old less perfect model.
Sep 21, 2003 (12:01 pm)
Out of curiousity was the driver who hit you sited? Those red light runners are always a dangerous group.
#4656 of 8462 sv7887
Sep 21, 2003 (12:05 pm)
What was in the 90K service that cost $1500?
I thought the timing belt was $6-800, and belts and things were on top of that.
Didn't think it would be over 1K.
Sep 21, 2003 (3:04 pm)
Unfortunately, there were no witnesses so by the time the Policeman arrived, there was no evidence. I smell a nasty insurance fight. I love it when people do something wrong and try to blame the other party for it...
The 90K service involved the replacement of the Timing Belt, Water Bulb and half a dozen other fluids. The Labor Rate was $93.50/hr The Base Lexus 90K (W/out Timing Belt) is something like $700 dollars in MA. The Timing and Water Pump practically double that price. It is money well spent. When I got the car back it ran like the day I bought it. It was whisper quiet and drove like a dream.
Sep 21, 2003 (6:54 pm)
I stopped by my local Lexi dealer last night. They have two '04's on the showroom floor and one on the lot. Saw something interesting (at least to me). The one on the lot has a window sticker that reads (not verbatim), "THIS VEHICLE IS NOT FOR SALE. This vehicle is for display purposes ONLY. Pricing for this vehicle will be announced on September 24. At that time the Monroney sticker will be applied and the vehicle will be offered for sale. Until that time this vehicle is not available for test drives." This was printed on the label that would normally be a Lexus window sticker. Since it is illegal for dealers to have cars for sale on their lots without Monroney stickers, I guess until Lexus officially announces prices they can't even let you test drive it.
It is gorgeous. It is amazing to me how just a little design tweaking can yield such good results. The front fascia is more aggressive looking. The fog/driving lights are a little lower and more narrow and rectangular. And the headlights are projectors now. The headlight housing is more steeply raked back on the fenders with a sharper point at the upper edge. The rear fascia has narrower (lengthwise) tail lights and therefore a wider space in between. They've raised the height of the trim piece above the license plate area and made the Lexus "L" larger. And of course, the straight, chrome-tipped exhaust. Those are the main styling changes I could discern.
Oh yeah, new wheels. Much better looking.
Sep 22, 2003 (8:15 am)
In July I had an accident in my 2004 RX 330. Both parties claimed they each had the green light. There were no witnesses. Nobody was issued a citation. My insurance company paid for my damages.
I had my car repaired--$5,000. The paint (Flint Mica) doesn't match. The shop is going to re-paint it and I will probably trade it (with a big loss) on another Lexus.
The adjusters thought that since the other car was farther into the intersection, that it was more likely to have been my fault. I hit the car near its front passenger wheel. It had to be towed away.