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Lexus LS 400, Lexus LS 430, Sedan
#5432 of 8465 Lexus Auto Show Gift Certificates
Mar 01, 2004 (9:14 am)
At the Chicago Auto Show, Lexus provided a sign up for a $500 Lexus Gift Certificate if you purchased any new vehicle from their dealer by March 31, 2004. I never received mine via e-mail and the dealer says they cannot help, even though I am buying an LS 430 and they know about the Certificate program. Does anyone have any ideas how I can get my Lexus certificate? Many thanks.
#5433 of 8465 jwilkerson
Mar 01, 2004 (12:37 pm)
Just contact them. I put in a link just in case. They just sent me a $125 gift certificate form as well. All I have to do is test drive the LS430 by March 30th. Since I'm leasing a new one in the next 6 weeks I'll just go drive it one more time. My salesman says that they tend to do these promotions if you don't bother contacting them when they send you the end of lease notices.
Mar 01, 2004 (1:44 pm)
why Lexus is a holdout for the old 5,000 miles interval for oil changes when so much of the industry has gone to oil life monitors which allow 8,000, 9,000, 10,000, and 11,000 miles between changes? I see where Lexus even says that the use of synthetic motor oil does not justify an extension of the oil change interval. I say the reason is simply service department income rather than something distinctive about how their engines are designed and are lubricated.
#5435 of 8465 Oil changes...
Mar 01, 2004 (2:43 pm)
This past weekend I drained, flushed, and installed new anti-freeze to replace the factory origianl in my 92 LS400 with 92k miles. Still drives like a dream and other than a few mistaken instances back in 93 has NEVER been in the shop. DIY Mobil 1 oil and filter changes and one oxygen sensor.
#5436 of 8465 Sold my Lexus
Mar 01, 2004 (5:33 pm)
Haven't posted here in a couple of months.
In November I bought a '95 LS 400 on ebay for $9775.
Had the car shipped to my home.
I put 1100 miles on it but found the headroom insufficient.
I am in the process of trying to buy a Cadillac SRX and was offered about 7K wholesale.
Put it in the paper at $9600 seriously undercutting my closest competitor by $1400.
Sold it Thursday for $8775 and was glad to get it.
The ebay seller had not disclosed the spark knock, high idle, worn hood struts and missing cd magazine.
Overall I am happy with my 3 months of Lexus ownership.
I now know that it is not the car for me.
i got lots of compliments on it and it impressed my clients (more than me).
I will never buy another car with more than 100K on it no matter how well it has been maintained.
great learning experience that cost about $2200 for 3 months of ownership.
#5437 of 8465 Maybe all Lexus' are not the same
Mar 02, 2004 (5:42 am)
...counter point to B4Z
It is true that the 1995 LS400 had relatively low
headroom ( my 2001 LS430 is definitely improved).
I bought my 2001 because I previously bought a 1991 LS400 with 104K miles and drove it 3.5 years to 140K miles with no expense other than oil, coolant, trans and power steering fluid changes.
Sold it for 6 grand less than I paid, so I got
to drive a Lexus for less than 2 grand per year.
I still miss that car. In some ways it is still
superior to the LS430, though on balance the benchmark to beat is absolutely the LS430.
#5438 of 8465 LS430 Headroom
Mar 02, 2004 (1:24 pm)
I'm 75 inches tall and found that I liked the head room in my GMC Yukon (read Cadillac Escalade). I find that the headroom in the LS430 since 2001 is at least as adequate. I can place my doubled up fist on top of my head without touching the headliner (seat in the lowest driving position). I often drive with my Tilley hat on with no problem.
#5439 of 8465 headroom
Mar 02, 2004 (2:17 pm)
I am about 80" tall and when I sat up straight my head was pressed into the headliner.
After a few minutes i would find myself leaning to the right then putting my elbow on the armrest
simulating a gangster lean.
Not my style, so the car went away.
I sat in a 2004 and after powering the seat all the way down I could sit upright without my head hiting.
So maybe there will be a 430 in my future but I am more drawn to the kind of cars Cadillac is building now. The are more sporting than a Lexus
and I enjoy a good handling car.
#5440 of 8465 $500 certificate for Chicago Auto Show
Mar 02, 2004 (7:42 pm)
I got the certificate at the show the day before I was planning to purchase two Lexuses (one for a family member). That was an unexpected $1000 for going to the show. One certificate came as expected and I had to track the other down. Send a FAX to Creative Design Group at (310) 525-5249 since that is the header on the one faxed over to me. You can also try Chris Gunn who is the District Operations Manager for Lexus at (630) 505-4436. He is the one at the show who told me about the $500 certificate.
#5441 of 8465 Extended warranty on LS430
Mar 02, 2004 (7:51 pm)
I am picking up my 04 LS tomorrow after driving a 90 LS for a dozen years. I expect to keep this one too and am anticipating that the dealership will offer me/push an extended warranty and I want to be prepared for them. Have any of you purchased this and have an idea of a good price for the extension? Has anyone bought one later after the sale? I usually pass on these things but I bought one on my 99 Honda Odyssey just before the warranty expired and I'm glad I did. In that case, there was a CA dealer selling the manufacturer's HondaCare warranty all over the country for hundreds less than my local dealer. I just sent a copy of my bill of sale, a mileage statement, and a check. Anyone know of a Lexus dealer that does that? I hope the Lexus people figure out the Bluetooth issues described in a recent post since I am anxious to get a new cell phone and use this feature. Thanks for all the wisdom gleaned from this board while I was preparing to buy a new LS.