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Lexus LS 400, Lexus LS 430, Sedan
#5627 of 8462 Blue Tooth Phones for 2004 LS 430
Apr 20, 2004 (9:29 pm)
The above web site has five blue tooth phones for my zip code area. The site was recommended by my local Lexus dealer. I am still checking out AT&T for my area. It appears that Blue Tooth phones work as GSM phones and do not have the same coverage as the digital network. Sprint responded by e-mail and suggested I check in with the local Sprint store for Blue Tooth phone i.e. "Currently, the only Blue Tooth handset offered by us is the Sony Ericcson T608. To get further information regarding this handset, please visit your nearest Sprint Store." Verizon's response by e-mail follows: "We appreciate your interest in the incorporation of Bluetooth Technology with Verizon Wireless services. At this time we do not offer products to support this technology. However, our Research and Development Team has been studying the ability to incorporate Bluetooth technology with our products and services." I'm still shopping.
Apr 21, 2004 (7:13 am)
I got that same message. The problem for me is I've been with Verizon for 7+ years and as far as I know they have the best network. It can't be too much longer before they have bluetooth compatibility.
Apr 21, 2004 (8:32 am)
I believe T-Moble also has blue tooth.
#5631 of 8462 04 vs. 01 question
Apr 22, 2004 (2:46 pm)
For those of you who had an 01 LS430 and now have an 04: Does it have the same tight turning radius?
I have heard no one else comment on this before, but one of the many nice things about the LS430 is its very short turning radius. Makes it easier to park, etc. I have noticed that when I get a loaner from my Lexus dealer, even if it is another, lesser Lexus, it seems to have a larger turning radius. So I sure hope Lexus hasn't lost this unheralded feature in the 04.
Apr 22, 2004 (2:52 pm)
I agree, kudos to Lexus for the tight turning radius on the '04 LS430
Apr 22, 2004 (2:58 pm)
radius of the '01 LS is not so bad either, compared to the other cars I've driven, particularly Cadillacs.
Apr 25, 2004 (9:33 am)
I have an ATT Nokia 6310i, which is Bluetooth compatable and GSM. I bought it on EBay. You can get this phone "unlocked", which means that it will work on any system. With a GMS phone, you have to have a chip. Most of the phones come with a chip,and all you have to do is call your carrier and they will set up the phone, if they are using GSM. Be aware that for ATT, the GMS is not as good as digital in the fringe areas. This particular phone works very well with the Bluetooth in the Lexus. You should also keep in mind that you can only dial numbers that you have programed in the "1 touch" memory, when the car is moving over 3 miles/hr.
#5635 of 8462 2004 LS test drive
Apr 25, 2004 (12:51 pm)
I had the pleasure of test driving the '04 LS430 on Saturday. Now I need to put this in context: My 99 LS was in for regular service, and I had an '04 RX330 loaner which I drove for upwards of 200miles. Then I took the 04 LS for a spin around town. Now I can compare the three and my driving experience. What a car ! Comparing the '04 LS to the '04 RX and '99 LS was like night and day. A quick word on the '04 RX: We all liked it, quiet, refined, smooth, comfortable and roomy. As expected for a car-like SUV, steering feel was numb and unresponsive. My kids loved it for its roominees and comfortability. The V6 engine was fast enough merging with traffic, and once you get it going, it drove real strong.... but pulling off from a stop had a bit of noise level to the engine.... Braking was super sharp ! Had many moments seeing this happen in LA traffic.
Now to the LS. Wow ! What is not to like about this car? I had the misfortune to test drive one in a color that my wife and I do not care for. It was a brownish color - I suppose it is called Briarwood. This color turned my wife off right away. For me, it was the driving pleasure; my test report will not be confused for that of a C&D, or R&T reviewer for I am no enthusiast !
Now I really understand why you '04 LS owners rave about the car. Just spectacular car. Flat out killed my '99 LS in every way - ride, handling, nimbleness, noise level, comfortability of the seats, ergonomics. About the only thing I prefer in my '99 over the '04 is the exterior look. That's it. The perforated leather seats on the '04 were super soft on your rear behind I wanted to sit in it all day long. The ride was so quiet I could swear the car was not running. There was a nimbleness to the car that was astounding for such a big car (~4000Ib). I had test driven a 2002 LS a couple of years ago, but this '04 was even more nimble, if one can believe that. The 17" tires were much stickier than the 16" on my '99. The tranny downshifted very quickly, purposefully, and narry a strain. Pulling into traffic, the V8 was so strong, I had it in 80 within seconds and I didn't even feel it. My 45 min test drive was not enough time to put the car through its paces, but it was more than enough to convince me to buy one. My wife says the current style is not one she'd like, but likes the picture of the LF-S I showed her, so the redesigned version will do it for us. We'll wait a couple years to get the MY 2007.
My test car was the base with no Nav/ML or smart key, and the 17" wheels. Didn't get to test out Smart Key which was a disappointment to me. All the '04 with SK were sold and were in the prep station in the dealership, so I couldn't take them out for a test drive. That was why all I had was the base car with no frills.... One thing though: the price for the base car stickered for $57,2K, which I thought was not much mark-up considering my loaded '99 (with Nav/HID/etc) stickered for $53,4K in Nov 1998. 6 yrs and ~10% price increase !!! All in all, a great car and should be a runaway success for Lexus.
Apr 25, 2004 (3:55 pm)
You nailed it. It's too bad you didn't get to enjoy a CD in the ML stereo. The nav is fantastic on this car also. The drive is really the smoothest I've ever experienced but the car's handling is tight at the same time. To me there is plenty of road feel but Lexus just keeps the cabin so quiet with a virtually silent engine. The acceleration though is dangereous if there are troopers around. I've gotten myself to 90 and looked at the spedometer in disbelief.
They did a great job with the RX. It has a nice lux ride and is noticably smoother and quieter than the first gen car. As I said before the first one was more ES like while this one is more LS like. It's a huge seller in my area and most of them are topping out in the $40's. This will probably be a banner year for Toyota.
By the way - it really isn't a 10% hike over your 99 car. There are things made standard now and as well the car has added things on it like the 6 speed.
Does your 99 have the nakamichi?