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Lexus LS 400, Lexus LS 430, Sedan
#6444 of 8465 Re: Trunk Air Struts 2001 LS 430 [woppenhe]
Oct 15, 2004 (7:04 pm)
I don't understand your problem. I lower the trunk lid "gently" to within three or four inches of closing and then release. The trunk lid then continues by gravity to the closing position and closes through the action of the automatic closer, it closes and locks. I have observed that the trunk lid can be slammed if one tries to do that or just brings the lid down with excessive force (usually someone who is not familiar with the Lexus LS 430).
#6445 of 8465 Changes in Maintenance for 2005 LS 430
Oct 15, 2004 (7:19 pm)
When I picked up my new LS 430 yesterday, I was informed that the "l000 mile" inspection is not longer offered or required. First scheduled service is free at 5000 miles as it has been in the past. Another pleasant feature was the offer to reprogram the "computer" (at no cost) to the customer's desired "Lexus Personalized Settings" for windows, door locks, moon roof, trunk release, lighting, warning, tilt steering wheel, and air conditioner. They provided a Lexus brochure with all the features that can be reprogrammed and it also lists the "Standard" settings. I believe that the time limit for this free setting change is one year. This offer is further evidence that Lexus is agressively pursuing Customer Satisfaction.
#6446 of 8465 Re: Trunk Air Struts 2001 LS 430 [rgsw]
Oct 17, 2004 (10:57 am)
Thanks for answering. When the car was new, and with other new cars, a downward push would not cause the trunk to slam. Rather it would descend to about 4 inches above the position at which the electric latching mechanism would take over. I became used to closing the trunk this way. A gentle downward motion followed by fingertip push the rest of the way till the electric motor engaged. Over time that first push resulted in the trunk indeed lowering all the way to the desk, not always gently. The black trunk struts are essentially shock absorbers and I just thought they had worn out, but there may be other reasons for the change. Obvously, yours did not work the way I described. Next time you are at the dealer, try some new ones, and see hw those work. Perhaps I just got a stiff one.
#6447 of 8465 LS 430 seat cooling
Oct 17, 2004 (8:06 pm)
Anyone experiencing inconsistent cooling with their driver and passenger seats?
I purchased my LS 430 in Feb '04 and now have 15+K miles. When I first utilized the seat coolers, the seats would clearly cool down and then maintain a cooled temperature throughout the drive. After a couple of months, the seats cool minimally or not at all. The local dealership, which is a delight to work with, doesn't have an answer as they've also received the same queries from several other owners.
#6449 of 8465 Re-Tires
Oct 17, 2004 (10:36 pm)
WRT tire sizes on the LS, I have often felt that the LS should really have much wider footprints than the 17" or 18" it currently spots. Why-o-Why does Lexus continue to put this tinie-winnie tires on their top-end LS ?
Put an E500/S430/S500, a 745i, and an LS430 side-by-side and see how much presence and stance the MB and BMW have over the LS ? The exagerated wheel flares on the Bimmer sure makes room for the wider 275/40/19 tires worn on these cars. Just the other day, an MB E500 was ahead of me and the wider tires on that car surely gave it a much better look and stance. These high-end luxury cars really need to add some splash, as BMW and MB seems to do and Lexus doesn't. The 16" on my 1999 LS looks like a donut spare tire next to even the E-class. Don't get me wrong: I do like the dreamy ride on the LS, but I'd like to see Lexus up the ante and give this car a little more stance and footprint as its peers - S-class and 7-series, among others. Wider and stiffer side wall tires (18s" and 19s") will make the LS look even more handsome. Sure we lose a bit in the super duper rides, but it is more than made up for in the improved handling. I am not asking for special handling stuff like stiffer shocks, chassis, etc... just wider tires... That ain't asking for much, is it ???
This is hoping the LS re-design fulfills this small but important (imo) aspect. I'm still looking forward to this car with much anticipation.
Oct 18, 2004 (7:26 am)
Actually bigger wider tires are asking too much if it has a negative effect on the Lexus ride (it's hallmark, along with reliability)
If someone likes the wide tire look they can probably find a way to custom fit their car or they can buy a BMW or one of the other cars you mentioned.
#6451 of 8465 Re: Trunk Air Struts 2001 LS 430 [woppenhe]
Oct 18, 2004 (12:48 pm)
I took delivery of a "new one" last week and I can't tell any difference from the 2004.
#6452 of 8465 Re: LS 430 seat cooling [steven1]
Oct 18, 2004 (12:50 pm)
I beleve that I have had the same experience. I had the dealer check the seats around 5000 miles and they seemed to be putting out the correct amount of air and heat. The 2005 appears to be putting out more air, maybe it's just my imiganation?
#6453 of 8465 Seat heating/cooling
Oct 18, 2004 (2:12 pm)
The seats have a filter. If the filters are clogged, it will affect the air flow. This could be a very easy fix.