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Lexus LS 400, Lexus LS 430, Sedan
#688 of 8465 Discontinuation of the Lexus ls 430 Euro-sport suspension model & New Q-45 test drive
Mar 11, 2001 (4:44 am)
You were right sfmartin, something was fishy! The new car sales manager at my dealer explained that only the 11 southern states (from Texas to Florida) will only be special ordering the Euro-sport starting in May 2001. He claims that since demand in the 11 southern states is far greater for non-sport suspensions, those dealers voted to not have any more just sent to them. I've enjoyed mine since 10/00, I'm sure you will too. I just test drove a non-sport suspension ls 430 at a major motor speedway's "S" curve inner track that was set up to compare the new Infinity Q-45 (with the sport suspension option) to four other cars with the same approximate price point. The person in charge of the "competitive test drives" said that the ls 430 was requested more than the Jaguar, BMW, or Mercedes cars available. The 340 hp Q-45 was impressive, but I wish they would have compared it to the Euro-sport ls 430. The Q had 18" wheels with "45" low profile tires, while the 16" lexus tires were "60" profile. I also believe the lexsus tires need air, since they squealed coming into the pit area. Only time will tell whether the Q-45 will hold it's value and keep repairs down as well as the ls 400 has done in the past. I feel confident that the ls 430 will continue the high customer satisfaction levels enjoyed by Lexus owners.
#689 of 8465 RE: Q 664
Mar 11, 2001 (6:29 am)
How did the interior of the Q compare to the ls, as well as others. i feel the ls interior is the best set up of any car out there. ergonomics are class leading.
#690 of 8465 wbwynn
Mar 11, 2001 (8:56 am)
What is it now - 5 days or so since your delivery date and no post? Expectant fathers usually can't wait to talk about their newborn. Of course you may be spending too much time in the car as I did when I first got it despite all the snow we had up here at the time. Hope it's all that you expected. Did you get black interior or ecru?
#691 of 8465 To ljflx....Delivery Aborted
Mar 11, 2001 (2:18 pm)
My first deal fell through; I'll have to explain later.
So I'm back at square one with the local dealer and a late March delivery.
#692 of 8465 Gary: Great Pics, Pin Striping
Mar 12, 2001 (7:50 am)
I especially enjoyed seeing the pin striping. I'd like to add some to my black cherry pearl LS430. Your pictures are the first I've seen with pin striping!
Anyone know where I might see more pictures of pin striped LS 430s?
#693 of 8465 Advise on 96-98 LS400's
Mar 12, 2001 (12:59 pm)
I am contemplating the purchase of an LS400 from the 96-98 era. I have about $30K to spend and I'm interested in knowing if there's any differerences between these model years that are notable and would effect the price I should expect to pay.
I'm really torn between a pristine, loaded '96 with low miles or a higher mileage '98. I'd appreciate any recommendations.
Also, has anyone had any experience utilizing the Lexus Certified Warranty? I need to know if it's worth the extra cost of buying from a dealer.
#694 of 8465 traylor1
Mar 12, 2001 (3:21 pm)
There were slight style changes but more important performance and engineering changes in the 1998 model.The prior model change took place in 1995 which was the first "real" change from the original intoduction car in 1990. The 1998 will definitely be the better car than the 1996 (which of course is tied to the 1995 design). Check to see if the 1996 has vehicle skid control(if I remember correctly this was introduced in 1998), more airbags etc. I had a 1995 and then a 1998 and both cars were excellent but there is no question that the 1998 was the better car with better performance and more safety features. It also rode better and was quieter. The mileage issue would have to be pretty significant for me to go with the previous version (1996) of the car.
#695 of 8465 Traylor--Certified Warranty; SC 300
Mar 12, 2001 (4:06 pm)
It might be interesting for you to go to the bank and look up the LS 400 in the NADA Blue Book. The bank will make you a copy of that page and you can compare the different year models and prices and get a feel for how much each model is worth.
How much over Blue Book retail, if any, does Lexus charge for a vehicle that has the Lexus Certified Warranty? I'm curious because I've got my '95 SC 300 (bright red/black leather) up for sale at Blue Book retail, $21,550.
Since a 2 door Lexus is a thing of the past (unless you want a convertible), does anyone have any opinions on whether these older coupes might be considered rare or collectible in the future?
Mar 12, 2001 (5:31 pm)
I just picked up my LS430 this past Saturday and all the bill broads are right. It's Heaven! This is my first Lexus so I set my expectation high on getting a very nice car, but this car blow those expectation right out of the water. The Euro Sports package and the ML sound system are fantastic.
This car has a smile factor of 10.
#697 of 8465 wbwynn
Mar 13, 2001 (1:09 pm)
You're up next. Someone put the maloyka (however you spell it; we Italians call it the evil eye) on that other deal you had worked out. Thank goodness you stayed friendly with your local dealer.
tv1db1 - Much good luck to you and welcome to the family.