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#7138 of 8465 2005 LS 430 1-week update
Mar 09, 2005 (11:26 am)
600 miles on the LS and after some around town and a 300 mile interstate drive I am very satisfied. Acceleration and braking are most gratifying and handling a most positive surprise. Not Porsche spec but not boat like as expected. No hesitation noticed with or without ECT. (I am particularly sensitive to this issue since we traded our Audi A6 TT for a hesitation problem.)
Interior is perfect for me. I still cannot believe that Lexus lists the 2006 GS headroom as greater than the LS. Must be 4 or more inches greater in the LS for me. However, if not for the ill fitting GS then I would not have test drove my LS! I have not come close to trying or understanding all of the features as yet.
I cannot be sure if it is 'just me' or there is a wondering problem with my particular car's steering. My wife does not notice it nor do I around town but on the 300 mile interstate trip this past weekend it was quite disconcerting.
The LS would seem to need constant steering input going 75mph and then either under or over correct. While not unsafe, the wondering steering needed near constant concentration. Any thoughts? Alignment?
#7139 of 8465 Re: 2005 LS 430 1-week update [00boxsters]
Mar 09, 2005 (11:42 am)
Glad to hear you had no hesitation. This was a problem for me several days ago when I tried an LS 430.
#7140 of 8465 Re: 2005 LS 430 1-week update [00boxsters]
Mar 09, 2005 (12:37 pm)
The Lexus is so quiet it is sometimes difficult to tell when it is extra windy outside...that could have been the problem but if you think not ...Take it to the dealer and let them check it out for you....Lexus dealers you will find are different then any other dealer...They are expecially good in the service department. anything seem not to be right...Call them...Get an appointment and take it in...There will be no charge whatever they find.
#7141 of 8465 Re: Loaner car [michael_mattox]
Mar 09, 2005 (1:03 pm)
They told me since the car was not purchased there we would not be entitled to one. Does this sound right?
#7142 of 8465 Re: Loaner car [hpowders]
Mar 09, 2005 (1:37 pm)
I am close to Smithtown that's why I choose that one and for their reputation. No loaner since car not purchased their
#7143 of 8465 Re: 2005 LS 430 1-week update [00boxsters]
Mar 09, 2005 (1:45 pm)
I also have the "constant steering input" on the highway with my LX470. The dealer says it is normal. I think it is due to the wide tires. I don't know if you have the 18 inch wheels or not, but, if you do, the tires is the reason. My LS430 has 17 inch wheels, and I have never experienced "road wander", or whatever you want to call it.
#7144 of 8465 Re: Loaner car [ckennedy]
Mar 09, 2005 (2:20 pm)
I've used four different Lexus dealer's (Kansas City, Atlanta, Austin and now Quad Cities) after buying my original GS300 and never had a problem with obtaining a loaner for service. Never had to get one for a problem as I just didn't have any reliability issues with the car. Current dealer, where I bought my LS430 last summer, never had one issue with me getting one and I know of other owners who bought their Lexus at somewhere else who get loaners here.
Now, maybe since I moved to the the later three locations I got different treatment rather than living in same place and buying elsewhere instead of my local dealer.
#7145 of 8465 Re: 2005 LS 430 1-week update
Mar 09, 2005 (2:21 pm)
Sorry, I meant wandering not wondering. Thanks for all input folks.
My wife insisted it was the wind blowing us about during our interstate trip but like a good hubby I ignored her suggestion.
I do in fact have the 18" wheels/tires.
I called the service department (again) today and the manager said he would check with the mechanics and get back to me on their thoughts or TSB's. I will post what information I get.
#7146 of 8465 Re: 2005 LS 430 1-week update [00boxsters]
Mar 09, 2005 (3:25 pm)
I cannot be sure if it is 'just me' or there is a wandering problem with my particular car's steering.
I noticed this with our '05 LS (17" tires) only when on the interstate. Our old '98 Toyota Avalon had a similar feeling. I chalked it up to the difference between full power steering and the "power assist" of the European cars we're accustomed to.
#7147 of 8465 The real LS 430?
Mar 09, 2005 (3:40 pm)
I wonder why all those authors of those unanimously glowing reviews of this vehicle haven't mentioned what we find?
Hesitation upon acceleration.
Wandering at highway speeds regardless of whether you have 17" or 18" tires.