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Lexus LS 400, Lexus LS 430, Sedan
#7234 of 8465 Re: LS 430 test drive: part the third [00boxsters]
Mar 18, 2005 (3:17 pm)
You're right. I know every deal made on this car that's been posted. You saw through that one! Even so, I will still re-read them. I can't wait 'til July when the games begin. My lease is up in early August. Another possibility is to extend my BMW lease 'til December so I can take advantage of the lower "December To Remember" money factor.
According to kyfdx, BMW leases can be extended up to 4 or 5 months. Also, at that time, I would hopefully be able to negotiate a good cap. cost on a just out 2006 LS, being that this would be the last year for its design.
I will send out "feelers" in early July to Lexus dealers. If I can get a good deal by August on a 2005, then so be it.
Otherwise, it's on to plan B and a December I will truly remember.
#7235 of 8465 Re: LS 430 test drive: part the third [michael_mattox]
Mar 18, 2005 (3:25 pm)
Yeah. Chrome wheels. I'm still stuck in "Happy Days" with wheel covers!
Anyhow, today was a happy day for me. I finally got to experience a real LS.
Several weeks ago, a different dealership set me up with a real dud.
Glad I was bothered enough to follow up elsewhere.
#7236 of 8465 Sports Package
Mar 18, 2005 (4:03 pm)
According to the 2004 LS brochure, the sports package consisting of euro-tuned sports suspension and 18" polished-finish alloy wheels with P245/45R18 tires can be ordered for premium and modern luxury packages but not with ultra luxury or custom luxury packages.
As long as the alloy wheels are not chrome, count me in on the sports package.
#7237 of 8465 Re: LS 430 test drive: part the third [hpowders]
Mar 18, 2005 (6:34 pm)
when I bought my lexus I was attracted to the fact that it is stately and not flashy...
The Silver color is a super choice...doesn't show dirt..Goes great with a varity of interior colors...Black is awesome with it. ( I think you said you liked black interior)
#7238 of 8465 Re: Cure for hesitation and cornering surge [jfz]
Mar 18, 2005 (7:28 pm)
Glad to hear it. I am really quite surprised and pleased as to what a difference it makes. I would really reccomend that anyone with this slight hesitation get this upgrade. To me it really has transformed the car.
#7239 of 8465 Re: LS 430 test drive: part the third [michael_mattox]
Mar 18, 2005 (7:36 pm)
Yes. I like the black interior. But I think I will let the wife decide on the interior-black or ash. I could be happy with either.
In Florida, the ash is probably more practical.
As long as the exterior is mercury metallic.
#7240 of 8465 Re: LS 430 test drive: part the third [hpowders]
Mar 18, 2005 (10:16 pm)
I hate to tell you this Hpowders but if you go with the LS430 you seem like a prime candidate to lose control of the car to the better half. Already happened to me and sv7887 is in process of losing control.
#7241 of 8465 Re: LS 430 test drive: part the third [ljflx]
Mar 19, 2005 (5:37 am)
With one major difference, lijflx. My wife, believe it or not, DOESN'T DRIVE!
Is this a perfect scenario or what?
#7242 of 8465 Re: LS 430 test drive: part the third [hpowders]
Mar 19, 2005 (8:11 am)
Very interesting. I am wondering if perhaps the first LS you drove with the hesitation was due to the car needing the software upgrade that I referred to in an earlier post. This is the fix for the hesitation and the less than smooth acceleration. It is for all 04's and some 05's and available on request for owners who object to the slight pause and surge characteristic. It seems that most people aren't aware of this remedy or are not dissatisfied with this trait. (Thankfully, I read about the service bulletin on this site.) Like you, I came out of a BMW so this was a bit annoying to me and I was quite surprised as to the difference it has made. The car really punches forward instantly now. The Power mode, on the other hand did not solve this issue for me, so I would bet that the first car you drove was in need of the software download and the second was not. Steering is a little light compared to BMW and not as crisp in that department nor in cornering but it is a true luxury ride. And for me a big part of that is comfort, fit and finish and last but not least, the peace of mind of Never having to worry if some electronic gremlin is going to pop up at any moment which will cause you some major inconvenience. I Never worry about anything mechanical going wrong in this car.
#7243 of 8465 Re: LS 430 test drive: part the third [topspin628]
Mar 19, 2005 (8:24 am)
I believe the tradeoffs are fair coming from BMW.
Very comfortable, smooth ride with a lot of power and very good seats.
Yes, a little light on steering, but I quickly got used to it.
It seems Lexus has fixed the hesitation problem because the LS I drove yesterday had great acceleration and the car was new-only 13 miles on it.
If it wasn't for my current lease binding me 'til August, this car would have been mine.