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Lexus LS 400, Lexus LS 430, Sedan
#7609 of 8465 Re: 1990 LS 400 with over 400k miles on it........ [catchdog]
Sep 16, 2005 (6:40 pm)
Congrats on your longevity! It sounds like you have put 236K miles on it in the last three years or about 79K miles/year. If you don't mind me asking what do you do to put so many miles on your car each year?? This is the equivalent of more than three trips around the earth each year, one H... of a lot of miles. The mileage norm is probably 10-15K/year so you are way over that. No doubt having a Lexus is a major plus here, but do you have any specific maintenance tips, etc? What do you do to your car to put such incredible miles on each year?
#7610 of 8465 Re: NAV/Phone quirks [msabba]
Sep 17, 2005 (5:23 am)
mr. msabba :
there are two ( 2 ) questions on the table from you.
1- dialing a phone number on the fly :
dial the phone number from your handset and press send .
the handset will bond with bluetooth and show on the
nav screen ... and connect hands free .
volume and " off " are still controlled on the steering wheel or touch screen .
2 - entering a destination on the fly :
pull over to a safe shoulder or area on the road , take 2 minutes and enter the destination input , and drive safely back on the freeway .
happy motoring ....
#7611 of 8465 Re: NAV/Phone quirks [rennybosch]
Sep 17, 2005 (11:42 am)
rennybosch: You can find smilar info by a search for "Enter Destinations While Driving" Other mods exist for the Prius, but are not available for Lexus vehicles. A company in FL (Coastal Electronics Technology) has developed Plug-N-Play hardware mods (including disclaimer screen and phone) for the Prius.
msabba, gteach26: You're welcome!
mitchell rowe: " entering a destination on the fly: pull over to a safe shoulder or area on the road , take 2 minutes and enter the destination input , and drive safely back on the freeway."
Sometimes pulling over to the side of the road is not a very safe operation, seeing how often emergency service workers and vehicles get hit on the off-the-road shoulders. The safest option is to have your passenger operate the NAV.
I think BMW and Mercedes updated their earlier NAV systems to remove the "enter destinations lockout" after hearing numerous complaints. Honda/Acura does not lockout their NAV/phone, but their voice recognition input of destinations/phone is a generation ahead of most others. Apparently, the lawyers are currently still in control at Toyota/Lexus.
Sep 18, 2005 (6:15 pm)
I am in the process of buying a new 2005 custom luxury. The dealer says that the 18 inch wheels cannot be replaced with 17 inch wheels because, among other things, this will change the odometer readings. Is any of this true? Are 17 inch wheels more comfortable, which is what I want? Many thanks for your replies and help.
#7613 of 8465 Re: wheel size [mcescher1]
Sep 19, 2005 (2:35 am)
The dealer says that the 18 inch wheels cannot be replaced with 17 inch wheels because, among other things, this will change the odometer readings.
The part about the odometer readings is idiotic. As long as the diameter of the TIRE remains the same, the odo would be uneffected.
#7614 of 8465 Re: wheel size [mcescher1]
Sep 19, 2005 (6:35 am)
Several previous posters on the board have swapped out tires on purchase. Sounds to me like you have a salesman who is too lazy to go through the dealer hierarchy approval process. If the salesman remains stubborn why don't you see or call the manager of the dealership. Every LS is usually driven 25 test miles so your 18" tires technically have some very minor wear vs new ones he would put on. That is the only thing I can think he means when he references the ODO. I can't imagine he means the actual dashboard ODO.
#7615 of 8465 Calibration Menu
Sep 19, 2005 (10:13 am)
Every LS with the navigation system has a calibration menu to accurately reset the onboard computer for even minor differences in tire diameter after a set has been replaced.
Also, 17 inch wheels will fit a 2005 LS with 18 inch wheels without any clearance problems. The tire size of course will need to be chosen to compensate for the smaller wheel size, so that the overall rolling diameter of the entire assembly is close to stock. The final small variation can be dialled out using the calibration facility.
#7616 of 8465 Re: wheel size [mcescher1]
Sep 19, 2005 (6:43 pm)
My dealer is only offering the 18" wheels on new cars. Ok, they look sportier, but the ride is harsh (compared to 17"), tires wear out quicker, more prone to balance and alignment problems and the dealer charges more. What's the draw to the 18"?
Sep 20, 2005 (8:07 am)
For sports car they do provide a bit more stability and controlability but it's hard to imagine an LS being driven so far near the "edge" that 18's will make a difference.
Sep 20, 2005 (8:52 am)
My LS430 has those tires too..The ride and quietness suffer to a degree but still are in the "acceptable" range. I use 17" wheels for my winter tires and there is no problems. I had those same rims for my 2002 LS430. It's yet another one of those things done for fashion, along with needless electronics. I wonder if there is anyone out there with over 125K on a '01 LS430 to tell us how things have held up.