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Lexus LS 400, Lexus LS 430, Sedan
#7934 of 8465 Auto Auctions...............LS430
Jul 31, 2006 (9:39 am)
I am contemplating buying a 2003 LS430 from a dealer(not Lexus)...........he has been around for around 9 years and has sold over 8,000 cars in that time. He is well known and has a good reputation. I want a 2003 LS 430 white, w/Nav and less than 35k miles. I have a price in mind (around $35-36k). He thinks that his full-time buyer can find one like the one I want. He will be going to Manheim Auctions to find the car.
My question is how much do dealers actually buy these cars for? I know they have to make a profit but I am curious as to what "auction" prices are. I realize a more popular car will command a higher price but other than that what profit are we talking about? $2k, 3k.......................
#7935 of 8465 Thanks and more questions
Aug 02, 2006 (4:02 am)
Thanks to all on this forum for the valuable information always available here. I was trying for a long time to decide between a new car and a used LS. I finally chose a used LS. I am mostly happy with the decision, so far, however it's only been two weeks. I say mostly, because I have noticed extreme wind noise, when all of the windows are closed. What could be the cause and the cure? I'm only getting 17.5 mpg, according to the dash info. How accurate is this known to be? Also, I've noticed a chip in the windshield. Can anyone tell me what the product is that's supposed to stop it from spreading? Does it really work? How much would a new Lexus windshield cost?
#7936 of 8465 Re: Rain Sensing Windshield Wipers [mmm1]
Aug 02, 2006 (11:34 am)
The automatic sensing wipers on our '05 LS430 still do weird things, too. I asked the dealer to check them at 10k mi. and was told they work fine. Ha! Not when one tiny raindrop on a dusty, dirty windshield will turn them on. Oh, the horrors of a scratched windshield.
Mine still race like mad occasionally, go slow during downpours, everything you experience. The automatic wipers in our '03 BMW 530 work much better. IMHO Toyota/Lexus has some more tweaking to do.
#7937 of 8465 Re: Thanks and more questions [cneuman]
Aug 02, 2006 (2:57 pm)
You didn't say what year LS. I have averaged 22MPG overall mileage as shown on the computer readout on the dash. I have made 25 MPG plus on the hi way and usually 20 MPG around town and hiway mixed. As for the windshield, most insurance companies pay the total bill for the fixing of a chip or star. If you drop by a glass replacement shop, they can check it and probably tell you if it's an old chip and if it has already been fixed but still is visible. They usually charge from $30 to $60 to fix a chip/star. I have one of those on my pickup. Lexus windshields are very expensive. I have seen some discussion in this forum on the difference and if it matters whether you replace with a "Lexus" windshield or "aftermarket". You might try a search of this forum. As for the wind noise, does it come from all four doors or just one. Car may have been in an accident and the weather stripping is letting some air thru? Good Luck.
#7938 of 8465 Re: Thanks and more questions [rgsw]
Aug 03, 2006 (4:05 am)
Thanks for your reply rgsw. It's a 2002, UL. I believe what I have is a star. Does anyone know if there is some way to keep it from spreading? If it eventually has to be replaced, I would rather replace it with a Lexus windshield. From all that I've read on this forum, it's seems the best way to go, although as you said, a very expensive way. Can someone tell me how expensive? The wind noise seems to be coming from the front passenger window area, possibly even the windshield. I can't really tell. Can it be as simple as repairing the weather stripping? The carfax report was clean. But of course that's not a gaurantee of no accident.
#7939 of 8465 Re: Thanks and more questions [cneuman]
Aug 03, 2006 (6:21 am)
" I believe what I have is a star. Does anyone know if there is some way to keep it from spreading "
We've had these repaired with the 'resin' type compound, by professionals. Our auto insurance does this for free, or we have the option to pay a deductible and have the entire windshield replaced. All three times we chose the free resin repair.
My own internet research showed that the resin repair holds up rather well. We've had it done on all our former cars with no problems. No windshield chips with our Lexus yet, though.
Have you talked with your insurance agent yet?
#7940 of 8465 Re: Thanks and more questions [famwald]
Aug 03, 2006 (10:49 am)
Thanks famwald. I haven't talked to my insurance company, but I certainly will. My only concern is that since I just purchased the LS, they may not cover it as a pre-existing problem. Does that make sense?
Does everyone who lives in the midwest, change over to snow tires for the winter? If you do and it doesn't snow much durning the winter, what effect will that have on the tires?
#7941 of 8465 Winter Tire Wear`
Aug 03, 2006 (5:02 pm)
Winter tires hold up for several years if they are used on cold roads. Put them on too early, of take them off too late in the spring, and the soft rubber compounds will disappear before your eyes. Temperature is much more of a wear factor than mileage. I have never worn out the sets for my '98, 2000, or '04 cars.
#7942 of 8465 Re: Thanks and more questions [cneuman]
Aug 03, 2006 (5:34 pm)
For Cneuman: I found this on search.. post 7730
"I have now driven several days at local and highway speeds with my replaced '04 LS windshield made by PPG glass. I have compared it with the OEM windshield side by side in my garage on another "04 LS. There is no difference. I definitely made the right choice passing on the Lexus OEM glass at four times the price installed."
#7943 of 8465 Re: Thanks and more questions [rgsw]
Aug 03, 2006 (5:39 pm)
One more: Post #7703
"Pebble hit my windshield and the next morning the crack extended across my windshield. After market glass was quoted as $295 installed and Lexus glass was over $1000. Amazing there is so great a difference. I considered paying the $500 deductible on OEM glass but I was more concerned about the insurance claim than the extra $205. Lexus service of course recommended OEM glass but I would hate to pay the extra money and make an insurance claim when the next pebble takes out this windshield."