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Lexus LS 400, Lexus LS 430, Sedan
Mar 21, 2007 (10:13 am)
ok guys here is my situation and i am in dire need of some help, I totally understand that lexus is an expensive car peroid. I just got a 93 ls 400 and it needed inspected, well I take it to my shop i usually go to and they fix everything for inspection but it fails the emissions test, now my shop cant fix that since they dont have teh software to plug into it, so I take it to a Dealer to have them work on it and so far they have changed my spark plugs, wires, pulled the exhaust and im at $670, and now they want to do a compression test on the engine, I am new to owning a lexus so any help would be great, well the car like i said wont pass emission and feels like there is very little power when you step on the gas, I am just lost here, what could be causing this and why does it seem like they are just takin my money for this car, I mean cant they find out whats wrong with it so they dont have to keep guessing on whats wrong, please help!!!!
#8071 of 8465 Re: 1993 lexus ls 400 [steeldale58]
Mar 21, 2007 (2:53 pm)
Insofar as rate of acceleration the early LSes at 248HP were not stellar performers. Put on a lot of miles, say 150,000, and the torque converter is getting a little tired.
I think you're being "jacked" around on the emissions fix but I don't have any answer otherwise.
#8072 of 8465 LS 430 Trunk Strut Replacement - Persistence Pays!
Mar 22, 2007 (2:30 am)
The Los Angeles, Ca. online BBB: http://www.labbb.org/BBBWeb/Forms/Complaint/ComplaintInformationPage.aspx?sm= was a big help. I recommend them to anyone who is not getting satisfaction through the dealers or the Lexus Customer Satisfaction 800#. But, to be fair with Lexus HQ's, make sure you have a legitimate situation (as I believed).
While Lexus Corporate denies improvement of the engineering of the LS 430 trunk struts (more "gas force pressure"), my wife and I both agree that the old struts never lifted the trunk lid on its own, once past the half way point of being 100% raised. In fact, my wife said that she always had to lift the heavy (for her) trunk lid all the way up right from the beginning with the old struts (ANYONE HERE THAT HAS A 2001/2 LS 430 REMEMBER IF THEIR ORIGINAL "TRUNK LID LIFT" EXPERIENCE WAS SIMILAR TO OURS?) I must admit, that I did find it interesting that the seasoned Lexus mechanic who installed the replacement trunk struts said that they (the sturts) have improved over time.
While I am appreciative of my free replacement struts, I told the NHTSA: "There are a lot of 2001/2002/2003 or more LS 430 owners who are paying out of their own pockets ($469.64 Dealer Price) for replacement struts, since there are no aftermarket ones available. Some owners may not be able to afford replacements and are leaving their trunk lids a safety problem!"
I'm hoping that if the NHTSA investigation doesn't warrant a "recall", then at the very least Lexus will do a "SPECIAL SERVICE CAMPAIGN" with letters sent to all Lexus car owners that have trunk (and hood) struts like the ones originally put on my 2001 LS 430.
For more details, see "Lexus Customer Satisfaction - A Vehicle For Brand Building?"
#8073 of 8465 Re: 1993 lexus ls 400 [steeldale58]
Mar 22, 2007 (2:58 am)
I agree with "wwest": "I think you're being "jacked" around on the emissions." But, I wanted to add that your local "shop" does not represent all Independent Lexus Service & Repair shops. Many do have all the equipment needed to figure out why your car is failing the emissions test. These reputable independents owned and/or operated by former "Lexus Certified Master Mechanics" would probably charge you less money, overall, than dealers would.
One suggestion: Before you buy any previously owned vehicle, take it to a reputable independent shop, or a dealer and have it thoroughly checked out. While you would have to pay for this, it might save you a lot of money in the long run.
#8074 of 8465 Re: 1993 lexus ls 400
Mar 22, 2007 (9:51 am)
i def appreciate the advise guys, and I am going to have a fit about all these dumb tests they keep doing and is costing me over $1000, to be honest the car was given to me for free so I can complain about that, but I just had no idea what I was getting myself into, is there anywhere I can find these little independant shops? Everywhere I tried to take the car was like, oh Lexus no dont work on them. Again thanks guys....any other help is much appreciated
#8075 of 8465 Re: 1993 lexus ls 400 [steeldale58]
Mar 22, 2007 (12:20 pm)
Try the Verizon Online Smart Pages using "Lexus Service & Repair", but they don't make themselves easily findable. Try your local Chamber of Commerce web site and e-mail them where you can find one.
Of course, you could always give away on chat rooms the town that you live in and maybe someone already knows of a good one there. Good Luck.
#8076 of 8465 HELP!!! Electrical issue
Mar 23, 2007 (5:59 pm)
1991 400 LS--6 weeks ago the traction light came on and the dash lights would flicker. Then the car jerked slighly when driving. then there was an odor like a electical fire. Then the car would not stop running when the key was turned off. We have replaced he starter, fuel injectors ( the cylinders on one bank were ful of gas) and he brain box. The porblem still exits where the dash lites flick off and the car wont shut off. hte lex dealer cant find the issue and my mechnic commited suicide trying to find this issue. SAVE ME! -signed $1500 later and no peace.
#8077 of 8465 Re: 1993 lexus ls 400 [steeldale58]
Mar 23, 2007 (6:48 pm)
Go to www.cartalk.com and check on their reputable repair shop target. People have registered their good mechanics there - you may find one in your area...
#8078 of 8465 RPM's reving too high
Apr 11, 2007 (5:08 pm)
I have a 2004 LS430 with 51k miles. LAst week in a drive the car hit 4000 rpm's at 60-65 mph. The car revving that high caught my attention. I put the car in manual drive shift and the car hit the normal rpm range 2000 or so. Also, sometimes when starting the car it will sit idle at 1500 to 2000 rpms. Has anyone else seen / heard of this issue? I have not yet called the dealer as the problem stopped - for now at least
#8079 of 8465 Re: RPM's reving too high [rindge]
Apr 12, 2007 (1:36 pm)
I haven't had the revving issue, but my LS does idle kind of high, I think. It's usually idling between 800 - 1000 RPM, and sometimes does spike up to 1500 for no apparent reason. It doesn't bother me a lot, not enough to inquire about it, it seems to know what it's doing.