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You are in the Lexus LS 400/LS 430
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Lexus LS 400, Lexus LS 430, Sedan
#8453 of 8465 Re: 1990 LS 400 - Will Price Go Up Eventually As A "Classic Car" [slexy1]
Aug 07, 2012 (8:19 am)
Lexus uses an EPR valve to regulate the level of cooling provided by the evaporator so I doubt that going to r134 would make a difference.
If you want to see the effects of "wasted" cooling capacity have a look at the return line to the compressor just under the bottom of the radiator after a long drive on a hot and humid day. Up to 1/2" of rhime ice.
As of ~95 Lexus moved that line to the firewall behind the engine in order to improve the compressor life, engine heat "absorbs" the excess cooling.
#8454 of 8465 Re: 1990 LS 400 - Will Price Go Up Eventually As A "Classic Car" [slexy1]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Aug 07, 2012 (8:27 am)
I think an ad in www.autotrader.com is your best bet for attracting the type of buyer you want. Unlike Craigslist, which usually caters to bottom-feeders (like me ), with Autotrader they offer plenty of sophisticated search functions, so that buyers can isolate cars by zip code. So you can get local buyers even though you have a national ad in place.
Also if you have a highly reputable broker in your area (someone who sells "classics" or special cars in a nice indoor showroom and who takes perhaps 15% off the top), that's a good way for a hassle-free sale.
#8455 of 8465 Re: 1990 LS 400 - Will Price Go Up Eventually As A "Classic Car" [Mr_Shiftright]
Aug 07, 2012 (9:05 am)
I'm sure you're right about the EPR valve, wwest, but all my wife and I know, for many years now, is that we both get "brain freeze" a lot faster with the freon than the r134. I'm not sure, but it appears that the 1990 has a smaller cabin interior size than our 2001 LS 430. Maybe that has something to do with it?
Mr. Shiftright, thanks for the great, specific suggestions, in case I want to sell the 1990 eventually. Your suggestion actually reminded me that I have a friend on the west coast who is a manager for AutoTrader.com. It will be great to touch bases with him again.
#8456 of 8465 Re: 1990 LS 400 - Will Price Go Up Eventually As A "Classic Car" [slexy1]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Aug 07, 2012 (10:26 am)
yeah, if you want bang for your buck (dollars spent per viewer), Autotrader is hard to beat. Plus you get print and internet ads in a package. I've sold 2 cars for friends that way, and got a good price, too.
Craigslist is nice because it's all local, but some of the people you attract, plus all the scammers, makes it a tedious enterprise.
#8457 of 8465 Re: 1990 LS 400 - Will Price Go Up Eventually As A "Classic Car" [slexy1]
Aug 07, 2012 (11:21 am)
The "brain freeze" in the early models isn't the result of the different refrigerants but a change in the design of the climate control system.
Up until ~95 the system would go into rapid cooldown mode, close to the maximum level of cooling when you initially started the car on a HOT day. Apparently this was deemed somewhat discomforting for some buyers, northernish buyers(?).
When we purchased our '00 F/awd RX300 I was mildly surprised that I now had to "manage" the system on my own if I wished to more rapidly cool the cabin down to our comfort level.
Turn the system to MAX cooling, or closely thereby, lower the blower speed to a more comfortable, more quiet level, until the cabin was more comfortable.
THEN you can put in fully automatic mode.....EXCEPT...
Being extremely careful to not allow the system to switch into cooling mode automatically on the coldest night in the dead of winter. Somewhere about '05 Lexus came out with a C-BEST option that when set other than the factory default would force the system to stay in heating mode when the OAT was coolish/COLD.
#8458 of 8465 Re: 1990 LS 400 - Will Price Go Up Eventually As A "Classic Car" [nvbanker]
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#8459 of 8465 Re: 1990 LS 400 - Will Price Go Up Eventually As A "Classic Car" [slexy1]
Oct 22, 2012 (1:04 pm)
I sure won't be able to replace the colder freon that cools this hot car (with smaller cabin) off faster than the newer, less cold refrigerant models, IMO.
au contrare - my 2009 LS460's A/C blows ice cubes. I'll put it up against your old R-2 system anytime....
#8461 of 8465 HID headlight assembly
Nov 20, 2012 (7:58 am)
Just recently had my driver's side HID lamp changed. When the bulb was screwed in by the mechanic (not Lexus dealership) it was not seated correctly; only one of the "nubs" was in, the other was out. I think this caused a short or arcing in the receptacle. It doesn't look like the black receptacle can be changed as it's attached to a cable. The Lexus dealership tells me the cable assembly is "the computer" and it will cost around $900 for a replacement part. Has anyone had any experience with this? Is there an aftermarket cable assembly for less money? Is there another solution rather than this costly one?
#8462 of 8465 Re: 2005 LS 430 Front Seat Comfort [poajr]
Dec 12, 2012 (9:05 pm)
I had the same problem with my 2003 LS 430. The cushions are flatten after a short time. I had a upholstery guy replace both front cushions plus added more in so the seat wouldn't be so flatten. The cushions for the LS 430 is low quality made. I have also a 2001 RX 300 which I purchased brand new, the front cushions on this truck is better and still holding its thickness. I still drive this truck.