Last post on Jun 13, 2013 at 12:06 PM
You are in the Lexus LS 400/LS 430
What is this discussion about?
Lexus LS 400, Lexus LS 430, Sedan
#8456 of 8465 Re: 1990 LS 400 - Will Price Go Up Eventually As A "Classic Car" [slexy1]
by Mr_Shiftright HOST
Aug 07, 2012 (11:26 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 (12:21 pm)
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 (2:04 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 (8:58 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 (10:05 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.
#8463 of 8465 How much do you have to drive a Lexus?
Jun 10, 2013 (9:41 pm)
My friend has a '04 LS430. Recently he has been sick and his car was only driven about 10 miles per month. Three months ago it was dead. The dealer said the battery was bad and replaced it under warranty. Yesterday it was dead again. Now the dealer is saying you have to drive a car at least 20-25 miles per week or else the battery will need a charge. He recommended a trickle charger to be installed if the car is driven less than that.
Is there an authoritative source of information on the minimum amount a car needs to be driven to keep the battery healthy?
Jun 13, 2013 (11:56 am)
I can tell you that my Mother's 2006 Lexus ES330 must be driven at least an hour once a month...she is retired and may not use the car for a few months, and the battery will be dead...the dealer did change the battery once (bad cell) but the problem was still there...when we took the car back to them they noted that she had not put 200 miles on it in the LAST TWO YEARS...my brother now "borrows" the car one week a month and drives it like his own car, to keep the battery up...also, he turned off almost all of the possible power-draining accessories...
As long as he drives it once monthly, all is OK...I have never seen that with any other car...
#8465 of 8465 Re: How much do you have to drive a Lexus? [rennybosch]
by Mr_Shiftright HOST
Jun 13, 2013 (12:06 pm)
It varies from car to car depending on what equipment the car uses and even how it is stored and what climate it is in. But as a rule, after 2-3 weeks of non-use, you are pushing your luck.
But the recommendation of a "maintenance charger" is a good idea---this may not be the same as a simple"trickle charger"----a "smart charger" maintains a battery at an optimal level by use of a microprocessor, while cheapo trickle chargers may not have a microprocessor at all.
Here's a REVIEW OF BATTERY CHARGERS that might help you decide which is best.