Last post on Jun 13, 2013 at 11:06 AM
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Lexus LS 400, Lexus LS 430, Sedan
#8458 of 8465 Re: 1990 LS 400 - Will Price Go Up Eventually As A "Classic Car" [nvbanker]
Oct 08, 2012 (7:00 am)
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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.
#8463 of 8465 How much do you have to drive a Lexus?
Jun 10, 2013 (8:41 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 (10:56 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 MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Jun 13, 2013 (11:06 am)
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.