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Lexus LS 430, Sedan
#16 of 35 No major changes ...
Aug 09, 2003 (9:41 am)
for the 2004 LS430. I can confirm minor exterior and interior changes plus new colors and additional standard/optional features.
#17 of 35 SAT radio in LS 430
Aug 25, 2003 (11:03 am)
FYI, my dealer confirmed for me today that the sat radio service will be XM. I have test driven BMW and their's is Sirrus. I prefer XM because I already have it in my Denali and the stations have more variety. Also...if you already have one XM sat radio, the second is only $5-$6 more a month. I like XM so much I am thinking about getting it for the house and replacing my DSS. There is a noticeable difference in sound quality between regular FM radio and the SAT. Once you experience it you will never buy a car without it.
Keep the info coming on the 2004.
Aug 25, 2003 (9:05 pm)
I have been waiting, reading and watching for almost a year. I almost bought a 2003. When do you think we can get prices on the 2004? I live in Chicago metro area about 6-7 dealers around. I do have some contacts around the country if it would pay to shop.
#19 of 35 pricing
Aug 26, 2003 (10:55 am)
we were told not for another 2-3 weeks or so.
#20 of 35 New 2004 Lexus LS 430
Aug 29, 2003 (3:47 am)
I have been searching and searching for accurate info about the 2004. Everywhere is almost void of info including Lexus' own site. BUT, the latest Car & Driver has a two page ad with a beautiful photo. It is amazing how Lexus can keep secrets until they are ready. Most of the forecasts until the last two weeks were well off with predications of a major body change. New model looks nice but most people will not see a difference, Good or bad?
Sep 01, 2003 (12:40 pm)
I also saw the ad in Car and Driver. There was at least one other ad in another automotive magazine that was delivered to homes last week.
Like you I have been waiting to see what the MY04 refreshing looked like. I agree with you that the body changes are not that significant but from what I can tell they are still very welcome changes over the 2001-2003 look. Subdued but still much better in my opinion.
I also like many of the technical upgrades like the 6-speed transmission, satellite radio and others. However, at this point I believe that I am going to ultimately end up waiting for the completely new LS in 2006. I have absolutely no problems with my current LS so I don't have to be in a hurried. But I will certainly take a close look at the MY04 LS when they are at dealers in significant numbers.
#22 of 35 2004 Lexus LS430... not much changes
Sep 01, 2003 (1:09 pm)
I saw the 2004 Lexus LS430 Large Sedan in the October edition of Motor Trend Magazine, and it doesn't look much different than the previous one. I wasn't surprised or anything. Just a few changes, nothing major.
Lexus's website is already displaying it. Head over there.
#23 of 35 Made a mistake.. sorry
Sep 01, 2003 (1:11 pm)
Sorry. If you headed to Lexus's website homepage, i was wrong. Sorry about that.
They were showing the ads so I supposed that they were showing it on the website. Now that you look at it, the 2004 doesn't look so stuck up like the 2003.
Sep 08, 2003 (6:06 pm)
Nice review of the new LS430. Keep in mind there will be naysayers on this board who discount state-of-the-art Nav. systems and other electronic wizardry as unimportant. They turn a blind eye to these and other refinements and prefer to denigrate the Lexus marque using descriptive tones invoking "Buicks" or "refrigerators". I don't bother to argue these points, just agree to disagree with them.