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Lexus LS 400, Lexus LS 430, Car Buying, Sedan
#206 of 592 Re: LS 400 high mileage- good buy? [kersten]
Jan 24, 2005 (2:09 pm)
Power steering pump leak
various emissions parts
lcd display radio and ac unreadable
gauges lights burn out
I had a 1991 ls400. sold it at 220,000 miles last year. a very good car but if a part breaks you are looking at a very expensive repair bill. a power steering pump is around 1300. My A/C stopped working at around 160,000. to repair it was bet 1500 and 4000, i didnt bother. if you know an independent mechanic who repairs lexuses you'll save a lot of money. a brake job at the dealership costs around $400, but my local mechanic did it for $200 (same toyota parts). if you plan on doing your servicing at the dealership you will be shocked at how much maintenance can be on a high mileage lexus.
#207 of 592 Tire Size - Why 18"?
Jan 30, 2005 (12:40 pm)
I would like to get the opinion of this forum on tire size for the Lexus LS430. More than any other car, this car’s reputation was built on its quiet interior and smooth ride. Yet, at least in California, Lexus is shipping most of the LS430 with 18” tires instead of the standard 17”. I do not have problem with Lexus offering optional tire sizes but to ship the larger rim size, as standard makes no sense given the significant negative impact on ride quality. We test drove a LS430 this weekend and found the ride and interior noise worse than our Toyota Avalon…. not what we expected.
#208 of 592 Pre-Collision Safety System?
Jan 30, 2005 (2:18 pm)
What is the opinion on Lexus's Pre-Collision Safety System? According to the salesmen, most people do not purchase this option. He indicated that the system only works if the cruise control in on and is of no use driving around town.
Jan 30, 2005 (4:44 pm)
The 18" is likely for performance issues..Remember this is a very fast car..You'll see that the speed limit quickly passes as you drive on the highway..
What tires did the car have? My '05 came with Dunlop SP Sport 5000's which are classified as Ultra High Performance All Season's..Basically this tire is biased towards performance driving. I had a '98 LS with those tires and was not impressed. I personally think the Bridgestone Turanza is a much better tire. The car is on snow tires at the moment so I haven't had a chance to evaluate it yet.
My old '02 LS had some similar performance tire and the ride was noisy and bumpy as you described. Perhaps you can talk the dealer into fitting 17" wheels instead? I'm sure they have plenty of those around.
As for the Pre Collision, I passed on that..I didn't see the point of it as the car already gets the highest crash ratings out there..I've taken a pretty hard impact in my 1992 LS400 without a scratch. These cars are quite solid, so don't feel as if you are compromising your safety should you not choose to buy it.
Hope this helps,
#212 of 592 Talk to the Press
Feb 10, 2005 (10:37 am)
A reporter would like to interview someone who recently bought a large sedan such as a Mercedes E-Class, Lexus LS 430, Mercury Crown Victoria or any large Cadillac or Lincoln.
Please send your daytime contact info to jfallonedmunds.com by Friday, February 11, 2005.
#213 of 592 Price Differences in Packages
Feb 11, 2005 (9:01 am)
Can anyone knowledgeable about this answer please? There are 5 differences in the
LQ (Custom Lux) and the PT (Modern Lux) pkgs: Dynam Radar, Pre-Collision, headlight washers, pwr door closers, and laminated glass, all on the LQ pkg.
I'd like to know from a consumer point, what real difference would these things make in a driving experience, mainly the pre-coll and radar, I already assume the others are price- increase excuses.
#214 of 592 Re: Price Differences in Packages [sis2]
by Kirstie@Edmunds HOST
Feb 11, 2005 (10:34 am)
Since this discussion centers around pricing & the purchasing experience, your question will get more attention in our regular Lexus LS forum.
Host, Future Vehicles & Smart Shopper discussions
#215 of 592 Re: Price Differences in Packages [sis2]
Feb 11, 2005 (8:29 pm)
IMHO, the Modern gives the most bang for the buck. In the Custom, the pre-collision is a safety feature and doesn't improve the driving experience at all. The radar function only is relevant at all for highway cruising. First question is, how much highway driving do you do? Second, do you trust it more than you trust yourself?
The Ultra package adds benefits mostly for rear seat passengers. If I were being driven by a chauffeur and sitting in the back seat, I would go for it. But on the other hand, if I was looking for a limousine, I wouldn't pick an LS as my car!
That leaves either a base model or a Modern. But why spend this much for a car and not get the features that will be standard in even midrange cars within a few years-- before you're ready to trade in your LS? The Modern gives you the options that really matter and add a fun factor to the driving experience.
But all this is really a value analysis. If value is truly not an issue, the more toys the better-- so go for the Ultra, or the Custom, or the Modern, or the base model, whichever you can afford.