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#278 of 419 GS 350 auto switch defers to manual and turns off the AC compressor
Aug 23, 2009 (6:11 am)
Got a 2008 GS 350 awd that on start-up, sometimes the auto light on the fresh air/recirculate switch goes off so that it's in manual mode. It also turns off the air conditioner compressor. So on a hot day, if this happens, you need to push the auto switch twice to get it back in the auto mode and turn the compressor back on. Without doing this, the car stays hot. Dealer has seen this happen, it's been video taped by me, but the famous Lexus customer service folks in California and their cracker jack technicians have no idea of how to fix it. The latest from Lexus now is that it's a "normal function". So, with it being "normal" there is nothing left to do. They have suggested I go to arbitration. I suggested changing things to see if any change/replacement would resolve this. Not happening. Customer service in Calif. apologizes in an endless loop. Sad. Dealer is awesome and their hands now are tied. It's some sense of false pride that keeps them from being better. Anyone else have this non-problem?
#279 of 419 Re: New lexus gs350 08 prices? [acctprof]
Aug 28, 2009 (1:06 pm)
I bought my GS460 in March as well. I managed to get a brand new 2008 GS460 with Mark Levinson (sticker just under 60k) for $43500.
#280 of 419 Re: New lexus gs350 08 prices? [prema1]
Aug 30, 2009 (6:22 pm)
Wow what an awsome deal. Congrats on your new ride. Any details of your buying experience and where did you buy it from?
#281 of 419 GS 350 engine tap/steady click, IPOD hook up, dash noise
Sep 19, 2009 (2:14 pm)
I recently purchased a 2007 GS 350 AWD with about 25k miles. I love the car so far. have noticed a steady tap or click at idle, listening in on the engine, it seems to be coming from the upper part of the passengers side towards the firewall. I'm going in for a few factor-recalls (brake caliper and fuel line) soon, not sure if I should be concerned about this tap noise though? Any help is appreciated.
When driving over bumps, I noticed a noise from the dashboard, almost sounds like something needs to be secured/scewed in better, not sure any one else has this too and if there is some thing that is recommened.
Also, not sure if anyone knows if an AUX port is easy installed for IPOD hook-up rather than the FM receiver/tape deck IPOD usage too. thank you.
#282 of 419 Re: Tires (run flat) for GS 350 AWD [carjunkie4]
Sep 28, 2009 (4:41 am)
I just replaced the Dunlop run flats on my 2007 GS 350, after 44,800 miles. The ride was okay up until about 15K, when the road noise became a bother. I decided to replace them with Michelin Pilots, and the ride is now softer and quieter. The wear pattern on the run flats was strange. The tread was still good, however the steel belts started to poke through on the inside edge of each tire.I do not think I will buy them again.
#283 of 419 Re: Tires (run flat) for GS 350 AWD [vchustz]
Sep 28, 2009 (4:54 am)
I have owned two cars with run flat tires. Both developed embarrassing noise at about 12k mi and in neither instance did the tires give me good feedback from the road surface. I will not buy another vehicle so equipped until I become convinced that a future generation of this 'technology' is far better than what is presently offered.
Sep 28, 2009 (10:29 am)
We dealer replaced the run flats on my 2007 GS350, 2 months after we purchased the car. We complained about the car pulling to either side of the road when we hit the crown or ruts in the road. Not enough tire to cushion the road The Michelins totally changed the ride for the better.
#285 of 419 Brakes squeals
Dec 07, 2009 (9:11 pm)
Has anyone else had problems with squealing brakes? My brakes on my GS350 squeal at low speed and usually after the car has been sitting for awhile. The service tech says they can't find anything wrong. It'a a bit nerve wreaking to hear the squeal. It goes away but comes back after car sits.
#286 of 419 Re: Brakes squeals [wets33]
Dec 10, 2009 (7:43 pm)
Tell your service tech perform TSB L-SB-0040-09
It applies to 07/08GS350.
They give you two front rotors & new pads.
That would fix squealing noise in cold weather & excessive brake dust.
Mine was fixed 6 months ago. No more squealing noise & dust. One trade off though.
The brakes do not feel strong as before. Or it's just me, a little soft on the brake
#287 of 419 Re: Brakes squeals [chucko3]
Dec 11, 2009 (10:25 am)
Thanks chucko3. I'm scheduling an appointment now and hope this fix the problem becuase it's embarrassing pulling up to a stop and everyones looks because they can hear you coming before they see you.