Last post on Aug 17, 2011 at 8:22 AM
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Lexus LS 400, Lexus LS 430, Electrical, Sedan
#73 of 82 Re: Front lighter fuse problem [wwest]
Jan 25, 2011 (11:56 am)
Interestingly enough, all there LS' that I have owned, have had a shorted out socket, only one, but nonetheless. I don't smoke so one is enough for me, I just live with it. Guess I could probably get it fixed under warranty, eh?
#74 of 82 Re: keyless entry problem solved [mike425]
Jun 03, 2011 (12:24 pm)
I just ran into this problem on my 2005 ls430. it has only 41000 mi. I wanted to know what is it that they did on your car to charge such an outrageous amont ($2800) . non of my keyless devices work anymore. did they change an entire control board, one microchip, switch , or what.
#75 of 82 Re: keyless entry problem solved [nick1000]
Jun 11, 2011 (3:51 pm)
I have regrettably found out, being on my third LS, that once the warranty is up, Lexus repairs at the dealer are all outrageous!
At that point, I go elsewhere, or get a new Lexus. So far, mostly the latter.
#76 of 82 Timing belt change
Aug 10, 2011 (6:34 pm)
my 2005 lS430 has 80,000 miles on it. Because of age should I change belt now or wait til 90K?
Any safe mileage above 90K? What would I expect to pay?
Bought new, really like this car.
#77 of 82 Re: Timing belt change [cove148]
Aug 11, 2011 (6:54 am)
Our '92 was pushing 200k with no belt or water pump problems. Insofar as I know the new owner, local/friend, still hasn't had any problems. Our '95 had a new belt at 240,000 miles only because the water pump seal was allowing seeping through/around the bearing.
In '92 valve belt drive was a fairly new thing so the 90,000 mile "range" was more of a guess, now proven wrong, than otherwise.
#78 of 82 Re: Timing belt change [cove148]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Aug 11, 2011 (7:04 am)
Figure 4.5 hours labor (whatever labor rate exists in your area) to do the belt, the water pump and the camshaft seals. The belt is $56 and the pump $150. Don't cheap out on parts, buy the best parts you can.
Where I live in CALIF the total would come out to around $900 out the door. You'd have to add a bit more if you want to replace the timing belt tensioner, which isn't a bad idea.
If you're planning to keep the car, I'd plan to do it at 90K as specified, as the consequences of the belt breaking are somewhat catastrophic.
#79 of 82 Re: Timing belt change [cove148]
Aug 15, 2011 (9:58 am)
I agree with shifty. The timing belt will likely go for a long time more, there is safety built into the recommended change schedule so there is virtually no chance of breaking it before the change time, but lots of driving factors can affect the life of the belt. In the desert like here, it's so hot and dry, the belt may fail sooner than in coastal climates, for example. You don't want it to break on you. Why take the chance? I have long said, if you want to drive a luxury car, why would you treat it like a cheap car? Buy the good gas, do the required maintenance, and the Lexus should last you 300,000 miles without breaking a sweat.
#80 of 82 Re: Timing belt change [nvbanker]
Aug 16, 2011 (8:57 am)
"..why would you treat it like a cheap car?.."
With a "cheap" car I would expect the use of sub-standard, in comparison, components.
So I would never "treat" a cheap car like a Lexus.
#81 of 82 Re: Timing belt change [nvbanker]
Aug 16, 2011 (9:04 am)
It is my understanding that Lexus began the use of rubber timing belts in order to reduce the NVH, less engine noise. At the time the "life" of those belts was only computationally predictable so we ended up with the 90,000 mile estimate.
Lexus is now going back to timing chains not due to the short life of timing belts but due to the extreme willingness of their dealers to RIP-OFF the customers with SCARE stories such as above.
#82 of 82 Re: Timing belt change [wwest]
Aug 17, 2011 (8:22 am)
When, and in which engines has Lexus reverted to chains?