Question about 2002 Lexus LS 430
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
Most people would tell you that the 2005 LS430 has the best new car record of any car ever rated by JD Powers at less than 100 defects per 100 vehicles. That MAY be true in general, but I can tell you that I have had a LOT of problems with my 2005 LS430 ULTRA model. This is the top of the line LS and has a lot of stuff that is just waiting to go bad. The other models of LS430 are not nearly as complex. I did purchase an extended warranty policy from a third party warranty company for $2,100 when the vehicle had around 40,000 miles on it. At around 75,000 miles I had a rear strut replaced (there is an air suspension system is on the ULTRA model only), and the strut alone costs $1,250. I just had the other one repalced on the rear at 91,000 miles (another $1,250 plus allignment). If you have the auto transmission go out, that is going to be a LOT more than $1,000. The temperature controlled seats (again, available as an option on one or two LS 430 models, standard on the ULTRA model) will cost another $500 to $800 to repair if a heating / cooling module goes bad.
I believe the $1,000 is worth it, but that's coming from the owner of a ULTRA model. I have not heard of anyone else having nearly this amount of trouble with their Lexus, but I do not know anyone else with an ULTRA. The other models of the 2005 LS430 should be somewhat better on the wallet.
"One" wheel height sensor went bad after 3,500 miles, and it took Lexus 9 months to diagnose the problem. Then they replaced only one sensor, and the problem came right back again. I had to submit a claim as a Lemon under the Maryland Lemon Law before Lexus would agree to really fix the problem by replacing all 4 wheel height sensors again.
At around 40,000 miles the brake pedal started to sink while I was sitting at a stoplight, sort of like there was air in the brakeline, but these are "brake-by-wire" systems. Lexus at first did not acknowledge the problem even existed, but eventually replaced the master cylinder which didn't solve the problem either. It was only after the brake fluid was flushed and refilled twice that the issue FOR THE MOST PART went away. (I believe the problem is in the anti-lock brake system, but Lexus doesn't agree, since tehy really still don't acknowledge a problem).
After 35,000 miles or so, the climate controlled seats started heating when placed in the cooling mode; they actually heat up 10 degrees within two minutes of being energized in the cooling position. Lexus could not explain the condition, but has not fixed the seats either. Summer's coming and these seats will be getting pretty warm again this year as well.
As you might expect, the "Pursuit of Perfection" thing doesn't ring true to me at all. Given the repair cost of anything that might go wrong on the LS, I would DEFINATELY believe that the $1,000 is a wise expenditure and should give you SOME peace of mind, at least.
Posted on Apr 05, 2009
There is a clip that pries up with small flathead screwdriver. The harness and bulb are held in lens with a plastic ring that screws on and off.
Posted on Sep 15, 2009
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The adjustment screws/nuts should be located either on the top of the headlamp assembly,
behind the headlamp assembly, or near the frame rail by the radiator
You will have vertical adjustment screws for each independent beam (separate highs and separate lows, but will be same screw if highs and lows are the same bulb). You may also have additional horizontal adjustment screws as well
Park your car on a level ground 30 feet from a wall and measure the height from the ground to the bulb and mark on a wall (do this for highs beams and low beams if the bulbs are separate, if highs and lows are the same bulb, only do it for the lows)
For Low Beams: If the headlights read VOR, then aim the brightest part or cutoff part just below the mark on the wall. If it says VOL or nothing, aim them 2 inches below the mark on the wall.
For High Beams (if separate from low beams): Aim the headlight directly at the line you marked on the wall.
Posted on Sep 30, 2009
The weakest link is on the transmission pan gasket.
You have to buy the transmission service kit.
The kit has the pan gasket and the transmission filter.
My cost is only $38........dealer is a lot more.
Use Amsoil Synthetic ATF if possible. It will help increase the service life of the transmission
Posted on Dec 10, 2009
THEY MAKE THE SYSTEM AND HAVE INSTRUCTIONS YOU CAN DOWNLOAD.
PLEASE NOTE: NOT ALL BRANDS/MODELS OF OPENER WILL WORK WITH THIS SYSTEM.
HOPE THIS HELPS
Posted on May 26, 2010
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