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1990LS400

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    LS400
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  1. Text Messages

    One way is to turn off Message Access on your phone in the Bluetooth settings for the specific vehicle.
  2. Common Issues And A Ls400 Buying Guide

    The right channel failure in your Nakamichi system is likely a problem in the head unit as was mine and many others who have reported a similar problem. I don't remember anyone reporting that the left channel failed - only the right channel. After the right channel of the Nak failed, I had a double DIN Kenwood head unit installed at Best Buy using the Nak amp under the passenger seat and all the Nak speakers including the Nak subwoofer. The Kenwood didn't have quite the "presence" of the Nak head unit but it was wonderful to have a modern system in my old 2000 LS400. The Kenwood had a wonderful Bluetooth phone feature, 18 FM presets, equalizer, DVD video/CD player, sat radio ready, backup camera ready, A2DP Bluetooth audio streaming with specific Pandora support, hard wire aux-in, iPod control capability. Total cost of the Kenwood head unit including installation was a hair under $500. Don't let anyone tell you that the Nak amp can't be used with an aftermarket head unit and that you have to give up on your Nak subwoofer - absolutely not true. PGW supplies OEM glass for Toyota/Lexus but I suppose it is possible that you didn't get OEM grade. Your wind noise might be due to installation issues. The last windshield I had installed in my 2000 LS400 was a $1,600 OEM windshield - same markings and color as the factory installed one. The trim around the new windshield didn't fit all that well and I think that was the cause of most of the wind noise. There was a TSB about exterior mirror noise for the 1998-2000 LS400 which involved stuffing adhesive backed foam into the mirror housings. By about the 5th year, most of the foam was coming out of the mirrors and I never had it replaced. Yep, I closed the driver door on the seat belt buckle within the first few months I had my 00 LS400. I was more careful after that. I had the driver door hinges replaced at some point but I didn't think doing that reduced the wind noise. I should have replaced all the door gaskets. I liked my 00 LS400 a lot up to the day I sold it in 2014 to the same friend who had bought my 1990 LS400 11 years earlier. It looked new inside and out and was in excellent mechanical condition when I sold it at just under 180,000 miles. The main reason I moved on was that I wanted modern safety equipment like automatic emergency braking and and radar adaptive cruise control.
  3. Common Issues And A Ls400 Buying Guide

    These cars sure got a lot noisier as they aged. The 1990 LS400 I bought new and the 2000 LS400 I bought at 3 years / 38,000 miles seemed incredibly quiet when I first got them - but not when I sold them at around 14 years old. The original tires on both were designed for quiet - all replacements were louder. Door and window seal deterioration over the years seemed to add wind noise. And both cars had multiple windshield replacements which probably contributed to the additional noise. I thought the Nakamichi in my 2000 LS400 was wonderful and had an aux-in professionally added to it that made music streaming from the Internet sound great. The right channel of the Nak head unit eventually failed and couldn't be repaired due to lack of replacement parts. Looking back, it would have been better to have bought a new LS430 in 2003 instead of the off-lease 2000 LS400. I didn't like the LS430 at the time but later came to appreciate its technology and comfort improvements. Good luck with those BMW and Mercedes cars! I'm a "three time loser" with Mercedes cars. I thought the W140 was wonderful in its day but it is low-tech today ... same for that old BMW. The cost of keeping those things running today would be ridiculously high. It's been years since I saw a W140 on the road - most have been crushed by now.
  4. The optional LED headlamps of the 2013 GS450h aren't necessarily better than the HID headlamps you have now. As the IIHS has found in their tests, there is no correlation between light source type (halogen, HID, LED) and performance: http://www.iihs.org/iihs/ratings The IIHS found that optional headlight systems were often worse that the standard systems. IMO, your best move is simply to verify that your headlamps are working correctly and aimed properly. Modern headlamps have become too complex to muck with - not like the old days of standard headlamp unit sizes in North America when one could slap a set of E-code Cibie or Hella units into a car and get a vast improvement. I did that on countless vehicles. I wish the IIHS would test the headlights of all vehicles. I'm getting tired of blindly (pun intended) buying vehicles with HID and LED headlights and just hoping they will be good.
  5. Winter tires/wheels

    According to www.wheelsandcaps.com where I buy winter wheels, the offset is 45mm. A number of Toyota vehicles have used this offset including Camry and Avalon. I distinctly remember that Tire Rack sold Avalon take-off wheels in their winter wheel/tire packages for the gen 1 LS400 in the early 1990's.
  6. Nathan, I knew the prognosis was not good but I was hoping your father would somehow make it through this. We PM'ed about it on the last day he was active on this forum. I would have liked to have met Randy in person but didn't know how to contact him after he dropped off the forum. Randy was incredibly helpful to others on this forum and it was always great fun to "talk" with him by PM. I assume you are talking about the red SC430: Perhaps a local Lexus dealer could provide suggestions on selling it or even sell it for you. Or maybe there is a business where you live that specializes in selling older pristine special interest cars on consignment. I'll bet this SC would sell in an instant if it was on a showroom floor.
  7. Valuation for low mileage IS300?

    I've sold a number of cars privately including a 1990 LS400 I bought new and a 2000 LS400 I bought off-lease at 3 years / 38000 miles. If you want / need to sell your IS then it must be priced appropriately and even aggressively. 28,500 miles might seem great to you but this is still a base version of an entry level Lexus that has 15 year old technology. Low miles isn't necessarily worth all that much more. A friend of mine had a really nice 1979 Corvette that he bought new that he rarely drove and kept in perfect condition. He seemed disappointed at how little it brought when he sold it in 1994. I think he should have driven the $#!+ out of it and enjoyed it while he had it. See what other similar IS300 are selling for in your area (e.g. on Autotrader, Craigslist). You can't expect to get as much in a private sale as an auto dealer would. The last bunch of our cars we've sold have gone to family and friends. We literally have had waiting lines for our cast off vehicles. Just this weekend a niece asked my wife if she could have our 2014 Sienna .... her brother got our Honda Accord. Maybe a friend or family member or a child of one of those would be interested in buying your IS?
  8. 1993 LS 400 Trailer hitch Possible ?

    Class II hitches for the 90-94 LS400 were once widely available. The Draw-Tire Class II hitch on the 90 LS400 I drove from new to 2003 attached to the exhaust system bolts on both sides and also to the back of the bumper beam. A class I hitch shold be easy to install on 90-94 LS400 although the threaded bolt holes in the back of the bumper beam may be corroded after all these years. In Europe, all years of the LS400 were rated to tow 2000 kg which equals 4409 lbs. Class II hitches are still available for the 95-00 LS400 but those will likely be withdrawn from the market soon.
  9. Is this a trick question? I sold my first LS400 (a 1990 driven from new to 183,500 miles) and second LS400 (a 2000 Platinum SF driven from 38K to 180,000 miles) due to their increasing unreliability and that they didn't have safety equipment that was becoming common.. We sold our 1998 Camry (driven from new to 125,000 miles / 14 years) for similar reasons although it was much less expensive to maintain that either LS400. Buy a new Toyota with "Safety Sense" which all Toyota models will have by the 2018 model year. Safety Sense P for larger Toyotas, including the Camry, includes automatic emergency braking with pedestrian sensing, adaptive cruise control, Lane Keeping Assist, and Automatic High Beam: https://www.toyota.com/safety-sense
  10. How To Fix Your Speedometer Needle

    Automotive components deteriorate over time regardless of miles driven. That's why the timing belt replacement interval for your 1997 LS400 is 90,000 miles or 6 years - whichever comes first. The cause of speedometer and tachometer failures is usually the failure of components on the circuit board behind them.
  11. What freon is used on an 01 Lexus IS 300?

    Fixing this is probably involves more than just adding refrigerant. It's likely that a component has failed causing a leak. If you have to ask what refrigerant to use, I suspect that you do not have the special tools and knowledge required to diagnose and repair A/C systems.
  12. The following document shows it as an optional setting that can be programmed by a Lexus dealer: http://www.lexus.com/pdf/service/RX350_LPS.pdf
  13. trailer hitch wiring

    Those trailer light harnesses are definitely not overkill. The old style super cheap harnesses that were powered directly by the rear vehicle lights are often not compatible with modern vehicles. You need a harness that has a converter box and which is powered by the vehicle battery or by an electrical terminal on the vehicle that is specifically designed to power trailer lights.
  14. This is a very old thread and I doubt that people who have participated in it will reply. Aftermarket trailer hitches last at least as long as OEM hitches and as long as a vehicle lasts - they are probably good for 20+ years! I've towed with almost every vehicle I've owned over 50+ years and have bought and installed a number of aftermarket hitches including on Lexus LS sedans. I bought the last three hitches from etrailer.com which is in a suburb of St. Louis. I've also bought lots of other items from them including trailer light harnesses and bike racks. I see two hitches for your RX on the etrailer website for less than $131 including shipping. Be sure to get a hitch with a 2" receiver opening and NOT a 1 1/4" hitch! There are a lot more bike racks and other products designed for 2" hitches than for 1 1/4" hitches and the ones for 2" hitches are usually more stable. IMO, Curt hitches are the highest quality of all I've had but I've bought Draw-Tite hitches too. I've had a lot of bike racks and my favorites are the hitch mounted bike racks ones from Pro-Series - simple, cheap and rock-solid. We use a 4-bike Pro-Series rack on our Sienna on which I installed a 2" Curt hitch and a 2-bike Pro-Series rack on our Prius v wagon on which I installed a 1 1/4" Curt hitch. Give the etrailer people a call if you have questions. It's one of the best companies I've ever dealt with. I particularly like how the 4-bike Pro-Series rack attaches to the hitch receiver with a threaded bolt that can accept a standard hitch pin lock - zero rattle when driving. A wrench must be used to tighten the threaded bolt but the extra 10 seconds of work is worth it. The rack tilts away to allow opening the rear hatch door. I use the 4-bike Pro-Series hitch several times a week in the warmer months including last night when I rode my mountain bike 26+ miles.
  15. trailer hitch wiring

    Why not buy your trailer light harness from etrailer? https://www.etrailer.com/t1-2007_Lexus_RX+400h.htm I've installed several "flat-4" trailer light harnesses I bought from etrailer. They always come with written instructions and some have installation instructions on YouTube. I'm partial to Curt products having bought hitches and harnesses from Curt and other companies. What are you towing? IIRC, the towing capacity of the hybrid RX isn't much even with the tow prep package.