LexusFL

1994 Ls 400 Transmission Advise Needed

Recommended Posts

Got new from my Lexus dealer yesterday that my transmission on my 1994 LS 400 need to be replaced. Their cost was $6400 plus. Anyone had their transmission successfully replaced recently. I am located in Miramar/Pembroke Pines/Hollywood Florida area.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

What you need is a second opinion from another repair shop. It would also help if you mentioned what kind of symptoms the trans displays, and how the dealer has determined that it's failed.

Chances are they aren't rebuilding it at that price - they intend to exchange it. Independent shops can rebuild it for far less, and although I'm not an auto trans expert, they are a common design and rebuild parts are available. Figure $3k, which is about what it is locally for such a trans.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

First thing I noticed. When placing the car in reverse often the vehicle
would shift hard into gear. I usually keep my foot on the brakes when
shifting into reverse.



Second thing notices. When driving the car first time for the day, it
would go 100 yards then act like it slipped out of gear, the engine
would rev and the car would not move until I turn it off and restart;
everything is fine after that.



Most recently after driving for 10 minutes the the vehicle would not shift properly.



I know i can purchase another vehicle but I love this one.



The vehicle is service only by JM Lexus. I did notice the transmission
fluid was overfilled for some time after the last service.



Any help is appreciated.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The first thing I would do is drain (check fluid color, should be red not any darker ) and fill the tranny (do not flush ) Just a drain and fill, Takes 2 quarts ( $5.00 apiece) of Toyota T4 Tran fluid. Then go for a drive and use all of the selections prnd4321 then check fluid level and color again. If problems haven't changed, Drop the pan and check the shift solenoids to see if there is some lack of function. These trannys don't just break.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Brought the car home. I will replace quite a few parts since it will down for a while.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

As DCfish says check and part change the ATF and then check the shift solenoids.

With it being a 1994 model it is also easy to check any stored transmission fault codes with a piece of wire in the diagnostics port which may give more clues as to the problem.

I guess you are also aware of the trunk hinge wiring issue that can cause some strange behaviours.

If after all this the transmission is shot it may be more cost effective to find a known good replacement from a breaker, 1990-1994 models are all the same.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Um, you went to the DEALER?

For the rest of you, unless your vehicle is under warrantee, NEVER GO TO THE DEALER FOR A REPAIR!

I just got an estimate to overhaul my transmission from AACTION Transmission (Charlie) in Coral Springs, FL. His estimate to overhaul the automatic transmission on my 1993 LS400 was $1500. This company has been in the same location on Wiles road for about 20 years and is 5-star rated by the local clientele.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The rest of us don't actually need your shouted unsolicited advice. We've got more experience with these cars than you could know.

Most of us don't live in Coral Springs, and we don't know Charlie, although I'm sure he's a nice guy. If you actually have your transmission rebuilt by him perhaps you could post a photo of the final bill?

And welcome.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Despite the undeserved vitriol in the post from SRK, the original poster will recognize that Coral Springs is a few minutes from Coral Springs and that $1500.00 is a heck of a lot better than $6400.00+ even with a tow.

To "SRK": I never asked if you needed my advice. If you have no relevant, constructive, on-topic (i.e.: auto repair) advice to offer, please keep your deliberately hurtful, whiny, small-minded little comments to yourself.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Agreed!!! Some of us, including myself, has gone to the dealership for non-warranty related repairs. I'm glad to hear there are shops out there that offer their labor a little cheaper than the dealership.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

That's great Nabil. Sounds to me like you're saying it's a personal choice, which is my point. In ten years I've only taken my GS400 to the dealer three times, and every time the work has been done expertly, quickly, and at a reasonable cost. Ninety percent of the time I do my own work, but when I can't for whatever reason, I go to the dealer - because I choose to. Everyone is free to choose.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

Loading...

  • Similar Content

    • By Rolfjy18
      I recently purchased a 1997 Lexus ls400 coach edition with 176k miles. As we were driving it home, the check engine light came on. We took it in to a shop that we've been going to for years and got a reading. They said it was the catylitic converters and that they needed to be replaced in order to pass inspection in Virginia. Since that shop only used brand new parts, each converter would cost around 2 grand. I started looking for cheaper alternatives and found some on rock auto and carparts.com for around $42-300 and was wondering if those would be a good idea to buy. Most of the ones I found had warranties so that would lessen the risk.
    • By Dylan Schultz
      i have a 98 ls400 with about 244,000 miles on it. I’m having this very odd issue with the car. When I come to a stop light/ sign, the battery light comes on, rpms drop straight to 0 and the engine dies. Air and radio some times stay on. If I put it in park and restart the car the light goes away then its fine to drive until.. ya guest it I come to another stop. It does the exact same thing over an over at each complete stop. I assumed it was the alternator and I replaced it yesterday. No battery light, or weird idols happened for about a day. it is back to doing the battery light thing. If anyone has any Ideas of what it could be, or how to fix this issue id really appreciate it. ALSO not sure how old my battery is, changed the negative battery terminal when I did the alternator. Positive could be the problem (Corrosion on positive terminal) or maybe the terminal cable(s)?? Im very new to working on cars and any information is appreciated and retained. 
    • By Dylan Schultz
      If anyone could help it would be gladly appreciated. I have a check engine light on my ls400. Took it to autozone to let them use the code reader on the car. They told me one of the solenoids are bad on my transmission. If anyone can tell me, or help me how to correctly replace the solenoid and what tools I need I’d very much appreciate it. Or should I just have a shop do it?? Thanks 
    • By Kaimana
      So, I'm still struggling with the coilover problem. I want to put stiffer suspension on the Lexus, but I don't want to screw up the camber, I haven't found any camber kits, so I'm curious if there's any way to solve this.