I recently had to buy a replacement part. I checked online for the part number and prices at Lexus.com--first to make sure I was getting the correct part--and second, to have an idea about what the MSRP was. My local dealer, Rockville Lexus (Rockville, MD) offered to sell me the part for $65 OVER MSRP. You read it correctly--sixty-five dollars over MSRP. I wrote a letter to the company president. I never heard back from him, either. Maybe I'm old-fashioned in expecting a letter--US Postal type--to be responded to within 30 days, but...I don't think so.
I hope not all Lexus dealers are grossly over-charging their retail clients for parts, but apparently ROCKVILLE LEXUS, in ROCKVILLE, MD does. Like Sy Syms used to say "an educated customer is our best customer." Make sure you know the MSRP before putting your money down, and hopefully not overpaying for parts like you would if you bought at the rip-off artists at ROCKVILLE LEXUS.
I bought the part I needed from LEXUS PARTS NOW (https://www.lexuspartsnow.com) for about cost. Significantly below MSRP.
My 1999 Gs (179k) makes this creaking noise when I am turning at low speeds or if I am braking at really low speed like while backing up. It’s also kind of unpredictable. Sometimes it won’t happen, and it’ll go away and then the next time I make the same turn it will happen. I doesn’t really affect performance at higher speed although above 60 MPH i experience quite a bit of play.
my Mechanic said I need a full control arm swap and quoted me $1900 for OEM parts. He also said it’s not gonna fall apart anytime soon, but to replace it depending on how much I love the car. (I love her a lot, hence this post) However, I have been reading online a lot about how it could just be one ball joint, so I’m thinking about getting a second opinion. I am also wondering if anyone has any input on whether or not swapping the control arms, all 6 of them, would help reduce the amount of steering play I have.
Any thoughts on doing aftermarket control arms? Has anyone had a similar experience?
I appreciate any responses:)
By Lee Allen
Hi, I am looking at a 1996 SC400 that has really low miles (under10k) and an wondering what everyone thinks it might be worth. I looks extremely nice and appears to have zero issues and needs nothing. Please let me know your thoughts, is is a $20k car or a $30k car or????
Hello, I had bought my Sc400 around 4 months ago. It was bought at 96k miles and now has 99k. Recently when i floor it after being at a stop light my car will reach almost 7k rpms before switching to second gear and will only switch gears if i take my foot off the gas. I sometimes even try to put it in second gear manually but it wont switch gears till i stop accelerating. And even my second gear will get up 6k rpms before switching to third. But my third gear hardly gets over 4rpms. I just dont think this is normal and was wondering if others were having the same issue?
Listing can be found on Ebay.
LOW MILEAGE 1995 Lexus SC 400. Looks and drives like perfect! Great condition inside and out. Very nice sports coupe soon to become a classic. Garaged with solid maintenance records.
New tires (just replaced)
New battery (just replaced)
New plugs and wires (just replaced)
New brakes and rotors (@124k)
Timing belt replaced (@88K)
water pump replaced (@88K)
Engine mounts and transmission mounts (@124k)
Updated Cat-Back exhaust system
Smooth riding sports car! Bullet proof engine and very reliable luxury automobile. Nonsmoking vehicle, no wrecks, clean Carfax. Title in hand. You will not be disappointed. Original sticker price in 1995 shows $52,413. Serious inquiries only please.