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  1. This question has been answered on your thread posted to "Club Lexus Forum". See latest posting.
  2. All the sensors, including the spare tire, are located in the valve stem. I have seen threads on this subject before and no one knows seems to know how to disable the feature.
  3. Southender, There is a nav setting that allows you to select Kilimeters or Miles for the nav unit. I have a 2011 model LS460 and for it you can push the Setup button / touch General / touch Unit of Measurement / touch either kilometer or Miles. As for the XM radio I have not experienced any issues in southern Ontario or up north in Algonquin Park or the Muskoka area. I wonder if your antenna has problems. Although (perhaps predictably) 1990LS460 lacks tack/civility he has a point. If you purchase an automobile in another country there may be local settings you may have to live with. At least you should be able to operate the nav unit in metric units in Canada if you want.
  4. I think you will need to change the tuner (I read one estimate of $500 or so). There doesn't seem to be any way to get the tuner to stop at even frequencies for North American Lexus cars. There was mention of this over at by a guy form Riyadh but no resolution to the problem was posted. You might want to have a look and send a PM or thread there. Mike
  5. Comments I have seen don't indicate any problems with this major fix. However, there has been a lot of chatter and confusion regarding warrantee extension and receipt of $500 in "Lexus" dollars, i.e. redeemable only against costs at dealerships. Since your VSR was done prior to your purchase I don't think you can get the $$ but you should get the warrantee extension - I'm not sure of the details but you should search this forum or the many posts over at Club Lexus to find out more. Mike
  6. As far as I understand tire size designations you have two considerations. 1. Will the larger tire fit? 2. Is the larger circumference an issue? At the risk of stating what you may already be aware of I think the following calculations are what you need to perform to answer these questions. The tire size designated for the car is 235/50/18. - 235 is the maximum cross section of the tire at 235 mm or 9.25 inches - 50 is the tire side wall height as a percentage of the cross section or 4.63 inches - 18 is the diameter of the rim in inches The replacement tire size you are considering differs by a side wall height that is 5% larger (55% - 50%) or 0.46 inches. The resulting total diameter of the wheel is twice the tire sidewall height plus the rim diameter. This works out to 27.25 inches for the designated tire and 28.18 inches for the replacement tire, a difference of 0.93 inches. This is the minimum amount of extra clearance needed. If the larger tire does fit, I would imagine you would have to consider the adequacy of the reduced clearance when fully turning the wheel and suspension travel over bumps in the road. Also, are handling and control affected by this difference? The circumference (Pi times the total wheel diameter) of the replacement tire will also be larger at 88.52 compared to 85.61inches. This is only a 3.3% difference. I imagine the odometer will therefore read too few miles travelled by this percentage and the speedometer slower by 3.3% than actual. I guess this doesnt really answer your question but you might be interested in the considerations needed. Perhaps others more familiar with using larger rims and/or tires could offer a better informed opinion and comment on my calculations. Mike
  7. I have a 2011 LS460 SWB AWD and haven't experienced any rattles. It is the quietest car I have ever driven – so far at least. Mike
  8. Have a look at this for a DIY fix that many over at Club Lexus have found to work. The thread was posted by jmcraney - a very impressive guy who has contributed greatly to issues faced by other forum members.
  9. I purchased an 2011 LS460 SWB AWD and couldn't be happier with it. For what it's worth, I think this is a very good time to buy. The model has been out since 2007 so enough time to work out design problems (hopefully) and with the recent, 2010, update the model is fresh. A new model won't be out until at least 2013 so I think this is the sweat spot. If you can find one with the options/colour you want great but if not ... With the tragic situation in Japan new orders may take longer than the 3 months I waited. Go for it. I'm glad I did. Mike
  10. You might want to look at a thread in the Club Lexus forum. The original poster "edarte" would be interested in hearing of your experiences. He, and I, have an LS460 SWB AWD. His is a 2009 and mine is a 2011. I am not having similar problems but your problems seem similar to his. You might want to join the Club Lexus forum and PM him. I am sure he would like to hear from you. I will pass a link to this forum to him as well. Good luck, sorry I can't be of any help. Mike
  11. How did you get the fuse out? I can't get it with my fingers. You will find a fuse puller in the car's fuse compartment. Have a look at the on-line manual at: Select “Owner’s Manual” for document; “fuse” for keyword; “LS460” for model and “2007” for year. Click on search. You will be given a short list of pdf documents. Click on “2007 LS460/460L: Do-it-yourself maintenance (pdf)” On page 530 of the pdf is the “Checking and replacing fuses” section. You should find everything you need there. The fuse pullout tool is in a fuse compartment. Note: If the model selection drop down list doesn’t give you a list of models click on the “Online Owner’s Manual” link at the top left of screen. This will refresh this page and the drop down should now work.
  12. Thanks SW03ES. I'll report back after some usage if all OK or not.
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