1990LS400

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    LS400
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    2000
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  1. No, they are not original wheels. The 1997 LS400 Coach Edition came with wheels that looked like the standard wheels on the 1998-2000 LS400 although I think the finish was different - see the attached photo of a 1997 LS400 Coach Edition. Finding replacement hub caps / wheel centers for aftermarket wheels can be difficult to impossible since an aftermarket wheel style might be sold for only a limited time. Have you looked on the back side of one of the wheels to see if there is anything about who made them?
  2. Yes, the HVAC depends on the navigation screen. If the nav fails you could either replace it with a used one (e.g. from eBay) or have it repaired assuming there are companies that still repair these things. Sure it can be pricey. These were fairly expensive cars when new. Since the HVAC depends on the OEM navigation screen, it's not possible to replace it with aftermarket and retain the HVAC controls. I don't think the navigation screen has a high failure rate but there are never any guarantees. Here's a sales listing for highly equipped lower mileage LS430 that was obviously originally sold by Servco Lexus in Hawaii and which doesn't have nav - unusual in that it was brought to the mainland (California): https://www.autotruckvillage.com/details/used-2002-lexus-ls-430/52721380
  3. It varies. Find out for yourself for your particularly vehicle by filling your tank after the low fuel indicator lights up and then subtract the amount you add from the tank capacity shown in your owners manual.
  4. Hi, I see you are back having purchased the final map update on eBay. It seems like you can do the update with the disc you bought but I'm not an expert and we are dealing with what could be termed obsolete technology. I'd say give it a try. If it doesn't work you can resort to using a portable nav device or a cell phone nav app.
  5. I expect dealerships to start recommending and charging for changing the air in tires any day. And don't forget the most important maintenance requirement - changing the blinker fluid! Here's a how-to video so you don't have pay someone else to do it. 😁
  6. You might want to get the problem diagnosed first. I'm pretty sure that there is a mirror ECU and it could be the problem.
  7. You are on a forum for the United States. Lexus vehicles sold in the U.S. have never had this feature. I suggest you consult a Lexus dealer in your home country. This may be a customizable feature that has been reset by removing the battery and which could be re-enabled by a Lexus dealer in your home country.
  8. Yes, you need only this one DVD. Navigation updates are cumulative and each one contains all that is needed. Unfortunately, the maps on the latest map update DVD for your RX will be six years old. There are a lot changes from year to year so you may find that the 2013 update will sometimes provide erroneous information. If you have a cell phone with a decent size data plan and you mainly drive where there is good cell phone service, a cell phone navigation app such as Google Maps or Waze might be more useful. A portable navigation device such as a Garmin might be better too but we found on a recent trip to Seattle that a Garmin with up-to-date maps was no match for Google Maps on a cell phone. If you do buy a map update DVD for your RX, here is a thread on ClubLexus that describes how to install it: https://www.clublexus.com/forums/rx-1st-gen-1999-2003/155443-rx300-navigation-dvd-update-procedure.html
  9. The final update for the generation 2/3 navigation system used in the 2002 RX was in fall 2013. The part numbers for the final 2013 update was PT219-GN23E-13 or PT219-GN23W-13 with the "E" and "W" indicating the part number for East or West of the Mississippi River and the "-13" indicating that the update was issued in fall 2013. You might be able to obtain these updates at a Lexus dealer for the $169 retail price or less if you can get a discount (e.g. through the Costco Auto Program) but you might be able to find it on eBay at a far lower price.
  10. All bets are off if your RX was designed for Hawaii and originally sold by Servco. I thought it had mostly ended by 2008 but at one time Lexus vehicles sold in Hawaii were quite different from those sold on the U.S. mainland and had more in common with those sold in Taiwan. I've bought a number of additional keys over 24 years of Lexus ownership. The keys have always been somewhat expensive but the programming was always done in a couple of minutes at no extra charge while I watched. I hope you didn't buy a key somewhere else and then expected a Lexus dealer to program it.
  11. It may be a workaround but it's a reliable and standard one. I can't comprehend giving a child the cell phone I depend on to play with. Check the settings on your iPhone to verify that the YouTube Kids app is not sending data to your vehicle over the Voice or Audio stream. Or get an Android phone. Android phones support all the features of Toyota/Lexus vehicle systems. iPhones do not since they do not adhere to industry standards. (I'd like to take a sledge hammer to wife's iPhone!)
  12. Are your children watching videos on the same iPhone that is connected to your Lexus for phone calls? If so, stop doing that. Configure your iPhone as a hot spot and have your children connect to it for watching videos on separate devices such as different cell phones, laptop computers, tablet computers, etc.
  13. A little spray window cleaner and a razor blade should do it. The window cleaner will act as a lubricant so you don't damage the glass with the razor blade. "Your "Goof Off" might work too as long as you don't use anything abrasive on the glass. "
  14. I've essentially stopped expending energy trying the buy only "the best" tires. My main goal has become to buy tires that have been found to be reasonably quiet, that provide a comfortable ride and which are available at reasonable prices. As much as I mind tire pressures and rotation schedules, I've never been able to get the rated life out of tires. Tires are usually seen by manufacturers to be worn out when they have less than 2/32 inch of tread but by that time they are not safe on wet roads. Here is a current example. The rather expensive Michelin Premier A/S tires on our Toyota Sienna Limited are rated to have a 60,000 mile treadlife. The original tread depth was 8/32 inch and they are now (as of yesterday when I mounted them) uniformly worn to 4/32 inch tread depth after just under 26,000 miles. If they continue to wear at the current rate, the tread depth will be at the 2/32 minimum at around 39,000 miles which is far under the 60,000 mile rating. Do I want to be driving on these tires in rain when they are at 2/32 inch? Maybe I will this time since the big selling point of these tires is their wet weather performance. I've never submitted a tire warranty claim for premature wear even though I could have many times in the past but this time I plan to this time. I'm getting a little tired (pun intended) of the warranty hocus pocus in the tire business.
  15. I suggest that you look at the customer ratings on https://www.tirerack.com and either buy from them or check locally. There were two different sizes available for the 2015 RX450h - availability is going to vary depending on your size. Many or maybe most major tire retailers will not sell you tires that have a lower speed rating than the ones that came on your vehicle with the exception of Winter tires. Your RX probably came with H-rated (maximum 130 mph) or V-rated (maximum 149 mph) tires. My wife's Prius can't get out of it's own way but it's a top trim variation and came with Z-rated (over 149 mph) tires and that's what we are stuck with buying for three-season use. I just took off her Winter wheels/H-rated winter tires today hoping we're mostly done with snow and ice. I've been buying almost all our tires at Costco for the past 18 years during one of the Michelin or Bridgestone sales. Maybe other tire sellers do too but Costco includes lifetime balancing, rotation and flat repair in the purchase price. I just had a flat repaired at Costco yesterday - in and out in about 30 minutes.