Stuart S

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    2007 RX350 AWD, 2007 LS460
  1. I started this thread because I searched the Forum and found nothing on this matter. I am the original owner of a 2007 LS460 with under 36K miles. Recently, my SRS (Airbag) warning light came on, but after I restarted the car it went off. However, shortly thereafter it came back on again, but it went off after I restarted the car. The last time it came on it stayed on. So I brought it in to the dealer 2 weeks ago to diagnose it. They provided me with a service loaner ES350 and I'm still waiting for their decision as to what, if anything, they will do. I discovered that on January 13, 2010, Lexus issued Service Bulletin Number 282827 in response to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) Action Number 10033557. Here is the Summary: "Lexus supplemental restraint systems. Some model vehicles may exhibit an srs light on condition with dtc b1861 and/or b1866. After confirming the vehicle condition matches the bulletin, it will direct you to replace the instrument panel." It appears that my LS460 matches that bulletin. Note that this is a Service Bulletin and NOT a recall, notwithstanding the fact that it pertains to a safety system, namely, SRS - the supplemental restraint system (airbags). My Service Adviser told me that because Lexus has not received enough complaints this matter has not been escalated to the level of a recall. He did not tell me how many complaints were received. The airbag warranty is for 7 years or 70,000 miles, whichever comes first. Because my car is out of warranty (time, not mileage), my Service Adviser requested a courtesy repair from Lexus for the following reasons: (1) I purchased 2 brand new vehicles from this dealer (LS460 and RX350); (2) both vehicles have been serviced by the book; and (3) my LS460 has under 36K miles. I would like to know if any other LS460 owners have experienced a similar intermittent airbag warning light and, if so, how that was resolved. Thanks in advance for your replies. Stuart
  2. While recently driving my 2007 LS460 (25K miles, with valve recall done) at around 40 mph I floored it to pass and the engine revved like it was in neutral for 3 or 4 seconds (seemed like forever) before the transmission engaged and downshifted, then caught up with the engine rpms, and finally started to accelerate. No other car I've ever driven has taken so long to downshift and accelerate, and I was worried that I might not be able to pass in time. This was unexpected and is a safety hazard. Apparently this is not an uncommon occurrence, as Lexus issued Technical Service Bulletin L-SB-0033-08 in June, 2008 to remedy this problem. See this link: http://http://www.edmunds.com/car-maintenance/tsb.html?year=2007&make=&model=&styleId=100807643&engCode=8VNAG4.6&transCode=AUTOMATIC&mileage=25000&zip=30328&type=tsb and click on POWER TRAIN: AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION CONTROL MODULE (TCM, PCM) to open it. If the hyperlink doesn't work, here's the URL to copy and paste into your browser: edmunds.com/car-maintenance/tsb.html?year=2007&make=&model=&styleId=100807643&engCode=8VNAG4.6&transCode=AUTOMATIC&mileage=25000&zip=30328&type=tsb Has anyone had the Hesitation on Acceleration repair procedure done? Did it fix the problem?
  3. IMHO, of doubtful performance benefit except at highest rpms. Also, not worth the risk of filter oil contaminating air intake sensors. Paper filter is easier to change (toss the old one away; don't mess with cleaning/re-oiling K&N) and much cheaper - only $10.61 each: http://www.remartautoparts.com/ShopByVehicle.epc?q=2007-LEXUS-Ls460-V8--4608cc--4.6l--F/i--Vin--1urfse&yearid=2007%40%402007&makeid=46%40%40LEXUS%40%40B&modelid=10142%40%40LS460&engineid=34972@@V8%2D4608cc+4%2E6L+F%2FI+Vin+1URFSE@@34972&catid=1@@Ignition%2FFilters&subcatid=16@@Filters+%26+PCV&mode=PA&waitdisplay=True&rewrite= Just my $0.02...
  4. I was surprised that the OE Turanza EL42s on my 2007 LS460 lasted only 15,000 miles, as I expected Lexus to select a better quality tire. They were quiet and smooth-riding, but sloppy in hard cornering (which I expected). After much research on TireRack.com, I decided to buy the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S Plus from Costco. I've had them now for almost 5,000 miles and am very pleased. There is no apparent wear and they are extremely quiet and smooth riding, with much sharper turn-in and far better high-speed cornering than the previous Bridgestones. I highly recommend the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S Plus for the LS460. This is the tire that Lexus should have used in the first place.
  5. Good point. We are encouraged to change our oil every 3-6 months, regardless of mileage, which I feel is ridiculous. What's the difference between oil sitting in a can on a shelf, and oil sitting in the crankcase in your garage? I change oil based on mileage only....usually every 5000 miles or so. The difference between oil in a can and oil in your crankcase is that there is no water in the oil in the can. Internal combustion produces carbon monoxide and water; you may even see some water coming out of your tailpipe. That water can get into your crankcase, and if it sits there long enough, produces hydrochloric acid that can corrode internal engine parts. Highway driving for 30 minutes or so usually eliminates any residual water in the crankcase. Short trips without the engine getting fully warmed up and running for less than 30 minutes are problematic. I get my LS460's oil and filter changed every 5,000 miles at my Toyota dealer with a coupon for $17.95. They use the same genuine Toyota filter and oil that my Lexus dealer uses in their $47.95 oil change. The only difference is the coffee in their lounge and the men's room decor. See this link: http://www.canadiandriver.com/2002/04/03/auto-tech-short-trip-driving.htm
  6. Oops! I already replied - see my August 2009 comments.
  7. I bought my 2007 LS460 new and now with just under 15K miles the OE Bridgestone Turanza EL42s are almost worn out. At 8K miles I noticed uneven wear and had the car aligned under warranty. The tires were rotated/balanced every 5,000 miles and I check the tire pressures regularly with both the TPMS and a digital gauge (34 lbs cold all around). Although they are smooth riding and quiet, I expected to get at least 25,000 miles out of them, even with only a 260 UTQG mileage rating. My next tires will be Michelin Pilot Sport A/S Plus with UTQG of 500 AA A and a manufacturer's treadwear warranty of 45,000 miles. UPDATE: 2/25/2010: I replaced the OE Bridgestones at 15,000 miles with the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S Plus and have 800 miles on the new tires from Costco. Installation/balance is perfect. Ride quality is very smooth and quiet and wet grip is excellent - we had historic rains in Atlanta and this tire was much better than the OE Bridgestone (sure, it's brand new with full tread depth). I'll follow up after 5K miles, but so far I'm pleased. Expensive, but worth it!
  8. I've used Costco (Atlanta) gas in my 2007 LS460 for over 2 years with no problems. I'm sure that Costco qualifies all of its vendors and that they purchase gasoline only from reputable sources. Gasoline is a commodity that is highly regulated by the US Environmental Protection Agency. Here's the link: http://www.epa.gov/oms/fuels.htm If your dealer lays the blame on "cheap" Costco gasoline, I think he is passing the buck.
  9. Didn't ebay disable any NEGATIVE feedback options a year or so ago? If all they allow a buyer to say is positive, the percentages would be pretty high alright. Whit PLEASE get rid of that picture...it made me barf!
  10. Here's my $0.02: "A penny saved is a penny earned." I understand your rationale, but I disagree. I can't justify spending almost 3 times as much at a Lexus dealer for the identical service from a Toyota dealer - it would be different if Lexus wasn't Toyota, but they're the same corporate entity. The Lexus "amenities" are nice - Starbucks coffee, USA Today, PC access, HDTV - but since I already had them before I left home, they're worth zip to me. Plus, my Toyota dealer is more convenient, being much closer to my home. The Lexus service might be worth a 25 or 30 percent upcharge, but 267%? Not in today's economy. If Lexus is to survive on their non-warranty service, they need to be more realistic and competitive.
  11. The HomeLink buttons inside your Lexus must first be initialized in order to be recognized by the rolling code receiver. But before you do so, you have to clear the HomeLink transmitter buttons in your Lexus by holding down the outside 2 buttons until the light above Button #2 flashes quickly. Then you can initialize each HomeLink button. Follow these steps: 1. Open your garage door and then unplug all of your garage door opener motors. 2. Next, get the remote control transmitter that came with the garage door opener #1 and go sit in your Lexus. 3. Hold the remote control transmitter next to the HomeLink button you want to initialize and press them both until the HomeLink light above the middle button flashes quickly (about 10 seconds). Release both buttons. 4. Plug the garage door opener #1 motor back in. 5. Open the panel on your garage door opener #1 motor housing and press the red (usually) "send" button to send the rolling code to the car. 6. HURRY! Get back in your car and within 10 seconds press the HomeLink button you just initialized and hold it until the light bulb(s) in the garage door motor #1 housing flash off and on. Release that HomeLink button and then press it again (for 2-3 seconds). It should work to open and close your garage door. (If not, try repeating the above steps for Button #2 and Button #3.) 7. Repeat the above steps for the other 2 buttons to program them to work with another garage door opener #2 or a remote control gate #3.
  12. Much has been written on this matter. Do a Google search for LS460 wind noise tsb (technical service bulletin) and read all about it. I had all the factory fixes done on my 2007 LS460 (new laminated glass, etc) and it made a big difference, but there is some occasional wind noise above 60mph in a crosswind. Your 2008 was manufactured after the VIN #s affected by those TSBs. Try putting masking tape around the black triangular plastic trim piece next to your outside mirrors to seal the gaps and see if that makes any difference. Complain to your dealer; that worked for me.
  13. My friendly Lexus dealer charges only 47.99 for an oil/filter change with dino (non-synthetic) oil. What a deal! That's why I take my 2007 LS460 to my Toyota dealer, who has an internet coupon for an oil/filter change for only $17.95 for a V-8 using a genuine Toyota filter and conventional oil. It is the same filter used by Lexus. Lexu$; it not only sounds expensive...
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