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    1997 LS400
  1. LOL.....what a worthless document. Why would you trust a document with absolutely no information on who wrote the darn thing????? Take 1990LS400's advice and ask a technician.
  2. I would suggest calling the dealer and ask to speak to a service representative. Be polite, tell them what you are trying to find out and I bet they help you. You will need to give them your VIN number. I doubt it means they skipped the service. At only 83k miles, why would they make a note in the service history about skipping the 90k service, when it wasn't even due yet? Check with the dealer to find out for sure. Good luck & let us know what you find out!
  3. A little of my advice, take it for what it's worth. Adjusting valves are not a recommended 100,000 mile service. I wouldn't take advice from anyone who suggests that you adjust your valves without that person: 1. Listening to your engine in person, 2. Asking even a single diagnostic question, 3. Even seeing your car, 4. Not even knowing what color your car is, and 5. Not even being in the same state as your car. If you search these forums, I bet you'll be able to find the maintenance schedule. Otherwise, I have a '97 & I'll provide one for you.
  4. 90,000 miles or 7 years......... Perform a search, there is tons of info on this site regarding LS400 timing belts & service.
  5. Good morning, 1997, huh? Nice choice! I love mine. Here are the 1997 shop manual sheets for engine oil, trans fluid and differential oil. Enjoy! I registered but the site didn't have the online owner's manual anymore, I guess it's too old. lubr.pdf lubr_diff.pdf lubr_trans.pdf
  6. Hi SlowPoke, I wouldn't worry about it - sounds like you are fine. My needle (97 LS400) runs a little bit below the half-way line also. Half-city / half-highway driving I'm averaging 22 mpg, so we sound about the same. The thermostat functions like a little valve to either put the radiator into the cooling system (essentially adding cooling capacity) or remove the radiator from the cooling system (reducing cooling capacity.) I'm not sure about these cars, but the thermostat can fail open or closed. If it fails closed, then the radiator is out of the cooling system and your engine coolant will just keep getting hotter and hotter from the engine and won't cool off because it can't move through the radiator. If it fails open, then the radiator is always in the cooling system and your car will take a long time to warm up. But will not overheat. My car seems to reach operating temp pretty quick (within maybe 5 minutes of so) and then stabilize a little bit below the 1/2 way mark. If your car is performing similar, then I think you are good. Stop looking for problems ;-) Good luck!
  7. Good morning, Look at the inside of the CD changer door....that's where the tire info is (of all places, eh?) Calls for between 29 and 32 psi. Good luck.
  8. Hi there luxurycars, Well, now you are asking an entirely different question. Your car is a '97 with 93,000 miles. Do you know the maintenance history of your car.....i.e., what has been done/fixed on it and when? If not then: 1. Go back to the dealer and nicely ask someone in the service department for a service history printout of your car. This will show all the work that has been done on your car at any Lexus dealer. It will not show work that has been done by non-Lexus shops. 2. Look over the report with them and see if the car has had it's 90,000 mile maintenance work. This milestone is a big ticket item as one of the things you change during this service is the engine's timing belt (and maybe the water pump also). Lexus typically charges $1500 - $2000 for the 90,000 mile service. A Toyota dealer maybe $900 - $1500 plus or minus. If you are taking a long trip and the timing belt has not been changed, just be aware that if the belt breaks while you are driving, you will likely end up with some engine damage because the belt keeps the valves moving correctly with respect to the pistons and without the belt, the valves stop moving, the piston keeps moving and then your valves get hit/bent/broken by the piston. My "guess" would be that you are 99% OK to go on a long drive with your belt, but you need to be aware of this. The "90K" service is an important item on a LS400. I wouldn't suggest those repair places you mention. I'm in Kansas City and a friend recently took a car with a mis-fire into Midas for an estimate. They quoted $1800 for head gasket replacement. I looked at it with him and all it needed was $12 in new spark plugs. Sons of (*&^%$$. Research for a good alternative. Good luck!
  9. Welcome and congratulations on your new car - hope you love your '97 as much as I love mine! - If you are seeing the water on the ground after you have been running your A/C, that's normal. Mine does the same thing. - I believe that if you go to lexus.com and register as an owner, they will give you a FREE owner's manual. Go check that out. I would suggest both the owner's manual and the maintenance manual...two separate manuals that originally came with the vehicle. Good luck!
  10. Suggest checking out www.craigslist.com for some major cities in your general area (used to live in Medina, OH myself.) When in craigslist, go to "auto parts" and then search for Lexus. Every now and then in Kansas City, you can find folks parting out LS400s. Might be your cheapest bet.... Good luck.
  11. Hi there, Congratulations on your new car. A little buyer's remorse is a normal thing! Depending on how much you get into this yourself, you can also check out: www.techinfo.toyota.com For a $10/day fee, they have all the Lexus service/repair manuals on-line. They are all PDFs and you can download and save them to your computer, but it can take a while. If you want to download everything, plan on a 1/2 to 1 day of time. It is a bunch of small files you will need to save. Worth it though - lots of good info. For an owner's manual, if you go to Lexus.com and register as a Lexus owner, I think there is an option there for them to send you a new owner's manual for free. Good luck!
  12. Good afternoon, I would start with this: Go to your local dealer and talk to a service advisor. Be polite and tell them you recently purchased the car and would like to get the service history. Give them the VIN and they can give you a printout of any service work that any Lexus dealership has done with the car. Some of the info on the report might be a little cryptic, but it should give you the gist of how it was serviced. Based on that - look over the maintenance schedule someone provided in an earlier response, and you should get in the ballpark of what you might want to put at the top of your maintenance to-do list. If it was never serviced at a Lexus dealership (independant shops instead), then you will be out of luck as far as service history goes. Good luck!
  13. Blake, Based purely on that carfax report, I'd say to look this vehicle over very closely. I'd say that the car is certainly not worth $8000. Take other's advise here and look very carefully for flood damage, body damage, etc. Ask about the odometer and see if you can figure out what happened. It's OK to buy a car that has problems - BUT you have to take that into account into the price. You will need to figure out what else might be wrong before you can determine a price. Once you start to see some shady dealings (like perhaps this odometer situation), then you have to start wondering what else might be going on that you don't know about. Sometimes, the best deal is the deal you never make. Good luck.
  14. Well, I guess anything is possible....but......I've never heard of damage to the master cylinder by bleeding the brakes. All you are doing is pushing brake fluid down the lines when you bleed them. Since you have the bleeder screw open when you do this, you are actually pushing the fluid down that one brake line at a lower pressure than when the brakes are under normal operation. I think you are OK. If they were working fine after you bled them and if the master cylinder was topped off with fluid, I'd say you did a great job and don't worry about it. Good luck!
  15. Hi Blake, I'm in Kansas City, and prices vary around the country, so keep that in mind as you read my comments on prices. I've looked at a few 97-98's recently around here: 1. Pretty clean (not perfect, but pretty good) 1997 with maybe 130k, Nakamichi, and timing belt/water pump completed and OK documentation could be had for low $8000 range. 2. From that point, I've seen prices into the low $10,000 range where the mileage is quite a bit lower (50 - 80k). 3. When you look at the car, one thing you want to check is that the VIN stickers all share the same VIN number. You can find stickers on the hood, on the front quarter-panels, on each door and on the trunk. I looked at a car a while ago with a clean car fax, but two of the doors had different VIN #'s. That can only mean that they were replaced....most likely due to an undisclosed accident. Of course, the *&^%$#@ owner knew "nothing" about it. "Maybe the stickers were put on wrong at factory", he said....uh, yeah right. 4. Also, check the condition of the jack in the trunk. If it has corrosion on it, that means a wet trunk...which could be a sign of a flood problem. Good luck.