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  1. I would appreciate some advice, preferably from someone who currently owns a 2002 LS430. My wife and I are seriously considering purchasing a dealer demo 2015 RX350 AWD with around 9,000 miles. We currently are driving both a 2002 LS430 base (only options are sunroof and heated seats) with 137k miles and a 2001 Honda CR-V SE AWD (top end) with 97k miles. Both of these cars are approximately the same value on a trade, dealer, or private seller price and are in great shape. The 430LS has 2 problems; a cracked passenger outside mirror cover and the rain sensor for the wipers does not work. It
  2. Does my 2002 LS430 Have the Tanaka Grenade Airbags? Thanks, tlcmd
  3. 2002 base LS430 purchased new Labor Day 2002. Now with 105K on her. Other than checking the fluid levels, there has been no other transmission service performed. The owner's manual goes up to only 125k. Car has only been driven normally. Does it need additional tranmission servicing or fluid change, etc? Dealership wants $200+ for fluid change. What does it really need. Still drives like new without any tranny problems or symptoms. I am concerned about condensation in the tranny. Comments, suggestions, etc. Thanks, HRP Posted on Club Lexus also
  4. The latch on the left side of my 2002 LS's coin tray is broken. Suggestions for repair and/or replace, please. Is this a relatively easy R&R? Am I correct in assuming tht the 2 small bolts beneath it which are exposed when the emergency brake release handle is pulled out are the bolts holding the try in place? I have the base Millennium Silver with the grey ahd white interior. This is a dual post on the other Lexus Forum. Thanks, !Removed!
  5. This question also Posted on Club Lexus. 2002 LS430 base model. 100k. Bought new and dealer serviced every 5k. Garaged, well maintained. Appears to have developed a slight ooze from the front of the transmission pan gasket. Have gotten a tad miffed at my local Lexus service dept, so am having an outside certified Lexus mechanic fix this problem. For my general information, what besides the gasket and fluid replacement need doing? Filter, etc. Helpful hints, no-no's, etc would be appreciated. Am not real familiar with the Lexus and Toyota and other recent transmissions. The last tranny I r
  6. This question also Posted on Club Lexus. 2002 LS430 base model. 100k. Bought new and dealer serviced every 5k. Garaged, well maintained. Appears to have developed a slight ooze from the front of the transmission pan gasket. Have gotten a tad miffed at my local Lexus service dept, so am having an outside certified Lexus mechanic fix this problem. For my general information, what besides the gasket and fluid replacement need doing? Filter, etc. Helpful hints, no-no's, etc would be appreciated. Am not real familiar with the Lexus and Toyota and other recent transmissions. The last tranny I r
  7. Thanks, all. I am dual posting on Club Lexus. Are there Bilstein shocks for the LS430 (2002)?? Anyone used them??? I have been told by my dealer (during yesterday's state inspection) that the right rear shock is leaking and that I'm looking at around $700 to replace the 2 rear shocks. Fortunately, my eldest son is quite the mechanic in his free time, so he gets the first look for confirmation. Also, my tire and alignment shop (who does a much better alignment than the Lexus dealer and gives lifetime balance and rotation is going to recheck them also. FYI, I'm 69, retired, and like a fair
  8. Suggestions please. Base 2002 LS430 with 100k needs rear shocks. OEM or aftermarket. Suggestions, please. Replace all 4 or just the 2 rears. Commesnts and suggestions appreciated. Thanks, !Removed!
  9. Best of all, many auto parts store (the Advance Auto 1/2 mile down the road from me) will install the new battery purchased from them. Easier on your back. Also gives an 8 year warranty with the first 3 years being total replcement.
  10. Try ebay or ioffer.com and you might also google floor mats for that car.
  11. First question: Why does your wife want a new car? New car fever??? If she's got new car fever, let her pick it out to keep her happy. If mma ain't happy, no one is. If it's for economy's sake do the math. Cost of Prius vs keeping a perfectly good LS and the difference in fuel and maintainance costs. Figure in an extra 20 - 30 cents per gallon for premium fuel for the LS. We just went through that right before the 2 grand 90k servicing and new tires on our 2002 LS430. My wife was considering a Camry Hybrid or Avalon. The numbers (and experience and condition) said "keep the LS!!!" BTW, I
  12. Comments: My sons gave me el cheapo ramps from Harbor Freight. Since they use (and lose) my tools, etc, these ramps have had about every kind of 4 wheel vehicle on them imaginable and have held up well for over 10 years. I also have a set of jack stands they have bought and used (agan from Harbor Freight). As long as you use common sense and the proper safety precautions (wheel chocks, etc) you should do fine. Even if you've got 10 thumbs, you ought to be able to do the oil and filter changes yourself. Since the federal government ("guviment", since you also are from the South) uses all k
  13. Would go with the Michelin Primacy MXV4's unless you are planning to do some weird driving or are planning to trade cars in the next 50k. Advise running at a slightly higher pressure than recommended by Lexus. Slightly stiffer ride, better handling and gas milage.
  14. FYI, Most places have a shop that repairs equipment which uses hydralic hoses (fork lifts, etc). And most of them need to be repaired NOW when they die. Google, your phone book (yellow pages), brake shops, etc and help you to find the nearest ones.
  15. When one of my p/s hoses went on another car ('77 Excalibur), I took the old hoses to my local hydralic hose company and they made me new ones (fittings and all) for a pittance (less than $25). Suggest you try that route but do not tell them that it is for a motor vehicle.
  16. Tire pressure has been discussed at length here and on about every discussion board about cars. Briefly, your tires are used by the engineers and designers in helping to adjust your ride. Many of us who prefer a firmer ride and quicker handling run our tires at a higher pressure than suggested by the manufacturer. If you search tire pressure on the web, you'll find that many state highway patrol departments recommend 40 lbs for handling (and this commonly on Ford Crown Vics which are of comparable waight to an LS). If you watch your tread wear, you'll find that under-inflated tires wear on b
  17. Both front sunvisors on our 2002 LS430 have recently developed a horrible "squeek" which sounds more like an angry crow. The noise occurs with the rotation of the sunvisor on the plastic tube when the visor is rotated up and down either in or out of the clip above the inside rearview miror. I've used a silicon lubricant as far down the tube as the visor will extend without significant improvement. The noise does not occur with rotation of the visor to cover the side window. Only when the visor is rotated up and down (in any position, extended or not). Suggestions??? Thanks, HRP
  18. My curiosity speaking, "Why are you selling it?"
  19. The Lexus manual recommends a dilute wool cleaner (as in 5% Woolite). I have a spray bottle of it and clean my interior leather and vinyl with that and a terrycloth wash cloth. Then rinse with water, dry, and apply Zaoino's Leather-in-a-Bottle (Z-10). My interior looks great and smells like it has new leather.
  20. Go here, http://www.edmunds.com/maintenance/select.html enter your car's info, then on the next page scroll down and you can see what Lexus recommends for your next servicing. And no, I cannot explain why our local Lexus dealer charges 3x ($1700) the anticipated cost ($524) for a 90k servicing and our local Toyota dealer charges only 2x $1000( for the same servicing on a 2002 LS430
  21. Our 60 lb dog stepped on the console cup holder in our 2002 LS430 and now the cup holder will not stay retracted. Is thre a fix or do I need to spend upwards of $200 to get it replaced? I suspect it is "sprung." This cannot be a unique problem.
  22. As a followup to a question which I previously raiised on this and a couple other forums, I aasked my service manager about the best way to treat the upper window gasket on my Lexus 2002 LS430 which becomes rough between routine cleanups. I'd been using Z-16 Zaino's Vinyl and Rubber Protectant) for this. He recommended that I clean it until it was smooth, thrn use a silicon spray lubricant (in my garage, that's CRC). Anyone ever use it for that purpose and/or for other window or door, trunk, etc trim??? I've used it on cars as a window channel lubricant, but never as on a gaket. Will it also
  23. FYI, when I dropped my LS430 off today for the 85k servicing and warranty work, I asked the service manager what he recommended for the problem mentioned above. He suggested cleaning that strip with a good cleaner and then spraying it with silicone lubricant. I have not tried it yet, but will when I get it back in a day or two and let you know.
  24. "Nitrogen Enriched" is just another way to sell gas. All of our gasoline comes through the same piplines, and Let's face it air is roughly 80% nitrogen, so the nitrogen "added" to Shell is insignificant, just as the nitrogen used in car tires. And if I remember my college chemistry correctly, nitrogen is slightly lighter than oxygen and will diffuse out of tires slightly faster than oxygen. Besides, Shell has "Resident Passionate Experts" on their website and also Shell has "V-Power". Somehow "passionate experts" and V-Power" seems sort of suggestive. Could Shell be Viagra for your car???
  25. Is there a way to insert an image from my computer into my signature?
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