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Brett in AK

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    2006 Lexus LS 430 Ultra
  1. A few months ago I had posted a very positive review of my experience at the service department of Lexus of Fife, Washington. It was somewhat amusing to read some of the negative responses to that posting. To those who posted in a negative manner I suppose you are of the ilk that would complain about being hung with a brand new rope! As you may recall the jist of the posting was that the PCS and cruise control had gone out on my 06 LS430 and they of course had repaired it under the CPO warranty. My remarks were meant to reflect my satisfaction with the way in which I had been treated not
  2. I recently shipped my 2006 LS 430 Ultra down from Alaska to Washington. When I went to the port to pick it up the PCS warning indicator light was on, the ride height was at full up and I couldn't lower it. I also had a service engine light on, whew! Expecting the worst I took it over to the Lexus dealership and dropped it off. I bought this car as a CPO and am so glad I did as the entire repair bill of over $5400 was completely covered under warranty. The most expensive part was the PCS sensor to the tune of over $4,000. The service department writers could not have been more pleasant and
  3. David, My view on car bras is more con than pro. If you live in a dusty area, the dust will get beneath the bra and gradually scuff (read "sand")the nice shiny finish. As a little proof when washing your beautiful Lexus, do you start at the bottom and wash up, or at the top and wash down? Then ask yourself why do you do that? It is because you don't want to pick up all the dirt and grit from the lower reaches of the car and scratch the finish! Even if you have the straps and velcro as tight as possible it will still allow some movement. Now some may say that the backing is nice and soft
  4. Hello Micah and welcome to the Forum. If your budget will allow it I would start looking for a LS430 rather than the LS400. And I would look for the 2006 as I believe they had probably worked most if not all of the bugs out by then. Also as it was the last year of the LS430 it "may" IMHO be worth a bit more further down the line. All things being equal it will more than likely have substanially less mileage than the LS400 as well unless you find a garage queen. I haunted EBay and was never able to pull the trigger quite fast enough and always felt an undue amount of pressure about the who
  5. "Is a loose seat belt safe" - Absolutely not!!!!! Unless Lexus is feeling particulary benevolent I seriously doubt they would cover replacement unless the car is under warranty. The exception might be if there had been a TSB or a recall.
  6. I don't believe I would ever spray silicone on the serpentine belt or for that matter any other type of drive belt. Silicone is a lubricant and would cause it to slip a little more. Yes you may benefit momentarily, but personally I don't feel that would be in your best interest. Belt dressing is also a temporary fix. Best bet is to determine why it's squeaking or squealing and remedy that situation. If it's not a mechanical issue such as worn out tensioner, pulleys out of alignment etc, then normally the belt is worn. A shiny belt is usually a good indicator of one that is or has been s
  7. If you're lucky it will only be a blown headgasket. Since this has been going on for quite awhile it may have turned into something more serious. Hopefully it will not be a cracked block or head. What was the purpose of pulling the spark plugs and "seafoaming" the cylinders? Hope it works out for you, but I'd be prepared to get the checkbook out and start practicing writing BIG numbers! :(
  8. I ended up buying the car since it is a CPO and after doing the research as you say, on edmunds and KBB. It was a good deal and just an amazing vehicle - I totally lucked out being at the dealer, right place right time. The only thing it didn't hae were the SAT RADIO and IPOD hookups, but the dealer is installing these at no charge. And since it has only 17,000 miles, I opted to add 3 years to the 3yr 100000 warranty. It's kinda expensive at $2750, but they will refund the entire amount if the warranty is not used in the first 3 years (maybe I got ripped here - seemed like a good idea). T
  9. Run, don't walk away from Maaco! At the most they will throw on a couple of coats of color and probably one of clear coat. Their prep work is atrocious. Rather than remove molding, they simply do a half "donkey" job of masking it off. For the non-believer's simply take a look at one of the cars they have done. Look for the overspray on anything they masked off. This isn't so much a slam against Maaco, but applies to any of the paint, drip and run specialty shops. Check with some of the restoration shops and they can probably hook you up with a reputable painter. Don't be fooled that a
  10. I ended up buying the car since it is a CPO and after doing the research as you say, on edmunds and KBB. It was a good deal and just an amazing vehicle - I totally lucked out being at the dealer, right place right time. The only thing it didn't hae were the SAT RADIO and IPOD hookups, but the dealer is installing these at no charge. And since it has only 17,000 miles, I opted to add 3 years to the 3yr 100000 warranty. It's kinda expensive at $2750, but they will refund the entire amount if the warranty is not used in the first 3 years (maybe I got ripped here - seemed like a good idea).
  11. Killer, The green lights you mention are dash lights! What you probably have is a blown fuse(s). Get your owners manual out and see which one(s) are used for that function. Brett
  12. Rex,For someone with your logo ie. RexAt "HighSpeed" why are you concerned with how fast they may have driven your Lexus? Don't you remember the old adage of "Neither a borrower or lender be"? To address your question your GPS is set up to display how to get there, not where you've been. I think we've got enough big brother syndrome already. However, if you were really serious about your quest for information your dealership "may" be able to download the speed/RPM from your cars ECM. Brett
  13. You're kidding, right? Read it again. A T F . AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION FLUID. Every single auto parts store sells it. KMart sells it. WalMart sells it. Target sells it. It's FLUID. Where do you buy your power steering fluid? Go back and buy ATF instead. Seriously? A part number for a bottle of liquid??? Am I the only one who thinks this is the most bizarre request ever? RDM, if you go back and re-read his post I believe he was asking for the part number for the seals not for ATF as you surmised. Take it easy on the guy, he's obviously quite new and not very mechanically inclined. A car
  14. Ran across a listing in Ebay. 160386762162 Appears to be a nice one and the price looks pretty good!
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