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    2003 LS430
  1. This is the manual you need to maintain your Lexus. $90 on eBay, I'll sell it for $75 plus shipping to the lower 48. With it I was able to replace my brake pads and save $800 and replace my struts and save $900. Excellent condition.
  2. I recently sold my 2003 LS430 and the buyer took it to a local shop for a 120 point inspection before finalizing the transaction. I would highly recommend considering that type of inspection before you buy any used Lexus since he informed me my car had been in an accident and there was body work on the trunk panel behind the rear door on the driver side. They also discovered one of the front struts was leaking and offered to replace them for $900. I think the dealership was more like $1200. I confirmed one strut was leaking, ordered a pair at Irontoad for $230 and with a friends help and a m
  3. Price reduced to sell $18,995. New battery, new brakes, new front struts.
  4. 42,645 miles, 2-Owner, Immaculate Texas Car with Lexus Dealership Service every 5,000 miles, Non-Smoker, Original Sticker $57,852 4.3 Liter, 5-Speed Automatic Transmission, Gas Pressurized Shock Absorbers with Front Rebound Springs, 4-Wheel Power Assisted Ventilated Disk Brakes MPG City: 19, Highway: 25 OPTIONS: 17” Chrome Wheels, Climate Control Front Seats with Heat & Cool and rear Heated Seats, Power Tilt and Slide Moonroof with Sunshade, Trunk Mat, Wheel Locks, Premium Window Tint, Front and Rear Clear Custom Floor mats, Lexus 7-Speaker 178 Watt Premium Audio System w/Cassette Playe
  5. Same issue here in Texas, just paid $50 to have each wheel fixed. 03 LS430 with OEM chrome wheels from Houston that I bought a year ago.
  6. Had the same issue on my 03, bought the caliper bolts and pads for a DIY project. I discovered you only need the caliper bolts if you remove the rotors to turn them. I scuffed both sides of my rotors since they were OK and never removed the calipers so my bolts are sitting in the garage. They have to change the pads with about 50% remaining due to the wear sensors. I was thinking about tieing off my sensors and letting the pads go longer. I replaced mine for the first time when the car had 35,000 miles on it and did all 4 wheels. Very simple job and huge savings. I have better ways to spend
  7. I just replaced the brakes on my Ls430 several weeks ago for the same reason, was told by the service dept that I was ready to wear out the sensors but lots of pad left at 35,000 miles and still the original pads. I replaced them anyway and tied off the sensors so I can get full usage from the new pads. Some folks here will not agree but if you keep an eye on them I don't forsee any problems. You can easily get the sensors off and tie them off but that is not what the manual instructs so you are doing that at your own risk. I bought the pads for about $100 plus caliper bolts but after inspec
  8. You can't go wrong with a LS430, I wouldn't care that it's an 04 either. You can buy a lot of cars that are newer but none that are more refined. I paid that for my 03 with 32,000 miles and am happy with the car. Was driving a Chrysler 300C SRT8 and was surprised how much power the LS430 has, althought I won't be taking it to the track. You mention a lot of different cars and SUV's - have you decided what the primary purpose of the car is that you intend to buy? I would agree that looking at the BMW's, Mercedes, M45/35, are all in the upscale luxury and performance category. The LS is not exa
  9. If the 03 and 04 caliper bolts are the same, if you are interested I'll sell you mine since I did not use them. The front and rear have different part numbers. I paid $5 each.
  10. Looks like we do our shopping at the same place. They had the best price by far of anyone out there. I bought the caliper bolts just in case but looks like I'll be hanging on to them for the next brake change. VB, Did you notice how much pad was left when they are at the wear sensors? I was thinking of tying my sensor up behind the wheel and not reinstalling it, figure I would have easily got another 10-15K miles on the pads.
  11. I bed the pads early this moorning and everything seems fime. Brakes work well, no squeals, no pedal issues, I'm good to go. Here is the bedding procedure I used and got it from Dave Zeckhausen when I used his pads on my SRT8. How to Bed your brakes
  12. Sorry no pictures but it was a very easy job so save yourself $500 and DIY. My car has 35,000 miles and the original pads had a lot left on them but the Lexus wear sensors were ready to be wore into. My rotors looked great so I just burnished them with an air tool to take the glaze off them. I'll head out early tomorrow morning to bed the pads in and will let you know how they feel. I reused the anti squeal shims, they were good as new after cleaning them with brake cleaner and then put grease on both sides of the inner shim. (New shims are as expensive as the brake pads!) The longest part o
  13. My first trip to a Lexus dealership for service. My 03 LS430 just turned 35,000 miles so I knew it was going to be a relatively painless experience, if you think $140 is painless for an oil change and tire rototation. While waiting I was told I needed front and rear brake pads. $325 per axle but thanks to this site I already knew I was going to do it myself so I ordered Lexus front and rear brake pads and caliper bolts today from So first thing this morning I thought I'd take a look at the car to see what I would be getting into. Imagine my surprise when I could hardly remove th
  14. killer deal depending on Carfax, maintenance history, color and condition. For that price I'd guess it was leased, previously wrecked, green and from up North in the snow and salt regions ;>) Tell us more! BTW, I know I paid too much for mine but got it from a Mercedes Benz Dealership on eBay and for a comparison: 33,000 miles, one owner (Texas), Lexus maintenance by the book every 5,000 miles, perfect interior, very good exterior (no dings, just a few small scratches), no NAV or ML, 17" Lexus Chrome wheels with 90% new tires, Carfax history confirmed everything, owners manual, 4 orig
  15. i have not figured out the ride difference between an 01 and an 02 or 03 but believe some of the variables are in the size of wheels, 16 vs 17 and the manufacturer of the tires on the car. You might want to do a search to see what you find here since a lot of folks know much more than my limited experience. My car has the 17" chrome Lexus wheels and drives as nice as anything I drove with 16" wheels. My best advise is to drive a lot of cars before deciding you gotta have one now.
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