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Forum: LS400 04-06-15, 08:00 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 569
Posted By mappo
Here in the DC area I see half a dozen 430s a...

Here in the DC area I see half a dozen 430s a day, but a week or two passes between sightings of another 400.
Forum: LS430 03-26-15, 07:10 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 215
Posted By mappo
Yeah, it's tough to read. And it's irritating...

Yeah, it's tough to read. And it's irritating that dirty fluid is easier to read than fresh. You might try letting it settle down the dipstick tube for 15 minutes or so after pouring so you don't...
Forum: LS400 03-07-15, 08:11 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 569
Posted By mappo
Your son with the Roadstar has the better bike of...

Your son with the Roadstar has the better bike of the two. :) I've got one as well (a 2002) and they are the LS of cruisers - built to last and will run forever.
Forum: LS400 02-24-15, 07:56 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 933
Posted By mappo
Congrats on a great find. I found my LS in...

Congrats on a great find. I found my LS in Dallas too, a year ago. I call her the Texas Lexus. She's a silver 2000 owned by an elderly woman who bought it at Sewell, had all her service done at...
Forum: LS430 02-23-15, 06:35 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 652
Posted By mappo
Look at the bright side - at least you have a...

Look at the bright side - at least you have a dipstick tube! Think of the hassle 04-06 owners have to go through to do the same preventive maintenance.
Forum: LS400 02-19-15, 02:41 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 807
Posted By mappo
I thought the LS430 originally came with 16"...

I thought the LS430 originally came with 16" wheels standard, then later went to 17"s?
Forum: LS400 02-19-15, 11:31 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,220
Posted By mappo
It works for the phone as well, though all it...

It works for the phone as well, though all it does is send the call audio to the car speakers. There's no additional microphone wired in so it has to use the phone's mic.
Forum: LS400 02-19-15, 07:34 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,220
Posted By mappo
Right, the switch is how you deal with not having...

Right, the switch is how you deal with not having enough inputs. The aux and/or bluetooth receiver piggyback on the FM1/2 input. The additional switch is how you toggle between the FM radio and the...
Forum: LS400 02-19-15, 07:29 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,220
Posted By mappo
Last August. I just looked up the old email, the...

Last August. I just looked up the old email, the total was $150 including return shipping for aux port/bluetooth install.
Forum: LS400 02-18-15, 05:31 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,078
Posted By mappo
Hey GISguy, is that GIS as in geographic...

Hey GISguy, is that GIS as in geographic information systems? Were you at the ESRI conference in DC last week?
Forum: LS400 02-18-15, 05:09 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,220
Posted By mappo
I think english is his 2nd or 3rd language, so...

I think english is his 2nd or 3rd language, so communication can be a little fuzzy, but he does meticulous work. I got both an aux port on the face of my head unit and a bluetooth receiver installed...
Forum: LS400 02-15-15, 09:55 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,220
Posted By mappo
If you want to keep the stock audio head unit, I...

If you want to keep the stock audio head unit, I recommend getting an aux input and/or bluetooth receiver put in by Factory Radio Service.
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Forum: LS400 02-06-15, 11:27 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,021
Posted By mappo
The lower control arm and ball joint are two...

The lower control arm and ball joint are two separate parts. The control arm is a bit over $200 at Sewell, the ball joint about $75. If the ball joint is the problem, buy a ball puller from Amazon...
Forum: LS400 01-28-15, 01:27 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 570
Posted By mappo
Sewell is usually the cheapest if you order...

Sewell is usually the cheapest if you order several parts at once, but if you just need one or two things their $15 minimum shipping charge can make them less competitive. When you only need one...
Forum: LS400 01-26-15, 08:08 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,424
Posted By mappo
The tilt steering repair you saw is most likely...

The tilt steering repair you saw is most likely for the earlier generation 400 and doesn't work for the 98-00.
Forum: LS400 01-22-15, 10:30 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 217
Posted By mappo
used car quality index

The LS is the 4th highest vehicle after the LX/Land Cruiser twins and the...Ford E250. :confused: The author will be splitting out rankings for specific models and years over the next few months, so...
Forum: LS400 01-14-15, 11:45 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,424
Posted By mappo
Overall it sounds well maintained and the price...

Overall it sounds well maintained and the price is reasonable. The 90K service should include changing the spark plugs. When you see the car in person check the document binder in the glove box for...
Forum: LS400 01-09-15, 10:43 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 821
Posted By mappo
I feel your pain, but it's not really the...

I feel your pain, but it's not really the mechanics' fault if the trans was abused and ignored for the first 15 years of its life before you got it. If you want to keep the car, you're going to have...
Forum: LS400 01-06-15, 07:23 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 524
Posted By mappo
"I wanted a reliable car for my daughter so I...

"I wanted a reliable car for my daughter so I bought an 18 year old one with just under 200000 miles on it."

Can you imagine saying this about anything other than an LS?:D
Forum: LS400 01-06-15, 06:51 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 583
Posted By mappo
Maybe the OP means that the AC comes on without...

Maybe the OP means that the AC comes on without selecting defog mode? Which might mean the mode selector is busted and he's stuck in defog or defog/floor mode.
Forum: LS400 01-05-15, 05:43 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 696
Posted By mappo
That one on ebay has an asking price of $19K, but...

That one on ebay has an asking price of $19K, but also has a "make an offer" button. Maybe the seller has the ridiculous asking price just hoping a sucker will make an offer of $12K and think he got...
Forum: LS400 01-04-15, 08:54 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 433
Posted By mappo
Try contacting this ebay seller and ask him if...

Try contacting this ebay seller and ask him if he's still got the center vent. He's parting out a very complete-looking 99.
...
Forum: LS430 01-02-15, 08:09 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 694
Posted By mappo
Congrats - you stole that car! I'll be watching...

Congrats - you stole that car! I'll be watching for you in a year if you sell it.

The previous owner messed up letting the dealer get away with that mismatched wood though. It looks like they...
Forum: LS400 01-02-15, 07:22 AM
Replies: 240
Views: 119,585
Posted By mappo
Yeah what dicer said. I definitely should have...

Yeah what dicer said. I definitely should have lowered the coolant level first. Be gentle with the radiator drain plug though - it's fragile old plastic and can snap more easily than you think. ...
Forum: LS400 01-02-15, 06:12 AM
Replies: 240
Views: 119,585
Posted By mappo
The original owner took very good care of it -...

The original owner took very good care of it - the cliche little old lady that only drove it on Sundays. She bumped into things a lot though so I've got scuffs at all four corners that I'll...
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