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Old 08-17-05, 02:37 AM
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Exclamation An air suspension query!

I really need your expertise and experience, guys!

My brother is looking to buy an LS just like mine and I've located a 2000 in mint condition with 62k miles -one owner and always dealer maintained!! (actually my brother will buy mine and I will buy this one)....Being fully loaded, it also comes with an AIR SUSPENSION.

First, does the air-supension equipped LS really ride significantly better than the regular one??

Secondly, I've heard horror stories that it's common for the air suspension on the LS to go out, and it's frightfully expensive to repair. However, it looks to me from going over several posts on this forum, that this only applies to the first gen LS....Is this true??.... I also saw somewhere on here that the newer 98-00 LS air supension does not have this widespread problem due to the system becoming much more reliable....Am I right??

Now even if the air shocks were to go out, and considering that the vehicle has 62K well maintained miles, can I safely assume that I will get at least 40 to 50k miles before something goes wrong?? (most posts I've seen, even with the FIRST GEN LS, seem to have problems with their air shocks AFTER 120k miles or so)

All input and advice is greatly appreciated!!
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Old 08-17-05, 03:44 AM
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You have at least another 5 years to start worrying about it. and yes, Air suspension not only rides better, but its more tailored to your needs according to the specified load.
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Old 08-17-05, 09:02 AM
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When LS400's with air suspension have suspension problems, it seems to be after about 10 years. Since the 2000 you are looking at is young, it is hard to tell if it will really be more troublefree.

I decided to avoid cars with air suspension when I went looking for a 2000 LS back in 2003 - but it didn't matter because none of the 2000 LS400's I found for sale in the Kansas City metro area had air suspension. The few I found outside the area that had air suspension also had Nav which I also didn't want.

Kansas City was cited recently as having the poorest roads and streets of any U.S. city. A 2000 LS with air suspension is now looking mighty good to me and I now wish my car had it.
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Thumbs up Thanks for the replies!! makes me feel a lot better knowing that most problems have occured after 10K miles.......and I just found out that this vehicle has only 44K PRISTINE miles, and not 62K as I had thought earlier. That was a different car I was looking at. in essence I have even more miles to go, before I have to worry about it.....I'm just gonna go ahead and get it!!
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