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Car has reproducible brake failure. Showed to dealer, dealer tried another similar car, which showed the same problem. Dealer conclusion: All 1995 LS400s work like that. Will not investigate further.
Conditions of failure:
- Cold weather (20-25 degrees F or -3 to -6 degrees C).
- Just started so engine running cold at 1,500 rpm.
- At speed under about 5 mph (8 kph) and on a slippery surface such as packed snow, the brakes simply DO NOT WORK.
- Makes for an exciting exit from my driveway when hard packed snow is on the ground.
- The problem is not locked brakes causing tires to slide, the brakes are simply not engaging.
- Work-around: Shift into neutral and brakes immediately start working.
Documentation. Letter to dealer and to national sales office in 2003. Repeat letter to dealer and national sales office in 2010.
My diagnosis; ABS software is sensing slippery surface, ABS software is sensing engine RPM at 1500 (50 MPH at normal engine temp), therefore ABS prevents brakes from locking.
Love the car, have driven it for 12 years and 120,000 miles. Just don't let spouse drive it on very cold mornings when snow on ground.
Quiet, comfortable, would buy it again.
Had serious problems with original equipment adaptive air shocks. Dealer finally replaced with conventional shocks, all with no cost.
Bought a 3-year-old dealer certified car with 100,000 mile warranty, and would do it again.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 22nd October, 2010