Owner's update: problem with stalling now fixed, was probably an idling speed issue. However, the speedometer stopped working at 183,000 km, just had it repaired for $NZ260, which isn't too bad I guess. Otherwise it's running well and still gets 28 MPG (10 km/l) on a long trip.
Further owner update: The Lexus has now done 40,000 km since purchase. Had a service done today at 185,000 km, which cost the grand total of $229. Headlamp bulb replaced, otherwise no problems apart from ones previously mentioned. The mechanic has a friend whose LS400 has just turned over 600,000 km, so there may be a few years left in mine yet!
These cars are amazing and you are very fortunate to have one, I'm jealous! Can I have it? XD.
Further owner's comment: Now done 192,000 km. Had to replace part of the rear suspension recently, which cost $1300. Rattles in both front doors, but otherwise runs perfectly.
Can you confirm exactly what the fix was? I am very interested, as I would love to find a solution to this stalling issue.
I'm pretty sure the problem was idling speed, and was cheap to fix. It did stall again recently, but that was about 3 weeks ago. It has now done 195,000 km and still has reasonable economy. Can't justify an upgrade on economic grounds at present.
Further owner's comment: Now done 202,000 km and the engine still runs sweetly. Fuel consumption unchanged at 10L/100 km (28 miles per imperial gallon). This V8 is bulletproof!
No further problem with stalling since the idling speed was adjusted upward. Front tires worn down and need replacing, rear tires are fine (have done 57,000 km on this set, which the previous owner had fitted just before he sold it to me).
After trialling a few diesel powered cars lately, I can appreciate the noise dampening efforts that Lexus put in to the design of this vehicle. It is beautifully quiet.
Further owner's comment: Has now done 207,000 km. Two new front tires (Toyo brand), which have helped road noise.
Current issues - all fairly minor:
1) Both front seat belts don't retract fully and need to be guided into place
2) Rattle in both doors noticeable at urban speed
3) Speedometer and sometimes odometer often don't function, especially on a hot day.
4) An electric motor has failed on the steering wheel and it doesn't drop fully into place at start up, obscuring the dashboard slightly. Probably caused by a careless auto electrician.
5) Gearbox light on dash for 'Drive' not working - again I blame the auto electrician.
6) Windscreen needed re-gluing into place
7) A lot of stone chips have appeared on the bonnet
But overall, it still performs well.
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