2002 Lexus LS 430 Overview

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2002 Lexus LS 430 Overview

Between a total redesign in 2001 and additional revisions and upgrades in 2003 and 2004, the new LS 430 remained unchanged for this model year. Although its sticker price had nearly doubled since 1990, the Lexus flagship continued to outsell the still higher priced German competition, including the BMW 7-Series and Mercedes S-Class.

A four-cam aluminum V-8, now displacing 4.3 liters, supplied the LS with 290 horsepower and 320 pound-feet of torque. Road tests provided 0-60 mph data between 5.7 and 6.2 seconds, and a quarter mile time just under 15 seconds. While every LS was rear wheel drive, 2002 was the last year before a six-speed automatic transmission was added. The larger engine tugged fuel economy down very slightly, to 18/25 mpg. The VVT+i provided some fuel efficiency compensation for the large power plant and substantial bulk (nearly 4000 pounds).
For years, driving enthusiasts had asked for a tighter suspension, for better handling and addition road response. While the suspension was adjustable, it could not be set to a true sports feel. Such a rid was never intended for the LS. Owners also advised that the new optional Mark Levinson sound system was worth finding, to avoid being stuck with a poor stock stereo. Those issues aside, the Lexus LS 430 was the best selling flagship sedan for at least four reasons: build quality, ride comfort, interior appointments, and reliability.


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2002 Lexus Ls430 Starts But Nothing Works

Hi, I am trying to fix my brother's car, a 2002 ls430. I tested at the battery and only had 12.5 volts with the car running so I pulled the alternator but it tested good. The car will start but the...

Electrical Dead Except The Headlights

Since I don't drive my Lexus that much I leave the positive cable off the post. I went to put it on yesterday and the headlights and taillights came on. The rest of the electrical system is dead. ...

Ignition Key Stuck

The key will not turn into the off position so will not release. The key will start the vehicle and the vehicle will run. I disconnected the battery and key turned to off position and came out. Re...

How To Find Reasonable Mechanic In Austin To Install Used Transmission On A...

I need to buy a used transmission for my old 2002 Lexus LS 430, that has 175,000 miles on it. 1) how do I locate a working used transmission in Greater Austin area? AND 2) how to find reasonable mecha...

When Do You Replace A 2002 Ls 430 Suspension?

Is there a certain mileage that indicates that shocks absorbers and struts need replacement