The LS430 is one of the best-scoring luxury sedans we've tested. The cabin is very quiet and comfortable and the controls are intuitive to use. The powertrain is especially refined. The rear-seat area is roomy and very well equipped, especially compared to others in this class. Handling is sound. Overall, the LS430 exhibits a plush, luxurious driving experience, but lacks the exciting feel of a sports sedan -- which it is not.
Alerts
There are 2 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Reliability

We expect the 2022 LS to have about average reliability when compared to other new cars. This prediction is based on Lexus's brand history and the previous models of the LS.

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The 2004 Lexus LS has been recalled 2 times by NHTSA. View Recalls
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Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey for over 300,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2021 vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. NA indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.

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Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2004 Lexus LS owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Gauges

"Display lights over navigation system work intermittently for inside and outside temperatures and clock"

W T., VA (2004 Lexus LS 430 4.2-L V8)
Headlights

"Left low beam headlight intermittently goes off"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Lexus LS 430 4.2-L V8)
Heated or cooled seats

"From the time this vehicle was brand-new, the cooling portion of the seats was never adequate. Certainly not up to Lexus standard"

William M., VA (2004 Lexus LS 430 4.2-L V8)
Keyless entry

"The electronic lock in the driver's door failed. I am awaiting an appointment availability at Lexus to be able to diagnose the problem. Lexus service is booked-up for the next 2 weeks"

Mark E., WA (2004 Lexus LS 430 4.2-L V8)

"The power door lock actuator in the passenger door failed this year. It is part of the door latch mechanism and so cannot be replaced as a standalone item. Instead, it is an $800 part plus labor. The power door luck mechanism in the drivers' door failed about 2 years ago and it was a $600 part back then. Toyota seems to be on the path of raising parts prices much faster than the rate of inflation."

Anonymous, WA (2004 Lexus LS 430.0 4.2-L V8)
Tire pressure monitor

"had an issue with the light going off after aligned by dealer"

Anonymous, CO (2004 Lexus LS 430 4.2-L V8)

"Unrsolved. One monitor apparently is intermittent; when turned off, soon reappears"

Anonymous, WI (2004 Lexus LS 430 4.2-L V8)

"Tire pressure light goes on despite correct pressure"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Lexus LS 430 4.2-L V8)

"Does not turn off. Tires fully inflated and shows low tire pressure, even after being reset by a mechanic"

Anonymous, (2004 Lexus LS 430 4.2-L V8)

"System only reports low pressure, which can usually be remedied without damage. It did not tell me of a complete pressure loss, cause total tire damage and loss before I could safely stop and call for assistance."

Anonymous, HI (2004 Lexus LS 430 4.2-L V8)
Warning lights

"Warning sensor lights keep coming on for brakes even though there is no issue. Also, the tire pressure light keeps coming up"

Anonymous, GA (2004 Lexus LS 430 4.2-L V8)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

Backup or other camera/sensors

"It stopped working"

Anonymous, WV (2004 Lexus LS 430 4.2-L V8)
CD player

"Changer broken"

Patrick N., NC (2004 Lexus LS 430.0 4.2-L V8)
Display screen freezes up

"Frozen display does not allow input. Climate, navigation, audio, all settings become inoperative making the crucial control panel useless. Heating/cooling continue to work in the background but no changes can be made."

Jayanth N., GA (2004 Lexus LS 430.0 4.2-L V8)
Display screen goes blank

"The computer board and display was faulty from new. There was a bad run of boards that were not properly soldered that caused multiple problems with the onboard computer system."

Anonymous, TX (2004 Lexus LS 430 4.2-L V8)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"not working at this time, but can be fixed"

Anonymous, TX (2004 Lexus LS 430.0 4.2-L V8)
Radio

"radio made a popping sound and stopped working."

Donald B., CA (2004 Lexus LS 430.0 4.2-L V8)
Speakers

"Foam surround on the subwoofer rotted out, had to replace. I think one of the amplifier channels is going out too. It's the mark levinson system and everything is unique and super expensive."

Anonymous, NE (2004 Lexus LS 430 4.2-L V8)
Steering wheel controls

"Steering wheel won't adjust positions"

Anonymous, KY (2004 Lexus LS 430 4.2-L V8)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Bushings

"Front bushings noisy and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Lexus LS 430 4.2-L V8)
Power steering leaks

"Power steering leaks fluid. Replacement costs $1200"

Thomas F., CA (2004 Lexus LS 430 4.2-L V8)

"I noticed fluid leaking under the car and assumed it was an oil leak from the engine. I took it in for the normally scheduled service and told the service advisor about the leak and was told that it was a power steering leak, primarily, with a smaller oil leak. Repairs were expensive due to prolonged labor time required for the repair, but there was no down time except for when the car was in the shop."

Anonymous, CA (2004 Lexus LS 430 4.2-L V8)
Shocks or struts

"After 100k miles, needed new struts. I don't think this is an issue"

Stuart S., FL (2004 Lexus LS 430 4.2-L V8)

"Rear Right Strut leaking. I had to replace both left and right struts."

Anonymous, TX (2004 Lexus LS 430 4.2-L V8)

"Leaking shocks"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Lexus LS 430.0 4.2-L V8)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Rear deck clear coat"

Anonymous, FL (2004 Lexus LS 430 4.2-L V8)

"Clear coat disappeared from Florida climate causing some paint to fade."

Anonymous, FL (2004 Lexus LS 430 4.2-L V8)

"Pain has blistered on the hood and roof area. Primed metal shows in areas where the paint has fallen off...it's obvious that there's minimal adhesion between the paint coat and primer."

Anonymous, CA (2004 Lexus LS 430 4.2-L V8)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Torque converter

"The pressure plate on the front of the automatic transmission developed cracks that required a very expensive repair/replacement of the pressure plate. The dealer claimed to have not previously seen that type of failure before and theorized that it could be from metal fatigue or aggressive driving, however, this is a heavy luxury vehicle that doesn't handle very well so it does not make sense that I or a previous owner would have driven it like a sports car!"

Mark E., WA (2004 Lexus LS 430 4.2-L V8)

"Cracked pressure plate in the transmission caused rough shifting and an unusual ticking sound. Failure would have been catastrophic to the transmission, so early diagnosis and replacement was quite fortunate."

Anonymous, (2004 Lexus LS 430 4.2-L V8)

"The pressure plate between the torque converter and crankshaft developed a crack in it, which resulted in an unusual clicking noise when I turned off the ignition. The mechanic said that if I hadn't brought the car in for diagnosis that the crack would have probably resulted in pressure plate failure at speed, which would have done catastrophic damage to the transmission. Even so, it was over $1000 to replace and they could not explain any reason for the development of the crack. This car has an easy life, is driven mostly on long freeway trips, so the transmission does not experience much stress or strain and I am disappointed in Toyota for not building a more durable transmission."

Anonymous, WA (2004 Lexus LS 430.0 4.2-L V8)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Calipers

"Cotter pins were missing on brake calipers on visit in April. It was a safety issue"

W T., VA (2004 Lexus LS 430 4.2-L V8)
Normal routine brake wear

"Just needed new brakes"

Rick A., OH (2004 Lexus LS 430.0 4.2-L V8)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Transmission computer

"computer problem caused the transmission to have a rough and abrupt down shift in the lowest gear"

Anonymous, AL (2004 Lexus LS 430 4.2-L V8)
Transmission sensor or solenoid

"About 2 years ago the transmission would not shift from 3rd gear to 4th gear. During the past 2 years this was easily remedied by turning the car off and restarting it but about 2 weeks ago the fix no longer worked. I am taking the car into the shop today to have it repaired. Hoping it is a solenoid and not the body master, which is the more expensive part and repair of the two"

Dino F., FL (2004 Lexus LS 430 4.2-L V8)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Exhaust leaks

"Salt corrosion from Chicago winters"

Anonymous, GA (2004 Lexus LS 430.0 4.2-L V8)
Muffler

"Not really the LS fault - salt in Chicago winters killed the muffler"

Anonymous, GA (2004 Lexus LS 430.0 4.2-L V8)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Engine rebuild or replacement

"The radiator failed on the highway causing massive damage to the engine. The engine had to be replaced."

Anonymous, TX (2004 Lexus LS 430 4.2-L V8)
Head gasket

"took car in for oil chnage service and the dealership indicated a problem."

Spencer S., SC (2004 Lexus LS 430.0 4.2-L V8)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

A/C compressor

"Problem with sticking mixing valve"

Robert S., CA (2004 Lexus LS 430 4.2-L V8)

"This was 3 years ago covered under warrenty"

Anonymous, SC (2004 Lexus LS 430 4.2-L V8)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Oil leaks

"Minor oil leak that would not have been noticed if not for the much more obvious power steering leak."

Anonymous, CA (2004 Lexus LS 430 4.2-L V8)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Locks and latches

"Multiple locks have been going on the car and need replacing and it is expensive"

Anonymous, GA (2004 Lexus LS 430 4.2-L V8)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"activated Check Engine light. Sensor was replaced Lexus dealer service department for $450"

Art F., CT (2004 Lexus LS 430 4.2-L V8)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

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Recalls
PROVIDED BY
EXTERIOR LIGHTING
Apr 07, 2009
DECREASED LIGHTING VISIBILITY MAY RESULT IN A VEHICLE CRASH.
Summary:
SABERSPORT IS RECALLING 16,270 COMBINATION CORNER AND BUMPER LAMP ASSEMBLIES OF VARIOUS PART NUMBERS SOLD FOR USE AS AFTERMARKET EQUIPMENT FOR VARIOUS PASSENGER VEHICLES. THESE HEADLAMPS FAIL TO CONFORM TO THE REQUIREMENTS OF FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARD NO. 108, "LAMPS, REFLECTIVE DEVICES, AND ASSOCIATED EQUIPMENT." THESE LAMPS DO NOT CONTAIN THE REQUIRED AMBER SIDE REFLECTORS.
What should you do:
SABERSPORT WILL NOTIFY OWNERS AND OFFER A FULL REFUND FOR THE NONCOMPLIANT COMBINATION LAMPS. THE SAFETY RECALL BEGAN ON MAY 11, 2009. OWNERS MAY CONTACT SABERSPORT AT 1-909-598-7589.
For more information:
THIS RECALL ONLY PERTAINS TO AFTERMARKET REPLACEMENT EQUIPMENT AND HAS NO RELATION TO ANY ORIGINAL EQUIPMENT INSTALLED ON VEHICLES PRODUCED BY THE VEHICLE MANUFACTURER.IN ORDER TO DETERMINE IF YOUR AFTERMARKET LAMP ASSEMBLY IS AFFECTED BY THIS NONCOMPLIANCE, PLEASE REVIEW THE LIST OF MODEL NUMBERS PROVIDED TO US BY SABERSPORT.THE LIST CAN BE FOUND UNDER "DOCUMENT SEARCH" LOCATED AT THE BOTTOM OF YOUR SCREEN.OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO <A HREF=HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV>HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV</A> .
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 09E012000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 16270
AIR BAGS
Apr 03, 2006
THIS MAY INCREASE THE RISK OF INJURY TO THE OCCUPANT IN THE INVOLVED SEATING POSITION IN THE EVENT OF A CRASH.
Summary:
ON CERTAIN VEHICLES, DUE TO IMPROPER ASSEMBLY OF THE AIR BAG INFLATOR, WHICH IS USED IN THE SIDE AIR BAG, THE CURTAIN SHIELD AIR BAG, AND THE KNEE AIR BAG ASSEMBLY, SOME INFLATORS WERE PRODUCED WITH AN INSUFFICIENT AMOUNT OF THE HEATING AGENTS NECESSARY FOR PROPER AIR BAG DEPLOYMENT. IN THIS CONDITION, THE EXPANSION FORCE OF THE GAS MAY BE INSUFFICIENT TO PROPERLY INFLATE THE AIR BAG WHEN THE SRS SYSTEM IS ACTIVATED DURING A CRASH.
What should you do:
DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE SPECIFIC SRS AIR BAG. THE RECALL BEGAN ON APRIL 6, 2006. OWNERS MAY CONTACT TOYOTA AT 1-888-270-9371, SCION AT 1-866-548-1851, OR LEXUS AT 1-800-255-3987.
For more information:
TOYOTA RECALL NO. 60B AND LEXUS RECALL NO. 6LB.CUSTOMERS MAY CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153); OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 06V096000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 133
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