I have read most of these posts, and had a painfull chuckle. I wish we had known of how many problems the LS has before we bought it, or how expensive it is to replace and fix those repeated problems.
I would haul mine to the junkyard if I didn't owe $8k on it still.
We bought an 01 LS in Dec of 2005 with about 65-70k miles on it. First thing that hit us hard was the expensive tires! I guess we are nieve on not realizing how expensive they were. Also 2 months after we bought it we had to get bearings replaced. It was kind of a shocker, but we just told ourselve that it is a great car and we just need to plan ahead for tires.
Then, the windows started acting up. I have had the regulators for these windows this many times: rear driver's side-1, Driver's window-2 times, Passanger Front- 1 time.
Then , this past winter, I had to replace the 4 tires again, but this time I also had to replace almost every single lug nut because they are chrome plated and when they rust, you have to chop them off. Of course something as little as lugnuts has to be a dealer part, so those lugnuts are $4.00 a piece.
Everything is dealer parts, you CANNOT go with aftermarket at all!
Then the final straw that broke the camel's back happened on Sunday.
My Ls which now has 120K on it, 2 of the timing chains broke in the engine.
2 timing chains+Labor=3k
Since they can't tell wether the valves are bent untill they get the new chains on they can't tell us for sure, but they are pretty sure they are.
We could buy a used engine with 106K on it.
Part+Labor $4300 + a 2 year 20k warranty@$300=$4600.
(This option scares me because I am afraid that the engine won't last long enough to pay of the remainder of the $8k loan and the financed amount to cover the engine)
We can get a Brand New engine with a 3 year 100k mile warranty included for:
(Make sure you are sitting down!)
$7050! Part and Labor included
Now granted, if I owned this car free and clear I would have junked it!
But when you have an $8k balance on a loan and the repair is going to cost almost that much, what the hell do you do!?!
So everyone be careful when buying one of these vehicles. And if this happens to you be prepared to fork out big dough or junk it.
I would definately junk it if I didn't owe! I am getting very tired of gasing up this big engined-vehicle.