About Lexus GX 470
Lexus GX 470 is a mid-size luxury Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) manufactured by the extraordinary Japanese automaker Toyota's luxury automotive division Lexus from 2002 to 2009. The first Lexus GX 470 was introduced as the first-generation GX. "GX" in its name means "Grand Crossover". Although Lexus GX 470 had been produced through one single generation, it won J.D. Power and Associates' Highest Ranked Premium Luxury SUV in Initial Quality in 2005 and Kelley Blue Book's Best Resale Valve Award in 2006.
The Lexus GX 470 made its debut at the 2002 North American International Auto Show as a 2003 model. It was closely related to the Toyota 4Runner and featured in body-on-frame configuration. GX 740 boasted for its superior off-road capability and upscale interior such as the Downhill Assist Control (DAC), Dynamic Suspension System (KDSS) and fine leathered seats and so on. Lexus GX 470 then was powered by a 4.7 L V8 engine that could produce 235 hp and 320 pound-feet of torque but in 2004 for the 2005 model year, the engine could produce 270 horsepower, and this engine was mated to a 5-speed automatic transmission all the time. Then in 2009, GX 470 was replaced by the GX 460.
Lexus GX 470 Common Problems & Maintenance Tips
Though Lexus GX 470 has a fairly well off-road capability, if used in harsh and rugged road conditions for too long, some problems would still come for it:
First, engine failure. Needless to say, this issue is not only the common problem on Lexus GX 470 but on any other regular cars. Some kind Lexus GX 470 owners told that this problem starts with squealing or rattling noises from engine, then involves in roughly running engine that could misfire, won't turn over and ends as reduction in power, acceleration and fuel economy. Some engine would even overheat and vehicle suffers from starting issues. Once Check Engine Light comes on, please make sure if the GX 470 spark plug, oil filter, oxygen sensor, air filter, drive belt and timing belt are in right order.
Second, braking and suspension failure. Braking failure on Lexus GX 470 ranked third in all issues. According to Lexus GX 470 drivers, as accumulation of mileage, brakes would start to make noise and brake fluid would leak. At the same time, the brake pedal would vibrate severely. The GX 470 brake pad set and brake caliper are often the culprits. And the suspension failure shows as abnormal tire wear, grinding or roaring noises from tire area and vibrating steering wheel could be attributed to the faulty strut housing and wheel bearing.
However, you should be aware of that simply knowing how to react the common problems on your Lexus GX 470 is not helpful in increasing its lifespan. Performing routine maintenance on some auto parts in it is the effective way. As a complicated item assembled by many different kinds of parts, knowing what parts to maintain could save a lot of time and energy. GX 470 wiper blade is responsible for sweeping debris on the windshield so that drivers' visions won't get blocked, in this way, the possibility of accident could reduce. So, you should replace it at least every six months as it is made of consuming soft rubber but always works under adverse weather conditions such as downpours or heavy snows. Other parts such as seat belt, door lock and emblem should be maintained on a regular basis as well.
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