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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 15, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas                                HeraldZeitung O Friday March IS 1996 0 9 Lexus 450 Sport utility vehicle combine j goanywhere capability with I Toyota wearing its I David Sullens Toyota wearing its Lexus suit has combined a heritage of more than 40 years of fourwheel drive experience with cus tomerdriven luxury and quality to produce the LX 450 sport utility vehicle Based on the rugged and respected Land Cruis er platform the LX 450 combines goanywhere capability with world class luxury appointments The LX 450 is targeted at affluent buyers who want to make a statement about their active lifestyles without compromising the refine ment features comfort safety dependability and longterm reliability they have come to expect in their luxury sedan or coupe Additionally Lexus is betting that the LX 450 will help retain customers who might other wise drift toward a Land Rover as they become interested in a fourwheel drive capable vehicle The LX 450 platform which is the Toyota Land Cruiser platform was engineered to with stand severe usage in the worlds most hostile conditions And in those conditions it has built a most enviable reputation for getting the job done Rather than adaptations of passenger car or components provide an ideal blend of ride corn light truck components the Land Cruiser and fort with confident onand offroad handling T V A A i l p 1 A ury consequently the LX 450 powerplant steering gear suspension and drive train as well as oth er critical elements were specifically designed for their application and were engineered to survive primitive terrain temperature extremes moisture and dust Lexus officials candidly admit that most LX 450 owners will never put their vehicles to the ultimate test and in fact recognize the fact that many LX 450s will never leave the road But they quickly add that those lucky enough to own such a vehicle can be confident of their trucks capabilities in poor weather or while fighting their way through the worst hazards of urban And despite its goanywhere ruggedness the LX 450s occupants will enjoy accommo dations and a driving environment appropri ate to the marque Interior appointments rival those of Lexus1 flagship sedan and newly developed suspension The powerplant chosen for the LX 450 is well suited for this application The inline six cylinder with its 24 valves produce an excep tional 212 horsepower at rpm for effort less pulling power The LX 450s standard automatic transmis sion and electronic control systems are similar to the transmission used in the 96 SC 300 sport coupe but the 300s sophisticated overdrive 4th gear ratio is changed and a second gear start function has been added to the electronic control system When selected by a console switch this feature engages second gear to pre vent excess wheel slippage when starting from a standstill on icy snowy or muddy surfaces The new SUVs suspension was carefully tuned to provide responsive onpavement han dling without sacrificing maximum suspension compliance and travel for ride comfort and off road traction It provides an optimum blend of characteristics without resorting to complex and damagevulnerable air suspension systems Spring rates are about 15 percent softer than thjse of the Land Cruiser and in addition to coil springs a progressive rate rubber spring is installed coaxially with each spring The spring rate of these hollow springs are low at the start of deformation rising as suspension compres sion increases Combined with the more compliant coil rates this new design makes possible a su ople onhighway ride while retaining maxi mum capacity for severe offroad conditions Enhanced sound insulation materials and bcdytoframe mounts control cabin noise vibration and harshness levels Fourwheel disc brakes with threechannel anfilock are standard The antilock braking system employs a deceleration sensor to enable the computer sys tehi to discriminate between braking and momentary traction loss while driving in slip pejry conditions The LX 450 is rated for a tow ing capacity when equipped with a towing hitch receiver Optional heavy duty equipment packages are not required The heart of any SUV of course is its fourwheel drive sys tem The LX 450s dri ve train employs trac tion enhancing systems whose sophistication and effectiveness rivals even that of most mili tary vehicles Allwheel drive is permanently engaged utilizing a viscous cen ter differential coupling to distribute torque between front and rear axle A twospeed transfer case provides high and low ranges which can be engaged while the vehicle Is in motion An optional manual differential lock system provides even greater traction This system permits the driver to manually lock the front axle rear axle center differential or all three when in low range The LX 450 has a chiseled horizontal grille that identifies it as a member of the Lexus fam ily The grille is flanked by large dual beam headlights with integrated clear side marker lenses I was particularly impressed with the LX 450s high beam headlights which were the brightest and most effective live come across on any sort of vehicle in some time Cabin appointments aboard the LX 450 include three row seating for seven unique in the SUV segment The third row seats fold against the cargo area sides when storage is required Center row seating also folds to create more cargo space and features tumbleforward entry function on both sides to ease third seat entry LX 450 seating is fully trimmed with the same leather grade as used in the LS 400 sedan More than three full hides are carefully select ed to trim each LX 450 interior in a warm ivory leather Wood accents on the center con sole and door trim complete the rich and taste ful interior Automatic climate control with solar sen sor separate rear seat heating system full func tion power driver and passenger seats power door locks windows and outside rear view mirrors are all standard Power windows feature retained accessory power and can be activated after the key is removed for 60 seconds or until a door is opened Power door locks feature antilockout overriding any attempts to lock the doors if the key is left in the ignition Door locks employ a twostep security unlock func tion unlocking only the driver door with a twist of the key or all doors with a second twist of the key The LX 450s standard sound system includes an electronically tuned radio with cas sette tape deck and an optional sixdisc CD changer The changer is built into the center console for convenient access to front and mid dle seat occupants Total maximum audio system power is 195 watts powering seven loudspeakers tuned for the vehicles interior aconstics A center console mounted woofer is contained in its own tuned enclosure and powered by a dedicated amplifier producing 55 watts maximum Antenna height can be regulated by an instru ment panel switch or retracted to avoid damage from overhanging trees or brush The LX 450s standard equipment list is so complete that only three options are offered the CD changer the front and rear differential lock system and power moonroof with sliding sunshade The base price of my test vehicle was The CD changer added to that price and the moonroof A dealer installed convenience package that included running boards a roof rack rear wind deflector cargo mat tow hitch assembly and hood protector added another and des tination charges added to bring the bottom line on the test vehicles window sticker to David Sullens editor and publisher of the New Braunfels HeraldZeitung has written an automotive column for the past 11 100 Automobiles 100 Automobiles 100 Automobiles RUTOLOHNS Auto Dealer will arrange low cost financing even if youve been turned down elsewhere Loan Available for Bankrupt bad credit no credit Call Betty 6253451 Phone applications accepted Headliners Mobile service All work guaranteed PHILLIPS TRIM 6090581 48 Ford 2 dr Sedan Call after pm or any time on weekends 6257760 84 Cadillac Sedan 2 owner 91K blue nice Day 800825 3008 or Eve 6436565 88 Cadillac Seville great condition col or Rosewood 90K 89 Chevy Beretta GT Loaded obo 62 Ford Van obo 6293005 100 87 Suzuki Sz 4Wh Hard To OBO 100 Automobiles 100 Automobiles 105 110 88 Chevy Vari 350 Exc see to 6093119 90 Mazda 323 LX 46K New Ignition harness New Below Wok 629 6855 91 Chrysler 5th Ave 91 Red Explorer 1 Owner all power loaded XL 4dr low miles clean good tires very clean runs great 6294414 6060467 after 4Pm Eve 93 Toyota Tercel 54K 2Dr Sedan Reduced to Must Sell 620 4359 93 Grand Marquis LS One Owner Leather and ABS 47K Exc Cond 6092519 86 300 SDL Mercedes Blue loaded Benson main tained Seguin 379 5250 or 3798951 wk ERVICE CONTRACTS AVAILABLE Bill Hill Auto 1290 Hwy 81 West Will Buy Trade Ins Wholesale Public 6204886 WE FINANCE FROM TO DOWNFROM PER WEEK Quality Autos Affordable Prices Oil Changed Ready To Go Come in test drive these autos 92 Kawasaki 750 Vulcan 5574182 93 Ford F150 ext cab std 6cyl add ons 89 Ford Ranger Ext Cab PU clean C good OBO 6250828 or 6293936 92 Ford F150 Auto White 78K Miles Custom Wheels 92 Toyota PU 4x4 After 6pm 6250891 89 NISSAN STANZA 95 OLDSMOBILE CUTLASS CIERA AUTO POWER MOON ROOF MORE V6 UNDER WARRANTY 31K MILES 91 MERCURY SABLE 91 FORD F150 SUPER CAB XLT 4 V6 FULLY LOADED V8 LOADED CHAIRS AND MORJH 93 PLYMOUTH Q2 CHEROKEE spORT 4 AUTO 45K MILES 88 TON 305 V8 AUTO LOADED 94 FORD RANGER REG CAB 4 CYL 5 SPEED CLEAN 28K MILES 94 FORD RANGER EXT CAB 6 2WD 4 DOOR AND MOR 94 MAZDA B4000 EXT CAB 4 5 SPEED ONLY 15K MILES V6 FULLY LOADED EXTRA CLEAN 95 MERCURY GRAND MARQUIS GS 28K MILES FULLY LOADED UNDER WARRANTY COMPARE 95 BU1CK 95 FORD W1NDSTAR V6 LOADED STILL UNDER WARRANTY FULLY LOADED DUAL LOW MILES CLEAN 77 Chevy C10 cash Good Condition 79 Chrysler New Yorker cash Mies The car I drivel 83 Ford Mkt Value Clean shell 86 FORD F150 XLT Super Mkt Value Mica 90 Toyota Mkt Value Auto 78K Mies Sharp Car 90 Buick Mkt Value Extra Clean Loaded 92 Chevy S10 Mkt Value Like New 93 Toy Forerunner 4 Auto Low Miles Loaded Exc Call 2109450216 Normans Auto Sales Buy Sell or Trade 6258131 106 Antique Automobiles 55 Thunderbird all original Firm 1923 Model T Rpadster all orig haul trailer firm 3720613 100 Automobiles 32 Self Contained 96 Travel Trailer AC patio door awning island bed obo Must Sell Now 95 32Ft 8ft Slide out Self Contained Air Much More 2108058384 Win A Trip Every Night at the SAN ANTONIO RV SUPER SHOW Fri Sat Oa lOp Sun San Antonio Convention Center off coupons available at San Antonio area Sonic DriveIns 200 Help Wanted 120 Boats Supplies 84 Marlin Skiboat 350 V8 Merc Cruiser 20 trailer FAST Call 6067131 for more info Ask for Patrick 135 Farm Equipment RED CARPET AUTO SALES CO 711 NEW BRAUNFELS TX 78130 210 6204668 LOCAL METRO HOURS MOM FRI SAT CALL SAM ELROD OR MARK BROWN LIQUIDATION SALE On Used Inventory Great Selection ftalicw Call for Information 512 3924300 THE AUTO RANCH Cedar Shearing at ground level Bear Creek Construction 6208484 pager 6203115 195 Employment Information CAUTION The ads listed here are job information only not specific job offers In some cases a fee is involved for informa tion for the phone call 200 Help Wanted Are you a LVN looking for flexible hours If you are please come talk to us We have fixed shifts and split shifts please Card Woodward at 6256941 The Arboretum of New Braun fels Armed Security Officers Needed We have one full time and one part time position avail able at each of our New Braunfels and Seguin ac counts Starting hourly wage is Apply at Smith Protective Services 1800 Grandstand San Antonio Texas or call 6818222 BASS PLAYER Wanted for original band New Braunfels Area No Egos 6250226 or 620 7274 Leave Message Busy Office looking for mature person to handje many task Must be good with people organized computer skills handle busy phones and filing Send a hand written letter telling why you would be the right person for this job your sal ary requirements and your resume to Creek View Ve terinary Clinic 1121 Eikel NB 78130 No Phone Calls Please I Needed Sat 9a3p Canyon Lake Area above aver pay must be dependable 606 0218 Eve or 8993276 Day Cash Paid Weekly Need help catching up on bills Now hiring temporary telephone sales Represen tatives Must be able to work from 59 pm MF and 91pm on Sat to per hr Please call Mark at 6089704 or stop by 358 Landa Suite EE CASTINGMOVIE EXTRAS Production trainees major studio 2105544055 CNAs Come Join Our Team Due to our increasing cen sus The Arboretum of New Braunfels is interviewing CNAs for morning and evenings and parttime Paid training available for those who qualify for our certifica tion training program We offer the most flexible scheduling in the area For confidential interview please contact Carol Wood ard at   

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