Lexus’ GX 470, which stands for Grand Crossover, occupies a space unto itself in the SUV market. Somewhere between the increasingly popular crossover wagon/SUV and the luxury full-size SUV, the GX 470 ticks a lot of boxes for a lot of drivers.
While the combination of performance and luxury has won over many hearts and minds in the auto world, drivers of older models and GX 470s with high mileage are starting to notice many problems with the vehicle’s air suspension.
Some drivers have noticed their GX 470 having trouble maintaining its ride height. In others, the car has sagged in the rear or leaned to one side. Others may have noticed a suspension warning light.
In every case, a busted air suspension can’t be ignored. Not only does a leaking or broken air suspension make the ride uncomfortable, it puts the driver and every passenger at risk.
There are several routes to take when considering how to fix the busted Lexus GX 470 air suspension. Let’s take a look at each of them.
Option 1: Repair Your GX 470 Air Suspension Piece-by-Piece
The problem with your GX 470’s air suspension could be as simple as a torn air line or leaky air bag. Repairing these items won’t cost too much or take up too much time at the mechanic.
However, if one of the components on your Lexus’ air suspension has gone, the rest are sure to follow.
Air suspensions are highly complex, computer-controlled systems. They require every component functioning properly in order to work at full efficiency.
When one component goes down, the rest pick up the slack to try and keep things smooth for the driver.
While admirable, this extra stress causes the other components to wear out more quickly.
So while it might seem like an attractive option to simply replace the one component that’s broken at the time, it’s a surefire way to end up back at the mechanic soon.
Option 2: Replace Your Air Suspension With Another Air Suspension
These days, you have plenty of options for replacing your air suspension with another, similar air suspension.
Whether you go to the dealership or look for aftermarket parts from a third-party vendor, it is certainly possible to replace all of the components in your air suspension.
The advantage of this option is that you get to keep your air ride. However, there are two main disadvantages.
The first is cost. By the time your car is ready for a new suspension, it will have decreased in value significantly. A new air suspension will run you close to $4,000, likely more when extra labor is figured in.
The second disadvantage is that you’re replacing a system that is busted with one that you know will break down in the same amount of time or even less, depending on the quality of the product.
While it may be nice to keep that air ride feel, you’re setting yourself up for future repairs once again.
Option 3: Convert (and Save!)
If you’re tired of always dealing with air suspension issues and want to save some money, a conversion kit might be the answer. These kits allow Lexus GX 470 owners to ditch that air suspension in favor of sturdy, reliable coilover struts.
You can convert all four wheels of your Lexus to coilovers for less than $700!
The beauty in these systems is in the simplicity. Air suspensions employ more than a dozen components including many moving parts and computers. These suspensions use simple mechanical resistance to get the job done.
Strutmasters has gone to great lengths to ensure that the ride quality is similar to that of your original air suspension. The springs are carefully rated and the shocks are obsessively tuned to be the perfect fit for the GX 470.
Best of all, the conversion kit comes with a Lifetime Limted Guarantee. That means that you can rest assured knowing that your suspension is going to last.
If you think converting your Lexus is the way to go, give one of our suspension experts a call at (866) 360-7558 or go ahead and buy the kit from our website! Customer service is here to help.