Volume Control Problems With Premiun Stereo System on Lexus LS430

Vehicles equipped with premium Mark Levinson stereo may experience no sound or volume that goes to maximum level by itself. An improved amplifier is available to rectify this problem.

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Average mileage: 99,727 (21,000–251,000)
6 model years affected: 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, more2005, 2006
44 people reported this problem
36 people shared problem details
2006 Lexus LS430106,000
No sound coming from stereo (factory default Mark Levinson system). The system controls all appear to be working except the volume control--doesn't display a current volume (no sound is coming out ) and neither turning the volume dial nor adjusting the steering volume control causes anything to happen.
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Mark Levison system,LS 430, Navigation shows all functions of the radio, on/off, am fm cd. In CD mode it shows time for song playing, but no sound. Six months ago if i turned the vol knob, the volume would come on full blast. Now it may be several minutes or hours that it will come on, but i must always turn the volume knob. Some times it plays, other times not. when not playing and i go to the sound screen there are no bars for fade, balance, or bass/treble/ midrange. While playing i do have the adjustable sound bars. Most of the time the radio does not play. The navigation and climate control functions work fine.
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i'VE HAD THE SAME PROBLEM WITH MY LS 430.. FIRST SPEAKERS ARE CRACKLING, THEN WHEN VOLUME GOES UP, THE RADIO CUTS OFF. IT WILL NOT PLAY FOR DAYS, THEN COMES ON ALL OF A SUDDEN...
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2005 Lexus LS43094,000
Volume stuck. Must turn vehicle off to "reset" volume working correctly.
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2001 Lexus LS43091,000
Sound crackles, hisses very loudly, then cuts out altogether. Just waiting for the amp to fry completely. Sometimes the crackles and hisses are at full volume, which is really jolting and irritating.
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Sound quit functioning.
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2003 Lexus LS43060,000
Amp just died, after a week of static and crackles that start happening randomly. Amp cant be repaired here in NZ, what a load of junk!
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2001 Lexus LS430140,000
First, rear speakers started buzz, then went off. The radio started intermittant on-off. Some times when it does come on it is full volume and cannot be adjusted. Looking for solution. Can I assume it is the amp in the rear panel?
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2004 Lexus LS430100,000
Amp stop working about 3 years ago replacement cost $800.
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2001 Lexus LS43060,000
Initially when I bought the car at 60,000 miles, the stereo sound would fade in and out, I would just turn the knob back and forth and it would fix it until I switched stations. Fast forward at 148,000 miles and it's everything described in everyone's feedback. The sound just recently started fading from low to loud blast, the speakers crackle when the radio is supposedly turned off. And the sound just fades out for quite a long time so I keep jiggling the controls so I can hear at least some of a song...so exasperating. Lexus probably knows what's wrong but want $110 to investigate it. At least my car's running (has knocking sound) I guess but still...
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screen shows audio off !
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2004 Lexus LS43095,000
Volume doesn't work
2006 Lexus LS43098,000
radio comes on but no sound. Cd's play but have no sound. Intermentent problems
2002 Lexus LS43021,000
About once a month on my Lexus SC430 the ML sound system has no audio but moving the volume control brings the level to full volume that blasts one out of the seat!
It blew out the speaker and has not been fixed
2003 Lexus LS430156,000
Not fixed yet
2003 Lexus LS430115,000
Radio will not have any sound on the back speakers when fader is on back speakers to use it fader must be all the way to up front speakers only take the fader to back at all and you hear sound and nothing and sound and nothing. the only way you can listen to radio at all is with fader all the way on front speakers Mark Livingston system.
2001 Lexus LS43080,000
No sound coming from stereo (factory default Mark Levinson system). The system controls all appear to be working except the volume control--doesn't display a current volume (no sound is coming out ) and neither turning the volume dial nor adjusting the steering volume control causes anything to happen
2001 Lexus LS43088,000
no sound from the stereo. The touch screen looks like the radio is on but the volume control does nothing.
2004 Lexus LS430150,000
I purchased this car in 2004 at Lexus of Silver Springs for over $58,000 and had a few settled problems and had them corrected. However, the one that really dissatisfied me the most was my Mark Levinson stereo. It just cut out one day. And now it only comes back on for about 30 seconds, makes a crackling sound and the goes back off. This process only repeats after you restart engine after awhile. I am very upset because I was told it was my amplifier and that cost for replacement is $800 rebuild or new $2000. I've own a S330 Mecedes ( no problems like this) and two other Lexus GS and ES.
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