1990 Lexus Ls 400
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1990 Lexus LS400

by from Hayward, Ca on January 12, 2014

I bought the car when it was 10 years old. Engine never gave me any problems. I was surprised it took me out of town fine. Thinking back now, all day driving doing security work (100's of miles). Espe...
I bought the car when it was 10 years old. Engine never gave me any problems. I was surprised it took me out of town fine. Thinking back now, all day driving doing security work (100's of miles). Especially for an old car. But I bought it from a dealership who maintained and repaired vehicle (assuming it did). So unfair criticism. I wasn't the first owner so I shouldn't speak about its dependability. Previous owners say alot. However owner doesn't say dependability, exmination and what's reality says its dependability. Maybe it was repaired during the time before me. Oil stains were in the bottom. Probable from leaking hoses. I common thing in any car. Suspension was suspectable. A dangerous car in the rain. It skids. So very dangerous in the rain. Safe (6.0) in crash due to heavy chiseled metal. Personally, I never felt comfortable driving the car. One of the major reason is because it was 10 years, 135K miles. Brakes had alot of problems. My mother crashed the car. Tires were changed when they didn't need to be. Alignment was done. Light's kept on blowing out. I didn't know the History. I wasn't a mechanic. So when I opened the hood I didn't see anything. When I test drove the vehicle I didn't feel anything. I already knew about car problems, my father fixes his truck all the time. Basically I made a risky choice. A desperate one because it was the only place that would finance me. Compared to other cars, to me the exterior design was sharp and bright. Interior was clean and sharp. I had an eye for this. I heard Lexus put "alota time" in designing the car. Kudo's for the hard work. The reason why I wouldn't recommend this vehicle to a friend because its 2014. The vehicle is a 1990. So it would be a 24 year old vehicle. My recommendation is eliminate from buying a car you don't know because its expensive and too complicating to deal with. Just keep your car and drive. A car isn't a buying and selling thing because its like open heart surgery. You don't know the things people will dump into it. Especially when its an engineering mess.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does not recommend this car

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Very Nice Car For The Money

by from Merced , Ca on September 1, 2011

I got this car for my son's graduation present, this car is superb. The only down side this car have is that it get not so good gas mileage in the city but on the freeway we get about 400 miles per ta...
I got this car for my son's graduation present, this car is superb. The only down side this car have is that it get not so good gas mileage in the city but on the freeway we get about 400 miles per tank so that's not too bad. Pearl white is a timeless color to get, there are only 2 things wrong with this car at this time, 1. a/c is not cold, maybe a leak somewhere 2. a clunk noise in the front right of car when we go over rough road. 3. that's all, everything else is super 4. currently 8/01/2011 it got 204500 miles
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car!!

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Incredible Car

by from Long Island, New York on February 18, 2009

I have owned my black LS-400 for 19 years since new. I can't give up on the car since it is so wonderful. The original bulbs (except headlamps) are still working! 131,000 miles and feels better than m...
I have owned my black LS-400 for 19 years since new. I can't give up on the car since it is so wonderful. The original bulbs (except headlamps) are still working! 131,000 miles and feels better than most modern cars. Everything still works! Replaced timing belt and water pump, a/c compressor and will need a power steering pump some day...not bad!
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Purchased a new car

Uses car for Transporting family

Does recommend this car!!

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One Of The Most Reliable 90's Luxury Vehicles

by from Portage, WI on November 20, 2006

When your buying a Lexus, your buying more than just a beautiful name and great looking car. You're buying Reliablilty, these cars had little to no problems back in there day. Obviously somebody did ...
When your buying a Lexus, your buying more than just a beautiful name and great looking car. You're buying Reliablilty, these cars had little to no problems back in there day. Obviously somebody did something right. The point I am trying to get through your head is that The LS400 was one of the most beautiful and luxurious cars of the 90's. I am sad to see that Lexus pass the car off and came out with yet another beautiful car the LS460 it's just as nice but it is not as conservative. I hope that any interested buyers looking for a nice used car have the LS400 on top of there list. Its Great.
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Does recommend this car!!

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Beautiful Engineering From Of Course Lexus

by from Portage, WI on November 17, 2006

Most people probably thoght back in 1990 that the Lexus LS400 would'nt sell. Lexus seemed to have mastered that. back then there really was no other car like the LS400, some people complained that the...
Most people probably thoght back in 1990 that the Lexus LS400 would'nt sell. Lexus seemed to have mastered that. back then there really was no other car like the LS400, some people complained that the Mercedes Benz looked similar, they make look similar but Lexus is the overall winner over the two.
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Purchased a used car

Does recommend this car!!

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Pedestrian Excellence

by from Kendall, NY on June 17, 2009

I have owned two LS400s. I still own a BMWE34 and a Mercedes W116 alongside both experiences with the Lexus. The Lexus executes its tasks with unruffled competence. Its engine is world-class smooth an...
I have owned two LS400s. I still own a BMWE34 and a Mercedes W116 alongside both experiences with the Lexus. The Lexus executes its tasks with unruffled competence. Its engine is world-class smooth and economical. But it nonetheless reminds me of the drop-dead gorgeous creature at the party who turns out to have nothing new to say. The Lexus is not reaching for new territory, it seeks only to meet the standards of others. Dump it into a corner, and compromises are apparent in its sodden response. Wax the exterior, and you can't help but feeling like you are waxing the washing machine, it is an appliance. A competent appliance. It is a perfect car for people who want competence. It would be a disappointment for anyone who wants to experience the effort of a manufacturer to expand the envelope of automotive performance. Colin (there is a caveat here: I work on all of my cars exclusively. I admire the Toyota engineers for beautifully intelligent engineering. But lawdy is it complex and I do not doubt that half of Lexus repair budgets are being blown on confused mechanics efforts. If you must pay others to maintain and work on your car, find a good smart mechanic. These are stunningly reliable cars until they get screwed up)
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car!!

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Lexus LS 400 is a Winner!

by from CA on May 11, 2017

Lexus LS 400 is a wonderful, reliable 4 door luxury sedan! Has tons of features I love, including leather seats, sunroof/moonroof, elegant wood trim, plenty of space to fit four adults comfortably, an...
Lexus LS 400 is a wonderful, reliable 4 door luxury sedan! Has tons of features I love, including leather seats, sunroof/moonroof, elegant wood trim, plenty of space to fit four adults comfortably, and a huge trunk to store groceries, luggage, etc. It drives super smooth, maneuvers well with a nice turn radius, has great acceleration, and fits into parking spots easily for a large size car. It's been surprisingly easy to afford & maintain, and great gas mileage for a V8! Overall, it is a very dependable, solid vehicle that will make you feel safe and comfrontable on the road and will last a lifetime. My LS 400 has 240 K miles and still running great!! Highly recommend the Lexus LS 400 to anyone!
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car!!

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Everything that you need from a great car

by from Chicago, IL. on May 3, 2017

Great Car! I purchased this car, with over a hundred thousand miles on it, over twelve years ago. During this time I have cared for my Mother, Grandmother and Great Aunt, rehabbed our family home, c...
Great Car! I purchased this car, with over a hundred thousand miles on it, over twelve years ago. During this time I have cared for my Mother, Grandmother and Great Aunt, rehabbed our family home, completed Graduate school, and gotten to work reliably with no worries. When I say rehabbed the family home, I mean I put couches, beds, bed frames, plywood, sheet rock and vinyl siding and countless etc., on top of the car and everything you could imagine in the car as well as the huge trunk. When done, all I do is apply turtle cleaner and wax and ride to big functions as the the car glosses through the evening and night air. When I say big functions, I mean high school and college reunions as well as large and well thought out church gatherings and anniversaries. My favorite thing about the car brings me to the last point that I will make here today: Maintenance and reliability makes this car a gem. That V8 engine is second to nothing. Believe me, that is something that I thought I would never say about another car or it's engine having owned a Toyota Camry(V6). However, I can certainly attest to the fact that it is remarkably powerful, durable, nimble, quiet, sporty, well built, well thought out, well designed and inexpensive to maintain. In fact, I have had virtually no mechanical issues with the car except for normal maintenance of the battery and alternator. Listen, a psychologist sold me this car. He is a great man and this is a proven great car that has added great value to both of our lives as well as to the lives of our families. If I may refer to a tenent offered by the great 100 Emmy winning Queen of public discourse, Oprah , 'Greatness [begins with] intention'. If that is the case, then the makers of this car clearly started out with the intention of making a great car that would come to win a distinction of it's own - the well earned distinction of a 'classic car'.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Transporting family

Does recommend this car!!

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