"Have owned seven years with no problems and 22 mpg city/29 hwy...was over $60K new. This is one incredible vehicle and they sell OVER KBB blue book with good reason.
This car received Consumer Reports top rating of any car ever tested and any dealer will tell you of these the two best years are 1998 and 2004.
If you find a nice clean one, don't quibble, buy it!!!"
"I've owned my Lexus LS400 now for 12 years - mostly due to not finding anything that I love more - it runs excellent, has never had any major mechanical problems, still rides comfortably and quiet, and the beige/gold exterior still looks great - most people think it's a much newer car. In terms of value and luxury, it truly has been the best purchase I've made yet."
"We bought our 1995 Lexus LS-400 with 140000mi and it now has over 190000. I've known them to go for ever if you take care of them. It is the smoothest car ever. No bumps, horsepower deluxe, good looking and does 30+mgp all at the same time. Had to replace the struts on the front and the hood but other than that it's been the best car. I would definatly recommend this car."
"I have had this car for over 3 years and this 13 year old car is better than the brand new car I leased before it. I have the 1995 LS and couldn't be happier. The only problems I have encountered have been minor and have been my fault. I left it sitting un-started, on an incline, in the freezing New England weather for about 4 months, so it was understandable that the breaks had a serious squeak and groan to them when I started to drive it again, but that quickly wore off and she's my fantastic beauty once again. I plan on driving this car until it won't go anymore, so I guess I'll be driving it until I'm ready to be buried, it's always so good to me."
"I'm a small-time used car dealer that can drive any car I want and I choose the LS400 over any other car out there - more expensive or not. You can't do any better, regardless of price. The quality, fit, finish are impeccable - I like perfection! These cars don't cost that much to work on which differs from what most think.....if there ever need it. I've seen them with 300K miles purring like a kitten. Be sure and get one that has the HID headlight system if you can, makes a big difference. Don't really notice that much difference with the Nakamichi sound system though. Good luck on your hunt for the best."
"Just inherited a 1996 LS from my father with 205k miles. He bought it off-lease from the wife of an ACC basketball coach who received a new car every year. We've had this vehicle from mile 6k to mile 205k. With standard preventative maintenance, premium fuel, and timing belt changes, we've had to replace only lightbulbs. The hood and trunk lifts gave out long ago, but otherwise, everything runs like day one. This is an amazing vehicle. Without using hyperbole, I've been asked twice if I would sell it in the parking lot. Granted, when I inherited it, I went to town on the pearl white paint with a rotary buffer and she's been garaged day and night since day one. Buy without hesitation. Bad gas mileage (right around 15.5 around town, 22 on the highway), but the peace of mind makes it worthwhile. Especially given that you can pick one of these up now for about $7k in prime condition."
"I bought this 97 LS400 in 2000 with 28k miles. Simce then it has run with very few repairs. Normal maintenance is a little expensive. This is an awesome car, the best I have ever owned by far. I just leased a 2007 BMW 750Li and I think I prefer the lexus ride."
Pros: "Reliable, Comfortable, Roomy, Body holds up well"
Cons: "gas mileage is about 20MPG; it is heavy"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"This car is very comfortable to drive. The engine lasts - I use a full synthetic with Lucas Oil Stabilizer and it still purrs at 266000 miles. The only issue I have had was the alternator and the power steering pump. This car is an excellent buy and I would highly recommend buying one. I may have to sell mine since I am commuting to work and I would like to get over 30 MPG, but I am certainly not going to part with it for $4500. Maybe $6000, but not at the prices quoted here."
Pros: "Comfort, ride, roomey interior, great sound system"
Cons: "Pricey as a new car."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"Purchased used in 2002 at 7 years old so it has also been a GREAT VALUE. I maintained it well and it has has been very reliable and a pleasure to own. Appearance of interior and exterior still looks like it is only a few years old."
"I've had this car for 11 of its 13 years, and it has been nothing but dependable and solid.
Drives like a dream, smooth, comfortable. My 90 year mother loves to go for road trips with me in it, and I have never been stiff or uncomfortable on long drives.
It has 206,000 miles on it, and all original major parts. I just now am having things like the radiator and alternator replaced, after all these miles and years! It has been a tank that has been nothing but good, dependable and powerful. 1998 must have been an stellar year for Lexus! I love my Lexus LS 400!"
"I like this car better than any new car I've ever seen! It's a heavier car, but to me that means I'm protected better in case of an accident! I love the body style and the interior. It will hold 5 people comfortably...love the roominess...."
"car has 176000 miles. I've owned it for 8 years. only had to do regular services to keep the car on the road. If your tired of your technician spending more time with your vehicle than you, then consider one of these. 4 liter v8 getting 22-25 mpg on highway 15-20 in the city."
"I'm absolutely sold on Lexus after purchasing a used '98 LS400. Bought it in 2003 and have been exceptionally pleased with everything about it. Extremely smooth, quiet ride. I think a lot of folks would be surprised by the punch it has when you get your foot into it. That said, good mileage for a heavy V8 (25 / hwy). Quality fit & finish. Still looks great and runs like a top. I absolutely love this car and plan on keeping it until it just won't go anymore. I have a feeling that's many years down the road.
By the way, "Lexus Certified Used Car Warranty" is very extensive. Local Lexus Service Center is top notch. Yeah, the service is a bit pricey, however, this car is 11 years old and runs like new. Just as important, you're genuinely treated like a valued customer."
"I give God the glory for such wonderful car, this car is wonderful and no major problems at all. It still drives great and looks great too. The car is twelve years old but I get so many compliments on it and even people asking to buy it from me. I will not sell it but I will upgrade to the LS430 but will still hold on to the LS400. Lexus are excellent vehicles. If you do not own one, get one and you will be glad you did."
"This is by far the most luxurious car I have ever owned. Including BMW 740IL, and Lincoln Continental, Mercedes Sedan. Owned it for 10 years and I'm sure its good for 10 more. No more than a few minor problems early on with this one. Oil change every 3000 to 5000 miles. Yearly tune ups. Garaged and treated with love and respect!"
"Bought my 1992 Lexus LS400 as a total loss vehicle with 90000 miles. Insurance didnt want to fix a 1992 Lexus with little front end damage. I had it fixed and the car runs and looks like new.
It is without a doubt the finest car I have ever driven."