"We bought a 1992 used Lexus in 1999 with about 64000 miles. It now has 184,500 miles and still runs like a champ. Very quiet and smooth ride. It probably will go another 100,000 miles with only minor tune-ups. Only drawback is rear wheel drive. Even with the traction control, it's not good in the Penna. winter weather. Would love to have a newer model car but hate to give up such a great running, smooth, solid car!"
"Got the car from a co-worker, he attempted the timing belt service by himself, messed up the timing. I retimed the car, and it is a joy to drive. 313,000 miles and still counting. Smooth ride with tons of merging power. A+++++"
"As the owner and operator of an independent Import repair shop I've seen and worked on a wide variety of vehicles. The generation 1 LS400 is IMHO the finest car ever made! The series II (1993 and 1994) are even better than the 90 t0 92 as 50+ improvements were made. (larger brakes being the most notable.) The engine is absolutely exquisite. Forged crankshaft and pistons in this all aluminum block 32 valve yield a silky smoothness that is unbelievable. At 4.0 L it is a rather smallish V8, however power is adequate and fuel economy is excellent (23-25mpg Hwy) Engine turns a lazy 2,000 RPM at 65MPH. All this translates to an engine that is routinely capable of lasting 500,000 miles.
Fit and finish is superb. This all steel welded body is not only ultra safe in an accident but also provides the QUIETEST ride of any car in the world. The doors close lake a bank vault.
One cannot go wrong with this car. If you can find one ...buy. Don't be afraid of paying a premium for an ultra nice one as it will last forever. Pay attention to timing belt service prior to purchase as it is pretty pricey to replace the required parts. ( T belt, T belt tension and idler pulleys, T belt tensioner, cam seals, crank seal and waterpump)
Now the bad:
(1) instrument cluster malfunction ( about $250.00 for a forever fix)
(2) Climate control display malfunction ( about a $200.00 forever fix)
(3) although very reliable, the air suspension repairs can be pricey ( buy one with standard suspension)"
"This has been by far the most reliable car I've ever owned. Very easy to work on if you do have any issues.. Lexus did such a great job on designing this vehicle inside and out.
Ride is very comfortable. The v8 1uz-fe and transmission are are a great match, seamless and a blast."
Cons: "NONE, 400O + POUNDS, V8 AND 25 MPG OR MORE HY-WAY."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I AM LOOKING FOR MORE OF THEM. THIS THING IS A TANK AND THE LOCAL LEXUS DEALERSHIP TECHNICIANS SAY BUY ONE IF YOU CAN FIND ONE. IT IS THE BEST LS400 EVER BUILT, 1994. BUY THE WAY I AM A FORD SERVICE MANAGER ..........."
"I bought my 1990 Lexus LS400 in 1995 with 48,000 miles on it. This car has been fantastic. Regular maintenance keeps this car running forever. I've also changed the front end bushings, idle control module, brakes and rotors, and tune ups. Oh, I almost forgot 3 timing belts and 1 water pump. It has 431,000 miles on it and is still running great. I highly reccommend this car."
"They were right when they called this model one of the five best cars ever built. 14 years old and drives better than most new cars! Like the previous review, my LS400 has never once broken down in the 5 years I have owned it. NOT ONE TIME!"
"Love this car! Purchased 17 year old vehicle with only 55,000 miles on it! Rides and handles like a dream. Comfortable, safe, and good looking, a lot of car for what we paid. Used as vacation vehicle. We have replaced brakes, tires, fuel filter, and recently the computer "brain". Has a power window"
"Absolute dream car...bought off the street from original owner with 122000...paint is like brand new looking....totally smooth ride at 80mph....I paid more than blue book but you can't find them. Waxed it twice the first two months!!"
Pros: "Just a rewarding vehicle to own and drive."
Cons: "dash lights failed on all early models"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I bought this car 11 years ago with 90,000 miles on the clock. It has been a pleasure to own, drive and maintain this well engineered vehicle. Lexus was truly a worthy competitor to Mercedes, BMW and Audi.
These vehicles may not have the absolute best handling, performance and panache of som of their competitors, but for everyday drivers, they are very rewarding in their reliability, comfort, fit and finish.
I now own a 2014 IS250 and RX350, and am equally pleased with each vehicle as I was with my very first LS400."
"Just bought my 93 lexus ls400 has 179k miles on it, yet still looks like a new car inside and out however there are a few noticeable problems such as the power steering, dashboard lights, white exhaust smoke, and stereo failure. When I make a turn, the car makes a whining knocking sound. I've been told it was in need of a power steering pump causing a leak, and that might also be a contribution to the white smoke emitting from the exhaust. The dashboard's LED needles are still lit, but seem to jump for no reason, while the dashboard's backlight fails to light. The stereo turns on, but doesn't emit any sound from the speakers. Is anyone else having these problems? Please let me know if you have any information that could be useful to fixing this beauty to her top shape and before I take her in to the Dealership and spend more than I should. Thank you!"
"i feel that the lexus ls400 is a good car,but when it time to fix any part its very expensive.example upper balljoints $450 each.............wow....good luck. P.S. be careful of swindlers the'll sell you a lemon"
"I love the looks and quality of this vehicle. Very comfortable and quiet. Gas mileage is not that great but I was not concerned about the best mileage. I was more concerned with power and comfort. I got both and more. It even has a volume knob to adjust the loudness of beeps when arming and disarming the factory alarm."
"Got it CPO as a lease return with 35K miles in 97, have put almost 400k more on with almost no problems. Still out accelerates anything else on the freeway without having to downshift. Smooth luxury power. Gets over 20 mpg in city."
"OMG I Love Lady I get great compliments on her still she is beautiful I am 3 owner brought her with 123,000 May 2010 came with winter tires on rims only had to put brakes on and oil changes will hold on to her for awhile I am told it will last years with proper up keep I hope so because I am enjoying her immensely"
Pros: "price, taxes, quality, power steering, power"
Cons: "gas? Trying to think of anything and it's hard"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"Once you own this Lexus you will never look for another car. They last forever and the quality is better then most cars built in 2012. The power, comfort, extras, quality of leather and sleek look make it one of the best automobiles ever made.
I searched for the right vehicle for five months. I chose right. The only thing to question is gas mileage and there are some obvious maintenance requirements. Every 100k, which is only about 1/3rd of the cars life, you need to get timing belt. The car is designed so even if it snaps engine will be okay.
The power steering pump also will leak after 15 years and 120k, the dash will have lighting issues, which is a $5 fix if your good with soldering iron. Take care of it and it will provide you will a wonderful experience.
Most people still think I have money because I have a nice new, big Lexus. Best of all you pay almost nothing in taxes as the listed value is $5000 range.
Finally two of my friends, one is over 60, went to Vegas and bought a 91 Lexus. They are in love."
"This vechical is black,with tan leather interior has 3 custom dvd screens,stereo and automatic start with proximaty sensors ,power tinted windows and custom rims with new tires. Very dependable , a real eyecatcher and roomy.Recently tunedup with new timing belt and oil change"
Cons: "expensive mantenience and parts. Labor expensive"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"The interiors are good and seats adjustable, what most I like is the power of the engine and commodities of luxuries. I will recommend this car because I enjoy driving it! this car works great! and on 2013 still original almost all the car no fixing problems only what I didn't like is the expensive maintenance and expensive labor to repair anything!"