1998 Lexus LS 400 4.0


Nice to drive, expensive to own


- Front upper control arms.

- Brake master cylinder.

- Front discs and pads.

- Starter motor.

- Timing belt.

- Master key.

- Door actuator.

- Rear upper control arms.

- Rear broken spring.

- A/C compressor.

General Comments:

A lot of wear and tear, and it's not so easy to fix this car. Especially in Finland, where this car is extremely rare, particularly the facelift version I have.

Service costs are really high, because of the work involved.

The car itself is really nice, relaxing to drive, and has lot of power when needed.

In the winter the car is extremely tricky, no grip at all, and the rear can step out even with the traction control and VSC on.

Much nicer to drive in the summer, when there is grip available.

I like the car, but there are things that I am not too happy about, especially the location of the starter motor and the fact that engine has a timing belt. Fixing these issues costs a lot of money.

I have also had problems with the alarm, keys and locks.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 29th May, 2013

2002 Lexus LS 430 President Line


A great used luxury car pick!


O2 (lambda) sensor failed.

Front parking sensor failed.

Steering wheel height adjustment motor failed.

Mirror folding is acting up occasionally in cold weather.

Door locks are sometimes noisy in cold weather.

General Comments:

A true car of superlatives! Some observations:

- The quietest and most comfortable car I have ever sat in almost every way imaginable.

- By far the best AC system I've ever experienced. I've never seen a system that keeps the windows clear, even in automatic mode, during Finnish winters.

- Incredible highway performance. The adaptive electronic throttle makes it feel like a 400 hp car during light-throttle, high-speed maneuvers.

There are small touches in the car that speak of careful engineering everywhere, which I really appreciate, such as slowly and graciously dimming puddle lamps, subtle amber ambient lighting, windshield wiper blade parking area water heater, lowest-in-class drag coefficient (0.25), and velvet cushions between the front seats and the center console.

The air suspension soaks up bumps beautifully, and there is almost no shudder or rebound, even in the sharpest of bumps.

The ultra reliable 3UZ-FE V8 engine is not only incredibly reliable and surprisingly economical, but also whisper-quiet. The only noise you'll ever hear of the engine is a pleasant rumble during hard acceleration.

The car is very reliable and well built! At nearly ten years old, it's still running like new.

The powerplant + transmission combination is by far the best I've ever experienced.

The heated + cooled front seats are excellent.

Mark Levinson audio sounds fantastic. Aftermarket iPod integration is a breeze thanks to Vaistech.

Factory sunroof is virtually wind noise free at speeds up to 60 mph.

HID low beams are amazing!

The navigation system is very easy to use and useful, despite its age.

There is always room for improvement, however. The styling is understated, bland even. The center steering feel is a bit vague at high speeds, and the high profile makes the car sensitive to crosswinds. Traction and stability control system is not up-to-par with best European rivals, such as Mercedes and BMW. A two ton rear wheel drive car is not the best choice for careless winter driving.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th February, 2012

21st Nov 2012, 12:51

What an articulate and informative review!

I have a GS 300, which has just passed 400,000 kms and is still going strong :)

I am looking for a little more legroom and power, and even more refinement.

It sounds like the LS 430 ticks all the right boxes; I especially appreciate your comments about Winter, as I live in your neighbouring country Sweden.

Hope all Lexus owners reach my mileage (or more!), and are as satisfied as I have been; best luxury car I have owned!