1991 Lexus LS 400 4.0L V8 from North America


The Best Luxury Sedan In The World!


The Hood Struts no longer hold the hood up on their own.

The Antenna for the stereo no longer raises or lowers, it just makes noise.

General Comments:

This car is the perfect every day car. It has an almost perfect blend of comfort, power and performance. The 250hp V8 never seems to be down on power. Most large sedans have way more than 250 horses these days, but this car makes the most of it and it feels more than adequate. When you step on the gas, the car inhales and just throws itself down the road like a rock down a well.

If you focus on engine alone you might just think you are a match for every sports car out there. That is until you need to negotiate corners. Once the car takes a set, it's fine, but getting it to settle down and take a set takes the edge off of the driving experience. Upgrading the spring/shock combo will work wonders for this car as it was set up to be first and foremost a luxury cruiser.

Every material on the car is of the highest quality as evidenced by how good most of them look after 15+ years.

I thought that my Mercedes 300E was the best car I've ever owned until this one. They both have different character and they both have tons of soul. The Mercedes is more performance oriented than the Lexus, but the Lexus is a do-all wonder that cannot be matched on the used car market (in my opinion).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th January, 2007

1991 Lexus LS 400 from North America


The essence of quality


At 485,000 miles this Lexus has been tested.

Problems over the 11 years of ownership:

1. Power steering pump leaking badly at 95,000 miles.

2. A 'faint' engine 'miss' between 40 to 45 mph at time of purchase. The torque converter was replaced years later and the problem disappeared. Endless tune up parts were replaced to remedy this problem earlier, but nothing helped until the torque converter was replaced.

3. A/C not holding freon at 68,000 miles (time of purchase). After endless leak tests the system STILL will not hold freon over three months. This could be the expansion valve leaking under the dash.

4. Serious road noise (transfer noise from tires into the interior). It's still not as quiet as it should be in my opinion. Many brands of tires have been tried over the years.

5. The Pioneer radio has been replaced or rebuilt many times. Lights that constantly blow out, tape not working or volume control problems that still occur to date.

6. Antenna mast replacement, at least three different times. It binds itself and finally quits.

7. LED A/C control head unreadable after 150,000 miles. I was told heat caused the problem. The replacement head works fine to date.

8. Coolant recovery bottle cracking and leaking at brass connection.

9. Drivers side retractable seat back 'ROD' stripped and had to be replaced.

General Comments:

Quite possibly the most reliable automobile ever built, regardless of the minor problems mentioned.

Overall material quality is remarkable and well engineered.

Extremely well handling, smooth and stable at speeds over 100 mph, designed for speeds exceeding 140 mph.

The engine was derived from Toyota's own racing V8. Possibly the finest engineered motor on the market and ultra reliable.

Well thought out in every detail.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd January, 2007

1991 Lexus LS 400 4.0L - V8 from North America


No other car is so close to be perfect!


Nothing. I would actually, honestly expect at least something to go wrong on so old car with so many miles, I never had better car even though most of my previous cars (before I purchased my first Lexus) were younger. Car is unbelievably reliable.

Some would ask... how many parts have You replaced? Not a single one of them.

General Comments:

Vehicle is worth every penny and more. It is just great. It practically never breaks. Engine, transmission and whole drive train is simply "bulletproof"

Thing such as window regulators, switches or other frequently used mechanisms should eventually go wrong over time. NOT ON THE LEXUS! I have owned at least 7 Lexus's in the past and I don't think I will ever want another car. You got much more for Your money than You would ever expect.

Many thinks that Lexus style is to conservative. Mercedes, Audi or BMW might look more modern, but it doesn't even comes close to Lexus's reliability, price and overall quality.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th November, 2005

10th Nov 2005, 13:48

I have a 91 Lexus LS400 and I have to agree. I call it a "Trooper" because it's reliable and tough like a trooper or tank. It lets me know when it needs some attention, but will endure the stretch, without rebellion until I can have her properly serviced. This is my first Lexus and I bought it with a 109,000 miles. There is an 80-90% chance my new car will be the new GS or other Lexus model.