1992 Lexus LS 400 4.0 32 Valve V8 from North America


Japanese reliability!


I have owned this car for one year.

When I purchased the car the only thing that didn't function was the display for the heater and clock was not functioning. Apparently a known issue with 90-92's.

For the first year I owned it the only maintenance I paid for was regular oil changes. A few months after that I started to get a power steering leak, just a $2.85 hose and $150 for labor.

Around the same time my A/C stopped functioning. The A/C compressor seized, and the dealer tells me it will run about $1500-$2500 for parts and labour. I have not bothered to get that fixed yet.

General Comments:

For a car with over 300,000 KM's it still runs like a brand new car. My goal is to hit atleast 500,000 KM. I bought the car with 292,000 KM for $13,000 + tax Cnd.

The car has great power for a 92, 0-60 Mph in high 7's-low 8's, and even with a V8 still gets respectable gas mileage. It has an 80 liter tank, and I seem to at times get as much as 750-800km out of a tank (highway). For anyone looking to buy a new car in the 15-25 thousand range, why not consider a early-mid 90's Lexus?

The only problem I have with Lexus is the fact that I am 19 years old and whenever I go into the Lexus dealership (Halifax, NS) I get terrible treatment. Their basic oil change costs $79.99, and when I ask them what the difference is between getting an oil change in an LS 400 and a Toyota Avalon, they told me nothing except they give you a car to use and they clean your car when it's a Lexus. Yet every time I have had it in for an oil change neither have I been offered a car to use nor have they ever cleaned my car. I assume the fact is because I'm so young. So I started taking my car to the local Toyota Dealership and getting the same oil change for $24.99.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th August, 2002

4th Sep 2002, 15:04

Nice comment page. I see you're only 19 and I had some questions about the car and would like them to be answered from someone my own age. I'm 18 and I'm looking for the car because it has the standards I want (I drive a Cadillac right now, so I'm used to a lot of luxury) but something reliable and with a better/non-american name. Do you get made fun of at all for being so young and driving such a big car?! Also, would you recommend the car to younger drivers? Thanks for your answers.



Lake Forest, IL.

1992 Lexus LS 400 Petrol from Australia and New Zealand


Low cost comfort and anonymity


Power steering seal.

Clock and temperature readout.

Both fixed under the Lexus warranty which came with the car.

General Comments:

I purchased the car from a Lexus dealer and it came with a 3 year Lexus warranty. The warranty issues have been carried out with no quibbles, even though the temperature screen cost A$800. Apart from failure of the original battery, these have been the only faults. The car deals extremely well with the diabolical road surfaces we have in Australia. It is no sports car, but just eats up the miles on long journeys. The seats are a little hard, but the leather shows no signs of wear or scuffing. I get 15 litres per 100kms on city driving and 10 litres per 100 kms on longish journeys. That is between 20 and 30 mpg for the decimally challenged! There are no squeaks and rattles even though I drive over unsealed roads from time to time. Leg room in the back is a little tight for taller passengers. Overall one of the best cars I have owned, I would not hesitate to recommend one to any potential purchaser.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd May, 2002