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1992 Lexus LS 400 4.0L V8 Quad Cam 32V from Kuwait

Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 4.0L V8 Quad Cam 32V Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired187000 miles
Most recent distance189000 miles
Previous carMercedes-Benz 280ce

Summary:

A very good looking, quick, roomy bruiser!

Faults:

Steering rack leakage, had to replace with a used one (not avaidable from the agent), but did buy a repair kit to change all the seals. Now perfect.

A couple of light bulbs.

General Comments:

I brought the car knowing a few things needed doing;

Power steering pump, had it replaced with a used one. I also replace the drive belt, though I didn't need to, I thought it best, the power steering is now excellent.

Front suspension knock, had it checked, needs front bushes, top and bottom sets both sides. Will replace.

Gearbox mounting worn, replaced.

And a few other things, small holes in both headlights, cracked windscreen and a broken aerial.

Well, I knew most of this when I brought it along with the fact that it has covered some 187,000 miles.

Luckily I have a very good friend, who is also a very good mechanic. It helps!

The car, what can I say, even with all this, just superb! And I don't like Japanese cars as a rule, but the Lexus is different!

An American import with full options, and they all work!

A very good looking, quick, roomy bruiser!

A classic car, if not now, certainly later.

Both engine and transmission, excellent.

The car handling in sport mode is one of the the best I've driven.

The interior is very well fitted, though the seats could be more comfortable.

With traction control along with the assisted braking system, even in heavy rain, both stable and reassuring.

I've owned Mercedes, Fords, Jaguars and like this Lexus they are all about the same age, 1992.

It's still early, and there is some more work to do, which will be done.

But, when I've driven it for a few more months, I'll write again.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th April, 2002

1992 Lexus LS 400 4.0 L V-8 from North America

Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership1995
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 4.0 L V-8 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.6 / 10
Distance when acquired24000 miles
Most recent distance67900 miles
Previous carBuick Park Avenue

Summary:

A world class car with unbeatable reliability

Faults:

The car has performed flawlessly. I did have the rear shocks replaced, but that resulted from the poor roads in my area. Also, the LCD screen for the heater controls began to leak, and was replaced for $400.

General Comments:

The car is simply wonderful, with bulletproof reliability. This car looks as good as any new model out there. Although the leather is somewhat lacking, it is still very comfortable.

I loved this car so much, I bought another LS400, a 1998. But, I still think this one is the looker of the lot. This car's performance is simply outstanding!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th July, 2001

4th Aug 2001, 23:02

Just bought a 1992 LS 400, looks like I have a lot to look forward to!

14th Aug 2001, 13:50

We just bought a '92 LS 400 2... and it drives like a queen... but the time and temperature LCD display on ours is messed up... besides that... everything is perfect...

Also, the extra tire in the trunk is a full size and extends all the way to the back... so there is no room for a SubWoofer box.

2nd Apr 2003, 19:16

I've owned my '92 LS400 since '98 and I can honestly say that I've had absolutely nothing going wrong with it.

Best car I've ever owned! I will replace it with a newer model LS400, I don't care too much about the design of the new LS430.

The thing is it runs so well that it may never break down... but not to worry one can't get bored with it!

11th May 2003, 21:43

I am the second owner of a '98 LS400 bought from the local dealer after having been returned when a lease expired. The built-in K-40 front and rear radar detectors helped to sell me. Previously I had only bought M-B (new), but the unpleasantness of dealer service caused me to abandon the make. Incidentally, Benz offers only a 1 year warranty on its certified used cars; Lexus gives 3 years, 100,000 miles.

That says a lot about what the manufacturers think about their own products. The longer I own the Lexus, the more I like it. All Benzes have relatively precise and crisp handling. Lexus notably lacks this, as many have stated in the various reviews. I increased the tire inflation pressure to 33 lb./sq. in. and noticed marked improvement.

1992 Lexus LS 400 4.0 V8 32V Quad-Cam from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership1994
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 4.0 V8 32V Quad-Cam Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.8 / 10
Distance when acquired21000 miles
Most recent distance172000 miles
Previous carHonda Accord

Summary:

Excellent luxury barge that will last forever

Faults:

None - still on the original exhaust.

General Comments:

The car has now covered 172,000 miles without a single blown light-bulb.

To my knowledge it is the only car to do so. Even a used car from Lexus comes with a three year warranty. If they trust them themselves that much there shouldnt be anything to worry about. It makes me wonder if other Toyotas will last as long.

If I ever bother changing this car it will be for another LS400.

Not broken down once, superb engine and gearbox - the best in the business.

Considering it is a 4.0 V8 I still get an average of 28mpg.

Highly recommended to anyone.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th June, 2001

22nd Dec 2003, 18:13

The exhaust systems on the LS400 are made of stainless steel... supposedly never requiring replacement!

Average review marks: 8.4 / 10, based on 18 reviews