1995 Lexus LS 400 4.0 litre V8 petrol from Australia and New Zealand
Superb, reliable, luxury vehicle
Recurrent problem when slowing down for tight cornering; the engine stalls.
Doesn't happen every time, but can stall pulling up to a stop sign, and it's annoying.
Otherwise utterly reliable.
I bought this car from a private vendor last year for $7250. It needed about $800 worth of panel beating, but the result was a beautiful and luxurious vehicle that I now take on a two-way 170 km journey each week, plus driving around town.
It is an ex-Singapore second-hand import.
The handling is not brilliant, but then again it's not a sports car. Power is more than adequate. Very quiet engine, road noise a bit intrusive, but my mechanic (I don't use the local Toyota dealership) says changing the tires will improve this significantly.
There is some wind noise, which I understand is common if the windscreen has had to be replaced.
Back seat leg room is amazing - best I've ever seen in a sedan - and though this comes at the expense of boot space, how often does one need all the boot space?
Sound system very good, and handy having the 6 disc changer in front of the passenger seat.
Not expensive to maintain; as I said earlier, I use a mechanic who loves Toyotas - when I first showed him the Lexus, he said "At last you've bought a real car."
Styling is a little dated, but hell, who cares - this is a classic.
I'm taking the vehicle in next week to get the fault I mentioned above fixed (hopefully). I hear electrical problems in these vehicles can be expensive.
I get up to 730 km from 70 litres, so good economy for a V8.
I realised my dream of owning a Lexus before age 50 (just!), and would recommend doing this to anyone. Used ones are incredible value for money. The 1UZ-FE V8 engines are legendary for reliability and quietness.
The person who sold me the vehicle had upgraded to a LS430, and I would probably do the same. His parents also owned a Lexus each.
I wouldn't hesitate to buy another one.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 26th August, 2011
The stalling problem you describe is very common in the 95/96 model, my 95 does the same thing. People have suggested that Lexus knows about the problem, but doesn't want to know, and that it may be an ECU problem. I have searched and searched the Internet, but cannot find a confirmed solution to this problem. It is so common with the 95/96 model, I don't see how Lexus cannot accept that it is a manufacturing fault and issue a recall. I have had my car stall, losing brakes and steering when coming up to a right angle corner with a large drop on the side. This is a safety issue.