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1996 Lexus LS 400 from North America

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 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 acquired108350 miles
Most recent distance108800 miles
Previous carHonda Accord

Summary:

One of the best cars ever built!

Faults:

I've owned the car for nine months now and nothing has gone wrong with it.

General Comments:

This is by far the best car I've ever owned. I've owned 2 Chevy Camaros (1976 & 1982), 1982 Toyota Celica, 1987 Mercury Grand Marquis, and a 1998 Honda Accord LX. None of those cars can compare to the LS400. It excels in every category.

It's extremely comfortable, it rides beautifully, it handles great, it has an awesome stock stereo, it's FAST, and it's gorgeous, inside and out.

This is an extremely reliable car. I've heard of a guy who still has his and there's over 400,000 miles on it and it still runs great. If you take care of this car, you'll have it for many, many years, I highly recommend this car. I love it!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th April, 2009

1996 Lexus LS 400 from North America

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired178000 miles
Most recent distance182000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Suburban

Summary:

Magnificent, bargain buster! GREAT car!

Faults:

Fuel pump went out at 181k.

General Comments:

Swe-e-e-et, sweet car. This is simply one of the best bargains on the road.

This Lexus lives up to their reputation. It is silky smooth on the road. The transmission and engine are so quiet and smooth. It is amazing how it goes through the gears so smoothly. Did I mention yet that this car is smooth?

The acceleration is exhilaration. It's amazing how fast you can go in such little time. I love the understated growl from the 32 cam, 8 cylinder engine when you really gun it. You are not going to take corners like a sports car, but that's not why I purchased this car anyway.

I could only afford a used car and I wanted a car with bells and whistles, that was roomy, that was fast, and that was reliable. A Lexus fit the bill. OK, here were my choices at one point: a newer Honda Accord/Toyota Corolla, etc. for $6k or an older Lexus for $6k. NO BRAINER!

I rarely drive with cruise control anymore, just because this car is so much fun to drive with complete control of the throttle and because it is so comfortable.

The ride is so comfortable. I love the room and the leather seats. This is the first car I've driven where my back doesn't ache on long trips. One of the first trips we took in it was a 12-hour straight drive.

I'm surprised at how much I can pack into the trunk.

I love the Nakamichi stereo with subwoofer. It really responds well to whatever genre of music I'm listening to, and I listen to instrumental classical, choral classical, instrumental and vocal jazz, and rock.

I love this car's looks. I think it is one of the better looking model years. Everyone who asks me is completely blown away that this car is 11 years old. They all think it is new. (Yeah, right... like I can afford a new Lexus?)

It is an incredible bargain, though. I paid $6500 for mine. Many with 20k to 40k less miles than mine were not selling for that much more. Most owners of these cars take good care of them. So buying a high mileage Lexus is not a big deal. Especially when you know that in all likelihood these are good for probably upwards of 500k with regular maintenance.

Yes, repairs and maintenance at a dealer can be pricey. It would do you well to ask other Lexus owners where they have their car serviced. I found one that used to work for Toyota and Lexus for many years. He obviously knows his stuff about them and doesn't charge dealer rates.

My only beef with the car is that the range for the remote entrance is somewhat limited to only about 25 feet tops. Sometimes it doesn't pick up unless I'm closer. I think that sometimes temperature and angle to the car have some bearing on that.

To conclude, I would absolutely buy another Lexus. The quality and level of engineering is superlative. We also own a Toyota Matrix. These cars are just going to last us forever. I just love my LS400. I love it's acceleration, handling, silky smooth drive train, looks, room, and comfort. I look for any excuse to drive this car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd March, 2008

Average review marks: 9.2 / 10, based on 15 reviews