1998 Lexus LS 400 4.0 V8 from North America


Best car I've ever owned



General Comments:

This is my second Lexus - wife owns a 2002 RX300. The 1998 LS400 is hands down a significantly better car than the 2002 RX even though it is 4 years older and has 40,000 more miles.

Still quiet with 90,000 miles and have never had any issues as of yet.

Next purchase this summer - 2004 or 2005 LS430 - I love this car that much. Probably will never buy anything else (outside of the Lexus family) unless I just had money to burn as the reliability is the best with Lexus versus BMW or Mercedes.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th May, 2007

1998 Lexus LS 400 4.0 DOCH V8 from North America


Practical Luxury


At this time, Rotors need to be cut, and hood shocks need to be replaced. Both very minor things.

At 98k miles, I expect work out brakes, rotors, maybe a bulb or two, engine mounts or any other rubber part. This car needed a Tranny mount changed which cost $90 with a new part. All this is OK in my book.

General Comments:

Prior to this I had a 1992 Mercedes 500SEL (S500). It was my first MB at the age of 27 and I loved it.

That car was just amazing. Good power, amazing handling for such a heavy car (4800lbs) and amazing comfort. Road stability. But it wasn't too reliable, as things broke down often, some minor some not. I got fed up fixing it at $400 a pop and sold it.

I needed a reliable car that had 300 HP, Back wheel drive and a nice comfy interior.

LS 400 came to mind and I found a 98 model for a good price. Haven't looked back ever since.

This one had options like Xenon lights, Heated Seats, Wood trim steering wheel, VSC.

Only option missing is Mark Levinson Sound system, Navigation and Air Ride (lucky not to have one).

Car is comfy, not MB comfy, but nice. Its not as silent inside as the MB was, but still OK. Sound system is also not bad for a stock system.

Acceleration is amazing for such a small motor, and 5-speed gearbox is also well matched. Climate control works like a dream and the dash layout is truly welcoming every time I get in it.

My only gripe with this car is that it feels very light and lacks any feedback through steering, or brakes for that matter. Car has absolutely no fun factor whatsoever.

Aside from that, I got 27mpg with 4 people in the car on a 700 mile trip, and I get 17-19 mpg in the city NYC driving. Coming from a 290HP v8 I think those numbers are commendable. Most of the car looks like an large Camry, but the front of the car is more distinctive and does look striking.

I am glad knowing I have a car parked outside that will take me to another coast if I wish so in good comfort and reliability. And that is some peace of mind.

My next car will be a BMW 540-6-speed or 740i Sport. GS430 is not out of the question.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th January, 2007

1998 Lexus LS 400 4.0 1UZ-FE from North America


One of the finest cars on the road


Original serpentine belt started to make noise at 135,000 miles (my fault for not replacing it earlier).

Had to have the front rotors turned at 140,000.

General Comments:

The LS400 is in my opinion one of the finest cars in the world. I picked mine up back in early 2004 with 120,000, it looked great and had all of the options you could possibly want including air suspension.

The car is amazingly quiet with little road noise or wind noise.

The LS400's 4.0 liter is very quick off the line and has plenty of passing power.

Braking is amazingly strong for such a large car.

Handling is good, but not sporty, body lean is evident, but TEMS (Toyota Electronically Modulated Suspension) helps that a bit.

The Interior is laid out nicely and is of very high quality materials, the instrument cluster is very clear and easy to read, and radio and climate controls work well. The leather is durable and very soft at the same time.

Overall this is one great car, this was my second LS400 and I am now Hooked on Lexus.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st December, 2005