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.