2000 Lexus LS 4.0 V8 from North America
Cheapest, high quality used car ever! Has 217,000 miles now
111,000 miles: VSC light came on, radio stopped working.
Valve cover gasket started to leak.
Bought when it was 11 years old with over 100k miles because it was the cheapest safe car with vehicle stability control, brake assist, side airbags and HID headlights on the market.
About a month after we bought it, the VSC light came on and the radio quit AT THE SAME TIME. Dealer wanted $400 to the replace power amplifier as the 1st step in their diagnosis, paid a $40 diagnosis charge which later turned out to be wrong. I decided to invest in the factory repair manuals that cost $200. With the manuals I checked the power supply to the amplifier (blue/yellow), no power, traced it to JUNCTION CONNECTOR J4 behind the instrument cluster, opened it, cleaned and reconnected, the music came back and guess what, the VSC was fixed just by coincidence since one (red/black) of the wires in J4 feeds power to a VSC related component!
Do all scheduled maintenance yourself using the manuals, buy genuine parts online and you can keep the car in good condition at a very reasonable cost.
Except for above problems, the car has been fantastic. The engine runs smoothly, absolutely no leaks anywhere on the entire drive train, the ride is quiet, and the music is nice. Everything is working as it's supposed on day one. The 14 year old leather seats are still clean and soft, showing almost no wear. I like the simplicity of the interior layout and the classic look of the outside. The beauty of the car, in my eyes, is the quality of the material.
The V8 engine always gets 30+ miles/US gal on freeway, which is quite impressive for a 3890 lb. car that does 0-60 in 6.4 seconds.
This is not a sports car by any means, so no wonder some are disappointed when they compare its handling to BMW or Audi, but you'll find it comfortable on long trips. I don't drive often, but when I do it's a 12 hour straight drive, and I feel confident to hit the road anytime day or night in this well built baby.
Update 9/2018: The car has 217k miles, drives and looks almost the same as the day we bought. No leak, no check engine light, no rattles. Regular conventional oil change, clean inside, wax outside. New TB/WP, radiator/hoses, not for repair but for peace of mind. Can't find anything this cheap and bulletproof, period. There's a short video on Youtube as an evidence, search "200,000 miles 2000 LS400 Celsior UCF21 Reliability".
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 28th June, 2014
12th Jul 2014, 17:26
Do you mean - Cheapest, quality used car ever?
or (Cheapest quality) used car ever?
Perhaps you could just say - An inexpensive, high quality used car.
12th Oct 2014, 02:24
Excellent review! I have a 1998 LS400 that has a Check VSC message. Can you elaborate on how you fixed yours?
Thanks a lot, Peter.