2000 Lexus LS 4.0 V8 from North America
Cheapest quality used car ever!
111,000 miles: VSC light came on, radio stopped working.
Valve cover gasket started to leak.
I bought the car when it was 11 years old with over 100 thousand miles on the clock because it was the cheapest car with vehicle stability control, brake assist, side airbags and HID headlights I could find.
After I bought it about a month, the VSC light came on and the radio quit. I was very disappointed because VSC was the reason I bought it. I decided to invest in the factory repair manuals that cost $US 200.00; turned out it was a good investment. With the manuals I was able to find a loose wire and fix the VSC and radio problems.
I do all scheduled maintenance myself using the manuals with genuine parts ordered from Toyota dealers. By doing so I can keep the car in good condition at a very affordable cost.
Except for the above mentioned problems when I first purchased the car, it has been fantastic. The engine runs smoothly, absolutely no leaks anywhere on the entire drive train, the ride is quiet, and the music is... beautiful. Everything is working as it did on day one, and 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.
I was concerned about the gas consumption of the V8 engine, but now I can always get 32 miles/US gal on freeway easily, 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.
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.
22nd Feb 2015, 14:05
There is a way to reset the VSC warning light by disconnecting the battery, putting the car in neutral, applying the parking brake, reconnecting the battery, then start the car, I'm not sure if I have the sequence right, but it's in the owner's manual that comes in the glove box. The entire dashboard makes a bunch of noise as the car's actuators sound like they are resetting themselves; you need to wait a couple minutes literally for it to do this, then the light should be out. A loose battery connection can cause this as well as a weak battery. These cars have a reputation for going through batteries.
I had to do this yesterday as it disables the traction control as well, which I need here in Michigan, they are combined functions.
I own several Lexus vehicles, the electrical systems can drive you nuts at times. They took some shortcuts with the combining of sensors to warning lights which have nothing to do with the problem that is indicated by the warning light. At first glance you would think that is what caused the problem, and most of the time you will be wrong.
Always consult one of the Lexus online clubs, they are invaluable for information on how to fix the many idiosyncrasies of these vehicles.