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2000 Lexus LS 400 4.0 DOHC VVT-i from North America

Year of manufacture2000
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 4.0 DOHC VVT-i Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired36000 miles
Most recent distance39600 miles
Previous carLexus GS300

Summary:

A capable yet dated luxury car

Faults:

At 36,000 miles, seat back and front armrest make squeaky noises. The dealer said that it is caused by normal wear and tear of the leather.

Both front seat cushions slide left/right slightly when the car changes directions. The dealer said it is normal and did not solve the problem.

Minor rattling noise from the lower left cockpit.

General Comments:

This car is extremely quiet and smooth. A great highway cruiser.

Although this car is fast, it does not feel that way. The driver is reminded that this is a heavy car with a transmission that responds less than instantaneous.

Audio and A/C controls are too far from the driver. And there is no such controls on the steering wheel.

Audio volume control is way too sensitive.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th February, 2003

17th Jun 2004, 03:31

Excellent review. Nearly all reviews on LS400 praise and glorify this car. This is a first review I've seen that gives an objective analysis of the car. What's more, it tells what potential problem areas should be looked at while buying it used. After all, there's no such a thing as a perfect car.

2nd Dec 2007, 17:27

In every carton of fruit, there is one bad apple. Similarly, 99% of the Lexus cars that are manufactured are flawless for years and years, and in every condition. However the remaining 1% sometimes, I repeat sometimes, not always, sprout problems. I guess yours was one of those. I wonder if you took ample care of your car.

I feel sorry about your bad experience, but literally Lexus is unbeatable, and I tell you in a decade or two, BMW and Mercedez will be far behind Lexus in demand and quality!!!

The new LS 460 L is the first car in the world with 8 speed transmission, and the high tech gadgets and technology it's equipped with, I have not seen in any other car.

2000 Lexus LS 400 4.0 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture2000
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 4.0 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.6 / 10
Distance when acquired13500 miles
Most recent distance18500 miles
Previous carToyota RAV4

Summary:

The LS400 MkIV is a flawless car!!

Faults:

Nothing.

General Comments:

The criticisms about the LS400 centre around its appearance. Those who take themselves seriously buy an LS400 as they don't need to make a statement about themselves to lesser beings. S-Classes are for those who want to pat themselves on the back and the 7 series though superb are generally bought by the Nouveau Riche.

Hence discretion and perfection are the aims of the LS400.

Performance is more adequate than the Royce and delivered with no fuss whatsoever.

The quietest car on the road.

The most reliable car on the road; the Germans envy the diligence with which Lexus stick to procedures when building a Lexus.

The MkIV is so good that Autocar in their 1999 review criticised it really heavily. Those who know anything about cars know the Autocar writers are technically inept. They mis-quoted completely the specification of the MkIV and stated that optical connectors in the S-Class Hi-Fi was for quicker signals! A totally emotive review that missed the point of each of the cars reviewed.

The LS400 MkIV is a flawless car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th September, 2002

2nd Oct 2006, 04:32

"...and the 7 series though superb are generally bought by the Nouveau Riche".

:-) Yes, they are bought by the 'Nouveau Riche', but they are NOT superb! I've owned one and they're dreadfully unreliable. BMW have sadly gone the same way as Mercedes, resting on their German laurels and forgetting to put effort into engineering.

Lexus just do cars better than the competition.

2000 Lexus LS 400 4.0 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture2000
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 4.0 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired13490 miles
Most recent distance15000 miles
Previous carToyota RAV4

Summary:

Superb

Faults:

Nothing has failed yet.

General Comments:

Handling is interesting with or without the VSC, but this car was not designed for "boy-racers". Acceleration is smooth but extremely quick; I can only tell by the way the other cars appear to stand still in the mirror.

I would have preferred a coupe version rather than a whole train carriage. Sat-Nav is very good but I do tend to become dependent on it just following it blindly until I arrive.

I can't see the point of the LS430 to be honest, I think the later the model the uglier these cars get and the differences are very subtle.

I believe it fulfils its intended role perfectly and that includes its understated styling; this car is not for those who want to show off, a bit like a Maserati.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th September, 2001

2000 Lexus LS 400 4.0 litre from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture2000
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 4.0 litre 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 acquired12000 miles
Most recent distance21500 miles
Previous carLexus LS400

Summary:

Absolutely superb

Faults:

Nothing.

General Comments:

This is a superb car in every respect, the only thing against it, according to other people (not me) is the brand. If you are happier driving a badge instead of what is proably the best car in the world then you are missing out on a wonderful driving experience.

Fuel economy is excellent for a two ton, 155 mph (limited) luxury car, I have returned 31mpg on a 230 mile run and it rarely does less than 23 mpg.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th June, 2001

Average review marks: 8.5 / 10, based on 6 reviews