23rd Apr 2008, 08:58
I have a 92 LS400. Yes, I also need the AC repaired, had the alternator replaced, did the timing chain a year ago, but overall it's a very smooth car and reliable.
I have owned it since 95, has now 145k miles, hate to sell it, but it's getting old.
Overall, compare it to other brands like MB or BMW, are you kidding me, I wouldn't touch those cars of the same era, even if I got it for free!
10th Jul 2008, 07:54
You guys took the words right out of my mouth. The LS400 is not just a car - it's an invention, as its first TV commercial stated. Without question, the LS400 is THE MOST dependable car on the planet. Look at Consumer Reports and the LS400 is far more advanced than any other car in its class and beyond. And as another poster put it, the LS400 may be expensive to repair, but the cars are built to last when properly maintained - and they do last; there is a 93 LS400 on eBay right now with over 400,000 miles. Compare the LS400 to Ford, Mercedes, BMW, etc? There is NO comparison. The LS400 now owns the rights to how other cars are judged - this includes Bentley, and the 6 figure nonsense automakers. Toyota did an amazing job on the Lexus division.
As for your LS400 with 250,000 miles - think about how many Caddies, BMW's or Mercedes last that long with the orig engine and transmission. The cost of owning a Lexus, Acura or Infiniti is MUCH lower than the "trash luxury" coming out of Europe or Detroit. Some people never cease to amaze me.
11th Feb 2010, 15:40
"Look and design was nice, but not as flashy or elegant as other domestic or german luxury cars."
Are you kidding me? The 1st generation LS400 is classic and very elegant. I passed up the new LS460 because it (in my opinion) lacked the elegance that the 1st gen body style did.
As for being flashy, its class makes it flashy. There are few cars from the early 90's that are around today and look just as good as it did brand new. The LS400 does that. My 92 LS400... only has 97k miles and it runs better than my '07 car!
As for it being an Avalon... it is not. The LS400 is a V8 and it is built on its own platform... the ES models are Avalon equivalent.
One more thing, if you sit in a well kept 90's LS400, you will see that the features were far ahead of its time!
8th Feb 2014, 23:40
I wouldn't praise Acuras too much. Worst car for transmissions we had ever, and the worst resale. The first trans was replaced at 28000 miles.
As far as this old car, I wouldn't fix the dim dash light for what they paid. I would drive it as a second car in daytime hours. And if it's night, just around the city. Save 1200. We have a rat rod that doesn't even have a speedometer or odometer that is street legal in Florida.