looking at a used (obviously) 1999 lexus LS 400..anyone have/had/know about this car?

  • rnch

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    Oct 03, 2010 8:45 PM GMT
    150K, a lot of service records with the car.

    wadduathunk?
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    Oct 03, 2010 8:49 PM GMT

    You should def invest in Carfax records and in CarChex where a licensed mechanic will provide you w/ a 155 point inspection.
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    Oct 03, 2010 10:28 PM GMT
    I like the LS. Decent amount of luxury. Comfortable ride. Reliable. Good resale value. At 150K, you want to make sure the timing belt has been changed recently.
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    Oct 03, 2010 11:11 PM GMT
    xrichx saidI like the LS. Decent amount of luxury. Comfortable ride. Reliable. Good resale value. At 150K, you want to make sure the timing belt has been changed recently.
    yeh, i've advised to check for timing belt, water pump and power steering pump issues.

    peeps swear this car will go 300K with proper maintainence icon_exclaim.gif
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    Oct 03, 2010 11:14 PM GMT
    I've had an ES 330 for 7 years and love the car. Never had a single problem with it. Religiously do regular maintenance at the dealership. It's expensive but the way to go if you ask me.
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    Oct 04, 2010 12:17 AM GMT
    Lexus vehicles are VERY reliable...we have a 1993 LS 400 w/290k!
    Just one thing...gas mileage SUCKS!
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    Oct 04, 2010 12:22 AM GMT
    those are built like a tank.
    and the ls 400 is like Lexus flagship.

    If the car is cosmetically great still, with only 150,000k, it' s a great find.
    i guess you already know it will cost you a fortune in gas.
    Does that year model still has triple pane glass windows , ensuring almost perfect sound proofing ?

    can you reasonably assume the mileage wasn't tampered with ?
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    Oct 04, 2010 12:59 AM GMT
    Shahzadeh saidLexus vehicles are VERY reliable...we have a 1993 LS 400 w/290k!
    Just one thing...gas mileage SUCKS!
    and with premium gas, no less!

    what kind of mileage do ya'll get, shahzadeh icon_question.gif
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    Oct 04, 2010 1:09 AM GMT
    hmmm....one as sez 150K...another, more recent ad sez 210K.. icon_eek.gif
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    Oct 04, 2010 1:11 AM GMT

    Lexus has a rock solid reputation for reliability. So the question comes down to whether are looking at has been well looked after. You should check to see how complete the service records are and whether they indicate that all of the major service items have been taken care of more or less on time. It would also be worth checking with a Lexus dealer or another mechanic who has experience with them to see what services are needed for say the next 100,000 miles. Finally, I would have the car checked over by a trusted mechanic. If you don't know one, it may be worth checking with the local office of AAA to see who they recommend.
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    Oct 04, 2010 1:19 AM GMT
    my cousin has the same car with above 600,000 on it and it runs like new..just maintain it get it checked frequently and def change the oil often and you wont have an issue.
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    Oct 04, 2010 1:47 AM GMT
    I think you should get a vehicle report on it, like the others suggested to find out its history, and that also includes some bulletins reviews of the vehicle. You should also check sites such as kelly blue book online to get reviews and consumer information and google the vehicle for reviews. thats probably a wiser choice than asking RJ what they think about the vehicle.
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    Oct 04, 2010 2:15 AM GMT
    CaliBoySwag saidI think you should get a vehicle report on it, like the others suggested to find out its history, and that also includes some bulletins reviews of the vehicle. You should also check sites such as kelly blue book online to get reviews and consumer information and google the vehicle for reviews. thats probably a wiser choice than asking RJ what they think about the vehicle.


    yes, i have already done the usual internet checks on this car. this isn't my first time at the rodeo. icon_lol.gif

    unless there are some long term service/maintainence records available; i'm walking away from this one.

    now, back to my original post: i'm asking here for any personal observations from people here who have owned this model of car.
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    Oct 04, 2010 2:25 AM GMT
    rnch said150K, a lot of service records with the car.

    wadduathunk?
    My 2001 Camry V6 has 160K miles on it. It still has great power, acceleration, all electronics work, sounds like new, rides like new, and doesn't have a single rattle or squeak. Been in the shop once for timing belt and some preventive maintenance "while they're at it" -- bill was ~$2500.

    Most Lexus owners I've met (many) swear the Lexus is twice as nice, twice as comfortable, and twice as durable...and twice as expensive to maintain.
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    Oct 04, 2010 2:41 PM GMT
    i read on the internet (so it MUST be true!) that if i bring the VIN number to any lexus dealer they can give me a read out of all work done on this car (at a lexus dealership).
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    Oct 04, 2010 5:02 PM GMT
    i spoke with the used car sales manager this morning, who had the (supposidly) new car salesperson who took this model in on trade for a new lexus call me a few minutes later.

    (supposidly) a one owner car, a lot of highway miles because the owner has a second home at the other end of this state (about a 600 mile round trip) where their children attended college, always serviced at the lexus dealer here and there, yada...yada.yada.....

    the dealership is supposed to be compiling all the VIN number referenced maintainence work done over they year.

    PERHAPS....MAYBE... i'll go check it out sometime this week.

    (the used car manager commented that i was the first person that didn't gasp, hang up or make rude comments about the mileage on the car.... icon_lol.gif )
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    Oct 04, 2010 5:15 PM GMT
    tereseus1 saidmy cousin has the same car with above 600,000 on it and it runs like new..just maintain it get it checked frequently and def change the oil often and you wont have an issue.


    six hundred thousand American miles? icon_eek.gif
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    Oct 04, 2010 6:19 PM GMT
    A friend of mine had one of these LS 400 models and he was impressed with the Lexus service department at his local dealer in Scottsdale, AZ. He described the car as "a bore to drive" and he added that his impression is that "Lexus is little more than an overgrown Toyota". My own personal impression of the car my friend had was that it was a good looking black on black sedan with nice leather and wood inside. I have to agree with the observation that the car was not fun to drive.
  • rnch

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    Oct 04, 2010 7:17 PM GMT
    JB, after having a couple of ruder, cruder smaller cars; i'm ready to be pampered and soothed by a quiet, smooth riding cars for a couple of years. icon_eek.gif

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    Oct 05, 2010 6:39 PM GMT
    rnch said
    Shahzadeh saidLexus vehicles are VERY reliable...we have a 1993 LS 400 w/290k!
    Just one thing...gas mileage SUCKS!
    and with premium gas, no less!

    what kind of mileage do ya'll get, shahzadeh icon_question.gif


    Well, it's somewhere around 16 city/22 highway...
    My mom drives it to work everyday (~44 miles round-trip) and it consumes about $10/day worth of gas. Not the worst car out there in terms of mpg, but certainly not anywhere near great...
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    Oct 05, 2010 6:43 PM GMT
    rnch said
    tereseus1 saidmy cousin has the same car with above 600,000 on it and it runs like new..just maintain it get it checked frequently and def change the oil often and you wont have an issue.


    six hundred thousand American miles? icon_eek.gif


    ^^Assuming that's in kilometers, it's roughly 370k (in miles). Not impossible...quite impressive, though!
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    Oct 05, 2010 7:09 PM GMT
    Shahzadeh said
    rnch said
    tereseus1 saidmy cousin has the same car with above 600,000 on it and it runs like new..just maintain it get it checked frequently and def change the oil often and you wont have an issue.


    six hundred thousand American miles? icon_eek.gif


    ^^Assuming that's in kilometers, it's roughly 370k (in miles). Not impossible...quite impressive, though!


    yes indeed! quite impressive. icon_cool.gif
  • rnch

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    Oct 08, 2010 8:01 PM GMT
    UPDATE:

    after 4 phone calls, the sales manager contacted the previous owner and produced some darn fine, long term maintainence records.

    i drove the car this morning. it drives....numb...like novacaine was injected into the steering, brakes and transmission. not bad, just not what i exected after reading raving road tests of the lexus LS series all these years.

    then the "Finance manager" tried to offer me exactly half of the NADA trade in value of my current car. not half of "retail value"...but half of what the "clean trade in value" is. (pic on my profile here)

    he then got pissy when i pulled out MY copy of the NADA book values for my car and his high mileage lexus.

    typical 1970's used car lot tactics! i didn't fall for those usery, low balling "fuck the dumb sonofabith customer" tactics then...and surely not now.

    i assured the "gentlemen" that this wasn't my first time at the rodeo and that i knew how to put numbers into a calcualtor also. and to please call me back if/when reality sets in.

    as my father often told me "son, sometimes you just have to go look at and drive a car just to get it out of your system".

    the older i become the smarter my father gets. icon_wink.gif

  • ArmsandLegs

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    Oct 08, 2010 8:20 PM GMT
    If you are looking for something a bit more sporty to drive, but with similar bullet proof reliability, you may want to check out an Infinity Q45. They were much less popular, so they may be harder to find, especially a well maintained one. But because they were/are less in demand they will be cheaper to purchase.
  • rnch

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    Oct 08, 2010 10:27 PM GMT
    i'm kinda glad they tried to stuph me on my trade in. i would had gone thru with the purchase (on my terms); but would not had lost any sleep admiring the car. icon_neutral.gif