Bought this car new in 1998. Still driving it every day and I have not gotten tired driving this car. This car drives like a luxury jet fighter. Super smooth, fast, quiet. Flip to manual shift on the transmission and this car can rock. Probably the best aspect of the GS 400 is how reliable this car has been. Fuel, oil, drive. Have had nothing go wrong in over 130K miles, just normal maintenance. I have had the car detailed every 6-12 months, and the car amazes people. They just cannot believe it is 10 years old. Occasionally I get the urge to buy a new car, but then I drive another day in my GS 400 and say... why???
Manual mode shifter, smooth power.
Factory settings on front end alignment / camber causes pre-mature front tire wear. Have an expert who knows about this do your alignment
I loved the way this car felt as soon as I sat in it. 1-1/2 yrs. of 90 min. commute to/from work is pure pleasure! Highway, she's smooth as silk! Foothills (Smoky Mts.), she hugs those curves! Snow, sleet, rain she handles everything with ease. Best driving experience(s) I've ever had! Never a mechanical hiccup! Mpg minor flaw (even @ $4.00) when considering performance on each and every level. 112,000 mi. and solid... until someone rear ended me while using cell phone. To the end she was solid - my daughter & I would be dead otherwise. Test driving wannabe's - nothing compares. She's a lady in a class all her own. I'm hooked on the Lexus GS driving experience for life!
She'd get it on (0-60 in seconds) if ever need be. Another great SAFETY feature! Pure perfection!
Used to think a little excessive on brake lights (5) but not any more!
I bought this car six years ago with 60k plus miles on it. I've added almost 100k additional miles on the odometer and it still runs like it is brand new (maybe even better). It seems like the car is only in it's prime now. Perfect balance of sport and luxury. It is truly a joy to own
E-shift most definitely, and the power of the v8 300 hp
Pristine styling, bullit proof drivetrain at 95K miles, a/c system, timing belt, ball joints and throttle sensor replaced. Recommended as a strong buy if you can find one! Add an updated aftermarket GPS/DVD/IPOD interface head unit brings the sound system up to date with little expense.
Driveability, quickness w/style, fit and finish. Quiet & rattle free after 11 years.
This is my 2nd 98 GS 400, my 4th Lexus. Absolutely the most car for the money. I highly recommend it. Superior performance, great sound system, quiet ride, and great reliablity and low maintance. The key to Lexus/Toyota is routine maintenance at 30/60/90k/120k miles. My current car has 159k and runs just as well as my last one at 69k. I can't say enough about Lexus quality. Make sure you acquire maintenance records (if it was dealer maintained, any Lexus dealer w/ have the records). This IS a high performance machine, so some people ran them hard. If it was maintained, good records will nullify that. P.S. Get the SRT intake/chip for $300-500 for an added 15-20hp.
Stock stereo has 2 amps and subwoofer (not available w/ navigation in 98, it's one or the other), performance, VSC button allows you to turn off computer controlled skid control (for some fun driving), refined interior and ride.
Transmission is a bit all or nothing, car tends to 'jump' when you hit the gas even moderately (it's 300 hp). Routine maintenance is more expensive than the exact same maintenance on a Toyota vehicle. MAKE SURE THE TIMING BELT WAS DONE AT 90k!