1990 Lexus LS 400 Consumer Review: 16 years, still better than an

1990 Lexus LS 400 - Consumer Review

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Base Sedan (4.0L V8 4-speed Automatic)

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16 years, still better than any others
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1990 Lexus LS 400 4dr Sedan


grandfather bought car brand new in debut year. interior and exterior still in excellent condition. has 97,000 miles. has been mistaken for a 1996. performance is astounding--monstrous acceleration, smooth shifting tranny, buttery handling. cannot feel how fast you're going--has led to speeding tickets. has been driven at 160mph. sounds like a plane. interior quiet and comfy. has features unheard of in 1990--optional ride height control, etc. only complaints--LCDs dimming, carpet fading. leather is slightly cracking on driver seat. sound system has deteriorated over time. CD changer broken but never fixed. but, car is 16 years old (it's expected). AC has broken down.

Best Features

GREAT V8--HUGE ACCELERATION. SMOOTH TRANNY, GREAT HANDLING, NICE TOP SPEED, RELIABLE. great looking instrument cluster--completely black/invisible when car is off, illuminates in a sharp, bright, electronic white when car is turned on. yellow fogs integrated into headlight unit. paint still glossy.

Worst Features

needs stronger brakes. LCDs need revision. entire airbag activates horn-- easy to mistakenly honk the horn. sound system gets bad with age. AC can break down. firmer driver's seat. would be the ultimate car if it had manual tranny, which is unreasonable considering the class it's in.
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