I purchased My 1997 Lexus LS400 with 150 000miles for 4000,-$ in February 2011. But I can assure you, that this car is more reliable than any German car of those years or newer. Sure '97 BMW 740,is more powerful and is a bit more fun to drive and MB-S430 is more luxurious and even a bit more spacious, but in overall performance/reliability/luxury.... this car outperform any of them by a long shot. Previous owners did not took care of it properly and didn't use premium fuel and use some shady trans fluid, but car is still awesome. Do yourself a favor and change transmission filter ,gasket and toyota t-IV ATF. keep your regular oil change and always use premium fuel.
between more economy(lower rpm) and power (higher rpm) transmission shift. Powerful reliable engine and transmission. Durable paint. Classic look. Comfortable suspension.
Newer models got better cup holders , more powerful, yet fuel efficient engines. in 1998 5spd tranny and vvt-i 290Hp engine, wood inlay steering wheel and xenon lights, 2001 and third gen got new body 4,3l engine and Mark- Levinson stereo.. there is nothing to improve.. 4th gen in 2006 new body... 4,6 l motor and too much to list improvements that includes first commercial 8spd transmission. Lexus cotinuously improves their cars beyond belief...