This is my second Lexus. First was a 2001 ES 300 and I still think it is an excellent vehicle. But the 400 is truly the embodiment of comfort. At 63, fun driving is being able to drive for 6 hours to the mountains and arrive relaxed and able to enjoy the football game; Or drive to the formal New Year's Eve gala in comfort and style. The gas mileage is excellent, 29.5 on the highway trips (I use the ES300 around town). The back seat is so relaxing, our guests usually fall asleep on the trip. The CD/stereo is very fine. Terrific car.
Lexus cars are incredibly durable, reliable, comfortable and quick. They cruise for hours so easily and comfortably. In the long run, they are very cheap to own due to their durability.
My mechanic loves the car. He says the inner workings are "art, pure art". He said that after changing the timing belt and water pump at 53,000 miles just last month. (I know, 13 years old, only 53,000 miles). Looks like it just rolled off the showroom floor. Even the leather still looks and feels great.
My 400 doesn't have heated front seats, but hopefully they can be added. The cupholders are a constant source of amusement... Surprise, it won't run with a Ferrari around the turns.
Actually, the 98, 99 and 00s are very hard to fault, being the very best evolutions of the original LS400. Try one of these in excellent condition. You wont be disappointed.
This is my second LS-400. Prior car was a '92 model. '98-00 version has many improvements over earlier models. VVTi, 5-speed trans, far more European 'feel' overall. Nakamichi audio is only bested by newer Mark Levinson system. Seats are quite firm but offer excellent support. Onboard trip computer is fun to toy with. Excellent fuel economy for a 3900-lb. vehicle, ranging as high as 33mpg on straight highway runs. Averaging 23 overall (mostly city). Only use genuine Toyota T-IV fluid when servicing the trans! Keep the oil clean and the 1UZ-FE engine should last forever. Styling has aged very gracefully. Still attracts attention even though 10 years old. HID headlamps excel. Pleased overall.
Toyota reliability. With a bit of research one will find many mechanical components are shared with other Toyota vehicles and don't require paying the ridiculous Lexus surcharge on parts. Nakamichi stereo. HID lamps. Onboard computer. Great fuel economy. Comfort. Safety. Classic styling.
Lower servicing costs would be nice, but as they say: "if you can afford the car..."
Best Lexus ever mAde. Best car money can buy you, no mechanical problems, no oil leaks. It mind bubling that germans can't make qualiy cars. I never see BMW, MB, VW or AUDI with 100000 miles and no leaks. But Lexus can go no problem to 300,000 miles without any issues. It is a tank-comfy one, looking good, very fast. If you're willing to pay a speeding ticket just hit the accelerator and in a heartbeat you get 155 mph. I did update my wheels to 18", that got me big improvement in handling and cornering, it was worth it. Car that you could trust, will not get you stuck.
Simply the absolute best car I have ever owned out of 15 vehicles. What more can one say except hearty congratulations to all the engineers, technicians and stylists who did the outstanding work on ths car. As someone has already so aptly said in describing this vehicle, "Cocooned tranquility".
Silky smoothness and economy of the V8 engine along with the wonderful panel fitment and paintwork.
I bought the LS 400 certified pre-owned. The car is now almost 8 years old and it rides beautifully to this day. I had one minor mechanical issue early on fixed under warranty. Overall I am very happy.