Cost to DriveCost to drive estimates for the 1997 Lexus LS 400 4dr Sedan and comparison vehicles are based on 15,000 miles per year (with a mix of 55% city and 45% highway driving) and energy estimates of $3.35 per gallon for regular unleaded in Virginia.
Lexus introduced an all-new LS400 two years ago, but you wouldn't know it glancing at the car. It looks the same as the original, inside and out, even though virtually every piece has been revised or redesigned. In defense of the evolutionary styling, Lexus claims it is going for a corporate look to further strengthen brand identity. We think that engineers and stylists had a pretty tough time improving upon a car that really needed no improvement. Replacing the old LS400 with a new one was akin to pouring out a gallon of milk because the expiration date is a couple of days away, or buying a new set of Goodyears when the tread is still good for another 15,000 miles, or trading an old LS400 for a new one. But, what's done is done.
The LS benefits from a roomy interior, thanks to its long wheelbase. Trunk space is commodious, and rear passengers have lots of extra leg room. The car isn't excessively large, and the 4.0-liter V8 moves this relatively light luxury sedan with alacrity. The climate and radio controls are simply designed and easy to use, and the in-dash CD changer is much handier than a trunk-mounted unit.
Outside, the LS is characterized by subtle edges, creases, and folds, which create a strong, dignified appearance for the Lexus flagship. The price hasn't increased at all for 1997, in an effort to keep the LS competitively priced against such luxury sedans as the BMW 7-Series and Jaguar's XJ sedan.
The LS400 is a wonderful car, but we question spending $53,000 when a used and perfectly luxurious LS can be had for the price of a new Lincoln Town Car, or less.
Read what other owners think about the Used 1997 Lexus LS 400.
I wasn't really looking at the LS400
when searching for another used car
after a major car accident where my 97
Camry was crushed. But after one test
drive, I knew the LS400 was it. Being
only 29 years old, my wife still chides
me that I'm driving an 'old man' car.
But the fact of the matter is, the
LS400 is a feature rich luxury machine
that was affordable for me … and at the
same time offered some prestige with a
long list of standard features. I hope
to drive this car up to 250K miles and
then i'll be another Lexus... why pay
for a Benz when you get all that luxury
and comfort in a Lexus for half the
4.75 out of 5 stars
Well Built Car, Never broken down, Reliable.
Purchased car in January of 2011 for $3800. It is very reliable. If you don't want to worry about being stranded or expensive repairs, this car is for you. You must be ready to pay for premium fuel but other than that it is a great car. Better to buy used than new and better to buy used from a rich person than from a poor person. Good luck.
4.25 out of 5 stars
TOP WORK/FAMILY CAR VALUE
Coach 4dr Sedan
For reliability, performance, comfort, impressing clients and safe transportation for children (son & buddies are now 7) my 97 LS 400 is unsurpassed in value and stress-free driving despite the premium you pay for driving and servicing the best car on the road. I purchased it used for $35K with 45,000 miles, qualified for a new car 5 year loan with my insurance company, now has 97,000 … miles, would not hesitate to buy a used 97 model. Expect typical parts turnover as car ages, my experience so far is 1) new starter $1,600; 2) replacement valve for power steering $1,000. Lexus service is excellent, expensive, you get another Lexus for loaner, worth every penny!
4 out of 5 stars
All I have to say is WOW!!!!!
This car is absolutely amazing. I have owned it since 2003 and the most major problem we ever had was replacing the fuel pump ($350). We got it with 25k miles and now it has 125k. We also have a 2010 TL and I still love driving my classic around. The LS is sooo smooth and so comfortable that I havent drove many like it. She still runs like a beast and I hope she runs for years to come. … Really a great and reliable car. Thanks Lexus!!!
The Used 1997 Lexus LS 400 is offered in the following submodels: LS 400 Sedan. Available styles include 4dr Sedan, and Coach 4dr Sedan.
The Used 1997 Lexus LS 400 comes with rear wheel drive.
Available transmissions include: 4-speed automatic.
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