First Generation Lexus LS400 1990-1994 Lexus LS400 Road Test | CarParts.c…

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Comparable in this class: Mercedes EClass, BMW 5 Series, Infiniti Cadillac DeVille, Lincoln Car.

The first-generation Lexus (1990-1994) is quite possibly one top five best cars in the In speaking to some owners of car, I heardcomments like car I’ve ever owned, is a greatcar, #133;fabulous ride. One summed it up by saying Thismay be the car I ever buy.

In 1989 Toyota introduced this car to as a 1990 model, theautomotive thought it didn’t have a against the likes of Mercedes and knew how to build great cars and small family but this is the bigleague. Jokes about this folly, one of I remember on a TV drama where thief who specialized in stealing cars pulled up with a When hispartner saw him and gave him a he said it was dark, I thought it was As a matter of fact, the only that I have ever to breakdown was in the 1991 movie The Canyon starring Danny (a movie Iotherwise highly

Well, it took less a year for everyone in the automotive change their attitude and this car the respect it deserved. became thestandard by which cars are judged. Only the S Class and the BMW 7 Seriescould rightly to be better cars. But they $10,000 to $20,000 more theLexus LS400 which had a price of under $38,000 in

Today, we know that the Lexus LS400s are quitepossibly the reliable cars on the planet. The that we used for this 101,000 miles on it is more than most new cars. And is no fluke. Checkout its reliability in any consumer publication that used cars and see foryourself. still, talk to an owner. The of our test car purchased it over ago from a wholesale lot (which no warrantee) and has driven it about So far, he has changed the oil 3 times and a parking light bulb.

Of course, whenever you buy any used you must make sure you haveit thoroughly checked out by a professional. You are looking for a car that properly maintained and never in an accident. One good thing buying aLexus is that you can the V.I.N. number to a Lexus center and they will a printout of all the work that was done to that car by any Lexus in thecountry.

The test car for this is a 1993 Lexus LS400 101,000 miles onthe The tires on this car are 225/60 Goodyear Invicta GA#146;s. are therecommended tires for this car and are the type as the ones that on it when itwas new. car has all the options that were for this model except for cellular phone. The options full time traction heated frontseats, memory system, Nakamichi Sound trunk mounted 6-disk CD PowerMoonroof and computer controlled

This car exudes quality its fit and finish to the materials chosenboth and out. Look around the and you won#146;t find a single and very few seams in the trim. All the from the radio knobs to lever feel like will last forever. The goes for the glovecompartment door, the cup the ash tray, and everything else you can see orhear. The steering wheel has a feel to it with a thick rim allows a good senseof The entire center pad of the wheel as a horn switch. I found it to too easy to accidentally blow the while twirling the wheel one finger duringparking maneuvers. The are illuminated both day and night theignition is on. The numbers on the gauges to float in space with the in frontof them and any warning floating about an inch or so When the ignition isoff, the goes dark and you can#146;t see the at all.

The perfect drivingposition is achieved a host of power adjustments, all of the optional his/hersmemory system. adjustments include the 8-way seat, a power tilt steering column, power anchor height, power height and poweroutside mirrors. button number 1 and all these move to the firstdriver#146;s preferences. number 2 and they all move to the driver#146;ssettings. Without the memory the adjustments are still there, but not power operated.

The seats are for four people but, of the deeply sculptured rear a fifthpassenger, sitting on the center will feel like has been relegated tosecond-class

The ride on this car with its is as perfect as you canget. Soft but over any kind of pavement we throw at it. We took itthrough New York where some of the have been heaved and by acentury of bus and truck traffic and patched whenever absolutely On therare occasion where would pave a section of you may see a Con Edison crew thefollowing breaking it up again to make an repair.

In some cases, you you were going over a bad sectionof road because you see it out of the front windshield. But from all youcould feel was a gentle motion, with little or no from a suspension that had to be working its heart out.

a car that rides this is a bear to control, bounding down after a dip in the road or like a boat when you to take a turn.Not so this I found the steering to be quick and and the cornering to beflat and steady. The tires gripped the road a vengeance both in corneringand while maintaining a very ride. A rare achievement. over a dip in the road that send other softly cars bounding up and downand their passengers seasick, car will sense the dip in the road tighten up its electronically controlled to stop any bounding before a chance to start. As soon as the from the dip is absorbed, the shocks their soft setting. If the senses that you are driving making quicksteering movements or hard, the shocks will up to their sport mode that way for as long as necessary. At speed, the car will lower by about an inch for improved Another advantage tohaving is when you have a full of passengers and/or heavy in thetrunk, the car will level automatically. There are two controls on the toallow you to modify the behavior of system. One switch allows you to changefrom normal to sport settings, the other switch you increase the groundclearance by about an or so for when you are driving through or on bad roads.

I also had a chance to drive Lexus with the standard springsuspension without all these and whistles. I can tell you that, the ride wasnot quite as as the air spring car, it still had an ride while providinggood and control on winding roads. In cases, you are dealing with a car as good as any in the world.

One thing you should remember is that is a rear wheel drivecar. of this, traction on slippery can be a problem and if you don#146;tknow how to handle a wheel drive car in a skid, you easily spin out. To make sure the car you plan to buy has control. This system sense awheel that is to spin and apply the brake on wheel thereby transferringpower to the with the most traction. If the brake is insufficient to stopthe the computer will reduce to the engine until the skid is control.This process takes so quickly and seamlessly, in many the only way that youknow you almost lost traction is by the Trac light that you that thesystem momentarily over. Of course, 20 years ago cars were rear and none had traction control. I that we all just drove carefully backthen and perhaps our limits.

The V8 engine is world-class. With 250 engine will accelerate the car a standing start to 60 MPH in 7.9 seconds asound that is akin to silk. This car is quieter at throttle then most at light cruising speed. The is a perfect match for the engine. At acceleration, the only way you will when the transmission shifts is the tach needle. It#146;s smooth. A 4 liter V8, is not a very for a luxury car. Lexus the size down in order to the gas mileageup and avoid the gas guzzler Other cars in its class theInfiniti Q45couldn’t make claim. The disadvantage to a smaller is that it lackssharp throttle Tap the throttle to move up into the flow with anInfiniti Q45 its 4.6 liter engine and it goes now. With Lexus, have a slight lag while the smoothly shifts down it takesoff like a silent But, for conservative driving and an blastonto the Interstate on-ramp, the LS400 can’t be beat.

down the highway, this is one of the cars on the road,right up to its 150 MPH top speed. I didn’t test Lexus#146; claim for thiscar.) If it can reach speed, then you know the is loafing at all realisticspeeds. On the other of the coin, this car needs fuel and the gas mileage ison the low end of at an EPA rating of 18 MPG city and 23 highway.

The is fairly large and usable a large opening. Since isa rear wheel drive the trunk doesn’t extend up the package shelf (That#146;swhere the gas is.) Under the trunk there is a full size tire which ismounted Seated in the center of the spare is a shallow plastic bucketwith a You can use it to store rags or gloves or a set of booster cables outof In the left wall of the trunk, is a flip-down compartment that asmall set of Lexus monogrammed a Lexus flashlight and a terrycloth rag a Lexusemblem embroidered on it. On the right of the trunk, there is a compartment for kit and the 6 Disc CD changer.

Parts for this car are not cheap. But I this a moot point rarely have to replace I asked Lexus if they of any problem areas butthey think of any. They me that there were problems with the ’95 cars but the first generation was very trouble-free. I alsoasked if they ever had a problem the timing belt failing. The said that the only belt that he ever saw was on a car with over150,000 miles on it a belt that has never changed. They recommend timing belt at 90,000 (a $475.00 job). Most cars require that the be changed at 60,000 miles.

How the Lexus LS400 fit your style?


If you are a conservative driver . your car. Smooth, and comfortable in all driving conditions effortless,silent acceleration. Since is not a front wheel drive make sure that you with traction control. car is near bulletpoof in reliability if you aclean one that was properly for.

The sportydriver will the near-silent silky acceleration car provides but this is a pure car and you may be disappointed with the roadfeel and the response. For the same price, you may be with a one yearnewer Acura LS or the more performance orientated GS. They are just asreliable and more of a sports sedan If you still want the Lexus, get a They have larger and wider tires better for sporty driving.

The fastdriver can get into trouble this car because the onlythrill car will provide is through its speed and thrust. Since is novisceral feedback you will find yourself going than you thought. As with driver, stay away models before #146;93. grip with the larger on the ’93 and ’94 is exceptional to the limit. These are definitelyperformance It is amazing how smooth and quiet are during normal driving.Braking is and powerful as well.

Clickhere for pictures of the 93 Lexus LS400

year differences

1990 The Lexus LS400

1991 is a slight refinement in the front to provide better pedal

1992 No changes

1993 tires and brakes, Passenger air bag added, CFC free air conditioning a pollen filter, Automatic styling touch-ups and several refinements. ( ’93 also as the most reliable of this group. This is the year to for.)

1994 No changes, as ’93




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