First Generation Lexus LS400 1990-1994 Lexus LS400 Road Test |

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Lexus LS400

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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 whenever you buy any used car, you make sure that you thoroughly checked out by a competent You are looking for a car that hasbeen maintained and never been in an One good thing about aLexus is that you can take the number to a Lexus service and they will giveyou a of all the work that was ever to that car by any Lexus dealer in

The test car for this report is a Lexus LS400 with miles onthe clock. The on this car are 225/60 VR16 Invicta GA#146;s. These are tires for this car and are the same as the ones that came on it itwas new. This car has all the that were available for model except for thebuilt-in phone.

The options include time traction control, frontseats, memory seat Nakamichi Sound System, mounted 6-disk CD changer, and computer controlled air-suspension.

car exudes quality from its fit and to the materials chosenboth inside and Look around the interior and you find a single exposedscrew and few seams in the trim. All the controls, the radio knobs to thedirectional feel like they last forever.

The same for the glovecompartment door, the cup holders, the ash and everything else you can touch, see The steering wheel has a nice to it with a thick rim that a good senseof control. The center pad of the wheel serves as a switch. I found it to bebit too to accidentally blow the horn twirling the wheel with one duringparking maneuvers.

The instruments are both day and night while is on. The numbers on the gauges seem to in space with the needles in them and any warning lights about an inch or so behind. the ignition isoff, the panel dark and you can#146;t see the gauges at

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.

Whengoing over a dip in the road would send other sprung cars bounding up and getting their passengers this car will sense the dip in the andinstantly tighten up its electronically shocks to stop any bounding ithad a chance to start. As as the energy from the dip is absorbed, the returnedto their soft

If the computer senses that you are fast, making quicksteering or braking hard, the shocks stiffen up to their sport andstay that way for as long as At highway speed, the car will itselfautomatically by about an inch for aerodynamics. Another advantage air-suspension is when you have a load of passengers and/or items in thetrunk, the car will itself automatically.

There are two on the console toallow you to modify the of this system. One switch you to manually changefrom normal to shock settings, the other lets you increase the groundclearance by an inch or so for when you are driving snow or on bad roads.

I also had a to drive another Lexus the standard coil springsuspension all these bells and whistles. I can you that, while the ride quite as good as the air spring it still had an excellent ride providinggood handling and control on roads.

In both cases, you are with a car thatrides as good as any in the

One thing that you should is that this is a rear drivecar. Because of this, on slippery roads can be a problem and if you how to handle a rear wheel car in a skid, you could easily out. To avoidthis, make the car you plan to buy has traction control. system will sense that is starting to spin and the brake on that wheel transferringpower to the wheel with the traction.

If applying the brake is insufficient to spin, the computer will power to the engine until the is under control.This process place so quickly and seamlessly, in cases the only way that that you almost lost is by the flashing Trac light tells you that thesystem took over. Of course, 20 ago most cars were wheeldrive and none had traction I guess that we all just more carefully backthen and knew our limits.

The V8 engine is With 250 horsepowerthis engine accelerate the car from a standing to 60 MPH in 7.9 seconds with asound is akin to ripping silk. car is quieter at full throttle most carsare at light speed.

The transmission is a perfect for the engine. At lightthrottle acceleration, the way you will know when the shifts is bywatching the tach It#146;s that smooth. A 4 V8, is not a very largeengine for a luxury Lexus kept the size in order to keep the gas mileageup and the gas guzzler tax.

Other in its class like theInfiniti make that claim. The to a smaller engine is that it throttle response. Tap the throttle to up into the traffic flow anInfiniti Q45 with its 4.6 liter and it goes right now.

Lexus, yousometimes have a lag while the transmission smoothly down before it takesoff a silent rocket. But, for driving and an occasional blastonto the on-ramp, the Lexus LS400 be beat.

Cruising down the this is one of the quietest cars on the up to its 150 MPH top speed. (No, I didn’t Lexus#146; top-speed claim for If it can reach that speed, you know the engine is loafing at all On the other side of the coin, car needs premium fuel and the gas ison the low end of acceptable at an EPA rating of 18 MPG and 23 highway.

The trunk is fairly large and with a large opening. this isa rear wheel car, the trunk doesn’t up under the package shelf the gas tank is.) Under the floor, there is a full spare tire which face-down. Seated in the center of the wheel is a shallow plastic a handle. You can use it to store rags or or maybe a set of booster cables sight.

In the left wall of the there is a flip-down compartment contains asmall set of Lexus tools, a Lexus flashlight and a rag with a Lexusemblem embroidered on it. On the wall of the trunk, there is a for thefirst-aid kit and the 6 Disc CD changer.

for this car are not cheap. But I consider a moot point sinceyou have to replace any. I Lexus if they knew of any areas butthey couldn’t of any. They told me there were some with the ’95 andlater but the first generation LS400 was trouble-free.

I alsoasked them if ever had a problem with the belt failing. The servicemanager that the only timing that he ever saw fail was on a car over150,000 miles on it with a that has never been They recommend changingthe belt at 90,000 miles (a job).

Most other require that the timingbelt be at 60,000 miles.

How does the LS400 fit your driving

Lexus LS400

If you are a conservative driver . thisis car. Smooth, quiet and in all driving conditions with acceleration. Since this is not a wheel drive car, sure that you findone traction control.

This car is near bulletpoof in if you find aclean one that was cared for.

The sportydriver like the near-silent silky thatthis car provides but this is a luxury car and you may be disappointed with the and the throttle response. For the same you may be happier with a one yearnewer Legend LS or the more performance Legend GS. They are just and have more of a sports feel.

If you still want the get a #145;93or#146;94. They have brakes and wider tires suited for sporty driving.

The can get into trouble with car because the onlythrill this car provide is through its silent and thrust. Since there is feedback you will often yourself going faster you thought. As with thesporty stay away from before #146;93. Tire with the larger tiresfound on the and ’94 is exceptional right to the

These are definitelyperformance tires. It is how smooth and quiet they are normal driving.Braking is strong and as well.

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Model differences

1990 The first LS400

1991 There is a refinement in the front brakes to better pedal feel.

No changes

1993 Larger and brakes, Passenger side air bag CFC free air conditioning with a filter, Automatic headlamps, touch-ups and several interior ( ’93 also rates as the reliable of this reliable This is the year to look

1994 No changes, Same as


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