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Lexus LS 400, Lexus LS 430, Sedan
#3025 of 8465 1990 Model Owner Questions
Jun 18, 2002 (10:44 am)
I have a friend who brought a 1999 Lexus LS 400, and is willing to part with her 1990 model.
She is an extremely close friend, and her gesture to me is out of good will alone, that I am sure. Think of your kindly, older aunt selling you her Cadillac for under blue book.
I'm just curious about first run production models. Any feedback on the reliablity of the first year Lexus vehicles? Or, does anyone have a site that's good to luck at?
#3026 of 8465 just had my 5000 service
Jun 18, 2002 (10:52 am)
I have 5000 miles on my 02. This is the smoothest, most trouble free car that I have owned. After reading the posts, I recall that my wipers have come on in the heat too. Besides that and a squeak in my auto-swing-away steering wheel, I haven't had any trouble. True luxury for me!!
#3027 of 8465 deaconjones
Jun 18, 2002 (1:04 pm)
The 90 LS is a fabulous car, a true classic, and you will love driving it. I sold my 90 LS at 125k to get a LS 430, and hated to see it go.
However, you are buying a high-mileage car with costly replacement parts. My air conditioner compressor went at ~100k; it was, as I recall, about 2k to get it fixed. (Other common items -- water and pwr steering pumps, LCD "bleeding" on the radio and climate systems). Even one of (if not the) the most spectacularly reliable car of its type ever made is going to break at this stage of its life. It will break much less often than a MB or a BMW, but it will break. And when it does it will not be cheap to repair. These are complicated cars.
Don't let this dissuade you. You will absolutely love the car, and for a complicated machine with high miles, you will be amazed at how reliable it will be. You can easily get 200k out of it.
#3028 of 8465 5k service
Jun 18, 2002 (3:20 pm)
First service should have been at 7.5k according to the owner's manual.
#3029 of 8465 deaconjones
Jun 18, 2002 (8:02 pm)
I completely agree with nealm1 about the 90 LS. I am driving mine with 145K miles and not one of my dozen employees drives a car with a lower book value (I figure about $5-6K), I could easily afford a new 02 LS, and yet I keep it anyway. I have been following this board in anticipation of the upgrade and I'll regret it if the new one is not as trouble free. It seems like everyone has to replace the power steering pump and other assorted steering parts can be a $1500 repair. The A/C evaporator costs $1500. Everyone loses the LCD on the AC unit and that runs about $500 too. The unit works but you can't read ths clock. I had to skip that repair and velcro a small black Brookstone digital clock over the bad LCD. It's a great car and the $2000 I might spend a year now is nothing compared to the depreciation on a new vehicle. It's not like the car is likely to break down and inconvenience you but you have to have the cash for expensive repairs if you are looking to buy a 12 year old car. My lexus dealer is happy to loan me a new vehicle for oil changes even on this old car so if I need a repair, it is only money and not like I am without a car while it is fixed. When I get an LS 430, the person who gets my 90 LS will be lucky. I hope you enjoy yours too if you buy this vehicle.
Jun 19, 2002 (6:50 am)
Thank you for your answers. I have yet to drive the car, but I think for the low price of it, even if there was a need for $2K of repair (hopefully not every year), it would be worth it for a few years or so.
The other way I am now looking at it, is for the price she's willing to part with it (around $7k), there's not much else out there worth trusting.
It appears to be more reliable than used BMW's of the same era, at least from what little research I've done.
I do have one more question--in the car I currently drive, I've installed a pretty good stereo system. How is the stock stereo on your 1990 models? Did you replace it, or stick with it?
Thanks again for the replies.
#3031 of 8465 deaconjones
Jun 19, 2002 (12:48 pm)
Which stereo does it have , there were two a Pioneer and a Nakamichi ?
#3032 of 8465 Help!! Interior Colors
Jun 19, 2002 (7:24 pm)
I'm trying to take delivery of a Custom Lux next week, but I'm still getting grief from the wife about the interior colors, and I need some help. According to the Lexus web site (and my foggy memory at the dealership), the ecru color is very light, almost white, and the ivory is a light tan several shades darker than the ecru. My wife (who knows nothing about Lexus, but used to be a profesional seamstress and knows lots about clothing colors) says I have it backwards: ecru is light tan and ivory is lighter and nearly white. I really need to know this before I commit to the wrong car. Thanks.
Jun 19, 2002 (8:46 pm)
Your wife may be right in general, but Lexus uses a different palette. I have a mystic sea/ecru, and the ecru is almost white. It doesn't look that way in the brochure either. Go to www.lexus.com, and go to "Build your Lexus".
Select a gold exterior, and you will get both the ivory and ecru as interior choices. It's easy to switch between them and see the difference. The ecru is pretty true to the actual color.
#3034 of 8465 Ivory/ecru
Jun 19, 2002 (10:10 pm)
I have a 92 LS400 burgandy/ivory and I would be more than glad to upgrade to an LS430 of the same colors, no can do says Lexus. I could get the ecru but that would be like putting white carpets in a house full of kids, no thanks.
Lexus shoulda stuck to cloning MBs and left the Cadillac lokalikes to the bluehairs.