Last post on Dec 12, 2012 at 10:05 PM
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Lexus LS 400, Lexus LS 430, Sedan
Dec 12, 2011 (2:52 pm)
Looking at a '92 LS with about 127K miles. While in Park, the car revs up just fine, but while driving it on the hwy, and the pedal on the floor, it won't go past 2,000 RPM. What could be causing this? It also has a power steering leak. Are there any common issues I should look out for? Thanks!
#8424 of 8462 Re: 1992 LS [blacklx1]
Dec 12, 2011 (4:07 pm)
Run. Unless that car is free, I wouldn't buy it. Also, the Power Steering pump is located directly above the alternator in that car, and when it leaks, it will take out the alternator as well. Run.
#8425 of 8462 Re: 1992 LS [blacklx1]
Dec 13, 2011 (10:21 am)
No power for acceleration, but no CEL, often results from a plugged catalytic converter.
The issue of the PS leak resulting in alternator failure is only an urban legend.
The PS pump is highly prone to leakage and the alternator slip rings are of a marginal design.
Many, most(?) owners folks ignore the realtively "minor" PS leak until the alternator fails and so the "technicians" have concluded that the leak leds to the alternator failure.
Simply not the case.
#8426 of 8462 Re: 1992 LS [wwest]
Dec 13, 2011 (10:35 am)
Well actually the CEL is on......and the car is a family members so if I get it, I'm hoping to get it super cheap! I also want to fix it up (without spending a fortunate) so it is reliable.
#8427 of 8462 Re: 1992 LS [blacklx1]
Dec 13, 2011 (10:41 am)
Then use a paper clip to jumper the diagnostic connector and "read" the code(s).
#8428 of 8462 Re: 1992 LS [wwest]
Dec 20, 2011 (12:39 pm)
I still would avoid the car.
#8429 of 8462 Good deal on a 99 LS-400
Jan 12, 2012 (7:30 pm)
Looking at a 99 LS-400 with 67k, in very good shape for $8500.00 Anything to be wary of? Seems like a great deal.
#8430 of 8462 Re: Good deal on a 99 LS-400 [lavrishevo]
Jan 12, 2012 (9:18 pm)
Sounds like a great deal to me. I love my 95 LS-400. I've had it for 3 years, put on 35,000 miles, it had 145,000 miles, and other than changing the timing belt, water pump, and power-steering pump, it just runs and runs. All the little details, the instruments, work like they're brand new. Stereo rocks me silly.
#8431 of 8462 Re: Good deal on a 99 LS-400 [lavrishevo]
by Mr_Shiftright HOST
Jan 13, 2012 (10:48 am)
Well sounds like a nice car...it's not a "great" deal but with the low miles, it's a good deal. I did a search 'globally' for '99s and found that the average asking price was $9800...so if we presume a 10% negotiation, that puts it at around $8900 selling price, private party. Dealers would be higher. And if we presume that some of the cars in that group would be higher miles than yours, we should add anotehr $500 premium to that, so $9400 would be "retail".
So yeah, you're getting a bit of a deal on it.
#8432 of 8462 Re: Good deal on a 99 LS-400 [Mr_Shiftright]
Feb 16, 2012 (5:33 am)
Ended up purchasing the car for $8,000.00 She needs a few things here and there but for the low miles and condition it is a great car.