Lexus LS 400 Cars

Everything You Need to Know About the Lexus LS400

The Lexus LS400 is a luxury sedan that has been Lexus's flagship car model from its debut in January 1989 to its effective termination in 2000. Like the other models in Lexus's LS series, it's a four-door luxury sedan that has maintained consistently strong sales throughout its different generations of production. When you find a used Lexus LS400 for sale on eBay, you have the opportunity to acquire a classic luxury car.

Overarching features of the Lexus LS400

The Lexus LS400 has undergone a number of important changes throughout its illustrious history, but certain things have remained constant. All versions of the vehicle have maintained an FR layout, with its engine in the front and only its rear wheels doing any driving. The LS400 has always had a luxurious appearance with a leather interior. The car's distinguishing characteristic has been its 4.0-litre V8 engine.

Lexus maintained this broad constellation of features until the launch of the third generation of the LS series in 2000. At that time, the Lexus LS430 was released with a new engine and upgraded layout, making it significantly different from its predecessor.

Different generations of the Lexus LS400

The affordable Lexus LS400 appeared in two distinct production generations between 1989 and 2000. Here are the significant differences between them:

  • First generation: (1989-1994): The first generation of the LS400 boasted a four-speed automatic transmission and 250 horsepower. The car measured about 4,996 millimetres by 1,829 millimetres by 1,415 millimetres. In late 1992, additional models were introduced with improved disc brakes, larger wheels and tyres, and an upgraded suspension designed to make power steering easier.
  • Second generation (1994-2000): Initially, the second generation of the LS400 came with a four-speed automatic transmission and 260 horsepower. However, starting in 1997, the horsepower would increase to 290 and it would get a five-speed automatic transmission. The car measured about 4,996 millimetres by 1,829 millimetres by 1,435 millimetres. Other upgrades introduced from 1997 to 2000 included a CD-ROM-based GPS system, front side airbags, vehicle stability control, and brake assist.
How should you choose a used Lexus LS400?

When shopping around for a used 1990s-era Lexus LS400, here are a few factors to keep in mind:

  • Age: In general, the older the car and the more miles that it has on it, the less expensive it will be. Newer models or models with fewer miles on them will generally be more expensive. In some cases, the value of an older car may offset this because it's considered a classic.
  • Modifications: Models that have been modified, tuned up or have had significant numbers of their parts replaced with newer and better-functioning parts will usually cost more than models that still have all of their old parts.