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Reasoned Review by Phreeze on 01/20/2004. Trim: 2000 Lexus LS 400, Owned 3 years.
Pros: The LS400 has good power in acceleration, is very quiet and stable on the road. The fit and finish is very good. Have had a few annoying rattles but they've been fixed easily. This is a great road car if you want power and a smooth ride. Like driving a powerful pillow. Good gas mileage for a luxury sedan. I get 23/24 mpg with combo city/highway
Cons: Not much of a handling car. It rolls a bit much vs. BMW. There is an annoying transmission surge when slowing down going down a steep hill (only in 1st gear). The turning radius is a little limited. Just about everything in the maintenance end is expensive but not more so than the competitors.
Overall review: I have been a Toyota owner for most of my adult life. I drove three Camry's a total of 540,000 miles. The problem with the Camry is a short box that, for me, causes leg and back problems. After test driving the LS400, it became apparent that I had out grown the Camry. If you want the Toyota reliability but want a little more in all categories, the Lexus vehicles are great. The LS400 (now LS 430) is the best of the Lexus vehicles
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