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Old 03-25-14, 07:50 AM   #46
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wow that thing is pristine! I wouldn't want to buy it cuz it's so nice, I wouldn't want to put any miles on it.
Better you than many other possible new owners. For example:
http://sfbay.craigslist.org/eby/cto/4384373532.html
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Old 03-25-14, 08:38 AM   #47
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It's like a child where one parent is good looking and the other one is fugly. Imports should never be donks and Chevy's should never go cambered out, VIP style... To each their own I guess. I can respect someone who has a different taste and style from me as long as they put in quality work and respect the car. I don't like donks or the cambered out look but I've seen really good builds in both styles that I can applaud the effort it took. I still think that the more diverse the Lexus fan base is, the better it is for our cars' values.

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Old 03-25-14, 09:12 AM   #48
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McCrimmon , I am an old guy and had to google that term. Now I know what a donk is.

http://jalopnik.com/5974931/your-gui...-culture-donks
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Old 03-27-14, 03:07 PM   #49
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i got my 99 LS 400 from my grandparents nearly 3 years ago. i'll be 20 soon, the car just passed 100000 miles, drives great, needs suspension work though, and my dream would be to give it to my kids some day, if it'll last that long
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Old 03-27-14, 05:43 PM   #50
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i'm amazed at how well the early toyota tacomas have held their value. when i was shopping for one, i was shocked to see older models in the same price range as the newer so i opted for the newer ones (where the generation i wanted stopped at 2004). of course their use differs from an LS400 but i would like to see that kind of value retained over the upcoming years. what would it take? a solid engine, reliable chassis, cheap maintenance, and a good drive? the LS has all that!

today LS400s are so affordable you see more and more new member popping up here. it's great to see!
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Old 03-27-14, 05:58 PM   #51
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today LS400s are so affordable you see more and more new member popping up here. it's great to see!
I was just talking about that with a colleague today, describing the '95 LS I just got a few weeks ago. Seems to me though, the problem may be that even a relatively minor accident will total them out since repairs and parts are so expensive. Correct me if I'm wrong. One minute you have a sweet super clean machine and the next you get a 3-4k check from insurance.
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Pineroot - You are correct, sir!
Above quote from Ed McMahon :-)
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One man's pride, sheltered for years, now released to the savages.

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Fine examples will continue to be cared for by fans. But fewer will become available as their original owners, with their fine garages and car care habits, pass away.
Exactly. Now with these cars at the quarter century mark I think were gunna see a huge wave of super nice ones surface as the last of the original owners start to die off. (Yes it's easy to forget these cars are actually old enough now that some of there original owners that were middle aged or slightly older when they bought them are going senile or dying off)
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My dad passed down his 93 to me last year paint still in mint condition garage kept all its life. Has 274k just replaced the tranny and timing belt last week car runs great had the interior redone I don't plan on driving it too much.
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Have to reach that 400K mark, drive it.

Curious, what had happened to the original transmission to have it replaced?
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Have to reach that 400K mark, drive it.

Curious, what had happened to the original transmission to have it replaced?
Didn't take care of the transmission. Took great care of the rest of the car. Still looks and runs great.
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I have a 91 LS 400 with 327,000 miles bought it used in 2000 and have spent thousands of dollars keeping it like new. The most expensive parts are the suspension front and rear and here in California our great roads are
junk and more junk they are horrible to drive on. We now have the worst roads anywhere in the US but the motor keeps purring and the trans works just fine all original I do use synthetic fluids through out the car. still get
23-25 MPH on the open road I finally had to replace the AC compressor was leaking also replaced the dryer and expansion valve and starter radiator etc. It's timing belt time again!!
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I have a 91 LS 400 with 327,000 miles bought it used in 2000 and have spent thousands of dollars keeping it like new. The most expensive parts are the suspension front and rear and here in California our great roads are
junk and more junk they are horrible to drive on. We now have the worst roads anywhere in the US but the motor keeps purring and the trans works just fine all original I do use synthetic fluids through out the car. still get
23-25 MPH on the open road I finally had to replace the AC compressor was leaking also replaced the dryer and expansion valve and starter radiator etc. It's timing belt time again!!
I just had my timing belt and water pump done. Does your power antenna still work? I will probably end up taking mine out and install a aftermarket.
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since starting this thread our cars have gotten two years older. clean examples of 1st gen models are getting very rare and seeing a 1st gen at all on the road anymore is becoming an uncommon sighting.

the last Ls400 rolled off the assembly line 15 years ago now. 15 years by any standards is an old car.

the first gen models when I do see them, are starting to look very old.

classic car by 2020?
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since starting this thread our cars have gotten two years older. clean examples of 1st gen models are getting very rare and seeing a 1st gen at all on the road anymore is becoming an uncommon sighting.

the last Ls400 rolled off the assembly line 15 years ago now. 15 years by any standards is an old car.

the first gen models when I do see them, are starting to look very old.

classic car by 2020?
Unfortunately I don't think our cars are ever going to be considered classic or collectable. The things that put cars into that category are performance or design elements that make them desirable to a group of people. The LS400 has great appeal to folks like us but it's not a cutting edge design and there are better performing cars out there.

For those couple cars that remain in pristine condition in the 2040 timeframe they might have some desirability. I think the best thing for owners of the LS400 is knowing they have a very well built, luxurious automobile with decent performance that can go for a lot of miles without spending a fortune. Kind of like the surviving Lincolns from the 60s and 70s....
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