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Old 10-21-13, 06:19 PM   #16
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Thanks for the clarification, how about the 1990-1994? I dunno why but it always seems like the older LS400s are smaller than the updated 98+. Especially the very first generation....they seem like Acura Legend/RL size but it must just be an illusion depending on view point/angle. Because my 98 sometimes looks huge and other times it looks camry sized.
It may be because the 1990-1994 LS400 has a substantially smaller interior than the 1995-2000 LS400 and much shorter side windows. It also has a lower seating position. I had a 1990 and a 2000 LS400 parked side-by-side in the garage until I sold the 90 in 2003. My 2000 LS400 interior seemed huge compared to my 1990 LS400 and the 2000 drove like a much bigger and more substantial car. My 2000 LS400 is far more similar to the LS430 than to my old 90 LS400.
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Old 10-21-13, 07:41 PM   #17
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It may be because the 1990-1994 LS400 has a substantially smaller interior than the 1995-2000 LS400 and much shorter side windows. It also has a lower seating position. I had a 1990 and a 2000 LS400 parked side-by-side in the garage until I sold the 90 in 2003. My 2000 LS400 interior seemed huge compared to my 1990 LS400 and the 2000 drove like a much bigger and more substantial car. My 2000 LS400 is far more similar to the LS430 than to my old 90 LS400.
1. Lol well thats I thought of it.

2. I think thats it, you hit the nail on the head. I rode in my cousin's 1991 LS400 and it felt significantly smaller than my 1998. I kinda liked the feeling though, because while mine is spacious and feels like a castle inside the cabin, his felt more like a comfy condo...not to much real estate/square footage...okay bad example but you probably catch my drift. I also drove it around the block and it felt more tossable...smaller cars in general will usually feel like that but it was way different feeling when I got back in my 1998.

I guess when it comes down to it I tend to prefer smaller cars but still retain the luxury aspect. For example I'd choose an E class over a S class, 5 series over a 7 series. So the first gen LS400 is something I would pick over mine in terms of feel.
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Old 10-21-13, 09:44 PM   #18
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98 - 2000 unless you can pick up an amazing deal on a low mileage 97 and under.
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It may be because the 1990-1994 LS400 has a substantially smaller interior than the 1995-2000 LS400 and much shorter side windows. It also has a lower seating position. I had a 1990 and a 2000 LS400 parked side-by-side in the garage until I sold the 90 in 2003. My 2000 LS400 interior seemed huge compared to my 1990 LS400 and the 2000 drove like a much bigger and more substantial car. My 2000 LS400 is far more similar to the LS430 than to my old 90 LS400.
the 95+'s have a stretched wheelbase by several inches over the 1st gens, which results in a smaller trunk, but they gained interior room
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Old 10-21-13, 11:18 PM   #20
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Back when I was merely a forum lurker, and was hooked on the LS as my potential first car, I wanted a '94 model mainly due to its more brutish looks. While I did get a '99 (and so commenced my forum membership) I had no complaints, aside from the color. Hell, I was grinning ear to ear when my father pulled up at the bus stop with it.

That being said, it's mainly a toss up between looks and technology, but I'd say go with a '98-00 and try to avoid air suspension altogether, as maintenance ends up being a pricey ordeal. If you have any plans for modification of the sound system, I'd say avoid models equipped with Nakamichi audio and/or Navigation system as well.
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I was sorta in the same boat on deciding between a 97 and a 99 LS I found to buy. Ultimately I went with the 97 because:

- it was cheaper
- personally I prefer the look of the 95-97 frontend

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Now that I've owned it, become a forum member and did a bunch of research I will say that is seems there's slightly more of an "aftermarket" on parts for the 98+ LS's. Of course I'm mainly talkin exterior parts seeing as mechanically they're basically identical.

Another thing I like is that it seems that most people on here have the 98+ so to me I prefer to have the older one be a lil different I guess

A minus on the 95-97s is everytime I think I see one on the road it turns out to be a Toyota Avalon...

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Figured, the LS400 looks very European though. LS460 looks more Japanese because of the XXXXXXXXXX headlights.
Well, I am a Chinese. I am a longtime member of this board and I make my share of of contribution to help other members here.
I do feel offended by Jeremiah87's racial slur C word here. It is not funny at all.

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Jeremiah87, as quoted by everyone and reported. Your comment is offending to people.

Next time think twice before hitting submit.
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Jeremiah87, as quoted by everyone and reported. Your comment is offending to people.

Next time think twice before hitting submit.
Will do, I am Asian myself and it doesn't bother me but will abide by forum rules.
P.S. My apologies for offending anyone.

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