Back in 2006, I got the itch to buy a LS 400. Looked at a few, but settled on a '98.
She was gorgeous. Gold with beige interior, Nakamichi stereo. She had 113K miles on her, but looked like half that. Smoothest car I'd ever owned. Said on several occasions that she was smoother at 100 mph than my truck was sitting still. Paid $13K and have probably put another $7K in repairs.
Nine years and 80K miles later, she's not quite as charming. I've driven the paint off the hood and bumpers. If I drive her hard, the smell of burnt oil tends to linger around her. The leather on the drivers seat is worn and torn. The dash has cap issues. Temp and gas gages ride higher than they should. The tach and speedo sometimes have trouble waking up, especially on a humid day.
Keep finding myself looking at LS 460s. An '07 with Nav and ML stereo can be had for $20 to $27K depending on mileage, maybe less if I bargain hard.
Yeah, I could put a fraction of that in paint and repairs. Could mount a Garmin and a XM receiver, but that might look a little... cobbled.
Gonna spend the next few days test driving and haggling with salesmen. It's not a done deal yet...
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