If you own this next car and your wife ever asks you why the groceries get so hot on the way home from the store, you should probably change the subject. Same goes if she starts asking why the wheels are green. Why aren’t all wheels green, is the proper response. I still think that […]
Toyota had been aiming to beat BMW with their Lexus brand since it launched in 1989, but it wasn’t until the launch of the IS300 in 1998 that Lexus had finally delivered something that could compete with BMW’s lauded 3-series. Inline-6 engines, manual gearboxes, and rear-wheel-drive.. Yeah!! Lexus also launched a wagon version that they […]
Most cars aren’t perfect. Most aren’t previously owned by an astronaut, or equipped with a slick shifting 6-speed gearbox. And most cars have little nicks and dings an imperfections…but sometimes you stumble on a car that isn’t perfect, but is mostly good. Or at least, good for the price. Today’s next car isn’t an ultra-low […]
More than 300,000 miles on an odometer is a serious feat in any car, particularly one with a large and complicated V8 under the hood. Today’s high miler is from Toyota’s luxury brand Lexus, which might give the average person the impression that it’ll last forever…but lovers of depreciated luxury cars know that stuff breaks […]
This next car comes as a tip from Johnny Bouncewell who writes: Usually when I see a V8 project car, I imagine someone’s half baked idea of shoehorning some SBC into a Cressida or something. This one looks like it was done right, done well, and has an LS400 motor. Seems strange with all that […]
If you want a handsome late-model 2+2 convertible I think the Lexus SC430 should be on your short list. It won’t handle as well as a 911 convertible, or do big manly burnouts like a Mustang ragtop, or make you look as sexy as a late model Saab ragtop, but for a car that performs […]
When I first saw the details on this next car, I thought “wow, that’s a lotta miles for a 2007″…but then I pondered more and thought “that’s a lotta car for $8500”. The 4th generation Lexus LS (internally known as the XF40 at Toyota) has a 4.6 liter UR-series V8 that pushes 375 smooth horsepower […]
This next car comes as a tip from Johnny Bouncewell who writes; Cheap manual Lexus? Those words just dont get put together very often. I mean, its just a tarted up Camry, but thats hella cheap for a First Generation Lexus. The original first gen ES was indeed just a Camry but it showed the […]
In 2002 Toyota introduced a medium-sized SUV to their North American product line — but they sold in through their Lexus dealers and called it the GX470. Internationally you would call the big ladder-frame 2-speed transfer box equipped 4X4 a Land Cruiser Prado, but here it was called the GX470. So upper class housewives from wealthy neighborhoods purchased them in bland colors and drove the kids to soccer camp. What they didn’t expect was to get 14 mpg driving around the city or that they’d need to plan for stopping/turning maneuvers. I seriously doubt that many of the original owners of these things ever took them off road, but now that they are approached the value of a cheap used car…it’s time to go mudding with your GX. Find this 2005 Lexus GX470 offered for $15,900 in Los Angeles, CA via craigslist.
Don’t think of this next car as a big white Camry…because while it might share the same basic bland styling direction as a contemporary Toyota, it is superbly well refined example of the horseless carriage. And for all the people who ridicule the meh…zzz styling, the other side of the coin is the new Predator face grill LS500 or the similarly old Bangled butt on a 7-series…which is a great shopping comparison vehicle. Except the Lexus is quieter on the inside, more reliable, cheaper to maintain, and just as executive in execution. This next example is low in miles and high in class — it just needs a few JDM finishing points like a bumper pole and a Crown Athlete grill. Find this 2008 Lexus LS460 offered for $18995 buy-it-now or make-offer located in Stafford, TX via ebay.