The XF20 generation Lexus LS was sold from 1994 through 1997 and gives you all the speed and comfort you’d expect in a German executive cruiser (S-Class…or BMW 7-series), but with Japanese sensibility and reliability. There was no option for a 5-speed manual gearbox, but it wouldn’t raid your savings in expensive parts repairs or goad you into thinking your car was sporty. Find this 1995 Lexus LS400 bidding for $2500 in Gadsden, AL via Hemmings auctions with 5 days to go. Tip from BarbPaddles.
This next car epitomizes the expression “punching above one’s weight class.” It has no business being being fast as it is…but don’t let the shabby paint fool you. This wagon is running a 1UZFE V8 from a Lexus LS400, Mercedes-Benz bumpers and a funky multi-link rear suspension that looks tight. If you’ve got the time and know-how to swap in the included W58 5-speed, this thing will be perfect. Find this 1985 Toyota Cressida Wagon offered for $9000 in Simi Valley, CA via craigslist. Tip from MikeD.
This next car comes as a tip from Jeff who writes: If it drives as good as it looks, this will dish out many more miles. Only driven about 9,000 a year to date… Yes indeed, this is the case of a seller who has taken some nice photos of a car that is clean. You […]
Do you want a car that will offer the style & class of a Mercedes-Benz but the reliability & cost of a Toyota? Yes, there is only one answer — an aged Lexus LS. Find this 1990 Lexus LS400 offered for $3750 in Hazlet, NJ via craigslist. From Cory. From the seller: 1990 Sedan Lexus LS400 […]
There are places around the world where having a lifted 4X4 is functional, useful, and downright essential for daily driving during monsoon season, winter, or Black Friday. Los Angeles, California is not one of those places…so, naturally, I’m going to focus my search for lifted junk in the city of Angels. Let’s kick things off […]
The 2nd generation XF20 (1994-1997) Lexus LS was everything you’d want in a German executive cruiser, but with Japanese sensibility and reliability. There was no option for a 5-speed manual gearbox, but it wouldn’t ravage your savings in expensive parts repairs or lull you into thinking your car was sporty. Find this 1996 Lexus LS400 offered […]
Six thousand dollars doesn’t buy much in terms of a car these days at a dealer lot. The Nissan Versa is the cheapest new car you can get, but it still costs more than $12k out of the door, so will you believe me if I tell you that you can drive a luxurious, reliable, […]
If you listened to the latest DT Radio Show, you might have heard our guest (who skyped in from Japan) Nathan talk about his experience living and driving on the wrong side of the road. It has been an interesting extended vacation for Nathan, but it is time to return to the land of freedom […]
The Lexus LS was launced in 1989 but it took a few years before buyers were willing to shell out their cold hard cash for an S-Class sized offering from the island of Japan. The LS offers a level of luxury and cruiser style that is hard to match for the money, but all my […]
DT Editor Vince — This next tip comes to us from Andy L who included a complete story, here it is: I put about 200K on a 95 LS400, so I would like to offer you my anecdotal take on this particular example. Lexus sedans are not everyone’s cup of tea. They are heavier than […]