The Beginning – Buying a Lexus LS400

I wanted something more luxo-barge than sports car and something reliable too.

I saw a GS300 advertised online and I’d never really thought of that so started a but of digging around online and eventually found myself reading an article about a LS400 with 900,000 miles on and the quest to get it to the 1,000,000 mile mark I then read a few sources stating the Federal Aviation Authority had approved a plan for the Ls400 V8 to be adapted for planes and tracked down an original source showing it not be an internet myth. It’s also used in speed boats.

Having let the internet pollute my mind I decided that a decent car should therefore be able to manage a 2000 mile round trip to Europe if I found one in suitable shape.

Online stalking of eBay, GumTree and AutoTrader began. The LS400 had Mk1,2,3&4 models – the Mk4 looks quite modern and is the quickest of them all, but it also has a touch screen sat nav from 1997 and I thought having a 18 year old computer at the helm might just more trouble than it was worth – especially when I read a replacement from Lexus was £5500+VAT! I wasn’t really that bothered though, I was more interested in finding one that had recently had the cambelt & water pump changed (advised every 60,000 miles / 10 years) as that tends to come in at around £500 – £700 with parts and labour.

I saw a few potentials online & spoke to a couple of sellers but nothing really got me excited until a 1993 Mk1 popped up for sale five miles from work. I headed over there to take a look and it had one owner from new with 85,000 miles (the family predominantly lived overseas), 18 main dealer stamps and the cambelt service completed three years ago. It had no MOT though. However, a deal was done and after adding one lightbulb it also had an MOT smile.

Let the adventures begin.


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