Tuesday, December 3, 2013

15k: Luxury And Style: 2004 Lexus LS430

Owning a Lexus LS430 is like having a reliable, durable and cheap BMW 5-series.  No one will mistake the LS430 for a BMW M5 and the ride will be more on the grandpa side of the handling scale, but it is a surprisingly fast car with an emphasis on passenger comfort.  Find this 2004 Lexus LS430 offered for $12,981 buy-it-now on ebay, located in San Antonio, TX.


The 3rd generation Lexus LS was designed to be masterpiece of Japanese engineering excellence and was sold from 2001-2006, mostly in the North American market.  The inevitable comparison to the BMW 5-series, Audi 6 and Mercedes E-Class were appropriate when new, but now on the used market this thing blows them out of the water in the cost of ownership department due to Toyota's legendary quest for quality.


The LS is powered by a 4.3 liter V8 that puts out 290 horsepower and 320 ft-lbs of torque, but mostly it does its job quietly and obediently with minimal need to have some fat fingered mechanic replace costly parts.


The interior of the LS is another highlight, with seat heaters/coolers and some faux wood trim.  This one has more than 100k miles on the odometer, but it still looks great - another testament to the focus of the dudes who designed this moving sculpture. 


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6 comments:

  1. Perry here. I have an earlier LS. It's a '98 LS 400. Big, surprisngly fast, but very soft. There is something specific about the "luxury" aspect of it: It never needs anything. So it is luxurious in that you can be as lazy an owner as you want to be. You have the luxury of driving anywhere, any time, no problemo.

    Mine only has 109k on it. After I rack up another 100k (easy! Some sport 300k+!!!) I will sell it & buy one like you see here. Then do another the years of easy.
    PS, I have a Lotus 7 for fun, the Lexus for family / work.

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    1. Perry,
      Agreed. I had a 95 LS400 for about 8 years and finally got rid of it with 224K on it. You are right on about this car's ability to absorb neglect. By the time I got rid of mine all of the idiot lights were on (though nothing was wrong mechanically) the LCD displays for the climate control and radio were totally washed out (though both systems worked) the speedo and tach needles would register about half of the time, traction control and abs were both inop, though the brakes were fine. At 224K I pulled the dipstick out with about 13K on the oil change and it was full and perfectly clean.

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  2. Note to self:

    Do not buy a used LS. Lazy owners fail to perform basic maintenance.

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    1. Sounds like most of the people who buy expensive luxury cars second hand, drive them until something they cant afford breaks and then ditch it. Normally the people who buy them new maintain the ever living crap out of them (the majority).

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  3. Perry here. Hey, All sheduled maintenence gets done on mine, Mr. Rantyson. What does NOT get done is major mechanical repairs. ---- No need! The only thing I have had to do in six years is a starter.

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