Friday, March 24, 2017

East Eats West: 2007 Lexus LS460L

For decades the best European Q-Ships built came from a company called Mercedes-Benz.  If you wanted something that could hit Warp 10 by the time you finished saying engage or do the Kessel run in less than 12 parsecs, you got a Mercedes-Benz S-Class or whatever they were calling it at the time...but times...they have changed. Today, if you want the best European Q-Ship on the planet, you head to your local Lexus dealer and pickup a car built in Japan...or get a used one for eurocents on your yen.  Find this 2007 Lexus LS460L offered for $12,000 in Rio Rancho, NM via craigslist.  Tip from FuelTruck.

The XF40 generation LS was introduced in the US market as the LS460 for the 2007 model year with an appropriately sized (and remarkably non-threatening in hindsight) grill and a 4.6 liter 1UR-FSE V8 that pushed 380 horsepower and 367 ft-lbs of torque into an 8-speed slushbox.  For your $60k-$70k you got adaptive variable suspension, self parking, stability control, radar cruise control, pre-collision system -- ALL the kind of stuff that would make your rear pucker like a 50th birthday physical if this were a German or American car...but the Japanese have a reputation for smooth quality and painless dealer visits.  Could this be true with a 160k mile LS460L?

See another way to get into a luxury barge that might not sink your bank acct?


  1. Right now, I'm driving a Mini Cooper JCW and doing quite a bit of cross-country travel. I dream at night about this car.

  2. My inner 65 year old loves the idea of this. I used to wrench on my friend's LS400 and yeah it had remarkably little room to do even the most mundane of repairs (I will forever hate the power steering line crush washers on those) but the payoff was tooooootally worth it.

    TL;DR I dig this and if I didn't already have a 240z, (Volvo) S70, 740 Turbo wagon, 2 '98 4Runners and a motorcycle pissing off my HOA... I'd think about it.

  3. I grew up next to Rio Rancho and there is a good joke about girls form Rio Rancho and Ranch dressing. Sorry, can't tell it on here though.

    So the car, all it needs is a kleenex box in the front seat and at least three hats (one of them being a straw golf hat) on the back tray. Possibly some sort of bumper sticker announcing american pride.

    Yes, it would be just like my in-laws.......

    1. You can't leave us hanging without the punch line! Finish the joke!


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