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Could a Lexus LS 400 or LS 430 go over a Million Miles?

Any thoughts on whether or not a Lexus LS 400 or LS 430 could drive over one million miles on the original engine with proper maintence maintained throughout the cars life, garaged and treated well?

Has anyone seen a Lexus with one million miles? Everyone always talks about how reliable and long living the Japan cars are, like Lexus, Toyota & Honda but I personally have not seen any with a million miles. I have seen a Mercedes Benz with over a million miles on the original engine, also a VW and the guy with the record for having the most miles on a car is a guy driving a Volvo from the 1960's.

Any thoughts?


  • vchengvcheng Posts: 1,286
    ..personally was a 1992 LS400. It showed up a the local Lexus dealer a few months ago with 542,xxx miles on it, and a for sale sticker in the window. I don't know what happened to it. It was a bit rough in spots, but appeared to have aged well.
  • I have a 96 LS 400 that has 150,000 miles on it. Most are highway miles. I drove it one mile, when I stopped I could hear loud banging noises under the hood. I saw green fluid leaking as well. My shop said that if the car overheated that I may be looking at a new engine. Does this sound correct. I change the oil every 3k miles without fail. Help..... :cry:
  • bob2bob2 Posts: 10
    i am retired and could afford a new lexus. i am looking at some used 2004 ls430s with 50k miles and above. would any experienced lexus driver/technician have any second thoughts with buying a used lexus with this kind of mileage or higher?
  • Bob

    I have a LS 430 with 56,000 miles on it, and its in the shop right now with a keyless entry problem that Lexus can't fix.This is the second dealer that I have taken it to. The first one in Rochester N.Y. told me that they didn't want to fix it. So be careful buying a used LS 430.

  • Steve

    My dad had a LS 400, that he drove 503,000 miles. The motor and transmission were original and were never taken apart other than routine oil and filter changes. The seats were worn out and the leather steering wheel was beat, but ran fine. He traded it in on a LS 430 with 30,000 miles, It now has 56,000 miles and it is in the shop right now with a keyless entry problem that Lexus can't fix, and most of the time there is a warning light coming on for something.

  • vchengvcheng Posts: 1,286
    Dorschel Lexus is a pretty good dealership. I am surprised that they would not help to fix your car. Did you escalate the issue above the level of the Service Advisor? I am just curious.
  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    The last Lexus I bought, in 2003, was a 1992 with ~151,000 miles. Seller had receipts for water pump, timing belt replacements at 141,000.
  • Hi,

    I'm curious about the designation "Sport Suspension" which appears behind the front wheelwell on a 2002 LS 430 I'm interested in. The car does seem to handle very well considering the criticisms that the suspension is too soft in the literature, also the ride is pleasant, but certainly not "floaty." I find no reference in the literature to a "Sport Suspension" option for the car, and am wondering if anyone can sort this out for me, thanks,

  • mahalo1mahalo1 Posts: 4
    edited March 2010
    Shoman I have an 04 with the sport suspension. It basically has polyurathane bushing, larger sway bars, stiffer struts and 18" rims. Mine has 140k miles on it and still rides like when it was new. I'm very glad I waited for the car with that option, made a big difference in the cars performance IMHO
  • bocatripbocatrip Posts: 194
    I own a 2001 LS430 with 100K. It is probably one of the most reliable cars I have ever owned......and I have had many cars. It seems to be absolutely bulletproof other than the weak audio system. You can't go wrong with this car from 01-06. 04 has a quirky transmission on the early models. Great car.
  • I own a 1996 LS-400 with 374k miles with zero issues to-date. It just started a valve tapping, and the ball joints need to be replaced, but other than that it's been a fantastic car. Did you replace the timing belt and water pump at 100k miles? If not, do it, change the oil every 3k miles, and enjoy the ride..
  • I have a 2002 LS 430 with 267,000 miles on it and have never had any issues with it. Do regular oil changes between 4-5k and do the regular 100,000 maintenance. Noticed yesterday in garage that there is some leaking trans fluid. Any ideas what this might be and is it a major job? Transmission is shifting fine and there seems to be no issues. I've always heard that opening up a trans to do a flush etc. causes more problems than it is worth but it might have to be done at this point to change a gasket or something. Any thoughts?
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