1997 Lexus LS 400 Overview

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The Lexus Ls 400 Is Smooth And Reliable by 1997_Lexus_PB
 — The Lexus LS 400 is smooth, reliable and does not disappoint the driver. The engine is excellent and continues to perform with powerful acceleration and very little maintenance. The interior is roomy ... Read More
A Lasting Keeper. by Westie
 — It is a very smooth, powerful and elegant cruiser. The quality is excellent and it is beautiful in creamy white. Purchased used from neighbor who always garaged it. Have driven it for a year and 15K m... Read More
Love It! by Gerald
 — Love it!!! - Very comfortable! The ultimate luxury! Very smooth and feels very safe! Takes command of the road! Very powerful and reliable. Nice sound system. Loaded to the hilt. Even has a tool and a... Read More

1997 Lexus LS 400 Overview

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1997 Lexus LS 400

Side-impact airbags were added as standard equipment in 1997.  Otherwise, the Lexus LS 400 was unchanged.  The second generation of the Lexus flagship sedan would get several updates in the following year.  For now, it remained the best selling luxury flagship in the United States, with sales exceeding more expensive Euros like the BMW 7-Series and Mercedes Benz S-Class.  Today, depreciation is also comparatively low.
For the eighth year, the LS 400 was equipped with essentially the same engine as all prior models.  An entirely new 4.0 liter V-8 would arrive in the following year.  After a power boost in 1995, this old V-8 made 260 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque.  The potent engine was paired with a 4-speed automatic transmission, and the addition of the optional air suspension system allowed drivers to make adjustments to suit their ride preferences.  
The LS 400 interior's ergonomics and finish further illustrated why this was the Lexus flagship: leather, walnut trim, dual zone climate control, power everything.  While the drive train provided smoothness and stability, the interior was well protected from road, wind, and engine noise, regardless of speed (within reason).  Lexus had borrowed a retractable cup holder design from Toyota, which was often cited as the cabin's worst feature.  Many late-90s LSs have reached impressive mileage marks, but once drivers find themselves in that 150-200k range, they should be prepared for rather common costly repairs like power steering pumps.


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Shutter On Downshift Coming To Stop

Coming up to a stop (at times) at about 15mph and going down there is a shutter followed by some hard downshifting. This is intermittent and doesn't always happen.

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If I Need Some "interior Or Out Side Parts For My 1997 Lexus Ls 400, Would ...

here is all the info on my car: LEXUS INFO 400 LS VIN NUMBER JT8BH28F6V0079010 MODEL UCF20L-AEPGKA C/TR: 051/LC13 A/TM A02A/A340E MANUFACTURED ON 11/96 MADE IN JAPAN N: 974 GVWR 4825LB GAWR ...

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Battery Went Dead, Now No Security Light And Wont Start After New Battey?

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Security Light

I, have a1997 LS 400. I tried to program a key and my security light won't come on to help complete the programming. What can I do?

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How To Program Ls400 Keyless Remote?

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