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1998 Lexus LS 400 Overview
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By 1998, the smooth and quiet ride atop the Lexus reputation for reliability had delivered the LS 400 to the top of US luxury flagship sales. Still within its second generation, the LS received a new engine and some additional interior features. Also, a navigation system was available for the first time.
The new four cam 4.0 liter V-8 featured Toyota's Variable Valve Timing + intelligence technology. VVT+i boosted engine power, while lowering emissions and improving fuel efficiency. The LS's V-8 now produced 290 horsepower and 300 pound-feet of torque, and it was paired with a new 5-speed automatic transmission. Lexus now claimed a 6.5 second 0-60 time for the LS, which meant that the new engine shaved one second off the prior time. Despite the LS's considerable bulk, it braked from 60 mph to a stop in just 118 feet. A new optional Vehicle Skid Control system provided some compensation for the rear wheel drive layout.
Aside from the new optional navigation system, most interior changes are subtle, like retractable headrests for example. On the outside, the grille, headlights, and taillights are all new. Sporting enthusiasts had occasionally faulted the LS for its seemingly distant relationship with the road. The soft and forgiving suspension and silent cabin limited some of the thrills that may be found in the Lexus GS sedans or SC coupes. However, the LS 400 has been marked by its serene cabin, delicate road manners, and outstanding craftsmanship. It was not a sports sedan, but neither were its more expensive German competitors, which were all being outsold.
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Lexus LS 400 Questions
Noise On Passenger Side Of Motor
my lexus makes a clacking noise that comes from the passanger side of the motor. thought it might be a bent valve. changed the head. noise still there. changed the timing tube. noise still there. ay i...
My Ls400 Is Not Running Like A V8 Should. For The First Few Years I've Had ...
My LS400 is not running like a V8 should. For the first few years i've had the car it ran great. I use to fool around and drive fast, and when i hit the gas it picked up speed and roared like a V8 s...
Original Tires For A 1998 Lexus Ls 400?
Trying to get the right tire pressure with tires rated at 1640 pounds and 44 psi max. Per these numbers the tires would be underinflated at the recommended 29 or 32 psi as suggested by the car manua...
What Is The Radiator Sensor Needed For The Lexus 400 1998
I really need to know because my mechanic want to take it out
Temperature Indicates That The Engine Is Too Hot. What Are Steps Can I Do T...
I just bought a used 98 LS400. The car has only 31K miles and a clean record. The temperature gauge needle points to about 2/5 of the whole range which I thought it is normal because it is usually ab...