1996 Lexus LS 400 Overview

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1996 Lexus LS 400 Overview

The Lexus LS 400 was left unchanged for 1996, after a complete redesign for the prior model year. The new LS now featured a more powerful engine, a smoother transmissions, larger brakes, and a more spacious and luxurious interior. The LS base price continued to steadily creep upward, but price never seemed to deter buyers. LS sales had steadily increased despite the availability of several new Lexus models, including the LX sport utility which aimed to insert LS luxury into a capable 4x4. By this time, the LS was the best selling flagship luxury sedan in the United States.
Led by a powerful 4.0 liter V-8, the 3600 pound LS sped from 0 to 60 in 7.4 seconds and turned the quarter mile in 15.5. The cast aluminum block engine produced 260 horsepower and 270 pound feet of torque, while consuming premium fuel at a reasonable rate of 19/25 mpg. The 4-speed automatic transmission remains, but larger brakes had been added to counterbalance increased engine power. All LS 400s were rear wheel drive.
Owners and reviewers continued to applaud the build quality of the LS 400, and many were challenged to find a fault. If one was to nitpick, the ride quality and smooth power delivery left the occasional driver feeling that the car could provide more excitement. Admittedly, a quiet comfortable ride and beyond predictable reliability could get a bit boring.


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My Heat Stop Working What Do I Do

it only blows out cold air i put a new thermostat in it

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My Tail Light Fuse Keep Blowing What Do I Do

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1996 Ls400 Lexus. No Power Windows After I Reset Anti-theft

I reset the anti theft and now the power windows won't work.

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Missing Computer For 1996 Lexus Ls Need Correct Numbers For Correct Compute...

The Computer ECU COMPUTER on a 1996 Lexus LS 400 is missing and I am not sure if it is a 5303 or 5340 computer How would I find that information

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All My Electronics Are Off But The Car Starts.

I had a battery drain when the car is parked, I would remove a terminal whenever I park the car. Now the electronics have completely shut off but the car runs when start the ignition. Please help. I...

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