1997 Lexus LS 400 Overview

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1997 Lexus LS 400 Overview

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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97 Lexus Ls 400 Has No Forward Gears

I recently bought my car and it drove perfect for the first month. I've got every receipt from the owner for anything and everything g that's been done to the car. It suddenly paint go into any for...

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Where Is Coolant Temperature Sensor Located

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Lexus Transmition

Where are the transmition solinoid or relays that I can test so I can get this car moving again.

16 views with 1 answer (last answer about a year ago)


My 1997 lexus ls400 runs good for up about a hour then out of no where it cuts off... i can start it right back up but hen maybe a min later itll cut off again then it wont do it again for maybe a...

23 views with 1 answer (last answer about a year ago)

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.

146 views with 2 answers (last answer 4 years ago)