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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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I have a 1997 Lexus LS400, and my headlights will not go off even when the car is turned off

1997 Lexus Ls 409 Trans Issue

My car will go into and engage in any gear on a comd start but a couole miles into your drive it'll slowly rev and act as if in neutral. You canncut the car off,gice it a crank and make it a few ...

Slipping Transmission

when motor and transmission are cold the car will dive 3 or 4 city blocks. After the motor and transmission warm up the car wont drive and motor just revs.

1997 Lexus 400 Transmission

transmission slips after car is warmed up. when the motor and transmission are cold car will drive about 3or4 city blocks. when motor and transmission warm up car will not drive, motor just rev.

White Smoke, No Acceleration, Sputtering!!!!

I have a 1997 Lexus LS400 and it is currently in the shop for repairs, but it has been there for 2 WEEKS! First they said it was the EGR valve pipe, which was broken and they repaired. When I pick...