1998 Lexus LS 400 Overview

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1998 Lexus LS 400 Overview

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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'98 LS400 - Battery Change - Electrical Problems

I replaced the battery in my LS400. The vehicle starts fine, but none of the electronics seem to be working. No lights, windows, seats, can't get the transmission out of "Park". Any thoughts?

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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...

LS400 Battery Cap

The battery cap cover on one side of my LS400 fell down into the bottom of the engine. I cannot retrieve it. Is this dangerous?

98 Ls400 Suspension

after replacing struts, ball joints, link arms ,stabilizer bars still feel hard jar when hitting pothole or speed bumps- mechanics can't find problem

How Long Should A 98 LS400 Lexus That Has Been Well Maintained Last At 1500...