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Nice Price Or Crack PipeIs this used car a good deal? You decide!  

The seller of today’s Nice Price or Crack Pipe Lexus says he’s testing the waters for its sale. You can take a look at its price and its stance and then decide if he’s gone off the deep end.

In Hollywood, once actors reach a certain age—say, 27—career-wise they tend to get shuffled off to Buffalo. Youth is king in Tinseltown and unless you’re an established draw like George Clooney or Meryl Streep, you can expect your livelihood to decline as your years stack up.

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It’s much the same way in the automotive world. With a few exceptions, once cars get to be a certain age their viability as daily driver material appeals to an ever decreasing audience. For every old and beloved Mustang GT out there, there are a slew of Aspires, Tempos and Tauruses that have been kicked to the curb.

And then there’s yesterday’s 1991 Honda Accord EX wagon. Ahhh. Old Accords may not offer much in the way of excitement, but like seeing Michael Caine show up in a movie’s first act, you know with the Accord that everything’s going to be okay. At just $3,900 the price of admission to yesterday’s extraordinarily tidy wagon wasn’t onerous either. At least not to the 80 percent of you who awarded it a Nice Price win.

You know what we don’t have around here all that much? Bagged rides, that’s what. It’s almost like we’re a European grocer or something. The stanced car culture is a niche unto itself and is different from the Low Rider lifestyle celebrated in such magazines as “Low Rider.

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This 2005 Lexus LS430 has been slammed like coffee shop poetry. In fact, at rest it sits so low that you might half expect to see its butt crack out back. Don’t worry though, the car has been fitted with Airlift struts and a complimenting 3P reservoir and management system holed up in the spare well. That system not only allows the car to roll at road-sensible ride height, but also at a drop-and-give-me-twenty level should the need arise to show off, or… oh I don’t know, crack walnuts on the pavement.

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The Airlift system comes with a mobile app so you can adjust your ride height from the comfort of your home bathroom.

Other additions to the big Japanese sedan include a choice of wheels, either enormous Rennen R8 multi-piece units, or slightly smaller mono-structure Weds Kranze Bazerias. In the pictures the car rolls on the Rennens and I think those are the hotter take.

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I’m not sure I approve of the spray painting their outer rims in lieu of tires however. Okay, I’m just kidding about the paint. There are tires on there, but they’re so low profile as to be almost invisible.

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The seller describes the car having a “Half Aero” kit from Japan and that seems to be comprised of a front lip and side skirts. Big pipes threaten your ankles at every boot interaction out back. Upfront, the Lexus L has been given the heave ho, and overall the car presents in extremely nice shape.

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The interior is in beautify condition with black leather upholstery and lots of swank wood throughout the cabin. Nothing seems amiss in here and there’s an upgraded stereo that will let you kick out the jams.

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Up under the hood the 4.3-litre 3UZ-FE V8 is said to have had its timing belt and water pump replaced at 90K. Reporting to the 290 horsepower engine is Toyota’s six-speed A761E automatic.

There’s a modest 125,000 miles on the car now, and it comes with a clear title. The seller asks $13,999 for the car and claims that price is a bit of a fishing expedition as he’s “testing the waters.”

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I say—when it comes to putting your car on the market, shit or get off the pot. Although, don’t shit in the ocean, that’s the fishes’ job. What do you say, is that $13,999 asking just asking for trouble? Or, does that price make this a dropped Lexus worth dropping everything and buying?

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You decide!

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San Francisco Bay Area Craigslist, or go here if the ad drops out of view.

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