Today’s Nice Price or Crack Pipe Lexus isn’t old enough to drink, but with a 4.7-litre V8 under its hood it’s still probably pretty thirsty. Let’s see if this luxo-SUV’s price has you saying bottoms up!

There are certain things in life, like the tragic effects of virulent STDs, food from trucks with Sysco on their side, or a ground war in Asia that, while potentially curious, aren’t anything any rational person would necessarily wish to be party to.

You can pretty much addd to that list yesterday’s 1991 Mitsubishi Galant VR4, at the very least at its $4,800 asking. That’s because, while representing the most interesting Galant model there likely ever was, that particular car presented as a hail mary pass (owing to its hail damage.) Suffering that, and too many other issues to warrant such a price, it eventually fell in a 55-percent Crack Pipe loss.

What does luxury mean to you? Does the word evoke images of cloth napkins and an alarming number of forks at an evening repast?

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How about dependability, what images does that bring to mind?

Considering we generally talk about cars I’m going to guess that latter word engendered visions of Toyotas. That Japanese company has built itself an enviable reputation for reliability and longevity, despite some recent bumps in the road. Combine the concepts of luxury and dependability and you’ll likely be imagining something along the lines of this 1999 Lexus LX470 SUV. And good news, there are no forks involved.

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Now, there are a number of luxury SUVs out there in the used car market, trucks like the Range Rover, Mercedes G-class, Lincoln Navigator, and Cadillac Escalade come immediately to mind. Compare each of those to the LX in terms of comfort and capability and I’m sure the Lexus will look competitive at a bare minimum. Now compare those trucks to the LX in terms of dependability and overall cost of ownership and I think you’ll see that the luxury Toyota stands head and shoulders about the rest.

This ’99 comes as a two-owner car and in seemingly decent shape, all the more remarkable considering it has 230,000 miles on the clock. Under the hood sits Toyota’s stout 230 horsepower 2UZ-FE V8. That’s 4,663 ccs in displacement in a cast iron block with DOHC aluminum heads and a plastic hat. Behind that sits Toyota’s A343F four-speed automatic, and the truck rides on the Land Cruiser’s more than capable 4WD platform.

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The two-tone Cashmere Beige over Silver paint looks to be in excellent shape, and in fact the only obvious issue on the exterior seems to be a missing wheel center on the right rear. Tires are claimed to be “excellent” all around.

Step inside and you’ll find the interior to have held up equally well. The leather seats are crazed and look like they could use some love, but other than that everything seems clean and complete.

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The center stack is a jumble of buttons and displays supporting the stereo and climate control, and I like how the seller has used some sort of rear-view mirror hanger as a sun visor there. The ad claims the A/C blows cold and that there are no unwanted idiot lights on the IP.

It also claims that the truck “[r]uns drives shifts absolutely perfect….” and that it comes with both a clean Carfax history and title.

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The LX series is nothing more than a fancy Land Cruiser, but then we all dig Land Cruisers, right? And who doesn’t appreciate a little luxury every now and then—I mean as long as it doesn’t involve having to figure out which fork to use!

The price for this high-mileage but not showing it LX is $5,500 and you now need to vote on whether that seems like a deal or not. What do you say, should that price have someone slipping into this Lexus’ lap of luxury? Or, is that price, like the miles, just too damn high?

You decide!

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New Haven, CT Craigslist, or go here if the ad disappears.

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