What Would You Do With A Lexus LS 400?

Photo: Mack Hogan
Photo: Mack Hogan
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I recently purchased a 1993 Lexus LS 400, which I consider to be one of the best cars ever made. As I mentioned earlier, this thing lives up to the hype.


And now that I finally own a vehicle that I love, I don’t want to waste it. So the question has to be, what do I do with it?

For starters, I’m going to rule out making it into another million-mile Lexus. That’s been done. I’m also way too automotively fickle to want to spend 855,000 miles in any vehicle, regardless of how much I like it at the start.

I’d also like to avoid modifying it as I’m not convinced that there’s any way to modify a Lexus LS 400 that doesn’t make it worse. I’m open to reasonable counter-arguments, but that’s my general attitude.

So far, I have a few plans. There are two things that currently need attention, so before I do anything I should probably take care of those. First, half of the left rear brake light is out. Thoughtfully, Lexus included a warning light to tell me that.

Second, the air dam on the front is hanging down. I’m not sure if it’s salvageable with some new screws or some skilled zip tie application, but that’s the only other thing that needs to be remedied.


After that, I’m working on reaching out to someone with a dyno to recreate the iconic “champagne glass” LS 400 commercial.

But I’m sure you guys have some more creative ideas. Fire away in the comments.

Mack Hogan is Jalopnik's Weekend Editor, but you may know him from his role as CNBC's car critic or his brave (and maligned) takes on Twitter. Most people agree that you shouldn't listen to him.


However good you think that car is, it can be better with newer parts. It never fails to surprise me what a new set of shocks and suspension bushings does for the ride in a car. Especially hydraulicly filled suspension bushings. For a car like that, stick with factory if you can afford it.

Trans and engine mounts make an incredible difference too. Old mounts will let vibrations and harshness transmit through the car from the drivetrain. Bad engine mounts can also create strange engine behavior when letting off the gas such as near stalls (not sure why, but I’ve noticed it a number of times now).

Also, body mounts, weatherstripping, redying the seats if they’re at all worn, basically anything noise or appearance related that would enhance your comfort in the car regarding outside sounds, or inside aesthetics.

Another major wear component is the cat. It isn’t flowing exhast like it did when new. A new cat will let the engine idle more smoothly, open up power, increase fuel mileage, and sound quieter.

Please keep stories coming about that car. I love hearing resto stories, and this could be a unique opportunity for a concourse LS 400!! Enter that car in shows!