Hey Scotty and community! Looking for a fun but reliable first car for college. Was looking at some 1995-97 Lexus ls400's with 100-130k miles, bone stock, all from private sellers ranging from $2 -…

Aleks_lzcr

Hey Scotty and community! Looking for a fun but reliable first car for college. Was looking at some 1995-97 Lexus ls400's with 100-130k miles, bone stock, all from private sellers ranging from $2 - 3k. Not opposed to working on it myself, and I will get it checked by a mechanic if I end up buying, but are these things known to be problems or money pits? I'm aware gas will be more than that of a civic or corolla, but it seems a worthwhile trade to me. Any input appreciated!

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Techsus
Techsus

V-6 Lexus only. No V-8s. And change your OWN oil DIY, yourself.

palatino
palatino

I’ve been watching Scotty for a while and have seen him talking about the exact same car. It’s got a V8 engine known to be reliable. The problem is that the engine also costs a fortune to repair when they break, though hardly. I’m also a college student with a 98 4Runner V6 engine and I can tell you that working on it is not easy, and I can’t imagine working on a V8 in a sedan engine bay, if you really plan on doing DIY repairs. Compared to a Corolla/Civic, it’s not only the gas, but every kind of maintenance and repair that will be significantly more expensive. It’s a Lexus so it probably wont have serious issues at 100k miles, but you need to be prepared for all kinds of possible issues for a 20+ year old car and be intelligent and careful enough to identify them before they disable the car. So in the end, it is a nice and reliable car for 2-3 grand, but do set aside a repair budget if you finally decide to buy.