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Thinking about buying a 96 LS400. 75k miles, both airbags deployed. Owner smacked a pole with front bumper (will need to replace bumper and headlight assy) but no other damage. Car runs great, except vibrates (probably broken tranny mount).

He's asking $8k. Should I buy it?

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Thinking about buying a 96 LS400.  75k miles, both airbags deployed.  Owner smacked a pole with front bumper (will need to replace bumper and headlight assy) but no other damage.  Car runs great, except vibrates (probably broken tranny mount).

He's asking $8k.  Should I buy it?

I suspect an alignment nightmare.

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On a conventional car the cost to replace an air bag is about $2,000 EACH. On a Lexus I would imagine the cost would be near $3,000 each !!

Body shops say alot of fairly new cars with relatively minor collision damage are getting totalled nowadays due to the cost of air bag replacement.

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Thinking about buying a 96 LS400.  75k miles, both airbags deployed.  Owner smacked a pole with front bumper (will need to replace bumper and headlight assy) but no other damage.  Car runs great, except vibrates (probably broken tranny mount).

He's asking $8k.  Should I buy it?

The airbags are actually a lot cheaper than what I thought....

Driver's bag:

http://www.trademotion.com/partlocator/ind...996&catalogid=2

Passenger:

http://www.trademotion.com/partlocator/ind...t=2&catalogid=2

Headlight:

http://www.trademotion.com/partlocator/ind...996&catalogid=2

Bumper cover:

http://www.trademotion.com/partlocator/ind...996&catalogid=2

Energy absorber:

http://www.trademotion.com/partlocator/ind...=12&catalogid=2

Reinforcement beam:

http://www.trademotion.com/partlocator/ind...996&catalogid=2

$645 + $800 + $300 + $325 + $40 + $250 =

$2360 just for OEM body parts and air bags. Figure another $500 to get the bumper painted...add even more if you want somone to install all of these parts. I included all of the inner bumper componets since they are likely needed since it was slammed into a pole. Then, you still need to address the drivetrain vibrations. Engine and tranny mounts are probably $300-$500 plus installation. Add another $120 to the tab to get your local dealer to turn off the airbag malfunction light; it should be on if both airbags blew.

By the time it's all set and done, you are looking at atleast $3k-$4k of damages unless you diy. She is definantly not worth $8k as is. You can get a '95 or '96 with about 100k for under $10k that needs nothing other than maintinance.

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What color is the interior? I have a black steering wheel and air bag from a 94 LS400 for sale for $100 if your interested. E-mail me zigenfiver@aol.com.

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What color is the interior?  I have a black steering wheel and air bag from a 94 LS400 for sale for $100 if your interested.  E-mail me zigenfiver@aol.com.

Thanks for the offer. It is Charcoal gray with tan interior. Anyone else have airbags or parts for this car?

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