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2001 Ls430 173k Miles - Fair Body- $12k Worth It?


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Hi,

Would like some help to purchase the used car - someone has offerred me a 2001 lexus ls430 with fair body clean tittle and 173,000 miles. its first timing belt has been done at 90k miles. Everything seems to work inorder - The car might need another timimg belt plus minor jobs and 4 new tires. Is it worth to consider. Has this model have any common problem that i need to know before buying. Thank you all.

Michael

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There are no known major issues on the 430....Mileage seems high so I guess they are Highway miles. The price seems good. I would have a Lexus Dealer go over it so you would have a clearer picture as to previous service history and overall condition plus cost involved in required maintenance which would include timing belt, water pump etc.

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If the car has been maintained well with records to prove, and you don't have an aversion to high-mileage vehicles, go for it.

I have seen several LSs owned by family/friends of mine go for many more miles than that, so do not let the high miles scare you. The best ones are a 1994 with over 300k, still a (good looking) daily driver, and the other one a 1993 that had close to 400k when it was finally rear-ended and totaled. With proper care and maintenance these cars will last a very long time.

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If the car has been maintained well with records to prove, and you don't have an aversion to high-mileage vehicles, go for it.

I have seen several LSs owned by family/friends of mine go for many more miles than that, so do not let the high miles scare you. The best ones are a 1994 with over 300k, still a (good looking) daily driver, and the other one a 1993 that had close to 400k when it was finally rear-ended and totaled. With proper care and maintenance these cars will last a very long time.

I have a 96 LS 400 with over 500K currently and everything works fine and she still purrs like a kitten.

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i'd get a cleaner lower mileage LS430 for 16k. 4k is alot, but your gonna spend quite a bit on the timing belt and water pump, new tires and other random little things. Or i'd get an immaculate 98-00 ls400 for the 12k

Don't let high miles scare you though. :) if it checks out 12k seems pretty good. Define fair body for us :)

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You say "fair body". Does it have any body damage at all?

Thank you everyone - i have chickened out on the 2001 ls430 deal; however, i have found 2004 ls430 84K miles with $23K wholesale offer. Hope this will last for another 15 yrs. My 92 ls400 is still going strong after 165K miles. Again - thank you for all your help :rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes: B) :lol:

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