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  1. Hey all thanks so much for your generous input when I was on the fence about buying an 98 LS400 with 40K miles. I did buy it. :D :) I seem to have inherited some problems though :chairshot: . I had a looong road trip back home, just about 1100 Miles. This has given me a great opportunity to test it. I'll list the problems I've noticed as of yet. 1) Check VSC came on once I pulled into a tight parking spot at a grocery store. It almost felt like ABS was kicking in on the front wheels. It seems to be intermittent though. It restarts usually when I restart the car. Sometimes I get lucky and the message never gets displayed. 2) When I press the brakes I hear what sounds like some springs creaking. I hear the noise only when I am parked and hit my brakes to get into drive or park 3) Speedometer sometimes doesn't work when starting off...but usually starts after a short while... 5-10 minutes. The first time this happened I turned off the car and restarted it. Speedometer started working again. My old Volvo forum had some VERY well mechanical versed folks on the forum. I'm kind of excited to see how mechanically savvy you all are. But then again I'm sure those folks were very well versed because they spent many MANY hours fixing their Volvos. Thanks very much my new friends!
  2. Hey all thanks so much for your generous input :D . I did buy it. I seem to have inherited some problems though :chairshot: . I had a looong road trip back home, just 1100 Miles. This has given me a great opportunity to test it. I'll list the problems I've noticed as of yet. 1) Check VSC came on once I pulled into a tight parking spot at a grocery store. It seems to be intermittent though. It restarts usually when I restart the car.Sometimes I get lucky and the message never gets displayed. 2) When I press the brakes I hear what sounds like some springs creaking. I hear the noise only when I am parked and hit my brakes to get into drive or park 3) Speedometer sometimes doesn't work when starting off...but usually starts after a short while... 5-10 minutes. The first time this happened I turned off the car and restarted it. Speedometer started working again. Any and all input will be so very greatly appreciated. Should I start a new thread? My old Volvo forum had some VERY well mechanical versed folks on the forum. I'm kind of excited to see how mechanically savvy you all are. But then again I'm sure thos folks were very well versed because they spent many MANY hours fixing their Volvos. Thanks very much my new friends!
  3. Hello Everyone, I'm very excited about my next car purchase. I'm going to seal the deal on Monday. It has 39,000 Miles and the price is 10,600. It was listed on E-bay. I have to be frank...I know very little about the LS400s. I owned a Volvo 850 before this and it was a mechanical nightmare money pit. I was VERY active on another Volvo forum...so I have a feeling this may be a great beginning! Here is the ad for the LS400: " 39K miles, I bought it from the original owner in Fl, that paid about 60K. She always took it to the same Lexus dealer for service, even bought new tires from them, crazy. I have all the records. She was 84, could no longer drive. I had the timing belt replaced @ 36K, due to it's age not mileage. Garage kept non smoker, smells like new. I have a car fax, clearly shows a FL car all its life. The Receipts clearly prove the mileage on the car" Here are all the photos he had in his ad : Photos of the 98 Ls400 What do you folks think about this car? Am I paying too much? I spoke with the fellow selling the car he is a 60 year old gentleman. I would very greatly appreciate all the insight and advice you may have. Thanks so much!
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