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Should i buy a 91 ls400 with only 52k miles and has had

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Hi, should i buy a 91 ls400 with only 52k miles and has had starter recently replaced? do you forsee problems down the road?
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Hello. Welcome to Just Answer. Please allow me to assist you. The 1991 LS400 product is very good, and exceptionally reliable. A new starter is good, but, you really ought to see if you can secure the service history on this vehicle before buying it. A CARFAX would also be a very good idea (to see if it was ever in a collision). You need to have someone check the water pump for possible leakage. Then look at the auto trans fluid. It needs to be clean and red colored. AVOID this car is the trans fluid is black and smells acrid/has a burnt odor.

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Customer reply replied 5 months ago
Hi, so the starter issue should not scare me off from buying this car correct? I read somewhere this might be a reason to not buy the car.
Lexus Mechanic: Toyota Service, Lexus and Toyota expert replied 5 months ago

Absolutely not. We replace starters all the time. On a car of this age, a new starter is a very good thing to have

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Customer reply replied 5 months ago
ok and the starter replacement will not impact other components and cause them to fail? we are talking about a 27 year old car.
Lexus Mechanic: Toyota Service, Lexus and Toyota expert replied 5 months ago

No. The starter and its electrical system is totally separate from the rest of the car.

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Customer reply replied 5 months ago
the transmission fluid should be checked. after how many miles does this normally need to b replaced or flushed?
Lexus Mechanic: Toyota Service, Lexus and Toyota expert replied 5 months ago

Every 30,000 miles.

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Customer reply replied 5 months ago
ok, lets say the fluid is black. will replacing it solve the problem? or should i just avoid the car altogether?
Lexus Mechanic: Toyota Service, Lexus and Toyota expert replied 5 months ago

Avoid if black. Black fluid equals burnt friction components inside the transmission.

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Customer reply replied 5 months ago
ok nothing else to look out for in the car?
Lexus Mechanic: Toyota Service, Lexus and Toyota expert replied 5 months ago

Look at all 4 struts. Oil residue equals a leaking strut which need to be replaced as a set. Road test and do hard braking. Vibrations when braking equals heat distorted rotors which would need to be replaced. Road test over bumps. A metallic banging noise equals the tops support bearing on the struts needs to be replaced. Steering should be tight and precise. Vibration felt in the steering wheel equals tire issues.

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