Haha you know about the accumulator and master cylinder failures! Very true and they make me even more nervous than my 80 brakes. On the hundy i found a huge puddle under the vehicle and after research learned that apparently once you get the warning you have one stop and no more left in the system. Sound terrifying. When my 80 booster went i just had really hard brakes that kept working.Until they don't.
What year 100 did you drive. The newer 5spd models definitely feel more refined than the 90s 4spd. I got a LS430 and GS430 and the LX is almost right there with them in terms of refinement. I do think it’s the quietest Lexus we own, highway speeds especially.I've always been a 100-series naysayer mainly because it is the heaviest vehicle of the many that Toyota gave the 2UZ (in some cases by a wide margin). My thought process was always if you want a V8 yota, get a 4G 4runner, GX, even a Tundra. I guess power, or rather, power to weight always played heavy in mind. 2UZ is a great motor, but not a powerful one. More like a modest incremental improvement over the 1fz.
I did drive a 100 for the first time last summer (I had driven all variants of 4runner, GX, Tundra previously), and I have to say it did give me good cruiser vibes. More so than I was expecting and much more so than a 200 LC or my current LX570. I think if you expect it to behave like a Land Cruiser (i.e. slow and solid), it does the job quite nicely. If you want it to behave like a more modern vehicle, it just doesn't have the power or transmission refinement. But reflecting on it now, I think I would prefer a 100 over a 200 if towing didn't enter the equation. Even the mundane 100 looks have really grown on me over time. Maybe it's just because I'm getting old and obviously 100 is an old man car.