OK, ok, not the fastest, nor the
classic European styling (although the
original GS300 was designed by
Italians), nor does it win over the
bimmer enthusiasts....but as a previous
owner of an 85 535i and 87 M6 along
with current owner of ML 430, the Lexus
is legendary Toyota reliability; the
combination of ergometrics, quality and
performance hard to beat.
Comfort, reliability, safety. Have
never rode in a car in this price range
that has all the things most drivers
would want and need. Glad I didn't buy
the Bimmer 5 series nor the Mercedes E
Class, as this car is a low maintenance
More performance. I have the Touring
Edition and the only differences are
cosmetic, not performance oriented
suspension or engine.
I have a 98 BMW 528i and 95 Lexus GS300. Both was purchased few months from each other. I've put in 3 time the number of mile on the GS as on the 528i. Yet, the BMW keep break down every now and then, especially the electronic & sensor system, and cost so much to fix & maintain. The Bimmer is way more fun to drive, and look somewhat more agressive, but that's about all. My friend has a 540i, and same thing go. With the lexus, all I have to worry is wear and tear (break, oil, belt..). Other than that, it keeps running as an Energize bunny, but more smooth and elegant. BMW is only good for weekend car, can't use it for long commuting. Lucky that I didn't buy 2 bimmer back then.
I purchase my GS 300 used with 36,000 miles, I now have 106,000 miles and notice no difference than when I originally purchased. Outside of brakes and general maint. I have had absolutely no problems. It is a great car. I just took in to service for tuneup, and brakes and intend to keep several more years. The newer cars do not really turn me on in comparison to what I already have. I have the luxury I want and performance as well in a car that is now 11 years old. I don't think other car manufactuers can give me the same satisfaction after 11 years.
Comfort and performance.
Trunk space is the only draw back but have learned to pack accordingly.
The Lexus GS 300, my first luxury car,
has worked out quite well. I, like
many people others who was
looking for a newer car, had
considered an SUV. But my wife
convinced me that 99.93% of my
driving was in the city, so "why not get
a nice riding car?" How right she
* Excellent styling. (In my opinion the
'95 is better looking than the '02).
* Great sound system - Zepplin and
Steely Dan never sounded so good!
* Excellent paint job.
* Quiet AC system.
- Wind sound around driver door is
annoying, especially at high speeds.
- A larger rear trunk would be nice.
- Cup holder gets in the way.
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