Now that my GS300 has reached 240,000 miles I think I have full picture of this car. I bought the car ten years ago from dealer's trade-in lot with 100,000 miles on it. No problem on engine and transmission and haven't had check engine light on. Acceleration is great and thanks to rear wheel drive handling is also great, not as great as BMW but lot better than ES series. Did not have many problems but here are the trouble spots:
1. Had to change starter twice, and it's hard to DIY as it's it a tight spot;
2. Radio LCD went out around 200,000 miles;
3. Engine valve gaskets leaked around 180,000 miles but not a bad DIY;
4. Master gasket (between engine block and transmission) leaking, one bottle of Lucas Stop Leak will work;
5. Exhaust shield start rattling, but not affecting anything.
All in all it's a great luxury car with good MPG (23ish).
After driving this car for a week straight, I have to say that I believe it is one of best cars on the used car market. Its got great style, not too bold, but not too understated either. The engine is a work of art; only making 225 hp, and yet it feels like so much more. The transmission shifts perfectly and is barely noticable. The handling is not the best I've driven, but is still great. The steering is amazing in both feel and weight. However, none of this compares to the interior. It is simple yet very functional, and everything is in great reach from the drivers seat. The seats are a little firm, but offer great lateral support. Finally, this being a Lexus, it will last a long time.
Great sound system and very legible gauges. That 3.0 straight 6 is one of the best motors out there; it can be quiet when not hammering it, but give it gas and it will sing to the 6000+ rpm redline.
Some of the best brakes on a car, considering its now 15 years old; great feel and stopping power.
Not many complaints against this car. One is the inablilty to turn the traction control off. You can let it go into power mode for a little more slip, but it can never be turned completely off.
Bought this car with 178k, now at 200k and still looks and drives like a new car, people constantly think it's 2006 or so, paint and leather quality has really impressed me, nothing has signs of wear and very little thing works, I've seen people who own these with well over 300k so I am not worried, I am sold on Lexus due to the reliability of this car
I bought it at 94,000 in 2009 and I've driven it for a year now for both local driving and couple of road trips. It is an excellent car for all purpose and is incredibly comfortable. Brakes are something to get used to and the gas mileage isn't great. I've taken it to Lexus dealer for maintenance every 5,000 miles (which is quite costly) and I haven't had to do anything else. I'm definitely hooked on Lexus now.
Comfortable ride. Great sound system. Overall, very well built.
Gas mileage is an issue. But given its comfort and acceleration, I'm willing to live with 17-22 MPG.
I also purchased a 1999 GS300 at an Orlando car auction in 1999. the car had 1600 miles and was 3 months old. Eleven years later it has 68,760 on odometer and I still love how it handles. However the earlier post was correct (The car lurches when you first press on the gas. It is hard to start off smoothly) Have learned to press pedal easy when starting off.
Style, sporty front end and luxurious rear end. Love straight six engine, smooth and quiet with just a hum when accelerating. Beautiful paint job.
More headroom and backseat space thou it's rarely used. Wish someone could simply solve (lurching) from stop to start.