I did not expect to have to have a valve adjustment done at 70,000 miles that cost $850. Nor did I expect climate control and steering components, as well a clock to stop functioning. I had none of these problems with our Camry.
Am finding this vehicle transmits road
noise into the cabin (not a quite or
particular smooth ride). Ride is so/so
and not as good as the Rivera we owned
before we bought this car.
Handling is ok not stellar. Transmision
is the best and smoothest I have ever
driven. Engine is great. Would not
purchase another Lexus as I feel that
they are not worth the $ for a
pre-owned. The certified pre-owned is
not worth the extra $ either.
Bought pre-owned @ 3 yr. old but with only 6800 miles. Have since pumped up to 56k. Now 9 yrs. old and have not put a single penny into it beyond maintenance. Drive is uninspiring around town but a champ on the highway. Cruises with uncanny smoothness. A true luxury ride with exceptional quietness. Blah, grandpa-like exterior (and who designed the ugliest alloy wheels ever?) but interior is attractive and plush. I probably won't but could keep car for another 15 years and it would still be an enjoyable ride. A bit jumpy off the mark. Even if you try to moderate throttle it tends to leap off line. Surprisingly fuel efficient on hwy (up to 28 mph) but premium a must. Mileage suffers otherwise.
Touch screen controls. Memo-adjust seat/mirrors/wheel (I am 6'3", my wife a foot shorter!). Like ability to easily downshift to 4/3 gears. Best on long highway trips where it is like a mobile living room. Exceptionally quiet.
Cup holders too small. Oddity: when below 30 degrees exterior temp, the interior temperature control and display don't work--until car warms and you re-start. Weird. Truck too small for such a big vehicle.
This is an excellent car. The LS 400 is all a luxury car should be. It's quiet, comfortable and powerful. The fit and finish is unmatched. I'm still amazed with the car power and acceleration, yet how quiet it is at all speeds. The tranny shifts so smoothly you can barely feel it. Great gas mileage for car size @ 18/25 city and highway. The car is so good to ride and drive, it's almost boring.
Styling, engine / tranny performance and interior comfort.
Improve steering feel and feedback. Standard sound system is weak. Improve lower front bumper paint from so easily eroding away from road salt. Make steering wheel audio controls standard.
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