I've owned Japanese, German and
American cars over my 50+ years and
have never owned a better car. The new
2004 replaced (traded in) my 2001 LS430.
The braking on the LS is phenomenal.
The '04 has improved pads and rotors.
The six speed transmission gives the
car a 0 - 60 of 5.9 seconds and I swear
it is actually faster than that. The
keyless entry is wonderful as well. It
is very, very convenient to keep the
fob in your pocket when you open doors
and start the car without having to
fumble for a key. The adaptive Front
Lighting System (headlights aim where
you are going) is great. This is an
incredible Drivers Automobile.
The handling (with the Speed Sensing
Power Rack-and-Pinion steering coupled
with the optional Sport Suspension) is
actually better than the 2003 745LI
that I had driven. In fact the 7 series
was a contender for me until I drove it
then the excitement went away.
The Blue Tooth cell phone hands-free
connection does not work clearly,
either to people hearing me, or my
hearing other people. I'm told a
software upgrade is in the works.