by dwmiller25 on Dec 7, 2011 Vehicle: 2005 Lexus LS 430 4dr Sedan (4.3L 8cyl 6A)
Purchased this vehicle a month ago with 53k miles and after 3k miles and a month of driving I can say that this car is absolutely amazing. Just completed a road trip to Atlanta and averaged 27.3mpg!! Not bad for a 4,000 pound car.
The fit and finish in this car is truly outstanding with no rattles or blemishes of any kind. The Mark Levinson stereo is one of the best I have heard. Althoug this car is a heavy vehicle it still has plenty of power when needed and handles very well on the road. The car has the feel of a well built automobile. This car reminds me of a better version of a 93 Mercedes 300E I owned. (The new benz's don't hold a candle to either of these cars in terms of quality.)
by tj49er on Jun 29, 2011 Vehicle: 2005 Lexus LS 430 4dr Sedan (4.3L 8cyl 6A)
I have owned this car brand new for almost 7 years.
In the beginning I was flabbergasted at the wonderful level of support and service.
I trusted the reviews of reliability and long lasting promises of this car, as it was our retirement car and more money than we have EVER spent for a vehicle.
We have done every service recommended and not let anyone but the dealer touch the car.
It was treated impeccably.
It would take several pages to tell you what has gone wrong with this car!
Things like shocks/struts leaking, AC compressor, seat belts, battery, interior malfunctions, trunk button/shock lifts, brakes, tire indicators malfunction, auto door closer, ETC!
Lexus says, too bad, no warr
by lexuslemon on Sep 2, 2009 Vehicle: 2005 Lexus LS 430 4dr Sedan (4.3L 8cyl 6A)
I have always owned Lexus cars, but the newer models have gotten so unnecessarily complex that they are prone to VERY expensive failures. I could go on and on, but take for example the most recent failure of the Navigation unit. At only 28k pampered miles, the screen just up and dies. Now, not only does this screen control the GPs, but it also controls the climate control/defrost, rear view camera, Stereo including radio/CD changer. So this one gadget failing has rendered the car undriveable (no defrost.) To get it replaced is 6k....SIX thousand dollars (and not covered by warranty even though the car only has 30k miles!!) This is BAD engineering plain and simple.
by Jay on Aug 16, 2009 Vehicle: 2005 Lexus LS 430 4dr Sedan (4.3L 8cyl 6A)
Just bought a used 05' LS 430 (55k miles), tremendous condition and certified through Lexus (3yr/100k bumper to bumper warranty). Wow! what a car! Previously owned a Porsche. Different types of vehicles, but the LS is an overall winner. 24- 26 mpg on the highway, tons of space, baby seat in back and front passenger can still stretch out. Quiet, powerful, smooth as silk ride. An 05' LS more reliable than most brand new vehicles. Major head turner. Would highly recommend one.
by Larry, Mill Vlly, CA on Aug 1, 2009 Vehicle: 2005 Lexus LS 430 4dr Sedan (4.3L 8cyl 6A)
Lexus is stand alone quality, reliability, and comfort. This car is no exception. It DOES have sporty handling - all the driver need do is utilize the controls at their disposal, namely to down shift and place in "sport" mode, and then the vehicle literally behaves like a sports car. Lexus is the enlightened choice. It is the most economical choice, because of its durability and reliability. Since it lasts three times longer than a quality cheap car, it is the most economical and enlightened car purchase choice. These are the facts. Safe driving to you.