I've purchased my 2005 LS 430 with 48,000 and it is now at 167,000. In that time I had no issues until this past year (needed a new alternator $390 and the thermastat was old and it damage the radiator hose $700). Since those issues were fixed the car rides like its brand new. I read a few other reviews and noticed when a car is serviced by lexus only, the car has major issues. Dealerships are similar to printer companies (HP, Epson etc.) lexus make there money from the service portion just like printers make there money from the ink sales. Lexus are professionals in getting you to return with an issue and will charge you 3 to 4 times the money! Stay away from dealerships and find a good local mechanic that will treat you with respect!
Purchased this car used in 2014. Only had one prior owner who leased then purchased from 2005 to 2014. Traded up from an 2001 LS300 to this 2005 LS430. Loved the Lexus brand, just wanted a bigger car that was a little more luxury than the LS300 (which was more equivalent to a BMW 3-Series).
This car is amazing to drive. My wife loves the luxury inside, the shear lack of road noise, and just how comfortable the entire experience is. Have driven it nearly 10,000 miles in just 6-months, including two extended road trips from Seattle to Wyoming....the car did amazing on the open road. Even though the car is nearly 10-years old, you would never know it. Smooth and quiet every mile.
Quiet ride. Luxury interior, including cooled front seats. Kids like the heated rear seats and more than amble legroom for teenagers close to 6' tall. Navigation system is good, and has not got me lost yet. Stereo system is good and loud when needed.
Auxiliary jack for iPod or iPhone would be a great addition. Rear wheel driving took a little while getting used to, especially when snow or ice hits the ground. Luckily the car takes over on icy conditions.
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.)
Mark Levinson Sound System, Back Up Camera, Navigation, Park Assist, Rear Leg Room, Driver Comfort, Radar Cruise Control... you name it.
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
The beauty and ride were unbelievable, until I could not afford all the things that were going wrong!
When your top of the line vehicle has this many problems, that Lexus says is rare...admit this may be a lemon and replace it or provide a complimen!tary extended warranty.
My 11 year old Avalanche has not had this many problems.
My 95 Camaro never had this many problems and still ran great at 145K miles