Bought mine about a year back in 2014, with 105K miles. I'm at 117K now with NO issues what so ever!!!!!! Just oil changes. For the money, you CANNOT beat the ride, quality of materials, and steering/handling this car offers. Basically cruising around in a $60-70K car when it was new, for around $12,000. Toyota reliability on the mechanical size is PERFECTION as well. Let's face it, it's Toyota engine and parts, just upgraded in quality for Lexus. YOU CANNOT HEAR THIS CAR accelerate, I can't even tell when it change gears the transition is so smooth, and even at 10 years old you can not show me another car that still rides like it's floating on air (with all original equipment). Also, the appearance is not affected by time (10 years), it still holds it's own next to any newer model luxury sedans without the maintenance issues of German or British cars. As for power, 290 horsepower! That's enough for anyone that doesn't plan on drag racing. (a 2001 Mustang GT only has around 285 horse). Do not go for the "navigation system", I never do, they age poorly in every vehicle. Your cell phone can guide you around these days. I highly recommend buying used, letting a new buyer take the initial hit, and driving away with pure top of line LS class luxury. Again, can't describe the feeling of driving one, you just have to test it out.
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.