This is my second LS 430 and this car is a dream to drive. Quiet, reliable and good gas mileage. I looked at several other cars because I thought I might want something different. Nothing compared when all things were considered. Absolutely fantastic car!
Reliability, quiet drive, interior. Bluetooth phone and nav system are great
Excellent workmanship. Best engine/transmission function I have experienced. It is so smooth and quiet I had to learn to watch the tac. to see if it is running. The sixth gear allows it to run at 80mph at just 2100 rpm. When asked, the 4000 lbs. will do 0 to sixty in under 6 sec. Almost all comforts have been provided such as air 10 air bags, 10 way heated/cooled seats, dim/tilt down mirrors. We bought it as a road car and while it isn't a "sport feel" drive, it provides a strong performance and safe feel with adaquate road comfort. If it continues to satisfy I will buy this brand car again.
workmanship and driving experience
The heated seats should heat the back portion of the seat. This may be corrected at my first free service.
I traded a 2004 LS 430 for a 2005 LS 430 - wanted the 18" wheels and a lighter color. Although the Black Cherry Pearl of my 2004 was beautiful, it was a nightmare to keep clean. Traded for the Crystal White. Much easier to maintain the appearance and I love the sportiness of the bigger wheels. They cause a slightly stiffer ride, but coming from a cloud to a lesser cloud...? One amazing experience: I traveled from York, PA to Williamsburg, VA on a business trip so I had the opportunity to check strictly highway gas mileage. Amazing - I got just over 30MPG! 271 miles on nine gallons. In a V8, rear-wheel-drive car. Unbelievable if I hadn't done it myself.
Quiet, smooth ride. High quality interior materials, fit and finish. Before the two LS430s, I had owned an 02 and 99 Acura RL. Nice cars but not a Lexus. I doubt that I can go back. I tested BMW 545, Audi A8, MB E500 and CLS500. I would have paid more for less reliability/lower re-sale value.
Mark Levinson sound system without having to buy the Navigation. I have a portable Magellan RoadMate 700 that I can put in any of my cars and also take out of town for use in rental cars. Can't justify the expense of factory installed - they bring very little additional re-sale value.
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