18 of 30 people found this review helpful
Money Pit although very comfy
By tj49er on
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
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
You shouldn't compare any current car or luxury car for that matter with all the bells and whistles with any older car.
All these newer and or luxury cars have soo many electronic gismos or amenities and sensors that are bound to go wrong.
The older cars don't have all that and that is why there are less things to go wrong.
I love my older cars too, as they don't have soo many features.
All it had was ac/heat and the radio, that's it.
Not much to fail on you and not much to distract you.
Today you have navigation, tps sensors, back up cameras/sensors, etc... All that stuff eventually needs maintenance and are very expensive. But that is the market today. Thanks for sharing your experience with this car and reminding me about this.
I'm having second thoughts about buying a new car.