Used 1999 Lexus GS 300

1999 Lexus GS 300
1999 Lexus GS 300

Pros

  • For value, luxury and performance, the GS 300 is probably the best sport sedan available today.

Cons

  • For pure fun, BMW's 540i is still king of the sport sedans.
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Used 1999 Lexus GS 300 for Sale

Lexus GS 300 1999 4dr Sedan
89,242 miles
Used 1999
Lexus GS 300
Base
Shell Motors
8.8 mi away
List$5,995
Est.Loan: $123/mo
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Lexus GS 300 1999 4dr Sedan
117,511 miles
Used 1999
Lexus GS 300
Base
Top Gear Motors
38.4 mi away
List$4,999
Est.Loan: $102/mo
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vehicle overview

Looking to create the ultimate sport sedan in both price and performance, Lexus redesigned its GS 300 last year and came up with a truly exceptional car. Available with either a 3.0-liter twin-cam inline six, this is one model that can hang with the best Europe has to offer.

A distinctive quad headlight design sweeps back into the hood and fenders in much the same manner as Mercedes' E-Class cars. Short front and rear overhangs give the GS a sporty look, and tidy hindquarters with creative rear taillights keep this car from blending in with the rest of today's high-line sports sedans.

The appearance of the car is supported by a powerful drivetrain with the inline six models making 225 horsepower. Mated to a five-speed automatic transmission with steering-wheel mounted shift buttons, this car make for great fun on twisting roads while not giving up a bit of luxury when cruising down the interstate. The GS 300 comes standard with antilock brakes and all-speed traction control.

Interior features include an "Optitron" lighting system in the gauge cluster that looks like something out of a Star Trek movie, one-touch up and down windows and moonroof functions, and a multifunction keyless remote entry system. Options include a premium sound system by Nakamichi and a GPS-based navigation system that uses touch screen controls.

As with other vehicles in the Lexus line, road feel and absolute sportiness take a back seat to pure luxury and refinement. BMW's 540i offers a bit more fun and the Mercedes E-class has, well, the Mercedes emblem on the hood. But for all-around, everyday living with rock-solid reliability, you can't beat the GS series, especially if price is a consideration.

1999 Highlights

The GS 300 was totally redesigned last year with improvements in performance and a completely new look. As a result, the 1999 model goes unchanged except for the addition of daytime running lights and standard floor mats.

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 1999 Lexus GS 300.

Overall Consumer Rating

Most helpful consumer reviews

Most reliable car ever owned
Keith,12/02/2015
Now that my GS300 has reached 240,000 miles I think I have full picture of this car. I bought the car ten years ago from dealer's trade-in lot with 100,000 miles on it. No problem on engine and transmission and haven't had check engine light on. Acceleration is great and thanks to rear wheel drive handling is also great, not as great as BMW but lot better than ES series. Did not have many problems but here are the trouble spots: 1. Had to change starter twice, and it's hard to DIY as it's it a tight spot; 2. Radio LCD went out around 200,000 miles; 3. Engine valve gaskets leaked around 180,000 miles but not a bad DIY; 4. Master gasket (between engine block and transmission) leaking, one bottle of Lucas Stop Leak will work; 5. Exhaust shield start rattling, but not affecting anything. All in all it's a great luxury car with good MPG (23ish).
Excellent Used Car
k_cubed,10/29/2010
I bought it at 94,000 in 2009 and I've driven it for a year now for both local driving and couple of road trips. It is an excellent car for all purpose and is incredibly comfortable. Brakes are something to get used to and the gas mileage isn't great. I've taken it to Lexus dealer for maintenance every 5,000 miles (which is quite costly) and I haven't had to do anything else. I'm definitely hooked on Lexus now.
Best car I've ever owned
lukas25,03/29/2014
Bought this car with 178k, now at 200k and still looks and drives like a new car, people constantly think it's 2006 or so, paint and leather quality has really impressed me, nothing has signs of wear and every little thing works, I've seen people who own these with well over 300k so I am not worried, I am sold on Lexus due to the reliability of this car Update: sold the car with 230k and I never had a single problem with the car, upgraded to a 08 gs460. Loved that car!
AWESOME MACHINE
Keith.,03/15/2016
Overpriced because it is still a Toyota but definitely money well spent. I paid $21,000 with 42,000 miles on the odometer in 2003, it now has 0ver 280,000 miles after changing the timing belt every 90,000 miles and still runs like a dream.
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Features & Specs

MPG
18 city / 23 hwy
Seats 0
5-speed automatic
Gas
225 hp @ 6000 rpm
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Safety

IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
    Not Tested
  • Roof Strength Test
    Not Tested
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    Not Tested
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Not Tested
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test
    Good

More about the 1999 Lexus GS 300
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While driving a brand-new Lexus GS300 southbound on the 405 Freeway in Los Angeles, something strange occurred to our driver. Somewhere near Rancho Palos Verdes, he realized that he didn't have the indulgent sense of well being that usually accompanies one of his spins in a high-buck luxury sedan. All the ingredients were in place for a seriously narcissistic ego trip: Ahead of him lay an impressive destination at the Four Seasons in Newport Beach, promising a few days of much-needed relaxation. His chariot for the journey was a staple among the SoCal glitteratti, loaded to the gills with leather, do-dads and Lexus panache. The music selection loaded into the in-dash CD changer was one that almost guaranteed a sunny disposition. All in all, he should have been happier than a movie mogul with a pocketful of Prozac and the rights to "Titanic: The Sequel."

But he wasn't happy. Driving the GS300 was not proving to be as satisfying as our driver would have liked; certainly not as enjoyable as would be a trip in a Mercedes-Benz E320 or a BMW 528i--cars equal to the Lexus in size, price, performance and style.

Was the powertrain the culprit? Not likely. The GS300 comes with a DOHC inline six-cylinder engine with variable valve timing that makes 225 horsepower and 220 foot-pounds of torque. A smooth, five-speed automatic transmission and 4.27 axle ratio help the Lexus put this power to the rear wheels and allows the GS to go from a dead stop to 60 mph in 7.5 seconds; just as fast as the lighter, smaller BMW. This highly responsive engine and transmission work equally well around town and on the freeway. A quick goose of the long, skinny pedal results in a smooth downshift and subsequent rush of power as the revs build and the valve timing optimizes engine breathing, giving drivers prodigious acceleration and passing capabilities. Our driver couldn't hold the GS300's interior designers responsible for his feeling of malaise, either. The Lexus's roomy cabin provides the driver and front-seat occupant with excellent visibility and room to stretch out. An impressive 44 inches of legroom and 58 inches of shoulder room accommodates the long-limbed and broad-shouldered in the front seat. Rear-seat passengers don't fare as well, however, and only get 34.3 inches of legroom, making it more suitable for children and short adults.

Luxury-sedan buyers demand a long standard-equipment list in addition to comfortable five-passenger seating, and the GS300 obliges in this area as well. Antilock brakes, vehicle skid control and side airbags are standard safety items on the GS. Luxury touches include standard dual-zone climate control, 16-inch alloy wheels with V-rated tires, power tilt and telescoping steering wheel, and all of the other power goodies typically found on luxury cars.

The GS300 also has a short option list that includes the type of equipment discriminating buyers would choose to round out a luxury sport sedan. Our test model came with the reasonably priced Premium Package that includes sumptuous leather upholstery, auto-dimming electrochromic sideview mirrors, one-touch-open moonroof, and a fantastic in-dash CD changer with sound quality that renders the optional Nakamichi unit (and its $2,000 price hike) a moot point. Thus equipped, our Lexus was quite comfortable and managed to slip in under $43,000: a considerable chunk of change, but not exorbitant in the luxury category.

So, we liked the engine, interior and long list of equipment, but we're still not won over by the GS300. Why? In our opinion, the GS300 lacks a few vital components necessary to be a true luxury sport sedan--something that Lexus fully intends the GS300 to be. On the more challenging section of our road course, the GS300 pitched, rolled, slipped and slid all over the place. After 45 minutes of demanding driving, we walked away feeling that the steering was numb and over-assisted, the suspension was wallowy, and the tires gave up traction too quickly. Part of the GS-Series raison d'tre is to provide more excitement when the road gets twisty than the Camry-derived, front-wheel-drive ES300 and the conservative executive-cruiser LS400. Our initial impression is that while the GS400 may be up to task, the GS300 is not. We don't think Lexus aficionados should have to fork over an additional $8,200 to get the performance promised by the GS model line, but only delivered by the V8-equipped '400.

We're also tiring of the GS's styling: the front end is too derivative of the current Mercedes-Benz E-Class and the rear end looks too contrived (particularly the busy taillight cluster). It doesn't help that their huge popularity has rendered the GS more common than Camrys in many neighborhoods near our corporate headquarters.

Our driver might have been right when he complained that the GS300 didn't make him feel special, that it didn't appeal to his vanity. The car's overall performance does not meet our sport-sedan expectations and its styling does not please our eyes. When we're plopping down 40K for a car, we expect it to be an extension of us, and a damn appealing one at that. In our minds, the GS300 gives up too much to satisfy our desires. When you have this much money to spend, there are plenty of choices. Make sure your choice fits before slapping down the green.

Used 1999 Lexus GS 300 Overview

The Used 1999 Lexus GS 300 is offered in the following submodels: GS 300 Sedan. Available styles include 4dr Sedan.

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  • The Used 1999 Lexus GS 300 Base is priced between $4,999 and$5,995 with odometer readings between 89242 and117511 miles.

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Should I lease or buy a 1999 Lexus GS 300?

Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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