I stopped buying new cars year ago. I now buy well maintained luxury/sports car and pay cash for them and drive them for 3-4 years. This Lexus is a must buy. It has the smoothness, class and reliability of the Lexus brand. It also has excellent power, great creature comforts and exceeds most performance expectations. I call my car Jekyll & Hyde as it has a split personality. It will pamper you in luxury but will also drop the hammer when you want. The steering tightens up at speed and the car becomes firmer and responsive especially when you press the sport shift button for the transmission. Find a well maintained one and buy it. These are great cars and cheap to own.
I bought a "high mileage" used 2001 GS 430 5 months ago with 140,000 miles. I've owned a wide variety of sports cars, trucks, and sedans over the years- both new and used. This Lexus is one of the best. For tens of thousands less than a comparable new sports sedan- this car is an absolute bargain. It was dealer maintained by the previous owners- but still, this car is tight all around. It's VERY fast with the 300hp V8. I get compliments on it from friends and strangers alike. I have had zero issues with this car- runs perfect. I smile when I see 5-series BMW's now- this car is a steal compared to the German sedans. If you're in the market for a used sports sedan- you can't beat GS430.
As tame and humble as it may seem. This beast hungers for excitement. It's hard to be a consertive driver in this quite machine. Handling ride and upmost performance doesn't capture the far reaching words needed to describe the experance of the GS430. It wants to go and I do let it loose on occasion. It's cool knowing you can kick a punk driving a 5.0 Mustang in the dust.
This car is the perfect car for someone who wants value as well as luxury and sport in their sedan. I admit though, the car isn't as fun to drive as a Bimmer but it's definitely got nicer amenities. Whenever people ride with me, they don't believe that my car is almost 6 years old. It hides its age well. But what you really want to know is, if I had to do it all over would I buy it again? Definitely.
This is my second Lexus in the GS line. I purchased this model for the more powerfull engine and reliability. The car drives very well as a sporty vehicle and equally as well as a touring sedan. The power is incredible with excellent pick up for passing or highway driving.
Throughout all of the quarter-mile runs, the time varied by only .26 seconds, showing that it was a very consistent performer. It was frustrating to be playing with different parameters like launch rpms and shift points in order to get the best times and getting little to no results. The best run was achieved by launching at 1,500 rpm and shifting as close to redline as the manual action of the shifter allowed. Shift performance is a little slow at full throttle upshifts, with the shifts from first to second manually being done a little before 6,000 rpms to actually have the shift occur at the 6,400-rpm redline before hitting the rev limiter. One other note is that the ECM power button did not offer any improvement in performance in our testing, but it is suspected that once the computer senses full throttle acceleration, it goes into that programming automatically.
Brake performance was excellent, as far as the small distance it required to stop, but pedal feel is a whole other subject. During the first run, the brake pedal went dead to the floor with little to no resistence to get there, but you could tell that the vehicle was stopping in a very short distance, which it did. After making that run, we checked the fluid level just to make sure it was not low on brake fluid, but the fluid level was well within operating range. Other than that oddity, the ABS system operated fine with no notable tire-scuffing on the pavement and got an even better number on the next run. The third run was within .14 of the second, showing the repeatable performance of the brakes.