2003 Lexus LS 430 Review

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Edmunds' Expert Review

  • Superb ride quality, impressive array of standard and optional luxury features, top-notch interior materials, Lexus reliability.
  • Not quite as athletic as its competitors, adding options raises the price to un-Lexuslike levels.

Provides equal (or better) refinement levels as German uber-sedans, only without the holier-than-thou attitude.

2003 Highlights

For 2003, 17-inch wheels are standard, replacing the 16-inchers. The climate control front seats and park-assist feature, formerly included only with the Ultra Luxury or Custom Luxury packages, are now available as stand-alone options. Finally, base cars ordered with the climate control front seats now feature perforated leather trim throughout.

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4.75 out of 5 stars
no need to buy the warranty
4dr Sedan (4.3L 8cyl 5A)
My son was born and after much research i bought my wife an 03 LS430 with 90k.Purchased a two year warranty from the dealership which i never used.I have had the car for 3yrs now..not even a mere check engine light.This is the best luxury car for the money period.We love it and compared to benz or a bmw(which i still own )he makes them look like Divas that are all bark no bite.
5 out of 5 stars
This car makes me smile
Jim Rich,04/06/2018
4dr Sedan (4.3L 8cyl 5A)
2018... I have had the LS for 15 years, the only repairs i have had are brake pads, timing belt( recommended at 85,000) and 1 battery. It runs like a beast on the highway, but rides smooth, car can cruise at 90 + MPH all day long. I originally purchased the car because of the room for the driver, I am 6-6 and this car fit better then all the luxury sedans on the market at the time. I am impressed with the comfort, reliability, no parts have been replaced. This may be the best car ever produced, I'am not joking . NOTE this is not a sports car, it is a luxury cruiser and it preforms well in that task.
5 out of 5 stars
Driving a perfect "10" everyday
4dr Sedan (4.3L 8cyl 5A)
My 2003 Lexus 430 LS is equipped with the Ultra Luxury package and I bought it new. I cannot imagine a more dependable beautiful lifestyle. Everyday on the road you know that you are always the best ride without pretending. Is there any ride more quiet/ I don't think so. This car is simply the best all around, elegant, classy, smoothest and most reliable vehicle I have ever driven in my life. And that is alot to say since I have owned and /or been the primary driver of over 30 cars purchased without limit. They were all excellent vehicles, but the 03 Lexus 420 LS w/ Ultra Luxury package is like driving in heaven every day.
5 out of 5 stars
2003 LS430---$ for $---Best Luxury Car EVER Made
Douglas W.,02/25/2017
4dr Sedan (4.3L 8cyl 5A)
Recently purchase a one owner 2003 LS430.....This was a 1 owner CEO's car that was garage kept..... After 6 months, I am floored by the quality and performance of this vehicle. This car has 238,000 original miles and has had only routine maintanance. I am having the extensive 90K service which will include more than just the timing belt and water pump..(will do tensioner, seals, bearings, etc while already there).. Getting done next week (Using only OEM materials--Aisin, etc...)..There are no signs of leaking, its strictly preventative, and Lets me know I'm good for another 100K or so!!.. I challenge you to find another luxury car that will go 238K on original TB/WP and hasn't needed any repair other than routine maintenance (brakes, fluids, etc) ... Feels like a plane at takeoff , only there is no noise, and the trans is still whisper quiet and shifts are undetectable. Mark Levinson sound system compliments the car perfectly...(Not meant for deep pounding base songs, but rather excels with classical, smooth jazz, as well as rock and most pop)..I replaced the foam surround on the rear deck subwoofer , other than that, there is really no wear or broken items that would keep you from thinking your not in a much more newer car. Speaks Volumes for the fit , finish, and quality of the materials used during the build... Navigation CD was $10 on ebay and was upgraded in a minute... Still havent mastered the voice commands available to me, but its a learning curve for a middle aged man. I'll be going through the suspension next as I'm sure the wearable rubber parts could use replacement by now (front end bushings and the like). Again, keep in mind, everything is all original with 238K miles and 14 years of time on them!!..I look forward to finding 2005 or 2006 to add to my garage (as I'd like to have an LS with the 6 speed transmission as well).......UPDATE...Feb 2018.....Still performing!! Still enjoying!!......................UPDATE 8-27-2020.......Still enjoying.....also, LOVE LOVE LOVE how the LS430 now OUTRANKS the LS460 in customer satisfaction now that the ls460 had time to either prove or disprove that it was as reliable as the 430.....4.9 out of 5 stars for the ls430.....4.7 for the ls460 LOL


IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
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  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
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  • Moderate Overlap Front Test

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Used 2003 Lexus LS 430 Overview

The Used 2003 Lexus LS 430 is offered in the following submodels: LS 430 Sedan. Available styles include 4dr Sedan (4.3L 8cyl 5A). The Used 2003 Lexus LS 430 comes with rear wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 5-speed automatic. The Used 2003 Lexus LS 430 comes with a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. basic warranty, a 4 yr./ unlimited mi. roadside warranty, and a 6 yr./ 70000 mi. powertrain warranty.

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Should I lease or buy a 2003 Lexus LS 430?

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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