Good road car, not so much around town given low gas mpg. Exterior quality is not so great, paint pealed in one spot on roof post. Car handles very nicely with good suspension that quiets the ride. Seats are ok for tall folks - over 6' - good for those less tall. Interior fit and finish is very nice and looks very well finished. Corner acceleration is hampered unless your turn off the AFS. Car doesn't need a lot of repairs but maintenance is costly.
This is the best car ever. Nothing to repair and it was 11 years old when I bought it. Timing belt, a couple of sets of tires, oil change, cabin filters and windsheild wippers and that's it. My goal is to put another 80000 miles on it.
Do not get chrome wheels!!! Peeling after 6 yrs. tires can't stay balanced. Trying to replace wheels is a disaster. Even dealer can't guarantee that new wheels will fit with performance brake calipers. Closest dealer is 60 miles . I carry a tire inflator with me at all times. because of chrome wheels deteriorating can' keep tires inflated at proper Lbs Breaks beads. hvae to have them cleaned every 6 months. resetting maintanance schedule is a pain Have to crawl under dash. Blow fuses for cigaret lighter recharging Phones etc also trunk release
finally had to have my wheels re done. @$260 each Outside chrome [Grill ] is peeling and turning black I wll turn 80,000 miles this month disappointed in such a high quality vehicle.
Built like a tank to last holds all the amenities of a true luxury sedan. Had this since day 1 brand new purchased from dealer for $65k, still running like a champ to this day. Hands down best luxury and reliability for ever penny I ever spent.
When the LS first appeared on the scene, it was so good that it scared Mercedes into over designing their cars resulting in reliability issues and the loss of the stately image that was their hallmark. Now the Lexus LS has become the standard bearer for those who want a solid, stately, reliable luxury car.
The LS 430 executes this mission flawlessly, It rides beautifully, refreshing the driver with every trip. It handles any road surface well. The build quality and reliability are world class. Controls are simple and driver friendly.
The Mercedes W126(1979-1991) had many similar traits for its time. I still own a Mercedes 1986 420 SEL and the Lexus LS 430 is its natural successor.
-Reliability should be the hallmark of any luxury car. While luxury cars most have slipped in this regard the LS 430 has not.
-Superior build quality.
-Smooth, effortless ride.
-Easy to follow controls allowing the driver to focus on the road and not the controls.
-Lexus built the LS 430 with the view that you will keep it forever.
-The sheer joy one gets out of the appreciation of a well built car doing its job effortlessly actually make this big car fun to drive.
When the Lexus LS 430 updated its transmission from 5 to 6 speed in the 2004-2006 years. It removed any suggested improvements. This is not a sports car. If you're looking for a solid stately, reliable car, the Lexus LS 430 is the best bargain on the road today.