I am amazed that none of the previous reviewers have mentioned the rattle that seems to affect every GS - from the centre dash and on cold mornings its so loud that you can hear it above the excellent hifi. This ruins the experience of the GS - its hush makes the rattle worse! So far three attempts to fix it have failed and one attempt put so much silicon gunge behind the dash that the VIN number was obliterated! This ruins a very good car as every time I am in it I can hear it and I just want to get rid now. Cannily (so I thought) buying a demo after 10 months takes the main hit of depreciation but my april 05 is now worth £21k at trade in meaning a loss of 18k in 16 months - with hindsight I guess I overpayed originally. Running costs are very low, build is good, kit is fantastic but I wish it burbled a bit more - had bigger wheels - was a bit more exciting to look at. Anyhoo I am stuck with negative equity on the finance so will keep the GS until I can swap it - no hardship but I have no choice in the matter. My advice is to test drive it without a salesman - turn the hifi off and listed carefully - you may just get a none rattler.
I have had my GS for exactly one year - the fuel consumption is pretty average, but for all the standard gadgets that it runs, it's hardly a shock.
It's a fantastic car - it has great looks. I wasn't keen on them at first, but they grew day by day - where I live, everyone drives a 5 Series or 4x4. I test-drove the competitors - the Lexus outweighed them heavily. By the time I had test-driven the GS three times in four weeks (once for a whole weekend), BMW had just got back to me to see if I still wanted a test drive I had requested a month ago!
I did have a problem with my GS when new - it needed some new components in the gearbox. They replaced the whole gearbox to be safe and gave me a RX350 while it was in - I loved that, too! Any time I have dealt with Lexus I have not had to get upset or lose my patience - it's almost pleasurable! I know, it's hard to believe that a dealership could be pleasureable (well, I did say almost...)!
It's superbly hushed even when cruising at 160km/h.This really make me realise what is sheer driving pleasure.
Despite its tranquility,there are the striking looks and state-of-the-art comfort that lack in a Mercedes-benz.In other words,Lexus is undoubtedly the epitome in the mid-luxury cars cateogory.Anyone who wants cathedral-like quietness and speed should look no further than a GS300.
This is my third Lexus and although it has been over eight years since I have owned one, it is nice to be back in one.
I considered Audi, BMW and there is no comparison. Not only in the drive quality, but also in the buying experience. Try to visit the BMW or Audi showroom, then visit Lexus and you'll know what I mean.
At the Lexus dealership you feel like a king rather than part of the mob. Test driving is absolutely hassle-free. If you are considering a car in this price range, you must give Lexus a try.
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owned for 3 years Pro engine, performance, size, looks Cons Service cost (BMW in general), folding rear seats is an option - annoying, no spare…
Even after 8 months I still look forward to driving this car. The handling is superb, the 8 speed gearbox a dream. There is a bit of lag when you…