I can honestly say buying this car has been one of the biggest mistakes i have ever made when purchasing a new car having now covererd 41K thank god i change it in 6 months.It has been back to lexus more times than i can remember, Here follows just some of the faults 1.air con not working upon delivery and still not brilliant now.2.heated/cooling seats not working still faulty,3.poor fuel economy,4.dash rattles and constant baanging/cracking noises.5.lack of power when setting off lexus assure me this is normal.6.Gears not selecting able to select reverse instead of 1st,7.Alarm faulty.8.Indicators not cancelling.9.CD player replaced completly jammed up. Words cant say how dissopointed i am with the road noise,fuel economy,unsettled ride,and the service from Lexus has not been as good as the reports you read about after sales. looking for a new car stear clear of this one.
Having nearly reached 3000 miles in 2 months of ownership of my Lexus I too have found similar vibration "niggles" similar to those of other reviewers. Although the car is a beautiful vehicle and has some very commendable features including build quality and extras it is seriously let down by the installed power unit. The power unit struggles with little torque and dead spots resulting in the constant use of gears to maintain speed and progress. Fuel consumption of 38.1 mpg actual in comparison with quoted 44.8 mpg on combined cycle (most of my driving is on A roads or motorway) is a major negative compared with previous diesels I have driven or owned. Sixth gear is effectivley redundant even on motorways and even if you can get to greater than 1800 rpm as soon as you hit an incline you must change into fifth gear to maintain speed without labouring the engine. Having driven a hire VW Passatt diesel in the past few weeks I have realised my blunder in the purchase of the Lexus diesel. As a result I am looking to change to an Audi early next year where the power unit exhibits true diesel characteristics in both performance and economy.
Having done the rounds of VW, BMW, Audi, and Saab it was time to try Lexus. The dealer was superb, I can’t believe they make a LS buyer feel any more special. It was delivered to spec, on time and presented beautifully. Follow up of the sale was excellent.
The quality and comfort of the interior of the SE-L still strikes me as outstanding after several thousand miles and I am still finding nice little touches as I get to know the car. One thing that you cannot miss is the silence, particularly for Audi TDI owners.
Gear box is occasionally poor in 1st and 2nd. Otherwise 5th is useful and 6th an overdrive. 10k servicing is the only other downside.
Overall the IS220D SE-L is an astonishingly good car and I am still finding excuses to drive it.
I've had my IS220d SE for 2 months now and I've got to say I'm very impressed.
I think the car looks better than anything else in its class and the build quality really is top notch.
After reading several reviews on here, and elsewhere, I was a little nervous about some of the niggles that kept cropping up, ie power lag when you put your foot down, vibrating mirror and rattles that can't be found. There is a slight lag when you try to nip out of junctions quickly but no more than you expect from a diesel. There is certainly no problem at speed, it pulls well from every gear but as you would expect 6th gear is only evert used on motorways. As for the rattles and vibrating mirror I have had no problems at all.
The kit levels are very high for its class and the sound system is amazing. Certainly worth the multi-media upgrade.
Overall it is a great purchase. The only reason to buy a BMW or a Merc over this is for the badge as the car itself is superb.
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