I LOVE this car. I wanted a car this size so naturally test drove a 1 owner Merc S320cdi with 50,000 miles. Poooooh!!! I had such dreams about the S-class all my life only to have them shattered immediately. Rotten seats, disgustingly repellant interior with stupid buttons, and in the case of the standard length, would rather dangle my feet round the front passengers ears than suffer the lack of legroom in the back! And when i drove it not only was the ride was terrible, (my previous Omega 2.5V6 was a better ride) but it didn't move no matter which part of the car the accelerator was jabbed to. Being seriously disappointed i tried the 7 series only drop it just as quick. I subsequently FORCED my senses to accept the frog lookalike LS430 and superglued my sentiments to it from the moment i pulled the doorhandle towards my doubtful being... I bought the car with 21,799 miles and can't stop looking for excuses to drive it 35,000 miles later. I surprisingly get an extremely high street cred for it. Lovely comments from all ages and races but more from the middle aged females for some reason... Will definitely follow Rod Merchant into a LS460SEL-L very soon :-)
I have had this car now for over six months. I bought it used from a Lexus dealer. Everything in it works. There isn't a single rattle. It handles and performs much better than the equivilant BMW of Merc of which I have driven both. You will want for nothing if you buy one of these in terms of kit. Rear passangers love the electric heated massage seats and cool box. The voice recognition, bluetooth and touchscreen satnav have also come in real handy. I am currently averaging 22mpg but considering this car has a 4.3 litre v8 and weighs over 2 tonns, that's not bad in my opinion. Especially as I sometimes have a heavy right foot. I can say I will be very loyal to this brand and the dealers are second to none.
The Lexus LS -- in Britain -- is a strange thing.
In the USA (say), everyone naturally assumes that the very best car is, of course, the Lexus LS. Then - quite a step down - you have the unreliable, slow, plasticky S-Class and the more eccentric (unreliable, slow, plasticky) 7-Series.
In Texas, for instance, "every" rich person simply has a Lexus LS..."The Big L" they say. If you're struggling and you can bear plastic interiors, you might get a Benz.
Also, everyone realizes that EVERY LS you see has the massive, nutcase 4.3 V8. Whereas S-Classes and BMs are "trick" cars: 95% of them are the pathetic 2.1 (or whatever) models. Or diesels!
All Lexus LS (just as with say, "all Murcielagos" or "all Scaglettis" or "all Phantoms") are the same variant: an actual 4.3, ultra-luxury Lexus LS. With the S-Class and 7-Series, 95% of the cars are cheap lookalikes that don't even have, say, basic airconditioned seats (for goodness sake) or a serious engine.
So again - there is this strange duality where in much of the world Lexus is seen as "the" car with far and away the best engineering, most prestige, fastest, far and away the most luxurious interior, etc etc. And Benz and BM are the quirky, unreliable, "European choice".
(This is all incredibly obvious to yanks, because, Japan wipes the floor with Germany in every engineering field. Have you ever had a German TV?)
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I agree with Rod Merchant that the car is fantastic and with Smithy Jones that it looks like a melted Mercedes (what a good description).
It is faultless - but it is faultlessly boring, so I'm going back to Mercs,. They might not be faultless but they are a lot nicer to drive!
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