It was my intention to buy a luxury car, and I did favour a Merc E-Class, Audi A6, or BMW 5 Series.Having attended 2 Merc dealers locally, no one wanted to talk to me, perhaps the jeans and T shirt, thought I was a tyre kicker! Audi and BMW both appealed to me, but by the time I had added all the toys they came out more exensive than my eventual choice, the Lexus GS300SEL, which I bought from Lexus Birmingham. What a fantastic experience, a car dealer that cares, and remains so. The vehicle is smooth, quiet, and makes a statement, but does not stand out in a crowd.I average 27-36mpg, which is the same as any 2.0 litre turbo petrol engine. I have also had the dash board creaking problem, as mentioned by other reveiwers, but this has been fixed by my excellent dealer, for whom nothing is too much problem. Would I buy another Lexus, possibly, but the range really needs to expand, but the historical reliability and the unblemished dealer service may be the deciding factor.
Peter Rowbotham, West Midlands, April 20th 2008