Used Lexus GS Saloon 1997 - 2005 review

Category: Executive car

Section: Ownership cost

1997 - 2005 review
Used Lexus GS Saloon 1997 - 2005
  • Used Lexus GS Saloon 1997 - 2005
  • Used Lexus GS Saloon 1997 - 2005
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Ownership cost

What used Lexus GS saloon will I get for my budget?

How much does it cost to run a Lexus GS saloon?

No matter how hard Lexus tried, and despite the car's many strengths, the GS just isn't as desirable as an Audi A6 or a BMW 5-Series. However, leaving that aside, the GS does have its merits. For a start, its prices are lower than those of its German rivals and, while the Lexus may not have the badge appeal, it is better equipped than a more expensive A6 or 5-Series.

The six-cylinder car sits in insurance group 15, while the V8 is two groups higher, but that's the biggest difference in cost between the two. Their fuel economy is very similar, with the 3.0-litre returning an official 24mpg and the 4.3 V8 managing 23mpg.

Both engines require servicing every 9000 miles and although Lexus dealerships do not charge as much as their Jaguar or Mercedes-Benz counterparts, they are still expensive. Independent experts aren't particularly cheap, either. So while a GS may be cheap to buy, don't expect it to be cheap to run.