Used Lexus GS Saloon 1997 - 2005 review

Category: Executive car

Section: Our recommendations

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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Our recommendations

Which used Lexus GS saloon should I buy?

Lexus's standard equipment is staggeringly good. Even if you buy a very early entry-level S version, you'll still have alloy wheels, climate control, electric rake- and reach-adjustable power steering, electric seats and a CD multi-changer. SE trim adds desirables such as traction control and leather seats.

At launch there was just one engine and it does a more than adequate job. It's a 3.0-litre, straight six, 216bhp unit, mated to a smooth five-speed automatic gearbox. Find a car with this engine and SE trim, and it's the best GS you can buy.

A sharper-handling Sport version was introduced in January 1999. However it produced no more power than the standard car.

The GS range was face-lifted in October 2000. At the same time a 280bhp V8 engine arrived, available in SE trim only. Although the outgoing Sport was dropped in 2000, a new version arrived in summer 2003 with retuned suspension, 18in alloy wheels and a body kit. But, none of these are good enough to change our mind that the 3.0 SE is the best combination.