2006 Lexus GS 300
There are 49 user reviews for the AWD trim shown below
Well, after 1.5 month owning GS 300 I finally decided to write this review.
Before making decision on buying Lexus I test drove BMW 5 series and Mercedes E-350. BMW is nice and everyone knows it but it is too rough. My family hated it after we test drove it around couple of blocks. Not a family car at all. If you plan at least occasionally take your family for a ride in BMW �.. well see what happens. Mercedes -too many mechanical problems. If you don�t mind that your car is going to be at the dealers shop most of the time - go with Mercedes. Second problem with Mercedes they have horrible resale value. 3 years old Mercedes � 50 % off the price.
GS 300 is very styli, sexy, head turner car. Driving this car is pleasure. I traded in my Toyota Avalon 2005 (which is a good car too) and never regretted. I was doing 95 mph and didn�t feel a thing. It feels very comfortable and luxury in GS....read morehide
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- Design/Appearance; Quiet ride;
- Trunk access; bit of a rough ride;
I bought my AWD in October of 2005 and have greatly enjoyed it. The low beam problem mentioned by others was/is not a problem here. Since I don't have a great 'need for speed', I have no complaints about the car's overall performance.
My critiques are minor...the drop down cache of lesser used buttons (gas cap/folding mirrors/odometer) cannot be viewed while driving... the steering wheel blocks the view. The dealer installed xm radio suffers from signal loss when adjacent to tall trees or even a passing 18 wheeler....read morehide
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- looks very sharp and handeling is great only
- Norrow and uncomfortable seats, small trunk, noisy interior and not much of performance car either
Lots of problems /alignment car constantly pulling to the left/electrical problem/blue tu& extremely noisy front suspension is not strong as BMW it can not Handel very small holes in road it sound like it is very agile ,you do not have any left or right side view for incoming traffic when you pulling out /small seat and tight space, hard to get in to gas tank release and trunk.
lots of nice electronics gadgets but that comes with a nice big price tag when thing start going rung ( Dealer will love you ).
But lets face it It a Toyota Avalon frame why not get that and save 15000.00 less or go for BMW 530 series .
Dont' forget toyota is a great great car....read morehide
3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.Was this review helpful to you?
- acceleration great, suspension great its the king of bling
Its the King of Bling. Its an eye catcher with substance. Great acceleration, suspension and comfort
2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.Was this review helpful to you?
- GORGEOUS CAR, FUEL ECO. OK
- NOISY ENGINE, NOT ENOUGH INTERIOR LIGHTS, NEEDS MORE POWER
I ONLY HAVE 1500 MILES SO FAR. TIME WILL TELL. I TRADED A JAGUAR WITH TRANSMISSION PROBLEMS. I'LL TRADE THIS ONE TOO
IF NEEDED. NEXT TIME I WILL GO BACK TO A $30K CAR WITH THE
SAME OR BETTER OUTCOME.
3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.Was this review helpful to you?
- Amazing Car...Best car ever driven!!!
- Fuel Economy isn't great, but still its a GREAT car!!
This car is great...all the comments about the lights are no true for me...I read all these comments before getting the car and i dont have any problems with it...i did get the high intensity headlights (HIH)...and didnt have any problems...test drive this car for yourself and i know you wont be able to leave the dealership without purchasing it....read morehide
4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.Was this review helpful to you?
- Appearance, Comfort, Technology, Reliability, Smooth Luxury, Audio/Video System
- Not Much, Realistically, but there are things I would like to have seen
It is difficult for me to say that I am happy with paying $50K for anything but since I was going to have to pay $50K on whatever I bought, I am the most happy with this choice. I had the 2005 Acura RL first and had to trade it in for the Lexus GS 300 AWD. Although I lost a couple thousand dollars, it was the right decision. I am so happy with this car. The feeling in the seat is so much more comfortable, the smoother ride is much better, the technology features are better, and it looks prettier than the RL. There are some things I would certainly have liked to see though. Bluetooth phone system should have allowed the driver to make voice activated calls like the RL. There should have been a way to override the DVD video cancellation while the car is in drive rather than having to pay someone to do it for you. The automatic tire pressure system should have been setup to tell you the actual pressure like the RL and not just tell you that one of the tires has low pressure. The electronic folding rear view windows should have had an attomatic feature that folds in after you put the car in park or turn off the ingine. NOW that I have seen the new ES, I would have liked the new console box from there to be in the GS 300. I guess it will be in the next model though. Also, the horsepower should have been at least 300 like the 2005 RL, but of course the car would have costed a little bit more I guess. Maybe asking too much but I like the VW's refrigerator in glove box thingie (okay, asking too much)....read morehide
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- Sexy exterior
- Rough ride
I currently owned two Lexus in our house. One is 2006 GSAWD the other is 2000 RX300.
The ride and comfort of GS is not what Lexus describe on their Brochure. Do not be fooled by the description or its exterior look. It is not true. You will only get stiff ride later on. If you are looking for Lexus ride, forget it!
My GS300AWD starts to feel stiff just a little more than 10,000 mile. After 12,000 mile it became rough ride. The suspension system does not functioning properly. Car is bunching and shaking causing the car pulled to the left or right of its own when on highway. I need to adjust the steering wheel to stay in lane. Dealer is not helpful at all. All they can say is normal. After visiting the dealer for more than three attempts, I decide to call Lexus customer service. Guess what, the response from them is nothing they can do about it. Because it was build like that. I should know that the performance tire and GS will have stiffer ride this kind of BS. I can not believe these words actually came out from Lexus customer service. All I need is a suggestion from them to tune the car in between stiff and comfort. It seems Lexus has dealing with many complaints about GS like mine. That is why they are so sensitive when they answer the question. They did not even try to provide any kind of asist. This is not the Lexus service that I heard of.
I will never buy another Lexus car again....read morehide
6 out of 9 people found this review helpful.Was this review helpful to you?
- Exterior design, Interior Features, AWD
- Suspension too stiff, extreme road noise
I read the reviews prior to purchasing a pre-owned GS300 AWD with about 8000 miles but could not bring myself to believe them based on all the positive reviews. However, on the drive home I realized I should have heeded their warning!
I fell in love with the exterior and interior styling of the car and test drove a local new model prior to purchasing one from an out of state dealer. The suspension seemed a bit tight, but not to an extreme. But after taking posession of this pre-owned car and driving it over a slightly rough road on the way home, I realized that the previous comments on its stiff suspension and road noise were right on the money. This was not the Lexus ride I came to expect. This car transmitted every road nuance directly to the driver and the road noise was so severe at times I could hardly hear the radio. And being 6'2", I found the seat position was too low and was not comfortable for more than a few minutes of driving.
So, I turned around, returned the vehicle to the dealer and traded it in on a new 2007 ES350. Wow! Was this the correct decision! This is an amazing car. Although not quite as stylish on the exterior, it far exceeds the GS for comfort and power. More horsepower, more interior room and still a very good looking vehicle. And an extremely comfortable driving position for a guy my size. Plus I was able to buy a fully loaded new vehicle with navigation for less than the used GS!
Driving home with this vehicle was a dream. More than enough power, comfort and functionality. What more could I want!!...read morehide
13 out of 15 people found this review helpful.Was this review helpful to you?
- Good looking car, smooth and responsive engine
- Horses could be more, OEM tires in Canada totally unacceptable
Main beef is the tires are W rated (for 290 Km/Hr) when car is electronically limited to 200 Km/Hr. For an AWD car in Canada All season tires should have been put on. Tires are not acceptable for a quarter of the year when cold and snowy. Very disappointed by response of Lexus Canada (they said no). Dealer did pay half of my cost of a bent wheel and snow tires but very, very dangerous to offer a car like this that you would expect to be useful in all conditions....read morehide
3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.Was this review helpful to you?
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