2006 Lexus GS 300 User Reviews
- $14,947 - $15,597
- No trim specified for this review
- EXCELLENT RELIABLE EVERYDAY LUXURY
- STILISTICALLY STILL SEEKING AN IDENTITY
What can I say about Lexus cars, they are fantastic, reliable, well built and at the end they privide bread for my family as I sell them here in England. Unlike the United States Lexus is not the number one import here. Many americans who I come across are puzzled buy this and always ask me the ''why'' question..Its simple, as good as Lexus are we are in Europe and unlike Americans Europeans tend to stick with European brands at least that is when it comes to spending proper money for a proper luxury. Lexus made it big in the USA as with the rest of the japanese manufacturers because the USA witnessed from the early 70s a drop in quality and relaibility with their vehicles. The Japanese found themselves as the laughing stock of the american marked in the 60s to become respective automotive builders in the 80s whereas the US manufacturers still didn't learn from the oil crisis that BIG did not necessarily mean better. Here in Europe Mercedes, Audi, BMW, Citroen and VW always provided solid quality with european styling and never let us down. Lexus for European is just another alternative thats all.
The GS 300 is indeed a great car but still as in the majority of japanese cars lacks identity and character. I find it rather smooth to drive but boring and not as responsive as a BMW 5 series. The acceleration is sluggish and the handling very american wabbly like. The styling is ok but nothing to rave about. I'm I sold on this car? not really......read morehide
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- Beautiful car, smooth ride
- BMW drivers are jealous and try to race me or cut me off.
If you want to own a real car buy a Lexus. This is my fourth Lexus and I would not consider any other luxury car. The looks, service and reliability of a Lexus are simply the best!
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- I won't have to drive it for life
- read my review, there are lots of them
I have now had this overpriced car for just over a year now. I needed a new transmission after 3 weeks (800 or 900) miles. Since that time it has developed an additional trans. problem that 3 Lexus dealers have expierenced and were concerned about until they realized many of them do it. The trans. tends to slip and then engage hard when starting for a dead stop on an upgrade.
The bluetooth feature is hit and miss depending on what phone you have. If it does work for you, you can only dial while the car is stopped. The Navigation cannot be programed while driving, you have to pull off the road and make a complete stop to use it. The voice commands are useless and I speak clearly, if I ask it to take me home it show ski resort icons or something else just as usefull. The XM displays only 10 letters so you don't get all the info.
It just seems that for 50 grand, you would think the technical aspect of this car would have been thought out a bit better. It's way over priced and nothing works as it should....read morehide
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- Good gas mileage, bluetooth, back-up sensors, Lexus pedigree
- "slightly" rough ride w/run flats over seams in the road
This car ie great!! This is my fourth Lexus...traded a 02' GS on it, and I never looked back! Doesn't have tha raw power of the 430, but it's got plenty of power for me. Trust me, you won't get hung out there in the passing lane with this one!!! Excellent amenities, I love the gadgets. Again, this is my fourth one, and it's a keeper! For the money, you won't find a better automobbile....read morehide
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- I usually get a new car every 2 years, and this one tops all the other cars I've drove, or rode in
- I want to dress it up, but hard to find after market parts for it. Doesnt have a navigation system.
very beautiful car. rides smooth, show stopper. For the price it should come with a navigation system, but it does. That's really the only thing I hate about the car.
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- available AWD, looks good
- tall guys don't fit in this car!
I was going to test drive a GS this morning, but when I sat in the driver's seat, I didn't fit. I'm 6'3" and 235 lbs. I adjusted the seat all the way down and back so my head didn't hit the roof, but then it wasn't a comfortable position to drive. Watch out tall guys!
I didn't bother driving the car. Also FWIW, I didn't fit well in the ES either....read morehide
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- Fuel economy, Vented seats, Silky transmission
- Ride too soft, summer tires, trunk space
I bought this car in June and have already put over 6k milkes on it. Most of my cars were bought for reliability (Mazda, Nissan, etc.), and this car was no exception. I looked at MB, BMW, Volvo and the Mustang Shelby (yeah, I know, but if you are going to spend $50K you ought to see what's out there!). This car is not as spirited as BMW, but it handles well enough to outperform most poseurs with Bimmers. I've had no issues with lights or anything else. Nav/phone disabled at driving speed is designed to keep ADHD people from killing themselves. Just pull over. The headlights are just the right height. If you can't see where you are going, slow down or get glasses/contacts. The only major drawbacks are the trunk and stock tires. Two fully loaded adult suitcases is about all you get, but then again this is not a family car. The summer tires are very sticky, but are not recommended for ice/snow, especially with rear wheel drive. Wish I had known the GS350 was coming in 2007. More horsepower, same amenities....read morehide
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- superior styling,1st rate build quality,primo tech toys as standard.
- 300 needs 430 brakes,need LCD in headrests for rear passengers since DVD is standard.
This car could not impress more.Every time I even look at it,I overflow with pride and joy.There is not another sedan,much less another car that looks good at EVERY angle and view.For the price,one cannot find another car with options included and Toyota quality imbedded into it's soul!
Now if I just had the x-tra HP og the GS 350,I would prolly die!...read morehide
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- FINALLY the right combination of Luxury car comfort & performance car bite.
- You pay more and still get less. Interior view feels somewhat like a cave. Restrictive back seat.
Let me start out by saying straight out that I do not own this car: I have test driven it once, and once for me is enough to decide whether a car (to me) is worthwhile or now.
I am only 19 years old, and am not looking at cars in this class for my father. He's a busy man with his job, so I go and hit the dealers for him and tell him what I think. So forgive me if my review comes from a different angle than most; I'm really not the target audience this car is after. However, I tried to think in my Dad's terms of what he was looking for (he's 55) in the driving experience.
My overall experience with this car was SIMPLY AMAZING. For the longest time, I laughed off foreign vehicles, but I am a true believer in the Japanese and their overall approach in automobiles. This car really does have a nice balance of everything all the other luxury cars out there seem to do well at but fail in other areas. 300 Horespower from such a small engine is impressive to me, and it really is there at acceleration. The gearbox is a little ackward because of its "high up" positioning, but the manumatic mode really picks up the slack.
Interior appointments make you truely feel pampered and worth more than your net worth while driving it around town. My experience made me feel like I had finally found the finer things in life, even though I haven't. All I can say about the seats were that I melted into them like BUTTER. The leather is soft and supple, and while the seats themselves are a little narrow...it was not an issue for me because I am tall and gangly. I was disappointed at the fewer amentities my test vehicle offered, but the simplicity of the electronic controls and placement of buttons made the driving experience headache-free. The back seat for tall people like myself (6 foot 1) is do-able but I wouldn't want to be stuck back there on a long trip over an hour (my head hits the back of the roof and I had to tilt my head and slouch down for it to properly seat on the headrest).
I'd worry about blind spots in this car, however. The driver is definately connected with the things going on around him, but the sloping design of the car makes if feel like you're inside of a dark, cavernous cave. Not the most comfortable feeling when you're in rush hour traffic on the freeway or trying to parallel park in a tight spot. I remember looking over my shoulder and seeing nothing but the back pillar of the roof in the way. I had to have my salesman next to me watch for traffic when I changed lanes. I'd be a little afraid in that aspect, but the car does offer a backup camera...which I'd check off on the option list even before I thought about signing the dotted line purchasing it. It's without a doubt that without it, it's only a matter of time before you hit something because it wasn't in your field of vision.
Would I have my dad buy this car for himself? ABSOLUTELY. This car did have it's flaws and higher price tag, but honestly...there will be no perfect luxury car out there. Consumer report highly recommended this car in overall driver satisfaction & reliability. To date, it's numero uno on my list for him, and he';s seriously considering it. And he's looked at cars more expensive than it so far. Period...read morehide
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