2006 Lexus GS 430 Base
There are 25 user reviews for the Base trim shown below
- great design, very luxury, user friendly GPS, awesome sound system, sport & comfort suspension
- Still lack of performance for V8, too much computerize restrictions, no free maintanance scheduler.
I've recently purchased the GS 430 for $58k out the door. I regret that I didn't buy the Pre-collision System. Style and comport is doubt top notch. The GS drives smooth but the transmission shift a little rough. The touch-screen GPS system is probably is easier to use out that in the market. The Mark Levingson sound system is awesome and must have. However, this system has too many safety restrictions while driving. Can't dial any phone # with Blue Tooth while the car is moving. Can't watch DVD unless the parking brake is on. Can't operate the GPS to search unless the it is at full stop. I am not so impress the performance although it claims to have 300hp. Compare with my 05 BMW 530i, the GS feels like a V6. I wish the GS has free maintaiance scheduler like the BMW. If I can go back time, I rather pay an extra $8k for the BMW 550....read morehide
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- What can I say if there is nothig bad with it!
First of all, I would like to say that a Lexus keeps its price higher than a BMW or Mercedes. Lexus are the best cars you'll ever find. They have the most advance and easiest technoly that you'll ever see, compare to my 05 BMW 745i, the GS 430 should be the only car driving in the streets. When you drive this car you feel like you're flying. Unlike BMW, Lexus has a better fuel economy. When I bought my ex-BMW the price of that car went down by $15,000 dollars. Then, I got the gs 430 and the price went down by 6,000 dollars! and that is a big difference. I'm very,very, satisfied with my Lexus! So, if you want to buy a car buy a Lexus, because they're the best!...read morehide
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- Technology, performance and reliability in a geat looking package...INSIDE AND OUT!!!
- Dealer installed XM antenna leaves a lot to be desired.
This care is awesome. I have had my GS 430 for about a month, after trading in my 2003 Mercedes Benz E500.
The 545i, E500 and M45 are all very nice cars, but I don't think any of them put it all together like the Lexus does. The technology is impressive, and it's presentation is very intuitive.
The performance is ALL you'll ever need from a sports sedan. It goes where you want, when you want, and it does it very expeditiously. My E500 had 302HP vs. the GS430's 300HP, but the Lexus is every bit as quick and responsive, and the handling is rock solid.
If you can get over the Europoean vs. Japanese car thing, you'll find that the GS430 is FAR more of a value. Performance, reliability, some of the best technology available, and outstanding good looks. I LOVE mine....it will be a long time before I buy another Benz.........read morehide
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- Sporty but luxurious interior, high torque V8, futuristic design
- Could use some more horsepower
An introduction of the Lexus's to come is very promising. Both inside and outside design and technology seem to be ahead of this time.
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- Fast with superior interior
- suspension is kinda sticky
My older brother just got 2 weeks ago n i test drove his ride just to experiance it. Its a sweet ride but honestly guys spend 10 to 15 granns more then get the new mercedes CLS. I drove that car almost 2 months ago n NEVER HAVE EXPERIANCED SOMETHING LIKE THAT. WAY MORE QUCICKER WITH MORE MORE THEN LEXUS OR INFINTI Q 45....read morehide
21 out of 35 people found this review helpful.Was this review helpful to you?
This car is AMAZING! It's a luxury car so of course it's going to be pricey. I got mine for a lil under 60k, but it has EVERYTHING....all the electronics available in the car is awesome...stuff not available in most other cars (so I don't know how can people complain 'bout it being too expensive). This car is fast, SMOOTH, and beautiful...and Lexus are very reliable...so its the best...the competitors can't even compare!!
**TRUST ME...YOU'LL GO FROM 0 TO 60 IN A JIFFY AND NOT EVEN REALIZE IT BECAUSE THIS CAR IS SO SMOOTH!...read morehide
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- Smooth ride, Nice options , nice interior
- Prices is increased rapidly.
I test drove this ride like a week ago and it was awesome but the starting price was 51 granz which is beyond limit. This car definatly compete with the new inifinti M or audi A6. right now i am pushing 2004 nissan maxima but honestly that car has a same accelration as Gs 430. Well on the power, i havent noticed a very big difference but interior quailty was way better then a maxima....read morehide
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- Too numerous to mention
The fastest Lexus yet. composed, luxurious, stylishly refined, it is the
ultimate in chick and sleek with it.
For $60K you have a narrow choice of BMW, Infiniti M45 Sport or this Lexus GS430.
Which is t to be???
Well, it depends what you want. If you want out and out handling but hard ride take BMW. If you want speed only and harsh ride take the sumo M45. But if you want all of the above with style, performance and hedonistic luxury then it must be the GS430.
A few points of a second to 60, a few points in handling and braking
do not a complete car make. It is the whole package that counts. The total reliability, durability, dealer backup, resale value and the way it makes you feel when driven is what counts.
Try and roll it in the Rockies - impossible.
Get a stunt driver from Hollwood to do a 180 in the desert - not possible. The steering, brakes and accelerator are taken out of the
drivers control until sanity is re-established.
Run with the big dogs from Germany? No problem.
Run with the Japanese Big Dogs? No problem.
Go to the Opera? The Valet Parkers love you.
Give one to your wife or girl? You're the MAN!!!!!!!!...read morehide
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- Great performance, very comfortable
- Bad value given many missing tech features
I took a test drive today. It is in many ways a great car. In particular performance, power, handling, braking are all excellent. The front seats are very comfortable. The overall ergonomics are excellent. The biggest drawback is the price. The model I test drove was nearly $60K. There are quite a few things missing, which I would expect for this price. I took a CD w/ mp3 songs. There is no mp3 support so it didn't play. I took my iPod. There is not way to play it other than to use something like an FM transmitter. Why can't Lexus supply some kind of integration? I took my Treo 650. The GS430 has Bluetooth, but the Treo 650 didn't work! The salesman said there is some kind of workaround for the Treo, something about a firmware problem. Bottom line: Treo 650 is common and should work. Not sure what Bluetooth phones do work. We were driving and I decided to try to enter a destination. Guess what: nav input is disabled when car is moving. Even a passenger (in this case the salesman) couldn't enter a destination. We had to pull over to enter destination :-) Then I started driving again. The nav software is easy to use and pretty well designed, but the large 7" LCD screen has very pixelated (blocky) graphics. It was a sunny day, the sunroof was open, and the sun washed out the LCD display. I had to close sunroof to see screen!! (I'm not kidding.) I played with the radio. The AM reception is horrible. Okay, AM is never very good, but this is the worst AM radio I have ever heard. Unfortunately I sometimes listen to AM. Then I noticed that while nav is working, the radio info disappears. I find this annoying. I wanted to adjust side mirror. To do this there is a drop down entry pad to the left of the steering wheel. Nice idea to keep such infrequently used functions hidden. Unfortunately I could not see the entry pad because the steering wheel blocked my vision! This is an awful design. It is really too bad. The car is gorgeous. The performance is really great. And it is very comfortable. But for $60K (high $50's), Lexus needs to fix some simple ergonomics. Lexus, if you are reading this, please fix LCD graphics and visibility on sunny day, fix AM reception, let me see radio info duirng navigation, let me enter nav info while car is moving (at least when passenger is present, which you know because of seat sensor), reconfigure drop down controls so driver can see them, fix Bluetooth problems, provide mp3 support ($50 portable CD players do!!), provide some kind of iPod integration, please support navTraffic, and why is sat radio a dealer installed option (for $60K this should be standard). Also, the LCD screen is huge (7"), which is nice if you use navigation, otherwise it is too big. But navigation is option. Basically the car is designed for navigation, but it is an option, so you need to add this to base price....read morehide
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- Great new colors, Smooth ride and PCS cruise control and collision avoidance
- Sunroof requires timing to close properly
I waited 8 weeks for delivery of my GS 430 because I wanted a specific color (Matador red with ivory leather) and the PCS (pre collision system). I ended up having to go out of state to get it. It was frustrating at the time. But when it finally was delivered, I discovered it was worth every minute of the wait!
The look of the new GS is great and some of the bolder colors are a real departure for the historically conservative GS and Lexus. The glint of the flecks in some of the colors (particuarly the Matador red in my opinion) is subtly striking.
The ride is as smooth as you've come to expect from Lexus. But you can adjust the suspension to sport mode and transmission to power mode with a flick of a switch. The GS 430 changes from a refined luxury vehicle, to an agressive, awesome ride. It's just plain fun!
The GS has too many cool features to name off here. However my recommendation for the MUST HAVE upgrade is the PCS (pre collision system). The millimeter radar allows the cruise control to automatically adjust the speed of the vehicle to others in front of you, maintaing the distince you specify at all times. It will even deaccelerate or brake if they brake suddenly to avoid a collision. When you go on long trips with PCS cruise control, you feel more like a relaxed passenger than a driver...just keep the car between the lines and let it do the rest. I'm waiting for the next version to steer for me! :)
The millimeter radar also shows when you're going to hit something when you're parking (on the display and with beeps)...which is also a must-have feature, because it gives you the peace of mind that you're not going to accidentally back-end your $60-$70k little baby into someone else's trunk or a mailbox that you didn't see.
On the minus side, my sunroof requires timing to close properly. However, I don't know if I'm perhaps operating it incorrectly because everything else is so well thought out and designed, that I have to wonder... It's an outstanding question I have for my dealer.
But other than that, it's an outstanding car!...read morehide
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