2005 Lexus LS 430 User Reviews
- Best MPG in it's class, have all the gadgets, beautiful interior design
Best value in its class, ride is smooth and comfortable, rated the best value and highest quality in the past 10yrs.
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- Best mpg, love the touch screen GPS, Smooth ride, rated #1 luxury car for the past decade
I've owned Lexus, BMW, and Mercedes, but I still preferred the line of LEXUS. The performance, quality and the prices are UNBEATABLE!!
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- The price for a supreme sedan
- None to speak of
This car is sweet. I think for the money you are getting what you pay for. I know that this sedan will out last MB and BMW put together and you will never need your roadside service. I really like the car and really like the 10% depreciation rate over 3 years........compare that to MB-20%, BMW-25% and Jag-45%....no thanks I'll stick with the Lexus LS 430.The car is luxury at its finest and I think the style and looks are a timeless classic!...read morehide
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- Impresive fuel economy for a luxury sedan, smooth ride, perfect response. Excellent quality overall
- Needs to improve the GPS, does not work well on all terrains.
The car is first quality, perfection at its best, however, after owning my second LS in 11 years, the service at the dealers is not as good as it used to be. Lexus need to control better the dealer service for a luxury sedan.
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- a lot nice and luxury features
- style needs update
Perfect engineering, excellent driving experience, feels the four wheels are the powerful extention of your arms and legs. very comfortable, quality is excellent, better than BMW and Mercedes.
Need upgrade the flagship to 10 or 12 cylinders, make a $100,000 statement seden.
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- Quiet and comfortable.
- Engine very sensitive to fuel additives.
If you live in an area with gasoline additives, you will hear engine knocking and decreased performance. The dealer states it is due to the fuel.
There is also a very stong sulfur smell during hard accelerations.
Good car for old people.
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- Quiet, comfortable ride
- small gas tank, small wheelbase makes steering funny
I love the quiet comfortable ride, but I live now at the gas station.
The tank is too small.
The body seems to be on a small car wheelbase. When you turn corners there is a very squirrelly feeling. I drive a 1995 Mercedes S420 and bought the new Lexus for my wife. I would not trade my car for this one and after 4 months, my wife wants to get rid of car.
If you have never driven a big Benz, BMW or Audi the Lexus is great. But once you had driven the S class mercedes, the Lexus (while more dependable) is not the same ride....read morehide
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- Luxury, luxury, luxury! Almost as nice as a Jaguar.
- Not very exciting to drive. Looks...yawn.
Overall driving experience is only OK. Transmission standard mode has noticeable hesitation between first, second, and third gears. Power mode eliminates this. Steering feels heavy and sluggish at all speeds. Had opportunity to try avoidance maneuver on test drive. The LS failed to meet expectations. Car has good throttle response, but so does a Toyota Avalon at half the price and my 1996 Mercury GM at no additioal cost whatsoever. The car is quiet, though.
Exterior appearance of LS is ho-hum and utilitarian, but interior is very nice. Lots of room and plenty of bells and whistles that work intuitively. (No Germans on this design staff!)
Will I respect it in the morning? I expect that over the long haul I will be unhappy with this vehicle...especially having to buy new tires every 20,000 miles. Lexus is up front about this characteristic of all LS models. It's a nice ride and probably quite reliable, but sure does lack excitement. Think I'll buy another Van den Plas....read morehide
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- Smooth, Fast, Luxurious
I recently purchased a 2005 LS430. My previous car was a 1999 Lexus GS400 that I traded for the LS430. Prior to that I traded a 1997 Acura RL3.5 for the GS400, and a 1993 BMW 750iL, which I traded for the Acura. I traded the BMW for the Acura because at 55k miles it started to cost serious money to maintain for stuff that never should have failed at that mileage. BMW�s attitude was that a car is a machine and machines break. Thus the switch to something Japanese (after I told a dealer that sold both Acura and Mercedes that reliability was important to me he said forget the Germans).
I took a 550 mile trip with the Lexus LS430 the day after I bought it and my impressions are based on that. I got 24.5 mpg when I average 80-85 mph. I got 27 mpg when I kept it to 65. At 55 (pretty hard to go that slow) I got 28+ mpg. Pretty amazing for a 290 hp blaster. That is better than my GS400.
The first thing that I noticed with the LS430 versus my GS400 was that the tightness and handling of the LS430 was not up there with the GS400. I now realized how precise the GS was. The LS is smooth though. There is no question that my trip was way more comfortable in the LS430 than it would have been with the GS400. The seats are very comfortable. The leather is soft and supple and I liked the fact that the bottom portion of the seat could be adjusted for leg length, giving a deeper seat. I am 6�1� so the extra length helped. I did a three hour and 45 minute stretch without a stop and I was not wiped out.
I live a couple of miles out a country road with a few nice curves. Having driven these curves so many times, and having challenged them with all three of my previous cars, I would say that the GS400 was best on them, The BMW 750iL next, then the LS430, followed by the Acura RL3.5. While the LS430 had noticeable body roll, I never lost confidence in my ability to hold the curve like I would in the Acura. Switching the air suspension from normal to sport mode made some difference, but not a night and day difference. The normal mode was satisfactory. The sport mode was better. Neither made it a BMW 750, or a Lexus GS400.
The LS430 accelerates with authority, especially when going from 65 to 85 mph for a passing maneuver. The imprecise handling and lack of acceleration above 60 mph was why I abandoned the Acura, which in all other respects was an outstanding car whose fit, finish, and reliability was equal to Lexus. On my trip I cruised some stretches at 95 mph, and it was a breeze. The car was silky smooth and noiseless. It tracked beautifully. It was hard to believe that I was going so fast. If you punched the gas at 95 it downshifted and pulled with authority. Wonderful! Even the flagship BMW was not as good (in my humble opinion), although it was faster. I read a lot of comparisons on the internet about the Infinity Q45, the Lexus LS430, and the Mercedes S500 and S430 regarding power. All I can say is that all three have plenty. The Mercedes S430 doesn�t cut the muster though. It is noticeably slower than those others, and that is why I don't mention it anymore. I won�t spend any time with this Lexus LS430 wishing it had more snap. That is all that I ask.
I experimented with manual downshifting prior to passing on the interstate. While the Lexus LS430 does not have a sequential �tiptronic� type transmission, it snicked easily from D (drive) to 4th gear without having to let up on the accelerator. The downshift was executed smoothly and quickly (quicker that a press the gas-to-the-floor forced downshift). The automatic kick down seemed to delay a little more than I liked.
I weaved in and out of traffic at high speeds effortlessly. It was sweet! Brakes were solid and easily controlled....read morehide
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