2008 Lexus LS 460
There are 10 user reviews for the L Luxury Sedan trim shown below
- smooth and silent, great audio
Purchased As New
This is simply the finest car built; I highly recommend it. Ride is ultra-smooth with air suspension, extremely quiet, super sound system.
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- Comfortable, great fuel economy
- You do not know how fast your really going.
a very smooth drive with power and performance. Worth every penny
compared to other luxury cars.
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- great fuel economy, super quiet, great audio, silky ride
Overall superb luxury car--got mine for 13K below MSRP! Best value for money & most technologically advanced vehicle built.
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- ML audio, 8 spd trans w 380 hp/367ft. lb. torque, smoothest air suspension in world under 350K
- None whatsover
This is my third LS and the best; with the air suspension in sport mode, handles as well as a 7 series, with it in normal mode handles as well as S550, and in comfort mode approaches Rolls Royce Phantom in smoothness. The VDIM, RWD and powerful V8 are phenomenal. The Smart Access, 8 spd automatic transmission, uniquely superb 19 speaker ML surround sound Audio, heated/ventilated/cooled seats, VDIM, EPS, ECB, dual fuel injection, ULEV status and great fuel economy with almost 400 hp under the hood, great weight distribution for a RWD car, rear seat side airbags & front knee airbags, and self-parking system (not to mention 5.4 second 0-60 time) are all features that cars costing 5 times as much as the 460L don't even offer as options. Considering what this car offers, even at 84K, this is a bargain. Many of these features are also not available in MB and BMW, although (having myself owned and having known many friends who have owned German cars) the frequent visits to the repair shop certainly are exclusive to the German domain....read morehide
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- Comfort and Reliability
- Like a household appliance
This is my wife's car. It replaced her previous 2003 BMW 5-series. No doubt about it - the Lexus is very well made, very well thought out, has many "entertaining" features, is very quiet and comfortable. In the long run, I expect it will need less maintenance than previous European makes we've owned. So why don't we like it?Because it's BORING! The car has no pedigree, no character, no involvement, and no passion, ...sort of like driving your Maytag down the street. I much prefer my "ancient" '88 BMW 635CSi to the Lexus because the BMW is FUN and INVOLVING. Wife can't wait until lease expires in 2010 to get back into a BMW.And what is with that peculiar interior smell common to all Japanese cars, whether low or high end? They all smell like a bag of those plastic, toy soldiers from the 60's....read morehide
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- Fuel Econ, Friendly GPS By Far, Quiet Cabin, Spacious Rear Seats
- Sloppy Handling, Rough Over Bumps, Wind Noise/ Dealer Fixed!
The vehicle's fit finish is outstanding! I bought my car month ago @ 12K off MSRP! You won't be disappointed!
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- Quiet, Mark Levinson sound system
- Numb handling; uninspiring ride; mediocre overall; fuel economy; no free maintenance like BMW!
I've always heard good things about Lexus, so after my last BMW, I decided to switch. I've owned my LS for about a year now, and I'm just unimpressed. The ride, handling, comfort, luxury and style can be summed up in a couple of words: plain vanilla. The car is nice overall, but it's just mediocre in it's execution. The style is uninspiring (looks mysteriously like a 7-series), the performance is lackluster, the engine absolutely lacks the thrill my BMW V8 had, the inside just seems cheaper, and it just doesn't have the same feeling my beemer had overall.
I used to work in the auto industry, on the manufacturer level. Nowadays, car companies don't make cars anymore, they just assemble them. You have to look at who supplies their components and parts to truly understand their essence. For instance, BMW part suppliers in Germany manufacture high-end, luxury components only, considering BMW only sells luxury cars (excluding their motorcycles of course). On the other hand, Lexus is owned by Toyota, which produces mainstream, generally non-luxury vehicles. Consider economies of scale: it is logical that Lexus use Toyota downmarket components in their vehicles to keep costs down. This fact is one reason Lexus vehicles are always cheaper than "equivalent" European competitors, logical right?
Over this past year, I've just come to miss the subtle attention to detail my 7-series had that the LS lacks. Everything from the double-pane windows, to the incredible torque curve of the engine, to the suspension, to the power-assist closing side doors, to the directional parking lights (select depending on which side of the street you're parked on so your car's less likely to get hit---genius), etc. etc. Overall, the LS just doesn't feel like a true luxury car like my beemer did. The leather, buttons, plastics, body panels, etc. just feel downmarket compared to my old 7-series. The LS just lacks that presence, solidity, and essence German sedans possess. I suppose this feeling is due in part to the fact that, in the end, it is still just a Toyota.
Despite my feelings for my old beemer, I have to say Lexus did do a nice job with the LS. I really like the ML sound system especially. If you're set on a Japanese luxury car, Lexus is tops. From my experience, Nissan/Infiniti have never matched Lexus in quality and I find Acura to be near-luxury, not really in the same caliber as Lexus either. For me personally, I just miss the subtle characteristics of the beemer you take for granted until they're absent. Plus, I miss the free maintenance I had with BMW. I've paid well over $1,500 in maintenance on this Lexus so far this year!...read morehide
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- FRONT BUMPER TOO LOW TO GROUND
ROOMY, RIDES GREAT, FRONT BUMPER LOWER THAN MANY CURBS, A REAL HAZARD.PARKING DYNAMITE AS ARE FOLD-IN MIRRORS FOR A NARROW GARAGE.
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- Lexus name is becoming just a name, without that luxury ring into it. Sad to realize now!
- My LS 460 only makes 14 MPG in city and !7 MPG on highway! Cannot seem possible to make 28 MPG?
I got the complete package, with $7,000 off the MSRP from FL dealer, that is with the self parking device. My wife jumped into the deal to by it because of the savings, but now that the listed MPG cannot be attained and gas keeps going and going up, this car isn't so viable to be driving in the city nor on the highway. At $70,000, I should have bought myself the Mercedes Benz S class for the same amount, but better name and original name of luxury. Will trade-up soon for the Benz!...read morehide
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- luxury, roomy, excellent stereo system,
- brake noises, pully noises, parking assist system is useless
I have my LS since Nov 2006, after several months driving, I noticed there were contineous noises coming from the brake when I was pumping the brake; also there were noises coming from pully. To make the story short, I brought my car back to the dealer for repairing three times but problems still exist. Dealer has giving up repairing them , Lexus of USA also has denied to repair the problems. I had driven two different LS in the dealership, both of them have noises coming out from the brake as mine.
Parking assist system can only prove Lexus ability in technology innovation, but has no use in reality.
My advice is before you buy a LS make sure there is no noise coming out from the brake....read morehide
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