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Lexus GS 300/GS 430



  • bdkinnhbdkinnh Posts: 292
    I drove mine for the first time in snow on Thanksgiving day. The stock Dunlop run-flats suck hard in snow! Awful traction - I had better traction in my rear wheel drive Ford Bronco, without using 4X4!

    I HATE how the car beeps when you lose traction. Is there any way to turn that off??

    I ordered some Dunlop Winter Sport M3's from They should be here on Friday. Once it snows again, I'll let everyone know how they are.
  • bdkinnhbdkinnh Posts: 292
    Has anyone else noticed a lot of rattles, squeaks, and noises in their GS300? Every time I drive it, there is some sort of noise somewhere. Sometimes it's in the dash, sometimes the drivers side door, then the glove box, then....

    Also, I've noticed that when the air conditioning is on, I get a "whuppp... whuppp.. whuppp..." sound between 5 and 30 MPH. Above that, the engine noise probably drowns it out. Turn off the air conditioning and wait about ten minutes and it goes away. Anyone else?

    Maybe my car was built on a Monday or Friday... who knows. For me, Lexus isn't living up to their reputation.

    When I have my snow tires put on I'm going to bring it up and have them look at it, but since it's intermittent, I don't hold much hope in them figuring it out.
  • GUYS GUYS GUYS!!!! I have finally found a link that shows how to turn off the VSC System or Traction control system on the Lexus. Its complex as helllllllll, but once u get the hang of's Happy Drifting for all us muahahahahaha....I have a GS 430 so dont know if its going to work on the GS 300. Here's the link to show you how to do it. There is even a video. I might produce a small drifting video with my friends to show for next week. I hope it turns out to be just a drifting video and not a crashing video.

    Enjoy and post your replies to see how your car is behaving.
  • Once the car is started, you have thirty seconds to complete the process. With practice, the procedure can be completed in approximately fifteen seconds but, unfortunately, must be repeated each time the car is switched off.

    1. Make sure the car is in Park and the parking brake is disengaged before you start the car.
    2. Start the engine.
    3. Engage the parking brake.
    4. Fully depress the brake pedal and then release.
    5. Fully depress the brake pedal and then release.
    6. Disengage the parking brake.
    7. Fully depress and hold down the brake pedal.
    8. Engage the parking brake, then disengage it (while holding down the brake pedal).
    9. Engage the parking brake, then disengage it (while holding down the brake pedal).
    10. Release the brake pedal.
    11. Engage the parking brake.
    12. Fully depress the brake pedal and then release.
    13. Fully depress the brake pedal and then release.

    When “Check VSC” is displayed in the multifunction display along with the “Trac-off” icon indicator, you’ll know that you have successfully completed the procedure.
  • smodersmoder Posts: 13
    Has anyone installed the XM radio in a GS300. I was assuming the antenna is glued to the back quarter panel(on the top). ugly I assume. Also, if you used the dealer, what was the cost. My wife has XM and I was thinking about it for Xmas. thanks
  • I was at the dealer yesterday for a service appointment and spoke with the parts manager about satellite radio. I told him the antenna was not very attractive and he said many people install the little black box in the corner, back shelf INSIDE the care. Most people do not like the box on the trunk.
  • I have the same issue as you, I am not sure where you live, but issue was purely due to climate. When the temp drops below 37degrees the dash rattles and creeks like a son of [non-permissible content removed]. I took it to dealer, my Service rep mentioned that there is a design flaw with the dash. All taken care of no issues from that point on.
  • bdkinnhbdkinnh Posts: 292
    I'm in NH, and it's cold here - certainly lower than 37. Hopefully my dealer will be able to fix it as yours was. If it's a design flaw, I'm sure they have been getting a lot of calls.

    I had noticed some noises since the day I took it home, which was in August. Not a climate problem then, although it has gotten A LOT worse with the temp. drop.

    Thanks for the reply - you've given me hope!
  • I was wondering if it is possible to add the Lexus PDC system to my 2006 GS 300. The button is there and I have heard that it is already pre-wired. Any input would be great.
  • I am curious, is anyone on this board sitting back and waiting for the gs 350 to go on sale before buying the gs. Am I the only one? Does anyone know the 0-60 for that car. I am sure it is on the Japan lexus website, but sadly I do not speak that language. My impression is that the gs 350 when it goes on sale will not lead to a huge sales volume over the gs 300. This will hopefully lead to fast discounts, vs the normal lexus story of a hot car with more buyers than cars. What do you guys think?
  • donbldonbl Posts: 42
    Lexus is going to have to do something about the GS430 before they bring out the GS350. Not enough difference to justify the price difference.

    I suspect a GS350 would do 0-60 in about 6.0 based on weight......

    Did not wait and bought today. Great price.
  • Who is your Service Rep? I'd like to have my Lexus dealer call him. I have the same issues with my 2006 GS and will be having the car checked out this Monday.

  • bartalk3bartalk3 Posts: 692
    donbl: What price did you get?
  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    Jackfrost1, you can go into your profile and make your email public (don't post it), and then kvd2palla can email you the service rep's name. It shouldn't be posted here.
  • bdkinnhbdkinnh Posts: 292

    I'd be curious to hear the results of the call to the service rep, and the service. Please let us know!

  • donbldonbl Posts: 42

    Try this again.....

    List was $50,700 and agreed price was $45,900. Good experience as it was easy to know when the price was "right" because it was smack on low prices listed in these forums.

    All Options

    Now, just being patient to get it.

    Good experience and very cordial.
  • bartalk3bartalk3 Posts: 692
    Thanks. The price is right. In what state did you get such a good deal?
  • kmg68kmg68 Posts: 108
    "List was $50,700 and agreed price was $45,900. Good experience as it was easy to know when the price was "right" because it was smack on low prices listed in these forums"

    Did this price include XM Radio? Also, can you please tell us the dealer that gave you this deal (we can name dealerships, just not sales people)and in what state they are located? Thanks!
  • donbldonbl Posts: 42
    Deal was done in DFW and a combination of in-person visit and then internet quote.

    Found that doing the in-person visit to establish credibility made the quote process on the internet much easier and very short.

    Not every sales person here in DFW has a computer - in fact, most do not. If you can get an appointment first with the internet manager and visit it is easier. They "also" have authority to make quotes.

    There is so much internet "noise" with the new IS that it is difficult for them to separate the real from the curious and if you go in first then the rest is very comfortable.

    Did not take the radio - yet - might take it when we start travelling.

    Good luck,
  • I'm a bit p*ssed off that the ML stereo won't play DVD-Audio discs while driving. Is anyone else having this problem? I've put several DVD-A discs in my stereo only to have them ejected automatically.

    Lexus-ML website states the stereo will play DVD-Audio and it's printed right on the front of the stereo.

    When I take my car in for the 5000 mile service I'm going to demand that the fix the problem or replace the stereo with one that plays DVD-A as advertised. :sick:
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