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Lexus GS Maintenance and Repair



  • My 2000 GS300 also has an extremely sensitive accelerator when compared to other vehicles I've driven. I had no trouble adjusting to this with a little driving time (MUCH less than the 40K miles I've put on it). It's only an issue (briefly) if I've had to drive another vehicle for a period of time (something I try to avoid as nothing else I have access to is nearly as much fun). Frankly, I've come to view the "problem" as being associated with all other cars having too little sensitivity in their accelerators. Naturally, this makes them feel gutless in comparison to my GS.
  • rcyo1rcyo1 Posts: 2
    the bumper has to be partially removed to access the headlight bolts. there are headlight bolts behind the fender wells. please go to the forum to get a good answer or install.
  • rcyo1rcyo1 Posts: 2
    LEXUS is a good quality car. ball joints wear as any other suspension parts. i had my ball joints changed when they had excessive play on them. around 60k. you lexus is 5 years old with just that one normal wearing suspension part replaced. that is good. i currently have 155k on my 1998 gs400. and no problems at all, with proper maintence!! i also have a friend that has a 1990 ls400 with 300k miles and still running and never had to rebuild the motor or transmission, with proper maintence. imagine if you had a domestic car that was 5 years old. you probably would have had to rebuild the motor and transmission twice.
  • I noticed recently that even when the inside cabin temperature is set to the max, 85 degrees, the air temperature is at most lukewarm. The dealership looked at it, said the controls were working properly, the radiator coolant temperature was okay, and said the only way they could diagnose and correct the problem would be to remove the entire dash - an 8 hour task. Wanted to see if anyone else experienced a similar problem with the heating, what the cause and correction was before I go down this path. Thanks...
  • I want to help a friend tune-up her car. Can someone tell me how hard is it to do the spark plugs. And, on a separate note how hard is it to do the Timing Belt.

    My guess is that the Timing Belt or Chain may be to hard, but if someone could give me feedback on either one that would be great.

    1996 GS300 V-6
  • adviceadvice Posts: 2
    The car has 60,000 miles on it. Over the past few months it has developed an annoying problem: At unpredictable times (usually after I take my foot off the gas momentarily) the engine does not respond for several seconds when I then try to accelerate.

    This now happens perhaps 3 or 4 times on a 100-mile trip. It also happens sometimes when I accelerate from slow speed before the engine has warmed up.

    Lexus service people could not find any codes or other evidence of this happening.

    Any ideas?
  • peeampeeam Posts: 2
    My 2002 GS 300 with 44000 miles has a strange clunking noise coming from the rear left side. It only comes occasionally on turning or on big bumps and not necessarily at fast speed. Sometimes it sounds like a broken bit of metal is hitting something, other times it is more like a 'groan' coming from the suspension. The ride continues to be fine. The Lexus mechanic said that he could not hear anything after tightening the suspension bolts. But I find the noise to be still there and he may not have heard it as it it is not there all the time. Any ideas on what it could be and would that be covered by the warranty ?

  • Hi all:

    Can you please tell me what type of maintenance costs I can expect on owning a 2006 GS300? How much are the oil changes? Are there schedule repair every 5000, 10000 miles? If so, what are the costs associated with those?


  • lexi300lexi300 Posts: 36
    Yes, standard schedule is oil change and tire rot every 5000 mi. The first one is free; the others are pay. My dealer quoted $220. That's ridiculous, so I'll be taking it to a local repair shop and will probably pay about $50.

    The Lexus dealer washes the car (worth, what $10?) and also checks for general maintenance issues and downloads codes, but if the car is running well, I hardly think that's worth more than $100.

    15,000 mile service, which I probably WILL have done at Lexus, is $400-$450.
  • adviceadvice Posts: 2
    My tires need replacing. I'm looking for: (1) a comfortable QUIET ride and (2) reasonably good tire wear.

    Has anyone had experience with Falken ZE512 tires?

    Any other suggestions?


  • I just bought a 2006 GS300. The bluetooth has about a 3-4 seconds delay to display a connected call so I don't know the other person has already picked up the line. Also, when another party calls in(via Call Waiting) while I am on the phone, as soon as it hangs up, the entire call is disconnected or dropped. Does anyone know the solution to these problems?
  • Could anyone who owns a 2006 GS 300 with the standard stereo (Not ML) tell me if it comes with either a cassette player or an input jack. I would like to know for purposes of using an IPOD. I do not prefer the FM transmitters. Appreciated!
  • My 2006 GS300 AWD (no ML, no NAV) came with a cassette deck. I use it with my iPods, and with my XM Satellite Radio MyFi, all the time in cassette mode.

    I would have preferred an AUX jack, and wonder aloud strongly why a newly designed 2006 car would have a cassette deck. But the cassette noise is minimal, and it's more than adequate. It's much better than FM transmitter mode.
  • I agree on both accounts, and I appreciate the info. I occasionally will have the need for audio tapes, such as work-related instructional tapes, etc, so I am glad that they are still putting them in. Also, I can't comfortably listen to an FM transmitter on the IPOD, as I think the quality is poor.

    Thanks again!
  • hi everyone i've bought a second hand lexus gs 300 1999 a year ago with 65000 miles. i'm having problems starting the car i have to turn the ignition on and off about 20(twenty) times before it starts. then it will operate normal for about 5(five) or 6(six) times for starting then i'm back to trying to start it 20(twenty) again. what could the problem be?
  • bdkinnhbdkinnh Posts: 292
    When you try to start it and it fails, is there any "clicking" sound? Does the engine try to turn over and fails? Is there any noise at all?
  • Although I have a 98 Camry, I have the same problem. I thought mine was a wheel bearing and hub. After SEVEN visits to two Toyota dealerships, 1 independent shop and 4 Sears, the Toyota dealership (which couldn't find the probelm the first time) said it really WAS the bearing and hub, AND the front drive axle.

    I'm not familiar with the steering and suspension of the GS, but yours may have a similar problem. It is VERY hard to diagnose unless you are the driver and can replicate the problem.

    Alternatively, it could be faulty strut mounts? However, the GS is not known to have this problem.

    My repair for a right front wheel bearing hub and front drive axle cost me $860 with labor and taxes.

    To answer your question, your component should not have worn out this fast, and should be covered under your bumper to bumper warranty.
  • Besitzt jemand eine Papierliste der Sprachbefehle in deutscher Sprache für meinen GS 300.

    Grüße aus Deutschland
    Jürgen Albrecht
  • user777user777 Posts: 3,341
    I presume you're asking about an owner's manual for a GS300 in German.

    Have you tried sending a request via:
  • I have a GS 300 without NAV and would like to know if the audio display can be kept on continously. Each time the audio button is pressed, the audio screen will come on, but will go back to the standard display with gas mileage, etc. after several minutes. Is there any way to either change the default screen to audio or make it stay on audio until the vehicle is powered off when audio is chosen?
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