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Lexus GS 350



  • Where is this noise coming from? Only happens on really rough roads, railroad tracks or brick walkways. How do you pinpoint this? Sounds like its behind gauges then it sounds like its over behind nav area. Please help. will drive me crazy!!!!
  • lz4004lz4004 Posts: 37
  • The dash noise in my 07 GS350 was fixed by the dealer at no charge. They had to pull the dash out, an all day job. It solved the problem. The only residual problem I have now is engine vibration at idle, and it has been there since the car was new. The car does run well.
  • chucko3chucko3 Posts: 793
    The dash noise is coming from the gap between the windshield and the dashboard around the vent outlet on the driver side and/or the passenger side.
    Mine is more pronounced on the passenger side.
    I stuffed a soft foam on both sides. When the car runs over rough surface, the dashboard moves a bit and rubs against the windshield. That causes the creaking noise.
    Regarding the squealing brake, there is a TSB for it.
  • Having gone through nightmares with my mechanically similar '08 Toyota Avalon Limited, I now find that one of the two headlights has burned out on my '08 GS350. I was disappointed, but not surprised, to find out that the GS has the same, idiotic design that requires that the front bumper cover be removed in order to change the bulb. Add the three hours of labor to the Lexus list price for the replacement bulb of $175, and you're looking at over $400 to change a headlight. What a load of %&*%.

    At any rate: having replaced two sets of HID bulbs on my Avvy, now the question is what folks' experience has been with the GS. The first set of HID's I bought for the Avvy were no-name bulbs online, which burned out in less than a year. I then purchased Phillips brand bulbs. So far OK but it's been less than a year. Had a body shop change the bulbs which they did for much less than the dealer's price.

    Has anyone purchased a brand of bulb other than the Lexus OEM bulb? And a picture I saw of the purported OEM bulb suggests it's a Phillips, which I can buy online for less than half of the lexus price. Can anyone confirm it the OEM bulb is a Phillips? Has anyone tried to change the bulbs themselves?

    What a pain. My '07 Suburban still has original halogen bulbs, which I can buy for $20 and replace myself in 10 minutes. Good thing I got the Lexus LOL
  • I have an 07 GS350 and my husband replaced the bulb. We ordered one online for about $100 and he just changed it. I know it didn't require much because he is not very mechanical. I am pretty sure he did so under the hood behind the light kit.
  • I tried the soft foam. didnt work. I did pinpoint were it is. If you lay your hand on the bump behind the steering wheel above the gauges, it stops. Its at the dealer right now and they are fixing it. I hope!!!!
  • looks better!!
  • carguy0522carguy0522 Posts: 1
    edited January 2012
    Took My 08 GS 350 to the dealer yesterday with 57,000 miles on it. I purchased my car brand new and opted for the additonal 100,000 warranty. My GS sounds like a riding mower with 400,000 miles. I can hear it thru the fire wall & it gets louder on the highway on acceleration. The clicking/Tapping is always there even at idle in park. People have said "what the heck is wrong with your car"? I swear its the lifters or the Valves/springs. I've worked on cars myself and grew up around mechanic's. The Service advisor's answer....."it's the high pressure fuel pump" It's normal".....what a load of bull! Plus they claimed no recall's on my car for lifter's or valve springs, which i know is a lie, i just read a press release Lexus put out for faulty valve springs.
    I'm printing out the recall and sending it in with a letter to the General Manager because i know they are going to give me the run around.
    Anybody have any of the same thing going on? Any Lexus Mech's out there that can give me the inside scoop?

    Thanks, much appreciated!!
  • I also have this same noise. I had a 98 gs that had 187k on it and was quiet, so when I bought this 2008 gs in oct with 37k on it I had taken it back because my husband said there was lifter noises. They claim its the fuel injectors. its the 1st year for that type so they are quite loud. they claim they changed the pressure from 50lb to 1500lb and thats why they are so noisey.
  • lz4004lz4004 Posts: 37
    I took my 08 gs 350 in last nov. for the valve spring replacement covered under warranty. The rather somewhat clicking noise in the engine is still the same after the valve springs were replaced. The dealer said this is normal for this engine.
  • The knocking noise in my dash is gone. dealer pulled dash and fixed it. had car for 2 days. they said it wasn't the noise that other owners had. I am very happy not hearing that anymore. now to solve the brake dust and sometimes squeek of front passenger brake.
  • noise in dash is fixed. yey! dealer pulled dash and fixed. they had for 2 days. driven now for awhile rough roads no noise. so happy!!!
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 39,059
    A reporter is hoping to interview car-shoppers under 34 years old to learn whether they are interested in the new "near-premium" offerings from Acura, Audi, Buick and Lexus. Thanks for responding to by Thursday, March 29, 2012 with your daytime contact info and a sense of whether you think those vehicles are well-suited to you and your peers.
  • abacomikeabacomike South FloridaPosts: 3,151
    Just took delivery on a new 2013 GS350 with luxury pkg, Mark Levinson audio, preferred luxury pkg, blind spot alert, heads up display, parking sensors, NAV pkg, MSRP was $58,800. This is my first Lexus since 2001, when I had a GS300.

    Got a stupendous end-of-the-month deal of $53,000 plus tax and fees thanks to a $1500 conquest cash incentive available on the GS350 ($54,500 less $1500 conquest). Great ride and handling and increased horsepower to 306.

    The technology is more than awesome with what seems like scores of buttons and a 12" split screen for NAV and system displays. I had owned BMW 535's and Mercedes E350's and wanted a sport sedan that had sport handling with a luxury ride and the GS350 fit the bill.

    The interior is that new Flaxen perforated leather to accommodate ventilated seats. Charcoal wood trim with wood and leather steering wheel compliments the more luxurious interior and pleasing ergonomics of the GS. Flaxen is a saddle interior and the exterior is a metallic gray.

    After getting out of a German sports sedan, the first noticeable difference is the ease of handling and luxury ride as opposed to the overly stiff and hard riding German models in this market segment. The car is about the same curb weight as the BMW, Mercedes and Audi, but handles like a heavier, better balanced luxury sedan. With the 306 hp V6, the GS350 is equal to the task of luxury married to an adaptive handling sport sedan via the ability to select a sport ride and handling setting or a more reserved luxury setting with the turn of a switch on the driver's console.

    The learning curve to master the vehicle's technology and settings will be a steep one, but I am looking forward to that ride as well.

    In summary, this vehicle is a must to test drive before making a final decision on one of the German entries.

    2014 Mercedes Benz CLS 550 - best car ever! 2nd best car ever, my 1967 Corvette Stingray Coupe with 435 hp.

  • lz4004lz4004 Posts: 37
    What dealer did you purchase from? I`ve never seen them discounted,not even a 2012. i live it ct. All 3 dealers won`t budge unless it`s a demo.
  • abacomikeabacomike South FloridaPosts: 3,151
    which dealer....

    First of all, I was in the business and managed several dealerships so I know about invoices, conquest cash, incentives, etc. That being said, the dealership I bought from is in Florida - 2 of the country's 4 biggest dealerships are here and competition is fierce. Finally, this is the end of the month - best time to get a great deal on any make of car.

    If you are willing to come to Florida, i know you can get a similar deal.

    2014 Mercedes Benz CLS 550 - best car ever! 2nd best car ever, my 1967 Corvette Stingray Coupe with 435 hp.

  • zoombie99zoombie99 Posts: 125
    There are now good deals in the NY metro area and there were some great deals the past few days since it was the end of the month. You should be paying no more than a grand over invoice.
  • abacomikeabacomike South FloridaPosts: 3,151 more than a grand over invoice..."

    Probably can get the same deal I got then if you are driving a qualifying competitor's luxury vehicle - $1500 conquest. Don't know if that will continue in May. Conquest certificates are given to dealers based upon their sales. The bigger the dealership, the more conquest certificates they are allocated. In Connecticut, with smaller dealerships, it's possible they ran out of conquest certificates before the end of the month. Pays to buy from a bigger dealership where they have more certificates and more flexibility in pricing.

    2014 Mercedes Benz CLS 550 - best car ever! 2nd best car ever, my 1967 Corvette Stingray Coupe with 435 hp.

  • zoombie99zoombie99 Posts: 125
    Conquest expired in the northeast at the end of March. Some dealers have certificates but they don't apply to the GS. It is my understanding that dealers in Florida had a program that may end today. I am dealing with one of the largest dealers in the NE. I didn't pull the trigger because they didn't have it in the color and equipment I want.
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