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Lexus GS 350

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  • Thanks for the information re. the TSB. My GS is back at the dealership as I write. Hopefully, they will get it right this time. The initial quality falls well short of the Lexus promise...
  • datribdatrib Posts: 12
    You saved $8K off MSRP! Who cares whether I think that's good or not, your paying that much less than most of the rest. Count your blessings, dude. You did good. That' price is actually about as good as an employee discount.
  • Dealership resolved the brake problem. Lexus has apparently spec'd a new pad and considers the problem (correctly) to be a warranty matter. The car brakes much better and there is no noise. This was clearly a materials (pads) issue.

    Dealership also seems to have fixed the creaking noise coming from the very front of the dash. They found that the wiper tray & wiper arms were rubbing against the windshield and adjusted. They also lubricated this area as well. So far it seems to be working.

    Kudos to the Service Department...they recognized these problems were their problem and did not sniff around asking for money from me (correctly so). Not sure I would have gotten the same response from my prior dealer (German Company).
  • chucko3chucko3 Posts: 793
    Just curious, did they resurface the rotors when they replaced
    the (front) pads?

    Regarding the warranty, Lexus will give you new rotors
    if they are warped before 4yrs/48K miles. My in-law had her ES300's warped front rotors & pads replaced for free during the
    basic warranty period.

    The brakes noise & dashboard creaking noise happens
    when the outside temperature is around a freezing temperature.
    Was that the outside temperature where you live when the noises
    occurred?

    Please keep us updated if the noises are really gone.
  • Yes, they resurfaced the rotors when they replaced the pads. Hopefully it won't be an issue but they are more likely to warp now that the rotors have been shaved. I will keep your "in-laws" experience in mind if I have a problem down the road.

    As far as the noises are concerned, I picked up the car when it was around 10 above and happily do not have any issues to report. Between the elimination of the brake noise (pads were loud even when not squeaking) and front dash noises being gone, this is like a different car. Thankfully better.
  • Just purchase a 2008 GS 350 and I am looking for mud guards and painted body side moulding. Can anyone point me in the direction of either product - dealers do not have these products.

    Thank you
  • I got my 2007 GS350 AWD in Jan 2007. I noticed the brake noise almost immediately but when the weather warmed up the noise went away completely but then came this winter again. I've had it back to the dealer but they say everything is normal. I guess I'll take it back again since one note indicated there is a new spec pad available.

    I've noticed another noise issue from other vehicles when I pass (at highway speeds) them or they pass me....sounds the other vehicle tire noise comes directly into the cabin......BUT this only happens when the outside temp is above 70F. Does NOT happened below 70 . Dealer thinks I'm nuts but this is such a severe noise that I consider selling the car.
  • Thats kind of odd- the dealer does not have mud guards.

    Do a Google search and you will see numerous retailers offering these products.
  • I have searched on the internet. Found no dealers -- any suggestions.
  • I've owned a couple of Lexus' in the past and I'm considering buying the GS, but in driving loaner cars from the dealer and test-driving the new one, I've noticed that you can't keep the audio display to stay with displaying the XM song/artist info. You can hit the audio button, but it keeps reverting to the map display. It's kind of annoying, if you're monitoring the songs as they're coming across XM. Is there a way to keep the display in the audio mode. That has to be a setup feature. Does anybody know?
  • I think you can modify the setup setting to just show the screen you want and don't come back to Nav screen.
  • That's what I thought too, but I couldn't find it in setup. If you know where it is in setup, please let me know.
  • I will try and let you know. I could be wrong though.
  • sasha5sasha5 Posts: 2
    I have a 2008 GS350 with 3,000 miles. Have had an engine tapping sound from day one, and dealer states this comes from the fuel injection system and is normal. I find the noise to be like a valve tap and it drives me crazy. I can not believe Lexus can build a car with this noise. Anyone else experiencing this.??
  • caoyijiancaoyijian Posts: 16
    There is function/option that turns on/off auto back to screen of Nav or Aircondition, You can turn it off to see what happens.
  • moolmanmoolman Posts: 122
    The engine tapping or ticking is normal. It's the direct injection noise. That is the reason that a v6 can pump out 303hp but still get good gas mileage. It's not that bad, you only notice it inside the cabin if you really listen for it. All car makers have the noise and all fo them will soon because that's how they get the hp while still getting good mpg. Unfortunately, all V6 cars will start doing it because people are shying away from v8 engines because of gas prices but still want the hp.
  • asteinbergasteinberg Posts: 138
    I'm trying to figure whether to go for Lexus GS350 or InfinitiG35.
    What is the rationale for spending more for the Lexus?
    They seem similar, in terms of power, specs, performance, size, trunk space, features....
  • sasha5sasha5 Posts: 2
    I had both cars and love Lexus more. The quality that goes into Lexus can not be beat.
  • tntmythtntmyth Posts: 70
    Well for me, the Infiniti G35 and Lexus GS350 happen to be two of the cars on my short list as I am also in the market for a luxury sports sedan.

    My short list includes:

    Infiniti G35
    Lexus GS350
    Cadillac CTS
    BMW 5 Series
    Audi A6

    I realize that these cars are not necessarily all in the same class. But price is a factor in my decision.

    In my area, South Florida there is an Infiniti dealer directly across the street from the Lexus dealer. So I had the chance recently to really have a close look at both the G35 and the GS350 in the same afternoon.
    First let me say that they are both nice cars. I think it comes down to "how much do you want to spend?" You can get a base G35 for less than $33,000, and that includes the 306 hp engine, RWD, leather seats, push button start, alloy wheels and a decent stereo. You can load it up and get a Journey model with sunroof, upgraded stereo, navigation and 18" rims for about $37K. Very nice car and hard to beat for that price.
    But if you take a close look and compare the two cars, the Lexus GS350 is simply much more car than the G35 is. And it costs about $12,000 more, as it should. I suggest to you...sit inside the Lexus, take your time to linger there and notice the attention to detail. The gorgeous wood on the console and dash, the perfect tactile feel of the buttons, the ashtray covers, the suppleness and rich smell of the leather, the perfectly comfortable seats, and just the overall richness of the vehicle. The G35 is nice, but just not up to the level of the G350. I note that the lexus GS350 is basically equal to the original GS430 with a V8 that came out in 2005. Edmunds gave the GS430 the nod in a comparison test over the Infiniti M45 and the Acura RL. See the test here. http://www.edmunds.com/apps/vdpcontainers/do/vdp/articleId=104808/pageNumber=1
    The new 6 cylinder in the Lexus GS350 is just as fast, maybe faster than the GS430 was and gets better gas mileage. And the GS 430 was a $60,000 car. For me, if you want the rationale for choosing the G350 over the G35, there it is. The GS350 is simply a gourgeous car and a higher class that the G35.
    Again, this does not take anything away from the G35. The G35 is a super nice car for its class. It''s faster and handles better that the GS350. Its also about $12,000 less, optioned equally. If you are looking for a sports sedan with more performance and less, money, then the G35 is the right car. But if you can afford the extra $12,000, and looking for more prestige and luxury, it's worth the time to really compare and decide for yourself if you appreciate the difference between the two.

    Another car you might consider which I think falls somewhere between the G35 and the G350 is the 2008 Cadillac CTS. You can get a CTS for between $35K and $45K. And it's a very nice car. IMHO, more luxurious than the G35 but not quite as refined as the Lexus GS350. Again the performance will be excellent, but not as good as the G35. The ride will be quieter.
    You need to decide what you want out of the car you buy and which features are the most important, and in what order. Do you primarily want performance, price, prestige, nicer interior, sportiness, gas mileage? Then take a close look at your short list and make the best decision for you.
  • chucko3chucko3 Posts: 793
    What quality?
    The front brakes make noise in cold weather.
    The dashboard/lower windshield makes a tick noise in cold weather.
    These issues have been carried year over year, model to model.
    I wish I did some research before buying this POS.
  • I think the G35 is more comparable to the IS350 than the GS350. I have owned two Lexus' in the past 5 years: the RX350 and GX470 (which I currently own). I must say the quality of Lexus has gone down over the last few years. I've had a number of issues with my GX. I'm shopping for a sedan right now, and I've test-driven the GS350 and the GS460, as well as other cars. I've come to the conclusion that the best car for the money right now is the Cadillac CTS. It's in the same class as the GS for the price of an IS. You can buy a fully loaded CTS for around $41-42k with the performance package and it's a much better value than anything in that price range. I figured why not support a domestic brand since they finally have a great car for a decent value. :)
  • asteinbergasteinberg Posts: 138
    Thanks for all for the advice. I prefer sport, someone in my back seat probably wants luxury. Leather and wood don't matter that much, my kids trash things. But I don't want something tinny, that makes noise or is cheaply and incompetently assembled. Safety is important but the 3 cars below seem simillarly safe.
    I can afford more, but I want value, related to how much the MSRP is discounted. Then, I need to know interst rate on purchase, vs. interest rate or money factor for lease. I can NOT yet get a fix on those numbers for Cadillac CTS, Lexus GS350, and Infiniti G35. I like all three cars. I've liked my BMW530I performance/handling but find its radio/satellite and navigation system dysfunctional; all three of these cars better in that respect. CTS dealer will install unotrusive blue tooth for $495, which actually is plus, giving me separate screen.
    Overwhelming numbe of reviews favorable on all my choices, with a few people having problems with each of the three.
    I don't care about price, nice interior (my kids mess it up). I want performance, user-friendly ergonomics and simplicity (example: quick to turn on defroster without looking for it repeatedly and taking my eyes off the road).
    Gas mileage is a factor (tired of subsidizing Mideast oil).
    All three have similar mileage, though G35 a bit better.
    But CTS uses regular.
    Thanks, everyone for your patience.
  • tntmythtntmyth Posts: 70
    Check the gas mileage specifications on all 3 cars. According to EPA estimates, Lexus GS350 gets the best mileage of the three:

    Lexus GS350 19 city 27 highway
    Infiniti G35 17 city 24 highway
    Cadillac CTS 17 city 26 highway
  • caoyijiancaoyijian Posts: 16
    Infinitis have the worst gas mileage by far. If your choice is sporty, gas mileage number on the window sticker becomes secondary. It is highly dependent on how the car is driven.
  • patty17patty17 Posts: 1
    I want to be able to override the navigation system so the passenger can use it while the vehicle is being driven. Friends with a 2007 know how to break the code on their vehicle but it doesn't work on the 2008. Anyone know how?
  • limakslimaks Posts: 1
    I'd like to ask you if it is possible to use GPS NAVIGATION from USA in EUROPE ?

    I bought Lexus GS 350. I live in Europe. Please answer as soon as possible.
  • tom17tom17 Posts: 134
    I went looking for a GS350 with the dynamic cruise control option. My local dealer (Melbourne, FL) did not have a single Lexus (even the $120K+ LS600h) with the dynamic cruise control. Salesman said that people are not happy with it so they dont carry it. Has anyone bought a Lexus with this option? Are you happy with it? Salesman said that it is confused by cars in adjacent lanes. Is the system really that bad? I know the local BMW and Infiniti dealers have many cars with the option.

    Thanks in advance.
  • tom17tom17 Posts: 134
    I just bought a new GS350. What a great car! But when I put my factory CD's (not copies or MP3's), the system does not display the CD name & track info. I can get to the menu where the info is supposed to be but it says "". They work fine when inserted into my PC (displays info for every track). Looked thru the manual which says the data is supposed to be displayed automatically. Anyone seen this before and know the fix? Thanks.
  • onyx68onyx68 Posts: 2
    I own a 2007 GS350. How do you break the code?? thanks.
  • Please point me to a forum where things such as TSBs, service
    quirks, weaknesses, etc. are discussed.

    Thanks.
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