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Lexus GS 300/GS 430



  • bartalk3bartalk3 Posts: 692
    Congratulations on the 430. Most of the nit-picking here is for the 300, mainly people tearing their hair because Lexus chose such an anemic engine in place of a bigger one they could have used. Can you describe the car you bought--the equipment, color, etc. I assume you've driven the car. Are the big tires noisy at all?
  • adb3adb3 Posts: 112
    Understand...not sure the mainstream driver/buyer cares that much about HP...time/sales will tell. Dealer didn't have the 430 to drive, so only been in the 300. I pre-ordered back in Dec because I was convinced without even seeing it in person that the car would be strong because Toyota has a lot at stake (did the same 2 yrs ago with my 330--home run!). My 430 is black with the cream colored (they use another name) interior. It's coming with everything--and I mean everything. BTW, in my area I believe that's the only way they are shipping the initial offerings.
  • lexusguylexusguy Posts: 6,419
    Please post all of your impressions when you actually get behind the wheel of your new 430. I'm very curious as to how this VDIM system operates, and Edmunds wasnt much help in that department.
  • I couldn't agree more!

    Lexus design has undoubtedly come on by leaps and bounds, but I'm not sure that it's there yet.

    The best example I can give is last year's Guigaro design at Geneva, the Alessandro Volta - a concept to die for! But will they make it? You can bet your [non-permissible content removed] they wont!
  • lexylexy Posts: 5
    ive been reading all these pages for a while, never posted - wanted to gather my thoughts. - VERY GOOD POSTS!

    First, what maintainence is usually associated with gs 300 besides oil changes - I have a corolla

    Is there a lexus site that can check service records for used lexuses?

    Anyone buy a used lexus gs 300 2001-2004 recently and have anything to say? Any problems?

    Does anyone know where these dealers get these used lexuses off lease? Damn dealers get them from auctions I think from toyota for 2000-3000 less than what they sell you!

    thanks so much
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  • I, too, am awaiting my 430. Could be as soon as Friday. It will be blue with tan interior. I was very impressed when, last May, I asked the dealer to help me choose between the GS and the LS. He advised I wait for the 2006. I have also been told the car comes only one way: loaded.
  • cook3cook3 Posts: 2
    I drove the GS 300AWD yesterday. I too noticed the bump. It bothered me enough that I may re-think the AWD and go with rear wheel drive. I would think that driving long distances would be irritating.
    I'm going to look at Mecedeces too. Have you driven any?
  • bartalk3bartalk3 Posts: 692
    I've been told by at least one large dealer that they can factory order a Lexus optioned out just as you want it. It may take up to 100 days, but you can get it exactly the way you want it, with as many or as few options as you like.

    Other dealers have told me that you have to take them the way they come. My feeling is that these dealers are either lazy or just want to sell what they've got or are too small and have very little clout with Lexus.

    Has anyone here factory ordered a Lexus with a la carte options?
  • jrock65jrock65 Posts: 1,371
    There must be a way to factory order one. That is the only way to get PCS on the GS. It's a special order option at like $2400 or something.
  • lexusguylexusguy Posts: 6,419
    It can definitely be done, it will just take more time, as they may have to either find a car from some other part of the country, or have one made.
  • I had the opportunity to test drive the new GS 430 last week. The car seems to handle better than my old 1999 GS 400. They changed the exhaust to make sound faster. The car car drives as nice as it looks.
  • bartalk3bartalk3 Posts: 692
    Thanks. I figured that factory-ordered cars are possible, though many dealers will give you a flat no, or try hard to discourage you.
  • thank's for noticing the bump too. My lexus salesman says i'm crazy, and said that no one else noticed the bump. I'm going to test drive it again today and determine if it will be o.k., i don't think so. That's why I have a deposit on the m-35 awd. In answer to your other question, I have test drove the mecerdes e320 4matic, however it looks like chrysler has had it's hand into the quality of it.
  • i have been speaking with one of my good friends who works for lexus out in torrence, he was telling me the reason that the GS wasn't introduced as a 330 or 350 was because the hp would be around 260-280, which is too close to the gs430's 300, they were afraid they would pull customers away from the v8. They are in development of a new V8 for the new ls which should be well with in the mid 300 so then the gs would use that as a replacement for the v8 and use a 3.3 or 3.5 as a replacement for the v6. Dont forget though that the 300 is a completely new engine thats lighter and 20hp more powerful, i do think that the gs needed at least 255 instead of the 245.
    On a seperate note, i have driven the gs 300 (rear and awd) and the M35 (AWD). Though the M is more powerful, the dash is a killer, it was a big turn off. It was best put "it looks Like an ATM" in motor trend i believe. If the controls were placed lower by the shifter( I.e. IDRIVe and the audi a6) it would have cleared up room, instead it is a distraction to reach up and is very uncomfortable. The gs center console is extremely clean and easy to use. Though the Infiniti is a great car and have great powerful engines(strategy lexus should follow)the interior turned me away. I still need to test drive the rearwheel drive before i deside on either the lexus or M. Either way both cars are great.
    On a side note, the lexus gs Mark Levinson 330w sound system is out of this world.
  • lexusguylexusguy Posts: 6,419
    Or is it that Mercedes has had a hand into the quality of Chrysler? If you look at the latest IQ reports, Mercedes is ranked quite a bit lower than Chrysler. I bet nobody saw that coming 10 years ago.

    The hp conflict with the 430 is basically what all of us guessed awhile back. What I dont understand is, V8 sales are only maybe 10% if they're lucky, and when the V6 is NOT cannibalizing the V8s power. Why jeapordize the other 90% by using a much weaker engine than you have readily available for the purpose of protecting those measily 10%? Why not just introduce a GS350 as the sole option until the new V8 is ready?
  • bartalk3bartalk3 Posts: 692
    Speaking of strange Lexus decisions, I've been told that 90% of the GS300s coming to the midwest and perhaps the entire country will be AWD. How odd. Two hundred pounds heavier than the RWD, slower, thirstier, and $2,000 more expensive. I can't imagine that 90% of GS300 buyers would want the AWD.
  • I spoke to my friend and he told me that the 350 engine isnt ready yet aswell as the 3.3 in the es and rx arent "sporty" enough.They are heavier and couldnt support the 6spd. Also the awd system couldnt control the tourque so the awd had to have tourque at a controllable level. The gs does have less Hp then it competitors, but it does have a 6spd transmission with quicker ratios. The reason for those 10% of 430's is because lexus does need a competitor to the 545, e500, and now the M45, without one the Gs series couldnt be viewed as a true competitor on all levels. The other reason is to attract a market that wants a V8. Not to mention the 300HP Gs is better to send for a review then a 245hp.
    However i did read that Toyota has reserved the rights for a GS350 and 450 i believe, not sure on the numbers but i would expect the change to be as an 08' or 09' model at the latest. Lexus doesnt want to unveil the bigger v8 until the new LS i would think.

    Last week i test drove the New gs in AWD and rear, and the AWD didn't feel much different to my RX330. My salesman who i have used since 1989(when they were selling ls's out of a trailer) said that a reardrive would be decent in the snow with snow tires added. i dont know how right he is. All i know is my current GS is hooorrible in the snow. Any body with experience with snow tires?

    Just to let everyone know, the New IS is to be unveiled at geneva march 1rst.
  • lexusguylexusguy Posts: 6,419
    Theres no way they would use the 3.3L. Once the new 3.0 makes it to the rest of the line, that engine will disappear. Its got less power than the new 3.0, mostly because its just a bored out version of the old 3.0L V6 thats been around some 12 years or more.
  • How is it possible that America only have the 3.0 engine instead the 3.5L engine?? This is because I already saw both 3.5 and the 4.3 engine during my test drive back in Japan in January and they looked perfectly ready for production. However you are correct that Toyota might change their mind months before the sedan release because it has happened with the Crown Athlete sedan where they suddenly change its displacement back to 3 liter instead of 3.3 liter many of us anticipated of. But it's "very strange" the Japanese automotive community never notice the engine displacement change occurred in the GS sedan until I discover this information just now. If this displacement change is indeed true in Japan as well, many of us back in Japan would be very disappointed to Toyota's decision and I will certainly ask people working in the Higashi-Fuji Technical Center as to why such dramatic change in engine displacement is necessary. On the other hand, I think your salesman has overemphasized the ability the rear-wheel drive GS on snow. This is because although he might be correct the car will handle fine if it has only encounter light to intermediate snowfall mainly contributed with it’s VDM system. But when I drive this car to Hokkaido where snow depth in many areas can match the ones in Chicago, the car have show too much instability even when the car installed snow tires. Therefore the new GS have a better ability to encounter snow condition than the current Aristo sedan, but I would say the difference would not be by much.
    Hope this will help
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