Lexus GS Review from United Arab Emirates

2005 Lexus GS 430 4.3 V8

Model year2006
Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 4.3 V8 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired20 kilometres
Most recent distance20000 kilometres
Previous carOpel Omega


Very Comfortable, Reliable, Luxurious and sporty car


- strange noise and movement while braking on low speeds. I feel like somebody is hitting me from behind.

- smart key doesn't work sometimes. I have to push the keyless buttons to make it work. and sometimes it says "key not detected" when trying to start the engine.

- bad smells from A/C (for 10 seconds after switching it on)

- many False alarms by one of the parking sensors. it shows that there is obstcale however nothing is there!

General Comments:

The following I liked mostly in the car

- best price in it's class (versus E500, A6 4.2, 545i)

- acceleration.. very fast.. 0-62 in 6 seconds I've tested that.

- quickly pull up on high speeds.

- in term of consumption is car is very efficient for such big V8 engine

- engine noise is minimal

- parking assistance and rear camera (a MUST HAVE option)

- plenty of options (everything you need from a sport sedan)

- seats are very comfortable

- Excellent A/C, even at very hot weather (42+ Degree)

-smooth driving, smooth and excellent cornering/handling on high speeds.

-sporty driving experience

- reliable

- very stable on high speeds and on the highway.

-touch screen very helpful

- Navigation system is very practical and very easy to use, much better than Audi, Range Rover, BMW, Nissan and Porsche (I've used all of them)

-braking needs minimal physical work to stop the car...very nice.. at high speeds, it is really smooth and perform very well.

Things I didn't like

- Middle East version doesn't have RDS on Radio FM and doesn't have DVD Option

- you can only save 6 FM channels!!! REALLY BAD

- NO iPod integration for such expensive luxury car

- NO MP3 playback and NO DVD-Audio for such expensive car

- parking breaks doesn't hold the car unless if you pushed it to it's limit!

- barking is not very smooth at low speeds, however it performs very well.

- some Tire and Air noise at 120+ km/h for such expensive car (compared with BMW and Mercedes)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th May, 2006

Average review marks: 8.2 / 10, based on 1 review