1994 Lexus GS 300 3.0 inline six from UK and Ireland
Smooth, quiet and refined motoring for a couple of grand
Nothing major at all.
When warming up temperature gauge goes slightly past the middle line. After 10 minutes it is on the middle line, presume thermostat replacing.
Vibration/steering wheel shimmy at 60-100mph. Believe this to be brake related, not wheel balance.
Boot is very heavy to lift - perhaps the gas struts are past their best.
Original wheels a bit corroded. Goes through brake discs quickly.
For a couple of grand and a loyalty card at your local petrol station, you can't go wrong really.
Good looking (in my opinion, especially with the 18" sport wheels), refined and fun to drive.
0-60 in the high 8's, which although I believe, would imagine the petrol gauge to move as quickly as the tachometer needle if you tried it. The 3.0 engine (detuned version as found in the NA Toyota Supra) is a very smooth and quiet engine, but it still makes a nice growl above 4000rpm.
The automatic transmission shifts smoothly and seems to listen to the throttle pedal a lot more than certain other automatics I have driven do.. if that makes sense.
Insurance for a 24 year old was very reasonable, perhaps due to the old man image?
Not exactly a family car which is what I bought it to be - the boot is tiny when you consider the size of the rest of the car.
Interior wise, the heated seats are of high quality leather and are very comfortable. The climate control/radio are excellent, but they look a bit 'Toyota'... which figures, I suppose. They have a green display whereas the instruments are white/red. Doesn't really match!
Steering is very light, this is an extremely easy car to drive once you get used to parking it. Absolutely in its element cruising down the motorway with the cruise control on.
Returns around 30mpg on a run, if you keep the speed down. Late teens around town, ouch.
These cars really are bargains. If you can get a well looked after one, it'll serve you well. Nobody believes that mine is almost onto its third time around the clock!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 10th December, 2004
22nd Apr 2005, 18:57
That was an awesome review, I have been thinking about a lexus for awhile and I guess I decided now.
11th May 2005, 09:24
Thanks, glad it was useful.
Beware about the resale on a 10 year old luxury car though, I lost out badly when trying to sell this on as I needed something more economical.
18th Mar 2006, 20:19
I just got 12 years old GS300. Everyone I know think it is 5-6 years old car. Buy used luxury is the best deal, specialty when it is well kept. I love this car. You should see the sound system. That is alone cost 5-6k!
18th Mar 2010, 15:16
I have a 1994 black Lexus GS300, and it has 200,000 miles on it, and I just replaced all things included in this document. And it's not only beautiful on its 20 inch wheels, but it runs as it did when I purchased it in 1996, if not better.
I've found that this car's life is determined by the owner; if you keep it, it will keep you.