1998 Lexus GS Reviews

1998 Lexus GS 300 3.0 Litre 6 from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2010
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 3.0 Litre 6 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
10.0 / 10
Distance when acquired180000 kilometres
Most recent distance196000 kilometres
Previous carSubaru Liberty

Summary:

Old Gold

Faults:

Nothing really, some of the text on the CD player only shows half, but it is still readable.

General Comments:

This car is just amazing; if you're on a budget and want a luxury car - this is it.

I test drove a 2000 BMW E46 318i, and this thing was several thousand cheaper, and honestly the build quality is night and day.

Just hop in the Lexus, the seats are massive & very comfortable. Electric everything, which still 12 years later works fine. The engine will go forever, being a Toyota.

The Lexus GS300 has everything; a brilliant stock sound system, dual climate control, seat memory... it's fully loaded.

For an older car, it is just amazing. Boot space is huge, the doors make that nice clunk quality when you close them, airbags, 6 stacker CD, cruise, auto lights, fuel economy is good, relative to how you drive it.

Power is not massive, but it's not a sports car, it's a cruiser; you feel like you don't want to rush anywhere, as you're enjoying the drive.

Everyone in the car is comfortable, and there is loads of room. It really is a great vehicle, and I hate cars... (true).

If you find a nice one, buy it - you won't regret it!!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th June, 2010

1998 Lexus GS 400 4.0L V8 from North America

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2010
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 4.0L V8 Semi-Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 1 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.3 / 10
Distance when acquired175000 kilometres
Most recent distance184000 kilometres
Previous carLexus SC400

Summary:

Hate my GS400

Faults:

Since I bought the car, I could hear all the bumps on the road. Replaced worn out front passenger's side lower ball joint. I can still hear the thuds over bumps. I have to take it back to the dealer.

The steering wheel tilt switch sometimes does not work.

Stereo jumps sometimes.

As far as I am concerned, I will get all of them fixed.

Lexus leather quality sucks.

General Comments:

Very fast car for a 4 door sedan. According to Wikipedia and some other sites, it produces 300 HP, does 0-60 mph in around 5.4 seconds to 5.7 seconds. The car engine is smooth.

Nakamichi stereo sounds awesome when it doesn't skip.

This car needs good roads, which are rare in Canada. I just can't avoid potholes and bumps here. Ruins the car's bushings on control arms.

I only look at the good qualities of this car. After all, it is a used car. I have to fix all the problems and get it working like new to enjoy it for a few years. Gas consumption is very good for a V8.

My kids love it. It has all the luxuries of a fine car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 1st March, 2010

2nd Mar 2010, 20:42

Update on my review: The Lexus GS400 handles very well on snow. As well as traction control it has a snow button which adds stability control. It out performs other cars with 4 snow tires on.

6th Jun 2010, 23:08

Update on my review: I owned a Lexus SC400 for 6 years before buying the GS400. The transmission and engine are pretty good. However, the Lexus suspension system sucks big time.

Used Lexus cars rust a lot. I am fixing all the rust and blemishes and getting the car repainted. What a waste of money.

The GS400 suspension feels like a banana boat. I have replaced shocks and springs with original Lexus parts thinking the drive would become stiffer. Nope. Still the ride is like a boat. Thinking of buying Greddy or Tein lowering springs.

The car is very ugly and fat, but the engine performance outweighs the ugliness. I think once I have installed the lowering springs, I will enjoy the ride. Also, no cup holders in the front. For a luxury car, that sucks.

I still think it is not a bad car, but nothing to write home about.

1998 Lexus GS 300 from Nigeria

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission Automatic
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired386000 kilometres
Most recent distance391000 kilometres
Previous carBMW 3 Series

Summary:

This is like heaven on earth

Faults:

Serpentine belt fell off at 389000.

Leather seat badly cracked all replaced by local upholsterer for less than $100.

General Comments:

This car even at 391000 is a dream to own. Everything still works fine and it seems it will do another 300,000 km. Fuel economy is better than my previous BMW. I'll never drive another car but a Lexus. Don't hesitate any further if you are thinking of getting one.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th May, 2009

Average review marks: 8.5 / 10, based on 12 reviews