2000 Lexus GS 300 3.0 petrol from Australia and New Zealand
Absolute rubbish, I was nervous every time I used the car... Buy a Volvo!
* Heater stopped working the first week I bought the car.
* The car overheated and the radiator went... I pulled over into a car park, and as I got out of it, I noticed a trail of coolant, which the dreaded vehicle had left behind.
* There was a very annoying issue with the starter motor the whole time I owned the vehicle.
* The driver's electric seat stopped working.
* The transmission had to be replaced (I just bought a used one from a wrecker as the unit was so expensive).
* The head lining was sagging.
* There was some odd issue with bulbs blowing in the head lights.
* One of the remotes stopped working completely. I had to go into the dealer to get a new key, which cost a huge amount of money.
* The car began leaking oil; this was the last straw and I sold it at the Auckland car fair for $2,500.
The vehicle is the worst I have ever owned. I was told that Lexus is a good choice if you want a reliable luxury car... In this case it definitely was not!
Break downs were a common problem, and whenever I took the car on a long trip, it was a nerve racking experience.
The worst break down happened one the Napier Taupo Road. I turned the car off as the traffic was very slow (my car made it even slower), and as the traffic began to finally move again, the car wouldn't start. I had always experienced starter motor problems with the car throughout the entire time I'd owned it, but this was bad. I got out of the car to find there was a long queue of vehicles behind me. Thankfully a truck driver helped me to start the vehicle. This took a long time and there were many aggravated drivers behind me.
The way the car drove was okay I guess. It was a bit of a whale on the road, and the interior was fairly comfortable. But I now know why vehicles like BMW, Audi and Volvo outsell Lexus, as they offer far better quality ride and materials.
I eventually sold the car in early March at the "Auckland Car Fair" for $2,500.
Owning a car like this was a tragic experience. It cost me a lot of money, which is a problem as most of the time I owned the vehicle I was a student paying rent and school fees, food, clothing etc for my three children. I should have kept the Volvo 850 I owned prior to this, which caused me no trouble whatsoever.
I will never buy another Lexus, and have replaced it with a 2006 Volvo S60, which consumers rave about on this website, and I am sure it won't cost me a bomb to run and be a worry whenever I drive it. I have owned the Volvo for a month (in the first month I owned the Lexus, the heater clapped out).
Thank you for reading... I hope this review drives you away from Lexus and into a Volvo.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 22nd May, 2013
22nd May 2013, 22:57
Both brands have gone down hill since the '90s...
23rd May 2013, 08:55
You can say that again, facts are facts!
24th May 2013, 05:26
If that is the case, then we're doomed! Lexus was what Mercedes build quality and durability were before the '90s. And if the otherwise well-disciplined Japanese couldn't make increasingly complicated cars that meet the legal/emissions requirements reliable, then buy whatever you want, because you're going to pay either way.