2002 Lexus GS 4.3 V8 from North America
One of the best in its class back in 2002
Check engine light on, likely one of the O2 sensors. Idles a little bit rough, but not too bad.
Brakes are making a slight noise. Rotors may be warped from the previous owner being too vigorous.
A very quick car, and as the speed climbs it gets even faster if you want.
Delicious V8 - one of the best in the world and equal to the Germans.
At highway speeds you can accelerate from 70 mph to 100 without too much drama. You just watch the speedo needle climb, because that's the only cue you'll have. Very quiet.
Luxurious cabin - I've got the whole deal, wood and leather, including the wooden steering wheel. Nice!
Soft but very well controlled ride, soaks up bumps and imperfections like nobody's business - typical Lexus. I find the steering pretty numb though. Not a car you want to hustle through the twisties at any great speed.
It is agile despite the numb steering, but you have to work the steering. A Bimmer shines in this department.
I find the lack of retained power during entry and exit a bit odd for Lexus. Other manufacturers have this in their new vehicles; I thought Lexus would lead the way with this back in 02. Sure you can do the windows and sunroof while the key's in the ignition for a short while, but a Ford Escape has all this regardless of the key position and for a good 5 minutes.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 28th July, 2013