2005 Lexus GS 300 SE (Moonroof) 3.0 V6 from UK and Ireland
Reassuringly good value for money, a unique proposition over the usually predictable fayre from BMW
Scrubbing noises (HALF RATTLE/HALF SQUEAK) from the dashboard when cold. Rectified by Lexus F.O.C. Known problem and modification fixes it.
Fuel line modification applied under recall.
Bubbling lacquer on front alloy wheels. Not spoken to dealer of this yet.
Inconsistent radio reception quality. Dealer couldn't find any fault but agreed to exchange the unit if it persisted.
It took some time for me to take to the car after my Audi A8 Quattro Sport. My criticism of Japanese cars has always been that they are not "driver's cars" in the same way that Audis and BMWs are. They're not as engaging and feedback from the engine, suspension and steering is vague by comparison.
However, having now acclimatized to the car's driving characteristics, I do now look forward to getting behind the wheel of it and driving it. As much as it is an executive cruiser, it can also be a very responsive and spirited sprinter and keeps pace comfortably and assuredly on twisting A and B roads. I like it!
It is well equipped and has many toys, half of which I shall never use. I especially like the bluetooth feature which allows me to automatically connect my mobile 'phone and contacts / address book. But, why do Lexus (and other manufacturers) still insist that a cassette player is a necessity. I'd much prefer to see a DVD slot and MP3 capability in its place.
One other point, although minor, which I feel is worthy of mention - my Audi had "lit up everything" when driving at night or with the lights on, right down to the button for opening the glove compartment. and the roof mounted sunroof controls. I'm surprised Lexus don't follow suit. The cabin lighting is not a match for the Audi.
Overall though, I like the car and feel it was good value for money and the build quality is sound - reassuring clunks when the doors are closed and not a squeak or a rattle. It is relaxing and comfortable on long journeys.
Would I buy anther one? I haven't got Audi fully out of my system yet...
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 21st February, 2009