2005 Lexus GS Reviews

2005 Lexus GS 300 SE (Moonroof) 3.0 V6 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 3.0 V6 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired16000 miles
Most recent distance20000 miles
Previous carAudi A8

Summary:

Reassuringly good value for money, a unique proposition over the usually predictable fayre from BMW

Faults:

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.

General Comments:

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

2005 Lexus GS 430 4.3 V8 from United Arab Emirates

Model year2006
Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 4.3 V8 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired20 kilometres
Most recent distance20000 kilometres
Previous carOpel Omega

Summary:

Very Comfortable, Reliable, Luxurious and sporty car

Faults:

- strange noise and movement while braking on low speeds. I feel like somebody is hitting me from behind.

- smart key doesn't work sometimes. I have to push the keyless buttons to make it work. and sometimes it says "key not detected" when trying to start the engine.

- bad smells from A/C (for 10 seconds after switching it on)

- many False alarms by one of the parking sensors. it shows that there is obstcale however nothing is there!

General Comments:

The following I liked mostly in the car

- best price in it's class (versus E500, A6 4.2, 545i)

- acceleration.. very fast.. 0-62 in 6 seconds I've tested that.

- quickly pull up on high speeds.

- in term of consumption is car is very efficient for such big V8 engine

- engine noise is minimal

- parking assistance and rear camera (a MUST HAVE option)

- plenty of options (everything you need from a sport sedan)

- seats are very comfortable

- Excellent A/C, even at very hot weather (42+ Degree)

-smooth driving, smooth and excellent cornering/handling on high speeds.

-sporty driving experience

- reliable

- very stable on high speeds and on the highway.

-touch screen very helpful

- Navigation system is very practical and very easy to use, much better than Audi, Range Rover, BMW, Nissan and Porsche (I've used all of them)

-braking needs minimal physical work to stop the car...very nice.. at high speeds, it is really smooth and perform very well.

Things I didn't like

- Middle East version doesn't have RDS on Radio FM and doesn't have DVD Option

- you can only save 6 FM channels!!! REALLY BAD

- NO iPod integration for such expensive luxury car

- NO MP3 playback and NO DVD-Audio for such expensive car

- parking breaks doesn't hold the car unless if you pushed it to it's limit!

- barking is not very smooth at low speeds, however it performs very well.

- some Tire and Air noise at 120+ km/h for such expensive car (compared with BMW and Mercedes)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th May, 2006

2005 Lexus GS 300 V6 from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission V6 Automatic
Distance when acquired50 kilometres
Most recent distance3800 kilometres
Previous carLexus GS300

Summary:

Better than I expected

Faults:

Nothing.

General Comments:

Did not want to buy a new GS, as my 1998 GS was still doing the job, and other than the radio dial fading on my first 2 Lexus, I have not spent a cent, and was able to get an exchange radio after 5 years, which was a plus.

My wife decided she wanted a new gold one, and it has turned out better than I expected.

A small point that no salesman pointed out was that when you opened up a door, the rubber strip on the bottom of the door stopped the door hitting the wall.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th March, 2006

25th Apr 2006, 21:39

I too presently own a 2000 model GS300, which I've owned since new, driven for 130,000kms without any problems. I love the new style GS, but appears that the interior quality isn't as good as the previous generation. Still a superior vehicle when compared to many of the leading European marques.

9th Jul 2012, 22:44

I have to agree with all here. I'd purchased a 1999 GS 300 brand new as a gift after my retirement, still driving today with over 210,000kms, and apart from scheduled services or wear and tear items, nothing has ever gone wrong. Very well made, and a joy to drive. Eats up the miles, even after seven hours behind the wheel.

Average review marks: 8.2 / 10, based on 3 reviews