2001 Lexus LS 430 from North America
Beautiful luxurious comfort
The only issues I've had so far is that some of the power seat buttons didn't work and the rain sensor fell off the windshield. Other than that, nothing has gone wrong.
As soon as I purchased the car, I changed the timing belt. The belt that was on it was from its 90,000 maintenance requirement. The belt I took off was in very good condition, but I changed the water pump, belt and the works to be sure the car would be on the road for another 200k+ miles.
Everyone thought I was nuts for buying a car with 255k miles, but once they ride in it, they don't laugh so much. The car is the smoothest riding car I've ever been in, including several Mercedes models.
I am so happy with my LS430 and would purchase another.
Maybe I just bought one that was extremely well taken care of?
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 8th June, 2018
9th Jun 2018, 21:09
Yes, it is. Lexus and Toyota for starters are engineered conservatively; their parts suppliers are assisted to produce quality parts at a good price while still making a good margin, and these parts are put together well. But even Lexus is not made of granite. It does help that the car is good to start with, but when parts do need replacing, and service is due for things like the gearbox or engine, they must be done on time, properly, and with correct, good-quality (or original) parts. The car cannot have done so well in the hands of less caring previous owners. Not many cars will not have had some wheel bearings replaced by 200K km (about 120K miles), and belt tensioners are best replaced together with the drive belts. I suppose people who tend to buy Lexus are also more likely to stick to the maintenance routine, even as the car ages and bought cheaper second-hand. There are lesser cars from far less reliable brands which surprisingly do last over the 200K mile mark, often from a combination of good parts used in assembly, diligent owner maintenance, and treating the car sympathetically. Even then, many will definitely feel their age - suspension bushings and engine/gearbox mounts can be laborious to replace, which adds to maintenance cost on what is by then a cheap car.