2002 Lexus LS Reviews

2002 Lexus LS 430 President Line from Finland

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired60000 kilometres
Most recent distance88000 kilometres
Previous carCadillac Seville

Summary:

A great used luxury car pick!

Faults:

O2 (lambda) sensor failed.

Front parking sensor failed.

Steering wheel height adjustment motor failed.

Mirror folding is acting up occasionally in cold weather.

Door locks are sometimes noisy in cold weather.

General Comments:

A true car of superlatives! Some observations:

- The quietest and most comfortable car I have ever sat in almost every way imaginable.

- By far the best AC system I've ever experienced. I've never seen a system that keeps the windows clear, even in automatic mode, during Finnish winters.

- Incredible highway performance. The adaptive electronic throttle makes it feel like a 400 hp car during light-throttle, high-speed maneuvers.

There are small touches in the car that speak of careful engineering everywhere, which I really appreciate, such as slowly and graciously dimming puddle lamps, subtle amber ambient lighting, windshield wiper blade parking area water heater, lowest-in-class drag coefficient (0.25), and velvet cushions between the front seats and the center console.

The air suspension soaks up bumps beautifully, and there is almost no shudder or rebound, even in the sharpest of bumps.

The ultra reliable 3UZ-FE V8 engine is not only incredibly reliable and surprisingly economical, but also whisper-quiet. The only noise you'll ever hear of the engine is a pleasant rumble during hard acceleration.

The car is very reliable and well built! At nearly ten years old, it's still running like new.

The powerplant + transmission combination is by far the best I've ever experienced.

The heated + cooled front seats are excellent.

Mark Levinson audio sounds fantastic. Aftermarket iPod integration is a breeze thanks to Vaistech.

Factory sunroof is virtually wind noise free at speeds up to 60 mph.

HID low beams are amazing!

The navigation system is very easy to use and useful, despite its age.

There is always room for improvement, however. The styling is understated, bland even. The center steering feel is a bit vague at high speeds, and the high profile makes the car sensitive to crosswinds. Traction and stability control system is not up-to-par with best European rivals, such as Mercedes and BMW. A two ton rear wheel drive car is not the best choice for careless winter driving.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th February, 2012

21st Nov 2012, 12:51

What an articulate and informative review!

I have a GS 300, which has just passed 400,000 kms and is still going strong :)

I am looking for a little more legroom and power, and even more refinement.

It sounds like the LS 430 ticks all the right boxes; I especially appreciate your comments about Winter, as I live in your neighbouring country Sweden.

Hope all Lexus owners reach my mileage (or more!), and are as satisfied as I have been; best luxury car I have owned!

2002 Lexus LS 430 4.3 from North America

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 4.3 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
10.0 / 10
Distance when acquired2 miles
Most recent distance71000 miles
Previous carBMW 7 Series

Summary:

Love it!!!

Faults:

This is the best car you can buy if you want reliability. Never had one problem. My BMW 740iL that I previously owned was a total lemon. I have always had German cars and they are great to drive, but they spend most of the time in the shop. Buy a Lexus.. you won't be sorry.

General Comments:

Quiet and FAST.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st June, 2008

2002 Lexus LS 430 LX 4.3L from North America

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 4.3L Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance60000 miles
Previous carLexus LS400

Summary:

Excellent

Faults:

Condensation in headlamp on left front. Lexus dealer replaced both headlamps, no charge.

Battery died at approximately 2 years and 25,000 miles. Dealer replaced at my home, no charge.

"Dimple"in dashboard vinyl cover. Dealer replaced dashboard, no charge.

Accessory belt noisey. Dealer has replaced twice at no charge.

Wood "cracked" slightly on steering wheel. Dealer replaced, no charge.

Paint peeling off wheels in the area where lug nuts are. Dealer replaced all wheels, no charge.

Both trunk "strut pistons"are shot at 60,000 miles. Dealer said replacement would be $500+!!!

The passenger side mirror does not fold in properly. Dealer said replacement would be $900+!!!

The car is metallic silver and chips whenever you look at it!! Paint chips easily.

General Comments:

The overall performance of the car is outstanding, but as you can see this one hasn't been without it's problems. The dealer has gone out of there way to correct the shortcomings so I will buy again from them when the time comes.

These are generally very well built cars w/o problems. this is the 1st of 4 Lexus I have owned that I have had problems with.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th January, 2007

30th Jun 2012, 07:28

I bought replacement struts for mine from an eBay merchant for less than $10, as I recall. It took perhaps 5 minutes for me to install them. If possible, I never take my Lexus to the local dealer for service. Just as an aside, the dealers will likely also tell you that they are the only ones who can make or program Lexus keys. It's simply not true. I bought an extra transponder key, again from an eBay merchant. The car itself programs it when placed in the programming mode. Total cost was minimal.

Average review marks: 9.4 / 10, based on 5 reviews