2004 Lexus LS 430 4.3 from Australia and New Zealand
A quality vehicle that can now be had for an affordable price
Sub woofer has never worked (a common fault).
Laser cruise control has an alignment fault and doesn't work.
Rain sensing wiper function doesn't work.
Faults listed as above. The premium Mark Levinson stereo is nice, but the sub woofer is a common fault and very expensive to replace.
The laser (dynamic) cruise control is also a great feature when it is working properly. It will even apply the brakes if you get too close to the car in front. Mine developed an alignment fault soon after I purchased the car. I took it to Lexus and they had to contact Japan for any info on the laser system. It would appear that the laser system was only used for one year before they went to radar, which was apparently more reliable.
The rain sensing wipers have never worked, but the car has a pretty intelligent intermittent feature that varies the wipe, so I have never worried about getting the rain sensing function looked at.
Overall I do really like this car, it performs very well and is not bad on fuel. There are too many features to list, and a lot of them are not obvious unless you are made aware of them. A few features worthy of mention are self closing doors, auto dimming mirrors, "smart key" keyless entry (puddle lights and interior light illuminate as you approach the car at night) - just touch the door handle and the car unlocks, full electric seats (heated and cooled) and steering column electrically adjustable up and down and in and out, all with 3 memory positions. The list goes on and on. On the safety side there are 10 airbags.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 1st April, 2015
3rd Apr 2015, 01:49
This car set the benchmark for quality for its class when new, and will often outlast its predominantly German rivals while giving less trouble, provided it has not been tarted up by idiot hoons who insist on chopping and lowering the suspension, fitting idiotically wide and massive diameter rims, and a non-stock exhaust that spoils what this car was so renowned for - outstanding refinement.
A really good ride if you don't mind the bland, anonymous styling, and a chassis set up more for comfort than dynamics.