1999 Lexus LX 470 4.7 V8 from Australia and New Zealand

Summary:

Luxury and strength, all rolled into one

Faults:

Air mixer box motor stopped working at 320,000km, so now can only get cold air, not hot.

Coil pack failed at 315,000km.

General Comments:

A big, heavy, strong vehicle that has pulled our caravan around Australia with only a couple of problems.

The coil pack failed on the 23rd December, and in an hour and a half, the local Lexus dealership had fixed it and we were on our way again.

The car started to make a very loud clicking sound one day, and I traced it to the electric motor that mixes the cold and hot air for the climate control. As we live in a hot climate, I just unplugged the motor, and haven't worried about it since. Fixing it would require the entire dash to come out, and it isn't worth the expense.

We bought the car for a lot less than a turbo-diesel, and have all the luxuries that have made our trip a breeze. She was high mileage when we got her, but she had been serviced religiously at a Lexus dealership, so she couldn't have been in better shape. She is rock solid on the road, and has not missed a beat since the coil pack was replaced.

She has handled a few remote offroad trips in the last year with style, and has coped with any conditions we have put her into.

The only downside is that she likes to drink. However, she was so cheap to buy in the first place, and has cost very little to keep in excellent condition that we can put up with the fuel consumption (17l/100km).

Would I buy another Lexus? Yes, provided I could get one at a good enough price. Sadly, a new one is a bit out of my price range.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th January, 2011

2003 Lexus LX 470 from North America

Summary:

It is an impractical jeep with a phony luxury disguise

Faults:

Exhaust rattle shortly after purchase. Needed a new harness from the factory that had a cost of about $800.

Thin, rough leather. The seats aren't comfortable compared to new LX470's because of the stiffness of the leather after 4 years.

Incompatible tow hitch mount. Toyota used some sort of cast material instead of material which seems to be narrower at the top than at the bottom. No aluminum tow hitches can fit. The spare tire is too close to the hitch mount so steel tow hitches cannot fit.

One of the third row seats no longer snaps in place on the floor. Cause is unknown.

General Comments:

It is a pretty nice looking car, especially with chrome factory wheels and dark monotone paint.

The interior is attractive, but uncomfortable.

It has low horsepower, but a nice amount of torque and tows pretty well, if you can get it to attach to a trailer properly.

The ride adjustment could lose at least one setting, and the height adjustment is complicated.

It has off-road technology that will never be used, the price reflects it.

It has very limited space compared to other, cheaper luxury SUV's.

The gas mileage is terrible for a car with so little horsepower.

The third row seat is only capable of seating 2 children or 0 adults (it is recommended for 3 adults).

It is too tall, wide, and high for a luxury car.

The second row seats are limited on leg room, but the middle seat is fantastic compared to other SUV's and has no transmission tunnel.

The dvd system is very complicated.

The Mike Levinson stereo system doesn't sound any better than standard stereo systems in most cars.

The navigation system still lists restaurants that went out of business before I was even born.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 20th August, 2007

23rd Aug 2007, 00:49

Maybe a minivan is more suitable for you!

6th Nov 2008, 14:47

It is a minivan, it sure is NOT a truck.

26th Jan 2009, 15:04

Yeah, not a truck. It's only based off the most successful and one of the most capable trucks in the history of mankind. People drive TLC's everywhere in the world in the harshest conditions and the LX is only a bit toned down from the TLC. The thing is more capable off road than 99.9% of vehicles.

25th Mar 2009, 04:12

Ha!...it's MARK Levinson sound system. Do you even own the vehicle?

Sure doesn't sound like it.

If you can't get comfortable in an LX then you're out of luck.