1999 Lexus LX 470 4.7 V8 from Australia and New Zealand
Luxury and strength, all rolled into one
Air mixer box motor stopped working at 320,000km, so now can only get cold air, not hot.
Coil pack failed at 315,000km.
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