2011 Lexus LX 570 5.7 petrol from North America

Summary:

Pleasant, but expensive and impractical

Faults:

The car wears out front tires in 30k miles. Other than that, everything on the vehicle has worked well.

General Comments:

Maintenance is difficult and expensive. The fuel tank is too small for a car of this size.

While the interior is well put together, many of the materials feel like they belong in a cheaper car. That said, it is a smooth and quiet car on the road, and has done well off the road. Interior space is good, but not outstanding.

Upon startup, the air conditioner can take up to one minute to turn on. Navigation system and Bluetooth are poorly designed, although reliable.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th June, 2019

7th Jun 2019, 01:39

That vehicle has its roots back in the 40s when the Japanese copied a Willys Jeep they found in the Philippines. So its roots run deep.

But if you are not climbing mountains or navigating the jungles of Africa... it's probably overkill in everyday driving on the mean streets of America. It's big and heavy, and that works against it.

13th Jun 2019, 23:43

It's a luxury SUV that is used by many wealthy families to take their kids to soccer practice all over the world. It is seldom used in jungle terrain and is no more impractical on US roads than any other SUV. However, it is considered the finest, most well built, best resale value and reliable SUV in the world. That alone should make anyone wanting an SUV take a look at it.

16th Jun 2019, 15:17

Isn't it also considered to be merely a glorified Toyota Land Cruiser?

16th Jun 2019, 21:57

Actually the glorified comment has some merit. Someone might see me in it and may be impressed seeing the the ā€œLā€ in the grille.

2001 Lexus LX 470 2UZ-FE 4.7l V8 from North America

Summary:

Quality

Faults:

Wheel speed sensors.

General Comments:

Brilliant truck actually. Purchased for $9900 on Craigslist with 130k. Everything on this truck still works. All the powered windows, seats, antenna, vents, heaters, everything, and on a 14 year old vehicle.

The AHC suspension still works properly. The paint looks like it's 2 years old. The wood and leather still look great.

The 4.7l 2UZ-FE is probably one of the best engines produced in the past 2 decades, and easily the best engine I've owned. My current other vehicle is an 06 Tundra with the same engine. They don't use oil (wear very slowly), produce plenty of power, are easy to work on, and as long as basic maintenance is performed, 300,000 miles is common, with 400+k not unheard of.

It is still a pleasure to drive, luxurious, very quiet and smooth, yet with the locking center diff, heavy duty axles, and purposeful design, a very capable off road vehicle, which we are looking forward to using here in Colorado.

Two negatives: the radio volume doesn't work. Probably related to amp problems that were common with this year. Second, the upper rear hatch has quite a bit of rust. Another common problem. I do 90% of all the maintenance on our vehicles and these are easy issues to fix, so no worries.

Bottom line - After now owning one, it's easy to see why you find so many Toyota LC or LX470s for sale with 200k plus miles: quality.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th November, 2015

16th Jun 2019, 09:34

A bit late answer, but here's a trick for the radio volume knob - this should work on any car the same https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wUleVk4IyDg

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