Trouble free with a bit of luxury
Transfer case seals replaced under warranty.
We purchased this car in Jan 2010 to replace a Volvo Cross Country. (See my review under Volvo Cross Country or Volvo XC70).
We've had no issues other than the transfer case seals mentioned above. I believe Lexus has upgraded these seals, as I have read this is a common problem that's been addressed. The car is perfect for a family of 4 such as ours. Easily fits all our gear when we go on holidays. The rear seats slide forward, which adds another 6 or so inches to the rear boot space.
It's a bit of a gas guzzler, so watch how you use your left foot. Transmission seems reasonably smooth, but to be honest, I've driven better. I think it's a case of the driver modifying the way the car's driven, as opposed to Lexus modifying the transmission. No other problems at all. The car has great ergonomics. Everything where you want it to be.
Even though this car is a 2005, we purchased it with only 38000kms on the clock. We intend to pay the extra and get this car serviced at the local Lexus dealer in Brisbane, and I anticipate having this car for at least the next 5-7 years.
Regardless of what happens with this car in the future, there's no way on Gods earth that it could be worse than the Volvo it's replaced.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 15th July, 2010