Lexus Soarer Reviews

1991 Lexus Soarer Limited 4.0 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 4.0 petrol Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Most recent distance250000 miles
Previous carPeugeot 306

Summary:

Probably the best value car in the world

Faults:

Alternator blew and replaced after around 200K.

Couple of tires and brake pads changed at 50K intervals.

New heater fitted at 200K.

Blinking dash and cam belt are standard changes on or before 150K, and these were changed before I bought the car.

Air-con re-fill at 250K.

Front passenger courtesy handle is slightly loose.

Drivers side door console became very loose and faulty; this was replaced on 2nd service from when I bought the car.

General Comments:

Definitely an amazing amount of car for the money.

Extremely powerful car, the 4.0 litre V8 is a monster.

The ride and comfort really are exceptional. The ride can be altered from rigid (sporty) to highly bouncy and forgiving (normal).

Soundproofing is sensational.

This car is so powerful and comfortable. I'd say it's one of the best vehicles for touring and driving a few hours at a time.

There are loads of gadgets on this car. It's hard to believe it's almost 18 years old!

The sound system is incredibly good (Nakamichi originally I think), and the touch-screen display really is ahead of it's time.

I have a friend who has the flashy job title of "Head of Automotive" for the Financial Times newspaper. He absolutely loves this car, and I think that says it all really.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd June, 2008

1992 Lexus Soarer TT 2.5 Twin turbo from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 2.5 Twin turbo Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired64000 miles
Most recent distance69000 miles

Faults:

PAS pipe split. £30 to have a new braided one made by a hydraulics specialist.

Dash started to blink. £2 for a rransistor and two capacitors. And a couple of hours of labour.

General Comments:

I would recommend it to anyone who wants a fast car. Mine is a modified example and eats tyres. Very fast running 350BHP, and not been beaten by anything with 4 wheels.

Excellent to go long distances in, and it handles a lot better than I thought it would (in the dry only).

A lot of car for the money.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th February, 2008

1991 Lexus Soarer from Australia and New Zealand

Model year1991
Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 2 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.3 / 10
Distance when acquired100000 kilometres
Most recent distance105000 kilometres
Previous carJaguar XJ40

Summary:

A very over rated car which is very un reliable

Faults:

Emv screen went blank the first week of ownership.

Drivers seat badly scuffed.

Radiator top tank cracked at 100000km.

Left air bag failed at 102000km.

Electric steering column badly worn.

Tappets are very rattly.

Door trims cracking.

Power steering pump failed at 103000km.

Alternator failed at 103000 km.

Front lower control arm bushes failed at 105000km.

Fuel pump ecu failed at 105000km.

Dash went blank at 102000km.

Steering rack leaking at 103000km.

Steering rack bushes replaced at 105000km.

General Comments:

This car is reasonably quick, but not what you would expect from a 4 litre quad cam 32 valve v8.

The interior is reasonably quiet, but it still suffers from squeaks and rattles.

For such a large two door car it handles reasonably good, but smoothness over bumps is'nt the best.

Fuel economy is high not the most fuel efficient of cars.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 4th October, 2006

7th Oct 2006, 15:58

The vehicle in question has only had full synthetic oil at all times since it's arrival in Australia with 60000km on it. They just aren't of the build quality of the Europeans. In few they are as we call a soft car designed for 100000km and then replace.

7th Oct 2006, 17:56

If the writer of this comment had bothered to read to the bottom of this review he/she would have seen that the car was only purchased this year (2006). Therefore, it's a bit rough to blame the owner for not changing the oil on a regular basis. I'd say the previous owner sold it because of these problems and the only thing I could really fault the current owner on is maybe it didn't have a pre-purchase inspection done.

FYI- I'd say this car was probably a Toyota and not a Lexus as car was badged either the Toyota Soarer or Lexus SC400. Therefore I reckon previous owner has swapped Toyota badge with a Lexus one (I have seen this done regularly). So car could then be a used import from Japan with falsified (wound-back) odometer and has had little or no servicing (and definitely not by Lexus).

Average review marks: 7.3 / 10, based on 7 reviews