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New Lexus Ratings

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    6/11/2010 7:13:23 AM

    2007 Lexus IS 250

    Quality Not There

    Pros: The smooth V-6 power train

    Cons: Brake dust on the front wheels

    Small and large things just not right in this car. Small things like the decal above the cd/disc opening that peels off. Small sqeaks and rattles you wouldn't expect in a $40k car. Then there are the large things like the front brake rotors that are supposed to be replaced every 30K miles that cost $700 each time. That helped to drive up the cost of the normal 30k mile maintenance to $1700 and that was just normal maintenance, nothing wrong with the car. It's very expensive to be in the Lexus 'club.' Then there's the problem with the brake dust that collects on the front wheels. Literally, the worst I have ever seen in any car in my life. Clean wheels would get filthy black in just a few days of normal driving. And the brake dust was caustic and ate away at the expensive alloy wheels. The front wheels are ruined from an appearance standpoint, no amount of polish and rubbing can bring them back. When I tried to address these problems with both the dealership where we bought the car, and with Toyota, they would not return my phone calls or emails. It would seem I fell into the 'disgruntled/no-win' customer category. The car is too expensive and new to just get rid of. At my own expense, I changed the front disc pads to an aftermarket composite material that solved the brake dust problem. I have a good local auto repair place that will do all maintenance so the car will never go back to the dealership. The brake rotors will not be replaced unless they cannot be turned in order to get back in tolerance. Finding ways to live with a car that was supposed to be a pleasure. Oh, and one last jab, the $2k nave system is the very complex and hard to operate. A $100 Garmin works much better.

    • Recommend this vehicle to a friend? No
    • How long have you owned this vehicle? 2 years
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    6/1/2010 12:08:54 PM

    2005 Lexus RX 330

    the best

    Pros: mullti cd changer

    Cons: moon roof

    The best Lexus i havve ever owned

    • Recommend this vehicle to a friend? Yes
    • How long have you owned this vehicle? 5 years
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    5/27/2010 2:26:33 AM

    2006 Lexus ES 330

    Its a great car

    Pros: There is not sound of engine

    Cons: Its pick up some time is slow

    Very smooth ride and comfortable in long and short runs.

    • Recommend this vehicle to a friend? Yes
    • How long have you owned this vehicle? 4 years
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    5/21/2010 9:28:55 AM

    2006 Lexus SC 430

    Love this car

    Pros: Hard top convertible.

    Cons: Tire prices.

    This car is more fun than I could imagine. Lexus did it right!

    • Recommend this vehicle to a friend? Yes
    • How long have you owned this vehicle? 1 year
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    5/20/2010 1:25:10 PM

    2010 Lexus HS 250h

    Good mechanics, bad visuals.

    Pros: The Hybrid drive system.

    Cons: The blind spots.

    I bought the car because I wanted a hybrid. I rented a Prius for a weekend and then drove the Hs250. I decided I did not want the Prius. The Hs250 has the same hybrid drive as the Prius but it seems to have more life, at the expense of gas mileage. The ride is a little harsh for a Lexus. Too many blind spots.

    • Recommend this vehicle to a friend? No
    • How long have you owned this vehicle? 1 year
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    5/20/2010 5:50:34 AM

    2009 Lexus RX 350

    Great Lexus Product

    Pros: Everything about the car is my favorite feature.

    Cons: Can not think of a thing I do not like.

    Great car, second Lexus I have owned after always having GM and a few Fords. I have had RX Lexus for the last ten years and for many more to come.

    • Recommend this vehicle to a friend? Yes
    • How long have you owned this vehicle? 2 years
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    5/20/2010 5:45:21 AM

    2001 Lexus IS 300

    250k - Still Running Strong!

    Pros: Reliability

    Cons: Trunk floor is not flat which complicates packing occasionally.

    I bought my 2001 IS 300 brand new as soon as the model was introduced. Since that time I have managed to put over 250,000 miles on the clock in all manner of driving and weather conditions with nary a stuck accelerator. I always bragged that I'd have no problem getting in my now high mileage car and driving across country. Well, that's just what I did; with 230,000 miles on the clock, I drove the car 3,000 miles to its first East Coast winter. All maintenance has been performed by Lexus dealerships, the most attentive being Lexus of Carlsbad. If you're looking for a reliable entry level somewhat sporty luxury sedan that's a lot cheaper than a BMW 3-Series, you simply can't go wrong with the IS series from Lexus.

    • Recommend this vehicle to a friend? Yes
    • How long have you owned this vehicle? 5 years