Getting firsthand information from an actual car owner is one sure way to get an idea of car performance once it leaves the lot. Autobytel features real consumer reviews that give the unbiased experience of a car.
Pros: Sporty appearance and Lexus quality.
Cons: The lack of power compared to other cars in its class
Advice: Get the summer tire optionIS300 handles great, has decent performance and great brakes. The ride is firm but not to the point of being harsh. The car rear seating is tight. The over all quality of the car is superb! Lexus needs to increase the vehicles hp or offer a supercharger or turbo to better compete with vehicles being offered by BMW,Infiniti and Acura. My dealer could not find a car with the limited slip differential. Why Lexus does not include this option as stardard is beyond me. I would like to see Lexus offer some type of wood interior accents. The stereo system is excellent, however it's slightly weak in producing bass tones. The optional navigation system is difficult to program as it doesn't utilize a touch screen interface.
Cons: needs about an inch more head room
Advice: compare it to all the others in its class an you'll buy it.Very quite and has a super luxury feel in all the switches and controls.The car reeks with quality.The only thing that I dislike is it could use a little more headroom.
Pros: Navigational system.
Cons: Welded body seams show underneath on both sides of vehicle.
Advice: A nice luxury SUV.Good acceleration, 0-60 in 8.5 seconds. Not as smooth a ride as one would expect, especially on California freeways.
Pros: Performance & Comfort
Cons: No Back Seat
Advice: Be willing to let others drive itI was set to buy a CLK320 and remembered looking at the SC430 last year. I went back to look again and that was it. I have had it for a week and am happy to have passed on the Mercedes. A typical comment I have been asked is 'Is that as much fun as it looks?' I can only reply YES!!
Cons: I can't think of a truly negative feature in this car
Advice: don't get anything extra from the salespeople-it has everythingMy husband and I were skeptical about getting the LX470 having gotten used to sportier cars-our other car being a Mercedes SL500 and ML430. We drove the Range Rover 4.6 and just about everything else before driving the LX470. I have to say that the LX470 is amazing, it is quite simply the most comfortable, responsive and truly off-road car available at any price made by anybody! We both tend to hop in the LX470 over the other cars for errands and certainly long trips. It has awesome brakes and steering-you don't feel like you're driving close to 6000lbs-you just can't help feeling like king of the road though. And its so quiet the only quieter car I can remember driving or being in is the LS400. You may pay more for the LX470 but its worth it!
Cons: the fact that it's not made in Germany
Advice: Try everything else BEFORE you drive this!As a former BMW owner and after falling in love with 2002 BMW (either the 530i or 540), I agreed to test drive the Lexus GS300 at my husband's urging. I was surprised to find that I liked the Lexus as well as the BMW, and there was more 'bang for the buck'. The car had pep from the line and smoothly moved into cruising speed on the highway. It was as quick as the 8 cyl. 540 with better fuel economy. The road feel was great and the cornering was excellent with just the right amount of comfort. In addition, the Lexus still caters to those of us who like to play our casettes (an option not available in the BMW).
Advice: noneWhen I first test drive this vehicle I fell in love and purchase the vehichle right away. After a year exactly I'm having problems with this vehicle lots of noises under the car. I went to dealer ask them why this car creates lots of noise. What they did is lubricate joints and etc. Still having problem went back to dealer to check them and they said it strut on right is bad and they have to order them from Japan. I question why they will only replace Right Strut? After 1 month my strut arrived and they replaced them, but the problem still there. so when back to again and they order the left strut for another month. I am still waiting for schedule appointment which is very very hard or long wait....... I wish I should ask my neighbors first before considering buying this expensive vehicle with poor customer service, poor diagnostics and long waits to fix a warranty parts.