Used Lexus Ratings
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2002 Lexus RX 300 - FWD
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.
2002 Lexus SC 430 - Base
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!!
2002 Lexus LX 470 - Base
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!
2002 Lexus GS 300 - Base
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).
2002 Lexus GS 300 - Base
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.
2002 Lexus LS 430 - Base
Cons: gas milage
Advice: Go buy itPerfect. Smooth, quiet and comfortable.
2002 Lexus ES 300 - Base
Pros: exterior and interior styling and navigation system
Cons: that I could not buy the car with the navigation system without purchasing the mark levinson audio package
Advice: Be patient/ dealer will deal on the carThe interior is extremely quite. In fact, at times, when stopped at a traffic light, I look to see if the car is still on because you don't hear the noise of the engine. I really notice the difference driving in other cars/SUVs. The interior is very comfortable and the navigation system is outstanding.