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Pros: The quality of the ride. Never driven so smooth before.
Cons: Not being able to keep the car
Advice: If you can afford it buy it, but its not cheapMy mom recently purchased this new lexus. ive driven the 98 GS 400 for a couple years but its not quite like the 06. An incredibly smooth ride. I've read some reviews saying that the GS 300 isnt fast enough... im not sure ive never driven one but i can tell you that the 430 is like a rocket. Never driven a better car in my life, and ive driven many high-end luxury vehicles, many of which were more expensive then a new GS 430
Pros: navigation system
Cons: Poor quality sound system
Advice: Do Not Buy a 2007This vehicle looks good but I would steer clear of the 2007's. The transmissions are having to be repaired or replaced in several of the 350's. Piston slap is a problem for about 25% of the 2007 350's. The stereo sound system is of poor quality.
Pros: Auto leveling Xenon headlights (says high-end)
Cons: No subwoofer with sounds
Advice: Very dependable car with great gas mileage!The Lexus IS300 is the only performance sport sedan Under $45K,that also gets over 20MPG city!! Don't get me wrong there are more powerful 'meaner' sedans out there. But as far as the whole package goes the IS300 takes the cake. Don't be fooled by its 6cyl. mask. A simple push of the trac button to off and you'll find yourself chasing the back-end out of a turn. Interior seats could be a bit more comfortable but do have good lateral support. Cockpit is equipped with all of the modern wants and needs. (depending on the pkg. selected) Looks more than anything on the car demand respect. Lexus chose the 'less is more' cliche which suits this sport sedan to the T and forced other manufactures to strictly follow suit.
Pros: DVD Nav + Backview camera.
Cons: Rattles. Small room in backseat and trunk.
Advice: Good car if you seldom have people in backseat, and the 18 inch wheels can feel harsh especially with sports package.The car is fun to drive, nice to look at, and comes with almost everything that I could think of. And then there are the rattles. Because the cabin was built to be very quiet, every little squeak and rattle becomes much more noticible. I have already taken it back to dealer for evaluation twice, and yet the rattles keep popping up, literally. I hope that my situation is not the norm, because I have driven other Lexus vehicles, including the 03 RX330, 06 RX350, and the 06 GS300, and they were all very quiet vehicles. Aside from the noises here and there, other inconveniences have already been well pointed out: the lack of legroom in the back seat, the awkward position for the power outlet in the center console, and the inability to disable VDIM, etc. The one I purchased came with sports package and 18 inch wheels, which I think may have contributed to the seemingly non-stop rattles, as the suspension is harder than on the luxury package. Overall I am satisfied with the car, just wish the noises can be isolated and corrected by Lexus tech soon.
Pros: Mirrors point down when car is put in reverse. Quality!!!!
Cons: Could use a heavier front and rear stability bar to avoid body lift when cornering.
Advice: Do not pay sticker price, if one dealer will not work with you find one that will, it was worth the drive to the next town for a better deal.Very little wind noise but could use more road noise reduction. Who would pay $37,000 for an Avalon when you could have this Lexus for $35,700? Drove a Jag S type for a year so tired of all the problems and noise.
Cons: No way to unlock trunk from the outside of car w/o using key remote.
Advice: Test drive ES350 first. Then go look at the Camry. I guarantee you will not want the Camry.Smooth ride. No noise from the outside. At first glance it looks like the Camry, but have to admit the rear end of the ES350 is NICE!! The Camry doesn't have back like that.
Pros: All of it. Exterior and Interior Design.
Cons: I don't care much for the wood trim especially the trim on the steering wheel. If I had to change one thing that would be it. I like the trim on the Acura TL - no wood trim.
Advice: The 2006 GS300 is going below invoice. However, I am perplexed at the invoice price plus options on this website ($1000 lower) compared to the $42,924 invoice price I received from internet sales. By the way, take another $700 off. $42,224 + tax & lic.I've test driven the GS 300 about 4 times, and like all other reviews I've read from other websites, it's true, performance is not the GS 300 strongest virtue. It is more of a luxury car if anything. However, I do like the soft and quiet ride and it does handle more like a sedan than a sports sedan as it claims to be. Comparing this to my BMW X5 with a 3.0L engine 225HP versus the GS300 with 3.0L at 245HP, I think I can adapt to the performance since I am content with the performance I get from my BMW X5. I am so glad to get rid of my X5 - too much electrical problems. Looking foward to the Lexus, a more reliable, dependable, and easy on the pocket book in terms of maintenance and repairs cost; at least that's what I heard.