Lexus GS 300?

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Old 29 Mar 2014, 09:24 am   #1 (permalink)
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I'm looking to buy a second daily car. Something reliable, spacious and fun. I thought a GS 300 would be good. Whats your thoughts on them. I found this one in particular, very clean and i have test driven it. My only concern is that the mileage is very high, (300,000 km). is this car worth it? it costs 3,600 pounds and the price is negotiable.

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Old 29 Mar 2014, 09:40 am   #2 (permalink)
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I am in the US and have a 2002 Lexus GS300. I have 114K miles on it (don't know the conversion to KM) and the car is still a dream! Invested in good high performance summer tires and rides and handles great! No major repairs, no issues except the driver's side lock actuator stopped working. I had the vehicle since 2006. People say that it is just an expensive Toyota. It's not. All Lexus are made entirely in Japan. They pay such high attention to detail. I just read on a blog is guy has 325K miles on his vehicle...yea, it's that good. My car in the US is booked at 9 thousand dollars if I would sell it today. As far as I am concerned, you can't go wrong.
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Old 29 Mar 2014, 09:54 am   #3 (permalink)
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Nope. The older Lexuses had serious issues with their transmissions. Replacing one is well in the $5000 range(idk how to convert into pounds). Probably more than what you paid for the whole car. The GS300, ES300 and RX300 from that generation all had the same transmission failures. Don't get one!

I had a RX300 in which the trans lasted 150,000 miles. $5500 repair to get it running again. What was worst was that there is NO ACTUAL FIX for the issue, it's a design flaw that they never corrected. So you are really only paying to get the car to drive again for a short while. They are sealed transmissions so you can change the parts inside, only the gaskets and fluid.

Oh and like Scott said, the door lock actuator stopped working on my RX300, another common issue with lexuses. I think it's a $300 repair. If you have the issue the door has to be locked/opened manually
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