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Old 01-13-2014, 11:15 PM   #1
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Thoughts on Lexus GS?

before I get flamed - I know i've been posting about finding a car over the last year and brought up vw hatch's here but the shopping got serious and decided to stay with a Japanese car considering I drive about 25k miles a year, and can't afford to be left stranded or stuck with expensive bills. Also need 4drs for my line of work, driving with clients and wanted an upscale badge being in a superficial business.

that said, after talking it over with my cousin/car broker, he suggested various mid-sized sedans incl 07,08 Acura TL Type-S, 07-10 GS350's, 08+ Infiniti G37's. I tossed out the Acura, not a big fan of the looks and the interior layout is really close to my Accord right now. Drove a handful of G35/37's over the years and recently, found the ride too noisy and seats not comfy. Basically leaving me with the GS350. I drove it and liked the feel, similar to that of the Benz's I've drove, smooth n quiet. Plenty of power, nice creature comforts and they come pretty loaded, most with premium sound, navi, etc. For around 20k, it seems hard to beat. plus that reliability factor.

curious what people's thoughts, experiences are with that generation GS. and for ref, I'm talking about this:


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Decently quick, not exactly nimble, but it's not meant to be. Comfortable. Interior is a nice place to be. Nav screen is huge. Good choice if you're looking for a luxocruiser.
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Old 01-14-2014, 07:46 AM   #4
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GS doesn't blow my socks off, but it doesn't look bad. Interior looks a bit dated, but the outside is great. That being said, I spend a lot more time inside my car than I do staring at it from the outside.
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Old 01-14-2014, 08:00 AM   #5
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I tossed out the Acura, not a big fan of the looks and the interior layout is really close to my Accord right now.
My wife has a 2007 Accord V6 Nav and I just bought a 2008 TL Type S, they are completely different to drive. The steering, brakes, suspension, exhaust sound, interior, seats, etc are all worlds better than the Accord and the engine in the Type S is simply fantastic. Not as nimble as a E46 but it's a lot, repeat lot, faster. TL Type S also comes in manual with mechanical LSD if that floats your boat better but they are very hard to find and have very high resale value (even higher than the automatics). I'd definitely at least give it a shot before you take it out of the running as it's a great sport sedan.

FWIW, I wouldn't buy the non Type S model, those are a little mundane.

To answer your question though, the GS is a great car. It's not particularly engaging to drive but it's comfy and a great cruiser. Overall reliability is also great but I'm not sure of the reliability of the AWD system. As said, the interior is a bit dated but all the creature comforts that you'd come to expect from a car like this.
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Old 01-14-2014, 09:31 AM   #8
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That GS is nice, I love the new F-Sport though...

Get the AWD and add some super clean wheels that could look OEM+

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Old 01-14-2014, 10:32 AM   #9
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Always liked the looks of that generation GS.
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nice comfy cruiser with nice smooth power. i'll take the newest GS though hands down. Has a suspension that is dynamic like BMW. lexus is changing things up.
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Still my favorite generation GS although the newest ones are growing on me quickly. They hold their value very well too as you can see just from looking at used ones.

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Love the looks, its def has curb appeal.

only person i know that had the new one, traded it in after about 3-4 months. he cited that it felt "like i'm driving my dad's buick". said that for long trips it was a great car, but lacked the "spirited" feel when you want to have a little fun behind the wheel.
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I like it, and considered one but ended up with a c300 in 2010.

Newest gen is a beauty, they were leasing for $400 a month so 4-5 of my neighbors have them. I'm serious on my block alone there are 2 blacks, navy, grey and I think there is one more in silver unless it's somebody that visits somebody frequently as I have seen the same car several times.
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1) The 350 motor is not the pinnacle of reliability...it CAN have some massive problems with cam chain tensioners that were never meant to be replaced...
2) The trunk, although the volume is large, the opening is TINY. You cant really get anything inside!
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My wife has a 2007 Accord V6 Nav and I just bought a 2008 TL Type S, they are completely different to drive. The steering, brakes, suspension, exhaust sound, interior, seats, etc are all worlds better than the Accord and the engine in the Type S is simply fantastic. Not as nimble as a E46 but it's a lot, repeat lot, faster. TL Type S also comes in manual with mechanical LSD if that floats your boat better but they are very hard to find and have very high resale value (even higher than the automatics). I'd definitely at least give it a shot before you take it out of the running as it's a great sport sedan.

FWIW, I wouldn't buy the non Type S model, those are a little mundane.

To answer your question though, the GS is a great car. It's not particularly engaging to drive but it's comfy and a great cruiser. Overall reliability is also great but I'm not sure of the reliability of the AWD system. As said, the interior is a bit dated but all the creature comforts that you'd come to expect from a car like this.
How would you compare the road noise/rattles to that in the Accord? One of my biggest gripes in that car is how annoying it is on long road trips and even in everyday driving. Did you get an auto or 6spd?

I wouldn't bother with AWD on the GS, no need here in LA, 80 degrees today
really like that they mostly come topped out with Mark Levinson audio, navi, parking sensors..

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That GS is nice, I love the new F-Sport though...

Get the AWD and add some super clean wheels that could look OEM+

ISF wheels

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Still my favorite generation GS although the newest ones are growing on me quickly. They hold their value very well too as you can see just from looking at used ones.
agreed, I'm starting to notice them on the road a lot more here. if I had more money to play with or wanted to switch it up in a few years, i'd give it a look.

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Love the looks, its def has curb appeal.

only person i know that had the new one, traded it in after about 3-4 months. he cited that it felt "like i'm driving my dad's buick". said that for long trips it was a great car, but lacked the "spirited" feel when you want to have a little fun behind the wheel.
being a benz guy since my teens, and driving my dad's s550 once in a while, I really appreciate the smooth and quiet feel of those cars. even my CLK wasn't great at handling by any means but felt like butter most of the time.

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1) The 350 motor is not the pinnacle of reliability...it CAN have some massive problems with cam chain tensioners that were never meant to be replaced...
2) The trunk, although the volume is large, the opening is TINY. You cant really get anything inside!
I do agree that the trunk opening isn't great, though the backseats do help. I may put a bike rack on it down the road. Hadn't heard of 350 motor issues till now. Will keep an eye out for it n check out TSBs. I am aware there were a few recalls issued
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How would you compare the road noise/rattles to that in the Accord? One of my biggest gripes in that car is how annoying it is on long road trips and even in everyday driving. Did you get an auto or 6spd
Acura is quieter than the Accord for sure, the Type S models have active noise cancelling and you can hear it click on when you start the car. The exhaust on the Type S is far more "sport" so if you get on it, you can hear a nice note coming from the back but it's fairly quiet while cruising. The ELS sound system helps to get rid of whatever road noise is left. Suspension will be firmer than the Lexus but it's going to be a lot more responsive and easy to toss around. It's by no means uncomfortable or jarring though and the big brakes stop the car very well, even better than the E46 330 brakes.

Some cars, varies from car to car, had some rattles but most if not all can be fixed with 5 minutes of your time and some felt tape. My car in particular doesn't have any rattles or anything. There's certainly a large quality difference between the Acura and the Honda, it's very apparent especially in the quality of the leather on the seats and other interior bits.

Like I said, the Type S is totally worth it but I wouldn't bother with the normal base model. Type S models are fully loaded with everything except parking sensors, they only options were MT or AT and if you want the summer tires or not.

Edit: Sorry I have a 2008 automatic Type S. No issues with the Type S transmission though, 2007+ TL's all had upgraded transmissions (from the RL) from the earlier time bombs that came standard on V6 Hondas. Type S has an even more robust one if I remember correctly...

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My mom has an 06 gs. Its really nice and decntly fun to drive for a bigger car. She did have to get the motor rebuilt due to a recall on the piston rings I believe. I think hers a gs300 not a 350.

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My mom has an 06 gs. Its really nice and decntly fun to drive for a bigger car. She did have to get the motor rebuilt due to a recall on the piston rings I believe. I think hers a gs300 not a 350.

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