Used Car Review: Lexus LS430 2004-2007

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Lexus LS430

David Morley

Rating: 4 out of 5

From the moment it was launched as the first of the Lexus brand’s the LS model has been regarded as a piece of work.

Aimed at the luxury limo establishment namely the Mercedes-Benz S-Class and BMW #8211; the big Lexus soon its own following of early adopters who prepared to forgo a prestige badge for a car that was technically in some respects.

And since time in the early 1990s, the LS from Lexus have to grow their own halo the marque emerging as its own kind of brand.

Of course, while the LS has now part of that establishment it was to …, it has also picked up a few of market segment’s bad habits.

one habit in particular: While and S-Class cars drop value faster than about anything else on wheels, the Lexus LS is also a of the funnel-effect whereby there are executives to buy the things brand-new, but a of private punters with sort of cash to spend on a car.

So, the car that was a mega-buck when new can be a very inexpensive buy a few years down the track, yet still getting all the engineering, and convenience that helped the thing to its original owner in the day.

Consider the bald numbers: in 2004, the BMW 735i cost That same car today can be for about $20,000, perhaps less if you shop at auction.

The S-Class equivalent, the 2004 cost $177,900 back and right now is a mid-20s proposition.

And the The LS430 from 2004 $178,600 brand-new but now, same nine years is around in the low-20s. See the pattern

Of course, while second-hand, European cars scare a lot of owners, the Lexus reputation is that there’s a lot less in the marketplace.

Why that hasn’t used values is anybody’s but it remains that a used is a better chance than (if not all) to be a sound purchase won’t explode expensively in the next week.

The original was updated to the LS430 in 2001 and the new model came a 100-millimetre or so wheelbase and a taller cabin. these measures were to boost space in the rear so while they were a nod to the status of the car when it was brand-new, it makes them great cars now.

For our money, the cars to look at now are the 2004-onwards as these cars mark the facelift for the LS430.

Pivotal to upgrade was a change from the old automatic transmission to a smoother, unit.

As a result, the car drove better a smoother overall feel that the five-speed was ever less than smooth) and economy picked up slightly.

said, the LS430 is still a heavy car and it will use plenty of if given the chance.

Even a up the highway at the legal speed require a bit of forward planning and a right foot if you’re to 10 litres per 100 kilometres.

It’s worth noting that it has a for the more expensive, 95-octane

The engine itself was a 4.3-litre V8 technology that simply old-school local V8s for ….

talking double-overhead camshafts, valves per cylinder, and enough to detail to wring 207kW those 4.3 litres.

It was smoother buttered Teflon, too, and a rev without ever getting hot and about such treatment.

the only problem we’ve encountered with the Lexus V8 a recall for some cars between 2006 and 2008 to the engine’s valve springs. a bad batch of springs were to failure, but they would certainly have been by now.

The other LS430 was for some cars built mid-2003 and January 2004. The was a small metal part could break off in the transmission and the Park function to be inoperative.

that, there’s no real to be dug on the driveline of the LS430.

They just seem to on going and going and we’ve enough cars with than 400,000 trouble-free on board to know that is not a fluke.

Of course, even the engineering wears out eventually, so sure that a high-mileage LS on its last legs. A compression is a good idea for cars have covered 300,000 or more.

Inside, all those and switches that made the a true luxury limo to be checked for proper function.

a close look at the leather at the same time, too.

Japanese leather was a bit prone to hard in the local sun and eventually Check the top of the rear seat it’s most likely to go first, and take a close at high-wear areas like the top of the console.

That great-looking with its luminous needles can problems, too, most with the needles suddenly out permanently.

The gauges will work, but a dim needle spoils the effect.

Really, the only to be scared about with a LS430 is that the car you’re at has been a hotel limousine or a

Check the condition of the carpets and the loading lip to see how much action the car has

Our rating: 4 stars

Nuts and

Engine/s: 4.3 V8

Transmissions: 6-auto


#8226;#160;#160;#160;#160;#160;Smooth V8 engine and gearbox.

#8226;#160;#160;#160;#160;#160;Big inside and enough to be family wheels.

a drink if you use the performance.


#8226;#160;#160;#160;#160;#160;Watch for ex-limos.

#8226;#160;#160;#160;#160;#160;Driveline be cheap to fix if it ever goes

Mercedes-Benz S-Class #8211; imposing and a known quantity. by 2004 had matured from earlier car, and nothing has waft-factor like an S-Class 4 stars

BMW 7-Series #8211; rear treatment still work for most people. BMWs don’t seem to age either, and, like the beware the ex-hotel limo. 3.5

Audi A8 #8211; Technically with an aluminium structure and interior. Ergonomically pure and the function makes it the snow-bunnies’ 3.5 stars

What to pay (courtesy of Guide):



Lexus LS430

LS430#160;#160;#160;#160;#160;2006#160;#160;#160;#160;#160;$171,600#160;#160;#160;#160; $36,500


18 so far

The Lexus has bland and boring it seriously looks like a car. The interior is also ‘Toyota’. The Audi A8 would be my no known issues and a hell of a

4.2L TT V8 Diesel is the pick.

Jaques Location Date and July 12, 2013, 4:49PM

An with no known problems, are you

Commenter once bitten QLD Date and time July 15, 5:06PM

Pardon me, you say an LS430 is you say Audi A8. WTF

BOTH are bland. but the will be a joy to own and drive for the used car where as the Audi will be a preoccupation of what will go and when and how much.

Commenter and a steering wheel Location and time July 16, 2013,

Audi A8 with no problems? having a laugh. They are a looking limo though.

Billy Location Sydney and time July 19, 2013,

An A 8. Do you know anything about The review was two SUVs,,a Q5 and a Lexus.the A8 is a

Commenter Circling buzzard Date and time July 29, 3:35PM

I think you are confused, the A8 is reliable and is not related to a $25k VW DSG.

Commenter Jaques Date and time July 30, 9:47AM

I’m sure a perefectly nice car but it’s just a dressed up Camry.

MattPP Location Date and July 15, 2013, 9:26AM

that was the ES, but we get you 😉

Commenter Timothy Melbourne Date and time 15, 2013, 1:22PM

This is why used prices are fairly comments like those typify the ignorance of the brand led The good side is that is a boon for astute used car not sucked in by the marketing of the overrated 3 star, blue and white or the 4 circles, people who value over image. Lexus LS set THE for all to follow in the early 90’s, a changing car in terms quality, and RELIABILITY, it just upsets that it was a division of Toyota, a company that showed the how it is done.

As for the Lexus ES, the 90’s models esp great looking cars, that drove beautifully. Yes model was based on a Camry, but so These days yu can even up a 2nd gen model 2003 ES with under 100,00kms for around mark. Not so much a fan of the exterior on that one, but the interior is by most cars available

If you want to move a family of 4 or 5 in solute comfort, with reliability and the cachet of owning a for the money it’s an absolute

Commenter Seats and a steering Location Date and time 16, 2013, 6:58AM

dressed up Surely you know nothing cars.

Commenter ss Date and July 17, 2013, 12:05AM

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