I purchased the 2005 Lexus LS430 as used two years ago. Before me, it had just one owner who treated it VERY well not only with maintenance but just overall care of the interior. In the last 24-mont...
I purchased the 2005 Lexus LS430 as used two years ago. Before me, it had just one owner who treated it VERY well not only with maintenance but just overall care of the interior. In the last 24-months, I have put over 40,000 miles with several long road trips. This car, by far, is the best car I have ever owned. Although my last car was also a Lexus (2000 GS-300), it is this one that has me now hooked on the brand.
This car is not just beautiful to look at, it is amazingly comfortable to ride in for me and all my passengers. The last road trip had my wife and I driving 1,475 miles non-stop. After nearly 22 hours in the car, there was no aches and pains I am used to with lesser cars. My wife has a 2015 VW Rabbit, and there is absolutely no way we would take that car on a long drive. That car is fun to drive, but no where near as comfortable.
The 2005 LS-430 we purchased has nearly all the available options. Only missing one or two (dynamic cruise control not part of package). But, even with missing a few, the luxury of this car cannot be surpassed. The Mark Levison stereo is amazing. Had an Aux cable installed (using the SAT button on radio) to listen to iPod most of the time. The sound coming out of the stereo cannot be topped. My teenage son and I love to crank the heavy metal music (Metallica, Nirvana, etc.) and we turn heads sometimes with how crisp and clear it sounds.
After owning it about nine months, I hit a deer on the driver's side front headlight section in Wyoming. It crunched the hood, front grill, and side panel. However, door was able to still open and nothing was rubbing against the tires. We kept driving and I put another 3,500 miles on the car to get home and before it could get repaired. From the inside, you could barely tell it was in an accident. No affect AT ALL on driving and luxury.
Other than the accident, the only mechanical work done to date is routine maintenance. Oil changes, tires, brakes, etc. I have an iPhone app that keeps track of my total cost to drive the vehicle, and with fuel, maintenance and deer repair I am averaging only $0.18 per mile. Fuel mileage is quite decent with this V8 rear-wheel drive. In fact it is better than the GS-300 that I had before. Around town I am averaging 20 or so. But once I hit the open road, I am getting up to 27mpg cruising at 75-80 mph.
If you can get this car, get it. Simple as that. I see other reviews talking about outdated GPS, I have had no issues where we live. That is about it.....basically the best car I have owned to date and cannot wait to get back into it and take another road trip.