One of the least know great cars.
July 23, 2008
I bought my LHS almost 5 years ago. When I first saw the car I really didn't know anything about it; because I was looking at used Nissan Maximas. I sat in the car with my wife and really liked the comfort; leather interior, Dual electric seats with heat, leather wrapped steering wheel; excellent should system. Then I took the car for test drive and fell in love.
After doing some research on the car (which everyone should do before buying one
), it was a no-brainer to purchase it. Here are some highlights about what I think of the car:
Reliability- The car is 7 years old, I’ve done $400 in repairs for a faulty computer . Beyond normal wear and tear’ that’s it. The auto is very reliable.
Performance- The only engine that comes in a LHS is the 3.5liter high output, making 253 hp and 255.00 Ft-Lbs torque. The 300M was designed to compete with BMW’s 3 and 5 series and the LHS is the sister car. The car handles amazing well for a full size front wheel drive car, and with such a strong engine is very fun to drive. I’ve owned smaller sports coupes that can’t keep up with the LHS. Standard traction control helps in rain or snow, and the standard anti-lock brakes have saved me from a serious accident twice. Overall fast and fun, while STILL getting 26-27mpg on the highway.
Comfort- I am 6’2’ tall, and while driving with the seat almost all the way back, have had three over 6’ people in the back seat, sitting comfortably. The front seats are comfortable and grip in turns, the back seats could be in a limo. By the way, the trunk is huge. The ride is firm and smooth.
Styling- The LHS is, in my opinion, beautiful. The sculpted lines, the cab-forward design, the low roof-line all contribute to a look that will be contemporary for years to come. Negatives- Not really any, but’ there really is no front bumper. The grill is actually the bumper, but I live in NYC, and had it tapped many time with no visual damage (you can see a tiny crack in the back of the emblem if you get 6’ away from it). The length- the car is a LONG car. The car is 207 inches long , while a town car is only 8’ longer (and only 4’ wider). The LHS may look sleek and drive like a sports car, but it’s still a larger car.
Overall- Great performance, good looks, fantastic ride quality and very good reliability for the price I paid. The LHS has spoiled me’ really, I like that much.