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Lexus GS 300, Lexus GS 430, Sedan
Jan 09, 2005 (7:51 pm)
Last year I made a terrible mistake and traded my beloved 1999 gs300 in for a 2004 acura tl. The looks of the car and some of the gadgets grabed me and I made the purchase. Although this is a very good car, I miss the luxury and feel of driving my lexus.
That said, I am thinking of trading in the tl and buying a certified lexus gs. My question for all of you, will I need to move up to the 430 as I am now used to the tl Horse power (although torque is not that amazing}. If anyone has experience with this I would appreciate your help. I have not had the chance to drive the 430 or re drive a 300 and compare yet. Any other cars I should be thinking of? New Rl does nothing for me, new gs and M are to expensive for me.
Thanks a lot
Jan 09, 2005 (8:47 pm)
Grab a fully optioned '01 GS430. The engine is SOOO much better than the GS300. It basically shaves about 2 full seconds off the 0-60. The GS430 is faster than a 540iA, A6 4.2, and E430. Off the line power will also totally blow away the TL. An '01 GS430 with the 17" alloys, NAV and Mark Levinson audio with reasonable mileage is surprisingly affordable
Jan 10, 2005 (7:12 am)
I've always thought the GS430 was under-appreciated by the market. The Mags LOVED this car. C&D and R&T have said in comparos it is for real, as good as the vaunted 540i, and MT even went beyond that to say it is the best of this class (when it came out in '97-98)!
I love the green guages and dash. This car is a performer, bold and brash, and outstanding used car buy, as quality has always been high, and resale value are surprisingly low. A smart choice!
BTW, my sources tell me the hybrid 2007 GS, the GS450h, will be at the NYIAS!
Jan 10, 2005 (3:04 pm)
I was told tentatively that 'we will have a car' on 2-17-05 by a Lexus salesman today. I was inquiring about the new GS models. He told me he would know more when he returned from a 'class' on the new RX400h apparently over the 1-22/23 weekend. He said Lexus would have a GS available for them to look at during the RX400h 'class' and would tell me more upon his return if I called him.
I asked about rumors concerning the GS350 and he said he has only ever seen GS300 in print from Lexus but a 3.5L was possible while mentioning the upcomming Avalon 3.5L.
Jan 10, 2005 (5:23 pm)
The dealers really dont seem to know that much more than we do. My guess is that once LS460 hits, there will be GS350.
#1047 of 3073 Re: I agree [callmedrfill]
Jan 10, 2005 (5:30 pm)
That is on the one of the news I read. so will the IS.
#1048 of 3073 I wonder what factor the new Infiniti M
Jan 11, 2005 (4:10 am)
Has on the launch date of the GS, which is also due out FEb/March. Which will come out first? Do they schedule the launches against each other? Do you want to be out first or second? Make a splash or steal thunder?
Jan 11, 2005 (7:03 am)
Just noticed that Japan WILL have the GS430 and GS350 released there in August 2005 at the same time. Power and torque figures are yet to be released for Japan but this I find is quite strange. I thought only the GS350 was to be released. I wonder how this will affect their sales...
#1050 of 3073 boom
Jan 12, 2005 (11:30 am)
If the 4.3 has like 320-330hp, and the 3.5 has like 260-280, then there is a +50hp diff. that should make a difference in purchasing. BUT, if the 4.3 retains its *old* 300hp rating, and the *new* 3.5L is at 280-ish hp (which should make no sense considering how close both engine outputs will be), then expect a quantum magnitude-fold sales diff between the two, favoring the 3.5L. I suspect that's what Lexus is counting on anyway....
The larger question, to me, is why Lexus is releasing the 3.5L in Japan and NOT the 3.0L ? And if the 3.5L is already available for use in a Lexus, why not release it here as well ? Yeah, yeah, I have heard the arguments of the incremental 18-month changes, but why release a motor that has been available 3+ years old in Japan as a *new* engine here in the world's biggest auto market ???
Jan 12, 2005 (11:53 am)
So far there is no indication of any power increase to the 4.3L. I'm sure the 4.3L is easily capable of more power than it delivers, after all the bump from 4.0 to 4.3L produced 15 more ft.lbs of torque and ZERO extra hp, kind of small for an extra 300cc of displacement. Lexus hasnt said anything about more power for GS430 though.