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Lexus GS 300, Lexus GS 430, Sedan
#2817 of 3073 Steering, noise/feel/bump backing up and turning
Jan 19, 2006 (6:39 am)
I have 2006 GS 300 AWD. When I back up & turn to leave my parking spot there is a bump as if I rolled over something and a bit of a pull in the steering.
I've been told by Lexus service that a number of people have reported this and Lexus is saying it is normal?? I still want to have it checked, so I'm taking the car in on Monday,
Anyone else had a different solution or comment from Lexus?
#2818 of 3073 Re: Steering, noise/feel/bump backing up and turning [billdav]
Jan 19, 2006 (7:46 am)
I had the issue, and was told it was normal also. They told me it was due to the all wheel drive system. I also asked about the whining noise especially when the car is cold....again they told me that was nornmal due to the "high pressure" fuel system/pump. I have one question for you....does your center console have a plastic creeking noise? I am actually bringing the car in the next week to have them replace it...for a $50k car that should not be happening...
#2819 of 3073 Re: Steering, noise/feel/bump backing up and turning [kvd2palla]
Jan 19, 2006 (10:18 am)
>"does your center console have a plastic creeking noise"
I used to, until I had them fix it.
I had a whole bunch of different noises (creaks, pops, rattles). Lucky for me they could duplicate and fix all of them. A couple have come back once or twice, but I'm no longer driving a $50K maraca.
#2820 of 3073 Re: Changes for 2007 [bartalk3]
Jan 19, 2006 (10:45 am)
Thanks for the info- I will wait until the 350 comes out because there is no way on earth that I am going to be driving the AWD version with the 3.0 enginge- too slow.
I am hoping that Lexus will preview it at this years NY Auto show.
Also, if Acura adds SH-AWD drive to their TL and a few cosmetic changes, I think I will have to re consider not getting the GS.
#2821 of 3073 GS300 complaints, my approval
Jan 19, 2006 (7:19 pm)
I read so many posts that read about guys waiting for the GS350, don't get the GS300, etc etc. I guess i'm the only one who actually wants the GS300 due to my long commute and savings in gas mileage plus less trips to the pump.
Please don't give me the "you can afford a 50K car so whats gas money to you" schpiel, that is rediculous.
Sure i'd love more HP given the same fuel economy (yeah right) but the GS300 is adequate and I use it to commute at 75mph cruise control for 95% of the time the car is moving.
#2822 of 3073 Re: GS300 complaints, my approval [airlinephoto]
Jan 19, 2006 (8:00 pm)
Based on the great gas mileage that the 3.5L Avalon is getting, it's possible that the GS350 will get the same or similar gas mileage to the current GS300.
Just a thought.
#2823 of 3073 Re: GS300 complaints, my approval [airlinephoto]
Jan 19, 2006 (9:25 pm)
By stratifying the A/F mixture within the combustion chamber via the use of SFI and DFI combined it may very well be that the GS350 will have better fuel economy than the GS300.
Take a look at the highway fuel economy of the 3.3L V6 in the RX400h as an example. Tows the heavy and bulky SUV along at highway cruise speeds on level terrain and still gets ~30MPG.
#2824 of 3073 Re: GS300 complaints, my approval [airlinephoto]
Jan 20, 2006 (9:22 am)
I have something to prove.
#2825 of 3073 Re: GS300 complaints, my approval [airlinephoto]
Jan 20, 2006 (9:37 pm)
Finally someone who makes sense. I completely agree with you. I've had my GS300 for almost a year now and love it's fuel economy. Power wise it's more than adequate.
#2826 of 3073 Middle East Version
Jan 22, 2006 (12:59 am)
I live and work in Kuwait and I've been monitoring this forum for a few weeks in order to help me make my mind up on whether or not to get a GS300 - I love the look, and love the idea of a quiet competent car with looks & good service...and thanks to many of your comments, a couple of test drives and a huge row with the wife, I decided to go for one…mine arrives in 2 days with DVD Navigation, M/L Stereo, leather…etc.
I borrowed an owner’s manual from the dealer and discovered a few discrepancies:
The engine model here is 3GR-FE (not 3GR-FSE as in the US) rated at 231 hp (owners manual) or 228 hp (dealer’s brochure). When I initially asked about this they said “oh they measure gross hp in the US” (yeah right). So the US version has 245 HP SAE Net and we get 231. We also get 221 lb ft at 4400 rpm Vs 230 at 3600 – the difference of 800 RPM will definitely make a difference in how the engine feels. I’m beginning to wonder if they put last year’s engine in the middle-east Mk III GS 300 (do any Mk II GS 300 owners know the model number of their engine?). If it turns out to be last year’s engine then I’m cancelling – even if I have to lose $1500.
The dealer insists that the car must be brought in for servicing every 3000 miles (even though the owner’s manual says 6000) or I’ll lose my warranty. I have not received any explanation as to why this is necessary.
Another really annoying ‘feature’ for the middle east – the Mark Levinson sound system has no DVD or DTS symbols on the front – and of course it can’t play DVD’s. I thought that was the whole point of the damn thing – DTS 5.1 surround sound and DVD Audios…
And the final dagger – the best price I could get after serious haggling was $50,750 – for that money I could get a GS430 in US – the MSRP here is $56,000 for the GS300.
So you guys in the US should feel pretty good about what you get; it’s really good value…