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Lexus GS 300, Lexus GS 430, Sedan
#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…
#2827 of 3073 Re: Middle East Version [asanders]
Jan 22, 2006 (3:21 am)
- The 3GR-FE engine is NOT the Mk-II engine - it is actually the 2003 Toyota Crown engine and is only used for Asia-Pacific Lexus GS 300's.
- The 3GR-FSE engine available in the US is the same engine as the '03 Crown unit, but with direct injection added. It is also used on the 2005 Toyota Crown Royal and Toyota Mark X in Japan.
For more details:
#2828 of 3073 Re: Middle East Version [asanders]
Jan 22, 2006 (9:27 am)
In the U.S. manufacturer's warranties do not require any service to be done at the dealer's shop. You may have to show that the car has been serviced somewhere (oil changes, etc.), but the warranty is given by the manufacturer for 4 years or 50,000 miles (in Lexus' case). I don't know whether dealers in foreign countries can alter the manufacturer's warranty. I doubt it.
#2829 of 3073 iPod integration, anyone?
Jan 22, 2006 (7:15 pm)
I have an '06 GS300 and I love the car. I just got an iPod nano and I'm looking for a way to hook it into the car's stereo system. I would prefer not to go with something cheesy like a cassette adaptor or FM modulator. I presume that some way exists to wire a device into the stereo directly, since this must be how people are doing XM installations. I've seen at least one product, called by various names, selling for around $300, that appears to do this. However:
1. it's unclear how it would be installed, and in particular if installation requires disassembly of the dash or some other part of the car
2. it's unclear how the connections the device makes available are physically manifested in the interior of the car.
Anyone have any experience?