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Lexus GS 350, Sedan
#303 of 419 Re: 2008 GS 350-I'm out of my CAR!! [hfry131]
May 01, 2010 (3:07 am)
Lexus (Toyota) is lacking in real pride of workmanship and character. I can relate to the story of the satellite radio not working, screeching brakes, and rattles. This is my second GS. First one bought back and they did it prior to arbitration to avoid that embarrassment. Second car went to arbitration because of electronic issues that they could not fix. Once they realized they could not fix, they stated that it was "normal" and that took care of that. Arbitration was denied, but arbitrators did put in writing that there is a defect (but does not affect safety, etc.). They lied during the arbitration (and quite professionally I might add). Someone needs for the powers to be to understand that they should truly be ashamed of themselves. They've been on top of the mountain too long and there's only one direction now for them to go: down. False pride and no shame. BTW, my car still has an electronic malfunction but no one dares to attempt any fix because it would go against management's ruling. Next car? Right...
#304 of 419 Re: 2008 GS 350-I'm out of my CAR!! [ara3]
May 01, 2010 (4:48 pm)
Can you tell us what kind of electronic malfunction your GS experiences.
#305 of 419 Buying 2010 GS350, but...
May 09, 2010 (12:05 pm)
As the lease on my '07 GS350 expires soon, I'm leaning towards purchasing a 2010 GS350 (I'm aware new GS sheet metal is around the corner). I'll be turning my '07 in with 21,000 miles (ending a 3 year lease). With so few miles, do I have any additional wiggle room when negotiating a new car purchase? Thx.
#306 of 419 Re: 2008 GS 350-I'm out of my CAR!! [chucko3]
May 09, 2010 (2:01 pm)
The climate control "auto" switch that when set to auto switches automatically (imagine that) between fresh air and recirculate, depending on demand, ambient conditions, etc. Once set to "auto", it should stay there and do its thing. With my car, on start-up, it comes on for a split second and then goes off, so that it then is in the "manual" position. No more "auto". So, it's then either recirculate or fresh air and stays there. As the outdoor temperature increases, this occurs more frequently. Winter = once or twice a week. Summer = once or twice a day, again, or start-up. All documented, and the dealer tried sincerely to correct the malfunction, but when Lexus realized that they could not/would not fix it, they decided it was "normal" and that was the end of that. The arbitrators did indicate in writing that there is a defect (that was the word they used), but during the arbitration, Lexus stated that this would happen in all GS cars. Believe me, that is just not true. So, when the "auto" light goes off, I push the switch two times and it's back to "normal" until the next time. Hope this helps. Shame they can't be honest and trustworthy, but then, who is these days?
#307 of 419 Need advice on 2009 GS350
May 18, 2010 (9:10 pm)
Hi Guys ... new to the forum looking for advice. Looking to buy a 2009 GS350, the vehicle I am looking at has NAV, ML, Adaptive Variable Suspension and Pre-Collision. However, it is missing some of the more basic options such as park assist, adaptive head lamps with washers and rain sensing wipers ... how essential would you rate these features?
#308 of 419 Re: Need advice on 2009 GS350 [nareshs]
May 19, 2010 (9:12 am)
If you are not used to having these features, then you will not miss them. Even having these features, I would not miss the adaptive head lamps or the rain sensing wipers, but I could not buy another car in the future without the parking assist. I use this feature daily from actually parking to just backing out of my garage to avoid other cars parked in my drive. Yes, I have backed around cars before, but I am able to do it quicker and with peace of mind that I am not too close or on the grass. I also have the back up camera and will not go without that feature either.
#309 of 419 Re: Need advice on 2009 GS350 [sjf74]
May 19, 2010 (3:07 pm)
Adaptive headlamps, cool, but not really dramatically important or noticeable. I really like the automatic wipers; they go one automatically, speed changes when it rains hard, and the intermittent "sensing" mode is very cool and works well...But.... If you don't have it you won't miss it. Park assist is great. Does the car have the rear (back-up) camera? Very, very cool and a great safety addition. That I love. Hope this helps.
#310 of 419 Re: Need advice on 2009 GS350 [ara3]
May 19, 2010 (3:53 pm)
IMO, adaptive headlights only help if you drive canyon roads. But even so, the HID are so bright and wide, you won't miss not having the adaptives.
Park assist..once you have it, its tough to give up. The back up camera helps but the park assist is a nice compliment.
Rain sensing wipers...IMO just a gimmick. I wouldn't miss it.
#311 of 419 Re: Need advice on 2009 GS350 [nareshs]
May 20, 2010 (5:48 am)
Thanks for your advice guys, my 2002 ES has rain sensing wipers and I think that is what I am going to miss the most.
The vehicle has 11K miles and equipment includes MV, CS, LR, LS, PS, VS. Price is 40K, is that a good price?
#312 of 419 Re: Need advice on 2009 GS350 [nareshs]
May 20, 2010 (5:36 pm)
I have the parking assist, rain sensing wipers, back up cameras and the adaptive headlights with headlamp washers. I can do without the headlight package. 40k sounds like a great price since i paid 54k new for my 2008.