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Lexus LS 460, Lexus LS 430, Car Buying, Sedan
#10 of 22 2006 vs 2007
Aug 11, 2006 (9:26 pm)
Back to the subject: I have wondered about the choice. I am driving a Camry that wont die, but I would like to finally get an LS. The 2007 is certainly a big step forward in design, but it is a first year car and I have a hunch the visibility is compromised, like many new hot cars. A friend bought a 2005 at the end of its model year and says it is all you can ever ask for. It was reduced about ten grand at the year end. That seems to be happening to the 2006, but no further reduction than that, so it seems to be still appealing to many buyers. Its a tough choice.
Aug 13, 2006 (11:42 am)
If you're ready for the car now, buy the 06. The discount makes them the best buy on the planet. It'll realistically be 2 years before you'll get any kind of deal on an 07, and from what I hear, they're going to cost $20,000 more than what you could nail an 06 for.
Aug 21, 2006 (3:54 pm)
I am in the market for a new car. The 06 LS 430 looks very attractive with the deep discount. I believe one with the Modern Lux Package can be had for around $53k or $1k below invoice. When was the last time you see Lexus selling at below invoice ?
The one drawback, however, is that the 430 is rear wheel drive, and since I live in the NE, I will need snow tires for the winter, which I am not too thrilled about.
So, I have also been looking at the M35x and the RL, which are AWD sports/sporty sedans. Although these cars may not necessarily be in the same class as the LS, they are viable alternatives for someone who likes luxury combined with sportiness. Oh, I think I should also mention the $$ savings (anywhere from 4k to 6k) you'll get on these V6 sedans.
#13 of 22 Re: Choice [kennyg8]
Aug 21, 2006 (8:22 pm)
I believe the M35x is also RWD, is it not?
#14 of 22 Re: Choice [nvbanker]
Aug 22, 2006 (2:20 pm)
The M35 is RWD, but the M35X is AWD. I test drove an 07 M35x last week, and found it responsive and powerful enough (as a V6). I haven't researched the 07 LS, and wonder whether it has AWD as an option.
#15 of 22 Re: Choice [kennyg8]
Aug 22, 2006 (3:50 pm)
I can't find in my research that the 2007 LS460 or LS460L will have AWD. I have read in this forum where some LS430 owners have had good results with certain brand snow tires. They recommend that you purchase after market wheels or take offs from the dealer and keep them mounted on a separate set of wheels. You might try a search on this forum for "snow tires". The top of the line 2008 LS600hL will have full time AWD and will be more expensive than the LS460 or LS460L.
#16 of 22 '06 vs '07 performance
Oct 17, 2006 (2:04 pm)
Lexus claims 5.4 seconds 0-60 for the '07 LS, and 5.9 seconds for the '06. Going from 278 to 380 HP and from a 6 speed transmission to an 8 speed gets you 0.5 seconds? I'm not impressed.
#17 of 22 Re: '06 vs '07 performance [rcf8000]
Oct 19, 2006 (4:09 am)
You make a good point. People often read too much into horsepower. You've got to get in the car and drive the thing -- that's the ONLY way to really see if it has the "oomph" you're looking for.
I often hear that "torque" is more important to the way a car feels than actual HP.
I'm looking forward to test driving the LS460 to see if there is a noticeable difference from my 430.
Anyone driven both yet and care to comment?
#18 of 22 Re: '06 vs '07 performance [rcf8000]
Dec 26, 2006 (10:02 pm)
no one has seen times of 5.9 secs on the 06 LS 430. They are more like 6.5 Secs. Lexus performance numbers are never right, but from what I have read it looks like the LS 460 number are on point. But then again, why care so much about lexus performance numbers when most people don't buy a lexus for performance, but rather comfort and reliability.
#19 of 22 Re: '06 vs '07 performance [theguru78]
Dec 27, 2006 (3:47 am)
I haven't seen any test results showing 5.4 sec 0-60 for the LS460. Edmunds: 5.8; Motor Trend: 5.7; Road & Track: 5.6; and Car& Driver: 6.2 is what I've seen.