Used-car review — Lexus LS430

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David Morley

Make Family LS430 Series MY2004 Year 2004 4 Seats 5 Transmission Sports Engine Configuration Description V90 Num 6 Cylinders 8 Build Country Description JAPAN Car Size Fuel Type Description — Unleaded ULP Drive Rear Wheel Drive KM 100000

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the moment it was launched here as the of the Lexus brand’s offerings, the LS has been regarded as a quality of work.

Aimed squarely at the limo establishment – namely the S-Class and BMW 7-Series – the big Lexus attracted its own following of early who were prepared to forgo the badge for a car that was technically in some respects.

And since time in the early 1990s, the LS from Lexus have to grow their own halo the marque emerging as its own kind of brand.

Of course, while the LS has now part of that establishment it was to attack, it has also picked up a few of market segment’s bad habits.

One habit in particular: while and S-Class cars drop value faster than about anything else four wheels, the Lexus LS is a victim of the funnel-effect whereby are enough corporate executives to buy the brand-new, but a lack of private with the sort of cash to on a second-hand car.

So, the car that was a proposition when new can be a very used-car buy a few years down the yet you’re still getting all the safety and convenience that sell the thing to its original back in the day.

Consider the numbers: back in 2004, the BMW cost $178,300. That car today can be found for about perhaps even less if you at auction.

The Mercedes-Benz S-Class the 2004 S350, cost back then, and right now is a proposition.

And the Lexus? The Lexus from 2004 cost brand-new but now, those nine years later, in the low-20s. See the pattern here?

Of while second-hand, big-dollar cars scare a lot of would-be the Lexus reputation is such there’s a lot less consternation in the

Why that hasn’t buoyed values a little is anybody’s but it remains that a used is a better chance than (if not all) to be a sound purchase won’t explode expensively in the next week.

The original was updated to the LS430 in 2001 and the new model came a 100mm or so wheelbase and a taller cabin. these measures were to boost space in the rear so while they were a nod to the status of the cars when were brand-new, they make them great cars now.

For our money, the cars to look at now are the 2004-onwards as these cars mark the facelift for the LS430.

Pivotal to upgrade was a change from the old automatic transmission to a smoother, unit.

As a result, the car drove with a smoother overall (not that the five-speed was called less than and fuel economy picked up

That said, the LS430 is a big, heavy car and it will use of fuel if given the chance.

Even a cruise up the highway at the speed will require a bit of and a soft right foot if to beat 10 litres per 100km.

also worth noting it has a preference for the more expensive, brew.

The engine itself was a V8 with technology that left old-school local V8s for

We’re talking double-overhead four valves per cylinder, and attention to detail to wring from those 4.3 litres.

It was than buttered Teflon, and liked a rev without ever hot and bothered about such

About the only problem ever encountered with the V8 involves a recall for some built between 2006 and to replace the engine’s valve Apparently a bad batch of springs prone to failure, but they almost certainly have replaced by now.

The other recall was for some cars between mid-2003 and January The problem was a small metal that could break off in the and cause the Park function to be

Beyond that, there’s no dirt to be dug on the driveline of the LS430.

just seem to keep on and going, and we’ve seen cars with more 400,000 trouble-free kilometres on to know that this is not a

Of course, even the best wears out eventually, so make that a high-mileage LS isn’t on its legs. A compression test is a idea for cars that covered 300,000km or more.

all those buttons and switches made the LS430 a true limo need to be checked for function.

Take a close at the leather trim at the same too.

Some Japanese was a bit prone to going hard in the sun and eventually splitting. Check the top of the seat where it’s likely to go brittle first, and a close look at high-wear such as the top of the centre console.

great-looking dashboard with its needles can give problems, most notably when the suddenly black-out permanently. The will still work, but a dim spoils the high-tech effect.

Really, the only thing to be about with a Lexus is that the car you’re looking at has a hotel limousine or a limo-for-hire.

the condition of the carpets and the boot lip to see how much action the car has seen.

and bolts

Engine: 4.3-litre V8


Transmissions: 6-auto

Fuel (combined): 11.4 litres per

Safety rating (courtesy of ): Not listed

• Utter reliability.

• V8 engine and automatic gearbox.

• Big and cheap enough to be family

• Likes a drink if you use the performance.

• styling.

• Watch for ex-limos.

• won’t be cheap to fix if it ever wrong.

• Mercedes-Benz S-Class – imposing and a known quantity. by 2004 had matured from earlier car, and nothing has waft-factor like an S-Class 4 stars

• BMW 7-Series – Odd-looking treatment still doesn’t for most people. Some don’t seem to age well, and, like the Lexus, the ex-hotel limo. 3.5 stars

• Audi A8 – Technically advanced an aluminium structure and high-tech Ergonomically pure and the all-wheel-drive makes it the snow-bunnies’ choice. 3.5

What to pay (courtesy of Glass’s

Model Year New Now

LS430 $178,600 $21,800

LS430 $170,600 $27,600

LS430 $171,600 $36,500

LS430 $171,600 $46,300



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