Tuesday, August 26, 2014

10k: White Knight: 2003 Lexus LS430

Around the time that Daimler merged with Chrysler, and Mercedes-Benz vehicle quality went quietly into the toilet, a Japanese company founded by a little man named Sakichi Toyoda launched the third generation of their flagship Lexus LS sedan.   When it comes to axis powered automobiles the Mercedes may have been the old guard Bismark style executive battleship, but it was positively outclassed in reliability and durability by the Yamato sized LS.  Find this 2003 Lexus LS430 currently bidding for $8,900 with a few hours to go, located in Pompano Beach, FL.


The third generation Lexus LS (XF30) was introduced in 2001 with only a 4.3 liter V8 powering the rear wheels.  The LS430 achieved remarkable scores in quality/reliability surveys and are known to last for hundreds of thousands of miles with basic maintenance, very out of the norm when compared to the 2000 era sedan offerings from BMW, MBZ, and Audi.


The LS is powered by a 4.3 liter V8 that puts out 290 horsepower and 320 ft-lbs of torque, but mostly it does its job quietly and obediently with minimal need to have some greasy gloved mechanic replace costly parts at exorbitant costs.  


The interior of the LS is a soothing place to cruise around inside.  This one has more than 100k miles on the odometer, but it still looks great - another testament to the disciple of the engineers and quality folks at Toyota's Lexus division.  


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3 comments:

  1. Fleetwood T. BroughamAugust 26, 2014 at 7:22 AM

    This is a total automotive quaalude, but for someone in a job that required heavy business travel--5-6 hours/day on the highway--I can't think of many better options.

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  2. In the mid-00s, I carpooled to work with friend, alternating drives. I got to drive a BMW 530i sport, and ride in one of these. The perfect arrangement.

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  3. can't wait to take one of these and stance it out, bro. Bro.

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