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2001 Lexus LS 430 Review

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by Howard Walker

Driving the back straight at Wisconsin’s Road America, is guaranteed to get the hairs on the back of your neck standing to attention.

There’s not an inch of run-off area along the mile-long ribbon of blacktop. Concrete barriers line each side. Wire-net fencing prevents pirouetting race cars from disappearing into the shrubbery.

We’re pulling 75 as we scribe an arc through the 180-degree Carousel. There’s just a touch of body roll as the car settles into the corner; just a hint of stabilizing understeer as the steering loads up.

Then it’s back on the gas; red line at 6400, and into fourth. Resist the temptation to lift for The Kink, hard through Kettle and then applaud the car’s awesome braking power as you shed speed for Canada.

At this point, you have to remind yourself that you are driving a Lexus. And an LS luxo-barge at that; the anti-enthusiast car that offered marshmallow ride and limp steering alongside supreme comfort and refinement.

Terrific handling?

The supreme comfort and hushed refinement still top the list of the new LS430’s qualities. But you can now add terrific luxury car handling, and yes, dare we say it, driver involvement, all for a price which is likely to stay around the same as the outgoing LS400’s $54,000.

Lexus has created a technical tour de force in the LS430, which should start arriving in showrooms October 15. This is a car that drives supremely well, but takes occupant comfort, convenience and luxury to a stratospheric level.

2001 Lexus LS 430 rear

2001 Lexus LS 430 rear

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Tuesday, December 22, 2015
For 2005 Lexus LS 430

Pleased and satisfied with my car.

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I purchased my LS 430 certified used with 32K miles and took the extended warranty to 100K or six years whichever comes first. It's been a pleasure driving on the interstates with enough get up and go needed... + More »
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Tuesday, June 23, 2015
2005 Lexus LS 430 4-Door Sedan

I can not find a reason to replace it after 10 years.

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I have enjoyed 10 years of trouble free travel. The interior and exterior have aged wonderfully. My friends tell me it presents as a 1 to 2 year old vehicle.
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Saturday, April 18, 2015
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Luxury ahead of its Time

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I bought this car new on 2005 and it has surpassed my expectations beyond what I paid. The features on this model are just now being duplicated on 2014 model cars. I still have it and hope to get a great price... + More »
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