The GS is refined, but it's not the luxury sports sedan Lexus pitches; we didn't find it particularly exciting to drive. The steering lacks feel and the car isn't agile. The ride is comfortable, but no better than its competitors. The GS's well-constructed interior is luxurious and most controls are easy to use. But passenger room is tight and the driving position is flawed.
Alerts
There are 7 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit,
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

Worse Better
Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
2000
NA
2001
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2002
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2003
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2004
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2005
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2006
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2008
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2009
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2012
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Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
NA
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
NA
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
NA
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
NA
Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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2001
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2002
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2005
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2012
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS and side air bags standard. ESC standard from 2000. Head protection air bags standard from 2001. Rear side air bags available from 2007.
Road Test

The GS is refined, but it's not the luxury sports sedan Lexus pitches; we didn't find it particularly exciting to drive. The steering lacks feel and the car isn't agile. The ride is comfortable, but no better than its competitors. The GS's well-constructed interior is luxurious and most controls are easy to use. But passenger room is tight and the driving position is flawed.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
AWD , Rear
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

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Body Styles
sedan
Transmissions Available
  • 6-speed Automatic
  • CVT
Engines Available
  • 3-liter V6 (245 hp)
  • 3.5-liter V6 hybrid (340 hp)
  • 4.3-liter V8 (300 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2006 Lexus GS owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

"The motor for raising and lowering the rear sunshade broke. Estimate to fix almost $1,200. Extremely disappointed"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Lexus GS 300 3.0-L V6)
Headlights

"Defective door switch allowed headlights to remain on after exiting car when lights were on Auto"

Anonymous, TX (2006 Lexus GS 300 3.0-L V6)

"With headlights on "auto" setting, the headlights do not turn off after car turned off and doors closed"

Anonymous, FL (2006 Lexus GS 300 3.0-L V6)

"Water in lens and shorted out module. $1500 repair"

David S., CA (2006 Lexus GS 300 3.0-L V6)

"Both headlamps within a few months of one another burned out and had to be replaced"

Ellen S., AZ (2006 Lexus GS 300 3.0-L V6)

"Moisture accumulated in headlight and caused malfunction"

Douglas C., AB (2006 Lexus GS 300 3.0-L V6)

"The ballast for the lft hdlt failed and was replaced . About 1 yr later I noticed a lot of condensation in the hdlt assembly and shortly after the light stopped working again. I determined that the ballast failed again. I am replacing the whole assem"

James T., AR (2006 Lexus GS 300 3.0-L V6)

"I had to replace both headlight assemblies. They cost almost $1200 each"

William D., GA (2006 Lexus GS 430 4.2-L V8)

"auto sensor for light coming on and off work intermittently"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Lexus GS 300 3.0-L V6)

"I had to replace the Headlights and they were $200 a piece. Just for the lights!"

Anonymous, OH (2006 Lexus GS 300 3.0-L V6)

"active headlamp went out, according to forums this is a common issue"

Anonymous, FL (2006 Lexus GS 430 4.2-L V8)

"the seal on the headlight housing failed, and water got into the housing, causing the lights to fail. The entire housing had to be replaced"

Anonymous, VA (2006 Lexus GS 300 3.0-L V6)
Tire pressure monitor

"Traveling on a trip when light came on, Tried to reset no go. Toyota dealership repaired problem. Had to return vehicle due to light coming on again. Second time was the charm"

Anonymous, FL (2006 Lexus GS 300 3.0-L V6)

"Two of the four tire pressure monitors failed"

William D., GA (2006 Lexus GS 430 4.2-L V8)

"got warning when there was no tire pressure problem- had to replace it twice"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Lexus GS 300 3.0-L V6)

"Two tire pressure monitors failed and needed replacement"

Anonymous, VA (2006 Lexus GS 300 3.0-L V6)
Keyless entry

"On occasion, doors lock by themselves; sometimes with key inside of car, sometimes key outside"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Lexus GS 300 3.0-L V6)

"The car gets signals from the key buttons (fresh battery), But then goes into loops, does not lock, does not turn off the lights, goes nuts even when inside and we want the doors to unlock"

Anonymous, MA (2006 Lexus GS 300 3.0-L V6)

"Part of the computer system in the car had to be totally replaced for $4000 in a car with barely 50,000 miles!"

Barton W., OR (2006 Lexus GS 430 4.2-L V8)

"Warning light indicating check engine comes on all the time. The issue is the gas cap doesn't seal correctly, we have had over 5 new gas caps to try to solve this issue"

Anonymous, OH (2006 Lexus GS 300 3.0-L V6)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

"Went bad, replaced both front units"

Anonymous, IN (2006 Lexus GS 300 3.0-L V6)

"Had after market calipers and brake pads installed three years ago - one caliper is sticking and caused significant brake pad usage in the last 6 months (between checkups)"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Lexus GS 300 3.0-L V6)

"The caliphers had to be replaced which I thought was too early for a car with only 21,500 miles"

Anonymous, NY (2006 Lexus GS 300 3.0-L V6)

"Calipers froze even after factory recall to replace protective boots. Lexus reimbursed most cost of repair after I complained"

Anonymous, NJ (2006 Lexus GS 300 3.0-L V6)

"seized"

Anonymous, FL (2006 Lexus GS 300 3.0-L V6)

"Normal wear on brakes. Live in the mountains"

V W., CA (2006 Lexus GS 430 4.2-L V8)
Premature brake wear

"Rear pads wear out 12000 to 15000 miles"

Anonymous, FL (2006 Lexus GS 300 3.0-L V6)
Rotors

"Pulsing at break pedal could not be cut had to replace"

Anonymous, FL (2006 Lexus GS 300 3.0-L V6)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

"Exhaust pipes rusted through on both sides. Cost $800 to repair"

Estelle Z., FL (2006 Lexus GS 300 3.0-L V6)

"exhaust leak caused o2 sensor to initiate check engine light"

Anonymous, NY (2006 Lexus GS 300 3.0-L V6)

"Leaks fixed by a small patch weld. Dealer recommended a whole new exhaust system"

Bryan S., NV (2006 Lexus GS 300 3.0-L V6)

"The pipes and sensors within the housing of the catalytic converter keeps putting the check engine light on even though the car is fine"

Anonymous, NJ (2006 Lexus GS 300 3.0-L V6)
Catalytic converter

"Cost was more than $3500 for the converters, tail pipes from the dealer. Another $700 wasted while they screwed around with the oxygen sensor. Only dealers could get the parts. This via Car Talk!"

Anonymous, MA (2006 Lexus GS 300 3.0-L V6)

"Failed CC on driver's side repaired and passenger side failed within 100 miles of driving after the first repair"

J L., FL (2006 Lexus GS 300 3.0-L V6)

"The "Y" pipe has to be replaced. The protective covering wore away, exposing the pipe, which eventually began to rust. Since the pipe is part of the exhaust system, an entire assembly must be replaced"

Anonymous, MD (2006 Lexus GS 300 3.0-L V6)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"Check Engine light activated. Sensor faulty. Sensor replaced"

Anonymous, ON (2006 Lexus GS 300 3.0-L V6)

"Safety Recall for potential fuel pressure sensor leak"

Shirley A., TN (2006 Lexus GS 300 3.0-L V6)

"Catalytic converter failed"

Robert N., CT (2006 Lexus GS 300 3.0-L V6)

"Recall for fuel gasket issue"

Anonymous, NJ (2006 Lexus GS 300 3.0-L V6)

"original failed, replacement failed after 1-year 3 months ago"

Anonymous, GA (2006 Lexus GS 300 3.0-L V6)
Fuel pump

"Fuel pump failed while driving. Was towed to a Toyota dealership because no Lexus dealer was nearby. The broken part was replaced (not the entire fuel pump)"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Lexus GS 300 3.0-L V6)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

"There is a slight rattle when go over bumps. Also not sure if exhaust may need a repair"

Anonymous, MD (2006 Lexus GS 300 3.0-L V6)

"Persistent annoying dash rattles, particularly in cold weather"

Anonymous, MA (2006 Lexus GS 300 3.0-L V6)

"Front window looses its seal and rattles whenever the car hits a bump. It is more noticeable when it is below 50 degrees. Lexus charged $1100 to remove the windshield and replace the felt between the windshield and the parts that touch it. Also the r"

Raymond L., CA (2006 Lexus GS 300 3.0-L V6)

"Squeaks in dash and driver side door"

Anonymous, FL (2006 Lexus GS 300 Unsure)
Air or water leaks

"water pump leaking-replaced"

Ellen S., AZ (2006 Lexus GS 300 3.0-L V6)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Starter

"The starter had to be replaced. The car had to be towed to the Lexus dealer for the repairs. After I picked up the car, the CD player does not work"

Anonymous, HI (2006 Lexus GS 300 3.0-L V6)
Alternator

"Replaced dead battery, kept dying and getting error messages. After 9 months and much aggravation was diagnosed as bad alternator. Lexus also replaced all my piston rings for free as original were defective and led to car stalling out. Was an un"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Lexus GS 300 3.0-L V6)

"Stopped working right after warranty expired, go figure"

Anonymous, UT (2006 Lexus GS 300 3.0-L V6)

"Battery was dead. AAA jumped started it, but since the alternator was not working, I had to replace both"

Anonymous, FL (2006 Lexus GS 300 3.0-L V6)
Spark plugs or wires failure

"Car was started on the driveway and moved into the garage. Next day it would not start. My local garage indicated it was flooded. They replaced the plugs but we're barely able to start until they put oil in each cylinder. It did the same thing recen"

Anonymous, ON (2006 Lexus GS 300 3.0-L V6)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Engine rebuild or replacement

"Lexus had a design flaw with the piston rings and valve springs that required a rebuild at 100k miles which was a $4,000 repair. They only provided an extended warranty to nine years and refused to cover this cost, despite acknowledging it was a design flaw"

Peter D., CA (2006 Lexus GS 300 3.0-L V6)

"Car was burning all its oil between changes and stalling out occasionally. Dealer repaired free of charge"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Lexus GS 300 3.0-L V6)

"I started having major problems as soon as I hit 90000. The engine was rebuilt, the transmission had to be replaced and when I used the auto lights, they would turn off, but the electricity still drained from my battery leaving me strande. Now t"

Lois U., CA (2006 Lexus GS 300 Unsure)

"New rings installed into engine. Used alot of oil"

Mark H., MN (2006 Lexus GS 300 3.0-L V6)
Head gasket

"The car was using oil, so the dealer repaired/replaced the rings (?) and extended the warranty to 150,000 miles. I'm totally satisfied with the car and the dealer. No problems since"

Anonymous, WA (2006 Lexus GS 300 3.0-L V6)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

"the dealer service dept.warned me that the shocks were on it's last leg. When they ran a special, I took advantage of it and had them replaced"

Anonymous, HI (2006 Lexus GS 300 3.0-L V6)

"right front wheel bearing became very loud when driving over 40mph"

Anonymous, TX (2006 Lexus GS 300 3.0-L V6)
Ball joints

"Loud clunk upon steering. Had been a problem for years. Finally, decided it was bushings, tie rod ends, etc. Much expense"

Anonymous, NJ (2006 Lexus GS 300 Unsure)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"Electronic Steering column was found faulty and was replaced under warranty for about $2200"

Anonymous, TX (2006 Lexus GS 430 4.2-L V8)
Wheel bearings

"loud noise coming from right front wheel"

Anonymous, TX (2006 Lexus GS 300 3.0-L V6)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

"Needed to replace with new transmission at 80000 miles. Dealership does not carry rebuilt trransmissions. I do not and never have driven the car harshly. Think the need to replace is a problem with manufacturer. Service representative inferred that this model, which was redesigned and introduced in 2005 has had problems. I purchased it in 2005 when it was introduced. Never buy an auto the first year it's brought out. Lesson to be learned"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Lexus GS 300 3.0-L V6)

"sealed system, reqd entire rebuild"

S R., CA (2006 Lexus GS 300 3.0-L V6)

"total transmission lockup"

Anonymous, MA (2006 Lexus GS 300 3.0-L V6)

"It took over 4 months to find the source of the problem and to find either a replacement transmission or a place where it could be rebuilt. No one could seem to find the problem. It was very frustrating and costly. We researched and found out tha"

Anonymous, NV (2006 Lexus GS 300 Unsure)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

Radio

"Sirius/Satellite radio does not work"

Raye R., CA (2006 Lexus GS 430 4.2-L V8)
Backup or other camera/sensors

"Backup warning sounds as soon as it put in reverse, although nothing is behind the car"

Anonymous, AL (2006 Lexus GS 300 3.0-L V6)

"park assist failed to go off, even when i was not close to anything"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Lexus GS 300 3.0-L V6)

"The low tire light kept coming on"

Anonymous, WA (2006 Lexus GS 430 4.2-L V8)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Automatic climate control

"A/C blows cold when inside temp is below setting"

David B., FL (2006 Lexus GS 300 3.0-L V6)
Blower (fan) motor

"needed to replace blower"

Frank F., LA (2006 Lexus GS 300 3.0-L V6)
Condenser

"The drain for the ac condenser got stopped up and water invaded the passenger compartment. I hope it will dry out before mildewing"

Richard M., SC (2006 Lexus GS 300 3.0-L V6)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Rough shifting

"Rough shifting at low speeds"

Estelle Z., FL (2006 Lexus GS 300 3.0-L V6)

"Hard shifting into gears. Determined the ECU was the culprit. A few months later, the O2 sensor went bad. The new sensor didn't work well w/ the ECU, so they had to change it. 6 months later, having problem accelerating from stop. Has stalled o"

Erik C., AZ (2006 Lexus GS 300 3.0-L V6)
Transmission computer

"known problem put extended coverage to 80k went out at 103k"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Lexus GS 300 3.0-L V6)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

"Rear electric shade quit working and it will cost $1000 to repair it. Cup holder on console won't open... It seems to be stuck"

Raymond L., CA (2006 Lexus GS 300 3.0-L V6)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"The black gloss finish on the window/door frames bubbled in spots many years ago, and now pealing to expose the frame"

Peter D., CA (2006 Lexus GS 300 3.0-L V6)

"Fading badly and chalking. Darn blue color is all washed out on top surfaces exposed to sun"

Anonymous, FL (2006 Lexus GS 300 3.0-L V6)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Engine mounts

"Vehicle was shaking so bad when in drive but idle & both engine mounts were going out but not gone. Got them both replaced"

Anonymous, UT (2006 Lexus GS 430 4.2-L V8)

"Ongoing leak would require engine block rebuild"

Jack B., NY (2006 Lexus GS 300 3.0-L V6)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Electrical failure

"Alternator needed replaced.. This is the first expense other than normal service (tires, battery, oil)"

Anonymous, PA (2006 Lexus GS 300 Unsure)
Differential

"Leaking differential, got to take out transmission to fix, labor costs"

Anonymous, UT (2006 Lexus GS 300 3.0-L V6)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Tailgate, hatch or trunk

"trunk latch stopped working with any of the buttons. It needed to be manually opened"

R M., UT (2006 Lexus GS 300 3.0-L V6)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

What Owners Say

Water pump

"Took the car in for routine service; found a leak in the water pump. this was a $1300 repair"

Richard M., SC (2006 Lexus GS 300 3.0-L V6)
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