While past versions of the GS midsized luxury sedan struggled to reconcile the brand's trademark isolating plushness with the fun-to-drive verve found in competing class leaders, this iteration of the GS pulls it off. Engaging to drive, yet offering a supple ride, it's roughly on the same page as its German competition. The GS 350 has a punchy V6 powertrain and is linked to a smooth transmission.
Alerts
There are 3 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Reliability

Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how used vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system.

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The 2013 Lexus GS has been recalled 3 times by NHTSA. View Recalls
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Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey for about 420,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2019 vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. NA 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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Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2013 Lexus GS owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Body Integrity

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

What Owners Say

Seals and/or weather-stripping

"The seals and slides on the moon roof have had problems and been repaired twice in the last 12 months"

William O., UT (2013 Lexus GS F Sport 3.5-L V6)
Squeaks or rattles

"Moon Roof had a rattle in the first year a we owned it and went in the shop a 5 times over 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017. They ended up replacing ever thing but the glass window. It in now fixed"

Anonymous, NC (2013 Lexus GS 350 3.5-L V6)

"Noise related to the sunroof. It was repaired based on a service bulletin but we are still having the problem"

Anonymous, IN (2013 Lexus GS F Sport 3.5-L V6)

"Rattles coming from various areas in the dashboard. This has been going on since new and after repeated attempts to locate/ fix, the problem remains"

Melvin S., MD (2013 Lexus GS 350 3.5-L V6)

"Persistent rattle from sunroof over any irregularity and deterioration of seals"

Anonymous, FL (2013 Lexus GS 350 3.5-L V6)

"For a Lexus (and we have owned others) this is noisy car with a harsh ride"

Anonymous, NJ (2013 Lexus GS 350 3.5-L V6)

"Headliner and sunroof rattled over bumps. Dealer took exceptional steps to track down and resolve the rattles. First Lexus and I was surprised by the rattles"

Anonymous, AZ (2013 Lexus GS 350 3.5-L V6)

"Noise is in the door"

Anonymous, MD (2013 Lexus GS 350 3.5-L V6)

"Serious rattle from the Moon/Sun roof assembly. Took it in and dealer commented they had had same problem with another similar/same car/model. Problem was corrected satisfactorily on first visit"

Anonymous, PR (2013 Lexus GS F Sport 3.5-L V6)

"Rattle coming from dashboard area but dealership has been unable to repeat and/or pinpoint where the rattle is coming from. Rattle noise is making me nuts"

Anonymous, PA (2013 Lexus GS F Sport 3.5-L V6)

"car rattles from various spots has from the beginning of ownership and continues now"

John A., FL (2013 Lexus GS F Sport 3.5-L V6)

"Bad sunroof rattle. There is a TSB from Lexus on the problem, but dealer will not fix."

Anonymous, NJ (2013 Lexus GS 350.0 3.5-L V6)

"Driver side window rattles"

Anonymous, ON (2013 Lexus GS 450h 3.5-L V6 hybrid)
Wind noise

"wind noise from sunroof front right area"

Anonymous, CA (2013 Lexus GS 350 3.5-L V6)

"Previously owned a GS400 (2000), also fitted with low profile tires, but it had an extremely quiet ride. Not sure if its the body aerodynamics, a combination of the forestated and the tires (Bridgestone Turanza ER33 - 235/45 R18 94YY), or less wind"

Anonymous, PR (2013 Lexus GS F Sport 3.5-L V6)

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

Backup or other camera/sensors

"The backup camera is often slow to boot up when the car is started. Sometimes it doesn't come on until I'm almost done backing up the car, defeating the purpose of having the camera"

Anonymous, TX (2013 Lexus GS 350 3.5-L V6)
Display screen freezes up

"Like a computer, I have to restart my car to get the display to function (random but frequent)"

Anonymous, MO (2013 Lexus GS F Sport 3.5-L V6)
Display screen goes blank

"Display screen would go blank intermittently.. The Lexus dealer replaced it with a new screen at no charge, and solved the problem"

Larry S., IN (2013 Lexus GS 350 3.5-L V6)

"ended up getting a new radio under warranty"

Anonymous, PA (2013 Lexus GS 350 3.5-L V6)

"Took the car to Advance Auto for a new battery. After the installation the screen will not display backup camera, and GPS info and radio is inop."

Anonymous, GA (2013 Lexus GS 350.0 3.5-L V6)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"I have multiple phones paired with the car. The car randomly connects with one of them whenever more than one phone is in the car. And 75% of the time, the car fails to play music from my iPhone 6 via Bluetooth streaming. I have to initiate the playback from the phone to "wake up" the car stereo"

Anonymous, TX (2013 Lexus GS 350 3.5-L V6)

"The Lexus Enform controller would freeze up indicating Pandora was playing from my phone, but no sound came out. I would have to stop the power to the car and try it again to see if it would work"

Anonymous, WA (2013 Lexus GS 350 3.5-L V6)

"App for Pandora fails to connect about 50% of the time. Unreliable"

Anonymous, CA (2013 Lexus GS 350 3.5-L V6)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"Doesn't pair back up with my phone on a random but regular basis"

Anonymous, MO (2013 Lexus GS F Sport 3.5-L V6)

"Unreliable connection. Frequent error messages"

Anonymous, CA (2013 Lexus GS 350 3.5-L V6)
Radio

"It is a problem with Satellite radio it must be an antenna problem as the radio goes on and off a lot when playing satellite radio. Very annoying"

Anonymous, NY (2013 Lexus GS 350 3.5-L V6)

"The auto volume system does not function properly. Was assured a fix was forthcoming but never delivered"

Anonymous, GA (2013 Lexus GS 350 3.5-L V6)

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

Antilock system (ABS)

"factory recall - no problem experienced"

Robert P., NC (2013 Lexus GS F Sport 3.5-L V6)
Calipers

"worn causing noise"

Anonymous, NS (2013 Lexus GS 350 3.5-L V6)

"Rattle"

Ronald K., MI (2013 Lexus GS F Sport 3.5-L V6)
Normal routine brake wear

"brake pads, front"

Kenneth C., NS (2013 Lexus GS 350.0 3.5-L V6)
Premature brake wear

"brake pad and rotor on back was bad"

Kenneth K., OH (2013 Lexus GS 350 3.5-L V6)

"Had to replace brakes and rotors TWICE in 65k miles"

Kevin S., TX (2013 Lexus GS F Sport 3.5-L V6)
Rotors

"same were quite worn and caused noise"

Anonymous, NS (2013 Lexus GS 350 3.5-L V6)
Squeaking

"squeaking while in reverse"

Anonymous, PA (2013 Lexus GS 350 3.5-L V6)

"Creaking sounds from front passenger side despite repeated trips to several Lexus dealerships to fix the problem to no avail"

Kevin S., TX (2013 Lexus GS F Sport 3.5-L V6)

"lots of squeaking, Lexus replaced"

Anonymous, AL (2013 Lexus GS 350 3.5-L V6)

"when turning right the car would squeak. also when going in reverse"

Anonymous, FL (2013 Lexus GS F Sport 3.5-L V6)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"Tailpipe drug curb upon leaving my driveway. This occurred twice at a cost of $600 each time. We must leave driveway at an angle to avoid this problem."

James H., DE (2013 Lexus GS 350.0 3.5-L V6)
Loose interior trim or moldings

"Leather is fragile and easily rips"

Anonymous, ND (2013 Lexus GS 350 3.5-L V6)

"dash loose"

Anonymous, FL (2013 Lexus GS 350.0 3.5-L V6)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"I have the stainless/chrome accent pieces on the doors and the dash. The ones on the door gets "dimpled" somehow has they look really beat up (especially the drivers door) which I assume is caused by either the seat belt hitting the panel or my wedding ring hitting it. Its evidently a very soft metal and dimples easily"

Anonymous, TX (2013 Lexus GS F Sport 3.5-L V6)

"Easily scratches and marks"

Anonymous, ND (2013 Lexus GS 350 3.5-L V6)

"Paint flakes off at the slightest contact. Every scratch goes straight to base metal"

Joseph N., TX (2013 Lexus GS 350 3.5-L V6)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Other/unsure

"The "Mouse like" controller was very finicky. It would very seldom highlight the part of the menu I was aiming for. Thus it could take several attempts to hit the part of the menu you wanted to look into"

Anonymous, WA (2013 Lexus GS 350 3.5-L V6)

"front bumper parking sensors had to be replaced for malfunctioning"

Brent H., NC (2013 Lexus GS 350.0 3.5-L V6)

"Front right parking sensor failed for the second time. The first time was at 15K miles, and was repaired under warranty. The second time was at 50K miles and would have cost $900 to repair, and I decided it wasn't worth the price. As a result, the parking assist system is not functional."

Anonymous, NJ (2013 Lexus GS F Sport 3.5-L V6)
Pipes

"Poor design of exhaust pipes. Too low to ground compared to previous year designs. Often hits pavement when going in or out of driveways"

Anonymous, CA (2013 Lexus GS 350.0 3.5-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

Mirrors

"Actuator failure"

Glen C., TX (2013 Lexus GS 350 3.5-L V6)

"auto side mirror reverse reposition hangs up"

Anonymous, NH (2013 Lexus GS 350 3.5-L V6)
Seat controls - movement

"They just stopped working. The whole assembly had to be replaced, and they still do not work properly"

Anonymous, NJ (2013 Lexus GS 350 3.5-L V6)
Sunroof

"Sunroof would leak when taking through the car wash"

Robert C., KS (2013 Lexus GS 350 3.5-L V6)

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

Cruise control

"The adaptive cruise control will not maintain stable speed even when the road is clear"

Anonymous, TN (2013 Lexus GS 350 3.5-L V6)
Heated or cooled seats

"Seat motor was noisy and was replaced"

Anonymous, TN (2013 Lexus GS 350 3.5-L V6)
Keyless entry

"key fob not functioning"

Anonymous, NC (2013 Lexus GS F Sport 3.5-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

Differential

"Seal leak"

Glen C., TX (2013 Lexus GS 350 3.5-L V6)
Electrical failure

"1. Servo motor controlling air flow to rear vents failed. 2. outside mirror actuator failed."

Anonymous, CA (2013 Lexus GS 350.0 3.5-L V6)

Climate System

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

What Owners Say

Blower (fan) motor

"loud and not good stream of air"

Anonymous, ON (2013 Lexus GS 350 3.5-L V6)
Refrigerant leaks

"Front passenger side only blew hot air when air-conditioning was on. Service center determined that this was caused by a refrigerant leak"

Anonymous, CA (2013 Lexus GS 350 3.5-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

Electronic ignition

"Failure to start -- several times."

Anonymous, NC (2013 Lexus GS F Sport 3.5-L V6)

Transmission Minor

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

What Owners Say

Transmission computer

"Vehicle intermittently (mostly on hills) revs to about 3500 rpm, but speed doesn't increase. Then, it suddenly grabs and accelerates. Dealer performed extensive testing, and finally replicated it, but I was told that it's a long-standing known issue, but it's considered minor and there's no fix. for it."

Anonymous, NJ (2013 Lexus GS 350.0 3.5-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

Wheel bearings

"After about 20000 miles, the road noise in the car got significantly worse. The dealer suggested that the tires were the cause. After a new set failed to correct the issue it was determined that a front wheel bearing had failed. It was replaced"

Kenneth R., TN (2013 Lexus GS 350 3.5-L V6)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Engine computer

"Even after warming-up, the engine idled too fast. RPM often hovered in the low to mid teens at a stop. This cleared-up after switching to premium fuel after using mid-grade fuel"

John M., IL (2013 Lexus GS 350 3.5-L V6)

Engine Major

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

What Owners Say

Cylinder head

"2 bad valve guides causing oil smoking upon startup"

Anonymous, AZ (2013 Lexus GS 350.0 3.5-L V6)

Engine Cooling

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

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.

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Recalls
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FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE:DELIVERY:FUEL PUMP
Jan 13 2020
If the fuel pump fails, the engine can stall while driving, increasing the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing (Toyota) recalled certain 2018-2019 4Runner, Highlander, Camry, Land Cruiser, Sequoia, Sienna, Tacoma and Tundra, and Lexus RC 300, RC 350, GS 350, GX 460, IS 300, LC 500, LS 500, LX 570, RX 350L, and 2019 Toyota Avalon and Corolla, and certain Lexus NX 300, and ES 350 vehicles on January 13, 2020. On March 4, 2020, Toyota expanded the recall to include certain 2014-2015 Toyota 4Runner and Land Cruiser, 2018 Avalon, Corolla, 2014 FJ Cruiser, 2017 Sienna and Lexus 2018 ES 350, 2018-2019 GS 300, 2013-2014 GS350, 2014-2015 GX 460, IS 350 and LX 570, 2014 IS F, 2018-2019 IS 350, LC 500H and LS 500H, 2013-2015 LS 460, 2015 NX 200T and RC350, 2017 RC 200T and RX 350. Toyota also removed the 2018-2019 Toyota 4Runner and Land Cruiser and 2018-2019 Lexus GX 460 and LX 570 and 2019 NX300 from inclusion in this recall. On March 19, 2020, Toyota expanded the recall to include 2015 Lexus GS350 vehicles. The low-pressure fuel pump inside the fuel tank may fail.
What should you do:
Toyota notified owners of the safety risk with an interim notification between February 17, 2020 and May 4, 2020. Toyota will send a second notice to owners to have the fuel pump replaced once the remedy is available. Owners may contact Toyota customer service at 1-888-270-9371 or Lexus customer service at 1-800-255-3987. Toyota's numbers for this recall are 20TB02 and 20TA02 for Toyota vehicles and 20LB01 and 20LA01 for Lexus vehicles.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 20V012000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 1830752
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC
May 22 2014
If the switch fails, the vehicle may begin braking without the driver's input, and without illuminating the brake lights, increasing the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing (Toyota) is recalling certain model year 2013 Lexus GS 350 vehicles manufactured June 8, 2012, through December 26, 2012. In the affected vehicles, the switch that senses the amount of pressure that the driver is applying to the brake pedal may fail.
What should you do:
Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will replace the brake pedal support assembly which includes the brake pedal load sensing switch, free of charge. Toyota sent owners an interim notification letter in late June 2014 to advise owners of the recall. Owners received a second letter after the remedy parts were available in mid-July. Owners may contact Toyota customer service at 1-800-331-4331.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 14V270000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 10462
STEERING
May 16 2012
IF THIS OCCURS, THE DRIVER MAY NOT REALIZE THAT THE STEERING WHEEL IS OFF-CENTERED WHEN PULLING FROM A PARKED POSITION, THE VEHICLE COULD MANEUVER IN AN UNEXPECTED DIRECTION, RESULTING IN A CRASH.
Summary:
TOYOTA IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2013 LEXUS GS350 VEHICLES, MANUFACTURED FROM DECEMBER 12, 2011, THROUGH FEBRUARY 7, 2012. THE STEERING CONTROL ELECTRONIC CONTROL UNIT (ECU) PROGRAMMING FOR THE VARIABLE GEAR RATIO STEERING (VGRS) SYSTEM COULD CAUSE THE STEERING WHEEL TO BECOME OFF-CENTERED WHEN RESTARTING IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE VEHICLE IS PARKED WITH THE STEERING WHEEL TURNED.
What should you do:
TOYOTA WILL NOTIFY OWNERS, AND LEXUS DEALERS WILL UPDATE THE VGRS SYSTEM FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL BEGAN ON JUNE 7, 2012. OWNERS MAY CONTACT TOYOTA AT 1-800-331-4331.
For more information:
CUSTOMERS MAY CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153); OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 12V221000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 663
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