The Lexus LS flagship comes in a regular length and a long-wheelbase L version. Its V8 is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission -- the first ever in a passenger car. Other options include a precollision system with radar-based cruise control, a 19-speaker stereo with an eight-gigabyte hard drive, cooled rear storage, a reclining rear seat with massage, leg rests and rear seat heaters.
Alerts
There are 3 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
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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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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 Lexus LS flagship comes in a regular length and a long-wheelbase L version. Its V8 is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission -- the first ever in a passenger car. Other options include a precollision system with radar-based cruise control, a 19-speaker stereo with an eight-gigabyte hard drive, cooled rear storage, a reclining rear seat with massage, leg rests and rear seat heaters. The end result is a supremely pampering car that isolates its occupants and is fuss-free in every way -- but it is not a driver's car. All-wheel drive is optional for non-hybrid models.

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.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
sedan
Transmissions Available
  • 8-speed Automatic
  • CVT
Engines Available
  • 4.6-liter V8 (380 hp)
  • 5-liter V8 hybrid (438 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2008 Lexus LS owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

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

Alignment

"Car was sold as certified but is out of alignment, eats tires. Mechanics at tire dealers say car cannot be brought into alignment, not enough adjustment. Car was probably in an accident prior to being sold as certified"

F F., ID (2008 Lexus LS 460L 4.6-L V8)
Bushings

"In a recent routine maintenance, the dealership told me the bushings were damaged and needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, MO (2008 Lexus LS 460 4.6-L V8)

"one of the steering arm had a cracked bushing which seems to be a common problem with the 2007,2008 and 2009 Lexus LS Models. The dealer wanted $5800.00 for the repair work"

Ronald D., CA (2008 Lexus LS 460 4.6-L V8)

""Loose" front end causing uneven tire wear. Have learned that the bushings on this car wear out prematurely and can cost $4k to replace (including control arms)."

Anonymous, AL (2008 Lexus LS 460 4.6-L V8)

"Service department identified wear and need to be replaced on upper and lower control arms and bushing"

F M., LA (2008 Lexus LS 460.0 4.6-L V8)

"In March '14 car needed new bushings. But bushings are no longer separate. They are now part of the control arm therefore both upper and lower control arms had to be replaced"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Lexus LS 460 4.6-L V8)

"need to replace all front bushings and control arms (upper and lower)"

Anonymous, TX (2008 Lexus LS 460 4.6-L V8)

"bushings wore prematurely causing excessive tire wear"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Lexus LS 460L 4.6-L V8)

"The dealership stated they front joints were old and needed replacing for $3,500. We did not get that done, its supposed to be a Lexus. How could that problem have come to be. We feel the dealership was just trying to take our money"

Anonymous, TX (2008 Lexus LS 460 4.6-L V8)
Electronic or air suspension

"Lost of steering control. Had to replace electronic control box"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Lexus LS 460 4.6-L V8)

"Car started rattling up front while going up up bumpy roads, then noise came even on smooth roads when it's quiet. Air shock replacement for only one is $1500. Spent several thousand on control arms at about 125k miles. Haven't fixed air shocks as I'm considering trading it in for a newer of the same lovely car. Only the LS 460 L, not the 460. When putting suspension in sport mode, it doesn't seem to tighten like it used - likely the air shock"

Anonymous, (2008 Lexus LS 460L 4.6-L V8)

"air suspension bags in front wore out and quit working. Replaced both front units."

Anonymous, CA (2008 Lexus LS 460L 5.0-L V8 hybrid)

"The R&L Rear Air suspension were replaced. (The air bag was ok but strut was leaking- both are one piece) . $$$"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Lexus LS 460L 4.6-L V8)
Power steering pumps and hoses

"The power steering failed after driving through 4 inches of water"

James A., VA (2008 Lexus LS 460 4.6-L V8)
Shocks or struts

"Rear struts failed. Lexus dealer originally wanted $2400 to fix but eventually agreed on $600+"

Anonymous, MD (2008 Lexus LS 460L 4.6-L V8)

"Replaced Front and Rear Control Arms"

Richard L., AZ (2008 Lexus LS 460 4.6-L V8)

"Had to replace 6 front suspension struts at 93K miles and $6K"

Anonymous, AZ (2008 Lexus LS 460 4.6-L V8)

"Problems related to front in"

Don G., CA (2008 Lexus LS 460.0 4.6-L V8)

"One air shock went out. $1600 to fix"

Peter C., SC (2008 Lexus LS 460L 4.6-L V8)

"Had to replace all control rods"

Anonymous, MD (2008 Lexus LS 460L 4.6-L V8)
Springs or torsion bars

"Defective control arms were replaced"

Anonymous, TX (2008 Lexus LS 460L 4.6-L V8)

"Replace upper control arms"

Anonymous, TX (2008 Lexus LS 600h L 5.0-L V8 hybrid)

"a $4000 fix apparetly on most 460’s at 60000-80000 miles"

Don G., CA (2008 Lexus LS 460.0 4.6-L V8)

"Had to replace torsion bars"

Anonymous, MD (2008 Lexus LS 460L 4.6-L V8)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"Control arm bushings and steering linkage bushings replaced"

F M., LA (2008 Lexus LS 460 4.6-L V8)

"Linkage bars wore out and needed to be replaced at a cost of $3000"

Anonymous, NC (2008 Lexus LS 460 4.6-L V8)

"Rack and pinion developed knocking noise when driving at lower speeds over uneven surface, or making turns. Very expensive repair by dealer, hard to find a financially reasonable solution. My mechanic shared with me that many LS cars develop this flaw after 100K, which is a shame considering how otherwise greatly built this car is"

Anonymous, ON (2008 Lexus LS 460.0 4.6-L V8)

"covered under warranty"

Michael O., NC (2008 Lexus LS 460 4.6-L V8)
Tie rods

"Tie rods broke /bent"

Anonymous, NC (2008 Lexus LS 460.0 4.6-L V8)

"Slight rubbing front right when slowing down. Dealer said that although only right was a problem, I would need to replace left and right at cost of $7,000. Told them Id live with the problem"

Robert G., PA (2008 Lexus LS 460 4.6-L V8)

"I believe it was tie rods or something with the suspension. Was covered by warranty but could have been very expensive if it wasn't"

Anonymous, FL (2008 Lexus LS 460L 4.6-L V8)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"Non functioning driver window molding leading to wind noise in car"

Anonymous, FL (2008 Lexus LS 460 4.6-L V8)

"A plastic trim on both sides between roof and door disintegrated., buckled etc. Looks terrible. Was quoted by Lexus at approx. $1400. Didn't do it"

Anonymous, FL (2008 Lexus LS 460 4.6-L V8)

"Stainless trim along roof rain gutter peeling off & discoloring. Fixed it myself."

Anonymous, AZ (2008 Lexus LS 460.0 4.6-L V8)

"Molding came loose and had to be repaired"

Doug A., CA (2008 Lexus LS 460.0 4.6-L V8)

"right top drip rail came loose and wrapping coming off."

Danny W., FL (2008 Lexus LS 460.0 4.6-L V8)

"Rear body panel keeps popping out"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Lexus LS 460 4.6-L V8)

"front door seals -leaking--causing a air leak---r & r at no cost--super service"

Lewis C., CA (2008 Lexus LS 460 4.6-L V8)

"The glued on trim running along both sides above the doors is peeling away. Kind of scary when you';re going along at 70MPH and this loud whirring noise comes at you. Had to remove the strip, both sides"

Anonymous, FL (2008 Lexus LS 460 4.6-L V8)
Loose interior trim or moldings

"Interior molding is chipping off"

Anonymous, FL (2008 Lexus LS 460 4.6-L V8)

"When you pull to attach and later release the seat belts they rub against the door post and over time damaged the thin layer of leather covering.This seems to be a design flaw."

Anonymous, CA (2008 Lexus LS 460 4.6-L V8)

"My car was the subject of a recall on the interior door panels and dashboard trim. I submitted my claim at least 3 years ago and still the parts have not been replaced. It’s awful and embarrassing because the plastic melts when the interior gets too warm and it looks dirty no matter who details the car. My car is gorgeous and looks new on the outside. Unfortunately the interior is a completely different story, Lexus has ordered the parts but to no avail."

Laurie D., GA (2008 Lexus LS 460.0 4.6-L V8)

"the vinyl trim on the interior handles become sticky and gooey in warm weather also, the vinyl on the side of the passenger seat started to rub off."

Ronald D., CA (2008 Lexus LS 460.0 4.6-L V8)

"Side doors started to crack and had a recall"

Doug A., CA (2008 Lexus LS 460.0 4.6-L V8)

"The issue is with seriously disintegrating dash, console, and interior door trim. The problem is widespread and Lexus has recently agreed to replace these pieces under warranty. My vehicle has been partially repaired and I'm waiting on two additional replacement trim pieces."

Robert H., AL (2008 Lexus LS 460.0 4.6-L V8)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Bith External roof molding strips delaminated"

Anonymous, FL (2008 Lexus LS 460 4.6-L V8)

"Body color tape covering chrome trim along roof sides has started to peel off"

Dick C., AZ (2008 Lexus LS 460 4.6-L V8)

"Painted tape surface of the drip rail trim on the top of the car is peeling"

Robert H., AL (2008 Lexus LS 460 4.6-L V8)

"There is a plastic strip about one inch wide that runs the length of the roof on both the driver and passenger sides of the vehicle that has totally deteriorated."

Anonymous, CA (2008 Lexus LS 460 4.6-L V8)

"Paint tapes on roof drip rails on roof were peeling off and dealer indicated a very high cost to replace or repair them."

Anonymous, AL (2008 Lexus LS 460 4.6-L V8)

"The paint on the roof drip rail is seriously peeling and the cost for repair/replacement is substantial."

Robert H., AL (2008 Lexus LS 460.0 4.6-L V8)

"stone chips on bumper"

Anonymous, WI (2008 Lexus LS 460 4.6-L V8)

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

Antilock system (ABS)

"Indicated problem with ABS, traction control, brakes. Dealer says problem is in associated electronics/ECU indication, though brakes work: $3400. This car was a CPO"

Kenneth B., TX (2008 Lexus LS 460 4.6-L V8)

"ABS actuator failed"

Anonymous, (2008 Lexus LS 460 4.6-L V8)

"The abs light comes on although there is no problem with the abs."

Ken S., VA (2008 Lexus LS 460.0 4.6-L V8)

"Defective ABS sensor"

Anonymous, MD (2008 Lexus LS 460 4.6-L V8)
Normal routine brake wear

"routine maintenance--replaced pads, resurface rotors"

Anonymous, (2008 Lexus LS 460 4.6-L V8)

"normal"

Anonymous, GA (2008 Lexus LS 460.0 4.6-L V8)

"needed new brakes. Discovered during routine checkup"

Anonymous, CO (2008 Lexus LS 460 4.6-L V8)

"Rotors were out of round"

Anonymous, MD (2008 Lexus LS 460 4.6-L V8)
Premature brake wear

"The only 'issue' I have had with the car in approximately 140,000 miles is the need to have the brakes replaced more often than what I experienced with other cars. As I recall it, CR's ratings on this vehicle cited the brakes as having negative feedback from user reviews (though I have not gone back to confirm that recollection, I believe I was aware of the negative CR feedback re brakes at the time I acquired the vehicle). In all other areas, the car has been absolutely outstanding, as indicated in CR's early reviews of this new body style beginning in 2007. CR's reviews, rating and predicted reliability was the principal reason I acquired the car."

Anonymous, NJ (2008 Lexus LS 460L 4.6-L V8)
Pulsation or vibration

"Had a high-speed vibration and replaced all rotors & pads at 100K miles and $800."

Anonymous, AZ (2008 Lexus LS 460 4.6-L V8)
Regular brake failure

"In August 2014 (mileage 42k) total failure of Brake Actuator Assembly and Brake Booster Pump Assembly. Replacement part was defective the dealer delaying repair. Had to go to Lexus Corp. in Torrance, CA for partial $ compensation due to high cost of"

Ubaldo C., FL (2008 Lexus LS 460 4.6-L V8)
Rotors

"Had to replace rotors"

John B., TN (2008 Lexus LS 460L 4.6-L V8)

"Slight warping causing slight vibration when braking. I have not repaired this issue"

Fred S., FL (2008 Lexus LS 460 4.6-L V8)

"Same problem with pulse when braking"

Berdine R., VA (2008 Lexus LS 460 4.6-L V8)

"Rotors warped after 45000 miles and needed replacement"

Alex B., CA (2008 Lexus LS 460 4.6-L V8)

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

"backup camera quit working - had to be replaced"

Anonymous, TX (2008 Lexus LS 460 4.6-L V8)
CD player

"Cd player ceased functioning. Lexus wanted well over $1500 to replace. I found one on eBay and replaced it myself extremely easily."

Anonymous, GA (2008 Lexus LS 460 4.6-L V8)

"Changer has ceased working within the last two months. Considering purchasing used through EBay and self repair"

Robert S., GA (2008 Lexus LS 460.0 4.6-L V8)

"Player would not eject disc. Had to replace the whole radio unit"

Anonymous, GA (2008 Lexus LS 460L 4.6-L V8)
Display screen freezes up

"The touch screen that controls everything, Climate, GPS, Audio, Phone, etc. froze up and nothing one could no longer make any selections. This was covered under extended warranty by Mother Lexus said that I broke the screen as there is spider crack in upper Right corner. What is interesting about this is 1.) there is nothing in that Upper Right Corner to select. 2) I Rarely use my touch screen as there are regular buttons for nearly all options, Radio (all), Climate Control 3.) I rarely use t"

Karl E., VA (2008 Lexus LS 460 4.6-L V8)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"A few months after doing an update the system will come up sometimes and sometimes not. Read on Lexus owners blog that replacement was $4500. Since my phone will do the same thing I haven't bothered to replace it"

Anonymous, MD (2008 Lexus LS 460L 4.6-L V8)

"system screen indicated a problem & to take to dealer. GPS screen dead & a/c & heater died."

Anonymous, AZ (2008 Lexus LS 460.0 4.6-L V8)

"In Dash Navigation System started giving false location of my car and where it was going. Dealer adjusted and it has been fine ever since. It was reporting that I was in a place that I wasn't and that I was traveling in a direction that was incorrect (told me that I was travelling through a desert area with no roads near me in a direction that was incorrect. Dealer fixed it with minor effort and it has been fine ever since."

Michael P., CA (2008 Lexus LS 460.0 4.6-L V8)
Radio

"Radio stopped working"

Anonymous, CO (2008 Lexus LS 460 4.6-L V8)

"The Kexus factory Sirius XM radio tuner has been replaced twice by Lexus. To date, it doesn't work well"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Lexus LS 460 4.6-L V8)

"Amplifier failed. Remplacement cost $1800"

Dennis C., TX (2008 Lexus LS 460 4.6-L V8)
Routine software updates

"Navigation updates must be done at the dealer and between the cost of the disk and the labor it is over $400.00. Other vehicles brands only require update by disk and are owner serviceable."

Ken B., MO (2008 Lexus LS)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Water pump

"water pump replaced based on mechanic recommendation ; must be done before 100k"

Anonymous, VA (2008 Lexus LS 460 4.6-L V8)

"dealer recommended replacement before 100k due to potential failure on or before that mileage"

John W., VA (2008 Lexus LS 460 4.6-L V8)

"pump requires replacement in this model around 100k miles and can run up to $1250 at lexus dealer or 40% less at independent shop specializing inn Toyota vehicles"

John W., VA (2008 Lexus LS 460.0 4.6-L V8)

"No real problem, just had to have the water pump replaced at 100,000 miles"

Teresa C., OK (2008 Lexus LS 460 4.6-L V8)

"Did not know it was a problem, dealer said it was found while in for routine service; said coolant leaked from water pump and evaporated on engine, may fully fail at later date"

Anonymous, NJ (2008 Lexus LS 460 4.6-L V8)

"dealer said water pump leaking when performing routine periodic maintenance. no overt indications in car or car performance or ground puddle. said they could tell it was leaking"

Anonymous, VA (2008 Lexus LS 460 4.6-L V8)

"Water pump leak. $800 to replace"

Dennis C., TX (2008 Lexus LS 460 4.6-L V8)

"Car was in for warranty service and the dealer identified a leaky water pump. As with most cars of this type, $600 replacement"

John W., NH (2008 Lexus LS 460L 4.6-L V8)

Body Integrity

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

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

"Rain comes in thru sunroof."

Anonymous, TX (2008 Lexus LS Unsure Unsure)

"Replaced radiator due to leaks"

Anonymous, GA (2008 Lexus LS 460 4.6-L V8)

"While dealer was doing scheduled maintenance, a leak in the water pump was discovered, dealer replaced water pump covered by ext warrantee"

Anonymous, IL (2008 Lexus LS 460 4.6-L V8)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"prob was fixed at no cost 5 ys ago"

Anonymous, (2008 Lexus LS 460 4.6-L V8)
Squeaks or rattles

"Change drawer or dash track in which it sits rattles on certain country roads, also sunroof locking mechanism"

Anonymous, TX (2008 Lexus LS 460 4.6-L V8)
Wind noise

"There is wind noise coming in the drivers door and its really irritating."

Anonymous, IL (2008 Lexus LS 460.0 4.6-L V8)

"Inherent flaw in mirror design causes constant wind noise at higher speeds (50+)"

Anonymous, PA (2008 Lexus LS 460.0 4.6-L V8)

"Terrible wind noise and a thumping sound that you can actually feel when driving with the rear windows down fully or partially."

Ken B., MO (2008 Lexus LS)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Engine computer

"Transmission was a hesitant and searching for the appropriate gear. Lexus said the engine computer had never been updated. They did so and it works smoothly now"

James A., VA (2008 Lexus LS 460 4.6-L V8)
Engine knock or ping

"Faulty engine knock sensor was very expensive and labour consuming to change, apparently they were not designed to be changed at all"

Anonymous, ON (2008 Lexus LS 460.0 4.6-L V8)
Fuel leaks

"Fuel smell scence new ! They are doing a recall on the fuel system this week !!"

Alvin S., TX (2008 Lexus LS 460 4.6-L V8)
Oil leaks

"oil filter mount leak"

Anonymous, FL (2008 Lexus LS 460.0 4.6-L V8)

"After oil and filter change, small oil leak was discovered due to two worn gaskets. Gaskets needed replacement to eliminate the leak"

Ray H., CA (2008 Lexus LS 460 4.6-L V8)

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

Headlights

"Headlights would not maintain alignment, move/adjust for corners, and remained pointed down at night, making it undriveable then."

Anonymous, TX (2008 Lexus LS 460 4.6-L V8)

"the head lights are dim and makes driving at night a problem we rarely drive at night as a result"

Bert H., VA (2008 Lexus LS 460L 4.6-L V8)

"Automatic shut off failed and ran down the battery"

Richard L., AZ (2008 Lexus LS 460 4.6-L V8)
Keyless entry

"Keyless entry often malfunctions - car will not open even with new battery on remote. Problem is intermittent. Lexus has looked at it several times and states it cannot reproduce problem and cannot fix problem based only on description"

Anonymous, MI (2008 Lexus LS 600h L 5.0-L V8 hybrid)
Remote engine starter

"I had to replace the starter"

Anonymous, MD (2008 Lexus LS 460L 4.6-L V8)

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

Doors or sliding doors

"Automatic door closer malfunction requiring replacement"

Anonymous, FL (2008 Lexus LS 460 4.6-L V8)

"Plastic/leather interior door panels are deteriorating and cannot be repaired. In some warmer temps with certain humidity, the door handles become sticky and gooey stuff comes off on your hands. Dealer tells me that it's a known problem that is not covered by Lexus warranty. Cost to replace the panel is about $2500 per door"

Robert H., AL (2008 Lexus LS 460 4.6-L V8)
Mirrors

"Both outside mirrors broke and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, AZ (2008 Lexus LS 460 4.6-L V8)
Seat controls - movement

"drivers side power lumbar not working"

Anonymous, WI (2008 Lexus LS 460 4.6-L V8)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

"the trunk lid fell closed when the car is parked on a hill"

Anonymous, AZ (2008 Lexus LS 460 4.6-L V8)

Engine Major

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

What Owners Say

Cylinder head

"leak needed replacement"

Jeff E., NC (2008 Lexus LS 600h L 5.0-L V8 hybrid)

"Warranty recall. I was not having a problem"

Damon G., MD (2008 Lexus LS 460 4.6-L V8)

"Severe accelleration hesitation. I consider this to be a safety hazard as it can happen when pulling out into traffic. Dealer claims it is caused by the cylinder heads. The fix is head replacement which I Cannot afford. My belief is it could also be"

F F., ID (2008 Lexus LS 460L 4.6-L V8)
Timing belt or chain

"Tension pullie for serpine belt froze causing belt to burn"

Tom M., CA (2008 Lexus LS 460L 4.6-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

"On cold days, no heat unless the setpoint was raised significantly. This issue worsened until we were force to take the car in for service."

Anonymous, TX (2008 Lexus LS 460 4.6-L V8)
Blower (fan) motor

"Makes a lot of noise"

Ralph B., MD (2008 Lexus LS 460 4.6-L V8)
Heater system

"Intermittent heater failure"

Anonymous, DC (2008 Lexus LS 460 4.6-L V8)
Refrigerant leaks

"Water pump replaced"

Anonymous, SC (2008 Lexus LS 460)

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

4WD/AWD components

"Shudder problem (metal on metal sound) when turning at low speed"

Tonie H., MO (2008 Lexus LS 600h L 5.0-L V8 hybrid)
Traction control

"Same description as previous question. But also power trunk lock/close latch failed $900+ bill"

Kenneth B., TX (2008 Lexus LS 460 4.6-L V8)
Transfer case

"Same problem as AWD ...shudder problem in transfer case"

Tonie H., MO (2008 Lexus LS 600h L 5.0-L V8 hybrid)

Transmission Minor

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

What Owners Say

Transmission computer

"I am told this is a rare problem. They called it a “harness” I think. When it failed it would suddenly only drive slow, and with no warning, The car still acted up after replacement, they said it had to “relearn” the gears. I took it back once but they coukdn’t reproduce the issue. I hope it will keep working without further problems."

Laurie D., GA (2008 Lexus LS 460.0 4.6-L V8)
Transmission leaks

"Seal started leaking"

Donald E., NJ (2008 Lexus LS 460L 4.6-L V8)

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

Spark plugs or wires failure

"Plug number 4 failed at78000 mi"

Tom M., CA (2008 Lexus LS 460L 4.6-L V8)
Starter

"Car would intermittently not start. If you kept repeating the start procedure, it would start, but it was getting progressively worse. Flat spot in starter and also knocked out the electronics."

Donald E., NJ (2008 Lexus LS 460L 4.6-L V8)

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

Fuel gauge/sender

"recall notice SOSH-255-1A"

Anonymous, ON (2008 Lexus LS 460L 4.6-L V8)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"I believe the problem was in the fuel sensors. Hesitant, not consistent when applying gas"

Anonymous, FL (2008 Lexus LS 460 4.6-L V8)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"Transmission replaced twice in two years"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Lexus LS 460 4.6-L V8)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Pipes

"Pipes under car broke loose and had to be replaced (expensive). Also a problem with exhaust that was taken care of under warranty"

Anonymous, MI (2008 Lexus LS 600h L 5.0-L V8 hybrid)
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