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.

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.

Overall Reliability
Most Common Trouble Spots
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POTENTIAL TROUBLE SPOTS
Engine Major
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Engine Minor
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Engine Cooling
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Transmission Major
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Transmission Minor
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Drive System
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Fuel System
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Electric System
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Climate System
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Suspension
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Brakes
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Exhaust
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Paint/Trim
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Body Integrity
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Body Hardware
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Power Equipment
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In-car Electronics
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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 329,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2020 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 2012 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

Electronic or air suspension

"Had to replace the Pneumatic air suspension system on driver's side - it was expensive."

Anonymous, ON (2012 Lexus LS 460 4.6-L V8)

"Upper front left control arm and front left damper replaced. Damper is expensive."

Dale P., ON (2012 Lexus LS 460.0 4.6-L V8)
Shocks or struts

"The ride wasn't as smooth as when first bought. Suggested replacement during routine maintenance. Made a difference when replaced. It is like riding on a cloud."

Anonymous, TX (2012 Lexus LS 460 4.6-L V8)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"Turning the steering wheel wasn't a smooth operation. it sort of clicked as it turned."

Anonymous, VA (2012 Lexus LS 460.0 4.6-L V8)
Tire wear is uneven

"Lower control arms were worn out and caused tire to ware on the outside."

Anonymous, AZ (2012 Lexus LS 460 4.6-L V8)

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

Driveline vibration

"DEALER REPLACE BOTH FRONT DRIVE SHAFTS BECAUSE OF VIBRATION"

Anonymous, NY (2012 Lexus LS 460 4.6-L V8)

"Vibration in vehicle at all speeds. Seems to be corrected after over 10 repair visits and over a year. Many items replaced - the ones I remember right off include replaced, tires, replaced drive shaft, swapped wheels with another car, finally replacing the front axles seemed to correct the problem - at least for now"

Anonymous, KY (2012 Lexus LS 460 4.6-L V8)

"Vibration for the entire time I have owned this vehicle. Numerous attempts to correct - new tires, new drive shaft, new axles. So far no relief"

Anonymous, KY (2012 Lexus LS 460 4.6-L V8)
Transfer case

"Grease leak"

Anonymous, VA (2012 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

Normal routine brake wear

"I did not notice the problem. It was discovered during a routine inspection."

Anonymous, TX (2012 Lexus LS 460 4.6-L V8)

"Expected wear for use"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Lexus LS 460.0 4.6-L V8)
Rotors

"FRONT ROTORS WERE RESURFACED AND STILL HAD A PULSATING. THEY THEN REPLACED BOTH ROTORS AS A COURTESY"

Anonymous, NY (2012 Lexus LS 460 4.6-L V8)

"OUT OF ROUND ROTORS- ALL 4 REPLACED AT DEALERS EXPENSE"

Robert A., NY (2012 Lexus LS 460.0 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

"Like with recall on front brakes it is taking months to get new exterior door trim. Lexus has problems with supply line issues"

Anonymous, GA (2012 Lexus LS Sport 4.6-L V8)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"The front and rear bumpers had a car lot paint job which had to be re-done at my expense and after being precertified at 15000 miles the tires were totally worn out by the time I used them another 5000 miles and had to be replaced at my expense."

Anonymous, FL (2012 Lexus LS 460.0 4.6-L V8)

"Interior leather dash, door panels and center console had to be replaced. Lexus replaced them all without cost"

Anonymous, FL (2012 Lexus LS 460 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

A/C compressor

"a/c would not come on when car was started"

Anonymous, (2012 Lexus LS 460 4.6-L V8)
Blower (fan) motor

"fan would not come on when car started"

Anonymous, (2012 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

"Front headlight had to be replaced."

John M., WA (2012 Lexus LS 460L 4.6-L V8)

"Low beam front left went out."

Anonymous, (2012 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 injection system

"Fuel injection system leaked which was considered dangerous. Replaced system at my cost."

Anonymous, ON (2012 Lexus LS 460 4.6-L V8)

"Gasoline leaked from the Electronic Fuel Injection into the engine - replaced part # 23860-38010 pipe assy, fuel D - expensive."

Dale P., ON (2012 Lexus LS 460.0 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

In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"Not current"

Anonymous, FL (2012 Lexus LS Unsure 4.6-L V8)
Routine software updates

"System not up to date also hard to learn and use."

Anonymous, FL (2012 Lexus LS Unsure 4.6-L V8)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Overheating

"Lexus Dealer Mechanic failed to tighten oil filter during oil change. Drove 350 miles, no dash oil light, when car suddenly covered with smoke. Lexus service has deteriorated in recent years"

Anonymous, GA (2012 Lexus LS Sport 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

Seals and/or weather-stripping

"Weather seal on driver door"

Anthony M., TX (2012 Lexus LS 460 4.6-L V8)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Torque converter

"Surging under light acceleration - replaced torque converter awaiting return of vehicle"

Anonymous, KY (2012 Lexus LS 460 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

Exhaust

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

Transmission Minor

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

Engine Major

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

Engine Minor

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

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.

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