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Drive Lexus GS450h Used Car Review

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David Morley


Big with a social conscience

and comfort all the way

Lexus brand has its own these days

Simple to despite comlex driveline

In use, it will make a to running costs


heavy in some conditions

space in boot is limited to battery pack

Stepless can give odd feeling of the engine the car

Still expensive

Talking Lexus engineers at the 2006 of the all-new GS range (which the new GS450h), one thing was made clear: diesel engines are not on Lexus’ radar.

There’s a view within the brand the diesel engine could be or dying within five

That’s a big claim but it underlines the faith in its hybrid technology.

A new version of the GS four-door coupe is due in April, so you’re not likely to a technological orphan if you want to add a 450h to the driveway. But that mean the current GS450h take a price hit when the new arrives and that brings it on to the of switched-on used-car buyers.

So is a GS450h?

Essentially, it’s the GS body with a 3.5-litre V6 engine and an electric motor for 147kW to boost power needed, as well as capture as the car either brakes or coasts to a

Interestingly, the power never 254kW on our test drive it theoretically could.

As well as the car, the petrol engine can charge the batteries via the electric even when the car is not moving.

The is that the Lexus can run on battery alone while crawling in traffic and needs the petrol only to accelerate up to traffic or when the batteries are depleted.

Given that, the hybrid does its best work in traffic, where it can recharge its in the stop-start conditions.

Out on the open it’s a different story and find the petrol engine non-stop on a freeway cruise, for reducing the effectiveness of what is a heavy load of technology batteries aren’t light).

The variable transmission can take getting used to but is deemed for the efficiency benefits it brings.

The big compromise is a seriously small for such a big car, a result of the battery pack living the rear seats.

But there’s no the GS450h’s performance.

With the petrol and electric motors in tandem, it rockets away an easy, torquey feel leaves its more-expensive-when-new, V8-powered stablemate in the shade.

Naturally, being a Lexus, is also a long equipment and the sort of five-star safety buyers of new models of such take for granted.

The big question over a complex car like of course, is long-term reliability.

But of the convoluted driveline, this is all a Lexus — which is way of saying a very well-constructed

That can only mean things if you’re thinking a second-hand one.

There has been plenty of speculation just how long the battery will last.

Lexus the batteries for 10 years, so any cars out will still have of that cover remaining they’ve been adequately

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The company claims that the are good for the life of the car,

Beyond that, Lexus says it has no knowledge of any of its hybrid needing a battery-pack replacement the batteries have worn If they do, Lexus says, the of woe of owners facing $10,000 bills are simply not correct.

The cost for a GS450h battery is said to be about $4100.

In the we’ve also heard of hybrid taxis in North and Cairns in Queensland clocking up than 500,000 kilometres major mechanical problems. of that is probably down to the that the petrol engine hasn’t been running for all of kilometres in the first place.

the bigger question revolves what happens when the car is scrapped and the batteries need

Mind you, that to all new cars, not just hybrids.

But for now, the trick is to find a that has been given servicing, including the regular check-ups important to its life.

the GS450h is more complex a conventional car, this is one when a Lexus-dealer service might be worth more one from a generic workshop.

of dealers, an extended warranty is available for second-hand GS450hs as with any other such we’d be wary of signing up for with a lot of fine print. A second-hand vehicle scheme is at within the Lexus network, might offer the peace of some buyers seek.

to know

Battery packs last the life of the car. will ultimately tell.

could cost a little

The need for specialist Lexus locks you in to the dealer network.

As with any loaded luxo, everything works properly.


Big sedan with big performance to lusty V8 engine. Likes fuel, however, so running won’t be tiny.

The 450h’s brother, the GS430, was more when new but cheaper now. intense V8 driveline does a job with the usual petro-penalty.

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