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Autotrader Find: 2003 Lexus LS 430 With 490,000 Miles


On the outside, this 2003 Lexus LS 430 looks just like any other 2003 LS 430. On the inside, grab a look at the gauge cluster and you’ll see it’s a bit different. That’s because this LS 430 has covered 489,500 miles since new — all in the hands of one owner.

This 2003 LS 430 is offered by Bigler Motors in Lincoln, Nebraska, and the odometer reading does indeed verify an impressive 489,517 miles. The Carfax report shows that it was purchased new at Lexus of Omaha in June 2003, and registered in Eagle, Nebraska, near Lincoln. Miles were initially added at a somewhat normal pace; in its first year, it had just 17,000 miles, and it had just under 50,000 miles when it was three years old. The vast acceleration in mileage happened at some point in 2006, when the car added 50,000 miles in a year — and it’s been going strong at that pace ever since.

Right now, the LS 430 is offered for just $4,495, which is an excellent deal compared to other 2003 LS 430 models — but, of course, it’s traveled a much greater distance. It’s also clear there’s some wear on the driver’s seat and the front end from the clear film — but all to be expected of a vehicle that’s very nearly traveled the distance to the moon and back.

If you’re interested in turning this LS 430 into the next “Million-Mile Lexus,” it seems like this one will be a great choice — and it looks like it has a lot of life left to go. Find a Lexus LS for sale

Doug DeMuro is an automotive journalist who has written for many online and magazine publications. He once owned a Nissan Cube and a Ferrari 360 Modena. At the same time.

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7 COMMENTS

  1. I may part with $4k for this just so I can see the reaction pulling up to the Lexus dealership for an oil change. 

  2. I just can’t see how if you were the original owner you could sell it with that many miles on it; I’d have been determined to see it turn 500K under my ownership.  It would have become a quest at some point past around 450K.  I can’t see the value being affected that much if you sold it at 480+ or 500.

  3. My parents had an 03 LS430 for 14 years and gave it to me when I went to grad school. Sold it when it turned 15.

    It cemented our faith in Lexus as a reliable brand.
    No mechanical failures. Even the luxuries like the parking sensors, nav system, heated seats, etc never broke once. 
    The passenger door lock motor did short out after 8 years but that was an easy DIY replacement. The retractable front seat cupholder spring broke after 10 years (would bounce back out if pushed back in) but that wasn’t a big deal at all. 
    That is reliability that German flagships can only dream of.

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Doug Demuro
Doug DeMuro writes articles and makes videos, mainly about cars. Doug was born in Denver, Colorado, and received an economics degree from Emory University in Atlanta. After graduation, Doug spent three years working for Porsche Cars North America. Eventually, he quit his job to become a writer, largely because it meant that he no longer had to wear pants. Doug’s work has been featured in a... Read More about Doug Demuro

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