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The Lexus LS 460 Is an Amazing Used Luxury-Car Deal

If you’re looking for a used luxury car, you’re probably thinking about going for a BMW, a Mercedes, an Audi or some other car that you refuse to let people eat in, even though you’re the fourth owner, and they just want a Jolly Rancher. But you should instead buy a Lexus LS 460, because it’s incredibly luxurious, incredibly reliable and incredibly cheap. See the used Lexus LS 460 models for sale near you

Here are all the details on the LS 460. This is not some 1990s Lexus, where the nicest feature in the whole car is a CD player. The LS 460 is Lexus’s flagship vehicle even to this day; it was released in 2007 and has received only minor updates to its sheet metal and interior since then. In other words, if you buy a used LS 460, your friends might mistake it for a brand-new model.

Your wallet, however, will not. The average price for a 2007-2009 LS 460 currently listed on Autotrader is just $20,600, which is less than a third of the car’s $65,000 sticker price just 10 years ago. It’s an even smaller fraction of the current LS 460’s base price, as the 2016 model — with roughly the same design, mind you — starts at $73,500 including destination.

Of course, all luxury cars depreciate — we know that. But what separates a typical luxury car from the LS 460 is that the Lexus is insanely, ridiculously, wildly reliable. For proof, J.D. Power has given the LS its best-in-class reliability rating for years. And Consumer Reports once named it the best overall vehicle after it earned a score of 99 out of a possible 100 in the firm’s tests.

In other words, unlike an aging European luxury car, you can get a great deal on an LS and not worry about major engine problems every time you turn it on.

Now, I admit that the Lexus LS 460 isn’t exactly the most exciting luxury sedan on the road, in the sense that it’s designed to insulate you from every possible negative exterior occurrence, including bumps in the road, bad weather, potholes, people with Kias, people who use the economy lot at the airport, people who go to Wal-Mart, etc.

But if you’ll trade a little excitement for a lot of reliability and luxury, a used LS might just be the vehicle for you. Find a used Lexus LS 460 for sale

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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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  1. After having owned several BMWs and Mercs, I can honestly say this is one of the most reliable, comfortable and well made car on the road. Mine is a 07 metallic green with 92k miles, and a beautiful light beige interior that is immaculate. Got it for the Mrs, and she just loves it. The headlights swivel and turn around corners, but a bit dim in my estimation, other than that, I cant think of anything to complain about. The windows move up and down whisper quiet, the electronic gauges are still laser sharp, the only thing that looks a bit dated is the GPS/AC display but I got used to it and the fact the bluetooth is pretty much useless. However, with google maps and waze, I don’t use built in GPS anyways. I did notice some slight creaking noise from the front end when wife was backing away and turning, so wondering if its the control arm bushings or shocks, might be time to get it checked out. Also I am not sure if I should get the fluids replaced or leave them as is, I mean radiator, brakes, diff, trans, etc… because it runs so smooth. 

  2. I’ve been looking for an AWD version of one that is a 2011 or older with lowish miles for awhile now. 2012 is the first year of the predator grill so the older ones are better looking.  For someone who wants something really comfortable and really reliable, these are the holy grail. Like grandma’s old Buick but made this century.

  3. Family owns a 2003 LS430 and a 2009 LS460. Both are rock-solid reliable and the only time the older one ever “broke down” was when the battery died because the trunk was left open and the light drained the battery. The LS430 did see the locking motors burn out on the passenger side, but that was after TWELVE years. It was also very easy to repair using ebay parts.

    Even more remarkable is that both cars are loaded with most of the options including power closing trunk, reclining rear seat, heated/cooled seats all around, auto-telescoping steering, etc, and these luxury features have yet to break down, whereas they are a major cause of warranty repairs on German cars. My Lexuses are well out of warranty and still holding up…
    Honestly, the only real problem I have driving either car is that the tech is severely out of date, but an air vent mount to hold my phone takes care of the navigation issue, while smartphone integration is done with a Bluetooth-to-FM-adapter (the newer one has BT but it only works for calls and not media).
  4. My previous car was a ’07 LS460L.  It would parallel park itself, had a power operated trunk lid, an insane ML audio system with hard drive, adjustable air suspension and was king of the freeway.

    However, my wife couldn’t park it and the road feel was non-existent.  I found out that it was the first year of the VVTi-E engine which used an electric motor to operate the cams.  The suspension components were incredibly expensive and were only available through the dealer.
    Ended up selling it after 6 months and replaced it with a ’13 GS350.  Now, I’m looking at replacing my wife’s BMW X5 with a ’11 LX570.  Pretty sure it has the same air suspension as the LS.  Any thoughts?
    • LS has independent rear suspension. LX uses solid rear axle.  However, they do both have air shocks – optional on LS and standard on LX. They are pretty durable, but it’s about a grand, installed, when one goes.

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