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Looking for some advice on an upcoming GX 470 purchase.

It is a 2005 with ~60k miles, Nav, rear entertainment. Listed at $25,500.

We are trading in our 2004 es330 with 113K miles. Need more room with a new addition to the family. Never had any problems with the es330 which is why we are staying with lexus :)

Here is the service history on the GX470:

Dealer Reported

06/22/2011

57282

0145231

FRT AXLE HUB DISC BRK,1-SIDE

Dealer Reported

06/22/2011

57282

0145231

OTHERS

Dealer Reported

06/22/2011

57282

0145231

60K MILE SVC

Dealer Reported

06/22/2011

57282

0145231

BATTERY/COIL SPK PLUG

Dealer Reported

06/22/2011

57282

0145231

FRONT/REAR BODY

Dealer Reported

06/22/2011

57282

0145231

RADIO SPKR ASSY, FRT 1-SIDE

Dealer Reported

06/22/2011

57282

0145231

NON WARRANTABLE OPERATION CODE

Dealer Reported

05/19/2011

56417

0144502

55K MILE SVC

Dealer Reported

05/19/2011

56417

0144502

FRONT WHEEL ALIGNMENT

Dealer Reported

03/30/2011

54898

0142779

RADIATOR ASSEMBLY

Dealer Reported

02/24/2011

54050

0141824

NON WARRANTABLE OPERATION CODE

Dealer Reported

02/24/2011

54050

0141824

DRV SHAFT ASSY (REAR)

Dealer Reported

10/28/2010

51524

0138458

50K MILE SVC

Dealer Reported

01/12/2010

46290

0130639

45K MILE SVC

Dealer Reported

01/12/2010

46290

0130639

ACCESSORY

Dealer Reported

08/13/2009

43747

0068587

NAVIGATION COMPUTER

Dealer Reported

08/13/2009

43747

0068587

RADIO TUNER ASSEMBLY

Dealer Reported

06/24/2009

43595

0491962

WHEEL ALIGNMENT

Dealer Reported

04/23/2009

43107

0485867

MISC

Dealer Reported

04/23/2009

43107

0485867

NON WARRANTABLE OPERATION CODE

Dealer Reported

10/08/2008

37225

0467886

OTHERS

Dealer Reported

10/06/2008

37154

0467679

NON WARRANTABLE OPERATION CODE

Dealer Reported

06/03/2005

277

0266392

LEXUS PERSONALIZED SETTINGS

I have several questions for you folks.

1. Is the DRV SHAFT ASSY (REAR) in Feb 2011 the 'clunk' fix I have been hearing so much about?

2. It sounds like leaky radiator has been an issue with the gx470, but this was replaced. A good thing right?

3. Should I be concerned about the number of OTHERS and NON WARRANTABLE OPERATION CODEs reported?

4. Any idea what FRONT/REAR BODY service indicates? Carfax is clean so I am assuming it is not accident related.

5. Does this seem like alot of servicing on a lexus? I don't want to buy a lemon (if there is such a thing as a lexus lemon).

6. Do you think the NAVIGATION COMPUTER service reported 8/2009 the map update?

If not, is it reasonable to ask them to do it before buying?

7. After perusing these boards it sounds like The GX rotors are prone to warping. On 6/22 there is a report of FRT AXLE HUB DISC BRK,1-SIDE. Does this mean they only replaced the rotors on one side? Sould I be concerned?

Thanks in advance for your time!

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It looks like you have found a vehicle that has been maintained at every service interval at the dealership. I wouldn't hesitate to buy it. All the little stuff has been taken care of. I have a 2003 that I have maintained myself for all these years, I have under 60K miles on mine. They seem to be well built and almost trouble free. I have replaced the battery and the tires. The "clunk" is under warranty until 70k miles, if that is your concern. I had my drive shaft replaced under warranty 3 times in 2003 and 2004 since Lexus came out with new drive shaft designs.

BTW 14-17 mpg is normal in mine.

Good luck

Pete

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I agree with Pete. Sounds like a well maintained GX. Only major thing to consider is that it's a 2005 and next year (2012) it'll be due for a timing belt even though you may or may not be at 90k miles yet by that time. That's a $900+ maintenance cost.

Rotors will warp depending on how you drive. Some are more aggressive which means they tend to do more hard braking. If you drive normally and not brake too hard most of the time, you should be fine. It is a bigger vehicle so more weight and more heat will generate which thus causes the rotors to warp.

Not sure about your navigation question.

Thoroughly scan the whole vehicle before purchasing. Carfax may be clean but it won't hurt to do your own walk-through as sometimes some damages are not reported to carfax (if the work never went through insurance, or if there were no police reports at the time of accident)

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Looking for some advice on an upcoming GX 470 purchase.

It is a 2005 with ~60k miles, Nav, rear entertainment. Listed at $25,500.

We are trading in our 2004 es330 with 113K miles. Need more room with a new addition to the family. Never had any problems with the es330 which is why we are staying with lexus :)

Here is the service history on the GX470:

Dealer Reported

06/22/2011

57282

0145231

FRT AXLE HUB DISC BRK,1-SIDE

Dealer Reported

06/22/2011

57282

0145231

OTHERS

Dealer Reported

06/22/2011

57282

0145231

60K MILE SVC

Dealer Reported

06/22/2011

57282

0145231

BATTERY/COIL SPK PLUG

Dealer Reported

06/22/2011

57282

0145231

FRONT/REAR BODY

Dealer Reported

06/22/2011

57282

0145231

RADIO SPKR ASSY, FRT 1-SIDE

Dealer Reported

06/22/2011

57282

0145231

NON WARRANTABLE OPERATION CODE

Dealer Reported

05/19/2011

56417

0144502

55K MILE SVC

Dealer Reported

05/19/2011

56417

0144502

FRONT WHEEL ALIGNMENT

Dealer Reported

03/30/2011

54898

0142779

RADIATOR ASSEMBLY

Dealer Reported

02/24/2011

54050

0141824

NON WARRANTABLE OPERATION CODE

Dealer Reported

02/24/2011

54050

0141824

DRV SHAFT ASSY (REAR)

Dealer Reported

10/28/2010

51524

0138458

50K MILE SVC

Dealer Reported

01/12/2010

46290

0130639

45K MILE SVC

Dealer Reported

01/12/2010

46290

0130639

ACCESSORY

Dealer Reported

08/13/2009

43747

0068587

NAVIGATION COMPUTER

Dealer Reported

08/13/2009

43747

0068587

RADIO TUNER ASSEMBLY

Dealer Reported

06/24/2009

43595

0491962

WHEEL ALIGNMENT

Dealer Reported

04/23/2009

43107

0485867

MISC

Dealer Reported

04/23/2009

43107

0485867

NON WARRANTABLE OPERATION CODE

Dealer Reported

10/08/2008

37225

0467886

OTHERS

Dealer Reported

10/06/2008

37154

0467679

NON WARRANTABLE OPERATION CODE

Dealer Reported

06/03/2005

277

0266392

LEXUS PERSONALIZED SETTINGS

I have several questions for you folks.

1. Is the DRV SHAFT ASSY (REAR) in Feb 2011 the 'clunk' fix I have been hearing so much about?

2. It sounds like leaky radiator has been an issue with the gx470, but this was replaced. A good thing right?

3. Should I be concerned about the number of OTHERS and NON WARRANTABLE OPERATION CODEs reported?

4. Any idea what FRONT/REAR BODY service indicates? Carfax is clean so I am assuming it is not accident related.

5. Does this seem like alot of servicing on a lexus? I don't want to buy a lemon (if there is such a thing as a lexus lemon).

6. Do you think the NAVIGATION COMPUTER service reported 8/2009 the map update?

If not, is it reasonable to ask them to do it before buying?

7. After perusing these boards it sounds like The GX rotors are prone to warping. On 6/22 there is a report of FRT AXLE HUB DISC BRK,1-SIDE. Does this mean they only replaced the rotors on one side? Sould I be concerned?

Thanks in advance for your time!

looks like its a nice gx, but i have to say its not a deal ...

for 25k you can get 2006 with nav and dvd and 55-60k

if you are interested please give me a call

412-821-2524 gene... i own a car lot in pittsburgh pa... and i have shipped cars all over USA and other countrys

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