I bought my IS 300 in June and have been driving it as my daily driver for 7 months now. So far the car has lived up to or exceeded all of my expectations. It's not going to out perform some of the new sports cars (G35, 330, etc.) but the IS 300 has what a lot of those cars lack. The Lexus name. Not saying I drive a Lexus I'm better than you but the Lexus name that says this car was quality built, reasonably priced and fun to drive. The 2JZ-GE engine is under powered compared to a lot of today's sports sedans but it is easily modified to be an unstoppable street machine. I highly recommend this car. You will not be disappointed.
This car provides the PERFECT mix of performance, reliability and luxury that I was looking for.
This is my third lexus; had an ES300
then went to the GS400 -- AWESOME!!,
and now stepped down to the IS300
because I wanted a stiffer, smaller
car. It's been EXCELLENT and with it's
track record, i'd recommend nothing
else in the price range (except for an
older GS -- i love them.)
Interior and Exterior designing --
it's a sports car with all the
i'm going to buy an attachment for the
center console to rest my arm.
Owned for a little over 3 years and
very satisfied. Had a BMW325 before and
is very comparable with performance and
handling. Should've waited for the
manual tranny. The only problem is the
CD player which had to be
fixed/replaced three times. I live in
the Midwest and I need Snow tires if
it's over 3/4" of snow.
Controls are driver friendly. Ecsaine
leather is way better than regular
leather. E-shift coupled with the power
button great when passing other
vehicles. Very low interior noise.
Integrated remote in key is cool.
Speaker system lacks bass. Better with
split fold down rear seat. Fuel
efficiency should be improved. Needs
more rear leg room.
I purchased my IS300 used with 22K
miles, about 6 months ago and so far
I've havent had any problems with it.
I used to drive a Honda Prelude with
massive modifications so the IS cannot
compare to that car. Off the line the
IS is slooooow but the V6 will catch
up to any other car. I really wish it
had a center arm rest, that would help
alot. Also bigger cup holders.
Forget about getting Big Gulps from 7-
11. I considered a BMW 3 series but
read awful ratings about it. Im glad
I chose the IS300 over the 3-series.
Its a Lexus! I love the stares I get
at intersections. The CD changer is
nice. HIDs are standard.
More power from a gas guzzling V6.
Center arm rest. Bigger cup holders.
More dealers in SoCal...theres only
one in my area and oil changes take 2
hours! Thats it!