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!
I have the car for 3 year with 16,000
miles on it. Is nice car but it have a
few complaint such fuel economy I got
about 16 mpg in the city. So far this
car have replaced driver side power
window motor because when I pull the up
position the window go up but it go
back right away bring back to dealer
for warranty repair. Last month I have
to bring the car in to check front
brake because when I go on freeway over
55mph and try top step on the brake a
little and the steering have lot of
vibration. Bring back to the dealer and
they have to replace the front brake
pad and rotor.
Need a wider front fender because when
the rain stop and the road still have
water the front tire kick the water up
to the side mirror a lot in the front.
I bought the IS used four months ago
and must say I am completely
satisfied. I moved up from a Miata and
feared I might be sacrificing some of
the superior hadling of the roadster in
exchange for some additional
interior/cargo space. I was wrong!
The IS 300 handles wonderfully with the
17" wheels. The torque of the inline 6
is unbelievable. Dealer service has
been excellent. The downside to the
2001, is the lack of a front armrest
and no folding backseat.
Smooth, quiet, torquey I-6. Luxurious
interior, nice factory stereo, and
comfortable seats. Great handling and
The armrest issue has been adressed
(buy an '02 if you aren't up to
retrofitting one). Fuel economy is
poor especially in city driving.