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2001 Lexus IS 300 Sedan

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Base 3.0L 6-cyl. 5-speed Automatic - (71 reviews )
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Proven faster than an M3
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Fuel Economy
Fun To Drive
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By Max SPek
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Vehicle

2001 Lexus IS 300 Sedan 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 5A)


Review

No regrets other than not holding out for the manual transmission. with no upgrades 0-60 is 6.35 on mine, which edges out my friends stick M3 from 1999 by about a second. The best part is, it goes way faster than the Beemer, 165 MPH and the doors start opening up with vacuum pressure so i didnt try to go any faster. The A/C is automatic contrary to the editors beliefs and if anything feels like a corolla its the little twitchy German crap buttons on the M that require you to carry a set of pencils to press accurately.


Favorite Features

Speed, pedal response, Dealer service = 100% oilchanges + loaner cars for anything over an hour


Suggested Improvements

MPG, standard DVD navs


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Good first sports sedan
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By shifted phase
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Vehicle

2001 Lexus IS 300 Sedan 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 5A)


Review

Ended up leasing the IS and have had it 3 years and 33000 miles. Still on original tires and brakes. I have had it up to 148 MPH. Exterior and interior are stylish, the instrument cluster makes the interior. The low profiles cause the car to pull to the right every now and then. When stepping on the gas it will sometimes hesitate, has less low end power than expected. Once you hit about 110mph it kicks into O\D, simply incredible at high speeds. Handles beutifully, will pull 90 deg turns at 30+ mph with little back end swing around. Nice car, but planning on stepping up to the bmw 540i or a gs400.


Favorite Features

instrument cluster, high top end speed, smooth as silk at hi speeds, very responsive


Suggested Improvements

cup holders suck, low end could be peppier with no lag, car pulls to the right and I know it's not cause the tires are low profile like the dealer said, some interior components are plastic and subject to coming off.


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Good first sports sedan
Performance
Comfort
Fuel Economy
Fun To Drive
Interior Design
Exterior Design
Build Quality
Reliability
By shifted
on

Vehicle

2001 Lexus IS 300 Sedan 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 5A)


Review

Ended up leasing the IS and have had it 3 years and 33000 miles. Still on original tires and brakes. I have had it up to 148 MPH. Exterior and interior are stylish, the instrument cluster makes the interior. The low profiles cause the car to pull to the right every now and then. When stepping on the gas it will sometimes hesitate, has less low end power than expected. Once you hit about 110mph it kicks into O\D, simply incredible at high speeds. Handles beutifully, will pull 90 deg turns at 30+ mph with little back end swing around. Nice car, but planning on stepping up to the bmw 540i or a gs400.


Favorite Features

instrument cluster, high top end speed, smooth as silk at hi speeds, very responsive


Suggested Improvements

cup holders suck, low end could be peppier with no lag, car pulls to the right and I know it's not cause the tires are low profile like the dealer said, some interior components are plastic and subject to coming off.


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Lexus IS 300 --Impressed!
Performance
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By jajeep
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Vehicle

2001 Lexus IS 300 Sedan 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 5A)


Review

I bought this car in 2001 brand new and it has been an awesome car. It is fast and sporty while still having the luxury. It is a car that gets looks all over town and people remarking how nice it looks. The fuel economy is good for it being a sports car, but it does drink more than I expected. The engine is great, one that Toyota has been using for the past 20 years in other models like the Supra. I would highly recommend this car, it is a car that has class and will still run great in ten years due to the high quality Lexus has put into it.


Favorite Features

The stylish look, fast speed, and outstanding reliability.


Suggested Improvements

None.


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Done right, but missing things
Performance
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Fuel Economy
Fun To Drive
Interior Design
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Build Quality
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By Biggy B
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Vehicle

2001 Lexus IS 300 Sedan 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 5A)


Review

Have had for almost 3 years, and wanted to give a lease end review. The 2001 model didn't have armrest!! Biggest complaint, by far!!!!!!! Fuel economy is horrid. Experienced alot of paint chips? Not sure...maybe bad luck, but only have 25k miles, over 3 years...not too much highway driving...I think the paint is suspect. Overall, car is very fun to drive, gas mileage isn't great, but turns heads like you wouldn't believe. P.s. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO DRIVE IN THE SNOW, with the 17inch wheels....and please don't opt for the 16inch wheels!! Buy an Accord or civic if that is what you want.


Favorite Features

Exterior styling, e-shifting.


Suggested Improvements

armrest!, about 35 more hp's.


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