Well, the Is 300 is a pure blast to drive, thanks to great steering feedback, wonderful braking components, and strong handling. The 2Jz-Ge is unfortunatly underpowered compared to the comptetition (G35, 330) but nothing that a Turbo can't fix. Yes it is the same engine as the Supra. Car was over engineered from day 1, thus quality is 0 to none...01'models as mine don't have some of the better refinement as 02'+ like armrest, monochromatic rearview mirror, memory seats, Gps, manual tranny...well I had to go aftermarket.
Enormous potential as the engine is the infamous 2Jz-Ge as seen in Sc 300, Gs 300 and Supra. Slae a Turbo on that babay and you'll have from 300 up to 800 Hp. Handles like no other, only 330 i sport packages beat it but at 10,000$ more. Sport design edition is incredible to.
Car was improved along the years. Only - is LSD being removed mid of 04' on manual tranny. People think it is FWD/4 banger engine when it is RWD/6 inline beauty. Also too many young ricers wannabe are getting this car used and killing the true sporty image it has by turning it into Fast and Furious!