This is my third Lexus. Es250, Ls400,
and now this. Overall the car has been
pretty good. Manual has smooth
shifting. Gear shift gets a little hot
in summer. Radio is adequate. I'm a
little envious of the G35 coupe's
styling and power. Other than squeeks
and rattles....good car. NEEDS MORE
POWER OR 6th gear! Maybe convertible?
Interior design, Escaine seats
Gas Mileage!, squeeks and rattles,
memory seats!, improve the front paint
(lots of chips), MORE POWER!!!!!!
I test drove the A4, 330, Maxima,
S2000, TT and even waited 6 weeks to
test drive the G35. All the above had
thier plus/minuses. I thought the IS
offered the most complete package of
power, styling, handling and value.
Great car !!
Nice styling. I felt the interior and
handling is what put the IS ahead of
the other cars.
More power !! Car is probably better
with a manual (bought the E-Shift so
my girlfriend could drive it). More
power would be nice.
This is my first Lexus and I'm hooked
traded a 95 Volvo 850 turbo. The IS300
rocks, great power, handles like it's
on rails. I looked at an Audi S4 and
Acura TSX before getting the Lex, and
I'm not sorry. People talk about the
rear seat being small, SO I don't want
a bunch of free loaders riding with me
anyway. Just me and my lady riding
with the tunes blasting. The dealer
didn't look down their noses at you
the way those Euro dealers do, bunch
of snobs. Anyway back to the point.
This car may not be for everyone but
it's not your Daddy's Oldsmobile.
Lexus may not have hit the bullseye
but they came damn close.
Handling, feel of seats, how it holds
your butt in place, fit of parts and
finish of the wole package. The Cool
Factor that you get driving.
Gas Mileage, and no memory seat no
metal shift ball, on clod morning it's
like holding ice. Little more power
will never hurt.
2002 Lexus IS 300 SportCross 4dr Wagon (3.0L 6cyl 5A)
I like the overall appearance, the
scale of the car and the tail gate
within which to throw all your stuff.
The Sportcross is quite rare and still
gets a lot of looks, especially with
the summer 17s on. The E-Shift is
ridiculous and I just ignore it now,
however I would have loved to get a 5
speed manual but Toyota/Lexus doesn't
offer it in the Sportcross. One
irritation though is all the squeeks.
I have eliminated most with shimming or
lubrication, but the belt anchor still
squeeks. Not quite Toyota quality.
Looks, size, tailgate, silky smooth,
but robust motor.
6 speed manual Sportcross and better
Overall the car is great with some
issues I can't believe Lexus missed like
usable storage and room, amenities like
memory seat, more adjustable steering,
and tire replacement difficulty. I have
a BMW and they can get these items
right. Great handling doesn't forgive
these items since most people don't push
the handling to the limit.
Interior design, rims, stereo, smooth
Cheap finish around interior controls,
cig lighter too small to use for cel
plug, tires bubble from slightest bump
and wear out too quick. Replacement
tire impossible to find. Front paint
damages too easy.