2002 Lexus IS 300 SportCross 4dr Wagon (3.0L 6cyl 5A)
I have had this car for 14 months. It
still attracts attention here in Los
Angeles and is alot of fun to drive.
Tested it in rural New Mexico where it
handled very well on a straight
stretch of open road at 130 mph. The
car apparently was not designed for
sport conditions as I have beat the
hell out of the front dam on curbs
and crossing intersections in the city
and the 'cute' low profile tires do not
hold up to either urban or cross
country conditions. Why call it a
sportscross if you can't drive it that
way without the tires falling apart!!!!
The in-dash CD player is the best.
The e-shift is only useful for going
downhill, but the knob looks good.
The seats that go down are great for
trips to IKEA. I could get more in my
little car than the Range Rover next to
me on the last trip.
Completely rethink the relationship of
the car to the ground. The
unavoidable scrapes on the dam
detract from the cars appearance.
Replacing expensive tires every
10,000 miles is unacceptable! While
the IS300 has good performance, it
is not a Ferrari.