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2003 Lexus IS 300 Sedan

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Lexus IS 300 Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 3.0 L Inline 6-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 215 hp @ 5800 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 16/22 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats Yes

Review of the 2003 Lexus IS 300

  • It's still not at the level of a BMW 3 Series, but its combination of price, performance and premium features make it a very intriguing sport sedan or wagon.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Outstanding driving dynamics, slick interior decor, competitive pricing.

  • Cons

    Small rear seat and trunk, not much storage space, styling more suited to baggy-panted masses.

  • What's New for 2003

    Other than having some new wheel designs, the IS 300 is unchanged this year.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

  Average Consumer Rating (61 total reviews)

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Vehicle: 2003 Lexus IS 300 E-Shift 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 5A)

Ready? Love the car, but since I just recently bought it, I've had to do some work getting it up to par as the prior owner didn't take great care. However, it's a Lexus, so a blind monkey could drive it into a lake and it'd be better than anything on the road. A few cosmetic issues inside and out, and 90k service hadn't been done. When something breaks on this car, it's costly. But if you take care of it, it'll take care of you. I wish they had that mentality! That said, It's a joy to drive. Slightly heavy and a bit sluggish, but with 200+hp, you don't lack for power. Finding low-mileage units is just about impossible, and when you purchase yours, you'll see why.



1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Sold my is 300 after

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Vehicle: 2003 Lexus IS 300 E-Shift 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 5A)

I just traded in my '03 IS after seven years and 161,000 miles (purchased new). During my ownership, I never replaced a light bulb, only replaced the brakes once and the tires twice. The car was a joy to drive and I would have kept it for another 100,000 if I didn't need a bigger car for a growing family. I wish I liked the new IS series as much, but I thought the styling dropped off and the inline-6 was special.




Is 300 superb!!!

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Vehicle: 2003 Lexus IS 300 E-Shift 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 5A)

I do love this machine.




Awesome car! highly recommend it!

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Vehicle: 2003 Lexus IS 300 E-Shift 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 5A)

THE REVIEW OF IT SAYS IT ALL. THE ONLY DRAWBACK IS THE GAS MILEAGE.




Hot godsend

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Vehicle: 2003 Lexus IS 300 E-Shift 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 5A)

This car not only turns heads, it keeps your head assured that it'll always be reliable with a furious performance.




Best car for the money

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Vehicle: 2003 Lexus IS 300 E-Shift 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 5A)

test drove A4 1.8, Acura TSX, and Acura TL Type-S and none of them were as fun to drive as the IS. At the time of purchase, the Type-S has 2.9 apr which was why it was in my price range, but it was too big for my taste and the styling was not aggressive enough. Although the Type-S is an excellent car, it didn't turn the heads like the IS.



Full 2003 Lexus IS 300 Review

What's New for 2003

Other than having some new wheel designs, the IS 300 is unchanged this year.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 16
  • cty
/
  • 22
  • highway
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