by 03is on Jul 11, 2011 Vehicle: 2003 Lexus IS 300 E-Shift 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 5A)
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.
by Aja1 on Jul 27, 2010 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.
by kobe on Sep 11, 2003 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
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