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By matt pickett
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2003 Lexus IS 300 SportCross 4dr Wagon (3.0L 6cyl 5A)


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love the look handling and performance of the car


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Disappointed
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By Pathdoc
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2003 Lexus IS 300 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 5M)


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Great handling. Needs more power. Disappointed by clunking noise when shifting 5 speed (District Operations Manager finally admitted a design flaw in dual plate flywheel) Quirky auto climate control searches for right cabin temp. Dealer service arrogant and indifferent. Not what I expect from Lexus! Now have a dashboard rattle


Best Features

Responsive handling. Don't see yourself coming and going.


Worst Features

More power-30-50 HP. Redesign flywheel to eliminate noise. Smooth out climate control logic. Teach dealership what customer SERVICE should be.


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Road trip
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By KJsIS
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2003 Lexus IS 300 SportCross 4dr Wagon (3.0L 6cyl 5A)


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I took a road trip from Texas to NY and back about 3 weeks after buying this Sportcross. I found that I had to use cruise control on long drives, otherwise the seat would become very uncomfortable for my gas pedal leg. I've taken this trip before in a GTI VR6 and didn't experience any discomfort. Of course, this problem wouldn't be noticed during day to day driving, only on 600+ mile cruises. Besides that, the paint chipped much more than I expected for a premium car (GTI fared better). Other than those issues, I've truly enjoyed the 2 months with this car.


Best Features

Great stereo, very good handling, and the Sportcross' looks are unique. I did not see another on the road during the 4000 mile trip (only sedan versions). I got many 'thumbs up' from passing motorists and have had a lot of positive comments from people checking out the car.


Worst Features

Driver's seat front adjustment similar to BMW 330 because the seats seem a little short and become uncomfortable on long drives. A few more horses would be nice and/or a 6-speed transmission.


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I LOVE MY IS3
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By SXE-10
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2003 Lexus IS 300 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 5M)


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Not only the IS300 is fun to drive but Lexus Customer Service is one of the best!


Best Features

LSD and Traction Control "on" and "off" button. You can turn off your traction control and be "Superman" do some rear wheel driving tricks or turn it on to be "Clark Kent" and cruise... =)


Worst Features

Make the 5 speed manual transmission a lot smoother.


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Lexus Sport Cross
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By kokomokid
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2003 Lexus IS 300 SportCross 4dr Wagon (3.0L 6cyl 5A)


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What I wanted in a car when I bought the IS 300 Sport Cross was a car that would drive like a sports car, but transport R/C model planes easily. It fills the bill, except that a manual tranmission is not available in the Sport Cross.


Best Features

Smooth, nice sounding inline 6 engine Excellent auto trans in "normal" mode Excellent handling Comfortable accomodations for two Perfect reliability so far


Worst Features

Make manual trans available, and make "manual" mode on automatic do what you tell it to, i.e. no automatic downshifts and no automatic upshifts except to avoid over-reving engine. Reduce road and wind noise a little. There is more of both than seems proper for a Lexus.


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