2003 Lexus IS 300 Sedan E-Shift 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 5A)
It's a fine typical well built Japanese
car and it's what you'd expect from
Lexus. I've driven BMW's and was not
impressed with the quality or
reliablity...for the $$. The IS-300 is
soft, smooth, and quiet. The audio
package is really fine too!
Sound system rocks. Instrumentation is
excellent. Tranny is smooth and
efficent. Like the feel of this car.
Cheaper than the 330i, more fun to
drive than most smaller sedans, but
can also be used to drive clients or
parents around (unlike say the Impreza
WRX). I love mine. I was also
considering the G35, but the
reliability differences between Toyota
and Nissan put my money on the Lexus.
The Handling. Oh yes, the handling.
The understated, yet still aggressive
styling. And it's fun to drive.
Acceleration, especially low end
power. And maybe a bit more back seat
room. and a bigger trunk.
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
Responsive handling. Don't see yourself
coming and going.
More power-30-50 HP. Redesign flywheel
to eliminate noise. Smooth out climate
control logic. Teach dealership what
customer SERVICE should be.