2003 Lexus IS 300 E-Shift 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 5A)
I'm probably the least likely buyer for
this car. My last car was a BMW 7
series. I just got tired of all the
repairs required by the German cars.
This year alone I spent over $10K on
over 7 trips to Dinan on everything
from leaking transmission oil gasket to
air conditioner rebuild.
I'm returning to Japanese models. I
wanted something small for San
Francisco and with navigation system.
Not too many to choose from.
I evaluated Mercedes C230, Toyota
Prius, BMW 3 series. This is the only
one with DVD navigation system. That
means only one disk is required for the
entire North American continent, and
about $6K less than a comparably
equipped BMW 325.
Navigation. Ferrari style shifter.
Smooth automatic transmission. Great
handling and brakes. Fit and finish is
superb. This car is made in Japan! I
think it's better quality than an US
made Avalon or Camry.
Touch screen navigation. More head room.
Steering a bit twitchy. Maybe wider
tires will fix this problem. Automatic
rear window sunshade. Fold down rear
seats. RX300 style remote controlled
window down would be nice.