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2004 Lexus IS 300 Sedan - Consumer Reviews

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ANNOYING TRANSMISSION HESITATION
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By e. marks
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2004 Lexus IS 300 Sedan E-Shift 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 5A)


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The handling is extremely capable for sporty driving and the brakes are unrivaled. The power is adequate and smooth, though it tends to lug a little at lower RPM's. The E-shift allows only limited control over shifting (gears 2-5) and far too often down- shifts on its own. A HESITATION PROBLEM occurs in many IS300's as a result of the vehicle's ICU (onboard computer) malfuntioning -- a major issue considering it is not detectable during the intial test drive, gets progressively worse, and according to Lexus, is not correctable.


Best Features

Nice exterior, great handling and excellent brakes.


Worst Features

A transmission hesitation at low speeds that is annoying and potentially dangerous.


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Love this car!
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By Lindsay Lexus
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2004 Lexus IS 300 Sedan E-Shift 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 5A)


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I am an absolute Lexus convert - there is nothing more fun than driving this car. Living in teh city, I didn't was a mid-size car; I preferred to have something more compact, but I wanted a sporty sedan with a luxury feel and that's exactly what I got. It's stylish and peppy, but has luxury components.


Best Features

I love the silver gauges inside, but you can't beat the level of service provided by Lexus. I dropped my car off for its first oil change and when I picked it up, it had been washed and vacuumed!


Worst Features

The only drawback is the lack of storage consoles. I've adapted, but it took some getting used to. Also, the cup holders aren't expandable, so you can't fit odd-sized mugs or bottles.


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Worth every penny
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By Heather Dixon
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2004 Lexus IS 300 Sedan 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 5M)


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This car is a dream. I generally buy new every 2 years and I plan to have this one and probably a newer maybe different model in the future. The timeless design and the incredible reliability is amazing. I encourage anyone to invest in a Lexus, they are truly worth every single penny.


Best Features

style, quietness,reliable


Worst Features

none


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As tight as the day it was new
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By mjdart
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2004 Lexus IS 300 Sedan E-Shift 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 5A)


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Excellent car, stylish, desirable by all age groups and genders.


Best Features

Sunroof Halogen lighting E shift


Worst Features

Optional 17 inch tire profile say 55 series for ehanced ride quality


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04 Sport Design Auto5 Sedan
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By Black Sport Design
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2004 Lexus IS 300 Sedan E-Shift 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 5A)


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Moving on from 6spd manual sports car. Ride comfort is as good as it'll get while maintaining this wonderful handling. During sharp cornering, moderate bodyroll. Acceleration very responsive, will not down shift needlessly due to high torque and close ratio gearing (even Auto). Highway very stable, good throttle response. tourque is very high due to inline-6, HP is just enough to give spirited ride. The lack of performance is balanced by luxury and handling. You won't regret value VS price paid. Purchased for invoice price, other test drives include Subaru wrx Sti, BMW330, Maxda RX-8, Infinity G-35, Acura TL.


Best Features

Throttle response. Close ratio gearing Auto (better acceleration). Interior quality. Exterior design. RWD. Tourqiness from inline-6. Handling. Amenities. 240Watt stock system. Highly muffled yet sporty exhaust. Engine potential for turbo/SC upwards to 300-500HP on stock internals.


Worst Features

Better fuel economy (ave 330mi to low gas light). Upped to 250HP while keeping inline-6 layout. Larger trunk OPENING. Memory seat function for side mirrors not just the seats. Replace steering wheel shifter w/ radio and climate control.


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