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


Review

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


Favorite Features

Sunroof Halogen lighting E shift


Suggested Improvements

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 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.


Favorite 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.


Suggested Improvements

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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Much to love for price paid..
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By Previous 6-spd drivr
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2004 Lexus IS 300 E-Shift 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 5A)


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5spd auto "Sport Design", it is very tourqy for what it's worth. Excellant gearing, performance will not be lost due to poor gearing as seen in most autos. Smooth shifts, and tourqiness. 0-60 in over 7 seconds, you won't soil yourself but spirited enough. Handling is as good as it's going to get while maintaining a comfortable ride. Handles corners well, with slight body roll. Ride quality a shade behind the bimmers. Overall, im very pleased, even in 04 this car still recieves compliments. Options available for straight bolt on turbos, 300-500HP from stock internals, when warrenty expires.


Favorite Features

Almost everything.


Suggested Improvements

GAS consumption. ave 330miles before low gas signal. trunk "opening" too small.


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Nice car
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By slotmaker
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2004 Lexus IS 300 E-Shift 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 5A)


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Great car with smooth inline 6, as smooth as a Honda or a BMW. Edgeier looks for a younger audience.


Favorite Features

Chronograph gauges, Chrome on shift knob, clear (smoked?) lens tail lights, nice xenon/foglight combo. Ultra smooth/quiet car


Suggested Improvements

More Frenetic engine, like Honda/Acura Type S models or BMW M series.


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IS300 Blends youth and luxary into one.
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By Yanger
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2004 Lexus IS 300 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 5M)


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I recently bought an IS300 5-speed Transmission: Being a previous owner of a Honda S2000, I was not overly impressed with the shifting in this car. The shifts could be shorter and just a bit smoother (less notchy). Mind you, I am comparing the 5-speed shifting with that of the Honda S2000's. Overall, the 5-speed manual drives very similar, if not better, than my friends 330ci. Interior/Exterior: Very nice, except for the plastic dash. Lexus needs to upgrade to some sort of rubber like the Audi's and Beamers. Exterior is Excellent! The smoked tail lights really help differentiate between boy racers and young professionals.


Favorite Features

Power:The IS300 definately needs more power and torque. 240 ponnies on this would be sufficient and 275-350 for an outrageous "M3" and "S4" fighter...and hopefully at nicer price..say 40-45K.


Suggested Improvements

Overall: Excellent car. The best part? It probably will spend less time at the dealer's service garage and more time in your garage. Lexus service has also been great.


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