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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 Sedan 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.


Best Features

Almost everything.


Worst Features

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


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Nice car
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2004 Lexus IS 300 Sedan 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.


Best Features

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


Worst Features

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 Sedan 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.


Best 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.


Worst Features

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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Don't Do It!
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By Linda G.
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2004 Lexus IS 300 Sedan E-Shift 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 5A)


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I like driving this car. That being said: 1) tires. The car comes w/performance tires which means they are soft -- i had to replace them at 20,000 miles. there is only one replacement tire right now -- it cost over $1,000 for 4 tires. 2) reliability. a few weeks ago the car died in as i was accelerating in an intersection. it was towed to lexus who tried to fix it for 2 days to no avail. on the 3rd day the car miraculously started ... no explanation whatsoever. lexus customer service was not helpful and pitiful. i am thoroughly disappointed with this car.


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Love This Car!
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By RFH
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2004 Lexus IS 300 Sedan 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 5M)


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Not sure what to expect when bouoght it. Continually impressed with its perfomance, qualtiy and "fun to drive" aspects. Refreshing after have three SUV's over nine years. Handliing and responsiveness add to the safety features which are impressive. Great "small" car!


Best Features

Overall, like the car, well designed and engineered. Great paint job and dealership as well. Fabulouor and state of the art service and customer attention.


Worst Features

Keep the styling on the "progressive" side! Storage is limited....but it is a "small" car. Could be improved


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