IS300 Blends youth and luxary into one.
By Yanger on
Vehicle2004 Lexus IS 300 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 5M)
ReviewI 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 FeaturesPower: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 FeaturesOverall: 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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