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2005 Lexus IS 300 Sedan - Consumer Reviews

2005 Lexus IS 300 Sedan

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The little lexus that could
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By radardodger
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2005 Lexus IS 300 Sedan 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 5M)


Review

This car is a blast to drive! It feels so light and nimble on twisty back roads it's just plain fun! It never feels like its going to get away from you, even when the front tires are pushing into a turn. Little "step outs" from the rear end are easily corrected on dry roads. The only thing this car needs to be the ultimate entry level "luxury sport", in my mind, is another 50 hp. Very quiet inside, even with 19s. The tiptronic auto works well, although 2nd gear could be a bit taller. Traction control is a bit intrusive, but does its job, even if it stays on to long when it kicks in. The motor, although lacking power, is silky smooth! And that's an understatement.


Best Features

That silky smooth motor! Leather feels very rich and smooth. Stock audio is fair. And of course, just the simple fact that its a Lexus :)


Worst Features

The trunk opening is horrible. There is a fair amount of cubic feet, but forget putting bulky objects in there.


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Most fun I Have had in many years
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Fuel Economy
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By Wolfpodd
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2005 Lexus IS 300 Sedan 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 5M)


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The only problems I have had was scraping the front right bumper on a high curb!! My Bad!! This vehicle is a ton of fun to drive. Handling is great, powertrain is strong. I have a 5 speed manual so gas mileage is better.


Best Features

I love the way the car handles in turns and the cabin is very quiet. No rattles. Fit and function is excellent inside.


Worst Features

Steering controls for the radio, and other functions would have been nice to have


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Great Sporty Luxury Car
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By Stephen
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2005 Lexus IS 300 Sedan 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 5M)


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My friend picked up this car after crashing his Passat. After he took me for a ride, I had to get my own. Although it's not as fast as the 250/350 series, I think the exterior is more attractive. I bought mine with a ground effects package, custom rims, and spoiler. Later, I added tinted windows. Overall, especially with the customization, it is a very attractive and sporty car. It is fast with great handling except for occasionally slipping in wet spots. The price was right for a luxury vehicle. The mileage isn't great for a small car. After 30,000 miles, I haven't had a single problem.


Best Features

Customer service. Speed and handling. Reliability. Exterior design. Interior design. Price.


Worst Features

Small backseat. Small trunk with smaller opening. Radio controls on steering wheel. Slips occasionally in wet spots. More comfortable bucket seats.


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It was love at first sight
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By helen
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2005 Lexus IS 300 Sedan 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 5M)


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I was so in love with this car when I first saw it and took a look at all the features, but the only downside was the mpg. Not a big deal at the moment, I thought. So WRONG. The mpg is the only reason I don't want to own this car anymore. I feel safe driving in this car and everything's nice (although the inside could be bigger), my brakes squeak a lot too. Everytime I ask someone who works at the dealership what's up with it, they keep saying it's brake dust, and I don't buy it.


Best Features

The shifter, the dash and the gauge settings. The exterior too, it's definitely a cute car.


Worst Features

MPG is horrible. brakes squeak. i've also been having bad radio reception as of recently.


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On month 7
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
Performance
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By Kevin
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2005 Lexus IS 300 Sedan 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 5M)


Review

I love most everything about this car aside from the craptacular gas mileage. The ride is also a bit harsh, but that might be just me getting older :-) To date I haven't had any warranty work done to the car - a primary reason for buying this car for me was Lexus reputation. If you are considering buying this car I would encourage you to do so.


Best Features

Exterior: hood, rims, body lines interior: gauges, seats, console, sound system- no complaints


Worst Features

The factory alarm in this car is not sufficient IMHO. Anyone purchasing this car would be advised to upgrade the factory alarm. Also, get the windows tinted.


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