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2006 Lexus IS 250

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By CBP
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2006 Lexus IS 250 4dr Sedan (2.5L 6cyl 6A)


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I purchased this vehicle new in 2005 and have written several reviews at different mileages. I did not have any problems with the vehicle until 52,000 miles when I discovered that the floor mats were wet from an air conditioner leak. Apparently the 2006 Lexus IS series has a defective air conditioner drain that obstructs and pours water into the interior cabin causing major problems. The design problem was corrected in 2007. There has not been a recall on the problem and the dealer agreed to replace the drain and all of the interior carpets under warranty. The repair would ordinarily cost over $2,000.00 since it requires removal of the entire dash board and all of the interior carpets.


Best Features

I am getting 28 mpg in combined city and country driving. The car still drives great and handles like a sports car. I have had to replace the tires; front brakes and the battery so far. Not bad for over 50,000 miles.


Worst Features

Do a recall on the air conditioner drain for all 2006 IS vehicles. The problem is hidden so most people will not realize what is happening until the interior begins to mildew. It is a major repair expense which should be born by the manufacturer.


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Great looking car but poor visibility
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By Rose
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2006 Lexus IS 250 4dr Sedan AWD (2.5L 6cyl 6A)


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I originally loved this car but when I started to drive it around in everyday situations I realized I made a mistake in leasing this car. The visibility is very poor for parallel parking and also for making turns and backing up. I have damaged the wheels and wheel rims because of this. This is my first lexus and my last.


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Juuuust Right
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By keeper
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2006 Lexus IS 250 4dr Sedan (2.5L 6cyl 6A)


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This car is perfect for my needs. I hear a lot of complaints about wanting larger back seats, but I don't tote 4 people all that often. If you want a bigger back seat, BUY A LEXUS GS or LS! If you want more power, GET A IS350 or IS-F!! This is a great car for a single person or couple and can haul 4 people when needed, but not all the time.


Best Features

Exterior styling draws compliments from random people. The seats couldn't be better, and ventilated seats is a nice touch. Great mileage and you won't find a stronger 2.5 engine that's naturally-aspirated. It's DIRECT INJECTED, for God's sake.


Worst Features

The voice prompt is too long. The nav system is pretty good but the safety lockouts are annoying...I guess it's supposed to be safer that way haha.


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Standard Lexus Quality
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By jonas1jp
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2006 Lexus IS 250 4dr Sedan AWD (2.5L 6cyl 6A)


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Love the car; the Glacier Frost paint is absolutely beautiful. Has a great stance, and a wonderful look from head-on. Interior is fantastic. Quality is top notch. The only complaint I have about the car is that the transmission shifts kind of rough, or more just quick and jolty even at lower rpms. Other than that it's a great car. Getting ready to buy another Lexus from the same dealer. Probably won't ever go anywhere else.


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Pentathalon Gold Medal
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By David
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2006 Lexus IS 250 4dr Sedan AWD (2.5L 6cyl 6A)


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This car is not the fastest or the best handling in the sports sedan category. However,it has got to be best all-around. What other all wheel drive sports sedan can consistently achieve 26 mpg in mixed city/hwy driving with legendary Toyota reliability? It was unstoppable in snow with all weather tires and the vehicle stability control kicks in when you need it. I bought it used and have had no mechanical issues other than routine maintenance/one recall. My Lexus dealer always has a loaner. In the five categories of performance (handling, power, mpg), comfort (interior noise, hvac - okay my Volvo had comfier seats), reliability, value and style (black with blacked out windows)it gets the gold.


Best Features

Everything works smoothly. It is a refined car. Very cool styling. The six-speed automatic shifts precisely and also gives you varied settings and paddle shifters. But my favorite is AWD, the blend of style, luxury and performance and 26 average mpg. I don't get many complaints from back seat.


Worst Features

Agreed that the transmission bump in the driver's footwell is a little too intrusive. The center pod of the instruments housing the audio and hvac controls is functional but boring. Backing up and parallel parking is a challenge with the high window sills and the wide roof pillar in the back.


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