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2001 Lexus IS 300 Sedan

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Base 3.0L 6-cyl. 5-speed Automatic - (74 reviews )

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Great Car 5+ Years W/NO Major Problems
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By ProjectMayhem
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2001 Lexus IS 300 Sedan 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 5A)


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I bought this car brand new and have had no majors problems. The only issue I had was my CD changer broke last year, but Lexus replaced it for free! I was more than a year out of warranty -that's customer service! This was my first Lexus but won't be my last. They have the great Toyota quality and even better Lexus styling and prestige. You won't find a better car for the money!


Best Features

Styling, quality, reliability, handling.


Worst Features

Better cup holders.


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Best Balanced Car
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By E. Griffith
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2001 Lexus IS 300 Sedan 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 5A)


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I got married & was looking for a sedan to replace my Honda Prelude, but I didn't want to give up the quickness and great handling. The IS 300 weighs 300 lbs. more than the Prelude but certainly doesn't drive like it. I was not afraid to buy one with over 100,000 miles because my family has owned several Lexus models. They rarely need repairs. I had to replace a cracked wheel (previous owner abuse) and found $200 for a re-manufactured one much easier to swallow than $500 from Lexus. Someone installed metal brake pads and cheap Kuhmo tires. After switching to ceramic pads and Pirrelli P Zero tires, the car is back to it's surprising potential.


Best Features

1. Awesome balance between amazing handling, smooth ride and tranny, and practical spaces (nice trunk and back seat for a small car). 2. Unmatched reliability 3. 2JZ inline-6 engine like the non-turbo Supra 4. Driver experience: seat, steering, gauges, responsiveness... all wonderful.


Worst Features

A lot of plastic in the interior (which Lexus improved with the new IS) but this car is biased toward sport more than luxury. Now if I could just put the 306 hp V6 from the new IS on my tighter suspension, we'd have a truely capable sports sedan!


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Best Ever
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By Shea McCuen
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2001 Lexus IS 300 Sedan 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 5A)


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This is the best looking Lexus ever made. It looks sporty while still maintaining is luxury image. It handles like a rear wheel drive sports car should handle, and engine and transmission performance are perfect.


Best Features

Diamond White Pearl paint.


Worst Features

More cup holders.


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Stylish, sporty, stellar
5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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By jstxlr8
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2001 Lexus IS 300 Sedan 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 5A)


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I have liked the IS since it came out and was thrilled to be able to buy one 2 years ago. In two years, I have had no complaints, just a lot of compliments and a lot of fun. I'd rather have this car used for the 20,000 I bought it for than any new car on the road for the same price. I drive my cars pretty hard, and this has been one of my favorites..have had a Prelude, Maxima, and Probe GT, but the IS spanks em all. I do use the E shift alot, makes for a more fun driving experience, especially with the traction control off... it tends to kick in early sometimes, which is fine if I'm not having a little fun with the car. Great luxo-sport car, that acts like and even looks like a coupe.


Best Features

6 disc changer, heated seats, E shift, and RWD, full size spare, shift knob. I enjoy the compliments at almost every gas stop and oil change.


Worst Features

MUST have ALL season tires if in snowy regions, one touch closing of moonroof, and armrest.


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Excellent
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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By Ruth Mc CARTHY
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2001 Lexus IS 300 Sedan 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 5A)


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Fun to drive and comfort on a trip. Get thumbs up on style and just a good looking car and I love my car.


Best Features

Easy access to dash board equipment. Nice size trunk. Nice interior fabric/leather


Worst Features

Add mud guards front and rear to prevent sand, dirt and rocks pitting the paint.


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