I purchased my IS300 used with 22K
miles, about 6 months ago and so far
I've havent had any problems with it.
I used to drive a Honda Prelude with
massive modifications so the IS cannot
compare to that car. Off the line the
IS is slooooow but the V6 will catch
up to any other car. I really wish it
had a center arm rest, that would help
alot. Also bigger cup holders.
Forget about getting Big Gulps from 7-
11. I considered a BMW 3 series but
read awful ratings about it. Im glad
I chose the IS300 over the 3-series.
Its a Lexus! I love the stares I get
at intersections. The CD changer is
nice. HIDs are standard.
More power from a gas guzzling V6.
Center arm rest. Bigger cup holders.
More dealers in SoCal...theres only
one in my area and oil changes take 2
hours! Thats it!
I have the car for 3 year with 16,000
miles on it. Is nice car but it have a
few complaint such fuel economy I got
about 16 mpg in the city. So far this
car have replaced driver side power
window motor because when I pull the up
position the window go up but it go
back right away bring back to dealer
for warranty repair. Last month I have
to bring the car in to check front
brake because when I go on freeway over
55mph and try top step on the brake a
little and the steering have lot of
vibration. Bring back to the dealer and
they have to replace the front brake
pad and rotor.
Need a wider front fender because when
the rain stop and the road still have
water the front tire kick the water up
to the side mirror a lot in the front.
I bought the IS used four months ago
and must say I am completely
satisfied. I moved up from a Miata and
feared I might be sacrificing some of
the superior hadling of the roadster in
exchange for some additional
interior/cargo space. I was wrong!
The IS 300 handles wonderfully with the
17" wheels. The torque of the inline 6
is unbelievable. Dealer service has
been excellent. The downside to the
2001, is the lack of a front armrest
and no folding backseat.
Smooth, quiet, torquey I-6. Luxurious
interior, nice factory stereo, and
comfortable seats. Great handling and
The armrest issue has been adressed
(buy an '02 if you aren't up to
retrofitting one). Fuel economy is
poor especially in city driving.
No regrets other than not holding out
for the manual transmission. with no
upgrades 0-60 is 6.35 on mine, which
edges out my friends stick M3 from 1999
by about a second. The best part is, it
goes way faster than the Beemer, 165 MPH
and the doors start opening up with
vacuum pressure so i didnt try to go any
faster. The A/C is automatic contrary to
the editors beliefs and if anything
feels like a corolla its the little
twitchy German crap buttons on the M
that require you to carry a set of
pencils to press accurately.
Speed, pedal response, Dealer service =
100% oilchanges + loaner cars for
anything over an hour
Ended up leasing the IS and have had
it 3 years and 33000 miles. Still on
original tires and brakes. I have had
it up to 148 MPH. Exterior and
interior are stylish, the instrument
cluster makes the interior. The low
profiles cause the car to pull to the
right every now and then. When
stepping on the gas it will sometimes
hesitate, has less low end power than
expected. Once you hit about 110mph it
kicks into O\D, simply incredible at
high speeds. Handles beutifully, will
pull 90 deg turns at 30+ mph with
little back end swing around. Nice
car, but planning on stepping up to
the bmw 540i or a gs400.
instrument cluster, high top end
speed, smooth as silk at hi speeds,
cup holders suck, low end could be
peppier with no lag, car pulls to the
right and I know it's not cause the
tires are low profile like the dealer
said, some interior components are
plastic and subject to coming off.