2001 Lexus IS 300 Consumer Review: As good as it gets

2001 Lexus IS 300 - Consumer Review

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

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As good as it gets
By Jade300 on


2001 Lexus IS 300 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 5A)


Since the day I first saw this car on a Japanese website back in 2000 I have been in love with it. I picked up my '01 with 60k on the clock and have loved every minute. I performed my basic 60k maintenance and regular oil changes since and it has been problem free. It is a blast to drive but still keeps all the refinements you would expect from a Lexus. And with a Toyota powerplant under the hood, you never have to worry about reliabilty. Fun to drive, decent on gas, great looks and a wonderful engine that takes to modification very well. Highly recommended to anyone looking for a sport luxury sedan that doesnt want to be another faceless BMW driver.

Best Features

Spectacular engine (2JZ-GE), fantastic brakes and wonderful suspension. Also gotta love the chronograph gauges.

Worst Features

A little more grunt from the factory, all other complaints (LSD, 5-speed, armrest) fixed in later models.
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