2002 Lexus IS 300 Consumer Review: IS 300 5spd

2002 Lexus IS 300 - Consumer Review

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

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IS 300 5spd
By ProfessorP on


2002 Lexus IS 300 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 5M)


Bought new in spring '03 & still love to drive it. Flawless reliability. Has 80K+ miles, but feels & looks new. Replaced two sets of tires & one set of brake pads. A blast to drive. Sold my SC 400 6 mos after buying this car, because I never drove the SC anymore. Handles better than most sports cars, turn-in is crisp and fast, steering is not overboosted. Could use a bit less body roll in stock form. Swapped in Eibach springs and handling is noticably improved. Power from the inline 6 is smooth & the sound of the engine is a wonderful purr. Interior layout is perfect, fits like a good racing glove. A true driver's car. I also enjoy the fine Nav System w/easy to use controls at my fingertips.

Best Features

Manual transmission, rear wheel drive, ability to fully disable traction control, great brakes, distinctive looks, suprisingly good stereo system, excellent Xenon headlamps, stylish 17" wheels.

Worst Features

None. Anything else would ruin the simple purity of this 4-door sports car.
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