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Pros: Its quickness and looks.
Cons: There were quite a few problems (most little things) when I first got the car. A hesitation problem I had to take the car in 3 times before it was properly fixed. It was a computer problem.
Advice: Get ready to have fun and get lots of looks.I actually bought my IS300 a few years ago(2001) and I have had very good luck with it. It has an incredibly smooth shifting of gears and just feels like a million bucks. I have had so many people come up to me and compliment me on the looks of the car. Lexus staff are always very nice and would go out of their way to safisfy the customer.
Pros: Smooth, powerful I6 engine and wonderful manual transmission clutch/shift linkage.
Cons: Hood prop rod and space-intruding trunk hinges.
Advice: Get the limited slip differential (and vehicle stability control for the automatic transmission model)First 3,500 miles in my '04 IS300 manual have been sheer magic. Absolutely fun to drive and drive hard. Outstanding brakes, ride, handling, steering, engine, and transmission. She could use more power (supercharger?), a 6-speed manual transmission (just to keep up with its competitors), fold-down rear seats, and a deeper overdrive (to lower RPMs at highway speeds for better fuel economy), but she shines as a serious all around high performance sport sedan. Great family sedan. Reliable. Stylish. Space efficient. Great car for the money!!! Loved my wife's '03 IS300 automatic so I had to get a manual for me!