Lexus IS 300 Ratings

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    2002 Lexus IS 300 - Manual Sedan

    Pros: THE STYLE IN AND OUT

    Cons: GOOD POWER

    Advice: THE CAR WILL SELL ITSELF.MINE DID

    MY 2002 GRAPHITE GREY IS300 HAS TO BE THE BEST BANG FOR THE BUCK FOR ME.I WAS IN A BAD CAR WRECK AND MESSED UP MY BACK,MY DR TOLD ME I WILL NEED TO BUY A COMFORTABLE CAR,AND TO GET RIDE OF THE ONE I WAS DRIVEING 65 MILES TO SEE HIM IN. SO I TEST DROVE LOTS OF CARS AND THIS HAD TO BE THE BEST ALL-AROUND CAR FOR THE MONEY AND THE MOST FUN DRIVEING I HAVE EVER HAD IN A CAR

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    2002 Lexus IS 300 - Manual Sedan

    Pros: performance

    Cons: interior room

    Advice: long wait for vehicle delivery if ordered with or without certain options

    Did not test drive before purchasing

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    2002 Lexus IS 300 - Wagon

    Pros: Steering, braking and general handling

    Cons: No factory tuner version available (like M or AMG)

    Advice: Great car and a good value in the low 30s.

    This car is a sportier but slightly less roomy version of the BMW 325i sport wagon. If BMW offered all the wagon engines it offers in Europe (including both the 3 liter gas and diesel engines), I would have probably gone that route. That being said, the IS handling, steering and braking are phenominal and all this car needs is a supercharger to compete with the M3 on the track.

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    2002 Lexus IS 300 - Manual Sedan

    Pros: Sporty appearance and Lexus quality.

    Cons: The lack of power compared to other cars in its class

    Advice: Get the summer tire option

    IS300 handles great, has decent performance and great brakes. The ride is firm but not to the point of being harsh. The car rear seating is tight. The over all quality of the car is superb! Lexus needs to increase the vehicles hp or offer a supercharger or turbo to better compete with vehicles being offered by BMW,Infiniti and Acura. My dealer could not find a car with the limited slip differential. Why Lexus does not include this option as stardard is beyond me. I would like to see Lexus offer some type of wood interior accents. The stereo system is excellent, however it's slightly weak in producing bass tones. The optional navigation system is difficult to program as it doesn't utilize a touch screen interface.

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    2002 Lexus IS 300 - Manual Sedan

    Pros: inline-6

    Cons: too cramped in the rear passenger area

    Advice: look into getting the A4 quattro 6sp for the same price

    The car handles nicely, but it is missing a lot of the amenities that the Audi A4 has. Such as, memory seats, heated rear, dual climate control, 6sp, awd, power trunk release, air bag release based on impact, rear seats fold down, 12-way electronically adjustable seats, free oil changes and scheduled services and a lot of rear legroom. The Lexus' rear passenger space is very limited and the seats do not come down to have access to the rear (only a ski pass-through in the armrest).

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    2002 Lexus IS 300 - Manual Sedan

    Pros: The tightness of the car in every aspect!!

    Cons: ??

    Advice: get a car cover.

    Gripping, Literally!! This car stays on the road. When you get in the car it feels like the car is pulled over and around you. When you hit a 90 degree right turn at 45 and you never slide in your seat or on the road that is when you know that the car can handel. Also available at the dealer is a L-Tuned package. You can get 18-inch rims and a sport suspension.