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2003 Lexus IS 300 Ratings

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Lexus IS 300 2003
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    7/9/2004 7:33:33 PM

    2003 Lexus IS 300 - Auto Sedan

    Pros: Sporty handling that hugs the road

    Cons: Hesitation Problem with the Transmission

    Advice: DO NOT BUY - Lexus is not willing to stand behind their product

    The handling is extremely capable for sporty driving and the brakes are unrivaled. The power is adequate and smooth, though it tends to lug a little at lower RPM's. The E-shift allows only limited control over shifting (gears 2-5) and far too often down-shifts on its own. A HESITATION PROBLEM occurs in many IS300's as a result of the vehicle's ICU (onboard computer) malfunctioning -- a major issue considering it is not detectable during the initial test drive, gets progressively worse, and according to Lexus, is not correctable.