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Lexus IS 300

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  • v_techv_tech Posts: 52
    shawn-you may not believe me but i had a billion guys on the 3 series site tell me they had one word for the IS300's drive. BORING!!! i think some of them called the IS300 sluggish too for that matter. i laughed so hard my stomach was sore.

    it won't disappoint me if a WRX goes flying by me on the freeway. why would it?? the WRX can fly by most sport lux sedans so what is the big deal?? like i told you before if i wanted to end the debate with you i would put a turbo kit (it is available)in my IS300 and say THERE!!! It is more fun this way though. =)

    vtec
  • v_techv_tech Posts: 52
    just took a 1 minute peek today and the other day. in 2 little peeks i discovered a 330i that blew up upon delivery, another 330i that has 500 miles on it that is having engine problems (a sudden loss of power) when downshifting described as "seizing" followed by the maintenance light going on (he said it happened two times). then we have a guy named deepdarkblue responding that his 325 was doing the exact same thing. he called the bmw dealer and the only thing they could think of was if you put low quality gas in your bmw this may happen even if it is high octane. most troubling and disconcerting reading material if you ask me. AND i never read more than a page due to the 500 posts a week or something like that. who knows what other carnage is out there. =) i should go post there how my friends dads 528i only a year old caught fire and burned down. he now drives a 740i. some lessons are hard learned. maybe that is why his mother just went and bought a GS300.

    vtec
  • fxashunfxashun Posts: 747
    I don't know....But I'd rather have an IS. I gotta have a sunroof.
  • shawn325ishawn325i Posts: 100
    BMW 3 series owners expect their engines to blow up, we have so much money to throw around!!!

    Give your head a shake!

    I guess the MIGHTY IS300 has no problems whatsoever, right?

    Hmm problems, slow sales, car is too expensive for its targeted market, 20 something, cheap plastics on the interior, busy interior, funky tail lights, questionably sprint times based on 215 horses, hash ride, boy racer image and so on............

    Hell of a slalom runner and great brakes and those amazed drooling fools you speak of, well, if thats what you like so be it. Next time someone yells "what the hell is that" don't be surprised if they mean it in a negative way.

    As far as comments go on the 3series, happens all the time, but thank god they save their drool.
  • silverlexsilverlex Posts: 156
    you hang out here Shawn...for Vtech's company? If you don't particularly care for a certain make/model, why hang out in the forum it's being talked about in?

    I suggest a new forum called "Shawn vs Vtech" J/k!

    Honestly, I'm not trying to get rid of you. Just trying to understand.
  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    We already have one argument, er discussion, on the Comparisons board where we have carried on about the 3-Series and the IS 300 - let's take it back over there, if indeed there is anything new to be said - which I kinda doubt!

    Pat
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  • jrct9454jrct9454 Posts: 2,363
    I doubt I'm the only one who is weary of the "my car is better than your car" nonsense that seems to break out on this board periodically. These diatribes sound for all the world like the hallway conversations of a typical high school, with all of the lofty emotional maturity that implies.

    Look, if you haven't driven all of the cars in this class [IS, A4, 3er, C, TL to name the biggest players] yourself, you should. I found that there were more things to like about each of the competitors than dislike, and am particularly bemused by the vilification of anything with front-drive. I prefer rear-drive myself, but can assure you that a well-driven TL-S will bug your eyes out just as fast as anything else in this class. The simple fact is that the Japanese provide better value and the promise of better long-term reliability, and the Germans tend to be more refined and capable of more balanced trade-off between ride and handling. The rest is personal preference, and by all means, state yours as you wish...but quit trashing the competition, because there are no bad cars in this group. And do make sure that your opinions are backed up by some personal experience - that helps, as well...
  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    about the 3-Series vs the IS300 since that conversation - as I noted earlier - is fully underway on our Comparisons board. Interested parties know exactly where it is located.

    Pat
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  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    And as I suggested several days ago, anyone is welcome to go to our Comparisons board and start up any new IS300 vs. whatever discussions, if one does not exist already.

    The purpose of this conversation is to discuss specifically the IS300 with a mind toward owners helping owners and also prospective buyers having a place to ask their questions. Some comparison discussion to be expected and not a problem, but lately this entire conversation has been overtaken with comparisons.

    We HAVE an appropriate place for comparisons to be discussed. Let's go there for further conversation along those lines.

    Thank you.

    Pat
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  • mchwemchwe Posts: 23
    so important to stay en pointe, as it were. my last post seemed to have gotten buried: does anyone have details about upcoming manual transmission, and whether there will be an upgraded engine to go with it? thanks!
  • v_techv_tech Posts: 52
    mchwe-the manual is due out in august sometime. there will be no change in the engine i believe. it will be five speed despite some thinking it was going to be six.

    the manual i think is coming with 18 inch rims. if you go to lexus.com there is a picture of the new red manual version with 18 inch rims. i prefer the older graphite polished 5 spokes. a small spoiler is also available too i believe.

    you can ask silverlex about the rest of the goodies being added on this year. he posted them on sedans vs sedans IS vs MB C class vs volvo S60 vs 3 series vs A4 somewhere i think. there aren't too many posts there you should be able to find it if you are interested.

    the suspension should be tighter too from what i have heard. this car obviously will be faster than the automatic and lighter too.

    the automatic already has a jet fighter feel to it. the manual should be a gem. the coupe and cabriolet versions are also on the way if you are interested.

    vvti
  • sirharpersirharper Posts: 112
    It still looks like a car that Pokemon would drive!
  • silverlexsilverlex Posts: 156
    I thought I posted an answer to Mchwe, but I can't seem to find it. Pat?

    Anyway, like Vtech said, there isn't going to be an upgraded engine. But expect better acceleration since more HP will make it to the wheels instead of getting sapped by the automatic transmission. Times have yet to arrive.

    The manual will have an 18" option, but I don't think that's standard.
  • silverlexsilverlex Posts: 156
    Tails will also remain the same. Check out the 2002 Maxima's new tails. Look familiar?
  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    Something happened Monday - in fact I think it happened two or three different times - where some posts were lost, and some folks message counters were reset. That's probably what happened to your message.

    Sorry about that. They must have gotten the problem fixed because it hasn't happened anymore since about 1 or 2 pm (Town Hall time) on Monday.

    Pat
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  • jkmfromlajkmfromla Posts: 22
    my bad. i said bigger, but i really meant more hp. it should've read "it's got more hp, but it looks just like the regular TL and it's fwd."
  • silverlexsilverlex Posts: 156
    Lexus IS300 Pace Car
    October 31, 2000

    A race-modified Lexus IS 300 pace car lead the pack at the Marlboro CART 500 FedEx Championship season finale, Friday October 27 through Sunday October 29, at the California Speedway in Fontana, California.

    The bright yellow IS 300 was outfitted with race and safety modifications to handle the demands of pacing Champ Car races. The pace car features a five-speed manual transmission and a Toyota Racing Development (TRD) supercharger, which adds 50 horses for a total of 265 horsepower.

    Other modifications include a roll cage, race-tuned suspension with Eibach racing coil springs, and Bilstein shocks. Rolling stock includes 18-inch front and 19-inch rear BBS wheels and Bridgestone Potenza 225/35ZR18 tires in the front and 245/35ZR19 in the rear while Brembo brakes help keep the IS 300 in check.

    This is the third foray into the CART pace car lineup for Lexus. The SC 400 sport coupe led the way in 1992 and the high-performance GS 400 rounded the track first in 1997 at the Toyota Grand Prix of Monterey.

    Lexus is also working with TRD to create an L-Tuned version of the IS 300. Body effects would feature front fascia and lip spoiler, choice of grilles, side skirts, rear wing and wheel/tire set. Suspension modifications would include shocks, springs, front and rear sway bars, brake pad and slotted brake rotors as well as a performance high-flow exhaust.

    Here's the link to the article:
    http://www.motortrend.com/news/stories/001031lexus.html
  • v_techv_tech Posts: 52
    very nice. thanks silver.

    vvti
  • silverlexsilverlex Posts: 156
    It looks like the pricing post was removed, probably because it included a contact to a particular dealership. IS300.net has the pricing for the 2002 IS (manual, AT and Sportcross) on their front page.
  • silverlexsilverlex Posts: 156
    image


    These were taken with a digital camera, so they might not be completely accurate. Every color except red has a metallic finish.
  • mmcbride1mmcbride1 Posts: 861
    That'll be an interesting one to see in person.
  • jmad325jmad325 Posts: 17
    Hi, I'm looking into replacing my 95 3 series coupe and stopped to look at the IS 300 recently although I didn't drive it. So far I am interested in this car and am wondering if anyone has any recommendations for a good Lexus dealer in the Houston area. I talked to someone at Sterling McCall but afterwards heard that they aren't the best place, although they are the closest. Anyone have any suggestions on where I can get a good deal on a 2001 or maybe a 2002 if I go for stick? thanks, josh
  • silverlexsilverlex Posts: 156
    Lexus Ranks No. 1 in J.D. Power and Associates Customer Service Study for the 10th Time in 11 Years

    July 11, 2001 -- Torrance, CA -- Lexus once again upheld its reputation as the industry leader in customer satisfaction as reflected in the latest J.D. Power and Associates study announced today. For 2001, Lexus is No. 1 in Customer Satisfaction with Dealer Service in the independent research firm’s Customer Service Index (CSI) Study.

    With 903 out of a possible 1,000 points, Lexus holds the top spot for the 10th time in 11 years. CSI results are based on more than 56,000 vehicle owners who evaluated their visits to dealerships during the first three years of ownership. Even with the increased sales volume the Lexus brand has experienced in the past few years, Lexus dealers continue to stay focused on exceeding customers’ expectations and providing the best service in the industry.

    "At Lexus, success is defined by much more than vehicles sales," said Denny Clements, Lexus group vice president and general manager. "When Lexus was established in 1989, our commitment was to give customers an unparalleled buying and ownership experience, and now 12 years later, these survey results show that our cream-of-the-crop dealers continue to deliver on Lexus’ high standards for customer satisfaction."

    The combination of excellent products and outstanding customer treatment has resulted in Lexus becoming one of the world’s premier luxury brands.

    The article is found here
  • shawn325ishawn325i Posts: 100
    for the IS300, at least here in Canada???
  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    Again, if you are interested in comparing the IS300 to other vehicles, please go to our Comparisons - Sedans vs. Sedans folder and join an existing conversation, or start a new one if a suitable one is not already underway.

    Thanks.

    Pat
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  • oac3oac3 Posts: 373
    I am new here, so please be gentle :-)

    I am interested in the '01 IS and took a test drive a couple of days ago. Loved it. Since I 'walked in' to the dealership, I got a lack-lustre $31,650 bo from the sales guy. I told him I am going to be checking out the 325i, and would get back to him on my decision.

    Just need some help on pricing. Edmund's TMV was $30.5K on a souped-up IS (w/premium leather, moonroof, ++), but CarsDirect.com had the same priced at $30.9K, compared with the dealer's $31.6K. Think I can get a better deal than $30.9K ? And if so, any recommendation on dealership ? I live in San Diego and can travel as far as LA if the deal is right.

    Thanks
  • raybearraybear Posts: 1,776
    Omo-

    Try offering the Edmunds' price to your local dealer, if he won't take it maybe someone in LA will.

    That price is pretty cheap, since most of the cars will have the leather, moonroof, trunk mat and wheel locks, plus the dealers have to pay an advertising fee to Lexus.
  • v_techv_tech Posts: 52
    from one standpoint it is reasonable to expect some really good deals now because it is closeout time and the IS hasn't sold like hotcakes. from the other standpoint 31,650 is still a pretty good price for a pretty loaded IS300. the 325i with a load of options on it would cost you well over 35K BEFORE TAX unless they gave you a unbelievable deal. either way you would be paying more for the bimmer no matter what and i think the guys at lexus know that.

    but i do agree with you that they should be offering a little less than that at this point in time. but remember, that moonroof is regularly a 1000 dollars and the leather package is 1700. throw in the polished rims and you have a 34K car BEFORE TAX. you are being offered a decent deal unless of course this car is a demo (which it isn't of course).

    silverlex got the best deal i have ever heard of at 31K pretty loaded. i had to pay 33,800 after tax loaded so you can see the 31,650 could be better but it could be worse. with the moonroof and leather package i'd say that is pretty good though.

    vtec
  • oac3oac3 Posts: 373
    for all of your nice suggestions and comments. I will try to see the dealer this weekend and hope to work something out. I am trying to work around a $30K+TL deal if I can find one. The dealer told me they need to move out some cars due to their high volume and hence the $3K under MSRP deal he offered on a silver or white IS300. If he won't budge then its over to CarsDirect.com since their price is the best, so far, at $30.9K. My first choice would be a land-based dealer, of course. Just more convenient imo.

    Anyways, many thanks once again. I'll come back here to update you all on how I did.

    BTW, would the '02 be priced about same for '01, and what major changes are envisaged ? The dealer told me he expects the '02's to come in by September 24th or thereabouts. I can wait, if necessary, but would rather like to buy when the dealer can make a deal to reduce volume....
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