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Lexus IS 350 and IS 250



  • wale_bate1wale_bate1 Posts: 1,986

    Prime reason not to go to most dealerships for non-warranty: book rate. If I've got two things wrong with my car, the dealer's tech writes them as two separate items and charges book for both, even if the operations have redundant steps! Charged twice for labor done once.

    My independents have always given me the breakdown, ganged tasks and saved my money where possible. That's why they're all still in business, I'm thinking.

    Shifty already has a thread in Maintenance and Repair: "Dealer vs. independent shop?" Let's us just relocate there, shall we?
  • txcurtistxcurtis Posts: 7
    I would like a little input here. After lurking here for a few weeks and doing some other research I was about ready to head to the local Lexus dealer and test drive a 350 a probably make the purchase if I could find one to my liking. However, I just ran across the info on the 07 G35. Looks pretty interesting. I have never owned Infiniti but I have been a satisfied Lexus owner in the past. Any thoughts on the 07 G35 vs. the IS350. Thanks
  • louisweilouiswei Posts: 3,717
    Since I have been paying close attention on the new G35 as well, I guess I'll post my thoughts.

    Looks to me the '07 G35 won't get an all-new redesign instead it's like a minor facelift with a M35/45 style interior. The prototype indicated that the engine has a redline at 7500 RPM (comparing to 6500 RPM for the '06) so I am assuming that it'll receive a re-tuned VQ engine. The official words from Infiniti is that it'll come with "300+" horses and some say it'll have 330 HP under the hood. But whatever that'll come out to be I'll bet that it's going to overtake IS350 in this horsepower race.

    I predict the interior will move upscale quite a bit but still fall short comparing to the IS (probably will be better than E90's). By looking at the current G35, it's safe to say that the new one will have a stiffer suspension thus result in clearer road-feel than the IS which is good news for the so call "enthusiasts". Also expect to see both 5 speed AT and 6 speed MT on the new model. The coupe version will follow in 2008.

    Here are some pictures:

  • from_flfrom_fl Posts: 113
    You could buy an IS250 and put money saved as down-payment for the upcoming Son of Godzilla(Nissan Skyline GT-R). :shades:
  • wale_bate1wale_bate1 Posts: 1,986
    G35 is as portly as a GS.

    Considering the porkification of this new IS over the old, going to a bigger car just means being even more detached, IMO.

    Still, for all those who feel a need to whine about rear seat leg room, G35 might be just the ticket! :P
  • adamsearadamsear Posts: 8
    I'm very close to deciding to purchase an IS250, but I had some remaining questions, especially after being able to rent one for a day:

    1) It seemed like the voice commands on the navigation were pretty lousy (computer often didn't understand my command even though I spoke clearly with the windows up, etc.) Have owners found this to be the case? Or are you able to be mostly understood and get the cooperation of the nav?

    2) The suspension seemed just a little "off" going over bumps and such--almost like the shocks weren't that good. Any thoughts on this? How would you say the 250 compares in this regard with the 300 from last year?

    3) Finally--I live in Los Angeles where it can get hot, and am planning on getting a black interior, but don't really know if it's worth it to spring for the cooled seats. How do others in warm climates do without having it? Also, if you do have it, do you really notice/appreciate the difference?

    Many thanks.
  • louisweilouiswei Posts: 3,717
    I'll answer your third question...

    Mine has a black interior without the cooled seats and I live in Atlanta. I think the best way to go with a black interior is to get the ceramic window tint. Believe it or not it truly makes a difference. ;)
  • prime203prime203 Posts: 20
    just some input, i recently owned a 2004 infiniti FX35 and yea the transmission and engine were fantastic as were the tech packages but the service department was really bad at responding and fixing problems the car had (and there was always something such as malfunctioning cd player, navi, windows... list goes on) from what i have seen with my familys lexus experience (ls400, ls430, sc430) lexus service and lexus quality by far surpass infiniti and after owning an infiniti (now its sold and im working on getting an IS) i have to say in my opinion it is a truely lower tier luxury vehicle... i compare lexus with benz and bmw but now way would i compare infiniti with those 3.
  • lexusgirl1lexusgirl1 Posts: 27
    I just purchased my IS250 and haven't had a chance to sit down and figure out my Navi yet so I can't help with your 1st question.

    I haven't really noticed any problems with my suspension. I can tell you that I used to have a 2001 IS300 and this car blows it away! I LOVE my IS250!!!

    As far as the black interior goes I think the seat coolers (which I have) and the ceramic tint (I also have) do help but I think the exterior color has alot to do with how hot it gets inside. My IS250 is white and I think that helps keep it somewhat cooler. Darker colors (I believe) would tend to make the inside hotter. What color exterior are you considering?
  • jaybeejaybee Posts: 17
    I got my new IS250 AWD on Saturday, and I love it! I opted to wait for the color I wanted (glacier frost), and it took 2.5 weeks, but I am so glad I waited. The sterling interior is beautiful too. Thanks.
  • boikoboiko Posts: 82
    I haven't been able to confirm this yet. But I have heard from a few Lexus salespeople, that there is indeed (I'm 6'-2" tall) more driver leg/foot room in the RWD IS250 vs the AWD version. Is this true..?

    I know that the AWD vs RWD IS250 adds about 200lbs, is a bit slower, and has poorer MPG...22/28 vs 24/32. So it's a little tough to justify the AWD..even here in NH - given all the electronics to keep the car on the road, and of course a quick trip to Tire Rack, for good set of tires..
  • adamsearadamsear Posts: 8
    I'm considering more of a silver-type exterior color (not sure what it's called). Tell me, did you get the ceramic tint from your dealer? What %? How much does it cost to get and how long do you have to wait for it?
  • glenfordglenford Posts: 138
    He is probably referring to the fact that the AWD differential case (?) protrudes a bit by the gas pedal into the driver's footwell. Some people hate it, some don't notice it. Try sitting in one and see. Tim
  • cmakcmak Posts: 1
    What interior color did you get?
  • andy82471andy82471 Posts: 120

    For the 2007 model year, the IS remains pretty much the same. There is one key change though that should make many people happy. More on that later, but no, it's not a manual transmission for the IS350. For now, let's talk about colors.
    Three colors are dropped/changed from the 2006 lineup:
    Crystal White is replaced by Starfire Pearl (077)
    Black Onyx is replaced by Obsidian (212)
    Blue Onyx is replaced by Black Sappire (8U0)
    The Obsidian black is supposed to be the blackest black Lexus has ever produced and will be shared with the GS and LS. Supposedly a mirror-black finish, expect it to look astonishing - when clean.

    Two items only available in packages in 2006 are now available as a standalone option: Aluminum Sport Pedals and HID/AFS. Two new standard features are an illuminated fuel/trunk opener and an additional fog lamp indicator.

    The 2007 IS will sport a new shark-fin antenna. Apparently, there was a minefield of patented shark-fin designs that needed to be navigated before this could be produced, but it's a welcome change.

    The biggest news though, is the addition of a VSC/VDIM defeat button. Woot! Even better is that this change was the direct result of feedback from enthusiasts (and press reviewers no doubt). Let's pat Lexus on the back for this one, briefly, before we go back to harping about manual transmission options.

    Finally, we see a new, less expensive sport package which does NOT replace the ST package, the X-Package (XE):
    18" Five-spoke Super Chrome Finish Wheel with summer tires (unique design unavailable otherwise, though previously available as a JDM accessory option, see image)
    Front Air Dam (see image)
    Sport Tuned Suspension
    Aluminum Sport Pedals
    Illuminated Scuff Plates (not previously included in ST package)
  • tchoupstchoups Posts: 4
    I just bought an IS 250 with cashmere interior. I love the color, but definitely know that I need some all weather floor mats/liners to keep it clean. Does anyone know where I can get some goods mats for the IS 250 that will not cost an arm and a leg?
  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    Come over and share the mileage your cars are getting: IS 350/IS 250: MPG-Real World Numbers!
  • alex4x4alex4x4 Posts: 19
    I had the same problem with the cashmere floor mats. They are dirt magnets and look terrible in no time. It was so frustrating, I resorted to putting a rag on the floor. I don't have a cheap solution but I decided to buy a set original Lexus IS250 black mats. Problem solved. The black color matches the dash and looks great, and the OEM mats are a perfect fit with the Lexus logo. The black color doesn't show any of the dirt like the cashmere mats, and no more rag on the floor. The mats were $135 from the dealer which is pretty pricey, but not having the interior look like crap and feeling like I need to take my shoes off to get in the car is as they say.....priceless.

    Anyone getting the cashmere interior should get the dealer to throw in a set of black mats to close the deal, trust me you will be glad you did. And if you have the AWD make sure you get the right mats, they are a different shape than the RWD.
  • lexusgirl1lexusgirl1 Posts: 27
    I work at the Lexus dealership that I bought my car from so the ceramic tint was done while I was working and I paid $200 which is dealer cost. The legal limit in Georgia is 35% but I went with 20%. 35% is just too light!
  • lexusgirl1lexusgirl1 Posts: 27
    Have you tried looking on Ebay? Sometimes you can get a deal. I have the all weather mats in my IS250 and I love them! I paid $67 (employee cost) for them at the Lexus dealership I work at and they are worth every penny! Good luck and I highly recommend getting a set.... :shades:
  • nrossnross Posts: 13
    I bought mine from lorparts on ebay. They are Lexus of Roseville in California. They had the all weather mats before my local dealer in NJ had them. They are genuine Lexus mats and look much better and are of better quality than the after market ones you see on the net. I would highly recommend them as the service was excellent! The mats are so nice that I left them in for the summer. Good luck!
  • navguynavguy Posts: 61
    For voice recognition be sure to reduce interior noise - close windows/moonroof and eliminate conversation in the cabin. These items will prevent the system from understanding your commands.

    Secondly, wait for the beep. From my experience I have seen people press the steering wheel switch and then talk. You must wait for the system to beep before stating your command.

    Lastly, talk at a normal volume level. There is no need to yell at the microphone. The system works better when you speak at a normal conversational tone.
  • sancarlossancarlos Posts: 5
    I purchased the Sport pedals from a well known web site that sells Lexus accessories. The 3 pieces are the Foot rest, Brake pedal and the Gas pedal. I managed to install the Foot rest and the Brake pedal ,but not the Gas pedal.
    Anybody has any knowledge on how to install the Gas pedal? Any help is sincerely appreciated.
    Thanks to all.
  • Karen_SKaren_S Posts: 5,095
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  • tchoupstchoups Posts: 4
    I appreciate the responses from everyone. Here is an update for anyone else looking for all-weather mats for their IS 250 RWD. Lexus currently does not make an all-weather mat to match the cashmere interior and I haven't found anyone who has an estimate on when they might.

    So far I have found the best deal for a set of all-weather mats (Black) on They are selling a set for $69.
  • alex4x4alex4x4 Posts: 19
    I drove a Lexus loaner vehicle that had the all weather mats in it a didn't particularly car for them. While they are designed to protect the carpet from excess snow melt that is brought into the vehicle from your shoes in the winter, they are IMO not very stylish. They are thick rubber with wide channels to catch and trap the snow which then melts and turns to water. It's an effective design and if you live in a location where winter snow is common occurence they are a must, but I would switch them out to the carpet mats at the first sign of spring and wait until the snow falls to put them back in.

    If you don't have major winter snow issues where you live I think you would be happier with the original Lexus black carpet mats I mentioned above to solve the dirt problem you are having with the cashmere mats. If you are trying to decide between the two I would go to your local dealer and take a look at the all weather mats to make sure they are what you want...even if you are going to get them online.

    I live in Colorado and have to deal with snow so I'll get the all weather mats for Dec-Apr. The black carpet mats look great the rest of the time, and my old cashmere mats are in a bag under the house and won't come out until I decide to sell the car.
  • from_flfrom_fl Posts: 113
    Please advise,

  • lexusgirl1lexusgirl1 Posts: 27
    I LOVE my all-weather mats. I live in Georgia and we never get snow but I sure am able to track dirt and leaves into my car with no problem. I also have a 4 year old....enough said (lol). My IS250 has black interior and the black all-weather mats look great! If my interior was cashmere (which I am assuming yours is) then I could see how the black all-weather mats might not look as good. I guess in the end it just comes down to personal preference. :shades: :shades:
  • rhino01rhino01 Posts: 8
    We just took my friends IS350 in for service. One of the items was a large gap between the driver side headlight and the bumper. We checked every IS250/350 they had on the lot and every last one exhibited this problem but only on the driver side. The gaps varied over a quarter inch in my estimation. The dealer stated that they would not fix it since they are all coming that way. I have a problem with this since Lexus brags about the fit and finish of their cars. I am sure we all remember the infamous ball bearing commercials.

    I would suggest you look at your bumpers before taking delivery.
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