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  • lexi4life... Guess we'll have to agree to disagree. There is very little "wrong" with the current IS300. Sure, it could use some more power. And a 6-speed manual. But it has a tasteful exterior styling. Great reliability. Good practicality. …
  • lexi4life... Keep in mind that the next generation GS and IS will get whatever Toyota/Lexus deems appropriate. The GS and IS have different competitors than the Avalon and are entirely different cars with different missions and different competito…
  • My early build--Aug '03--'04 IS300 manual sedan has LSD. My wife's later build--May '04--'04 SportCross automatic also has LSD (along with VSC). Think LSD is available on all '04s.
  • Sad to say but about 50-55% of Lexus' sales the past 3 years or so have been in SUVs. Even BMW car sales actually down in USA in CY2004, with only real growth in their SUVs. Thinking the last sales figures I saw for Lexus had about 150,000 SUVs to…
  • lexusguy... I want the best car for the money. That means the best engine I can afford. So I stick to I6 and V8 configurations. The latest BMW V8s are magnificent engines.
  • You have to compare apples to apples. So that means comparing I6s to V6s at the same time. You can't fairly compare a 2005 MB V6, with all the latest and greatest in technolgy and metallurgy, to a 1996 I6. BUT MB could have chosen to invest their…
  • It is attitudes like that that have let BMW clean up. Jaguar and MB both foolishly dropped I6s (though is nice to see MB use an I6 diesel in the E320).   If you look back at say 60 years of car reviews for premium marques that used I6s, near…
  • setzer... Exterior design/styling is purely subjective. I think the IS300 is tasteful and purposeful. I like it a lot. The "excitement" in the IS's design is in the interior. The chronometer dash cluster, the aluminum pedals, the ball shifter, …
  • we'd be able to do a better job of staying focused. But since Toyota/Lexus are playing their cards close for now, all we can do is opine, pontificate, bloviate, hypothesize, dream, pray, hope, and beg.
  • tsx24... My critical criteria also includes RWD. No FWDers or AWDers for me.
  • ... will Lexus come up with a worthy IS300 replacement. While I share the loss of the I6 (the world hasn't been on its proper axis ever since both Jaguar and MB gave up the necessary I6s, an engine configuration that made both famous), Lexus could…
  • Exterior design is highly subjective. I much prefer a tasteful evolution of a conservative design than a radical redesign. Preserve continuity. That is what BMW has done so well with the 3 Series since the 1970s. I'd like to think the IS will be…
  • Latest issue of Motor Trend has a very, very small news piece on the upcoming IS. They report October 2005 premier at Tokyo Show and that the new IS will be "more conservative".
  • wale_bate1... I mentioned Euro-delivery for other marques because Japan Inc., unfortunately, doesn't offer Japan-delivery. Bet Lexus will be watching closely at BMW's 1 and 2 Series. Without something like an IS200, Lexus won't have anything to c…
  • Anyone ordered an IS from scratch? Will the average dealer do it? Bet they do anything to sell from stock or do an inter-dealer trade. If anyone has ordered from factory, how long did it take to arrive? BMW, MB, and Audi are set up in Europe for…
  • dewey... Hard to measure. But compare BMW and MB sales in USA in 1985 to today. And compare market share. Think Lexus has done more in less than 20 years than BMW or MB did in 40 years!   BMW and MB took a pounding from Lexus, Infiniti, and Ac…
  • sorter... The IS300, like the BMW 325i, is a serious all around sport sedan. It is NOT designed to do smoky burnouts or stoplight racing. It is designed to be fun to drive on a variety of roads (esp. hilly and curvy), while retaining sufficient p…
  • wale_bate1... Having bought 3 ISs off dealer lots and having walked some other Lexus dealers, I have yet to find an IS on a dealer lot with an MSRP under $33,000. My wife's SportCross was $34,035. My manual transmission one was around $33,500. A…
  • lenscap... Any discussion about transmissions? Praying it has a 6-speed manual, and a real one with my leg working the clutch, not an electro-hydraulic one.
  • lexusguy... Yes, it was in response to your following post:   "'TSX would be much cheaper and much less prestigious in the eyes of consumers if it didn't have the fancy badge and wasn't loaded with worthless options.'    Right, it would be a …
  • lexusguy   USA Acura TSX is the European Honda Accord.   USA Lexus IS300 is the European/Japanese Toyota Altezza.   Nothing wrong with the heritage of either.   Is interesting that Lexus is finally coming to Japan after all these years!
  • wale_bate1... Think Lexus can't afford to use "used" or "CPO" cars to compete in the $23-30,000 range. This is where the TSX is doing so well. Base Saab 9-3, MB C-class Sport Coupe, and others there. The IS200 would nicely cover that segment as …
  • lexusguy...   1. As I've pointed out before, the problem with the IS is gearing. Unlike cars like the 3 Series, she won't go 60 mph in 2nd gear. Poor decision by Lexus.   2. Key to winter snow tires are getting a good snow tire and using a…
  • rwoods... All ya gotta do is put decent snow tires on your RWD car. As simple as that. You DON'T need AWD/4WD. If you can afford a Lexus, you can afford a set of snow tires. [I put sets of snow tires on both my IS300 sedan and wife's SportCross…
  • Acura, Lexus, and Infiniti did have a serious negative impact on the sales of Audi, BMW, MB, and even Porsche in the USA in the late 1980s and early 1990s. From about 1988-1992 were very dark days for these marques. They showed that very good cars…
  • pzev... Is a crying shame that TRD does not offer a supercharger for the current IS300 platform. Is also too bad Lexus never offered a low or no optioned IS200. The Toyota Altezza is sold elsewhere in an additional 2 liter engine with manual tra…
  • Toyota/Lexus would give some details on the next IS. About all we can do is guess and pray.
  • Thought it interesting that in the December 2004 issue of Roundel (BMW CCA) magazine they have a full report on the recent JD Powers APEAL survey results. Lexus won overall (910) beating out Porsche (903), Cadillac (902), and BMW (900). And Lexus h…
  • Re-read the voluminous E46 (current generation) 3 Series reviews. The usual tested benchmark has been the 330i with manual transmission and Sport Pkg or Perf Pkg. (The M3 is in a class by itself.) BMW has always been smart to give the car mags th…
  • What is the saying in real estate: Location, location, location? Here in midwest, much of the expansion is tied to location issues. In Omaha, city/county growth out west. In Omaha, the Lexus dealer doubled his size about 5 or so years ago. But …
  • sunilb... Weight adversely impacts braking, handling, and acceleration. A hybrid set up will add complexity and expense. For little benefit and a lot of opportunity loss. The IS is NOT an economy car. A good 6th overdrive and the right final …
  • polenta... For now, be pleased with your IS gauges. BMW has been reducing the number of gauges in their cars. The new 5 Series lost one (including the M5). Wish Lexus gave the IS 6 real gauges, like you can get in a Mustang and like I had in my …
  • dewey... You may be surprised by what all the various posters on this board have owned. I've owned a '98 540i6 and a '00 323ia. Not to mention two '96 Infiniti G20s and a '00 Lincoln LS8 Sport. I've owned three Lexus ISs and still own two of the…
  • dewey... CR raved about the former E39 530i, which was discontinued after MY2003. And that raving was about the car and driving experience, but not the reliability. CR has also raved about the IS300, and that includes both the car, the performanc…
  • sunilb... AWD adds weight, price, and complexity compared to RWD, not to mention reductions in fuel economy and, often, useable interior or trunk space. AWD is a real lose-lose! Run summer tires in 3 seasons and winter tires in winter.
  • maxhonda99... Yes, I bought the book. I had a 25% off Borders e-coupon. I enjoy these type automotive history/business books. I also bought the one on BMW, Driven, which came out last year. Is always interesting to learn about the history, trad…
  • Finished "reading" The Lexus Story, the big coffee table book put out by Lexus, by Jonathan Mahler (Melcher Media, 2004). (Bought it at Borders.) First thing I noticed is that there wasn't much about the IS. (Though there wasn't much about the ES…
  • Will be interesting to see if Lexus drops the IS's "boy racer" interior and moves more toward the rather austere BMW interior or the more luxurious Audi interior. Hope they at least allow buyers the optional ability to order an interior that better…
  • Wondering if you two are talking about two different things. Interior quality is often reflected in discussions about the look and feel of the interior. Fit and finish often refers to how things were put together, e.g., the gaps between things, ar…
  • http://money.cnn.com/2004/11/08/pf/autos/cr_auto_reliability/