I bought my 2002 IS 300 new 5 years ago and I have been very happy. The car is nearing 70,000 miles and still accelerates and brakes without much effort not to mention the precise steering! I got the car detailed recently and I fall in love with it every time I see it. This car truly shines above and beyond my good friend's BMW 5 series which is similarly aged but sadly prone to small mechanical problems every couple weeks. I take my IS300 for service when needed and everything from windshield wipers to brake rotors operate without problems. The unique aspect of the car comes from its design which really stands out. The new IS250 and IS350 are great cars no doubt, but seem to conform to that new Lexus-like design which blends in with every other Lexus on the road. The IS300 really turns heads and stands apart. This basically means that even if you keep your car for the coming years, the design of the car will never become obsolete.
INTERIOR: You must be warned that if you are looking for the leather clad, plush, wood trimmed interior Lexus is known for, then this is not your type of car. The car is built with great workmanship, but the IS300 is a sports sedan. The seats are only leather trimmed on the sides and the steering wheel is leather as well. The console is very functional and to the point and lacks the luxurious digital age air conditioning functions and so forth (everything is controlled through sturdy feeling high quality plastics and buttons). However, the interior still pulls off a very high quality attractive look. Overall this is a VERY Comfortable interior without any doubt.
BOTTOM LINE: BUY THIS CAR (MOST LIKELY USED) AND YOU WILL HAVE PURCHASED A CAR WITH PREMIUM DRIVING DYNAMICS, UNSURPASSED RELIABILITY (And I mean nothing less than what I say), AND A CAR YOU WILL PROUD TO CALL YOUR OWN FOR YEARS TO COME.
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