2007 Lexus Is 250
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Love my IS250 AWD

by from Chicago, IL. on March 23, 2012

While I have never been a fan of Lexus, always saying they were just glorified Toyota's, I surprisingly find myself owning one and loving it. The IS has always caught my eye and I fell in love 60 seco...
While I have never been a fan of Lexus, always saying they were just glorified Toyota's, I surprisingly find myself owning one and loving it. The IS has always caught my eye and I fell in love 60 seconds into test driving one. While the performance is less impressive than that of the BMW 3 and Audi A4, the IS is much more comfortable and user friendly when it comes to its technology. The BMW and Audi navigation systems are very difficult to use. The Lexus' GPS is very straightforward and simple to use. The push start is awesome, although I often forget where I put my key. The LED lights inside are awesome, rear view camera is phenomenal, and overall drive of the car is great. I never get tired of driving it even on long drives and am always comfortable no matter how long I'm in it. Usually I drive the car in "Sport" mode as it gives it a little more pick up. After you get going the car accelerates well, but off the start it drags. What's really cool is you can set the dashboard to let you know when you go above certain speeds - rings around the speedometer turn orange and then red. This is especially useful on the highway. I'm a 5'8 male, and I find the size of the car to be perfect. However, if you're 6' or taller, this is not the car for you. I've had tall friends in the front seat and they look cramped - their knees come awkwardly close to their chest - and there is no way they would fit in the backseat. Overall I love my car - it's sleek, sexy, comfortable, fun to drive, easy to maneuver, and the controls take no time to master. The certification program is AWESOME - I definitely suggest you purchase the tire warranty if it's offered through the dealership because the tires Lexus puts on the car SUCK. They go flat easily and are expensive to replace. Roadside assistance is quick to respond and act and Lexus customer service is definitely 5-star quality. I am very impressed. The pros: Gas mileage, Xenon headlamps, heated and cooled seats (AWESOME), rear view camera, navigation, comfort, east of controls, handling, turning radius, sound system, clarity and ease of bluetooth, gas mileage, handling in the snow, options, value, reliability, maintenance costs. The cons: Extremely small backseat, mundane handling compared to its German competitors, paint chips/scratches VERY easily, brake dust on the front rims is just as bad as my BMW while performance is less than, brakes take a little getting used to - people who drive my car for the first time often jerk around, tires, and blind spots. Overall - I LOVE my car and am very impressed by it. Will I buy another Lexus? Probably. Even if you don't think you'd like it - test drive it. I did. And fell in love. The only thing I am really disappointed by is the lack of power - the AWD wasn't available on the IS350 until a couple years later. But it's still a sexy car that I am proud to call my own and enjoy getting into every day.
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Most Fun and Reliable Car I've Owned

by from Burbank, CA on July 1, 2010

Driving back and forth to work an hour + each way used to be a total pain for me when I had my Camry. Now that I have my Lexus, it is fun to get in the car and enjoy the drive to work and back (well m...
Driving back and forth to work an hour + each way used to be a total pain for me when I had my Camry. Now that I have my Lexus, it is fun to get in the car and enjoy the drive to work and back (well most of it, besides the annoying drivers out there). I got the Black Sapphire IS 250 with chrome rims and this car in one word is HOT! Love love love it!
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Nicest car I have had the pleasure of owning!

by from Cincinnati, OH on February 25, 2011

Walked on to the lot looking at another car that was on the "list". Ended up not liking it as much as I thought I would. Found this AWD model sitting in the corner and had to have it. Caught Jake Swee...
Walked on to the lot looking at another car that was on the "list". Ended up not liking it as much as I thought I would. Found this AWD model sitting in the corner and had to have it. Caught Jake Sweeney at just the right moment in time and landed a sweet deal. For having 60K on the odo the car rides like brand new. Even the leather still feels and smells like new. PROs: cuts through the snow like a hot knife through butter, comfort, comfort, comfort!!! Love the styling inside and out! Cons: the steering is a little vague for my tastes, and there could be more room for storage up front. But other than that, they would have to pry the keys from my cold dead hands to take it away from me.
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2006, had since new

by from Baltimore on February 19, 2012

Bought car new in 2006, 61000 miles. No repairs or even new brakes, only oil changes so far, knock on wood. Only thing from perfect 5 star is rear leg room needs a couple more inches. Also own a BMW...
Bought car new in 2006, 61000 miles. No repairs or even new brakes, only oil changes so far, knock on wood. Only thing from perfect 5 star is rear leg room needs a couple more inches. Also own a BMW 328i, the Lexus has more pickup, uses less gas, and fewer rpm's at high speed. eg, cruising at 75 mph, lexus is at 2300rpms, v bmw at about 2600
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Awesome

by from Bay area,CA on April 18, 2011

This is an awesome car ! I definitely recommend it. I was definitely surprised by the great gas mileage !!! Looks good/drives good/reliable/good gas mileage.
This is an awesome car ! I definitely recommend it. I was definitely surprised by the great gas mileage !!! Looks good/drives good/reliable/good gas mileage.
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For those Considering on Buying this car

by from Memphis,TN on June 11, 2009

I have shopped all around trying to decide between the IS250,G35,BMW, & Audi. I ended up with the IS250 and I must say that the car is a head turner. The pick up and turning are great. The car gets gr...
I have shopped all around trying to decide between the IS250,G35,BMW, & Audi. I ended up with the IS250 and I must say that the car is a head turner. The pick up and turning are great. The car gets great gas mileage and is really comfortable. Only thing I can complain about are the staggered tires and brake dust. I REPEAT TIRES ARE NOT CHEAP FOR THIS CAR bc it has two different types so keep that in mind when considering this car. The average mileage on the tires that come with it are around 15-20k miles
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I Love This Car!

by from on November 19, 2010

The Lexus IS 250 is exactly what I needed. I am a mom and wanted a small sedan that could fit a carseat, but wasn't too 'mom' like. We already have a huge SUV, so I really wanted to stay on the small ...
The Lexus IS 250 is exactly what I needed. I am a mom and wanted a small sedan that could fit a carseat, but wasn't too 'mom' like. We already have a huge SUV, so I really wanted to stay on the small and sporty side. But what is good for mom is the trunk - it's huge! The performance of this car is amazing - the tires literally hug the road. And in the rain, I felt as safe as can be. I also love the fact that when my daughter is in her carseat facing backwards, she is completely protected in her little cocoon because the side windows and rear window are very high up. Not sure if that makes sense, but basically, she is not in direct view of the windows....the doors and leather backseats cradle her carseat. LOVE THIS CAR...and the mpg rocks!!
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Fantastic!

by from Chicago on February 17, 2013

After owning the 1st generation IS300 with a manual transmission which I loved and then switching to a BMW 328 was a complete letdown, I really regretted trading in my IS300. After 3 months of pain an...
After owning the 1st generation IS300 with a manual transmission which I loved and then switching to a BMW 328 was a complete letdown, I really regretted trading in my IS300. After 3 months of pain and regrets, I sold BMW and got a new IS250 AWD. It's night and day compared to BMW, much smoother, sportier and a dream to drive. The only comment: would love to have a proper manual offered!
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I love this car

by from Van Nuys, CA on March 12, 2012

At 40,000 miles I've haven't had any mechanical problems at all. I love the styling, handling, acceleration, and reliability. The only thing that I don't like is the tires are different sizes on the f...
At 40,000 miles I've haven't had any mechanical problems at all. I love the styling, handling, acceleration, and reliability. The only thing that I don't like is the tires are different sizes on the front and back so you can't rotate them. I have to replace the tires every 15,000 miles. They're low profile 18" high performance tires and run about $1,000 for a set of 4. Other than that I absolutely love this car!
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by from Boston, Ma. on July 10, 2007

...ride, steering, acceleration silky smooth and nicely responsive. As an AWD luxury/sport sedan you get a well balanced blend of both, but in order to have both, you don't get the best of each. Keep ...
...ride, steering, acceleration silky smooth and nicely responsive. As an AWD luxury/sport sedan you get a well balanced blend of both, but in order to have both, you don't get the best of each. Keep that in mind if you still enjoy challenging 'g' forces in the corners and et's for the quarter mile. If those are major concerns for you, this is not the car you want. However, since I'm mostly a city boy who has had my fair share of speeding tickets there certainly is enough get-up 'n go in this beauty to be more than acceptable. I had to try real hard to come up with a few negatives although not enough to prevent me from giving the car overall mostly top honors. So, here they are: inferior factory tires - changed them before I took delivery. When switching from auto stick to manual transmission it always defaults to 4th gear regardless of the speed at that time (would rather have it default to the gear it's in when switching). Ventilation system defaults to in-car circulation at start up (would make more sense to default to outside air instead). Front wheel brake dust is much too excessive (certainly not acceptable for Lexus engineering). Making the rear seats capable of folding down would be a nice/helpful feature. Lose the console ash tray/cig lighter and add more console space.
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