I bought a used 2003 IS 300 after looking at BMW 330ci's. Both offered similar features, but the Lexus had a lower price and from my research, higher reliability. The vehicle had approximately 51,00...
I bought a used 2003 IS 300 after looking at BMW 330ci's. Both offered similar features, but the Lexus had a lower price and from my research, higher reliability. The vehicle had approximately 51,000 miles when I purchased it and it drives and handles like a new car!
Many reviews that I read complained about the instrument cluster; speedometer, tachometer, etc. Like any new car, one has to acclimate to the displays, features, locations of buttons, etc. I have found the controls to be laid out in a very use-friendly, intuitive fashion.
The manual transmission is a joy to drive and has no problem getting off the line or passing traffic on the highway. The cabin is well insulated from road noise and the stereo is much better than other cars I test drove. The indash 6 disc changer loads and ejects discs quickly and has yet to jam. The tape deck, well, it's a nice touch, but I'd rather have a larger display than a tape deck!
My only regret is that I could not find an IS 300 with a navigation system.
My only complaint is that the rear seat does not fold down and the pass-through is not large enough for my snowboard. However, I can fit my snowboard and a second one in my backseat with no problem what-so-ever.
I highly recommend this car, if you can find one!