After being an BMW man for the last 10 years, and getting burned on reliability and repair costs, I decided to try out Lexus. My wife and I have been driving Toyota's for 20+ years as well (to 100K+ m...
After being an BMW man for the last 10 years, and getting burned on reliability and repair costs, I decided to try out Lexus. My wife and I have been driving Toyota's for 20+ years as well (to 100K+ miles), so the quality, fit and reliability of the Toyota/Lexus brand was not at all in question. Until the F, Lexus has been pretty tame with their lineup, and even with the flagship LS460, lacked the aggressive, performance driven look and feel of BMW. The IS-F attracted me as it is limited production, a distictive look, and left me shaking with excitement after a test drive. I was looking for a car the could deliver performance, be reliable, and had a lot of the creature comforts i had come to enjoy in my BMWs. I drove a Porche 911, no doubt a true sports car, but the ride and comfort I sought was not attainable in that package.
If there is one beef I have with the Lexus it is the Satellite Radio Prep. BMW, intelligently placed the console access for this accessory/upgrade in the trunk, while Lexus has made it so the entire dash and console need to be removed to access the rear of the Navigation head unit. This drives the cost at the stealership way up and makes it a time consuming, frustrating upgrade for the do-it-yourselfer (perhaps by design). Additionally, things rarely remain rattle free after such a large scale disassembly.
Outside of that, the exhileration with this car is every bit that of the Porsche with a luxury fit. With the anticipated reliability I've come to appreciate from Toyota Motor Co, I'm looking forward to many years of pulse racing fun.