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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 10-19-2018, 09:24 PM Thread Starter
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Lexus is300 vs 350

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New to forums here, I'd like to introduce myself.

My names is Josh, I'm 19 years old and have completely fallen in love with the IS series.

I receive my driver's license in 2015, for the past three years I've worked a part-time job to save up enough money to purchase my first vehicle.

Time has come to finally make a purchase, I have about 12k saved for this project.

I've been doing research on the car for a little over a year, and have a substantial word doc containing information on mods and what not.

The issue I'm facing is between the 300 and 350, with living in Canada winters are rough, and 350's in AWD would work well in the snow.

I absolutely love the classic 300 look, with 350 series starting further in the timeline the body is completely differen't.

IF I went with the 350, I would want 3.5 litre V6.

I wanted to hear some pro/cons to each model, and which in your eyes would be the best to drive.

With being a relatively new driver I wouldn't want to go to extreme with mods at the start, probably just an intake/exhaust/wheels.

Thanks!
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Welcome, congrats on being responsible by working/saving to get a car. In your position, I would advise the is350. It’s newer and hopefully won’t need much work/maintenance provided you find one that’s been cared for. Not much to mod besides I/h/e. The 1G is300 will need more work because the newest one is still 13 years old (suspension refresh, brakes, etc) but is a great platform with lots of supporting mods. You’re probably going to focus on college/adulting so not much time for toys. Save your money for when you can afford to build a hot rod without cutting corners. JMO, but I’ve lived it, so there’s experienced advice there.
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All things equal, the newest car you can find/afford. Good luck man!

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other than there being snow where you live, think of some wants/needs for your next purchase and take those into consideration. can you get a awd 350 for 12k north of the border?

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Great question. I have owned an IS300 2001 since 2008. I now have 250,000 miles. I was looking at the GS350 '08 but its nothing like an IS. Its fast but it a big car and not easy to toss around like my IS. So now I am thinking I need to look at the IS350 as a replacement. I would like to hear how the is350 compares to the is300.

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I've had both an is250 and an is300, if you're into driving your car like you mean it, then the is300 is for you. The 350 is fast but the handling is shit (super soft suspension, body roll, the works) its really not a platform i like at all. My brother has an ISF which is the same chassis and sure, its fast af but the handling was just like my 250. You don't want that in a small car with a v8. But in your case with the snow, the awd is gonna be your best option, its not gonna be able to pull anything but it'll sure get you out! Good luck!
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