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I have a serious question in regards to this issue. I've test driven the IS300 and absolutely love it. However, the sudden loss of control problems some owners have talked about are quite troubling to me. Are these problems the result of aggressive driving by the owners or is the design of the IS300 prone to these issues?

I would appreciate any comments from current owners on this issue.
 

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i'm sure that this is not a wide spread situation.

i constantly drive my car hard and hit 100 nearly everyday. i have 8000 miles and there isn't one problem with my car....except for that stupid bubble in one of my tires
 

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Without being able to speak for anyone else, my IS300 is absolutely not prone to sudden losses of control.

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Probably both.

The car comes from the factory w/high ultra high performance tires that are good in dry conditions, but lose some traction in wet and snowy conditions. The car is also a RWD and must be driven accordingly. Knowledge of RWD handling dynamics such as oversteer and the affect the throttle has on handling needs to be taken into account.

My recollection of some of the incidents posted on this board occured mostly in less than ideal road conditions. Some of the driving mishpas have either been on snowy or icy roads and/or wet roads. You simply shouldn't be pushing any car regardless of engine and drivetrain layout when the road is slick.

The IS 300 is a safe car if driven accordingly to the road conditions and if the driver is mindful of the drive characteristics of a front engine RWD car.

The IS 300 is my wife's daily driver and I have complete confidence in the car's safety.

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a pseedy car w/ good handling does not make a better driver... that's why you read about people spinning out all the time. They think that they're like Michael Schumaker or something
 

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Naw, don't worry about it. You'd have to push the car REALLY hard to lose it...or mess around with bad road conditions.
 

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My IS300 has a mind of it's own
From what I have read.. The IS300 is the drifting champion of Japan. I guess i just have to get used to that fact. It's pretty safe. Just take it easy when roads are moist... ie: Early morning etc etc

Im trying to learn to control it

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