If you want something different, neither BMW nor Lexus is the label to go with. Lexus is as common if not more so than BMW on the streets and I've seen as many IS300s as 330i's on the road.Originally posted by Badman Forever:
The reason I chose the IS300 over a BMW is because almost every other luxury car that drives by is a BMW. They all look alike... and those BMWs are the most common luxury sport sedans out there. I wanted something fresh, something new, and something that won't break down as much. And as with the service, Lexus is probably as good as its gets. Any questions?
I have a $1000 that says the 330i (with automatic) will beat or equal the IS300 in the 1/4 mile in ALL of the magazine tests. Any takers? The 330i should win pulling away because of its fat and very flat torque curve and its extra horses and better weight to horsepower ratio.Originally posted by Jebzter:
- Performance: 330 and IS pretty much the same. Maybe a tiny bit more oomph in the 330. In the 1.4 mile, I'd place my bets on the IS winning it by a slight margin.
Bimmer enthusiasts are complaining that they've lightened the steering for the 330i. I don't mind the lightened steering, but I did like the heavier steering in the 328i. The tight steering is one of the reasons for the "totally in control" feeling you get when you drive a BMW. Short of manual steering, you won't find better road feel than than through the steering wheel of a BMW.Originally posted by Daniel:
One thing I do find is that the BMW's steering wheel is heavy, but there are people who like this. MB's steering seem a little bit too light for me, like the typical Lexus except for GS and the IS.