I would've opted for the stick if it was availiable. However, considering all the traffic that I go thru and not to mention the fact that I just fractured my left leg this weekend, I can't be any more happier that my IS is an auto. Even with one working leg, it is still fun to drive.
I was on the waiting list for the launch of the IS, but I opted not to take delivery because I wanted a manual transmission. I recently put a deposit down at a Lexus dealer for the 2002 IS with a manual transmission and nav system. It's going to be a long 9.5 months until the car comes out.
The IS surpasses so many other cars that are offered with a standard, that it matters little to me that it fails to surpass even more only because of its auto tranny. I LOVE the choices Lexus made with this vehicle. It is so much fun to drive I wish my commute was longer. At lot longer. Really.
I did want a stick, but the 5 spd auto is very nice and smooth...kinda getting used to it now.
Since this is my daily commuter (at least for most part of the year) I think I still would've opted for the auto.
Stick! Stick! Stick! Would buy it in a heartbeat if available right now. Mean time, been so anxiuosly waitin'. My old lady can't drive a stick but she has the Accord so I'll be the only IS driver! YEAH,BABYYY!!!
I am debating on selling my new IS300, I really want a 5 speed. Driving a auto is the most boring thing. My car is perfect and I would never even consider selling it if it was a 5 speed. The sooner the 2002 gets here the sooner I CAN GET THE PERFECT CAR!!!!!!
STICK STICK STICK.
I have been on this board for a while, and for a certain time, I was SOOO tempted to go ahead and buy the auto, and just do a trade in when the 5spd gets out. That going to be hella money down the drain though.
But, my deposit in, and i will just have to wait painfully for my 5spd