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Just wanted to say hello to all. I've been visiting this sight for months while driving a Saturn and now I can visit it as the proud new owner of a 2001 IS300. I thought I was in love with the car before I bought it...oh how I was sooooooo wrong. Thanks to all for a lot of useful information before I bought it.
 

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Hi Cujo! I love this site too, I've really enjoyed the information I've been getting and checking out what other people have done to their cars although I probably won't do anything extra to my car except maybe get a spoiler if I can afford it. Would love to get a NAV but can't quite convince myself to shell out the bucks for it. So what color did you end up getting?
 

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Thanks for the warm welcome. Picked up an Auburn sky loaded, minus the factory spoiler and LSD. Wanted both of these, but it was their "car of the week" and they wanted to move it BAD! Got a hell of a deal. I'm leasing, but when you work the numbers I would have purchased it for about 30,700.
 

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Originally posted by Rex:
congrats cujo! good choice and what a move.. Saturn to Lexus.. wow! more power to yah man.
What do you mean by that? look at JD Power. SSI Lexus #1 Saturn #2 , CSI Saturn #1 Lexus #2

Looks pretty even!
 

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I appreciate what JD Power has to say, but believe me...theres nothing even about a 93 Saturn SL2 and a 2001 IS300...not even close, trust me I know.
 

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Saturn had about 120,000 miles on it...not sure exactly the odometer quit at 105,000. I can't say the car didn't run damn good though, probably could've gone another 100,000 with minimal cost.
 

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Our other car is a `98 Saturn SL2. It's our commuter car for the most part. I call it "The ultimate commuting machine" since it sips the gas, and it's still a comfortable ride for the long trips.


But come on, these cars are lightyears away from one another in almost every category except customer satifaction.
 

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this is probably a good time to jump in and announce that I'm a new member too...


For a while now I've been thinking about replacing my 89 camry, and the IS is at the top of the short list.

I wanted to thank all is300.net posters for the valuable information they provide!!

[ July 29, 2001: Message edited by: 4krysia ]
 

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I could not resist posting a reply (my first) because of all the similarities. I too have been "haunting" this forum for months to get all the latest info on the 2002 IS300. I'm first on the waiting list for a 2002 5-speed at one of the dealers here in Atlanta, and I currently drive a 1996 Saturn SL2. My Saturn has been a great workhorse (the only thing keeping me sane driving it is that it has a 5-sp tranny), but I call it my transportation appliance.

For a variety of reasons (mostly related to raising children who rightfully should warrant more spending than a car), I have not been able to sate my thirst for a real driver's car in almost 13 years. The last one I owned was a 1986 Toyota MR2. What a sweet machine! My experiences with that car are in large part the basis of my choosing the IS300 over the new-for-2002 Audi A4. I didn't seriously consider a BMW (too many of them, too pricey to service, too expensive to buy, and, I suspect requiring service too often). Nor did I seriously consider the Jaguar X-type (too expensive when equipped, too corporate, favors XJ over S-type too much, likely too unreliable). I can't wait to start driving my new IS.

Thanks everyone for posting so much great info. I just hope the dealer with whom I put down the dollars doesn't try to screw me on the purchase price because I'm first in line for the 5-speed.
 
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