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I'm thinking about getting an IS since I want a relatively powerful car with class. I have a friend with an M3, so I'm swaying to stay away from the 3-series (just so we don't look like twins.) I've been reading some posts and a couple of things disturb me. I know that the IS is really a near-luxury sports sedan, but even as an automatic I thought that it would have no problem killing a 2 dollar Civic or an eclipse. I'm not into racing and never had, but I want to know what to expect if some oxy 10 preferred customer comes next to me and wants to race that I wouldn't have a problem taking on a car that costs a third of an IS. It seems this may not be all that true. I would like a clarification and/or confirmation.


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You are a fool.

Let me be the first to let you know that buying a car is not just about performance. There are tons and tons of amenities that come along with the IS, things us Civic owners can only dream about. Heated seats? Huh? HID's? What? Insane sex appeal? Where??

Dude be realistic, there are certainly faster cheaper cars out there. I know people who have '91 Civics with b18 swaps that run low 13's at the 1/4 strip, and the entire car cost them less than $8k! Price is not the factor man!

Anyhow, you sound like you need a WRX, not an IS. If you're not concerned with anything but street racing, this is not the car for you. If you want to venture to the luxo-sport side of the car market, then by all means, go for a damn test drive at your local dealership and see what this car is all about!
 

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Depends on what car you might be racing against. I mean, anything up to say .5 (or even a little more) seconds of a difference in accleration comes down to the driver and how good the start is.

I personally feel my IS is fairly quick and peppy. I know it can't take like a M3 but I wouldn't even try to race one anyway. I did not get the car to do stupid ass straightline street races.

But hey, if you want to worry about stuff like that then go right ahead. Yeah maybe some "2 dollar" car might be able to keep or even beat it in straight-line but if you really want to race them then you'll do a real race where handling is involved instead of just hitting the gas pedal for 1200 feet.
 

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Hippy? what the hell was that for? maybe you meant yuppie. Hey man, I just wanted to know if this thing has balls or not. 215 hp seems like more than a decent hp. Power is only one aspect of a car, but my current car is ball-less. And I could care less was a Civic costs. If a Civic costs 19k, I don't know how the hell they sell those tin boxes for that price. Accord Coupes start at much less than 20k. I'm sure you could get a 2 or 3 year old civic for less than 10k. BTW, there are limitations to what you can do on a test drive (especially at a Lexus dealership used to the over the hill crowd.)
 

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Originally posted by ColeTrickle:
Hippy? what the hell was that for? maybe you meant yuppie. Hey man, I just wanted to know if this thing has balls or not. 215 hp seems like more than a decent hp. Power is only one aspect of a car, but my current car is ball-less. And I could care less was a Civic costs. If a Civic costs 19k, I don't know how the hell they sell those tin boxes for that price. Accord Coupes start at much less than 20k. I'm sure you could get a 2 or 3 year old civic for less than 10k. BTW, there are limitations to what you can do on a test drive (especially at a Lexus dealership used to the over the hill crowd.)
Sure, if you get the diet caffeine-free Accord (LX 4-cyl). Here's the deal: you should probably wait for the manual version. However, if a manual tranny isn't in tune with your yuppy style, then I don't know if the IS is quite right for you. (read as: buy a viper or vette to keep your ego's PSI above 40)
 

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And what is this about being too much of a pansy to go for a "real" test drive? My salesperson had me floor it constantly, demonstrating the power just fine. I took her around an oval road several times, she was having a blast. If your dealership is too over-the-proverbial-hill then you better find another one.

[ May 02, 2001: Message edited by: webguyIS ]
 

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I sure can take advice with brevity from a guy who has pictures of girls bending over a civic on his site. Because my friend owns an M3 makes me a yuppie? I drive a pontiac. I'm closer to hillbilly or hippy than you know. I know there is no way I will come close to beating his M3. Is there anyone on this site that was born before the 80s? I had to change my name. This one works out better to scold ye little ones. I will admit that post was a bomb(ie crow statement), but I expected some people to back the IS300 since this is an IS300 forum. Of course, I don't know if I got any responses from actual IS drivers. I guess I've been brought down to some of the standard uv deez peeps dat role here (on purpose misspelling.)

So let's get back to being civil. I love the car, beautiful as hell, great value for the options, and not yuppie friendly. Maybe unbelievable to you webby, but I don't want a Beemer or an Audi for that reason. I want more distinct style than those vanilla rides. A manual would be a great option, but I'm not sure if I want to wait until the end of summer and probably pay a premium then. I only have two questions about the car, everything else is perfect, the performance/power and winter driving (which I think should be fine with Blizzaks.)


BTW, hippies drive VW bugs, the old ones. Yuppies drive Mercedes, Volvos, Beemers, Audis.
 

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The performance is fine, on par with the BMW 3-series. The handling is better than almost anything that you're going to find from in an American car (and my previous car was a Contour SE, a car known for its handling). There are plenty of tweaks for both handling and power should you desire, from intakes and exhausts to sway bars and shocks/springs. Turbo and supercharger kits are coming out.

Winter driving, provided that you have snow tires and the optional Limited Slip Differential, should be fine.
 

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Thank you Sacremon!

All I wanted was a little input from some IS300 drivers. I just wanted to know if it is just a pretty package or if it had great insides too. One date (a test drive) doesn't always give you a true impression.

Anyone else?
 

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OK DickTrickle, let's lay it all out this time...

Originally posted by RichardTrickle:
I sure can take advice with brevity from a guy who has pictures of girls bending over a civic on his site.
Touche! I suppose the pics aren't as beneficial to an impotent person as they would be to my young-whipper-snappin self. Thanks for the hits on the site though, next please.

Originally posted by RichardTrickle:Because my friend owns an M3 makes me a yuppie? I drive a pontiac. I'm closer to hillbilly or hippy than you know. I know there is no way I will come close to beating his M3.
You called yourself a yuppy, turbo. Did you miss that one? Ya better bust out with the trifocals and take another look...

Originally posted by RichardTrickle:Is there anyone on this site that was born before the 80s?
Of course, doesn't take a genius (let alone a moron) to figure that one out.

Originally posted by RichardTrickle:I had to change my name. This one works out better to scold ye little ones. I will admit that post was a bomb(ie crow statement), but I expected some people to back the IS300 since this is an IS300 forum.
So you come here pissing and moaning about how you want to be able to outrun everyone on the road, especially those tincan Civics that are always pestering you? Get a life man, you don't get positive feedback by doin that. Doesn't it feel good to crap your own drawers?

Originally posted by RichardTrickle:Of course, I don't know if I got any responses from actual IS drivers. I guess I've been brought down to some of the standard uv deez peeps dat role here (on purpose misspelling.)
Ooooh, did you learn that at l33t h4X0r school? Ever thought that perhaps some of us would get the sarcasm there as well? If I decided to point it out in this post it'd be 80% of the word space easily. You toothless stick mongrel.

Originally posted by RichardTrickle:So let's get back to being civil.
I'll think about it... I'm having so much fun!

Originally posted by RichardTrickle:I love the car, beautiful as hell, great value for the options, and not yuppie friendly. Maybe unbelievable to you webby, but I don't want a Beemer or an Audi for that reason. I want more distinct style than those vanilla rides. A manual would be a great option, but I'm not sure if I want to wait until the end of summer and probably pay a premium then.
All of the sudden you're concerned with cost? Mr. Deep Pockets can't handle the thought of a few extra thousand for a nav system? Maybe if you'd read up you'd see that a) the '02 manual isn't going to be in high demand, and b) it's going to be cheaper than a '01 base-for-base pricing. Good things come to those that wait, I've been waiting for 5 months now.

BTW, it's "bimmer". Go back to h4X0r school and take some slang spelling courses.

Originally posted by RichardTrickle:I only have two questions about the car, everything else is perfect, the performance/power and winter driving (which I think should be fine with Blizzaks.)
Go drive one yourself! No one's gonna make the decision for you, unless you ask mommy - she can probably persuade you back to the Pontiac though with a lil' lovin.

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The lady at Pohanka Lexus wouldn't even let my friend floor the blasted thing. She got all scared when he swung the IS around a tight turn and told us that she "didn't want to die today" haha. I wish Lexus was more liberal with the test drives, or be like BMW and not have a damn salesman come along for the ride.
 

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Originally posted by phi:
The lady at Pohanka Lexus wouldn't even let my friend floor the blasted thing. She got all scared when he swung the IS around a tight turn and told us that she "didn't want to die today" haha. I wish Lexus was more liberal with the test drives, or be like BMW and not have a damn salesman come along for the ride.
All you have to do is ask. If they say "Sorry, we require people to ride with you for insurance reasons" take your business elsewhere.

They *can* and *do* sign release waivers for cars, I've done it so many times.
 

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I don't have that much time, so I'll keep it short. (I have a tee time at 5:40, ironic ain't it.) I never said I was a yuppie, you called me a hippy. I said I thought you were looking for hippy. Damn, the boss is calling to leave. I'll be back, I want to have some more fun tomorrow.
 

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Originally posted by RichardTrickle:
I don't have that much time, so I'll keep it short. (I have a tee time at 5:40, ironic ain't it.) I never said I was a yuppie, you called me a hippy. I said I thought you were looking for hippy. Damn, the boss is calling to leave. I'll be back, I want to have some more fun tomorrow.
Haha, bring it onnnnn beotch! Funny how tee times come up so conveniently.

Lex, I concur.

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