sorry to hear that. Maybe they are rushing to get those things build. In that case, maybe you shouldn't buy another IS300. But you should be glad that both of your GS are fine. I think Lexus is still reliable, but just make few mistakes. People make mistakes especially when they have to check 100+ cars a day.
Not suprised to hear the problems. It seems that the craftmanship of Lexus cars are not as good as before. I guess they are rushing the cars out the factory.
Yes, body gaps problem seems common in IS.
My Silver IS didn't have any problem of that kind.. But there are a few scratchees here and there though most of them are very difficult to see. I guess it is not related to factory but rather the dealers, the trucks, etc..
Oh, my malfunctioned stereo unit has been replaced and the dealer makes another stupid mistake by scratching the top bin of the console.
No major problems with mine, yet... There is sometimes a soft rattle coming from the driver's door area, either from the handle (where you close the door from the inside) or the window/mirror plate. It may be from the tint shop, where they might've taken off the panel to tint the window. When I go for service, I'll mention it. But my stereo is always loud, so I can't hear it unless I'm changing CD's!
Sorry to hear about your problems everyone...mine is runnig perfectly so far... the only thing i notice is the slight amount of heat eminating from the steering column after a long amount of driving... this has been noticed by many other owners as well...good luck on getting your problems resolved, everyone!