3,000 miles on transmission and it failed? Cost to replace is 6,000.00. Warranty denied due to computer readings saying engine had high rpm at time of transmission engagement. Others on internet having similiar problems with transmission functions.This is definitely not typical of Lexus products.
Great looks, possible great performance, but we may have a sheep in wolf's clothing. Dealers are used to luxury owners, not sport car enthusiasts who enjoy to push the envelope of performance. This car has cost more in repairs than any other car that I have ever owned and it is still brand new. Tires are quality product but Lexus says good for only one year. Make sure that this car is really what you want before you buy into the Lexus mind-set. You could be making a costly mistake. I did."
"Strengths: Somewhat aggressive Looks. Metal Pedals for the Gas and Brake. Cool rear lights.
Weaknesses: When I first bought this car I liked its interior, but now after a month or so of sitting in it I find it unsettling. The power from this car is less than I expected and it doesn't handle as well as I would like it to. One of the main things I don't like about this car is that I had to take it into the dealer twice within the first month of ownership for replacing shoddy brake calipers.
Similar Products Used: I own a 2000 BMW 328i along with this car and I have found that the IS 300 doesn't come close to the excitement and precision of driving I get from driving the BMW. The BMW is quicker and outhandles the IS 300 on many levels and is just overall a more enjoyable car to drive.
Review Summary: I wouldn't recommend this car to many people. In fact, the only people who I could see having a strong interest in the car are those who just want it for show. Grant it the styling is aggressive, taillights are cool, and pedals are metal, but if you are looking for a good car to drive I know for a fact there are better cars out there."
he gave it 1/5 stars for value and 2/5 for overall rating