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Test drove 2002 Grey IS

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I test drove for the first time today an automatic 2002 IS. Although I'm looking to buy the manual, I wanted to test drive the automatic just to get the feel of the car. Some things that I was paying particular attention to were:
1) Pick-up and speed
2) Steering and suspension
I was very impressed with the way it handled turns and drove overall, however I'm kind of skeptical about speed. I recently test drove a manual V6 Jetta and found it to be very comparable to the speed of the IS. I was actually expecting the IS to have much better pick-up and speed, has anybody else experienced this also?
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I personally think the IS300 Auto Sucks basically cause of the really short useless first gear.... If we could maintain it a bit longer we'd get better jumps in to second. it just too lazy for me even during e-shift mode when it shift the 1-2 for you.
oh well... the stick shift will cure this i hope.

I would NOT put it past a VR6 Jetta manual to pull past an auto IS300 off the line... VW are pretty quick in the low end if you ask me.
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