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Overall reader verdict 4 out of 5 stars

  • What's it like to drive
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Running costs
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Quality, practicality and equipment
    4 out of 5 stars

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36 reader reviews for Lexus IS Saloon.
  • 200 2.0 SE 4dr

    barry osborne , kent . Date: 11/07/2008
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      28.5

    My car

    i have owned my 2001 SE auto since 2005 and after a 3 series BMW found it just as quick but sharper, lighter steering and better road grip.I always feel relaxed in the car and always finding excuses to drive it!I have had only one fault. a complete electrical failure, leaving me with just the engine running and 3rd gear only.turned out a bodge artist in the past had used a nail in the main supply fusible link and it burnt out both looms to the fuseboxes.the fuse was only £5.00!!otherwise absoluly first class .i cant find another car to by in its place.

  • 200 2.0 SE 4dr

    Pete Turner Date: 24/03/2008
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I’ve bought my (53 Reg) IS200 SE in Feb 2004. It’s now done 66,000 miles, and I can honestly say that it has been reliability personified.

    The only issues have been the premature wear on the front tyres (tyres going bald on the inside treads at approx 9,500 miles), this was resolved by having the tracking reset, although this meant a very small loss in road handling it improved the front tyre longevity to approx 14,000 miles. The only other issue was the alloy wheels which were showing signs of “pitting” after approx 18months. These were all replaced under warranty by the Lexus dealer whilst it was in for a service; they even replaced the spare wheel which had not been used.

    The negative points are that when driving in snowy conditions it’s like Bambi on ice, the annoying warning bleep when in reverse gear, and it could do with cruise control.

    I’ve had the car over four years now, I had originally planned to change the car after three years; but I’m finding it very difficult to find a car in this category that offers similar levels of equipment and reliability as the IS200.

  • 200 2.0 S 4dr

    Alan Brown , West Yorkshire . Date: 19/01/2008
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I bought my pre-registered 2004 IS 200 S Auto in April 2005, with 6 miles on the clock. It has now done 20250 with a mixture of commuting in city traffic and motorway driving. It has been extremely reliable. Whilst Lexus dealers are very helpful, I would not rate them any better than some other brand agents I have known. In terms of costs, servicing is not particularly cheap. At it's first MOT, the car required two new front tyres, due to damage rather than wear. All four alloy wheels rusted and were replaced under warranty, just prior to it's third birthday. I expereinced a blown cigar lighter fuse, which was probably my fault, due to using a not very sophisticated mobile 'phone charger. The fault was repaired at the next service, free of charge. As an automatic, I get around 28 MPG overall. The best things about the car are the secure feeling gained from driving it, both in terms of handling and overall reliability and the comfortable interior. I have been in the habit of changing my cars every two years. As I look round the showrooms, I cannot think of a good reason to change it. It still feels very well put together and apart from the odd stone chip, the paintwork is perfect. It is the first Japanese car that I have had, having previously been rather sniffy about them. Having had mid-range Mercedes and Saab models in the past, I shall probably drive past these showrooms when I eventually do change it, some years hence, for another Lexus IS.

  • 300 3.0 4dr

    Paul Haselden , Essex . Date: 27/12/2007
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    This is my second IS, the first being the 200 auto, I drove the manual and found it to be a little hard to get going. I opted for the auto and loved it so much that I bought my IS 300 without driving it. There is no compare between the two, the 300 is fantastic to drive, reliability is fantastic too, the big down side is the fuel, round town returns a best of 21, usually more like 19, on a run it can be as much as 33, but safer to budget on 29, check gear box oils in auto as both of mine had not been changed despite, BOTH HAD MAIN DEALER HISTORY, I now opt for Lexus specialist, 1/2 the price and every bit as good!

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