Very confortable to drive, a real head-turner, loads of features as standard. The only down side is the high running costs and although the car has a lot of power sometimes you have to really work it hard to get there.
Mr Jones (Neath & Port Talbot) I totally agree with you regarding the Lexus IS200. The car is owned by my father, however I do almost all of the driving in it and unfortunately we do not agree with the almost unanimous opinion of the superiority of Lexus.
The car is now just four years old (33k miles) and the amount of work that has been done on it is as follows. Some of it was covered under warranty so of course there was no charge. It has had two CD players, a new battery, two sets of rear discs (cosmetic reasons), and a new full set of alloy wheels (one of the replacements had to be replaced as the tyre couldn't be balanced properly!) At the first MOT the nearside front wishbone required replacing - pretty bad on a well looked-after/driven car don't you think?
Again, couldn't recommend Lexus to a friend.
Great to drive. The RWD allows you to throw it around country lanes without firghtening the cows in the adjacent fields. The lowered suspension on the Sport means a slightly hard ride, with every stone in the road jarring your bones, but isn't that what "sport" means?
The exhaust growls like a well endowed leopard when thrashing the revs (something you have to do to get the most from this car) and a reasonable if not exhilarating 0-62 acceleration is matched with an even more rapid 62-0.
The exterior is a veritable Jackel and Hyde. One day I look at it and think how beautiful and masculine it looks. On other days I look and see the Toyota within. But still, it turns heads although it relies on its rarity value rather than pure looks for this.
The boot's a little cramped which is probably the only reason I'm looking to change it. Otherwise I'd be tempted with the revised model due in November 2005.
Service costs are about £250-450 depending on mileage and the Lexus dealers are almost emarrassingly curteuous.
Youthful looks and respectable handling for a four-door car, only let down by the "Japanese-look" inner materials... you'd know you're sitting in a Japanese vehicle!
Clean-looking lines and good proportions makes the IS good to look at even after years. The 3.0 engine is naturally better than the 2.0, although both emit the beautiful silky noice of a 6-cylinder. The fuel consumption is higher than you'd expect.
Opt for the Satellite Navigation - simply brilliant, and superior to rivals' attempts!
The best aspect of owning a Lexus, is the excellent customer care & service offered by its dealer network. Having dealt with Mercedes and BMW dealers, the attention to care by Lexus is peerless.
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