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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37 reader reviews for Lexus IS Saloon.
  • 200 2.0 Sport 4dr

    Simon Eyre , Suffolk . Date: 28/02/2005
    • Overall verdict
      4 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
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    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.

  • 200 2.0 SE 4dr

    Niroshan Sivathasan , Kent . Date: 25/02/2005
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    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.

  • 200 2.0 SE 4dr

    Daniel James , Neath and Port Talbot . Date: 13/02/2005
    • Overall verdict
      1 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      1 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Well were do I start? I feel like I must be the only Lexus owner ever to have a complaint against them but I feel I have good reason to.

    I bought a 2004 IS 200 SE in July last year and ever since then it has been nothing but trouble. For starters, it fails to start - not all the time but quite often - and they can still not fix it seven months down the line.

    A month after owning the car, the power steering belt broke while driving on the motorway which seems weird to happen as I was going in a straight line. And now the clutch has gone and so too has the gearbox. All this on a seven-month old car with 8000 miles on the clock.

    I thought I was buying into a quality brand but it seems I was not. And as for customer services, yeah the showrooms look great and so is the service you get when you buy the car, but the after-sales falls a long way short of what I find acceptable.

    I would never buy a Lexus ever again.

  • 200 2.0 SE 4dr

    AMAR KARSAN Date: 08/02/2005
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    My better half and I purchased a pre-registered ‘03 IS200 SE from the dealer at the end of December 2004. We practically got a new car for well over £5000 less than the list price. It was pure luck that we happened to drive by a Lexus dealer and decided to pop in just to see what was on offer. However, the Lexus sales personnel didn't seem to understand the word ‘discount’ and we spent over 3 hours haggling until we struck a deal.

    After doing the relevant research, we decided that Lexus had the best overall package. Audi dealers seemed snobbish promoting their cars as the best in the world, although reports have suggested otherwise for reliability, repairs and running costs. As for BMW, the designated test-drive car refused to start after we had booked the test dive well in advance. Not something to be expected from a prestige brand.

    I have to confess that I was a sceptic that a Lexus is simply a Toyota being sold for an unreasonably high sum of money. It has been quite an eye opener how good these cars really are and the high level of service that is provided. To cap it off, the Lexus Owners Club website is full of useful information.

    PS: Mr Hole - if a Lexus is just a Toyota then an Audi is simply no better than a Seat or VW and a Jag is no better than a Ford.

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