Used Lexus IS Saloon 1999 - 2005 review

Category: Executive car

Section: Advice for buyers

1999 - 2005 review
Used Lexus IS Saloon 1999 - 2005
  • Used Lexus IS Saloon 1999 - 2005
  • Used Lexus IS Saloon 1999 - 2005
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Advice for buyers

What should I look for in a used Lexus IS saloon?

There's little to worry about in the way of faults and imperfections on the IS. The car took once first place in the JD Power customer satisfaction survey, and Lexus as a company occupied that slot for many years without a break.

Lexus's success story doesn't end there. Not only was the company in top slot yet again, it also rated as the most improved make, owners saying that customer service from the dealers just gets better and better.

One black mark is that the IS200's alloy wheels are subject to corrosion, but dealers are pretty good at fitting new sets for free if the car is still under its maker's warranty. Clutch judder is the other main problem that owners report, but again dealers are usually sympathetic about picking up the tab for repairs to new-ish cars.

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Is a used Lexus IS saloon reliable?