Used Lexus IS Saloon 1999 - 2005 review

Category: Executive car

Section: Ownership cost

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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Ownership cost

What used Lexus IS saloon will I get for my budget?

How much does it cost to run a Lexus IS saloon?

Running costs are typical for a compact executive, while the IS's fantastic reputation for reliability suggests that you can expect never to have to face a surprise repair bills.

Using main dealers for servicing is expensive, but there isn't the network of specialists that Mercedes-Benz and BMW owners can turn to capable of tackling the work cheaply and well. At least a Lexus stamp in the service book helps maintain a healthy resale price, however.

Fuel economy isn't great, either: only up to 29mpg overall in the 2.0 and as little as 20mpg in town, while the 3.0 manages only up to 26mpg overall and just 18mpg in town.

At least, insurance is cheap - all 2.0s fall within group 12, while the 3.0 is just one group higher.