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User currently offlineUsairwys757 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 944 times:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v707/THarm688/IS-242_lg.jpg

I've decided to look for a new car, and have my eyes set on this one. Does anyone here own one or had any experiences with one? Looking for opinions or problems you or anyone you know has had with it, and is it worth what you pay for it?

I love my Trans Am, but want and need a new car. Your opinions are appreciated.

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User currently offlineEMBQA From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 9364 posts, RR: 11
Reply 1, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 932 times:

If your going to buy one or any 'new' car, buy it used. Let some other sucker take the depreciation. Of all the cars, Lexus tends to hold its value though. But for the same money you can get a nice BMW 3 Series...


"It's not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog"
User currently offlineMAH4546 From Sweden, joined Jan 2001, 32183 posts, RR: 72
Reply 2, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 922 times:

Don't waste your money, because a brand-new, far superior IS (IS 250 and IS 350) is coming out in a few months:

http://www.akdal.ru/live/news.asp?id=10052152



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User currently offlineWhiteHatter From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 916 times:

Lexus = Toyota with more fake chrome

Depreciation is hideous. Do they sell the Avensis in the USA?

Much lower depreciation and every bit as good as a Lexass with better fuel economy too.


User currently offlineJkw777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 912 times:

Quoting EMBQA (Reply 1):
But for the same money you can get a nice BMW 3 Series...

This man has sense! Big grin

If it was my money, I'd go for a 3 Series of some kind. They really are something. With this car you are getting superb reliability, exceptional safety, an excellent level of comfort, and not only that, I think this car looks gorgeous.  Smile

What kind of money do you have to spend, Travis?

Cheers,
Justin  Smile


User currently offlineCaptaingomes From Canada, joined Feb 2001, 6413 posts, RR: 56
Reply 5, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 900 times:

Don't listen to the Brits. The Lexus is a fine automobile that is not appreciated across the pond. Usually the Brits are right when arguing with Americans on cars, but they don't give Lexus the credit it deserves. Depreciation on the Lexus in North America is very weak, so they do maintain their value just as well as a BMW or Mercedes.

The IS300 is a fantastic car, and of course its value will drop once the new, far better one is out. This will make the IS300 a fantastic value for a great automobile. I highly recommend it!



"it's kind of like an Airbus, it's an engineering marvel, but there's no sense of passion" -- J. Clarkson re: Coxster
User currently offlineUsairwys757 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 897 times:

Quoting Jkw777 (Reply 4):
What kind of money do you have to spend, Travis?

Justin, I was looking in the 30-35,000 range. I've also looked at the BMW 3 series, they are also very nice. Having trouble deciding between the Lex and the Beamer.

Gomes, thanks for the recommendation.


User currently offlineVS74741R From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2005, 272 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 891 times:

While I would prefer a 3 series BMW over a Lexus, it's worth noting that the Is300 comes with free Lexus lights  wink 

I had to pay a little under £100 to get Lexus lights on my Astra!

And no, I don't have a chavmobile!  biggrin 



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User currently offlineJkw777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 891 times:

Quoting Usairwys757 (Reply 6):
Justin, I was looking in the 30-35,000 range. I've also looked at the BMW 3 series, they are also very nice. Having trouble deciding between the Lex and the Beamer.

You can get a lot of car for that sort of money, as far as I know. A fully loaded 330I sounds nice to me, I can most definitely recommend it! Test drive both, but I think the BMW would come out on top.

The 330I vs the IS300...

Cheers,
Justin  Smile


User currently offlineFlight152 From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 3369 posts, RR: 6
Reply 9, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 863 times:

A fully loaded 330I sounds nice to me, I can most definitely recommend it!

Yeah, I recommend it also, but it starts at $36,300, fully loaded at nearly 50 grand, it seems like far more then he wants to spend.

I've driven quite a few IS300's, and they are a very nice car, although I would wait for the next generation IS this fall. Take a look at the new Audi A4.


User currently offlineDtwclipper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 858 times:

Dumb Question?

With all the rebates (employee prices for everyone, etc) you can get from GM, isn't their an American car that you could see yourself driving?


User currently offlineTPASXM787 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 1730 posts, RR: 20
Reply 11, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 858 times:

I work in finance so here's a little advice.

Don't buy new. Almost any new car drops in value by 15-20% immediately. If you want to know what a car is worth, I have access to a site through work and can get you the value of anything you want.

Lexus holds their value well. I did a loan on an IS 300 a while back and it was still worth about $18k even though it was 4 years old.

I actually highly recommend the Infiniti G35. Holds it's value great and you can get all the options and be out the door at around $35k.



This is the Last Stop.
User currently offlineCaptaingomes From Canada, joined Feb 2001, 6413 posts, RR: 56
Reply 12, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 841 times:

DTWClipper, for some of us, American cars just aren't as appealing. However, there have been some exceptions lately. The new Chrysler 300M and Dodge Charger are extremely interesting alternatives for very good prices. But if Travis is like me, he might want something a bit smaller and sportier. From GM, there is the Cadillac CTS whcih is quite interesting and competitive, but it doesn't do anything for me either, except perhaps the Z06 powered version, but that's a whole different ball game. Ford has .... well, nothing.

In an international economy, you are not helping your fellow Americans by purchasing what might be to you an inferior product. The best way for the local companies to improve is for people to backlash against mediocrity, which is what's been happening with the American Big Three for a long time now. The end result is they are now producing far superior products when compared to just a few years ago.

So sure, buy American, but ONLY if you really want to. Really, buy what you want.  Smile



"it's kind of like an Airbus, it's an engineering marvel, but there's no sense of passion" -- J. Clarkson re: Coxster
User currently offlineMyt332 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 9112 posts, RR: 71
Reply 13, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 832 times:

I like the VW Vento. It's a good car, go buy one of those second hand.


One Life, Live it.
User currently onlineJBLUA320 From United States of America, joined May 2002, 3175 posts, RR: 19
Reply 14, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 829 times:
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Hey- how about neither the Lexus or the BMW? Go for the Infiniti G35! Same price, GREAT car! And if not that, try a Saab 9-3- it drives WONDERFULLY. My mom has the G35 and my dad has the 9-3, and they love them both very much!

JBLU


User currently offlineCaptaingomes From Canada, joined Feb 2001, 6413 posts, RR: 56
Reply 15, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 823 times:

Quoting Myt332 (Reply 13):
I like the VW Vento. It's a good car, go buy one of those second hand.

Wise, wise man!

Quoting JBLUA320 (Reply 14):
Hey- how about neither the Lexus or the BMW? Go for the Infiniti G35! Same price, GREAT car! And if not that, try a Saab 9-3- it drives WONDERFULLY

Saabs just aren't the same anymore.  Sad The G35 is a great contender though! My choices are the BMW 3 Series or an Audi A4. The Audi from 2004 onwards has improved immensely in reliability too, so it's worth a closer look just for that reason alone. It is widely expected that Audi will be in the top 5 for quality and reliability, and far ahead of its German competitors. Unfortunately German cars have slipped in these areas in the last decade or so. It's nice to see at least Audi taking great initiatives! On a similar note, Porsche is often very near the top of these rankings too, but they don't make a sports sedan to compete with the 3 Series.  Wink



"it's kind of like an Airbus, it's an engineering marvel, but there's no sense of passion" -- J. Clarkson re: Coxster
User currently offlineTACAA320 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 801 times:

I just bought an IS 300 [no leasing for that specific car in Costa Rica] three weeks ago. No regrets at all. Just an extraordinary car in its type!

User currently offlineVS74741R From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2005, 272 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 784 times:

How about getting one of these  wink 




Obviously a Virgin Atlantic fan!!!
User currently offlineWhiteHatter From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 774 times:

If I had the money (to insure the bloody thing!) I'd have a Monaro.

Branded as Vauxhall here, it's two tons of Australian muscle made by Holden. Brilliant car, not sure if Chevrolet do it in the USA.

5.7 litre V8, or a bonecrunching 6.0 litre VXR


User currently offlineGo3Team From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 3266 posts, RR: 17
Reply 19, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 763 times:

Quoting WhiteHatter (Reply 18):
Brilliant car, not sure if Chevrolet do it in the USA.

Not Chevrolet, but the Pontiac GTO. I'd rather have the Monaro.



Yay Pudding!
User currently offlineCORULEZ05 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 761 times:

You can get soooooooo much more for the money with other cars. I don't believe in these cars like the 325 and the IS300 because they are at the bottom of a luxury line of cars. You are paying a lot of money for not a lot of things. I mean, the car is not ugly by no means but you could get a lot more. You mentioned 30-35,000 is how much you want to spend...that will NOT buy you a lot of features on the IS300. A nicely equipped IS300 could be up closer to the 40,000 mark. My recommendation would be the Chrysler 300C but that car, fully loaded is $45,000. But honestly, for that price range you put...any car will get you the same. Whether it is the CTS, G35, IS300, TL...they all run for that amount of money and you get the same...it all comes down to what you think looks nicers. Another thing to look at, the IS300 isn't going to give you much room. You would get room in the CTS or G35. One more thing to consider is that the IS300 is highly seen as a chick car...don't know if that holds true elsewhere but that's how it is around here.

User currently offlineMAH4546 From Sweden, joined Jan 2001, 32183 posts, RR: 72
Reply 21, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 754 times:

Quoting CORULEZ05 (Reply 20):
My recommendation would be the Chrysler 300C but that car, fully loaded is $45,000.

A Chrysler 300C Hemi with navigation and sunroof is less than $37k.

Quoting CORULEZ05 (Reply 20):
A nicely equipped IS300 could be up closer to the 40,000 mark.

A loaded IS300 costs $33,749. There is only one option package.

A great value right now, IMO, is the new Audi A3. Loaded with navigation, premium package, and panoramic roof, it is just under $32k, and the car is a real looker (if you like the European hot hatch look, as I do). Great value, fun car.

The best value in this class is the Acura TL. Fully loaded, with navigation (the only option), the car is $35,100. Fast and sleek.

[Edited 2005-07-05 01:33:25]


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User currently offlineFlight152 From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 3369 posts, RR: 6
Reply 22, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 746 times:

I don't believe in these cars like the 325 and the IS300 because they are at the bottom of a luxury line of cars.

So? The BMW 325i and IS300 are both some of the best, if not the best (325i) cars in their category. It's money well spent with either choice.

Another thing to look at, the IS300 isn't going to give you much room. You would get room in the CTS or G35.

Considering they all are nearly the same size, neither one has much of an advantage as far as leg room is concerned.

A nicely equipped IS300 could be up closer to the 40,000 mark

Incorrect as MAH pointed out.


User currently offlineAC777LR From Canada, joined Apr 2006, 487 posts, RR: 42
Reply 23, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 744 times:

Quoting MAH4546 (Reply 21):
A Chrysler 300C Hemi with navigation and sunroof is less than $37k

AH yes the Brampton Ontario built 300, now there is also a new version of that car coming with a SRT-8 6.1L V8 Hemi that pumps 425Hp. That is a nice car!!!!



Member since April 2000
User currently offlineCORULEZ05 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 742 times:

Quoting MAH4546 (Reply 21):
A Chrysler 300C Hemi with navigation and sunroof is less than $37k.

you are gonna tell that to someone who owns a FULLY loaded 300C and I payed $45,000 how much it costs? Perhaps NOW they are 37k because they have been out for a year now but I got mine when it FIRST came out and they were over pricing it perhaps. Besides, navigation and sunroof...you think those are the ONLY options that come with that car? Well, you forgot the wireless phone, park assist, high intensity lights, among others....

All those prices you are talking about are fine and all but he would get more with other brand of cars such as the 300C. However, the 300C is much bigger but hey, you are getting 340 hp and a Hemi V8.


25 Cptkrell : Dealers in TN were charging list (and sometimes a bit more premium) for loaded 300C Hemis last Nov. when we bought ours. We shelled out $300. to South
26 Captaingomes : Jack, I agree with you. My philosophy is to buy something nice, that you would want to keep for a while, and take care of it properly. People who buy
27 Post contains links Captaingomes : For some nice pics of the Audi A3, for the sake of comparison, you can check this ebay listing for a black on tan demo that is for sale ... http://cgi
28 JetsGo : It's a Chrysler 300C. The only reason I am nit-picking at this is because the 300M is a gross p.o.s. and the 300C is a much needed improvement. He di
29 Aerobalance : If you like the IS300 then get it, you should be able to negotiate a good deal since the new model will be arriving this fall. Question is, will you s
30 CORULEZ05 : I don't believe I said garbage ANYWHERE in my post. I simply said that they are at the bottom of the luxury brand of cars and you don't get as much a
31 Captaingomes : "It's a Chrysler 300C. The only reason I am nit-picking at this is because the 300M is a gross p.o.s. and the 300C is a much needed improvement." You'
32 Post contains images JetsGo : If you agree that they are cheaper now, then why bring up the fact that you payed 45k? I could have worded it better, but the German cars suffer the
33 AA777 : get either a BMW 325i or an Audi A4 3.2 or a A3 w/ DSG.... the IS300 is going to be redesigned soon (w/in the next year), so dont waste ur money on it
34 Post contains images JetsGo : It's alright, happens to the best of us! Chris
35 MAH4546 : You got ripped off or decided to pay a premium to have the car early. All I said that a Chrysler 300C with Nav and Sunroof cost less than $37k and, g
36 ANITIX87 : Captaingomes, there is no Z06-powered version of the CTS. The performance branch of Cadillac is the V-series (although the CTS-V has the OLD Corvette
37 MAH4546 : No it isn't. The CTS is an entry level luxury sedan that replaced the Catera. The STS is a mid-level luxury sedan (ala E-Class, 5-Series) that replac
38 ANITIX87 : Thanks for not being blatant...haha...thank you for the correction, I was misled by that commercial with with lightning strikes that says, "First it
39 Captaingomes : grrrrrrrr, the CTS-V is powered by the previous generation Z06 Chevrolet Corvette engine, hence why I said it's the Z06 powered CTS. Let's not get too
40 Cptkrell : Captaingomes is correct in assuming the HP reduction in CTS-V is due to exhaust restrictions because of platform design. Also, the new 500 HP ZO6 for
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