Lexus IS (1999–2005)

Last updated 5 May 2015

Well equipped, reliable and rated highly by owners. Controlled rear-drive handling, rewarding manual gearshift and decent ride.
Fuel consumption is nothing to email home about. The straight six has to be worked hard to perform. Used prices stayed quite high for a while.
Updated 16 November 2011

On 2000-2003 4-speed Toyota and Lexus auto boxes with overdrive there is a fault that can appear of the ecu causing rough changes that damages the gearbox and eventually breaks it. USA Toyota helped...

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Introduction

I remember the launch of the Lexus IS200 at the 1998 Motor Show. There was a lot to feast your eyes on because the same show also saw UK launches of the Jaguar S Type, the Rover 75 and the E46 BMW 3-Series.

The Rover 75 and the Jaguar S Type seemed satisfyingly retro (the Rover more so than the Jag) and, while the E46 3-Series was a pre-Bangled evolution of the E36, the one car that stood out as clean, fresh and new was the exquisite IS200.

There is absolutely nothing wrong with it from any angle. And, thankfully, after this year's enhancements, there is still nothing to offend the purist. The Audi A4 B6 and the new Volvo S40 get very close. But neither quite match the neatness of the IS200.

Owners' reviews

5
COMFORTABLE SAFE ECONOMICAL STYLISH VERY WELL EQUIPPED CAR.
5
everything i ever wished for
3
ggg
2
Disappointing
5
A little gem.
4
A plesure to drive.
 

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