Lexus IS 300 Model Overview
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Lexus IS 300 Questions
2004 Lexus Is300 Code P2111 Throttle Actuator Conrtrol System Open?
How do I setup auto notice when a car is listed with certain options ?
The Trac Off Light Is On
The trac off light is on. What does this mean??
Timing Belt Kit -- Which One??
Hi, I have a 2002 Lexus IS300, 5 speed. It's time for the 90k mile service, and that means a timing belt. I understand that I should order a "timing belt kit" but, in looking it up to buy, there is ...
Vehicle Speed Sensor Issues -- Replacements Not Working.
Hello, I have 2002 Lexus IS300, standard transmission. My speedometer was acting up, jumping all over the place, although the CEL came on only briefly, which was the P0500 code (Vehicle Speed Sensor)...
About the Lexus IS 300
The IS series first appeared in 2001 as the entry-level offering from Lexus, priced just below the Camry-based ES. The IS was classified as subcompact, and it was conceived as a sports sedan. For half the price of the high-performance Lexus GS series, the IS 300 offered a stiffer suspension and manual transmission. However, many critics felt that Lexus luxury was a casualty of this new pursuit to combine performance with affordability.
Throughout its first generation, the IS was powered by a 3.0-liter inline six. This engine generated 215 horsepower and 218 pound-feet of torque. While the IS was considerably fast, moving from 0 to 60 in 7.5 seconds, many owners felt the 19/25 mpg fuel efficiency was considerably low for such a small car. Indeed, it was the smallest sedan Lexus ever built. The manual transmission became available in 2002, and it featured a limited slip differential through 2004. In the second year of production, Lexus also offered the IS as a compact wagon called the SportCross. It never ascended beyond limited production, and low sales led to its discontinuation after the first generation.
In 2006, the IS was redesigned and split into two engine options: the V6 IS 250 and the V6 IS 350. All-wheel drive became available on the car for the first time. With the second generation, Lexus aimed to create an IS that could keep pace with the comparably priced BMW 3-Series and the Mercedes Benz C-Class, with respect to both luxury and peformance.