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Lexus IS 300 Model Overview

Lexus IS 300 Questions

mambros
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I Have A 2001 Lexus Is300 With A Hundred And Twenty Nine Thousand Miles On ...

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Can Anyone Help? My Car Wont Start, It Turns Over But Will Not Run.

I drove my lexus to work this morning and everything was fine, after work I tried to start my car and it would not start. This has never happened before, Ive checked fuses, oil, and belt. The oil ...

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Nikky Jasso
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2002 Lexus Is300 Question: My Is300 Is Shaking N Wants To Die When Coming T...

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Steve Silva
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While Pulling Into A Parking Spot My Lexus 04 Is300 All Of Sudden Died On M...

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Is It 4wd?

i want to know if the 2001 is300 is rwd or 4wd.

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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.