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2002 Lexus IS 300 Sedan Review
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Previous Car — This car was perfect other than needing a little help in the power department it was still no slug

Pros: Everything was just right

Cons: Just a little more power please

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'02 Lexus Is300 — JDM Headlights WedSport TC005 wheels Crossdrilled/slotted rotors Tokico Shocks Eibach Sportline springs TRD grille Mugen style front lip Had AAC halos but since disconnected them.

Pros: rear wheel drive, 5sp manual, 50/50 weight balance, lots of torque

Cons: not enough hp, parts are expensive, always worried about someone scratching it

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Super Taikyuu Wannabe — Not much to say other than the car drove much better after I swapped out the OEM suspension. The OEM suspension sucked like crazy, the car feels like it's going to flip over every time I take a corner. The car looks great, and even better with some body modifications, but is a little lacking on power. The car felt better after some weight reduction, but definitely need some boost on the 2JZ.

Pros: Great build, looks great, one of the better looking cars built by Toyota in recent years.

Cons: Too damn slow and the car has extremely severe body roll on stock suspension.  Very dangerous.

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2002 Lexus IS 300 Sedan Review
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Lexus Is300 — If you haven't driven in THIS Lexus yet, your missing out big time! This car is amazing, it's fun to drive, comfortable, looks sporty, RWD, and great for drifting. It's one of a kind! "It's a LEXUS thing... you just wouldn't understand"

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

Pros: Everything!

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2002 Lexus IS 300 Sedan Review
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A Good Buy! Just Watch Out For The Ones That Have Been Wrecked Or Abused When Searching. — Engine: Power on this one comes from a naturally aspirated 3 liter in line six cylinder known in the Toyota circle as the 2JZ-GE. With double overhead cams, 4 valves per cylinder, Variable Valve Timing w/Intelligence (VVT-i), and Toyota's Electronic Throttle Control System (ETCS) it provides enough power to move the IS300 with some authority while still being civilized and easy to drive. Horsepower is rated at 220 @ 5,800 RPM and torque comes to the same number, although it peaks lower in the revs. The engine is smooth as glass and loves to run all the way to the 6,500RPM redline and with the close-ratio 5 speed manual transmission you can easily exceed most in town speed limits without going any further than 2nd gear. The main thing I disapprove of is the lack of responsiveness and feel in the throttle. With the electronic throttle control it always feels like the engine is a little bit behind the curve when rev. matching gears, or heel-toe downshifting. Manual Transmission: Dubbed the "W55" by Toyota this transmission is a close ratio 5 speed and bears all the typical toyota manual transmission quirks. While being somewhat notchy feeling, it shifts smoothly with little efffort and there is never a problem finding your next gear. Gear engagements don't exactly feel solid, but they aren't too soft either. Shifter throw is a hair longer than necessary, but not to the point that you'll feel like you've been hired on at the local trucking company. Clutch feel is mushy and unresponsive with the factory "Clutch Dampening Device" (CDD) in place although it's a problem easily solved if you have a friend to help you and a bit of mechanical knowledge. Overall it's a good match with the car and you'll find that the combination of close ratios and rear end gearing allow you to leave stoplights with some authority. Drive Axle/Suspension: Power goes to the rear wheels via a fully independent rear suspension setup. This allows for surprising handling characteristics especially when taken into account that this car is not only a 4 door sedan but still has reasonable ride quality as well. Front suspension is also fully independent with rack and pinion steering. Steering is geared to be sharp and responsive but not so much that you'll be cutting through three lanes of traffic whenever lean over to adjust the radio. The rear differential is geared at 3.73 for Manual transmission cars and may be equipped with the optional torsen Limited Slip Differential (LSD). Brakes: Brakes lack a bit of initial grab although there is more than enough stopping power on tap. Pedal feel is good and they are smooth and controllable all the way to a stop. Smash on the brakes and the "brake assist" feature kicks in applying maximum braking pressure coupled with the ABS system bringing the car to a stop quickly enough to put any unsuspecting passenger into the dashboard. Although for true performance driving it could probably use a little bit more, the factory brakes are more than ample for street use. Sound System: The factory sound system includes stock component style speakers up front with standard coaxial speakers in the rear. The head unit is a six- disc CD changer with cassette tape deck. The sound is extremely balanced with a surprising amount of clarity and is not overcome with too much low, mid, or top end. Options for sound equalization and distribution include Bass, Mid, Treble, Fader (Front/Rear), and Balance (Left/Right). My only complaint here is that the CD changer is more than temperamental and likes to jam and/or eat CDs from time to time. Overall Build Quality: Overall build quality of the car is very good as should be expected of a luxury car company such as Lexus. The interior, while somewhat sparse compared to most of the Lexus lineup, is well put together and doesn't rattle or make noise when driving down bumpy roads. Everything in the interior is lined with felt and and foam so as to prevent rattling or unnecessary noises. Wind noise is low although the 17" wheels and low profile tires make themselves known more so when hitting bumpy or rough patches on the freeway. Exterior panel gaps are uniform and doors shut smoothly and easily. Safety: This car was rated 5 stars by the NHTSA in 2001 and is equipped with side curtain airbags, front air bags - both driver and passenger. Features such as ABS, Traction Control, and Brake Assist also help prevent potential accidents. Adverse Weather Conditions: While driving this car over the course of a year it has never failed to start and has always gotten me where I needed to go. With good winter tires and the factory Limited Slip Differential you'll have no problem driving in winter weather. The "Snow" mode and Traction Control System sense wheel slip and cut engine power accordingly to aid traction but can easily be turned off for a little bit of parking lot fun if you so desire. No it isn't an AWD or 4 wheel drive vehicle but in my opinion you'd be hard pressed to find a front wheel drive car that can out run it in the snow when equipped properly. Reliability: So far I've had no problems with the car. Although some maintenance items and replacement parts may be expensive, overall cost of ownership is low. Fuel Mileage: Usually around 25mpg @ 75mph highway. In town all depends on your driving style, but it shouldn't be too hard to see 20-22mpg.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

Pros: Reasonable amounts of power, good brakes, well geared transmission and great steering feel + 4 seats and a trunk...really, what more do you need?

Cons: CD changer tends to jam/eat CDs often and eventually ceases to function entirely.

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2002 Lexus IS 300 Sedan Review
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You Should Give It A Try, You Won't Be Dissapointed. — This Is300 is a dime. It's quick (has a 230hp supra n/a engine) the handling is phenominal and it sticks to the road. Car looks amazing, exterior is beautiful and interior is amazing. The guage cluster looks like a fancy Rolex. It is a straight-6 and gas milage is pretty ok. Car is very fun to drive!

Pros: It's fun to drive & is beautiful!

Cons: Just a little heavy.

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Reviews From Other Years

2005 Lexus IS 300 Reviews

Very Good By LONGARCH

The Sportcross is a pleasure to drive, wish it had a little more zip (guess I could always install a turbo-charger!). Do wish it was more of a fuel miser in light of the nominal engine power. The Le... Read More

Perfect By Tarek

excellent performance, great response, stable mauvering, fantastic sound system and great AC. fairly solid build has not experienced any rattles during the period I drove it. Elegant interior and exte... Read More

2004 Lexus IS 300 Reviews

Black Beauty By Andrew

This is one of the best cars I have owned. It is such a fun car to drive. The performance is a little above average for a 4 door since it has the 2jz ge engine in it from a supra just non turbo. Read More

I Like The Car, Its The Second One I Have Had By Stephen

Yes there are better cars out there, but its the best bang for the buck. Its not overly large or heavey. its Total Cost of Ownership is reasonable. It is a fun car to drive through the canyons and hil... Read More

2003 Lexus IS 300 Reviews

Extraordinary Ride By Ken

Kept up with the maintenance like clockwork so the only thing I've ever had to do was replace the battery once and the brakes twice in 110K miles. No other problems whatsoever. The car is really easy ... Read More

It Is Amazing Car Fast, Looks Sharp And Reliable By Ghalib

reliable car smooth on street comfort seat powerful car very fast the brakes cost fifty bucks include the rotors and pads which means cheap parts its made by toyota i have owned this car for year and ... Read More

2001 Lexus IS 300 Reviews

Satisfied By Breeze_415

Car is fun and comfortable to drive around town, sporty look appears to younger crowd even though considered a late model car. Car was bought 9 months ago for my 17 year old son, and so far we've been... Read More

Allot Of People Ask Me How Did I Hook It Up. Where Did I Buy The Accessories By yaneth

I like this car because I love how the body work is done . How I get the attention from others.I recently put the alarm, and the remote start. And the 9inch radio. AC and HEATER pluse engine is in per... Read More

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