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I Had The Computer Replaced And It Still Wont Start Because There Is A Code...
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 ...
Why Is It That Automatics Are Being Listed As Manual?
More than half of the manual transmissions are actually automatics. It makes me want to avoid using your website.
How Should I Price My 2002 Lexus Is300 To Sell When It Needs Body Work?
Mechanically, the car is in good condition, the tires have a lot of life left. The interior is nice too. But the body is need of work. The clear coat is peeling off in areas. The front drivers side...
2002 Lexus Is300 Ignition Stuck Accessory Position.
Need help! The key is out the ignition can put key back in but can't turn ignition right or left. The key was removed from the ignition in the accessory position.
Lexus IS 300 Overview
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.