2006 Lexus IS 350 User Reviews
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- Very fast car that performs well. My car came with the Levinson stereo and I love it.
- With the sport suspension, the ride is rough. Worst problem is that I needed a new tranny after 3 mo
I bought a Lexus for quality, but this car was a lemon. The check engine light
came on at 3500 miles and Lexus, after first not being able to figure out what was wrong, eventually put an entirely new transmission and torque converter in it. This warranty repair would have cost $7500 out of warranty. I am not happy about this. My other car is a BMW and one reason I went with Lexus over another BMW is that Lexus/Toyota has an excellent reputation for reliability. Well, my parents owned a Ford Pinto in the 1970s and it managed to make it 3500 miles without needing an entire transmission. I never, ever used the paddle shifters. Any shifting the car did was its own fault. In fact, it shifted very smoothly - more smoothly before the repair than after. Lexus gave me a loaner for the MONTH my car was in the shop, but I cannot say I am a happy camper. I am trying to have them buy it back right now. Otherwise, the car is fun to drive. The ride with the sport package is a little rough, but that is to be expected. The head room is poor (I'm only 6' and I barely have room) and the back seat is so tight as to be virtually unusable. Lexus also is missing some features that BMW has had for a long time, like a 5th wheel as a spare and having the key FOB automatically adjust the settings to the driver's preferences. It is a pain to have to stand there and wait for the seat to adjust after pushing the button. It should start doing that the minute the car is unlocked remotely, like BMW does. I am also kind of annoyed that the Nav cannot be used while driving. Lexus, my passenger might want to use it! Stop trying to protect me from myself! Overall, a nice car but if I had known I would have these issues I would've gone German. The main reason to go Japanese is to avoid these repairs.
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