2008 Lexus IS 350 User Reviews
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- Scalpel-like performance - slices through traffic. Very fast. Stunning looks. Great stereo.
- The tray in the glove compartment started creaking within days - dissapointing.
Had the car for 6 months. I drive fast, so I can't vouch for the fuel economy, but who cares when you can blow off Jags, BMWs and Infinitis effortlessly. My last car was a Jag XJR; this puppy is faster off the mark. I've hit 60 in under 5.2 seconds. I smile each time I hit the gas at traffic lights and take corners with massive confidence. I also light up each time I walk away from the car and think how much better it looks than the current Bangle BMW 3 and 5 series, or the awkward looking Infinities. I don't compare this to a Mercedes as they are massively overpriced and overrated. At last, Lexus has made a car that doesn't make me yawn when i look at it. I once though I would rather poke myself in the eye with a rusty spoon than drive a "bourgeois" Lexus, well not any more. It's fantastic. Buy it - you'll love yourself in it....read morehide
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- Beautifully engineered, stylish, great value for entry level luxury car.
- A lot of bake dust, tight back seat. Could use a little more leg room back there.
Handles extremely well. Very fun car to drive. Good safety ratings too. Superb job on the second generation of IS.
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- Strong engine, handsome interior, excellent fit and finish
- bluetooth not standard, small rear seat, unable to fully deactivate traction control
I love this car. It is very quick and the overall build quality is excellent. If this car had bluetooth as a standard feature it would be perfect. As it is, to get bluetooth, one would have to get the $2500 navigation package. Minor gripes aside, this is a wonderful car with decent gas milage (the on board computer is registering 20.9 m.p.g).
Oh! it also has a very nice exhust rumble .....(if you listen very close). I am very happy with my selection of the IS350....read morehide
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- 300hp and 30mpg
- Build quality has annoyances
Thin soft paint and interior chrome trim already showing age at 15Kmiles. Cockpit is tight but manageable. Thick A-pillar obstructs pedestrians and B-pillar is too far forward and obstructs looking over shoulder. Rearview mirror vibrates horribly (Lexus says it's "normal")
Strong brakes and motor. Handling is tight but still has a great ride that's smooth. Big trunk and lots of electronic gadgets. Best factory stereo I've heard. No need to improve on it. Still a better quality car than most....read morehide
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- BETTER THAN ADVERTISED MPG, LOVE THE PADDLE SHIFT
- IT DOES RIDE STIFF BUT THATS WHY YOU BUY A "SPORT"MODEL
ON TRIPS FROM SAN DIEGO TO LAS VEGAS I HAVE AVERAGED 32.2 MPG
TRUE I SET THE CRUISE AT 70 MPH, BUT AT TODAYS GAS PRICE I CAN LET UP ON THE ACCELERATOR A LITTLE.
HOWEVER WHEN I DO "PUNCH IT" THE 306 HORSE ENGINE WILL GO A LOT FASTER THAN I WILL.
THE ONLY DRAWBACK IS THE SMALL BACK SEAT. BUT THEN AGAIN I DON'T HAVE TO HAUL AROUND ANY IN-LAWS....read morehide
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- Fast, Quiet, Confort, Great Look
- needs more room on Back Seats.
I love this car I have it for 2 months Now and I love to drive it.
Very fast and quiet on the road. Handles very good also, Ill recommend this car anytime.
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- Posh interior, fun to drive in sport
- Tight rear seats, won't work in snow, dirving experience can be topped
I have only had the car for a week and have only put on about 200 miles. I have a 350 with sport and nav.
First, before I even drove it, I would have loved to have the sport (luxury was too cushy of a ride) with wood interior, because the Lexus wood is very nice. Unfortunately, you can't get that combination, so I went with an aluminum trim, which is fine, but not exceptional.
As for my experience driving it - the sport suspension lets you feel all the bumps in the road, but for some reason they aren't obtrusive - the shocks give you the feel without the annoyance of the bounce.
It took me a while to figure out there is a sport mode (as well as snow mode - although if you plan to drive in the snow DONT GET THIS CAR) button out of view of the driver behind the steering wheel on the lower right side. This is a FUN option and greatly improves the performance/aggressive driving experience by retaining a lower gear choice for longer. The car seems to be much more responsive with this selected, although I wouldn't want to drive long distances with it on and I assume the fuel consumption is much higher.
Nav and Bluetooth are semi intuitive, but not outright obvious. The manual is great and all you need, but I would prefer just to sit down and not have to read anything. The stereo that comes with the nav package is nice, but not like sitting in an opera house or my living room, unless you are sitting in a parking lot because you still hear a decent amount of road noise (depending on the pavement) while cruising - other reviews were to the contrary.
As for the purchase decision, I am single, live in the city next door and walk to work, don't ski despite living in Boston, and really just wanted a fun, but still semi practical car mainly for trips, but also for basic needs such as groceries. I test drove and compared the following;
G37 - fun, too tight interior, not that practical and not fun enough to warrant giving up the extra space and comfort.
G35x - the closest alternative to the 350. If I expected to drive in snow I would have gone with the G35, but the driving performance, interior luxury and exterior looks (all subjective) led me to go with the 350 instead, which was roughly $2k more for similar setups.
330xi ('05/used, not the new 3 series) - I really don't like the BMW interiors; they seem pedestrian and not that luxurious (I know, highly subjective and will be disputed). The one I drove felt like a boat suspension, but I bet the new 335s aren't that way. Interior space was good, comfort was fine, looks were nice.
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- One the best looking cars, ever! IS 350 engine is sharp, Luxury interior. Solid in snow conditions
- Quick build up of dust on rims, Sun visor only partially protects, Fairly expensive vehicle.
My first IS 350 was destroyed on May 2, 2006 on the 404 and finch. A truck took me out by flinging me into the guard rails and then I careened back into the truck. I walked away without a scratch but terrified. The car protected me well so I got another one. This car is the car for someone who wants super performance and extreme luxury without ever having to worry about the integrity of its build quality. I have 79,000 km and absolutely no complaints. The interior is eye candy and the NAV system most intuitive. OccasionallyI will push this car and boy , the handling is superb. I was amazed that that the IS 350 handled so well in the snow ( especially this last winter ) just engage the snow button to retard any crazy acceleration and good snow tires and u will believe that this car has 4 wheel drive. Love the blue tooth, rear camera and Mark levinson stereo. A little tight in the back but this is part of the allure of the IS, - small, nimble and laden with technology. I like the 3 series and the G35 a lot but I really love the IS. Lexus got this baby right....read morehide
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- Great Acceleration. Refined interior. GPS,stereo system flawless. A huge fan, Lexus is the best!
- Rear seat a little cramped, but is ok even on trips.
This car is truly amazing. For the money, you get alot of car. The interior is plush nad refined. The GPS/audio system is great. It gets looks every time we drive it. I got the matador Red, with chrome wheels. A real looker. The real story of this car is under the hood. 306hp with 277ft/lbs of torque, and very good gas mileage. All this with Lexus reliability, and Lexus dealer service. What other choice is there?...read morehide
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