2002 Lexus IS Reviews

2002 Lexus IS 300 2JZ-GE I6 3.0 Liter from North America

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 2JZ-GE I6 3.0 Liter Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired89000 miles
Most recent distance100200 miles

Summary:

The perfect car for those that are looking for an all around performer

Faults:

So far nothing has gone wrong with the car. The Toyota 2JZ-GE engine will last you forever if you take care of it.

I know the previous owner had mentioned that there was an issue with the throttle body at about 30K, but it was a freak issue and Lexus replaced it free of charge. It has ran perfectly since then.

General Comments:

The car is clearly made for those drivers who like to be part of the driving experience. The manual transmission just amplifies that feeling.

The double wishbone independent suspension is like the rails that the car scoots along on. The handling is the definite highlight of the car. You point out the direction, and the car goes. If your really getting into a corner you can feel just a tiny bit of under steer, but it's nothing that a bit of throttle steering can't fix.

The 3.0L 2JZ-GE is a bit outdated now, but it still produces enough power to be impressive. The manual version is said to do 0-60 in 6.8 seconds. I've gotten 6.9 so I believe it. This is mainly thanks to some outstanding pull in third gear.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd November, 2008

2002 Lexus IS 300 from North America

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission Automatic
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
10.0 / 10
Distance when acquired69000 kilometres
Most recent distance85000 kilometres
Previous carMercedes-Benz SLK

Summary:

Great balance between sport, and luxury without having one around every corner (like the BM 3 series

Faults:

Nothing so far...

General Comments:

Cons:

Small trunk space.

Higher than expected fuel consumption.

Pros:

This car has too many to list. After switching from a Mercedes to a Lexus, I now know what RELIABILITY means. If you are looking for a mixture between sport, and luxury then I believe this is the perfect vehicle. I love the interior cockpit feeling; leather quality surpasses a lot of other vehicles.

One thing though, this car along with other Lexus vehicles have a simple beauty. I sometimes feel that it is not as EYE CATCHING as it should be for the price.

Overall I believe it is the best sport sedan out there, especially if you are planning to keep it for more than a couple of years, or are purchasing second hand.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd July, 2007

2002 Lexus IS 300 Sports Luxury 2JZ-GE 3 litre in-line 6 cylinder from Australia and New Zealand

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 2JZ-GE 3 litre in-line 6 cylinder Semi-Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired102000 kilometres
Most recent distance106000 kilometres
Previous carToyota Soarer

Summary:

All in one!!! Mid size luxury, sporty feeling, brilliant handling..

Faults:

I have had the car for two months, so nothing so far. Hopefully it stays that way.

At 100K kilometres, this car still drives like new, and is immaculate!

General Comments:

This car handles very very well! One of the better handling cars I have had a pleasure to drive. A real driver's car; awesome steering feel and response. Best appreciated on twisty roads!

Performance is very good for what the car is. It is not that fast in straight line, but will match and beat most average cars on the road. My previous car was a twin turbo Soarer, so it is a bit of a step down in performance, however the average person won't be disappointed.

The 2JZ-GE engine is the atmo version of the Supra 2JZ-GTE engine. Essentially the same engine, but without turbos strapped on the side. It is possible to turbocharge this engine for only a few thousand dollars, which will make it a very fast car! Not only in straight line, but also on corners!

Comfort level is quite good. The seats are very supportive, and a bit firm, although they lack adjustable lumbar support. Surprising given the seats are electric (forward, back, up, down, bottom tilt, and back tilt). That is perhaps an oversight by Lexus, and it bothered me for a little while, but am used to it now. The lumbar support in the seats is quite good mind you, but you cannot adjust it.

Rear leg room is quite small, however this is a baby Lexus, so don't expect a limo.

The interior is styled in a way which suggests performance, rather than comfort. It is not a plush ride, but it is comfortable over bumps and uneven roads.

At 100K kays, the alcantara leather shows hardly any wear, which is good. Steering wheel and gear knob leather also show hardly any wear. The dash looks like brand new. No gaps between panels; everything sits in place.

Something that I noticed very quickly was that there is very minimal noise in the cabin. Not only from the outside, but also the interior trim is very well put together, and makes no rattles or any other noises at all, even over heavy bumps. The build quality of this car is just outstanding!

The Sports Luxury version of the IS300 is very well equipped. It comes standard with:

- Heated leather electric seats

- Powered sunroof

- GPS satellite navigation, that pops up from the top of the dash when needed, different to other manufacturers, but very cool

- Auto climate control, operated by dials however

- Auto HID headlights

- Electric windows/mirrors (with woodgrain in doors, made of REAL wood)

- Cruise control

- All safety features (ABS, TRC, EBC, VSC, 6 air bags)

- In dash 6 disc CD player, with 8 speakers, quite good

Plus few other goodies, bells and whistles...

Boot space is not too big; one big suit case and few smaller bags will fit alright. I had trouble fitting a bigger box once; I had to resort to putting it on the back seats. The actual boot lid is quite short.

Fuel economy is reasonable for a 6 cyl 3 litre engine. In the city I can cover about 550 kilometres on a 65 litre tank. That is 50% driving in heavy peak hour traffic too. The little economy gauge on the dash shows consumption at about 7-8 litres per 100 kays on the freeway at 100 km/h. I use the premium 98 octane fuel (BP Ultimate).

The IS300 is very classy, reliable, and comfortable. I am very happy with this car, and I would certainly recommend it to anyone (who doesn't need space for 3 kids and a dog of course) who appreciates attention to detail.

Daniel.

P.S. Over time I will update this review in the comments section.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th July, 2007

Average review marks: 8.2 / 10, based on 19 reviews