2002 Lexus IS 200 S 2.0 from UK and Ireland
Excellent all round car
The Alloys have corroded and it is not even 3 years old yet.
Although the car is the entry level model it is still a masterpiece.
Handling superb, slightly underpowered engine, but ideal for cruising.
When we bought the car we compared with BMW's & Merc's and the Lexus was by far the better car.
Lexus customer service are excellent simply swapped the wheels when corroded.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 29th July, 2005
25th Oct 2005, 20:54
It's an overpriced toyota altezza.
13th Jan 2006, 04:35
To the person that said the Lexus is an overpriced Toyota Altezza - that means that all Audis are overpriced VWs, all Jags ar overpriced Fords and all Alfas are overpriced Fiats etc...
Is this correct? No. The Lexus (as compared with other cars in its class) is extremely well priced, reliable, well equipped and beautifully shaped.
15th Jul 2006, 09:40
The main Issue with the Is200 is the Price!
It's way too high for a 2 litre Straight Six!
By the way which BMW were you comparing it with?
A E36 320IS (2 Litre, 150 bhp) will easily match the performance of the Lexus, and it sounds MUCH Better than the Lexus (which is far too muted)
20th Sep 2011, 18:04
A 3 series is a better car - better handling, better interior, better looking - to my eyes. Not that the IS is a bad car, far from it, and I have no idea where the transmission problems are coming from - from once it warmed up, it's very smooth and precise - unlike a manual Merc C class, which is woeful. Only gripes I've heard on the IS are of corroding alloys and audio units failing - both of which Lexus has addressed free of charge. And it's saucy on fuel.