2004 Lexus IS 300 2JZGE from Australia and New Zealand
Great quality, classy and refined second hand buy
Sat nav toggle button came off while vacuuming the car's interior. It easily clicked back into place.
Last year I picked this car up at a dealership second hand, for the price of a new Holden Barina.
Like most luxury brands, this well cared-for, low-kms example was great value.
This car is very well-made, and even well after 100,000kms feels like a brand new car with no signs of wear or tear at all. The interior even smells like a new car, and has none of the usual signs of age like cracking leather, fading headliner etc.
It is very comfortable and smooth to drive. The engine is smooth, has got plenty of torque, and works well enough with the automatic gearbox.
Fuel economy is not fantastic, but I put that more down to my driving style and living in the city. On long distance highway trips, the economy is much improved.
Ride quality is great and the handling is sharp and involving. There is not much understeer and lots of grip available. There is some tyre noise at speed, but I suspect that's more to do with the quality of tyres fitted.
The only issue I have is that Lexus Australia never released these cars with a manual gearbox. I feel that this is the missing link between what is a fine car, and a great car.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 4th March, 2012