2004 Lexus IS Reviews

2004 Lexus IS 300 2JZGE from Australia and New Zealand

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2011
Most recent year of ownership2012
Engine and transmission 2JZGE Semi-Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired125000 kilometres
Most recent distance143000 kilometres
Previous carNissan 300ZX

Summary:

Great quality, classy and refined second hand buy

Faults:

Sat nav toggle button came off while vacuuming the car's interior. It easily clicked back into place.

General Comments:

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

2004 Lexus IS 200 SE Navigator 2.0 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.0 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance5500 miles
Previous carAudi A6

Summary:

Well built and well specified mid range saloon

Faults:

Nothing - it's been very reliable as I would expect. Small rumble/rattle from driver's window area. I'll get this attended to at first service.

General Comments:

This is a very good car. However, it needs to be revved to perform well which can result in poor fuel economy.

I find the Lexus comfortable on the whole and the DVD based Sat. Nav. is an excellent if expensive option.

My dealer has been courteous and responsive. The 6 speed manual is precise, although I feel 6th gear itself could do with being a longer, as it is not a relaxed motorway/expressway cruiser like my previous Audi.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 17th August, 2004

Average review marks: 8.0 / 10, based on 2 reviews