2005 Lexus IS 250 SE 2.6 petrol from UK and Ireland
Over-hyped new model not class leader
Rattle in the dash. Rattle in the passenger door (b pillar)
Good engine gearbox. But road noise and hard ride detract from the car.
Not as well built as I expected with the rattles starting within minutes of collecting the car.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 8th March, 2006
It is obvious that you have a bias against Lexus. Quite understandable since this manufacturer has toppled on its head the whole idea of Luxury cars. The Is 250/350 are simply stunning in design and execution. As a proud owner of the IS 250 AWD version I am simply blown away the integrity of its engineering and commitment to quality. I will never give BMW or Mercedes a second look from now on. Their cars seem outdated and although the 3 series is a fantastic car, its interior is stark and depressing. Mercedes quality is now a potential threat to anyone's pocketbook after you have owned the car for 2 years or more.