2005 Lexus IS Review

2005 Lexus IS 250 SE 2.6 petrol from UK and Ireland

Model year2006
Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 2.6 petrol Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired24 miles
Most recent distance600 miles
Previous carMercedes-Benz C-Class


Over-hyped new model not class leader


Rattle in the dash. Rattle in the passenger door (b pillar)

General Comments:

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

29th Mar 2006, 15:15

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 Their cars seem outdated and although the 3 series is a fantastic car, its interior is stark and depressing.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.

Lexus convert.

Average review marks: 6.8 / 10, based on 1 review