2008 Lexus IS 250 Luxury 2.5 petrol from Lithuania


Could be best car, if not for the engine


Transmission error at 5.000km. Erased by the dealer.

General Comments:

Very comfortable car. It handles perfectly and still feels very comfortable. It could a perfect car if it was not for the engine and the transmission.

The transmission is changing the gears very fast, but time after time it does it in different way than I would do it myself. In normal mode transmission you have to push the accelerator too much in order to get a bit more acceleration. In power mode I hate it when I do a bit more braking, and the transmission goes a few gears down and the revs go up to 3500, then in few second it starts changing back to higher gears with a pull for each gear... I think the standard mode of the transmission could be more responsive. As now I have always to drive in Power mode to get better response to pushing the pedal.

I like that the 6th gear is very long. It helps to have lower consumption. But still the consumption could be better.

Engine. It has 208 hp, but it feels more like 170, may be it's due to very big weight - it says it's 1650kg.. empty. I think the best engine for this car could be 3.5L, the one sold to USA. 2.5 - will be economical choice. Still the consumption is not so low...

So to summarize, I could say it is very nice car, but the consumption or performance could be better, especially if you compare it to rivals like BMW or AUDI.

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

Review Date: 23rd August, 2009

27th May 2011, 07:21

Would like to update my experience after 85.000km in 3 years.

What's gone wrong:

1. Transmission went into error mode 2. A reset at the dealership solved the problem.

2. Front shock absorbers replaced under warranty, as started rattling in cold weather. But looks like that it did not solve the rattling. But now it's warm...

3. Central security system module was replaced under warranty, as at times the car did not lock or unlock.

4. Right full headlight was replaced after a dip into a road hole, as it was impossible to adjust the height correctly. Under warranty.

5. 2 front right xenon bulbs were replaced in 1 year's time under warranty.

6. Just after purchase, the glove box was rattling. Solved under warranty.

7. Now the driver's air flow hole by the window starts rattling a lot on some occasions (most probably when there is some temperature reached).

8. Was making/rechecking geometry of the wheels every 6 months, still had to change front winter and summer tyres earlier as there was very uneven wearing. Winter tyres still could be good for one more season (used for 2.5 seasons). Summer tyres changed just only after 1 season of use, should/could have lasted at least 2.5 seasons.

8th Apr 2012, 10:09

Seems your problems would be solved with the 6 speed manual model. I personally like to decide myself what my transmission should be doing.

13th Apr 2013, 06:42

Oh the joy of manual transmission! Still driving my 11 year old Infiniti G20. Will consider this for a replacement.

2008 Lexus IS 350 3.5/V6/direct injection with twin ports from Japan


The Maserati Quattroporte performance for VW Passat V6 price


Nothing except a small dent on left side body panel.

General Comments:

I got this car in the autumn of last year. It cruises astonishingly fast, as well as smoothly as velvet.

Her 0-100km/h acceleration time is 5.2sec and 0-400m time is 14.2sec. It is roughly as fast as the BMW 740i with turbocharged 3.0L yielding 326bhp, and much faster than the Mercedes C350.

Along with it, best elapsed acceleration times are 13.5sec for 0-400m and 5.0sec for 0-97km/h according to a major American media. So well run-in example of this car could be as fast as the Mercedes E550 (5467cc/388hp) and the BMW750iL (4398cc/407hp with twin turbochargers)!

So the Lexus IS350 could be called as a kind of giant killer. Namely its performance is almost miraculous for a naturally-aspirated 3.5-litres.

As for fuel economy, her average fuel consumption is about 10km/l, excellent for her output and performance. She's much more economical than the VW Passat 3.2 (3189cc/250hp) with about 9km/l consumption and roughly in same bracket as the Audi A4 2.0TFSI with 211hp motor and lesser performance!

Her handling is quite stable and predictable, albeit somewhat dull. Compared with the BMW335i, her handling is milder and feels comfortable for me. But her cross-wind stability is somewhat inferior to the likes of Audi A4 3.2 Quattro and VW Passat 3.2 4motion (All of these are full time 4WD based on FF.).

Her brakes are good and with solid feeling.

Its rear visibility is not so good, and rear view camera is somewhat inconvenient. And its space for backseat can be better, as wide as the BMW 3-series. Certainly the Mercedes C-Class offers much wider and more usable back space in similar size as the Lexus IS. Of course most FF sedans like the VW Passat and the Citroen C5 are much more spacious than the FR leagues;from the C-Class to the Lexus IS.

As a whole, her ergonomics are on the average level, with some points could be improved.

Paddle shift is not so easy to handle and somewhat abrupt.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th May, 2009

8th Jul 2009, 20:47

Lucky you! The IS350 is my dream car.