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      03-24-2009, 06:11 PM   #1
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picked up an IS350

My dad was driving his ES300 and a drunk driver hit his rear driver side door. Luckily, he was not injured.








He later picked this up! Surprisingly for someone in his mid-40s, but I can see myself driving something sporty at that age too...







The NA engine is definitely different for a change.

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306HP ~3500lbs

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Personally hate Lexus but good for your dad. People who are getting on age tend to like them very much.
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The IS350 is a great car. You should of had your dad tryout the GS450, lots of power and torque for such a huge car.
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      03-24-2009, 06:34 PM   #4
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I thought the IS used and I6 not a V6. When did that change?
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Any reason why he didn't just get an E92? It would've been neat to have an E92 and E93 in the stable.
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if only they made it in a manual....
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Personally hate Lexus but good for your dad. People who are getting on age tend to like them very much.

same, not a fan of their products but congrats to ur dad I'm sure he'll have fun driving it
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I thought the IS used and I6 not a V6. When did that change?
Gen 1 had an I6, this one uses V6.
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lol @ all the lexus haters...

get over the fact that there is another company out there that does what BMW doesn't do very well,

that is, making reliable, luxurious, comfortable cars.
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lol @ all the lexus haters...

get over the fact that there is another company out there that does what BMW doesn't do very well,

that is, making reliable, luxurious, comfortable cars.
Yeah, too bad they don't understand sport (IS-F is the exception)

the IS350 DOES NOT have paddle shifters, rather they are for gear limiting.

I.e. when you see a number on the dash, that is what the transmission is limited to. So you can put it at, say 4, and it will shift normally, no matter if you press the +/- all the way up to 4. When I figured this out, I almost stopped driving the car!

He got this for 30k drive out, with CPO 100k/7years warranty till 2013.

E92 335i = much more, plus I'd be getting no nav/backup camera, all the little goodies...

It is deceptively quick though....I popped it in 2nd, around 3.5-4k RPMs, stomped on it, and got thrown back into my seat!
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lol @ all the lexus haters...

get over the fact that there is another company out there that does what BMW doesn't do very well,

that is, making reliable, luxurious, comfortable cars.

Beyond true. They werent taken very seriously when they arrived here in 1989. Now look at them. My Father is a die hard BMW guy and picked up a IS350 as well two months ago. He thinks its so sexy and dosent give a crap about 'ring times or 0 to 60mph, etc. I dont think 47 is that old..

He'll be back in a bimmer soon enough though. I dont like the brakes on his car though. Its not exactly confidence inspiring. I find myself going waay to fast b/c the car is super quiet as well.
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the IS350 DOES NOT have paddle shifters, rather they are for gear limiting.

I.e. when you see a number on the dash, that is what the transmission is limited to. So you can put it at, say 4, and it will shift normally, no matter if you press the +/- all the way up to 4. When I figured this out, I almost stopped driving the car!
That's odd. When I drove my friends IS350 the paddle shifters did exactly the same as in my 135 except the IS350 has proper right is up and left is down paddles.
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Congrats. My wife drives an IS350 and it has been plauged with tracton control and engine problems. Was in the shop several times for serious warranty work.
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hmmmm....my car is reliable....luxurious and comfortable....plus it's awesome through the twisties and goes like stink.....not too sure whats wrong with your e92!!!!
i like lexus as well....but didnt like the numb steering feeling and no manual tranny of the is350.




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Beyond true. They werent taken very seriously when they arrived here in 1989. Now look at them. My Father is a die hard BMW guy and picked up a IS350 as well two months ago. He thinks its so sexy and dosent give a crap about 'ring times or 0 to 60mph, etc. I dont think 47 is that old..
0-60 is still a very respectable at 4.9 seconds... Feels almost as fast as a stock 335i in a straight line, but has a very luxury oriented suspension....

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That's odd. When I drove my friends IS350 the paddle shifters did exactly the same as in my 135 except the IS350 has proper right is up and left is down paddles.
Yeah, my mother picked one up a couple mouths ago, and the paddles felt the same as the 135i and 335i demo car I drove
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you guys sure about the paddles thing?

I mean if you're at a stand still....hit the paddle till your max gear is at 6. then just drive like you would normally. It will shift by itself....try it out.
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i'm kinda surprised... a lot of hate and love....

i own a IS350 and love it, and i also own a e92 and love that....
but why so much hate? did lexus do something to you(guys that don't like lexus)? some people(i notice) on this forums for some reason have a passionate hate for lexus(or anything thats not bmw) why is that?

both cars have there high points and low points....(any car brand in general really)
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tommy, am I right or wrong about the paddles?
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i own a IS350 and love it, and i also own a e92 and love that....
but why so much hate? did lexus do something to you(guys that don't like lexus)? some people(i notice) on this forums for some reason have a passionate hate for lexus(or anything thats not bmw) why is that?
I hate Toyota. Not a fanboy, don't like BMW terribly but will respect it for it's unyielding emphasis on driver involvement (same for Honda).
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i'm kinda surprised... a lot of hate and love....

i own a IS350 and love it, and i also own a e92 and love that....
but why so much hate? did lexus do something to you(guys that don't like lexus)? some people(i notice) on this forums for some reason have a passionate hate for lexus(or anything thats not bmw) why is that?

both cars have there high points and low points....(any car brand in general really)
Been trying to figure this out... I loved my 1999 Lexus SC400, it was an excellent car. Lexus is always at the top of reliability reports, and the new lineup (besides the es) feels more solid than any BMW I have been in including the 5 and 7 series...


I'll be visiting my mother in a month again, and will have to drive her car with the paddles again...
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