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Lexus IS 300, Lexus IS, Sedan
#2989 of 3008 Re: '02 IS300 brake issue [gfurneaux]
Jan 04, 2006 (8:44 pm)
To be perfectly honest with you Greg, the brake-related noise issue is the only thing that I can complain about thus far. I bought my car new and it currently has a little over 31,000 miles on it. Admittedly, I stay as far back from the vehicle in front of me as I can to avoid rock chips when driving on a freeway/interstate highway, and I also keep a good coat of Meguiar's Gold Class wax on my hood, front bumper fascia and front fenders. I believe that this helps to avoid some of the front end paint damage to a degree.
Overall, I have been extremely pleased with the IS300. And now that the Lexus service tech has my brake-related noise under control, I have zero complaints. The build quality on these cars really is good when compared to many, many other makes/models.
#2990 of 3008 Difficulty with a dealership
Jan 20, 2006 (3:04 pm)
I just bought a 2004 IS 300 from Foreign Motors West-Boston,MA (dealer steven Jutkiewicz). I completely regret buying the car from this dealership. They overcharged me for the vehicle and yet keep telling me the check is in the mail after 3 months!!! This dealer was very dishonest about the vehicle. Has anyone else had the same difficulties with this Dealership?? They sell many vehicles online.
#2991 of 3008 Re: Difficulty with a dealership [linds3]
Jan 20, 2006 (4:06 pm)
I'm not sure how it's possible for one party to overcharge for something unless the other party is willing to overpay.
This board is deader than dead, so you'd do much better to post your query elsewhere. There are a number of boards devoted to buying/selling vehicles regardless of brand. Possibly Pat will direct you to the most appropriate one(s) -- I don't know them well enough to try to do it myself.
#2992 of 3008 How to open hood if the doors are locked and the battery is dead?
Mar 14, 2006 (5:34 am)
I disconnected the battery (didn't intend to use the car for a while) and then discovered I had accidently locked the doors. Any idea on how can I open the hood to connect the battery?
#2993 of 3008 Re: How to open hood if the doors are locked and the battery is dead? [ili1]
Apr 22, 2006 (3:38 pm)
hey you take your valet key and you put it on the drive door key hole and that should open it from the oustide so you can access the hood opener from the inside of the car
#2994 of 3008 Car Light Problems
Feb 06, 2007 (1:11 am)
I own a 2002 IS300 4 door sedan with 235,000 miles. Here is the problem. My car lights have full and partial shutdown problems. Sometimes my right headlamp will not work. Sometimes my left headlamp will not work. Sometimes both headlamps would not work. I already replaced the light control relay. My mechanic said the part was not connecting properly. But, the replacement did not solve the problem. Has anybody had the same problem and solved it.
PS: My high beams work just fine.
#2995 of 3008 In need of information...
Mar 19, 2007 (10:09 am)
from the board.
I am thinking of purchasing a used IS300, in the 2001 ~ 2003 MY range. I am trying to find information on reliability, maintenance and repair costs, service (as in if the repairs are completed correctly the first time, multiple visits for nickel/dime repairs), fuel mileage, overall fit & finish of the cars, what things to look for so that I can avoid a money pit.
My research has been hit or miss, can't really get any information. Can any of you provide thoughts on your vehicles and sites/groups that may have the information I'm looking for?
#2996 of 3008 Re: '02 IS300 brake issue [ron_m]
Sep 18, 2007 (9:16 pm)
I hope you don't mind me emailing you. I have just purchased a IS300 Sportcross. I have a similar problem as you have posted on the popping sound when you change gear from forward to reverse. Were you able to resolve your problem on your IS300? I had my brakes checked out by Toyota dealership prior to my purchase and they didn't find any problem. I didn't notice the problem till I brought the car. The brakes on my IS300 does not make a popping sound all the time when I brake, it only does it when I change it from reverse to forward or if I am on the freeway on a grade downhill and I am braking every 5 seconds. Any response from you on how how you resolved the popping sound from when you brake would be appreciated.
#2997 of 3008 Drive By Wire Hesitation
Dec 15, 2007 (4:27 pm)
I would like to add the IS300 to the toyota vehicles with Drive By Wire hesitation problems.
This is total unacceptable for this vehicle. The only way to fix it has been to put a non DBW TB on the car. Unfortunately this eliminates the CC and TCS.
Here is an item that tries to correct Toyotas inability to give a reliable throttle system.
I would also like to add that i experience the brake noise with the reverse and first stopping. Also the transmission clunk happens.
With the Throttle response, clutch dampening device and throttle dampening devices in place, this car is totally disconnected. No wonder the magazines gave the BMW a better recommendation.
Is it time to start a petition to get a re-calibration of throttle tip in like the appliance style Camry owners complained?
#2998 of 3008 Re: Drive By Wire Hesitation [mark_f]
Dec 16, 2007 (4:52 pm)
"Is it time to start a petition to get a re-calibration of throttle tip in. . ."
Yeah. Good luck with that.
You might want to look at the IS250/350 boards, since almost no one posts on the 300 board anymore. What I think you will learn is that the people who drive the IS don't (generally) have a clue what throttle tip-in is, let alone how it should feel. You sound like an enthusiast. You're in the minority, in case you haven't noticed.
I'm guessing you bought this thing used. Enjoy (as best you can)!