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May 14, 2012 (11:15 am)
I wonder what the seller wants for it.
It actually gets pretty poor mileage, now that I've looked up the specs (18/25). That's surprising.
#25239 of 32407 Re: Lexus [qbrozen]
May 14, 2012 (11:32 am)
That IS300 is a nice driving car, especially with a stick. Quick steering & razor sharp handling. It was built (rebadged) to compete with the E36 3 series. Unfortunately, by the time it was released BMW had already come out with the E46 3 series. The car only came with a 5 speed manual (instead of 6), hence the lackluster fuel economy. It also wasn't geared very aggressively and only managed 7.1 - 7.2 60 mph times. So it handled well, but wasn't very fast, & got crummy mileage. Plus traditional Lexus owners said the car rode too rough. That might be worth looking at.
#25240 of 32407 2007 530xi
May 14, 2012 (12:03 pm)
We've been really content with our fleet, so browsing trips have been few and far between, but my wife and I went out over lunch last week to look at this:
It is uncanny how close this is to my old 530xi, even the same exterior and interior color. 6-speed manual, sport, premium and cold packages plus navigation. 1 owner and only 40k miles for a 5+ year old car.
It drove nice as expected and was in nice condition. Price seems a tad high, but no crazy mark-up.
But, it just wasn't very compelling. Part of it, of course, is even though I do have some nostalgia for my old 530xi, I've "been there done that." I like the variety of having the e39 530i and the GTI. When we returned from the test drive, we parked right next to my 530i, and my wife remarked on how there's no way we could give up the e39. The salesperson quipped that I should trade it in - when I asked him if it's because he would buy it, he smiled and replied yes.
We could probably come close to a straight trade on the GTI, but I like the VW too much and the contrast it offers with the e39. Obviously the contrast would be much less between the two 5's.
Fun trip, but it's nice to walk away happier with what you have.
#25241 of 32407 Re: Lexus [nyccarguy]
May 14, 2012 (12:04 pm)
Did they ever make the IS300 wagon in a stick? Now that would be a rare find indeed!
#25242 of 32407 Re: Lexus [breld]
May 14, 2012 (12:42 pm)
I believe the IS300 Sportcross (don't dare use the W word - lol) was only available with an automatic.
#25243 of 32407 Re: Lexus [nyccarguy]
May 14, 2012 (1:00 pm)
You people are killing me here today!
NYC, yes, the sportcross was AT only, otherwise I may have bought one back in the day. I do like these, but as noted, they are pretty piggy gas wise. That one looks nice, certainly rare, but with 111K on it and some boy-racer stuff, gives me pause. But, if cheap enough?
the P-5 looks pretty sharp, though black over black is not nice. And I would be embarrased to have to swap out a clutch before 100K! I do think the price is a bit high still, for 97K on a 10 YO economy car. I could, however, be very happy with one of those at the right price.
the BMW? can't comment on the price, but man that is load, even the high-zoot seats. pretty sure I could learn to live with that one. I think I like the color even, but hard to tell on the monitor (some cars you just have to see in person)
#25244 of 32407 Re: decent looking winter beater [corvette]
May 14, 2012 (1:21 pm)
I guess this was before Subaru made AWD standard
Yep, that was 2 years later, 1995.
The EJ22 engine is generally bullet-proof, far more reliable than the EJ25.
At that age, though, who knows what it needs.
#25245 of 32407 Re: OK, folks, time to offer up an opinion (or twelve) [corvette]
May 14, 2012 (1:31 pm)
The Elantra uses a direct injection engine
Oddly enough, it's one engine from Hyundai that does not. The Accent and Sonata do, but the Elantra doesn't.
When when the Touring launches it will have it.
#25246 of 32407 Re: Lexus [stickguy]
May 14, 2012 (1:34 pm)
Price isn't bad on the P5. Clean ones are getting $4k at the block.
Exhaust and shifter on the IS bug me... but then there is no CAI, so ... I dunno. Could be they just went aftermarket on things that needed replacing as it aged.
#25247 of 32407 Re: OK, folks, time to offer up an opinion (or twelve) [ateixeira]
May 14, 2012 (2:19 pm)
D'oh! I thought the Elantra and Accent had the same engine.