So I began my car search looking to spend 10k. Discovered the IS250...fell in love, upped my budget to 16k. Was dead set on buying an AWD 06-10 IS250 until I found out about the carbon buildup issues. Now I don't know what to do..the whole thing that attracted me to it was I liked the styling, AWD, and I thought it would be reliable and I wouldn't have to worry about much. But if it has issues like this I do not want that.
I can up my budget to 25k and get a CPO Warrantied 2011+ IS250 from a Lexus dealer. I would rather not spend that much though. Also..does 2011 and later still have the same problems?
I am just lost and need recommendations on what to get. I DO NOT WANT RWD, otherwise I would probably pick up an IS300 or even the 350. If the IS350 came in AWD I would have one in my driveway already. I am considering the Acura TL now.
Give me some recommendations guys. I would like a luxury vehicle that is reliable and not RWD. Trying to stay away from German brands due to the maintenance/repair costs, otherwise would buy an Audi.
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If you don't think you want to spend the cash on a 350, take my advice and don't test drive it. I was all set for a 250 before my test drive
I test drove a 250 and liked it all except for the brutal visibility.
Not going to bother testing a 350 since it is out of my range
Going to test the G37x. Already found a few nice 2010s in my range with under 100k km.
For 25K you can get a brand-new base model Subaru Outback, with one of the best AWD systems in the industry. Or, for about the same money, probably a CPO one or two year-old top-of-the-line Outback Limited with all of the trappings. And you'll get something with far more room inside than an IS250 for both passengers and cargo, better toward visibility, and ground clearance for heavy snow. What you won't get, of course, is the panache of a luxury-car nameplate, but you WILL get is one of the most useful and versatile all-around vehicles in the industry. Same goes, to a slightly lesser extent, for the Toyota Venza and Honda Crosstour, though the Crosstour has awkward rear-end styling that limits its usefulness. And the Venza has overly-large 19 and 20-inch wheels that give a firm ride and may be expensive to replace the tires on.