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Old 12-14-11, 04:39 PM   #1
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Hey everyone! Im new to the forum but not new to cars or lexus'. I currently own a 98 SC300 and Im looking to add to the stable with a 4 door Lex. I've found a 2001 IS and a 2001 GS300, both are priced really well and really clean. My question to you IS owners is this.. Is there anything I should look out for on the IS that I may not know about by just searching thru old threads? If you've owned either or have experience with either feel free to chime in.

Just an FYI - Im looking to do a few small mods to the car (coilovers, exhaust, wheels, body kit, etc).


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Old 12-14-11, 04:43 PM   #2
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is300 ftw!!!
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Old 12-14-11, 05:02 PM   #3
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I should add that the IS has 100K miles and the GS has 87K miles.
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depends if the is300 got its 100,000 mile tune up, if it did then do it!!!
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Old 12-15-11, 08:13 AM   #5
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theyre different cars. its hard to compare. IS is more sporty and the GS more luxury. plus the GS has better back seat space. so it all depends on your preferences.
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Old 12-15-11, 09:09 AM   #6
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i own a sc myself, its big heavy and luxiries, so is gs, why get same thing

IS300 is smaller, more nimble, quicker, and looks good, pretty reliable

get a 5spd is300 and youre gonna love it, i like mine, fun littel ride
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Old 12-15-11, 07:06 PM   #7
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is300 is alot more fun i think.
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Old 12-15-11, 09:15 PM   #8
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I'll echo what Avarec said - very different cars, the 2GS is and 'feels' big and floaty, but you get the extra room. Also, check the front suspension on the GS as they tend to go through lower ball joint assemblies rather quickly.

The IS is just an all around fun car, very well balanced.
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Old 12-18-11, 11:20 AM   #9
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Get the gs430 and then there wouldnt be an arguement
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I have an 04 IS300 5speed and i love to drive her i have coilovers exhaust intake and im lookin now for a body kit its a fun car to drive. i dont know where u leave but here in miami they are hard as hell to find. Thats 1 sided cuz ive never had a GS but that would be my next car if anything happed to my IS
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Old 12-20-11, 09:11 PM   #11
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owning both an is300 and a gs430, both 2004, the GS is interior is better quality and has all the amenities, but the IS is more fun to drive, it's nimble and handles really well for stock. I test drove a GS3 before I got my 430 and was disappointed with it. No offense to GS3 owners. IS for fun factor, GS for room, luxury and comfort. Either way, you can go wrong. It's all preference.
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Old 12-29-11, 03:08 PM   #12
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I had a 2001 IS300 and loved it. Bought it with 89,000 miles on it and sold it recently with 130,000 miles. Didn't have any problems with it. The IS was fun to drive and loved the looks of it. Only negative part as you know IS cars have no leg room in the back seat. Other than that I say the IS. I could be biased.
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