From the car book reports, Lexus blew it again. This time the power is
better than the Bimmer, but the handling is just not there and, again, no
manual transmission. The manual transmission is important as a sign you are
serious about sporting machinery. You will only sell a small proportion as
manuals, but it tells everybody that you are serious. It is a MUST HAVE for
a Lexus given the comfy-car image Lexus has.
The 330i is no beauty and Lexus could have batted that one out of the park
in comparison, but they didn't and went ultra-bland, again. Not a car anyone
will dream about owning.
The tepid IS250 is a disgrace, by the way. Incredible lack of power, judging
by the published 0-60 times.
Finally, I am a huge Lexus fan. We have had an LS400 for 12 years and will
get an RX330 this year. Also own a E46 330i, so I know both brands well.
Lexus needs to get some serious sporting DNA in their bloodline and the new
IS does not look like it will do it.
I sure hope I'm wrong, but I strongly doubt it.
I hope you are wrong also. I looked at the new 330 and drove it. It drives
great, but looks like a corolla from behind! I am going to drive the IS350
to see. It sure does have everything else well done: radio, IPOD
connection, Navagation system, etc. But I agree the magazines all say
"fast, nice to drive, but would rather drive the 3 series."
I have an 02 manual IS, and when I was looking I test drove a 330i.
I'd rather drive the BMW, but due to reliability I'd rather own the
Lexus. That will probably carry them again, but given the looks of the
330 and the lackof a stick (plus looks) in the IS, I'm hanging on to
my car at least until the next generations come out.
Can't disagree with any of that, but I'll test drive one, to see if
they've gotten closer to the (IMO) perfect ride/handling compromise of
the BMW sport-suspension. If so, I'll have to consider it,
considering the cost savings...
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