Which Lexus would you buy?

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Old 19 Mar 2010, 10:10 pm   #1 (permalink)
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I currently drive an 01 Acura TL - that I love for its comfort and sportiness. But I need to buy something before next September (transmission warranty runs out). I'm considering a Lexus, but which one.































I'm 34 yr old married female w/ no kids. I live in a major city and really wouldn't want a large vehicle that would be prone to scratching and not fitting well in parking garages. I'm also in constant stop and go traffic. But I also drive 4 times a year for 1500 miles on the interstate to visit family.































My price range is about $25k (really wouldn't want to go over $30k). Obviously, I'm looking at used. Which Lexus would you buy and more importantly, why would you buy that model? Thanks.















I occasionally drove a GS400 in the late 90s that my aunt owned. That car would fly (as it should with that engine). I loved that car and have seriously looked at current GS models - just don't want to exclude another Lexus that might suit me well, too. I hate to admit it and my driving record shows it, I like to drive fast.















My husband has an 07 Toyota Camry. Trust me, it's not even in the same ballpark as a Lexus. Both are reliable cars, but the Camry is hard as a rock. My mother's 06 Avalon is also not quite as nice as the Lexus either - there is too much road noise. Why are there so many Lexus haters here? And whoever suggested buying an American car... you need to lay off the crack it's messing with your head.
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Old 19 Mar 2010, 10:30 pm   #2 (permalink)
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Lexus IS because their the only sporty cars that Lexus currently has in its lineup.
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Old 19 Mar 2010, 11:05 pm   #3 (permalink)
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Why not get an extension on your Acura's warrenty? Lots less money.































A Lexus ES would probably suit you, though it is more geared towards luxury than you Acura.































You might find the Lexus IS a bit small on the inside, but it is more sporty than your Acura. In addition, I am hesitant to recommend rear wheel drive to a person who is obviously very comfortable with front wheel drive. An AWD version would work for you.































I have a friend who really likes her AWD GS300. It is a bit larger than your TL.
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Old 19 Mar 2010, 11:10 pm   #4 (permalink)
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the IS AWD its a nice small sports car i wish i could afford it i'm getting the subaru legacy 2.5i prob. less the 21K
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Old 19 Mar 2010, 11:30 pm   #5 (permalink)
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I suggest either the Lexus IS350 or the IS250 AWD model.















A 2004 or newer TL-S would be another great choice.















The 2003+ Honda Accord EX V6 coupe is a great vehicle. It has 240HP and a 6 speed manual transmission so it is very fast, it has leather, power heated seats, a voice activated GPS navigation system and voice/touch activated heating/cooling and audio controls. The car is very very luxurious on the inside, and pretty sporty on the outside. My 05 coupe has 106K miles on it and have not had 1 serious problem with it. It reminds me a lot of the TL-S.















The Acura TSX is a good choice as well but only offers a 4 cylinder engine( still has 200hp though).















I would also recommend an older sc430!!
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Old 19 Mar 2010, 11:40 pm   #6 (permalink)
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I would advise you to buy the Lexus IS 350 because it is the most power and luxury that you can get for the money. It has a powerful 3.5 litre V6 that has 306 Horespower. It will take you as fast as you want and will not be a step down from your Acura by a longshot. Lexus also has a reputation of building cars that will last past 200,000 miles. My mom drives a 1991 Lexus LS 400 that has 250,000 on the original engine and transmission and still runs beautifully. It even has the original belts and hoses all still in great condition. Lexus is the way to go.
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Old 20 Mar 2010, 12:15 am   #7 (permalink)
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I'd say a used (2003-2004) Lexus SC would be perfect or you. It's a hardtop V8 convertible and it's the perfect compromise between fast, comfortable, and stylish. It's a four-seater, but the back seats are too small to be useful, and that's good because you don't have kids anyways! When closed, you get the quietness of a regular hardtop coupe, and when opened, you get the exhilaration of a convertible. This is the perfect car for you.































...But if you think it is too small, go for the GS, ES, or IS. All Lexus's are reliable and comforable, but if you really want fuel eficiency, go for the Lexus IS250 and 2006 GS300. These cars are fast and gte 30+mpg. Notice that the GS I described is the 2006 GS300. If you go 2005 and older, the GS's are the previous generation and look weird to me. If you go 2006 and newer, the GS's look great, but if you go 2007 and newer, the V6 GS's become GS350 so ther not as fuel efficient.































So, if you want the perfect small, fast, comfortable, reliable, and relatively fuel eficient car, go for the Lexus SC430(the 2002-2003 models are in your price range), but if you want a usable back seat, go for the IS. And if you really want to use the back seat, go for th GS. Oh, and f you want AWD, the GS and IS are availible with AWD, but it's tough to find a used one with AWD. And don't worry about the parking, just get a Lexus with parking sensors and/or rear view camera for the bigger models. If you ever wory about the parking for the really big models, the LS can park itself!































Oh, and about the Lexus ES350, it's fast, but it is a car that puts comfort and luxury over performance and fastness, so your wife would probably like it more.
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None-I have no interest in paying too much for an over rated Toyota and putting more money into the Japanese economy.
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Old 20 Mar 2010, 12:40 am   #9 (permalink)
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IS 350
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First, great question! Lexus is one of the most trusted luxury brands known for reliability. The car I want and hope to get is the new redesigned Lexus GS350. You said that you were looking at the GS models, right well the GS350 would probably suit you best in my opinion. Another reason to consider this model it's a Lexus, come on you don't have to worry about your car breaking down like an Audi or BMW. It has around 300 ponies in a V6 and you like to drive fast, this car is a rocket. Check out the vehicle at Lexus.com















It cost around 25k certified pre-owned used, depending on the dealer so shop around. I want one of these cars also, they're nice. The Lexus GS350 is very reliable, safe, economical, and very luxurious.































Plus, here is my theory. Yes there are better looking German car out there like the Audi A6 or BMW 5-series right? However, why would you drive a nice car that is very unreliable and gives you a lot of mechanical problems that cost a lot to fix? It doesn't make any sense to me. As you know Lexus is the luxury version of a Toyota. My dad has an 89' Toyota Corolla and that car although old still runs like new. You get in, turn the car and boom it's on. The Lexus is no exception. I think you made the right choice.































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