LEXUS IS SALOON 2005-2012

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Running cost:

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Accordion Joe

Lexus IS250 SE-L: the best car I've ever had...

LEXUS IS SALOON 2005-2012

Bought this 2006 IS250 SE-L in 2012 at one-third it's original value - absolutely immaculate one owner car, 54,000 miles and full Lexus service history, new dics and pads, alloys perfect. Technically it's superb - V6 alloy petrol engine, chain cam, stainless exhaust, 6-speed auto with imperceptible changes (paddles if you want them in Sport mode), rear wheel drive so no torque steer, electric power steering, multi-link suspension,, self-adjusting headlights. It even has a cable foot-operated parking brake. The Mark Levinson sound sytem is awesome with FM/AM/LW/DVD/CD options from the centre console, with a big touch screen that does everything from the satnav to connecting your phone, to viewing the rear when reversing. It even has a narrow spare wheel in the boot. Keep your key in your pocket for opening everything and starting the engine. Almost every option imaginable is there, from heated front screen to electric blind at the back, even illuminated treadplates to the front! Limitations: the knee room in the back is 'adequate' but not great, so getting out is not quick; the boot opening is not brilliant and you can't drop the seats down, just a flap by the arm rest. Some of the minor swiches on the dash can't be seen. Later models have sorted all this out. I've driven it to Italy and back and it's happy cruising along at 90mph at about 2,500rpm, so the cabin is dead quiet, the heated/cooled seats are really comfortable and fuel consumption about 34mpg. Top speed is 140mph. Reliability: I took out a policy with Warranty Direct because there's so much to go wrong, but only a water pump and rear brake caliper have been replaced. The local Lexus dealer services it every year, which is not cheap, but then it's a luxury car. I think the styling was ahead of it's time in 2006 as BMW and Jaguar seem to have copied it since, but it's understated and elegant and has a rarity value. I reckon this model will become a classic in years to come, the last of the true 'traditionally mechanical' cars. Would I buy another - not while this one's running like a dream. I don't do a huge mileage so what's the point of buying a new car with massive depreciation just to save a bit on fuel. Buy the auto SE-L for truly awesome motoring.

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Alex

Reliable, Comfy Woftmachine

LEXUS IS SALOON 2005-2012

If buying look to get the Sport or SE-L and a model with the optional Mark Levison audio and Nav. Shame we don't get the IS 350 here, the 250 is adequate but more power would be nice. Mine returns 28 mpg average and will do more like 34 on a run. Only issue seems to be seized calipers due to poor maintenance, make sure the brake pad wear is even!

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RW 1946

These cars are excellent will definitely buy another one.

LEXUS IS SALOON 2005-2012

Bought this car 4 years ago with 28000 now on 82000 currently doing 300 a week . Has been 100 per cent reliable just had 27500 miles out rear tyres and still had 2 MM. on .Fronts will do over 30000. The car is very quite and smooth auto box excellent and does 32/34mpg have had 37 on long overseas trips to France excellent for a 2.5 V6 . I have had over 30 various cars this one is the top3.

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Ratbag

My best car ever

LEXUS IS SALOON 2005-2012

Over the years I've had plenty of so called marques, but none come anywhere near my Lexus. I knew that they were a very good car, what I didn't realise is, they are a great car. The number of 'standard extras' is amazing. I own the IS250 Auto. 2.5 v6 with 'flappy paddles' (if needed). I tend to 'put my foot down' on a regular basis but still get 35mpg. The comfort is second to none, the sound system is brilliant, all in all a great car. The only downside is that this is my first Lexus, look at all those years I've missed not having one previously.

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phantom fitter

dream to own

LEXUS IS SALOON 2005-2012

first class vehicle built to last, reliable and refined vehicle.all round first class engineering pleasure to own and drive.

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Anonymous

Is250 se-i

LEXUS IS SALOON 2005-2012

It's best car ever driven, smooth, quite, tax is high but it's worth it.i came from is220d, it was big difference in driving.in my opinion it's better then merc bmw because it's got lot more extras for same money.is250 is under rated with v6 bullet proof engine. I would recommend is250 to any one who wants smooth, quite and full of extras

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Pearce's

Lexus quality

LEXUS IS SALOON 2005-2012

The Lexus is250 is a great car. I have owned this car for 3 years now and had a routine service along with one set of discs and pads and nothing else has ever needed to be done or has gone wrong with it and to be honest I would expect this from Lexus as I have had previous Lexus models and the reliability has been amazing. Since getting the car we have had two children and they are very practical vehicles as the rear doors are quite large so you can get your children in and out very easily along with a large boot to carry a couple of pushchairs etc.

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Assamita

An awesome car!

LEXUS IS SALOON 2005-2012

It's a must buy car!

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Anonymous

Buy one .

LEXUS IS SALOON 2005-2012

Fantastic car. 100 0/0 reliable.all the myriad "extras" work faultlessly. The service I get from my local dealer ( Inchcape @ Guildford) is wonderful. This is my second Lexus and I will drive one for as long as I can.

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James Mosley

Great all round car

LEXUS IS SALOON 2005-2012

I purchased this car a couple of years ago from a main Lexus dealer, to be used as a family car prior to the birth of our first child. At the time, the car seemed like great value compared to rivals, offering bags of standard kit for the money, mixed with decent performance and a nice refined drive. These cars are known for their reliability and on that front it hasn't disappointed yet - it hasn't missed a beat. It was worth buying from a dealer to get the excellent 1 year warranty on an approved Lexus though. We did have to use the warranty a handful of times for what appear to be common faults. These were: - 1 rear brake calliper seized (very common) - Both rear shock absorbers leaking (very common) - Both wing mirrors replaced due to not dipping correctly when put into reverse All of these faults were fixed quickly and efficiently, with the Lexus after sales experience being totally superb every time I've experienced it. Staff are always very polite and I'm always offered a drink, a courtesy car is always provided if required too. Pricing for servicing is OK if not spectacular - you can use the "essential care" scheme if the car is over 5 years old and this is a bit cheaper, though they give you a printed card rather than stamp your service book which is a bit naughty in my opinion. Also, if buying used, check the 60,000 mile spark plug service has been done, as this is very expensive unless you fancy having a go yourself (the inlet manifold has to be removed). The driving experience is very good in this car. It has just over 200 bhp and is rear wheel drive, so it's fairly quick, but not ridiculously so. The car also handles very well for a small saloon. From experience and what I've read online, I'd recommend buying the auto over the manual as it's a much nicer drive - the 6 speed auto box is sublime. Also, the auto is cheaper to run with substantially cheaper road tax, and I think a manual would spoil the drive in this type of car. Although all models are well equipped, I'd also recommend hunting down an SE-L version, with multimedia pack if you can. The amount of kit is incredible, and the Mark Levinson sound system is superb. This car really does have everything (for the year) - even an electric sun blind in the rear plus heated/cooled/electric memory seats. Running costs are OK - road tax £290 per year at the time of writing and I get around 21-25 mpg around town. Impressively though, I get 40+ mpg on the motorway with cruise control - this thing just seems to love motorway cruising and makes getting the diesel version pointless (especially as the diesel one seems to suffer with quite a few issues). In terms of downsides the only thing I really would say is that space in the back is quite limited if you have someone reasonably tall in the front, especially if he/she is the driver. The boot is a good size but the opening is a bit of an odd shape and being a saloon you can't fold the rear seats, so make sure it can accommodate what you need it to. Apart from that I can't really think of any major downsides - it's a really great car. It's been suitable for 1 child though I think with 2 we would probably like something a little bigger. I can see us keeping this car for another year, maybe 2 and then upgrading to a bigger Lexus - maybe and RX or even an NX if they come down a bit in price. Overall though, it's been a fantastic car for what I paid for it and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this car of the brand to anyone.

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Slysy

The best car i've ever owned

LEXUS IS SALOON 2005-2012

Buy, buy, buy. The engines a bullet proof and rarely go wrong. The build quality is of a very high standard, no annoying rattles, everything you can see and touch both looks and feels of a high quality. Its all singing all dancing with electric everything, a true drives car a total joy to drive and long journeys are driven with ease...

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Starky

Lexus IS 250 Sport.

LEXUS IS SALOON 2005-2012

Great on fuel 36 mpg average.Not the best gearchange (manual).Feels under powered for a 2.5 V6.Rear silencer very pricey from Lexus,cheaper to get stainless steel custom made.Lots of great gadgets.

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Raymek

Owner

LEXUS IS SALOON 2005-2012

It's the best car I have ever owned. It gives me a thrill whenever I drive it. It's handling is superb and safe when cornering, you feel connected to the road. The engine is very quiet and on smooth tarmac roads there is hardly any road noise, however, on stony or rough roads there is noise which you must expect. After three years, I have noticed a rather annoying buzz from somewhere in the cabin on rough roads. I think it might be in the headlining. I have also heard the same buzz in a Mercedes. The leather seats with heating and cooling are comfortable and snug, infinitely adjustable and with memory on both front seats. I have found the satnav somewhat over complicated and without full post code entry.

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Cruella Devil

IS 250 is a lot more

LEXUS IS SALOON 2005-2012

My attitude to cars before I bought this car was "yeah it's nice, but at the end of the day it's just a car, and they all end up in the scrapyard", but this car changed my attitude immensely, I marvel at its smooth drive, it's quiet effortless drive, the way it can float along at 30 or 40 miles per hour, and when the urge takes you clicking the selector into sport, switching on "ect", whatever that does, transforms this car into a proper pigeon chaser, it's fast damned fast, it handles very very responsively, up and down shifts with the flappy paddles are quick accurate, and the sound of that V6 engine at 5000 rpm, reminds me of a Maserati, or Lancia, what a lovely howl. When your aggression is gone once again you can enjoy the supple leather, the fit and finish nothing creaks, and the sound system the Ben Leveson, Harman Kardon set up is, totally rock and roll, I love this car so much I do not want to part with it, it feels a part of me, never let me down, has been a cosseting friend whilst going through some tragic family crisis or emergency, takes me shopping, turn the stereo on and blow a bad day out of the Windows, allows me to arrive in style at a function, is a talking point, but can be equally anonymous too, any negatives.........mmmm ! Yes the Sat Nav, is a royal pain, just a complicated gadget, that doesn't work very well, I use the husbands simple to use Garmin or my iPhone 6s. Apart from that the car is 10 years old and the best damned car I have ever owned.

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Anonymous

dream to own

LEXUS IS SALOON 2005-2012

The Lexus is250 is a fantastic piece of motoring engineering,cannot fault the car in any shape or form.This is my second Lexus the first one being the is 200 model,covering in excess of 120,000 mls with no problems other than a replacement battery. Well done Lexus.

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Anonymous

LEXUS is250

LEXUS IS SALOON 2005-2012

Really good car !!

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Anonymous

Lexus is250

LEXUS IS SALOON 2005-2012

There's a saying once on Mac you don't go back. This applys to this car too, If you have driven a Lexus there's noting more better than driving in complete luxury. Which is why I chose Lexus. I'm not going back. Are you. Look ahead, The car in front is it a Toyota................ it's a Lexus.

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Anonymous

IS250

LEXUS IS SALOON 2005-2012

I knew buying a Lexus would be a good choice, I didn't realise it was a great choice. The car is perfect in every possible way and complete with 'extras' I didn't know existed, even down to air conditioned seats. Running costs are very reasonable as long as you remain sensible. I'd recommend my car to anyone.

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Anonymous

Njorman

LEXUS IS SALOON 2005-2012

Great to drive, in looks and comfort money well spent

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Chris

Love my car

LEXUS IS SALOON 2005-2012

Although running costs are on the high side this car is worth every penny, it's comfort reliability are second to none. My Lexus is the car Mercedes owners would buy if they ever drove one. Equipped with almost everything as standard this car pampers you from A to B, keyless entry, climate control, heated seats in winter which also cool in summer, folding mirrors, electric seats are just a few of the standard features you would pay a fortune for on cars in the same class. I have found things on this car that now I have them I would never want to be without such as the snow button which sets your car up for driving in slippery conditions, the on board computer that you can set service dates and maintenance schedules on, the built in Bluetooth hands free that isn't an optional extra.

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Anonymous

Excellent car

LEXUS IS SALOON 2005-2012

A superb car with luxurious interior and a great drive. Running costs higher maybe but you be expected from a 2.5l V6. Overall, highly recommended.

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Explore

Great handling

LEXUS IS SALOON 2005-2012

Shame about gear box and duel mass flywheel

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Happy owner

Lexus 250 Auto. The service team as good as the car.

LEXUS IS SALOON 2005-2012

Buy the petrol car.Avoid the diesel-too many issues! Superb daily driver, silent,responsive and comfortable. I put 89k miles on it without a missed beat or problem of any kind. Costs:-1)Lexus inflation proof service plan -paid monthly by Direct Debit--gets i free and 2x 1/2 price MOTs 2) tyres at 38k miles 3)Petrol 34mpg. 4)insurance group 12.PS I never bought the extended warranty they offered AND never needed it! I have now bought it's replacement----- Exactly the same, apart from a leather instead of cloth interior!

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lEXULATOR

the Lexulator

LEXUS IS SALOON 2005-2012

Unbelievable reliability. Lovely V6 powerful and smooth 38 to the gallon and fast. It is fast without being scary. Had it for 3 years sails through MOT after MOT. Just one service a year and all services cheaper than Mercedes,BMW and VW. And LEXUS dealers have to be experienced the service is out of this world. Courtesy car provided, car waxed and polished after service, small matters attended to without charge. Topped up my windscreen wash and brake fluid without charging. Has everything you could wish for-heated & cooled seats,17 speaker stereo, HID headlights, leather, parking sensors all round, electric boot and petrol release, Small boot, could do with bigger boot, car not suitable for families with adult children, but superb seats in the front.

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Samir

Mr

LEXUS IS SALOON 2005-2012

I will ask him if he want to drive it

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ianc

BEST CAR IVE EVER OWNED

LEXUS IS SALOON 2005-2012

Ive owned this car for two years now and apart from wear n tear items such as tyres etc ive been really surprised even on a 2.5 auto i can get 40 miles to the gallon,mines done 120,000 miles and is serviced regularly, the only bad point is the road tax which is 295.00 per year, brakes and disks are very cheap considering the car model, i had the is300 before this one and id never want another one but the is 250 sle is my ultimate car.

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Norman Johnson

Mr Njorman

LEXUS IS SALOON 2005-2012

Great looks, beautiful design, amaizing drive and very reliable at a moderate running cost.

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Martin

Lexus 250

LEXUS IS SALOON 2005-2012

A very stylish car with great build quality. Only a four seater due to transmission tunnel running through the rear-end. 22-25 mpg around town. Excellent for motorway driving handles well on country lanes. A top car in my opinion.

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Anonymous

satisfied proud owner

LEXUS IS SALOON 2005-2012

comfort reliable quality

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Tank

Bullet Proof, Thirsty, Tight... BUT WORTH IT!

LEXUS IS SALOON 2005-2012

lovely engine with smooth power but can be a bit thirsty. tax is high. ride is good as well as interior quality. leg room in the back is tight. Buy It

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Clockface7

Is 250F

LEXUS IS SALOON 2005-2012

Luv it

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idlerider

Surprising inclusions and omissions

LEXUS IS SALOON 2005-2012

First a confession: I've only had the car for two days but in that time I've done a high mileage, just in collecting it! First impressions: very impressed at the performance, quietness, comfort and road manners. Suspension is firm but only problematic on a rough road, while the seats are not comfortable on a long run (Saab seats are the benchmark). What does seem very strange is that an SE model, with keyless ignition, folding mirrors, automatic lights and even a windscreen wiper heater, would NOT be fitted with headlight washers or - almost unbelievably - no parking sensors. What can Toyota have been thinking of? Despite being otherwise delighted with the car, these weird omissions are so serious that I'm seriously thinking of selling it again.

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Anonymous

Lexus IS250SE

LEXUS IS SALOON 2005-2012

Best drive I've ever had. Never had a problem with it either. I thought it would be heavy on the petrol being a V6, but I still get an average of 30 MPG. Very, very happy with it!!!

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Starkey444

Nice but not perfect

LEXUS IS SALOON 2005-2012

Upside:Lovely to drive. Nice gadgets. Solid build quality. Looks good. Downsides 1) not a hybrid so thirsty (28mpg) 2) parts are silly expensive from Lexus (e.g., shocks, alternator) 3) the alloys will corrode. I'm on my second Lexus. The alloys look great when new, but mine really now let the car down. Can't afford to have them refurbished or replaced. So having to stick with four eyesores. 4) back seats don't fold so boot space not flexible

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XeXpLoReX

Is250 se

LEXUS IS SALOON 2005-2012

Great looking car, seam to go around corners in the dry faster than my old Impreza, clutch and flywheel should be replaced together, that's where the expense comes in, dual mass flywheel, what a nasty word, just a cheaper way to build a car, as you don't need dampeners on the drive shafts, so shifting to a singe mass is not the best idea as in time everything after the flywheel will shake to death. Rear brake Calipers, sliders useless that bad one of mine came off, seams to be a issue with them and some recalls, which it seams people have problems with the water pumps failing, which I have already replaced one. But guess what with these issues I still love the car, it turns heads and have had quite a few offers to buy.

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Anonymous

Lexus owner

LEXUS IS SALOON 2005-2012

The build quality is amazing.Had this car over 3 years no problems at all.

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