The opportunity finally presented itself for me to get some pictures of my car posted. There's a new gallery called Lexus IS 300 that has some exterior and interior shots of my awesome ride.
When Lexus announced in the late nineties that they would be releasing the IS 300 in America, I was thrilled. I had followed the car through its various releases in Europe and Japan with delight as it was the first sport sedan Lexus designed to compete with the BMW 3 Series and the Audi A4. Since Lexus (and Toyota) had been making the best cars for several years and my dissatisfaction with American cars had grown to a deafening roar, the IS 300 was right down my alley.
In late 1999, Lexus announced the IS 300 would be released in America in early 2000 (the 2001 year model). I immediately ran down to my nearest Lexus dealership, Park Place Lexus, and ordered one.
The IS 300 didn't have many options because it was already a fully loaded car. The few things I added were the limited slip differential, the heated seats, tinted windows, and a spoiler. The base model (at the time) already came with the sport seating (perforated leather), full-function moonroof, 17″ alloy wheels with low-profile tires, power front seats, and a whole list of other goodies.
I was disheartened when Lexus delayed the release — several times, I might add — until early in August when I got a call from my salesman at Park Place telling me my car was on the boat.
I was so excited! I had been looking forward to having one of the first IS 300s in the country since the initial announcement of their pending release here.
On September 7 of 2000, I drove it off the lot and have been thrilled with it since then. No problems, no road noise, no wind noise, a perfect ride, plenty of power, and service that is second to none has made me a Lexus fan for life.
Of course, now that it's nearly four years old, I'm looking forward to the future release of the new IS models. Although nothing is definite at this time, take a peak at what AutoWeek had to say about the upcoming models. My current plan is to wait until I can order a new one, then I'll trade in my current car. Luckily they retain good value (again thanks to the quality).
But all of that is in the future. Besides, enough talk, more pictures.
Here are some highlights from the new gallery.
Here's a shot of the dashboard to give you a feel for the interior of the car. You'll also notice the perforated leather at the bottom of the picture — this covers all of the seating surfaces (provides better grip than anything else I've seen).
If, like me, the driver instrument console caught your attention, here's a better shot of it (with the chronometer-style instrumentation). I've always thought of it as nice, clean, functional and very cool.
Here are a few exterior shots of the car.
You can see a few more shots (interior and exterior) in the Lexus IS 300 gallery.