Review Lexus IS200 (1999 – 2005) Used car

2 Apr 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on Review Lexus IS200 (1999 – 2005) Used car

(1999 2005)


If the Lexus IS200 had an entry level four-cylinder and a true flagship performance the likes of BMW, Mercedes and would be very scared. As it is, it an interesting, if slightly individual buy. The Lexus after package is superb, and a used should please all but the most speed freak.

The Lexus has taken all the ingredients which made the 3 Series such a success and given them a spin. A smartly styled, executive car with a straight-six engine. Perfect weight and rear wheel drive to to the keen driver. A brand all about prestige and technical It has to be a BMW 3 Series doesn’t it?

Well, if is indeed the sincerest form of BMW should be blushing coyly. already launched the LS400 and models in the UK, the Lexus brand, derided as just a range of Toyotas, now carries some clout. The IS200 was their foray into the junior-executive market and has sold in steady

This was largely due to the limited of engine choices. Whilst performance was nothing to get too excited the IS200’s appeal lay in its jewel-like and peerless after-sales service.


Marketed as the Toyota in Japan, the Lexus IS200 on these shores in June backed up by a glitzy advertising Indeed, the drive behind the model was to change the public of the Lexus brand. Rather confine it to high-image, high-priced parent company Toyota the Lexus brand to appear on lists instead of the BMW 3 Series, A4, Mercedes C-class or Alfa 156.

Upon launch were three models the S base model, the SE luxury level and the Sport designation. All were mechanically identical, and attractively priced. The range has largely unchanged since although buyers yearning for power had their requests in summer 2001 when launched the 211bhp IS300 featuring the 3.0-litre six out of the larger model.

Late 2003 saw the introduction of a specified limited edition LE based on the existing SE but adding11-spoke alloy wheels, high-intensity (HID) headlights, full upholstery and detailing that an armrest on the drivers seat. In the of 2004 all models received rear light clusters, a hike and a minor specification By the end of 2005, the new IS had arrived to replace model.


The is full of little ‘surprise-and-delight’ The styling is sharp and sporty. The end is particularly neat, with the overhangs and big front wheels the car an aggressively contemporary look. The rear light clusters like crystals and appear effective on darker-coloured cars. the story is the same.

The biggest point on the IS200’s introduction was the dials. Designed to resemble a chronometer, they look a deal better than work in practice, being fiddly to read. Everyone who into the vehicle notices though.

Another visual the designers have played is the IS200 look larger it actually is. The tape measure it to be 71mm shorter than a 3 5mm lower and 19mm narrower. is a difference you feel once particularly in the rear, where for six footers is at a premium, despite seats that put second row below the level of those in Boot space isn’t either.

Nonetheless, the IS200 gives its more to make them good than many The three-spoke sports steering feels great to hold and in the version (which also has a slip differential), there are metal pedals a la Lamborghini to make you feel as if you’re at the of a supercar. The gruff engine won’t disappoint in this either – though it may as something of a shock to owners of Lexus models used to a hush.

This being it goes without saying all IS200s come with a specification: dual front and airbags, alloy wheels, brakes, traction control, a autochanger and climate controlled air are included across all three levels. The two plusher versions 17 alloy wheels, combination trim as well as power for the and seat adjustment.


a decent quantity of IS200s now their way onto the used there should be scope for the trim/colour of your choice. You be able to bag an IS200 S for £6,750. will land you a 1999 example with approximately miles on the clock. Budget £800 for a similar vintage SE and to pay £7,600 for an SE auto.

The range-topping 2.0 model will require at £7,800 of your disposable All models bar the Sport are group 12 the flagship model just into group 13. These insurance ratings are helped by the that the IS200 was declared most secure car by a panel of experts.

You may well see far less ‘Lexus IS200s’ advertised in sections. Beware. A well-known car company was prosecuted for rebadging import Toyota Altezzas as (Lexi?) and this is what you may be looking at.

If in doubt, look for an aftermarket fog lamp, dials that re for km/h and always ask to inspect the

As with all other Lexus there is, amazingly, almost to report. Toyota were to make these cars as and long-lasting as possible and it seems succeeded. The main worry a Lexus will be accident or mileage clocking. The panel on the IS200 astound even now in of consistency and flushness of fit, so a repair will be obvious.

If you check the car’s service and cross-reference mileage with the who carried out the scheduled maintenance. way, you’ll have of mind that the immaculate, car you’re looking at really is that.


the engine is smooth, torquey and powerful is one attribute that really be levelled at the IS200’s unit. Therefore you can’t searing performance – rest to sixty in 9.5s on the way to is hardly glacial. This the baby Lexus mid-way four and six-cylinder rivals in of performance – much as you expect.

You shouldn’t suffer too much at the however. Around 30mpg to be possible in average conditions. choice is between a slick, six-speed manual and a much sporty four-speed automatic.

The is good and the relatively modest traction control system and tyres act as a reassurance to buyers in any way about graduating to a rear-wheel car.


based on IS200 2.0 SE) If you’re a new exhaust system, you may need to sit before reading on: £700. Now out of the way, the rest of the parts aren’t too bad. Front pads are around £75 a with rears a reasonable

A radiator will cost £200 for a manual car, but a £300 for an automatic. An alternator is £370, and a new starter motor

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