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Used Lexus IS F in Dulles, VA

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4.6 out of 5(15 reviews)

If you drive it, you'll buy it.

If you are even slightly interested in fast cars and you end up test driving this car, you WILL NOT go home without it. I promise! You've been warned! I've had both a 65 Mustang and 350z for years and loved them both immensely but unfortunately I'm becoming a "grown up" I've had to face the fact that I'll need a practical family sedan in the near future; so the two coupes had to go... But I don't believe that needs to mean that all fun is lost, so I set myself a budget of less than $40k with less than 60k miles and began looking at "sports sedans." Because I REFUSE to ever buy a FWD-soccer-mom-mobile, I compared the G37/Q50, 335i, M3, S4, C63, CTS-V, 300C SRT8, G8 GXP, IS350 and ISF. I compared price, power, gas mileage, size, comfort, build quality, cost of maintenance, reliability, performance and features. I'll spare you the details and tell you that the ISF is ON ANOTHER LEVEL in all of these categories. DON'T BELIEVE WHAT THE MAGAZINES SAY! Drive them all yourself and you'll find that the ISF is the best! The other cars I compared seemed to fall into two well defined categories: too expensive to own or sub-par quality. Any of the German cars have a history of unreliability, high maintenance costs and high price tags. I seriously considered the M3 but given that Carmax's extended coverage doesn't cover clutches (which the M3 uses in both the manual and "automatic" twin clutch cars), the M3 it was out. The G37, Q50, IS350 and 335i all just seemed a little boring and pedestrian to me; all the compromises made for practicality have turned them into your accountant's car that he bought because it was "zippy." The C63 and CTS-V both have RIDICULOUSLY AWESOME power but RIDICULOUSLY AWFUL gas mileage AND high maintenance costs. The S4 was second place on my comparison because it does seem to tick all the boxes, but it looks like a Passat and sounds a little ricey (a alot like an old VW Golf VR6). The ISF is truely two cars in one. In normal/automatic mode this car drives like any everyday car (with the exception of of the exhaust/engine sound, which is quiet under normal driving but always taunting you toward the loud pedal). If you drive it like it's a normal Lexus sedan, it reacts like a normal Lexus sedan. I just completed a 500 mile road trip and averaged 25.6 MPG at an average speed of 78 MPH. That is UNHEARD OF gas mileage in a 400+hp V8 sports sedan. I will say that the ride is mildly firm, but it's a more comfortable than a 2005+ Mustang, C5 corvette, 350z or 370z if you can use those comparison to relate. The only other car I've driven with a notably similar ride quality is a Porsche 911 (991). In sport mode, this things is WILD! It will definitely surprise you! The speed seems to come out of nowhere! Very Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde! It becomes very reactive, direct, aggressive and a TON OF FUN. I have never driven this car in sport mode without grinning and eventually giggling like an imbecile. However, I will say that if you're driving this like a hooligan, don't bother with gears 4-8; if you're past 3rd gear, you're going WAY TOO FAST. The brakes are awesome. The grip is awesome. The transmission is awesome. The build quality is awesome. The sound is awesome. The technology/standard equipment is awesome. The trunk is big. The back seats are adequate if you don't have to have the front seats back very far (I'm 5'9 and I've had two rear passengers who said they were comfortable). The gas mileage is better than most of the competition. And best of all, it's a Toyota product! They last forever! BUY IT! DON'T THINK ABOUT IT! BUY IT! If you can live with a mildly firm ride, you'll love this car!

- Sam, 2008 Lexus IS F

Dream of Dreams

Lexus, a reputable innovator of luxurious vehicles. Falls short with the F series. The interior resembles previous models of the F series. For example, 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011. The only difference in the 2011 compared to older models is rear view camera. The overpriced F series is not worth the thousands of dollars invested into a depreciated value of a hunk of junk. Cost for maintenace resembles a well deserved vacation to the bahamas for one night stay, that is including air fare. Overall the exterior draws the attention to the eye, but what is worth to someone that can't enjoy the ride without having to file bankruptcy due to consistent service. I give this vehicle 5 thumbs down.

- The Man, 2011 Lexus IS F

ISF - Finesse, Fast, Fashionable, Flamboyant

Regardless of what "F" stands for in your eyes...the ISF is nothing short of spectacular. I just got mine 3 weeks ago...granted it is preowned, as i don't believe in buying 'new' cars. If you're looking for a technological beast, a car that shifts faster than a ferrari, has a growl of a lamborghini, and is track tested to beat out an R8...while still being able to hold 4 passengers. Then this is your car. Yes as critics mentioned the ride is stiff, but i've personally driven an Audi R8 V10 about stiff. This car is whisper quiet on the highway. I came from owning a 2007 Audi A8 L Sport, and that car can't hold a candle to this one in terms of interior cabin. My one and only complaint is the subwoofer. Its a 7.5" infinite baffle sub, which results in a muffled bass, not nearly what i prefer. No problem there, its a simple add on to get an external sub. This car draws looks and stares and has a beautiful note to it. Maintenance is simple. Big Engine = get your oil changes done. Rest of the car is Toyota. Coming from 'german maintenance'...i can't wait to have my Lexus serviced. There is virtually nothing that can go wrong on this vehicle. Also, keep in mind the car has a 4.5" ground clearance rivaling some of the exotics above...if you're going to park it, go in backwards. Anyways, one of the most fun to drive cars i've ever owned. Regards, Happy Owner 2008 Lexus IS-F Ultrasonic Blue Mica Custom LED Headlights Custom Blacked Out Logos and Grille Custom 19" Lexus 8 Spoke Black Gloss Wheels

- DSA512, 2011 Lexus IS F

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