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Hey guys.

How are we all??

Not a Lexus owner YET but have started looking at mid to late 2000 IS250's and was hoping for a bit of help...

I've read online that the 2006 models had quite a few problems (http://www.edmunds.com/lexus/is-250/2006/consumer-reviews.html)

This is from an American site so what have us Aussie downunder experienced with that year's model?

My friend owns a 2008 model and has had it for a couple of years now and hasn't experienced any issues with his. I'd prefer the Sports Luxury model but the 2008 model in this edition is a bit out of my price range...

Any friendly advice would be great!

Cheers!

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Hi borna, and welcome.

A number of regulars on these forums own, or have owned, 2006 model IS 250s. Most issues affecting IS 250s, as discussed on these forums, are minor and affect all manufacturing years. For example, you're hard pressed to find reported issues with IS 250 air conditioners here, whereas there are a number reported on Edmunds.

My first impression of reading the Edmunds reviews are that they are similar to those one would read on Australia's top restaurants on Eatability: many with good experiences won't bother posting on the site, and the few that have had an unusually bad experience will. (You also get those people who have unreasonable expectations: what about the blogger who said he owned Toyotas that never needed tuning for 180,000 km, so he was dissatisfied when, in 2010, he wrote that his 2006 IS 250 needed $3,000 worth of repairs??)

That doesn't mean to say that the problems that Edmunds bloggers wrote about didn't exist. There were a number of recalls on IS 250s built in late 2005 and 2006 that would have fixed the most commonly reported issues. If you do decide to buy a 2005-2007 model, make sure it's been regularly serviced by Lexus. That won't guarantee that the car has been subjected to every recall service to which it was entitled (especially the voluntary recalls), but there's a better chance IMHO.

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hey but 40K u can pick up a used 2007-2008 Sports luxury for around that much depending on the kms

heres 1

http://www.carsales.com.au/all-cars/private/details.aspx?R=11455388&__Qpb=1&Cr=2&__Ns=pCar_PriceSort_Decimal|0||pCar_RankSort_Int32|1||pCar_Make_String|0||pCar_Model_String|0&keywords=&__No=15&__N=1216%201246%201247%201252%201282%204294965468%204294965467%20415%20898&silo=1011&PriceTo=415&seot=1&tsrc=allcarhome&__Nne=15&trecs=66&__sid=12ECB8F96047

another

http://www.carsales.com.au/all-cars/dealer/details.aspx?R=11341519&__Qpb=1&Cr=10&__Ns=pCar_PriceSort_Decimal|0||pCar_RankSort_Int32|1||pCar_Make_String|0||pCar_Model_String|0&keywords=&__No=30&__N=1216%201246%201247%201252%201282%204294965468%204294965467%20415%20898&silo=1011&PriceTo=415&seot=1&tsrc=allcarhome&__Nne=15&trecs=66&__sid=12ECB8F96047

http://www.carsales.com.au/all-cars/dealer/details.aspx?R=11225558&__Qpb=1&Cr=9&__Ns=pCar_PriceSort_Decimal|0||pCar_RankSort_Int32|1||pCar_Make_String|0||pCar_Model_String|0&keywords=&__No=45&__N=1216%201246%201247%201252%201282%204294965468%204294965467%20415%20898&silo=1011&PriceTo=415&seot=1&tsrc=allcarhome&__Nne=15&trecs=66&__sid=12ECB8F96047

http://www.carsales.com.au/all-cars/dealer/details.aspx?R=9586765&__Qpb=1&Cr=0&__Ns=pCar_PriceSort_Decimal|0||pCar_RankSort_Int32|1||pCar_Make_String|0||pCar_Model_String|0&keywords=&__No=60&__N=1216%201246%201247%201252%201282%204294965468%204294965467%20415%20898&silo=1011&PriceTo=415&seot=1&tsrc=allcarhome&__Nne=15&trecs=66&__sid=12ECB8F96047

so sportsluxury for 40K is def possible

payabit more and you'll get lower km's

or wait till you get a bargain

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What about the X model? Is it worth the extra coin?

I tried finding online the differences between the Prestige/Sports/Sports Luxury but couldnt find much in detail.

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What about the X model? Is it worth the extra coin?

I tried finding online the differences between the Prestige/Sports/Sports Luxury but couldnt find much in detail.

You'll find the differences between all four grades, including X, here: http://au.lexusownersclub.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=10109&pid=30783&st=0entry30783

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  • 4 weeks later...

borna it's def not cheap but not over the top on price

u can get 07-08 for around 30K these days

for that car ill be happy to pay around 25 26

and thats the going price these days not a bargain

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Around 30K incl sat nav etc?

I can't find any on carsales except one that just sold for 29 as the guy was desperate...

i sold a sports for 29K with 120K kms

2006 model

it was low cuz of the km's and that was nearly a year ago

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  • 3 weeks later...

Finally the hunt is over after a roller coaster of a ride searching for a car...

Today I picked up a '07 Prestige with the enhancement pack, 1 owner and with 67K on the clock so pretty happy with it, plus it's in pearl white which i like!

Here's a photo...

post-5503-0-28501900-1322832671_thumb.jp

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Finally the hunt is over after a roller coaster of a ride searching for a car...

Today I picked up a '07 Prestige with the enhancement pack, 1 owner and with 67K on the clock so pretty happy with it, plus it's in pearl white which i like!

Here's a photo...

Looks good - I am sure you will enjoy it :P

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