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2006 - 2010 Lexus IS

I'm a guy who buys higher mileage, mid-entry premium lux autos. Looking at some Lexus IS-F's, in the 100,000km++ range, 2008-2010 vintage.

Is this car a good driver in all climates (located in Canada, GTA)? Can you live with it day-to-day, as a commuting vehicle?

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Response from mkaresh

8:57 am June 18, 2016

Sorry that no owners have responded to this. I drove an IS-F for a week for review purposes, and earlier owned a GS 400 for a while (father's ex-car). The IS-F seemed very livable in day-to-day driving aside from being very thirsty. I did not have it when there was snow on the roads, though. I suspect that with proper winter tires it would be drivable in snow, but you'd have to exercise more caution than in something like a Camry.

I did test an IS 350 AWD with snow on the roads. Absolutely no trouble driving it.


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Response from MDooner

8:32 am June 23, 2016

Thanks for the reply Michael. Yes I am starting to lean toward a used IS350 (or maybe 250), based on availability and pricing. Outside chance of a 4G Acura TL.

Currently in 3G Acura TL, love it, but KM's are rapidly climbing.


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Response from mkaresh

12:03 pm June 24, 2016

The 250 feels weak. You'll want the 350 between those.

The TL SH-AWD can be fun, especially if you get one with a manual transmission.


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