Here’s Why the Lexus IS 350 is the Best Used Luxury Car

Here’s Why the Lexus IS 350 is the Best Used Luxury Car


it’s time for show-off Sunday where
everyone has a chance to show off their own car and here’s this week’s winner,
rev up your Lexus hello everybody my name is Martin and I
run Marty motoring and today I’m going to be showing you my 2007 Lexus is350,
now I’ve owned this car for about two years and I’ve done many modifications
to it and documented that on my channel and today I have the opportunity to
share my car with you Scotty’s viewers so thanks Scotty, so
Lexus was created by Toyota in the late 1980s and proved to be a success as a
luxury brand with its quality craftsmanship advanced engineering and
untouchable reliability, in the year 2000 North America got the Lexus IS 300 which
was known for its 6-cylinder 2jz engine which was a non turbo variant of what
the Toyota Supra had, and it was also known just for its sporty looks and
Toyota reliability in the form of a sporty luxury car, fast forward six years
later North America got the Lexus IS 250 and 350 in the Year 2006 this time
instead of an inline engine they got the v6 engine we know Scotty loves his
Toyota v6s the is250 has a 2.5 liter v6 producing
204 horsepower with rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive options, you could actually
get it in the manual in the rear wheel drive variants, now those are a little
bit more rare but it was one of the only lexus manual cars besides the SC and
previous IS, the 350 in is 350 stands for the 3.5 liter v6 engine pumping out 306
horsepower at the crank mated to a six-speed automatic transmission with
paddle shifters, now the is 350 only came in automatic and rear-wheel drive when
it was first released, Lexus achieved 306 horsepower at the crank by having a
compression ratio of eleven point eight to one, along with that high compression
ratio this two gr FSC v6 engine features a timing chain instead of a timing belt
and it has direct and port injection which just speaks to the advanced
engineering of Lexus and the low maintenance as well, so this looks like a
small luxury car but is it really a sport sedan, this car does do 0 to 60 in
under 5 seconds which is pretty quick also the v6 engine does sound pretty
good with the f-sport exhaust I have on personally I think this car handles
great too from the factory I’ve actually lowered it 1.5 inches on
hnr Springs and it handles even better now, in terms of performance this car is
not crazy fast but it is very quick for what it is and it predates the lexus
is-f which is well known for its 5.0 v8 engine and 8-speed transmission, where
this is kind of its baby brother where it has the six cylinder engine with the
six-speed transmission, now there were more of these is 350 s made than the ISF
which makes it a little easier to get your hands on, for a luxury sport sedan
with zero to 60 under five seconds and Toyota reliability this is a good bang
for your buck, speaking about reliability I’ve had the car for about two years and
I’ve replaced the alternator, battery done oil changes, and everything else was
an upgrade like wheels, suspension and so on, the car has a hundred and sixty
six thousand miles on it which surprises some people because it doesn’t look like
it would have that much, when I bought the car about two years ago the factory
HID headlights were actually yellowed from the inside no matter what I tried
to do, so I actually replace them with these VIP Moto’s, I’ve replaced the front
bumper due to rock chips and it stayed pretty clean so far, I’ve changed the
grill to the ISF style mesh grill and I think it just looks a lot cleaner and
I’ve also gotten rid of the chrome up front with a black surround, I also have
a hard pipe intake and a factory f-sport filter for better air flow, these cars
come with staggered wheels from the factory for the rear-wheel drive
versions I kept the 18-inch dimensions for my
aftermarket wheels but just went a little bit wider in the front and rear, I
upgraded my rotors with slotted rotors and the brake pads to ceramic for better
stopping, moving to the rear I have some cosmetic things like a trunk lip and
spoiler, as well as a license plate to let people know what kind of car this
actually is, I have the Lexus F sport axle-back and it sounds great as you’ve
heard, the taillights are aftermarket and pretty much they make the car look like
the newer generation IS, all-in-all this car is a nice little luxury sports sedan
for the cost and its age and I’ve really enjoyed owning it, on the road this car
handles great and I really taking on the back roads, a lot of people
ask me about the paddle shifters and they do work well, I’ve driven many
manual cars but I actually don’t mind driving this automatic transmission, just
put it in Drive and go, in the interior you get all the standard stuff plus 2007
navigation that I haven’t updated, heated and ventilated cold seats and an awesome
sounding Marc Levenson audio system 14 speaker, also I’ve connected a Bluetooth
adapter into the aux jack and that sounds pretty good as well, the back
seats don’t have much room which is why I always joke that this is a four-door
two-seater there’s just not a whole lot of room for a standard sized adult,
especially somebody like me being 6 1 I’ve also upgraded the shift knob to an
F sport carbon fiber and leather stitched shift knob, since this car is a
luxury package it comes with memory seats, on your center display you have
climate your audio settings your info is your typical stuff like you can log your
maintenance in here as well as telephone for phone calls, like I said the map is
outdated but it does work for anything that’s been there before 2007, now I’ve
tried to update this with CDs I got on eBay and it didn’t work out too well, so
I’m just gonna leave it how it is and use my phone, another notable feature on
this car one that I don’t really use but it’s pretty cool is the rear shades so
you just hit the button up front and on the back window the rear shade deploys,
and lastly I like the push-to-start button and that the steering wheel comes
out to the last position I had it in, my goal is to hit 200,000 miles in this car
which really shouldn’t be too hard considering I’m over halfway there, so I
will need to do some proper maintenance like a transmission drain and fill, Lexus
says these have a lifetime transmission fluid but we all know no
fluid is lifetime, and I actually switched the oil over to full synthetic
high mileage Mobil one and it’s been working great and very quiet and smooth
operation, if you’re interested in learning more about this car and some of
the modifications I’ve done to it, check out my channel Marty motoring, thanks for
watching and thanks Scotty for having me on, well that was this week’s video and
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