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Hi, I've just sold my Mitsubishi FTO GPX and am looking for a Lexus IS300. A few poking around the main dealers, but nothing that's rocks my planet - too high prices for too high mileage.

So two questions:

Having owned an import, I'm not too hung up about buying an import. However, the FTO had a great following and a great owners club, so parts and servicing was not a problem.

Is this the same with the turbo'd Altezza?

Secondly, anyone know where I could get a good Is300 from <20000m at around £20K?

Anyone any comments on the 300, apart from why don't they bring out a manual gear box?

I'd be glad of any help.



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Lexus UK didn't seem to want to bring the manual over here, just like the 4 cylinder, I guess that they didn't think it suited the brand image they are trying to convey.

If you want another auto I would have thought that the IS300 will drive better but that the Altezza will be a little more fun (it's lighter), it'll also burn less fuel...

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There are a few IS300 on the Lexus web site that have your requirements.

If you want to modify the car then there are more options available for an Altezza. Parts and servicing shouldn't be a problem however check with your nearest dealers.

The IS300 is an auto only option in the UK. A manual doesn't fit with the Lexus UK brand (nor does the IS200 really).

Your other option is an IS200 sport and get the TTE supercharger for £3K.

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The IS300 is a great car, but I'd think you'd find the auto-only option a bit frustrating if you're an enthusiastic driver - it can leave you feeling a little detatched. My guess is that an IS200 Sport + supercharger is going to be the more entertaining and ultimately rewarding package?

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