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Old 03-01-2005, 01:05 AM
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Originally Posted by koolharshis
Just did the math
19000 pounds = approx 25000 USD
correct me if i am wrong.
19000 pounds = $36,479 but it's a moot point. Because pricing in England is very different than in the USA when it comes to cars. Cars in the UK are way more expensive than here.

I am not even sure if we will get this 2.5 liter engine.
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Originally Posted by Junkster
I agree... I think it'll hang around the 28k mark for base price... and as stated above, a base model will not be readily available at a dealership.

IF... and big IF, since Toyota is a pretty conservative company in terms of business tactics... they price this the same as a TSX, that means 27,500 for a comparable (maybe a few options not included) IS250, that would drive some other makers pretty nutty...

Think about choosing between the IS, the TSX, the BMW 1 series... with similar price and the options advantage to IS, the BMW 1 series might lose steam before it even gets on the ground here in the states. And that hatchback body ain't gonna turn heads here in the US.

Junkster, who figures a well-equiped IS will be 30k
WHy the 1 series and not the 3 series? IS competes with the 3er.
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Originally Posted by gavriil
WHy the 1 series and not the 3 series? IS competes with the 3er.
I was thinking sizewise, considering the old IS size, the new 3 series is much too large to compete directly with the older-sized IS.

Unless they are moving the IS up in price and size... then I would have to see it.

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Too bad the thing will be up on a turntable and can't get in it. I'll be at the show on Friday.

Everything about the car says 3 series competitior, except perhaps the price.
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Originally Posted by gavriil
19000 pounds = $36,479 but it's a moot point. Because pricing in England is very different than in the USA when it comes to cars. Cars in the UK are way more expensive than here.

I am not even sure if we will get this 2.5 liter engine.
Honestly, im very sorry. I probably did something wrong on XE. Sorry again guys!
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It looks amazing from every angle and that interior is beautiful.

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wow, the inside is pimp, that gauge cluster looks 1000000x better than the one from the old is...
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I do not like the front at all. Looks pinched and creased together. The rear is nice. I love the interior. The two tones; the color of the leather; the wood and metal accents... all of it. Very nice.
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That interior is pretty nice. Look at the buttons...they nailed those.

Man...I really hope they still offer a stick in both models. I'll serisouly give these cars a look.
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The interior looks better than the new GS's!
The gauge cluster looks very nice. Keepin' it simple, that's how it works.

That interior + the level of equipment listed...no way is it even coming in under 30K. I'd say 33K at least.
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Looks nice and I like the impressive standard & optional equipment lists.
But I’d really like to see a Coupe version…. With 4WD please.
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loving it more and more ... i am betting we will get both engines and they will come with your choice of auto/manual. why? because all of the competitors in this class have that option (except the tsx) and they learned from the first time around. i wonder what the mpg will be on the 2.5 w/direct injection...
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Wow, it even has 3 passenger memo! Yeah, this thing is going to price in the mid to upper 30's when nicely equiped. I think to date, only the C-Class has memo for the passenger.

And the push button starting is nice. When I test drove a new GS last week I walked up, the car beeped, pulled on the door handle got in and buckled up. After putting my foot on the break, I pushed the start/ stop button and the car started up while the steering wheel tilted and telescoped to position. Nice!

And Lexus will give this as standard fair? From what I can tell the new 3's system is like the 7's. Stick the remote fob in a slot and push a button. I'd rather have the Lexus Smart Access or Acura's Keyless Access where I keep the remote/key in my pocket.

Score one for Lex. Can't wait to see what Acura will do in terms of the TSX and TL in the near future with people guessing as to whether or not a turbo will be offered on the TSX and which Acura will be the first Hybrid/Performance model
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Bummer it doesn't have AWD. Can't have everything....
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Originally Posted by Precision Crafted
And Lexus will give this as standard fair? From what I can tell the new 3's system is like the 7's. Stick the remote fob in a slot and push a button. I'd rather have the Lexus Smart Access or Acura's Keyless Access where I keep the remote/key in my pocket.
Comfort Access (which works the same way as the system in the Lexus and other cars) will be available on the 3 series starting with fall production.
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I love the car! Its going to be a hit
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Originally Posted by biker
Comfort Access (which works the same way as the system in the Lexus and other cars) will be available on the 3 series starting with fall production.

Sweat! Now if Acura would jump on the bandwagon and offer Keyless Access on all their products (minus RSX and current NSX).
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The front is weak, the rear is hot. The interior, I like plenty. I like that it's RWD and a Lexus. I hate that it's not original, but everything considered, the balance tips in its favor.

I can see myself in a slightly used 6MT IS350 w/ nav for ~25k.
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Originally Posted by goldmemberer
The front is weak
I actually think the new 3-Series looks better, except for the hideous taillights.
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Originally Posted by koolharshis
I love the car! Its going to be a hit
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Originally Posted by koolharshis
I love the car! Its going to be a hit
of course, its a lexus...
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Wow, the new IS is HOT. The interior is amazing, and the outside doesn't look too bad, maybe in person it'll look a lot better.
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It's huge improvement to the last IS...

Now, let's see the US price in March during the auto show

Junkster, who wants to see it up close
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did anyone else read the detailed press release?

The IS is being built in Poland... that's right, Poland. Is the US version also coming from Poland or will we get a Japan plant version?

I think Toyota would be one of the first large automakers to build out of Poland. I remember reading in Businessweek that Polands lack of and weak infrastructure made it a hard choice for automakers to invest in, although the labor costs would be a huge advantage.

Hmm... experts are already prediciting that the 3.5 recently born in the Avalon will be the USDM engine of choice.

The US price, though... dang, we're gonna have to wait till the New York auto show.

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Originally Posted by gavriil
From the side it's like a four door Scion tC.
and the front looks like a bmw
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Originally Posted by Junkster

Hmm... experts are already prediciting that the 3.5 recently born in the Avalon will be the USDM engine of choice.

its probable considering the avalon makes 280hp... a few tweaks and you get 300+ hp for the IS350
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More from the press report...

Toyota has finally decided to own up and go up against the 3 series head on...

Officials at the Geneva show have been quoted as saying that the new IS will be accompanied by a coupe, droptop, and a possible performance version.

I'm sure BMW is listening to this news.

Oh, and no wagon/sportswagon for the IS.

Junkster, who thinks Toyota might need a V8 for the IS450
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^ IS450. Niiiccceee idea. The interior is such an improvement over the last gen car. This car, coupled with the Avalon, really makes the ES330 look obselete. I wonder how much longer it'll be around.
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one japanese car i wouldnt mind owning.
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Sweat! Now if Acura would jump on the bandwagon and offer Keyless Access on all their products (minus RSX and current NSX).
The JDM Accord already offered the keyless access system.

http://www.honda.co.jp/ACCORD/card.html
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He probably means for the TSX and TL.

I think this keyless access thing is going to be the new "it" thing to have on luxury cars.
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