5-Speed Wagon: 2002 Lexus IS300 Sportcross

Toyota had been poking at BMW with their Lexus brand since it launched in 1989, but it wasn’t until the launch of the IS300 in 1998 that Lexus had finally delivered something that could compete with BMW’s lauded 3-series.  Lexus also launched a wagon version that they called the “SportCross” (because Wagon was taken…dunno) and if I recall correctly, it wasn’t available with a manual box for the first few years, so this next car is either a custom swap or a real unicorn. Find this 2002 Lexus IS300 Sportcross offered for $6500 in Miami, FL via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.

From the seller:

2002 Lexus IS300 Sportcross 

fuel: gas 

title status: rebuilt 

transmission: manual 

type: wagon 

This thing is clean and rare even for Miami

Lowered about 1 inch on lowering springs

45% windshield tint/ about 20% on everything else

Pioneer head-unit and speakers

All OEM components for the trans swap and the LSD

Tires have about 10k miles

Front and rear strut tower braces

Quik-latch on front bumper

Car will likely be sold with fresh oil, new brake pads, an alignment and fresh spark plugs

190K miles

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