Manual Swapped: 2002 Lexus IS300 Sportcross

Toyota had been aiming to beat 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. Inline-6 engines, manual gearboxes, and rear-wheel-drive.. Yeah!! Lexus also launched a wagon version that they called the “SportCross” (because Wagon was taken…dunno) and if I recall correctly the wagon version didn’t get a factory manual gearbox. But that doesn’t stop someone from swapping one in place. Find this 2002 Lexus IS300 Sportcross offered for $18,000 in San Mateo, CA via craigslist. Tip from Matt.

From the seller:

2002 lexus is300 sportcross
condition: excellent
cylinders: 6 cylinders
drive: rwd
fuel: gas
odometer: 109904
paint color: grey
title status: clean
transmission: manual
type: wagon
2002 Lexus IS300 Sportcross with 5 speed manual transmission swap

I hate to sell it, but overseas move forces sale. Here are the details:

  • 2002 Graphite Grey Pearl with black leather interior
  • 109,9xx miles
  • AZ/WA/CA car, no rust, no corrosion

Modifications:

  • Manual swap with 100% OEM parts (steering wheel and shifter trim as well).
  • New OEM NA mk4 Supra clutch and flywheel (lighter/better than IS300 dual mass unit).
  • CA-legal magnaflow catted header
  • FIGS header heatshield
  • HKS axle-back exhaust
  • CA-legal K&N intake kit
  • KW V3 coilovers
  • FIGS lower control arms and toe links
  • JDM TRD “Qualitat” limited edition front bumper (imported from Japan).
  • Dashboard properly refinished. All “sticky dash” coating was stripped off, and dash was refinished with SEM products.
  • Continental ExtremeContact Sport tires (plenty of life).

Maintenance:

  • Manual swap, plus spark plugs/wires, valve cover gasket done at 99k (2020).
  • Timing belt and water pump done at 85k (2016)
  • Synthetic oil change and OEM filter changed every 5000-8000 mi.

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