This next car comes from tipper Cory who writes: impossible to find IS300 wagon. I had high hopes it might be a manual gearbox equipped IS300 Sportcross, but alas, the wagon version of the IS300 was only available with a fun-sapping 5-speed slushomatic transmission. I’m sure there are a few versions that have been swapped, because the regular 2JZ-GE equipped IS300 sedan was available with a W55 manual gearbox for the entire production run, in fact, we featured a swapped 5-speed last year. Find this 2002 Lexus IS300 Sportcross Wagon offered for $5,500 in Boston, MA via craigslist.
This next car comes from tipper John who writes: Just stumbled across this, which seems spot on for DT. Maybe these manual swaps are common, but I haven’t seen one before even though everyone says they wish Lexus had put a manual in the Sportcross. Find this 2005 Lexus IS300 SportCross offered for $10500 in Brea, CA […]
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 […]
The first generation IS300 was built in Japan from 1998 through 2005 on what was called Toyota’s N-platform, which shared many parts in its double wishbone front, multi-link rear, and front-engine rear-drive setup with the Lexus GS, SC, and JDM Chaser, Mark II and Crown. The IS300 was the sportier of the small Lexus sedans […]
The Lexus IS300 was compact luxury car for people who wanted a German sedan with Japanese reliability. This one’s cargo space makes it ideal for Costco trips and Boy Scout excursions, which are exclusively American hallmarks. How multi-national. Find this rare 2005 IS300 Sportcross wagon currently bidding for $9,100 with a few hours to go in […]