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And the new 2006 IS 350 is SERIOUS. Most of you probably already knew that, but I was just browsing the Lexus website. The older models were nice looking (albeit a bit girly IMO) but the new one left me
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I WANT THIS CAR REALLY BAD.


I see a Lexus in my very distant future.

OK, enough rambling, carry on.
 

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16 and could have got an IS 350? Vacation home in Palm Springs? Don't like to pump your own gas? Why did you get a tC?

Maybe another Taek?
 

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You're not talking about an IS 350. It's brand new this year, only been in delivery status since October. You mean an IS 300. Totally different car. WAY cheaper.
 

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I disagree. I think that Acura is still winning the design war, at least in terms of pure appearance.
 

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I don't buy cars for appearance. I buy cars for performance and reliability. Toyota wins, hands down with the IS 350. Acura doesn't even drive the right wheels. I did a feature comparison, the IS still wins.
 

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It's a nice little ride... I'm not sure how I feel about these new paddle-shift automatics, though. The first vehicle I recall seeing this on was a Ferrari, and that's all good and well. It seems fine for exotics and Formula One cars, but I'm kinda skeptical when it comes to something closer to home. I guess I'd have to drive a car that has it before I could pass judgement... maybe someone who has can enlighten me.
 

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It's paddle shifting, but it's not an SMG. It's a slushbox with paddle actuation. I haven't driven one yet, but my friend, a Lexus service manager, says the actuation is direct and incredibly responsive.

The Ferrari system uses a regular dry clutch just like a manual, not a fluid filled torque converter like everyone else is doing. There is a BMW SMG as well, but again, it's in the stratospheric price range. I won't buy a car for more than $50k until I OWN my home.

I'm still debating selling the IIP tC and getting the IS 350.
 

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Does it change gears like a normal automatic transmission if you don't use the paddles? Like those sport-shift, "manu-matic" deals you find in other vehicles? Like I said, I won't knock it before I try it, but I think if I had to guess, I'd still prefer a good old fashioned manual transmission. Who knows though.



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My buddy at work just bought the IS 350 (AWD), Awsome machine i have to admit. His only complaint is the somewhat sluggish acceleration, something in the high 8 seconds range for 0-60. Heavy car. Awsome interior. Feels like sitting in a airplane or something.
 

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Zero to sixty in the high 8's? Are you sure about that? Plain old Corollas do the 0-60 in high 8's.
 
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