Monthly Archives: November 2013

2009 Lexus IS250 RWD Review

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Lexus is not usually known for “sporty” and drivers’ cars. When it launched the successful LS sedan in 1989, Lexus created a reputation as a dependable, luxurious, reliable brand. But Lexus was also perceived as a stodgy and unexciting company, which is corroborated by the fact that the average age of the Lexus buyer is around 60 years old. The 2001 IS (The IS was launched in Japan in 1998, Europe in 1999, the US in 2000 as a 2001 model.) was the Lexus’ attempt at creating a sporty image, and as a genuine competitor to the BMW 3 series, Mercedes C-Class, and Audi A4. The 2001-2005 IS did push the brand’s image in the right direction, but the IS itself proved to be too much of a compromise, trading the typical Lexus refinement for sportiness. The 2006 Lexus IS attempted to rectify the drawbacks of the older IS. The IS combined sleek design, typical Lexus refinement, and decent driving dynamics, which helped Lexus become a major player in the compact luxury market. Sick of the size and the fuel costs associated with her Honda Pilot, my mom was in the market for a compact and luxurious car. When it comes to cars, my mom sees them merely as transportation from A to B. She looked at the typical brands, BMW, Audi, Mercedes, and Lexus. It came down to the BMW 328i and the Lexus IS250. The IS won over the BMW because it felt more luxurious than the BMW. Continue reading

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2003 Ford Ranger Edge V6 Review

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This car belongs to one of my good friends. He needed a car, and I searched for a car in his budget that he would like. Then he got this. I automatically decided not to like it, because it was an automatic. Why I fixate on stick shifts, I do not know. Anyways, my friend and I, we tend to disagree on everything relating to cars. He likes Mercedes the best, I like BMW the best, He loves trucks, I don’t “love’ trucks, etc. So it’s inevitable I should not like his Ranger, right? Wrong. No matter how hard I try to dislike it, I can’t ignore the Ranger’s charms. Flaws first. The AC didn’t work properly in the summer. The steering has no feel in it. Whenever you turn the wheel sharply, the body leans like you’re going to flip it over.  The ride is harsh. It’s noisy. The crank windows are irritating. But despite all these flaws, I like this truck. Continue reading

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2010 Lexus IS250 Teaser

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Car Review coming soon!

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2009 Lexus IS250

2009 Lexus IS250

Have a great lazy sunday!

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2010 BMW 328i Review

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“Don’t fix it if it ain’t broken”

That’s the expression that crossed my mind when I was driving the E90 generation. I kept thinking of the 2012 328I F30 version that I drove as a courtesy car. I kept wondering, how did they manage to make the F30 so different than the E90. The E90, in my mind, is almost perfect (the E46 is my favorite).  The BMW 3 Series is the leader of the compact luxury class, and within good reason. When you drive the BMW, Ultimate Driving Machine springs to mind. The one virtue I’d like to have in a car handling wise is decent steering feel. And the Beemer has exemplary feedback. I can literally tell when the road changes just from the feel of the front wheels. There is a stereotype that BMW drivers are douchebags on the road which I can relate to as the engine note of the inline six cylinder engine is addictive. I have a hard time resisting the urge to push the engine to its redline. I prefer it when I can feel the bumps in the road, but not to the point it gets intrusive. The ride quality in the BMW is firm and comfortable at the same time. I don’t know any other car manufacturer that does this. Maybe Honda? But BMW is still miles ahead. I drove on a narrow twisty road, and the car turns so quickly I was able to corner relatively quickly. On a twisty road, this car makes me smile with the alluring engine note and the car’s ability to carve tight turns so well. Continue reading

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