We just bought a 2002 Lexus IS300 with 107,000 miles on it. Woohoo!
I know, I’ve been a Honda guy forever… four Honda cars (Acura Integra, s2000, Pilot, Accord), three Honda Motorcycles (Nighthawk, VFR750, CBR929), and I even own a Honda generator, models, and clothing. Just a couple weeks ago, I was thinking I would wait for the next Honda Fit to come out to replace the Accord since it’s getting harder and harder to get Alissa in and out of that thing. But the we decided to sell the go kart which got me thinking that maybe our next car should be a little sportier than the Fit. So the question was, what four door car is relatively cheap, very reliable, significantly sporty, and nice to look at? Pretty much the only car that satisfied all those qualities was the IS300. I thought about a Subaru STi or Mitsubishi Evo but those tend to be used and abused by racer boys. Then there’s the E36 M3 sedan, but the maintenance on those is pretty bad. Same goes for the Audi S4 or Mercedes C240. Finally, if I wanted to stay true to my Honda red blood, I considered the Acura TSX and TL as potential contenders. Unfortunately, they’re front wheel drive so they were also summarily eliminated. So the only car left standing was the Lexus.
The only thing is, I wanted the manual transmission with the limited slip differential which is relatively rare among IS300’s. But as luck would have it, there were two on Craigslist, ready for the taking. The first was located just a couple miles down the road still in the Sunset even. It was a 2004 with low miles but had been pimped out a bit and had a funky smell inside. Also, it had been in a fender bender and was black which wasn’t a selling point for me. But the second was silver, in really good shape both cosmetically and mechanically, and bone stock. The only thing is that they were asking for too much money. Anyway, long story short, I made my offer (in line with blue book value), walked away, and a couple days later, they accepted.
So now, it’s time to sell the Accord… here’s the Craigslist ad: http://sfbay.craigslist.org/sfc/car/480344291.html
Let me know if you’re interested!
P.S. I love craigslist… I sold an old tuxedo today for $20 and a box of old baseball cards for $5. No shipping, no fees, no bidding. Just take my crap and give me money (that I can use to buy other peoples’ crap also on craigslist.)