Monday, January 28, 2019

5-Speed Wagon: 2002 Lexus IS300 Sportcross

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 if I recall correctly, it wasn't available with a manual box for the first few years, so this next car is either a custom swap or a real unicorn. Find this 2002 Lexus IS300 Sportcross offered for $6500 in Miami, FL via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.

From the seller:
2002 Lexus IS300 Sportcross 
fuel: gas 
title status: rebuilt 
transmission: manual 
type: wagon 
This thing is clean and rare even for Miami

Lowered about 1 inch on lowering springs
45% windshield tint/ about 20% on everything else
Pioneer head-unit and speakers
All OEM components for the trans swap and the LSD
Tires have about 10k miles
Front and rear strut tower braces
Quik-latch on front bumper
Car will likely be sold with fresh oil, new brake pads, an alignment and fresh spark plugs
190K miles

See a better way to drive something that is LIKE a BMW 3-series, but isn't?


  1. I hate 99% of everything Toyota has ever made, but these just look so great. Add in the tranny swap and I wish this thing was closer :(

  2. It'd be nice if they would explain the rebuilt title and give some info on the tran swap.

    1. The tranny swap is pretty easy, the sedan was available with a stick it is a plug and play swap, no modifications of any parts is required.

      Agree on rebuilt title issue, but for $6,500 not a deal breaker.

    2. The trans tunnel has to be cut and there's a lot of computer tomfoolery that needs to happen. Definitely not plug-and-play, but not impossible either.

  3. not quite a wagon and also not a sedan which lets you hide your stuff. The sloping rear defeats the space limitation. CL should also require you to explain "rebuilt" title? and history of the car. I do like the use of the shock tower struts. What is a quick latch-on bumper?

  4. Two words: My. Backyard.

    I need this like typhus but...

    Two more words: Manual. #*+$!!!!

  5.’s in North Miami, according to the map, just before the golden glades interchange. Meaning it won’t take 9 hours and 2 police bribed to get there.

  6. To have a viable Lexus Car alert, guarantee it is unique and of incredible quality and all will be well. car dealerships near me


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