2008 Lexus IS Review

2008 Lexus IS 250 photo
  1. Original MSRP$30,555 - $34,185
  2. Price Range$6,999 - $13,246
  3. Average Selling Price$9,432
  4. Fuel Economy (MPG)18/26 City/Hwy
  5. Body StylesSedan

User Reviews for 2008 Lexus IS

4.3
6 Reviews
5 Star

33.3%

4 Star

66.7%

3 Star

0%

2 Star

0%

1 Star

0%

Interior

4.0

Exterior

3.8

Performance

4.5

Family

3.8

Cost

3.3

by lisag on November 28, 2018

Awesome car for the money
"Just purchased this car, and even though it's 10 years old, it runs like its new. Not super powerful (2.5L V6 - only 204 HP), but plenty of pep for daily commuting and it handles like a dream. Mechanically it's very sound. Front seats are very comfortable, rear isn't too bad, either. Body has held up well - no rust as can be typical of Japanese cars around 10 years of age. Interior was in great shape, and lots of nice features, too. The backup camera was a pleasant - if unexpected - surprise. All components/options are still in working order, including the ventilated seats. "
Interior

5.0

Very well appointed - lots of options including heated/air conditioned leather seats, wood grained trim, navigation, backup camera, Bluetooth.
Exterior

4.0

Body styling is a bit blah, but looks sporty enough. Considering the car is 10 years old, the body is in excellent shape with only a few minor scratches, no serious dents or dings, and amazingly, no rust.
Performance

5.0

Peppy enough for commuting, runs smooth, handles exceptionally well. Sticks to the road nicely. Love that it's AWD.
Family

5.0

Being a 4 door option makes this a decent option for a family.
Cost

3.0

Not terribly cost effective - two different sized tires front and rear means no rotating them, and engine requires premium unleaded fuel.

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by 333Rita on January 1, 2018

A solid performer
"Love IS F. Low maintenance and a great performance car. A four door sleeper. Nice interior with real leather great fit and finish."
Interior

5.0

The fit and finish the leather and a carbon fiber.
Exterior

4.0

I like the design with a smooth lines
Performance

5.0

ProForm normally aspirated engine very smooth good Power Band. Also very stiff suspension handles well for a 2008. Also has an awesome sound to it nice exhaust.
Family

3.0

It's a four-door sedan with adequate space in the rear seats. Can seat two adults.
Cost

5.0

Excellent performance for a car of its size. Very low maintenance cost. Good gas mileage for the performance of the.

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by 08 Is250 owner on September 19, 2017

Is it really worth it?
"Is250 is a very smooth car when it comes to shifts in gears and suspension system. Two things I love that I had to try out before I brought the car was the Mark Levinson system w/ 13 speakers and 1 built in subwoofer for premium sound for music enthusiasts like myself to enjoy and as well as the gps/navigation which is very nice. The reason I couldn't give it 5 stars is 3 reasons, #1 it's hard to find exact reserach on what gas it takes without a forum expressing just their opinions, before I thought it could have been between regular unleaded or mid grade, but after I got to the gas station after buying the car I noticed it takes premium unleaded (91 octane or above) which in Savannah, Ga is $3.12 a gallon right now (YIKES). Secondly it does not have direct fuel injection, which costs more money to get them cleaned and etc., thirdly is the interior door panels and front dash panel , its very unappealing to look at and takes away from the overall beauty of the car with the easy to obtain scratches and sticky front dash which is a common problem with these cars. I will definitely dread the summer coming back around from months to come. The speed and acceleration could have been a little faster, but I plan on getting the car modded and tuned to fix the problems I've stated above. Besides that the car is really good. I believe when buying a car people should look at hp, and suspension system. If there ever came a time when it was an emergency or your trying to get away from someone like a stalker for example, 204hp, is just not going to cut it, my Infiniti will do circles around this car. With the suspension system I'm a big fan of moog products and to know you have a good support system (handling) and you can turn or go around a curb without feeling the possibility that the car isn't going to flipover whenever your pressed for time is awesome and are good things to have for any car."
Interior

3.0

The sticky dash, and ugly door panels.
Exterior

5.0

Very nice and stylish
Performance

3.0

It could have been faster and they could have added direct fuel injection.
Family

3.0

If your a tall person like myself (6"1) it will be hard to squeeze in a family of 4. The Es350 would be a better suggestion for family friendly and space.
Cost

3.0

It takes 91 octane, that's pretty high right now in the south east markets. Parts are very cheap, and if you are a little mechanically inclined do it yourself and save yourself the hassle of spending an extra couple hundred dollars and not having your car a few days at a dealership when you really need it.

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by jonlrichter on August 28, 2016

Great sports sedan
"The is an ISF; quite different from a regular IS. Much heavier, 450 hp engine, Not many people know about it.The car is longer in the front than it appeasers from the driver's seat. Be careful puling into parking areas that you don't hit the bumper. It's a sport's car."
Interior

3.0

All buttons and whistles are there and work. The navigation system is complicated and difficult to use. Use your phone fro directions. It's much easier and more accurate
Exterior

2.0

Car is made of card board and plastic. Even a small bump like in the garage can cause a big problem. Don't drive it fast unless you get a few lessons first. 0-60 in 5.5 sec. Paddle shifters next to steering wheel.
Performance

5.0

Very fast, great acceleration, drives well on curvy roads if you know what you're doing. Has a sports car suspension so you feel all the bumps in the road. Not like other Lexus's that drive like boats. When you are going fast you can feel it. It uses a lot of gas - 12m/gal.
Family

4.0

If you drive in "D" it's drives smoothly. Fine for kids
Cost

2.0

Not cost effective due to all the extras. Cheap exterior construction and low gas usage

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by ANGEL on October 1, 2015

"FOR A 2008, CAR IS IN EXCELLENT CONDITIONS, I LOVE MY NAVIGATION SYSTEM, MILES UNDER 100,000. I WOULD ADVISE EVERYONE TO RUN A CARFAX PRIOR TO PURCHASING A CAR, IT REALLY HELPED ME!!"

by B OB on May 28, 2015

"Only downside 1s250 is a little under powered. overall great ride. Difficult to find OEM Satellite radio but will keep looking. Good buy for price."

CARFAX Info for 2008 Lexus IS

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2008 Lexus IS Deals on CARFAX
Percentage of 2008 Lexus IS for sale on CARFAX that are Great, Good, and Fair Value deals. Values are determined by whether the selling price is above, below, or the same as the history-based CARFAX Value.
Great Value
(14)
Good Value
(25)
Fair Value
(29)
No Badge
(25)
VEHICLE HISTORY SUMMARY
The Vehicle History Summary represents the percentage of cars available for sale on CARFAX that are reported to have no accidents or damage, had 1-owner, been used as a personal or personal lease car, and/or have service history information.
No Accidents or Damage Reports

52%

CARFAX 1-Owner

14%

Personal Use

100%

Service History

100%

2008 Lexus IS Pricing

The Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) is the "sticker price" for this vehicle, including optional equipment, when it was new. The price range for the 2008 Lexus IS is $6,999 - $13,246. The average selling price is $9,432. The data below is updated daily, based on used car inventory for sale on CARFAX. Price range and average selling price are based on the median selling price while CARFAX Value is a VIN-specific value based on the vehicle's history.

Original MSRP
$30,555 - $34,185
Price Range
This is the price range for the 2008 Lexus IS based on used car inventory for sale on CARFAX.
$6,999 - $13,246
Average Selling Price
$9,432
CARFAX Value
This is the range of CARFAX Values for the 2008 Lexus IS on used car inventory for sale on CARFAX.
$6,040 - $12,620
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2008 Lexus IS Pricing By Trim
  1. TrimPrice RangeAverage Selling PriceCARFAX Value
  2. 250$6,995 - $11,900$9,030$6,040 - $12,120
  3. 350$8,995 - $11,995$10,588$6,730 - $12,280
  4. F$18,995 - $28,995$24,363$20,070 - $24,560

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