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A Used Lexus IS F Is a Great Deal Now

Here’s something I’ve just discovered: The Lexus IS F is a pretty good deal right now. If you look on Autotrader, the average nationwide asking price for an IS F is about $31,500 — and that figure includes a lot of 2011 and 2012 models. If you cap your search at 2010, that average asking price drops to around $27,000.

Now, before I get into the particulars of the IS F, I know what you’re thinking — and that’s probably something along the lines of how $27,000 doesn’t seem like a great deal for a car that’s 7 to 10 years old. But hear me out.

Reason number one why the IS F is a good deal: because it’s a lot cheaper than the competition. While a 2008-2010 IS F is around $27,000, the average asking price for a 2008-2010 BMW M3 is just a hair under $30,000. Same deal for a 2008-2010 Mercedes C63 AMG: just under $29,000. That alone should earn the IS F a spot on your shopping list, as it’s around 10 percent cheaper than rivals on average — not a small figure in the world of used performance cars.

Another reason to consider the IS F: It has better performance than you might expect. The IS F had 416 horsepower and 371 lb-ft of torque — more power than the M3 (414 horsepower) and dramatically more torque (the BMW had just 295 lb-ft). Admittedly, it’s not more powerful than the C63 AMG (451 hp and 443 lb-ft), but the IS F also boasts surprisingly sharp handling and well-connected steering considering it hails from Lexus in the late 2000s, when most models were cushy and soft.

And then there’s the obvious ace up the IS F’s sleeve: It’s reliable. While the C63 AMG could suffer from the dreaded Mercedes head bolt failure, and while the M3 makes do with BMW’s advanced VANOS system — along with whatever else German engineers could dream up in both vehicles — you’ll find very few online complaints about the IS F’s dependability. It may not have the brand name of an AMG vehicle or a BMW M car — but it won’t have the repair bills, either.

Indeed, if you’re looking for a high-performance luxury sports sedan for around thirty grand, add the IS F to your shopping list. If you prioritize value over brand name, you might be surprised at what you find. Find a used Lexus IS F for sale

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Doug Demuro
Doug Demuro
Doug DeMuro writes articles and makes videos, mainly about cars. Doug was born in Denver, Colorado, and received an economics degree from Emory University in Atlanta. After graduation, Doug spent three years working for Porsche Cars North America. Eventually, he quit his job to become a writer, largely because it meant that he no longer had to wear pants. Doug’s work has been featured in a... Read More about Doug Demuro

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  1. Have an isf with 125k miles, and no mechanical issues whatsoever.
    I also had an M3 2005.
    To contrast. The M3 had many problems and a horrible dct tranny.
    At the limit on a track, the M3 was quite a bit better handling and was mor communicative.
    The v8 isf was much faster than the 6of the M3.
    On the road, and just below at limit handling, IsF is more comfortable for daily driving.

    Also it’s so rare, I have seen 3 others on the road since 2008. Personally I prefer a sleeper design.

    Once racing an M3 a cop decided to pull over the M, not realizing that loud exhaust was me.

  2. I drove the IS F and liked it but the smaller 5 liter pushed the tq and hp high in the rpm band.. in other words you need to wrap it to 8k before you can feel it. Also the interior was a huge let down for me.. it was very plain and rather boring. 

    I ended up buying a 13′ C63 AMG, its loaded with a black and red full leather interior with carbon fiber trim. The car is a ferocious monster. The 6.2L makes mountians of torque from idle to the 7800 rpm redline, and with the P31 AMG development package boosts hp to 481 and gives giant 15′ brakes with 2 piece rotors and bright red 6 piston calipers. The p31 also upgrades the engine to fully forged internals found on the SLS and other higher end models. The head bolt issues can be avoided buy buying 2012 and up models. When it’s all said and done the IS F is nice but no comparison to the Merc’s fit, finish, and power. If your interested in the IS F make sure to drive a C63 AMG before you pull the trigger.

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