My 2002 Lexus IS300 Sportcross isn’t anything crazy, as used cars go. It’s nice, sure, but it’s got scratches. It’s got dents. The driver’s side seat bolstering is a little wrinkled. The dash is scratched. There’s dirt on it. The windshield has a chip. The rear ashtray is missing a piece. The check engine light is on.…
Prepare yourselves, People of the Carlisle Import and Performance Car Nationals, Jalopnik is coming and we’re bringing a Lexus IS300 Sportcross of extreme cleanliness. If you’re here, come hang out.
Cars can be full of mysteries, especially if you’re not the first owner. What’s that smell? That noise? Why is it like this?
What you need is winter tires. And you might need more ground clearance than you get with a 2002 Lexus IS300 Sportcross. Maybe. Kind of. Not really.
It’s taken you weeks of searching. You’ve finally found it. The perfect car for your budget and your Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. It’s even a low mileage car. Unusually low mileage. Very, unusually, low mileage. Here’s where that can go wrong.