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Curious if anyone has driven the '10 ISF as compared to 08/09 and could comment on the ride. I read that they changes some of the suspension settings and am curious if this is in response to the complaint that the ride is too harsh. EVERY magazine write-up of the ISF has complained about this escpecially compared to the M3.
I am carefully considering a ISF this spring - and I like a firm ride - but dont want an annoyingly harsh ride. I really like the M3 - but I buy and hold cars for 8 or more years -- so the Lexus ownership experience is important. That seems to be the 800 lb gorilla that magazines never mention in comparisons - what headaches/service issues an owner is likely to endure after five/six years of ownership. Plus - Lexus does not have the "Porcupine Effect"! (But does have a bit of a boy racer / ricer look).
The only other thing that spooks me about the ISF is the silly fake exhaust tips. I gotta believe they will go away in 2011. I did see a local guy who had tastefully removed and replaced his with some simple round pipes. Even painting the OEM tips black might get me past this issue.
 

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well i have a 2010 is-f and to be honest is no different from my 08' but i didnt think that my 08' rode bad . i hate all the magazines bashing the Fs ride when its not jarring only firm . and i would highly incourage you to get the F in the spring you wont regret it check out one of the sponsors they have great deals.
 

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is-fowner: Glad to hear that the ride is more firm than harsh. Are you happy with the changes they made to the '10. Seems they are all for the good - though I heard they took away the little ambient blue led's over the center console - seems an odd move.

mrduck: Yes - that is the porcupine effect ... the prick is on the inside. Truly great cars the bmw - but stereotype is often true in my experience.

I am a previous Lexus owner and have a great relationship with the local dealer that is only 8 miles from my house. Something of a plus for the Lexus over a Bimmer...
 

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one thing to condider with the is-f is the $1200 front brake jobs if your are sticking with oem parts for the long run. great car so far and def way happier with this car than i ever was with my e46 m3 back in highschool/college. Lexus might have made me a long term fan if they keep improving apon the is f
 

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is-fowner: Glad to hear that the ride is more firm than harsh. Are you happy with the changes they made to the '10. Seems they are all for the good - though I heard they took away the little ambient blue led's over the center console - seems an odd move.

mrduck: Yes - that is the porcupine effect ... the prick is on the inside. Truly great cars the bmw - but stereotype is often true in my experience.

I am a previous Lexus owner and have a great relationship with the local dealer that is only 8 miles from my house. Something of a plus for the Lexus over a Bimmer...
The reason why the 2010 is missing the ambient LED lamp in the moonroof/maplight control unit is due to the addition of the Lexus Enform/Emergency SOS button.

As for the suspension in 2010, there are NO changes from 2008 and 2009. The only thing different between the 2010 and the older models powertrain wise is the standard Torsen LSD, which is new.
 
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