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Once I laid eyes on the car, I was instantly hooked. I would love a 2008 ISF Black or Blue. I have been shopping around for about a year now. I am currently working overseeas probably wont purchase until I return when I get back, next summer, unless I find a great deal.
I am from New England and just hesitate to drive this around in the winter time.
Hopefully with some good snow tires it should take care of that problem.

I am interested in the 08 Audi S5 also, due to it AWD system. But the Lexus has way more HP and seems to have more bells and whistles.
Whats the average costs of upkeep maintenance on the ISF every year?

Thank you for all your input!


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So far all I have had to do is oil changes. The cost for that depends on where you get it done and type of oil. I have had mine for 2+ years and still have plenty of tire and brakes left.
 

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Oil Change every 5K miles - $80
Tires every 25-30K miles - $1100
Brakes and Pads every 15-30K miles - $400
 

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Oil Change every 5K miles - $80
Tires every 25-30K miles - $1100
Brakes and Pads every 15-30K miles - $400

DITTO, plus one headlight replaced under warranty.
Its bulletproof.
 

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Thank you guys much! How does it handle in Snow mode in Snow? What does snow mode really do?, does it start you in a higher gear?
 

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Damn I made a nice write up for you and my browser crashed lol...

I'll try to summarize it (I owned an IS-F for 20k miles and currently own an S5 with 1k miles driven, all snow)

S5 > wet, snow, ice by a huge margin. (forget about icy/snowy inclines in he IS-F on stock tires, not happening)
IS-F > acceleration, road feel, top speed, reliability
S5 > ride comfort(huge margin), sound quality(B&O > Mark Levinson), leather quality, all interior quality
IS-F > sun roof (S5 only had tilting glass roof)
S5 > wheels much easier to maintain (IS-F wheels cake brake dust in corners of spokes, must be cleaned often or will pit out)

IS-F had zero reliability issues, sporty brakes/rotors pricy (dealer wanted $1200 for front pads+rotors).

S5 has one known reliability issue which is carbon depositing thanks to FSI. Has to be cleaned every 20k miles or you will suffer 50hp loss. Audi dealerships try to charge you for it.

Gas mileage equally sucks on both, unless you like to cruise in normal mode at posted speed limit on the highway.

The S5 is more of a luxurious daily driver while the IS-F is just an absolute beast and has a rough unforgiving suspension.

I can't suggest one over the other because they are both AWESOME cars... Definitely give them a test drive and you'll see how different the two cars feel... They are entirely different.

However I can say that if you are a track enthusiast / performance enthusiast, I can without a doubt tell you the IS-F is the better car.
 

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phlabrasca,
Thanks for the great post. Guess I'm gonna have to drive them to find out.
The reason I want a car like this, is because I had a 95 Mustang 5.0 about 350 hp, and I loved it, the sound was amazing, it set off car alarms, flow-master dumps right below the seat, and it was super ton of torque. Then I went from a Mustang to a non-turbo Saturn sky, and it was a looker car, but I hated the 4 cylinder engine, only had power in really 1st and 2nd gear. The convertible option was nice but with the convertible up, it felt very cramped in there. So I believe I would get best of both world, power/performance, and the car looks amazing with the ISF.
 

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need opionion

Ok I got approved for a Black 08 Lexus ISF @ $38,800, with 22 miles on her, but I have to put 20K down, which I'm fine with.(credit not so good)
I am currently oversees and wont be home till April to drive her, but for about a month before I head back. What shall I do?, wait till next tear to pick a IS-F up, when the prices come down a little, but I'm sure they are gonna have more miles on them 1 year from now.

Does the 2008 models come with the smart card option? Thanks.
 

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Once I laid eyes on the car, I was instantly hooked. I would love a 2008 ISF Black or Blue. I have been shopping around for about a year now. I am currently working overseeas probably wont purchase until I return when I get back, next summer, unless I find a great deal.
I am from New England and just hesitate to drive this around in the winter time.
Hopefully with some good snow tires it should take care of that problem.

I am interested in the 08 Audi S5 also, due to it AWD system. But the Lexus has way more HP and seems to have more bells and whistles.
Whats the average costs of upkeep maintenance on the ISF every year?

Thank you for all your input!


aitke12:)
If I were you, I'd wait. Since you're overseas, just wait. By the time you get back you might be able to afford a 2010 or a 2011. In 2010 the car received the torsen (excuse the spelling) LSD and some interior changes, but 2011 recieved a re-worked suspension, gauge cluster make over and a really nice interior.

My .002 cents.
 
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