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I am doing some research on the pros and cons of the ISF and also looking for reliability reviews. It seems the biggest con is the stiff ride but I am not that concerned about that. Consumer reports did not have much on the ISF. I did find a good review from Car and Driver titled 2008 Lexus IS F Long Term Road Test. Can anyone point me towards some good reviews on the ISF that really look at the relability? Also, any input on the drvietrain from current owners would be great.
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You might want to do a search for a poll on reliability on the forum, I believe it was discussed before.

I'm in the same boat as you, however I already decided on the ISF.

I'm not really worried about the stiff ride since I come from a WRX STi (now that's stiff!!) but I decided on the 2011 since they made improvements to the suspension and the car was said to be handling better and riding better.

If you wait about a year, you can pick one up for 45K to 55K.

Its really not that big a deal.

If you come from a modified background, then you are use to lowering and changing the vehicle dynamics. I read the same things, doing the research before hand, now owning one, it is just what I would expect to keep me connected to the road. Most reviews, are just the press taking vehicles on a test drive 20 -30 minutes at a time and giving their opinion. The car and driver review is really the only one where they actually kept the car longer and reported on it properly.

As for reliability, its a Lexus! If your new to the brand then this is a foreign concept. It everything you have heard and more.

If you are expecting a floaty ride like in a Buick, then this car is not for you.

Could the ride be better....sure, but I would not have it any other way.

Once you drive this car, the power, the feel and the performance will make a short memory of what a critic's say about the ride.

Everything you need to discover and form an opinion on this vehicle can be found throughout this forum. Then you need to go test drive one, and see if it lives up to your expectations.

As these cars are not mass produced, it is a carefully built vehicle, that lives up to the Lexus standards.

If you are new to the brand then have a look at the "The Hard Way" commercials on you tube. Here is a link to get you started:

Sorry not enough posts to link search: You tube > "Lexus The Hard Way"

I'm sure you have seen this thread posted below:

"How many miles do you have on your F" (6 posts below this one)

It will tell you what current owners have reported on long term reliability at mileage intervals.

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also keep in mind service service othe brand I have owned lives up to a lexus service visit. when you drop off your Lexus you leave with a loaner Lexus, even if you didnt buy it certified or from that dealership. Service is the same across the board I have had other "luxury" brand vehicles and never once did I get the experience as I do from Lexus. Other brands I would get a sub-brand vehicle as a loaner. Not a big deal to some but if I drop this much dime on a car I want the service to show it.
good luck and get the F
The Hard Way

Thanks for all of the input. The Lexus Hard Way videos are awesome.
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