Hello Scotty! I'm in the market for a sports sedan. I originally wanted to get an E36 or E46 3…

JDM_guy

Hello Scotty! I'm in the market for a sports sedan. I originally wanted to get an E36 or E46 3 Series Sedan, but I heard they're unreliable/money pits as they get older. So, I decided to look into it's competition rival, which is a 2002-2005 Lexus IS300 because it's basically a Toyota, and I know that they'll last a long time and probably way cheaper to maintain/repair. According to Lexus it shares the same "2JZ-GE motor" from a Base Model Toyota Supra. Is it true that Lexus share the same engines and parts from Toyota? Are they cheaper to maintain? Besides the Lexus IS300, I am also considering buying a 2005-2008 Acura TSX. Are they good cars? Do they share the same engine and parts as a Honda Accord 2.4 I-4 Cylinder VTEC?

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AnthonyZingale
AnthonyZingale

Those 1st generation IS's drive every bit like any version of the BMW 3 Series. That 3.0 litre straight 6 is the one from the base Supra and it sounds amazing. It was a favourite among the Consumer Reports staff. Also, the 2004-2008 Acura TSX is a great car that is as fun as the old IS. Thing is, is that the TSX is FWD and the IS is RWD. But either Japanese sport sedan is a great choice.

JDM_guy
JDM_guy

One last German car topic question, can you make a BMW reliable when doing maintenance yourself and replace plastic parts with metal parts

JDM_guy
JDM_guy

Hey Scotty,

ScottyKilmer
ScottyKilmer

Yes, german cars are endless money pits these days, especially the ones sold in the us, many of which are no longer even made in german

JDM_guy
JDM_guy

Are German cars more complicated to fix compared to Japanese cars?

JDM_guy
JDM_guy

Hey Scotty,

ScottyKilmer
ScottyKilmer

integras are good cars, and the new civic would be a fun car if you're looking for small and fun

JDM_guy
JDM_guy

Hey Scotty,
I have 2 more Honda questions. Are Acura Integra good reliable cars and share the same Honda parts? What are your thoughts on the brand new Honda Civic Type R?

ScottyKilmer
ScottyKilmer

yes, get the lexus. Acuras fall apart faster and cost much more to repair when they do