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  2. It's personal preference. I was in the same position when I was looking to buy the F car. Decided to go with the ISF as it has 4 doors and would be more practical for the family. I think the ISF still looks good. You can update the tail lights and a few small visual things to make it look more modern. If you're after updated modern interior and modern features get the RCF. Both cars are pretty rare and I think you'll love either one.
  3. Hey all. I'm here to find some info on my partners rx300/harrier. It's a 1mzfe awd model, 1997. I want to fit a towbar and tow a car trailer (supposedly 600-900kg but will aim for the lightest model) with my MR2 on it which is approx 1200kg. According to this post max capacity is 1700kg. AA nz website towing weights is bs imo, totally arbitrary, I'll believe what manufacturers recommend. My question is, if I tow a combined approx 1800-1900kg which is 'slightly' over the max of 1700kg will this be doable and safe? My MR2 sits at my mums house 350+km away waiting to be fixed when I crashed it when I was younger haha and I would love if I could use my partners "truck" /camry to bring it home. My only other options would be to a) hire a ute/diesel suv which I've estimated to be in the ball park of $500, (200 to rent a day, 85 extra km charge, 100 approx gas + trailer hire) which is just expensive in time and money, or b) sell my daily ae101 corolla that im getting this week and use that + savings to get a high km sh***er diesel ute/v6 commy/barra if I'm lucky and then just sell that once I've towed. Or c twist a mates arm and borrow his ute lol.
  4. Hey everyone, just picked up a GS300 with 185,000 KM's. How do I know of the symptoms that are obvious with issues of lower ball joint problems?
  5. Hii mate i have toyota altezza 2001, iam willing to wrap the dashboard by myself as its really it good idea to take dash out myself??
  6. Hi All, Not even sure if this is the right place, but I'm shortly to 'take delivery' of my '98 LS400. I thought I would say Hello, and explain why. Why this car... Why would i get myself a 22 yo car that was new almost precisely half my life ago. It a long way from new, or the most powerful, and probably is in the high negative percentiles for any form of sex-appeal (though that's always subjective.... right?). Previously had a '92 UCF10R about 16 years ago and it made a fairly big impression. It wasn't my preferred model though, the last LS400 - the LCI UCF20R (98-00) were always the one. Reliability has been well and truely proven for these, with proper maintenance they're good for endless km's. When I was younger though, the late LS400's were always too expensive and way too much an 'old mans car' according to my mates. Now I'm finding myself less and less interested in mind blowing HP, turbos, badge envy... Its all a bit meh. I don't need a car that will corner on rails, or blow the doors off Commodores or Falcons (been there done all of that). I've always been a tech-V8-enthusiast, though I grew up with a Ford Mechanic/ farmer as a dad.. This car though is quiet, smooth, and has decent efficiency so its hard to beat this exact model. It might not be an e39 M5, but the maintenance costs on those are just..... eye watering. I had an '03 39 535i for a while with the baby M62TUB35 in it.. anything for them isn't cheap...smooth, but needed more torque.. lots more for the weight. Excellently engineered car, but fail on maintenance at your peril. That went out the door when it developed an intermittent btm end knock.. So the 1UZ in this particular late model LS is the V8 for me that delivers almost unparalleled smoothness, enough torque to make it feel relaxed, and has the 5 speed in addition to VVTi as well for more go and less fuel use. Most importantly perhaps though is reliability. I'm not aware of too many other V8's with the over engineered level of reliability as this one. My original UCF10R LS though. Cheap when I bought it, 300k kms, patchy service history, lived a large amount of its life out in the sun.... So it was definitely not immaculate by any stretch of the imagination. However, once it was given a thorough service with every single fluid changed and run through it for 500-1000kms then changed again just to just give it a clean out.... Never missed a beat. Shifted smoothly too, barely audible at any speed unless the windows were down or you really listened... I drove it from Newcastle to Darwin when speed limits were a rude word in NT. Calm, quiet, smooth.... Sure it used a bit more fuel at 220km/h but I didn't have to turn up the sound, or the aircon and the engine temps were rock solid. ALL the way there (and back when i posted out). The odd front end bush. Regular maintenance. The LCD went black on the climate like every series 1 ever (replaced that one weekend). That was it. I had no books for it when I bought it, no history and it had already done many many kms and had clearly had a less than fully caring life. Still to this day one of the top two most trouble free cars i've owned. What else have I had? Daily type cars I had before the (first) LS included an EFII Fairmont Ghia 5.0, a manual VU SS ute, and a little manual Mazda SP20. Since i sold the old girl I've had an e46 325ti, an e90 335i, an Audi A3 DSG 2.0tdi (briefly), an e39 535i, a manual JCW Paceman (briefly - yeah i know i know..), and an e82 LCI 135i dct coupe. So.. most of those latter choices were driven by family reasons / the other half / etc etc, so contain the howls of laughter for some of them.. I tried.... and didn't like, a few of those and others were just awesome but not for the reasons you might think i guess. I've had new cars, more than a decade of tuned turbos in 4's and 6's, and sure they produce ridiculous power, but none of them has actually lived up to the hype. They all had flaws. Whether it was runflats or way more road noise than i expected, or just plain glitchy.. In everyday driving they each required a compromise of one sort or another. The Australian cars? terrible quality.. both had major faults within 50k kms. The Holden had so many I just cut my losses and sold it with 18k on the clock.. The Mazda? Fun but too small and loud for long distance driving... and what was it with not offering cruise control.... but I digress. The first BMW was the e46. Best one of the lot. See below. The e90 335? ridiculously easy to tune. 230kw at the wheels with a flash and a free flowing exhaust, but then you need an LSD for obvious reasons, and even within warranty (before the tunes) was prone to random engine faults.. glitchy. Audi? amazing economy from those diesels, but the laaaaaaaaag.... not from the motor, but the DSG... scary. The Mini... Yeah i know.. but AWD, manual, turbo 1.6... wired and good fun once on boost but heavy.. Finally the most recent was the e82 DCT 135. Different beast to the e90. MUCH better dual clutch than the Audi. Ridiculously fast even when stock standard... BUT. Hard.... so damn hard on runflats.. plus added to that road noise too its definitely not for road trips to NT.. plus the gearing is short... even in 7th gear its only 1:1 not overdriven.. It has never Ever returned expected economy according to the factory specs. So as a toy, or weekender or track thing... yep.. but daily? I've physically avoided taking it for longer trips than maybe an hour.. The best car since that first well used Lexus was the e46. No turbo, brilliant tiny little 2.5L NA 6 and a 6-speed manual. Loud on the hwy but excellent torque, perfect ratios, lightweight, unbeatable fuel economy, flexible cabin, comfortable. Now I'm genuinely stepping out of the norm. I'm not getting a new/newer car, I'm deliberately selling the old one, purchasing the '98 LS400 and pocketing the cash, not for need of cash but for fun, and because I'm not driving millions of kms to-from work and its mostly freeway stuff. I'm getting a super low KM, not immaculate (but not far off it) well looked after LS. I have a box of receipts from its original owner, had it checked over with a fine tooth comb (its in a different state) and it came up with precisely one error code that was stored not current ( a single front O2 sensor). Its bone stock. The only non genuine/original parts on the car that turned up are the windscreen, the wiper blades and its running pirellis (they won't last long). It needs some front bushes replaced (there originals, so zero surprise) but that's it. I'll post more when I get it parked and the little list of items sorted. There won't be any 'VIP' treatment. There won't be turbos, or huuuuuuge stereos, or straight through exhausts... This is at most subtle updating for function more than fashion... There might be some ultra-conservative 90's era WALD 18"s because they work with the shape, and have a bit less sidewall for less body roll control, perhaps some bilsteins... It's equally likely there will be exactly no changes. Anyway that's me. I've been a BMW convert for years, but now - oddly perhaps - i'm getting back into an olllllld LS. This turned from an intro, into a bit of an essay... If you're still reading.. No idea if there are even clubs or groups around anymore, but I guess I'll find out. B
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  8. Hi all, hoping to become one of you soon! I'm currently driving a mk6 Golf GTI and its doing my head in - as much as I love the car I'm looking to swap it out for something more reliable but with similar performance. This is where the IS350 comes in. Budget is around ~20k. I'm wondering what the main differences are between the model ranges? From what I can tell the top of the line is the Sport Luxury auto --> F sport --> prestige (and theres another X model that i've seen float around that I can't quite place). Planning on keeping the car for about 5-8 years. From what I've found the reliability on these is up there (as expected with the toyota/lexus group). Wondering what I should look out for before making a purcahse? Thankyou!
  9. Greetings Lads, I'm seriously looking at buying an ISF, seen a few on carsales sites, prices are within my range. Can anyone tell me what issues or problems this model has. I'd like to be well informed before taking the plunge. Cheers
  10. Greetings Lads, I'm seriously looking at buying an ISF, seen a few on carsales sites, prices are within my range. Can anyone tell me what issues or problems this model has. I'd like to be well informed before taking the plunge. Cheers
  11. Greetings Gents, Looking at buying a good 2nd hand ISF.. Can anyone inform me on any issues with this model. Problems encountered.. I'm quite serious to purchase shortly, but I would prefer to be well informed about this model before buying. Not many available on the carsales sites unfortunately and few have lower Klms. Cheers. Mike62
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  13. Hi All, Just bought a well loved old LS460. I love driving a sofa around 😉 All the normal 'issues' seem to have been addressed (controls arms, interior etc.). However, very keen to hear if anyone in WA knows of a decent independent mechanic in Perth who specialises or has good knowledge of Lexus and is able to provide regular basic services without requiring the soul of my first born child as a down payment? Cheers Groover
  14. Hi there, I'm on the hunt for a Lexus ISF in excellent/showroom/unmodified condition. Exterior colour blue, white or red would be my preference. Any model year is okay, just want to find one that's been well cared for by an owner who has mechanical sympathy and a keen eye for detail. If you have one or know of a car like this on the market, please get in touch with me on ph: 02 4579 6669 or email.. Kind regards, Nathan.
  15. Looking for a nice, clean set of Sport or F Sport wheels from 2nd Gen IS models. With or without tyres, not entirely fussed. Will consider other variations also. Must be in great to excellent condition & within Victoria.
  16. Hey George, did you end up getting any tuning/remap done? If so, who did it and how'd it turn out? Nicholas.
  17. I always use the synthetic Toyota-branded stuff they recommend for the car, it doesn't cost much more than the premium oils you buy in the shops. The Penrite synthetic does have a very good reputation, I suspect either would do the job just as well. The Penrite website suggests their HPR 5 5W-40 (Full Synthetic) for the 2010 IS250. Nicholas.
  18. drnick, did you find a mechanic you were happy with? - Nicholas.
  19. Ended up just sticking with the OEM 12+ wheel tyre specs 2 x Michelin Sport 4 S 225/40/19R 2 x Michelin Sport 4 S 265/35/19R Since I couldn't find any credible sources online for 275/35/19R for the rears, only sources for the 245/35/19R fronts which were recommended. 275/30 are definitely not legal here for my wheels, only legal for the older ISF wheels which are .5'' slimmer and jump from 255/35-> 275/30, not 265/35->275/30.
  20. Hi all I am looking for stock LS400 1997-2000 wheels. located in Perth. please email me if you are in WA. Thanks
  21. Hi NX01 Have you tried eBay I just typed in cargo net for Lexus and up come heaps of them around $25 But if you want to do what I do is buy from AliExpress a Chinese eBay they have them for $5-10 most of the stuff on eBay comes from AliExpress. Its a bit slow with postage that's all.
  22. Hi there, I have an 2003 IS300 that's been running Supra TT calipers / rotors for the last 7-8 years. The car is still running the 2JZ-GE but does have a couple of mods ( R154 & coil-overs). Anyhow; my insurer's premiums are starting to grate so I decided this might be a good time to re-aquaint myself with the fine print before looking around. Bottom line is - the brake situation has me worried. RMS Light Vehicle Modification Guide states quite clearly that non-standard calipers and/or rotors require Certification; which is a deal-killer as the brake test costs $1200-1500 plus; and that bird's never going to fly. That said, the Supra TT BBK is currently sold by quite a number of Lexus dealers in the USA, which would seem to imply this set-up is officially sanctioned. Told RMS about this & they said I would have to contact Lexus Australia & get that in writing. Good luck with that. . . For this reason I'd VERY interested to hear from anyone running a BBK who has filed an insurance claim (esp with Shannoins, Ryno or Enthusiast) and how that process went. I'm damned if I'm going to throw $$$ at my insurer every month knowing I will probably be shafted if I ever need to make a claim. As much as I love these brakes (and they ARE awesome); unless I receive a compelling reason to do otherwise; I will probably convert them back to stock for peace of mind.
  23. Thanks Subby, my wife has a Galaxy S 10E and prior to that she had a Galaxy S8, so perhaps this is an Android/Samsung issue. Maybe I get my Brother inlaw to hook up his Iphone and test. But again thanks for the info, I maybe bashing Lexus and it maybe not their issue. Just so frustrating an issue.
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  25. Thanks bazzle I meant dashcam. I thought by cutting the wire which has 1live 1earth and 2 data wires I might be able to connect to wiring leading to the rear vision mirror.
  26. Any one in Aus / sydney installed or tried this product? Aparently it allows for pre 2011 ISF / ISX to have bluetooth music streaming.. The USA guys say it works for them but just want to confirm any locals using it before i purchase thanks!
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