astroe Posted October 24, 2013 Share Posted October 24, 2013 Hello everyone!So I've been looking at getting an IS250 Sport Luxury for quite awhile now. From the first day my friend let me take his dad's Lexus Encore loan car for a spin, my mind was set. I was googling around and stumbled onto this place so I thought I'd join up and get some insider advice. One thing though, I want it stock. Any aftermarket wheels or anything and I'm not interested. The car was made perfect as it was intended from the factory, haha.I remember around the 2010 mark, Prestige models without sat nav were going for about $30k+, but the prices of these cars today is pretty surprising! As I'm a university student, I don't have as much money to throw around so I'm looking at the bottom end of the market. I would consider Prestige / Sports models if they were substantially less expensive than a Sports Luxury model, but from what I've seen on prices, I'm happy to go a few grand more for better wheels, HID Xenon lights, and radar cruise control.I do recognise some of these are in Brisbane / Melbourne, but I'm more than happy to catch a flight down to wherever and drive it back to Sydney - I've driven to both Melbourne and Brisbane before and back, so it's do-able.The following have caught my eye:1) 2007 in Black, 124,410kms, $19,990.http://www.carsales.com.au/private/details/Lexus-IS250-2007/SSE-AD-2406256/?Cr=1&sdmvc=1 2) 2006 in Silver, 111,675kms, $23,490.http://www.carsales.com.au/private/details/Lexus-IS250-2006/SSE-AD-2322127/?Cr=6&sdmvc=1 3) 2006 in Silver, 102,500kms, $24,444.http://www.carsales.com.au/private/details/Lexus-IS250-2006/SSE-AD-2087611/?Cr=9&sdmvc=1 Colour isn't really a concern to me, I've just heard black is colloquially harder to keep clean / dirt and dust show up easily.Having said that, the gold looks terrible IMHO, and the brown/bronze colour of the following car is too distinct for my liking.Actually, if I were to preference colours it would be:Desired: Grey, Silver.Ehhh (I could live with it/don't mind): Black / Navy.Rather not: Bronze / BrownNo way in hell: Red, White, Gold.I think the more 'adventurous' palette of colours came about in the facelift, which is too expensive for me anyway, so it works out well.A 4th option is a 2009 Prestige model, 95,800kms, $24,500, only because it's had the facelift. (http://www.carsales.com.au/private/details/Lexus-IS250-2009/SSE-AD-2358159/?Cr=14&sdmvc=1) I'm not too keen on the whole bronze / browny colour, and the fact that it's a Prestige model also makes it a less appealing prospect.High mileage is not an issue for me so long as the service logs are impeccable. I've been told that high mileage would be indicative of country / long distance travel, which would have less wear and tear on the engine than a low mileage / start stop traffic car. Then again it's a Lexus after all so not necessarily a hoon's first choice - but I'd be avoiding anything non stock so that should keep me covered - I think?I did have a look at the 2IS Model Review thread (http://au.lexusownersclub.com/forums/topic/10109-2is-model-review/) which was very helpful but I do have a few more questions on things I wanted to clarify:1) Is it actually worth going to legit Lexus dealers to get it serviced? I know I won't get Encore on a used car, so what's the point, right?2) Regarding the whole EMV thing:- From what I've googled, the 1st gen has no USB input but does have an aux input. I guess if I hooked up a usb charger to the cigarette lighter and put in aux, would this work fine for an iPhone for music purposes? Will I have to control it through the screen, the steering wheel, or through the phone?- If I managed to get a USB port installed in the car, would it only charge or could I actually connect it through the EMV interface?- I believe there is no Bluetooth streaming, but Bluetooth phone connections exist, correct? Does Siri work on it? i.e. do I just hit the Bluetooth button (if it exists) and just talk? I think from my recollection there's a hangup and a pick-up button on the steering wheel.3) If I wanted GPS map updates, I just buy a new disc, correct?4) How much are spare keys?5) What's everyone's thoughts on tinting? It already has an electronic rear blind as far as I'm aware.6) Average petrol consumption / kms per tank - around Sydney I suppose?7) Any particular niggles or issues common to the car?8) Is the Radar Cruise control thing a gimmick or actually useful? Do you find yourself using it? I don't think it brings the car to a complete halt though? 9) Where do you keep the key, since there's no ignition?10) What's the deal with this smart key emergency card thing? (http://liveimages.carsales.com.au/carsales/car/private/cp5033804367355574718.jpg)And finally, once I do end up setting my heart on a car, I definitely plan to do all those REVS / RTA / PPSR checks, and maybe even an NRMA inspection if I really think something's up. I'd also check the logbooks to hope that at Lexus dealer has been doing everything. Apart from all the basics - is there anything else I should be particularly mindful of? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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