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Hi, 

Just purchased my first Lexus (2013 IS350 FSport). Absolutely love the car. Have always wanted to own a lexus. Have been a long time car enthusiast including buying and selling cars as a hobby in the past. Previous to this car I owned a few Aurion's and fell in love with the super reliable and very capable 3.5 V6 so it was a natural progression to upgrade from an Aurion ZR6 to the IS350 Lexus. 

I flew to Canberra to buy this car and drove it home to the Gold Coast. Still getting used to the smaller seats but it's worth a little daily discomfort for the stability they give you when driving spirited. Anyone else find the seat a little tight ?  Anyway that is literally all I can fault with the car. Love the silky smooth 8 speed. Comes into it's own when manually shifting around a nice twisty mountain.

 

Anyways looking forward to asking lots of questions and hopefully getting lot's of answers...….Cheers, Dan

 

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Congrats Dan! I also came from a ZR6 Aurion when I initially purchased my 2011 is350 f sport. It did feel a lot smaller coming from an Aurion. You get used to it quickly. I owned my is350 for 7 years before upgrading to an ISF a few weeks ago. 🙂

I had a Takeda intake on my is350 which made the car sound amazing above 3500rpm. 

All the best with your new car!

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Thanks mate....  love the ISF...…  already planning the next Lexus…. hopefully a an RCF in the future. As well as improving the intake sound did it help with performance at all ?

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RCF is a great car also. Nicer interior too. 

The intake makes a great sound but I didn't feel any power difference to be honest. It does turn a few head though haha. 

Have a listen to the clip below. Almost has a V8 like sound in higher rpms. 

 

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Wow sounds great.... was concerned that doing such a mod would detract from the in cabin sound pipe they have standard but this seems even louder...….

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The intake is pretty loud, but only when you want it to be. It would definitely be louder than the cabin sound generator one. Just food for thought. The only reason I kept my car for so long was because of the intake sound haha

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Nice! I had a 2013 IS350 too and I still think the pre-facelift model looked better. The lower bumper area looks more sophisticated. Congrats!

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On ‎11‎/‎8‎/‎2019 at 11:12 AM, pearlisf said:

Congrats Dan! I also came from a ZR6 Aurion when I initially purchased my 2011 is350 f sport. It did feel a lot smaller coming from an Aurion. You get used to it quickly. I owned my is350 for 7 years before upgrading to an ISF a few weeks ago. 🙂

I had a Takeda intake on my is350 which made the car sound amazing above 3500rpm. 

All the best with your new car!

Nice one, I plan to one day to buy a ISF. How does the ISF feel after driving an IS350 for so long, is there much of a difference vs. 350? From a engine sound, engine response, interior and overall experience?

I own a 2IS 350 F Sport and have been driving it for 5 years, love it, I have all the bolt ons (PPE Headers, F Sport Intake, Custom Midpipe, High Flow Cats, Dual X Force Exhaust & RR Racing Tune 7,200 RPM limiter) It is fun to drive, I am keen to upgrade one day to a 13/14 ISF....Do you think it would be worth the change over?  

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My is350 had a cat back Xforce exhaust and a Takeda intake. The car was a lot of fun to drive and sounded amazing. 

I've read a lot of forums where the owners compare the is350 to an IS F and everyone says they are very close in acceleration etc... 

My ISF has full bolt-ons - PPE headers, Joe Z exhaust, AOS, springs etc. The V8 sound is contagious, I want to drive it day and night for no reason haha. The amount of attention and people staring and trying to figure out what it is is crazy. The car has a very loud v8 rumble at idle.

The difference between the two cars is night and day in my opinion. The IS F pulls hard!

Interior wise they are pretty much the same except the carbon trim look bits. 

I've owned Evos, supercharged cars NA v6s etc. None of them compare to the ISF imo. The car is rare, unique, sleeper look and very fast. 

There is a guy on YouTube "ISFASTER" with a 2012 ISF, with only an Xforce exhaust. He takes his car on the strip and has beat a lot of powerful cars. Helps to be a good driver also haha

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On ‎11‎/‎11‎/‎2019 at 1:18 PM, pearlisf said:

My is350 had a cat back Xforce exhaust and a Takeda intake. The car was a lot of fun to drive and sounded amazing. 

I've read a lot of forums where the owners compare the is350 to an IS F and everyone says they are very close in acceleration etc... 

My ISF has full bolt-ons - PPE headers, Joe Z exhaust, AOS, springs etc. The V8 sound is contagious, I want to drive it day and night for no reason haha. The amount of attention and people staring and trying to figure out what it is is crazy. The car has a very loud v8 rumble at idle.

The difference between the two cars is night and day in my opinion. The IS F pulls hard!

Interior wise they are pretty much the same except the carbon trim look bits. 

I've owned Evos, supercharged cars NA v6s etc. None of them compare to the ISF imo. The car is rare, unique, sleeper look and very fast. 

There is a guy on YouTube "ISFASTER" with a 2012 ISF, with only an Xforce exhaust. He takes his car on the strip and has beat a lot of powerful cars. Helps to be a good driver also haha

Thanks for the feedback - have you owned or driven a IS350 with FBO's ?

I have been thinking of trading up from 2012 IS350 F Sport to 2012 / 2013 ISF but I still have a love for my car, however want more power and I am already FBO and a supercharger doesn't make sense because I would be close to a purchase price of a ISF. In OZ now they are $50k for around 70-90 kms on the Odometer and the engine can go forever. I might do it in a couple of years, but keen to get a view on someone who have driven both FBO IS350 and ISF... 

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I haven't driven an IS350 with FBO unfortunately. The closest I got was a cat back and an intake. I'm sure the headers improve it a lot. 

I know the feeling. I loved my IS350 too much to let go so I gave it to my parents. I picked up my F with 46000kms for around 50k. There are good deals out there but you have to be quick. 

I've never driven a stock ISF so it is hard to say what the difference is compared to mine with FBO. From my experience so far, both IS350 and ISF are great cars. ISF is a bit quicker, has a great V8 sound and is rare. I think my favourite part is the car is the rarity. Feels like you're driving something very very special. 

All the best with your future purchase!

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