I have a 1999 Toyota Altezza 1GFE, which recently has had the engine light come on after driving it for a few minutes. Every time i restart the car it goes away but comes on again after a few minutes.
I have done the paperclip diagnosis on the ODB1 port, but all it does is make the engine light, ABS light and the ECT light flash continuously.
Does anyone know what it might be?
Note to moderator- please leave this in the ISF forum, it’s more likely to be of interest to ISF owners than GS owners.
After one year running a GSF, I thought you might be interested in my experiences compared to my previous early ISF.
First thing to say is that running a high performance car like this makes no sense at all in the suburban environment that I live in. It drinks petrol in traffic, it’s big to park and you cannot use the power. However, I don’t care about all that, I love driving it, I love the noise and I’ll continue until the eco mentailists or the mayor makes it impossible. I’ve always loved muscle cars and this is definitely a muscle car.
In summary I’d say it is an evolution of the ISF, it rides better than my 2008 ISF, it feels more planted and agile despite its size, and it has a slightly more bubbly exhaust note, but it still retains all the other ISF traits such as build quality that we are all familiar with. It is more relaxing to drive than the ISF due to the better ride. A couple of longish trips have been made with no driver fatigue whatsoever.
It has of course been absolutely reliable, (but I haven’t yet done that many miles). Update after year 2.
One glitch was a broken windscreen which took about 3 weeks to sort because Lexus couldn’t supply one right away. I hope this is not a flag that parts are going to be difficult because Lexus have only sold about 50 of these and their bean counters won’t be happy about stocking spares that might be slow moving. To be fair they did loan me a car for 2 of the 3 weeks.
The much criticised mouse controller for the sat nav and audio is fine, it just takes getting used to and the sat nav now accepts full postcodes.
The info display on the panel is a lot simpler than it looks, again just need to get used to it. Has a lot more information such as g forces, but it no longer has a battery voltage display! The car complains if the battery voltage is getting low though.
The car has a lane departure warning system which can be set up to correct the steering if you wander out of lane. This has been turned off. The car is not driving, I am.
It has speed limit detection which displays the speed limit on the dash and the HUD. The only thing is that some of the road signs near where I live confuse it and it displays “unusual” speed limits. Don’t think the magistrate would accept that the car told me the limit was 90, when it was really 40.
The headlights are pretty good but possibly not quite as good as the ISF.
The 4 driving modes can be summed up:
Economy and normal – no perceptible difference in feel or fuel consumption between these, feels slightly softer than the ISF in normal driving. Gearbox sometimes reluctant to change down when you boot it.
Sport – similar to the Sport mode on the ISF. Gearbox more responsive. Nicer to drive in this mode. Fuel consumption similar to Normal and possibly a bit better providing you can actually drive the car rather than sitting in queues.
Sport + -Don’t select this in the wet, there’ll be a lot of traction control warnings at even quite modest throttle inputs. Hangs on to lower gears for some time after you’ve finished accelerating. Very entertaining in the dry though and much easier to get the engine into the 3500rpm+ range. This is the mode that reveals the true brute character of the car, (when you get a chance to use it).
I can’t say what Sport+ does to fuel consumption as the opportunities to use it for any distance haven’t been there.
Haven’t tried the diff setting options yet.
The finish on the car is superb, people have commented that even when it is obviously dirty it still shines. My car was a demonstrator so it may have been coated.
Costs – Service due next week, but for some reason Lexus think it’s OK to put a £100 premium on the servicing costs over the ISF.
Insurance – you have to shop around. Most companies load the premium because of the value of the car. I managed to get cover for about the same as the old ISF but had to accept a £750 excess which I covered for another £60.
Not so good points:
No spare and you can’t buy one in this country even though the handbook mentions a space saver. I don’t like the idea of a can of goo which will render the tyre unrepairable and probably screw up the TPMS sensors. Does anyone have any ideas where a spare can be obtained?
The boot is enormous but the rear seats still don’t fold. Why??
No passenger front seat lumbar adjustment – penny pinching on a £72K car! But the wife thinks the seats are OK!
Possible costs of brake pads and discs – horrendous costs have been mentioned on the forum for RCF items and the GSF uses the same parts. Non-Lexus parts seem to be unobtainable in the UK at the moment. Not an immediate problem but one that needs to be kept under review. If anybody knows where to get RCF/GSF pads and discs from somewhere other than Lexus UK, please shout.
Hi, I bought my SC430 just over a year ago with 69,000 miles on the clock. I love this cars lazy power and the boon of a truly convertable hardtop.
Travelling 350 miles+ in a day in this car is not the exhausting experience that you get for example in our Vauhall Zafira which leaves you tired and ragged at the end of such a journey!
Alas the poor thing is now broken with a brake hydralic punp problem and the main dealer is 30 miles away.....
Looking for a solution.
So after being one of those 'lurkers' for the past few weeks and reading past threads I feel I'm up to scratch on the ownership experience of an ISF and all the usual things associated with owning your first.
Anyone know about this grey example on AT https://www.autotrader.co.uk/classified/advert/201710250637403?advertising-location=at_cars&transmission=Automatic&postcode=ox266eq&model=IS F&page=1&make=LEXUS&onesearchad=Used&onesearchad=Nearly New&onesearchad=New
I know that as there only 200 or so in the UK that there's a chance one if you will know something about this one? Certainly as there are a couple of members from the south West. Wiltshire isn't officially south west in my book but worth a shot.