I am new to this forum so may be i posted this on a wrong category but i need help. I have lexus is200 and i am experiencing problems with the engine. For information i live in Tanznia where emmission is not an issue at all. They dont check cars for emission in our country.
This is how it started. The car was just fine in the beginning, imported from Uk. One day i went to do a general service, and when we open the top cover we found oil turned into muddy stuff, the mechani cleaned and it surprisingly he used water to wash away the stuff! i had to ask him why he did that because i believe the internals should not be washed by water, i have seen mechanics sing kerosene or diesel to clean the internals. But he said it was ok! the car drived normally no issues at all. I bought an aftermarket muffler, and install it, now we removed the first cat from front and left the rear one because i didnt want it to give out loud noises. after few drives problems started, having a constant CEL even after servicing the car. I started experiencing misfire, we check on which cyclinder and we found out 2 of the coils were not working properly, so we changed them. after a few drives then it started again, i changed the rest. but that didnt fix anything. I noticed the misfire occurs when i am idling or when i turn on the AC. Could this be caused by not removing the rear cat which results in gases not going all out but returning back to engine?
The second issue is like this. I know 1gfe is not a perfomance car ( i love speeding and to feel the power). Most of the time i drive fast when i go to work. Putting the engine to test. and it was just fine until yesterday. One of my friends owns Avensis (i think the one with 140 something HP) and wanted to race. I decided to give it a go to see how its compared to avensis ( i tried with mark x knowing i will loose but just wanted to see how i can keep up with it). The avensis seemed to match but cant not pass me, finally i passed avensis and left it behind quite a distance, but it took time like a minute or so. We did it twice, the second time i let him stay infront of me and sill managed to pass him. but when i come to stop, i started hearing a very serious loud knocking sound from the engine, i stopped to check it, and it was really scary, i could still drive it but the sound gets noisier, so i parked it and check under the hood trying to trace the sound, i could tell it was a piston, and sounds dry, as if its not lybricated at all. Also i noticed a little bit of smoke (not much that if you close the hood you wont see it nor smell) coming out around the coils, but i am not sure if it was from the coil or from a small tube which was connected with airbox from engine top cover. Can you guys help me why there is such sound, my mechanic tells me it could be the engine was out of oil, how is it possible while its not even a week i replaced the oil and oil filter? ( i didnt check the oil level after this because i was late at work so i left it there). Any ideas? You think the engine is done? (it has 170,000+ miles on it).
Now what i am considering after the dissapointment of a six cylinder 1gfe struggling agains a 4 cylinder avensis is to do an engine swap. Can you guys recommend to me which engine should i go for? (the labour costs here are not expensive at all considering what i have seen in forums what people pay for a swap) I am looking for a decent reasonable power a lexus should have. I want an engine that will not mess up other functions of the car, like heated seats and other electronic stuffs.
But before recommending the engine, also enlighten me on my first 2 issues.
Thank you very much guys
Hey fellow Lexus Owners,
Recently joined the Lexus club and well I decided it's about time to join the forums, i've had my IS200 for about 3 months and have a lot of plans for it! such as 1jz/2jz! I absolutely love the car and well I know you guys will be able to help me out with a lot of modifications I'll be doing on the car!
So I decided to vlog about my car on Youtube and do modifications which IS200/IS300/Altezza owners or just people in the car community can benefit from, I'd appreciate it if you guys checked it out and supported me, and well i'm here to help you guys with anything you need that is car related or mainly for the lexus IS200! So feel free to subscribe to my channel!
FYI! I'm from Sydney, Australia!
My Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCADDTqrzyJ8eGKa8AOCcOXg
Here is my most recent video:
I just joined the forum as I'm going to view a IS200 tomorrow which hopefully I'll be bringing back home. Fingers Crossed!
The seats in the car are cloth a with a weird pattern and I'm breaking/scraping a mr2 soon, so I wondered could I swap them out for the bucket seats from a MK3 MR2?
Would I need to swap the rails over from the original seats?
I know the Mr2 seats don't change height which might be an issue but I normally have my seat low anyway
Any advice welcome, Thanks!
Just got an IS200 Sport Y reg 2000 model and impressed with how well this 13 year old car holds up at 101,000 miles.
The drive is quite a revelation ... comfortable ride, solid car, excellent build quality, smooth acceleration, an almost silent engine, great cornering and handling, plus superb equipment spec. A significant improvement over the Saabs we've been driving for the last 13 years. Still getting used to 6 gears and an easy clutch.
Jo & Pete
Need some help desperatly with my master key for my 2003 Lexus Is200.
I turned the key while it was in the ignition and the plastic casing snapped! heard this is a common problem though. The actual blade is fine and so is the remote but its just the casing that has fallen to bits.
So my question is, can I just buy the plastic case off ebay and fit the blade and the transmitter ? or is it a bit more complicated than that?
Any thoughts from people who have had the same/similar problem would be much appreciated.