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I’ve only ever owned 2 250’s. A brilliant, reliable and smooth car. I’m in Liverpool myself. I’d recommend one definitely.


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You won't go far wrong by having a good read of this

The 250 auto is just a splendid car in every department.

I had a 220d and was very unlucky at first but fortunate afterwards to have one that achieved very good mpg. 

The mpg with the 250 auto is very close or even better than I have seen other 220d drivers quoting. Typically 27-31 around town and 36 -40 on a decent run.

The only caveat is...it all depends on how any vehicle is driven.

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The IS250 is the best car I have ever had ( now aged 55 so had a few!) that sure looks like a good example, nice Black interior ( only colour to have in my opinion, looks classy for longer!) that one also has the stupid expensive option extra Moonroof as Lexus call it. The only option it does not have is ACC and that is like Unicorn poo to find anyway! The pedal/covers are not standard for a SE-L but it IS an SE-L as it was the only model to have wood trim ( and it is real wood, supplied by Yamaha the Piano manufacturers!) and it is marked on the drivers door jamb "IS 250 SE L"

looks like a lotta car for the money and the mileage should not be a concern if you can check any maintaince history to confirm spark plug change at 60,000 ( or six years). As all servicing was ( allegedly!) carried out by Lexus you can view everything they have ever done on their "MyLexus" portal. Someone recently commented on the lack of past paperwork/invoices for work done when buying a 250 compared to other cars they have bought, simple reason is it wasn't missing, the car is so reliable and hardly anything needs repairing!

better go and stand in front of it to see if photos add up, but better still get out in it! You won't be dis appointed.

in the above buyers guide it mentions the boot lid slamming down like a Guillotine very un-Lexus like but it is an easy fix and unless already seen to then most cars this age will suffer.

paul m.

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8 hours ago, Scouselexus said:

Mine is up for sale on there currently. I’m in Warrington. Grey SE-I 100k. Really good car, 2009 58 plate

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It looks like a good example. Feels a little pricey, but perhaps the dealer's expecting you to haggle it down a bit. However, without seeing the state of the tyres, brakes, exhaust etc. it's hard to put an accurate price on it.

Assuming the service history checks out ok, the main thing that would probably concern me about a car of that age would be state of the exhaust and the shock absorbers. Also, see if there's any record of the water pump being replaced. They often typically failed after about 60-70k on the early examples.

But don't let me put you off - my current IS250 is now on 120k miles and still going strong without a single problem so far (I've had it since 5k miles). I've never even had to top the oil up between services - and I check the dipstick every couple of weeks (I don't wait for the light to come on).

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16 hours ago, Scouselexus said:

Looks quite clean - same spec as mine, colour, sunroof and age.

Price is a bit steep for the miles it has done but I guess this will depend on the condition of the car - best to, like has been mentioned above, stand in front of it and see what you think. Age related marks I am guessing will be the biggest issue and a bit of wear to the front seats as you would expect.

The sunroof is a nice addition and they are very hard to find.

Definitely room for bringing the price down - exhaust / check around the water pump for a white crust / check the condition of the oil - all thinks you would expect to be ok as it has the service history to back it up.

It has, throughout its life, had a hard time with tyre wear and the windscreen has been replaced - a couple of areas to check.

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Thanx for all the replies much appreciated. I did check the mot history on govt site did notice windscreen changed, but concerned may be non Lexus and issues with wipers, photochromic mirror etc. Also seems to have had trouble with tyres in its life. Still a tidy is250 and has all I’m looking for in one. Just don’t want to waste my time getting up to there and finding a dog. Be good to get some £££££ off too.

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I can't help thinking that a dealer who puts up that many photos is pretty confident they've got a good car for sale there!

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Have one of these a 2007 model, slightly lower miles....got it for £4200 with a years warranty.

This has more toys than mine.

Superb car.  Smooth, easy to drive, has a bit of go when needed.  Get all 4 brake calipers checked by the garage, the exhaust needs a good check as well but it looks in very good condition.

Looks well looked after too which is always a good point.  Over a year I have averaged 37mpg over all sorts of journeys....long, short, town, motorway.  Never had a problem.  Had exhaust replaced in first three months under warranty...could have been £3k from Lexus but got a stainless steel car back done for £700 which the garage paid for.  Have also had one rear brake caliper replaced in the year but they are known problems....caliper was £75 and had them replace all the slider pins etc at the same time.

Joy to drive, not expensive to own and maintain.  Suggest trying to get a years iron clad warranty so any problems are fixed but I suspect the old adage that a Lexus never goes wrong is most probably correct.

 

 

 

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10 hours ago, Phil H said:

Be aware £500 tax.

The Manual version maybe but not the auto.

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Yes that is incorrect, Auto is now £305 if I am not mistaken, went up from £295 (bas.....).

As for the car look clean, but pricey - nearly £5000 for very early model (2006) and average mileage. I have seen car with much lower miles and cheaper.

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Yes , The manual. Lexus tried to sell me one. Very surprised that auto emissions are lower than manual tho.

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Due for a Service?

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