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Move from IS200 to IS300?

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43 minutes ago, lexus22 said:

Let's face it, these cars are now old, is it really worth spending excess money on them? Nice as they are, not a good investment.

Depends how you intend to use it 😂 dont look at my project thread you will make me feel very guilty. Although ive not done it as an investment... well thats my excuse🤣

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1 hour ago, IS300KK said:

Definitely not a good financial investment, but very enjoyable as an alternative to BMW / Merc / Audi.

I feel that, relatively speaking it is an excellent investment. Which vehicle is more reliable, can be warranted for 10 years old /140,000 miles and exudes quality in terms of economy and reliability from bumper to bumper and has a Dealer Network par excellence ?

It, and other Lexus models will be in high demand going forward as no other manufacturer has demonstrated such qualities. Those in the know will snap them up whilst those who think they know will struggle along with the so called, competition.

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I mean... I'm a car enthusiast, I'm not buying the car as an investment. I'm buying it because I like it and I enjoy the modification process 🙂

Besides, what other RWD, 2JZ Japanese cars can you get for 3-4k? None.

I won't be increasing the power anytime soon. A manual swap, some BC coilovers and and a HKS Silent exhaust is all I want. I don't want to mess with the power because I'll be keeping this car until... well until it dies 🙂 I don't want an increase in power to reduce it's reliability.

Finally, both the IS200s and IS300s are becoming increasingly sought after. An IS300 with a manual box was never available here in the UK or EU, they won't depreciate. Not that it matters because I'm not buying it to sell it.

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17 hours ago, Shizukesa said:

I'm a car enthusiast, I'm not buying the car as an investment. I'm buying it because I like it

This is why I have kept mine for 16 years. I go months without driving it, but then when I do, it puts a big smile on my face. It has is own character, quite different from equivalent BMWs and Audis I have driven, the throttle response is more linear and it tends to be more tail happy. I like the 'anonymity' of the car, people don't really know what it is, so are more likely to let you out at junctions etc.

Over the years, I have driven lots of cars from different manufacturers in different countries. The smoothest engine I have ever driven is the one in my IS300. Pretty much every non-Lexus garage I've been into have commented that it is the nicest engine they have ever come across.

 

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A well maintained 2JZ-GE is a lovely thing. 

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So both rear sills need to be replaced, both bumpers could do with a repaint, 5 to 600 ? How much are these cars worth? Guess this is why cars are scrapped..☹️ shame but reality.

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My (rather neglected) IS300 is currently in with an independent Lexus specialist. i was considering getting a Dodge Challenger (love the noise, but LHD only) or a GS-F, (like the BHP) but realised that I actually had a very nice car that just needed doing up a bit. It may end up costing me a few thousand, but that is less than the 50K that I would d have spent otherwise. Whereas I love the excitement of a new car and all the toys, I still love my IS300. 

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On 10/26/2020 at 9:28 PM, IS300KK said:

Definitely not a good financial investment, but very enjoyable as an alternative to BMW / Merc / Audi.

Talking from experience (other car being an E46, which is comparable), an IS is a good financial investment in comparison. The BMW has its qualities - better in some aspects - but maintenance costs are way higher.

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I change engine oil every 10k, never put it into sport mode as fast enough without it, use the manual shift buttons on motorway driving, such a lovely car to drive.

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I've almost got enough saved to make the switch. I'll be looking for a nice example in Jan/Feb.

I'm basically looking for:

  • Pretty much any other colour except silver
  • Preferably under 100k miles
  • Well looked after (FSH etc)
  • Black interior, not tan like I have in my IS200

Wish me luck! 😁

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Good luck in your search 👍 

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I wish you luck too.Please keep us all informed.

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