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Hi,

My name’s Adrian, I’ve been a Lexus owner for quite some time now, and having owned a few models I’m happy that In this day and age there’s still an online forum to be part of. Remembers me about the time when I had a Citroen Bx and joined the forums to fix the lhm leak.
At the moment I’m driving a 8n8 IS300 Sportcross and I’ll probably use this space as a personal journal with all the things I’ve done and will be doing to it. 
Bought it at 133379miles in February and already put 13k miles on it  

I’m excited I’ve joined the forum and looking forward to spend time here

Cheers ✌️

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Hello Adrian and welcome to the LOC,hoping you find the forum educational and informative 👍 

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Welcome Adrian, lovely car, condition and colour. Although not many were sold in the UK (714), there are still 395 on the road, amazing build quality and reliability....I've only seen 1 other...where are they all hiding? 🤔. Here's my 2005 Sportcross......

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On 8/19/2021 at 6:31 AM, DF-300 Sport said:

Welcome Adrian, lovely car, condition and colour. Although not many were sold in the UK (714), there are still 395 on the road, amazing build quality and reliability....I've only seen 1 other...where are they all hiding? 🤔. Here's my 2005 Sportcross......

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Indeed not many. Even fewer left on the road, most of them being broken into parts. Me personally, i never saw another one on the road, apart for the ones i bought lol

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Few things have happend lately:

I managed to find a replacement for my missus Peugeot in the form of a 2004 IS200 LE auto. In pretty good condition overall considering it hasn't been driven much lately. Came with almost a full year mot, recent cambelt change, a fancy double-din touchscreen radio with Bluetooth connection, good condition full black leather interior and ice cold air conditioning. It also came with rear cills needing attention (not bothered about it at the moment, can wait till i have more time), shaking steering under braking (partially got rid of it after i've changed the discs, i'll change the calipers with the ones from my IS300 as know they're in good condition), questionable alignment (which got better after i've put another set of wheels with 225/45/17), and some suspension noises coming from the front. So i proceeded to change the lower ball joints, anti roll bar enlinks, oil+filter, air filter+cabin filter, thermostat+coolant to have them all fresh.

 

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Taking advantage of the nice weather I finally managed to install the LS400 callipers and discs I had lying around for quite some time 

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While I was at it, changed both lower ball joints, inner+outer track rods and anti roll bar endlinks to finally have a proper alignment since lowering the car on coilovers. 

Waiting for the oil to drain, I thought it’s a good time to clean the rear arches for any dirt trapped in there and inspect the areas. A bit of surface rust which I’ll get back to it once the I’ll have more time to dedicate but for now I’ve used the old oil to pour some into the cills for a bit of short term protection

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I had to make a trip to London for a few days, so made a stop in Chesham at Wheels In Motion for the alignment, car is behaving the way it should now. 

Couldn’t stay away from marketplace and picked up some goodies, a set of Hotchkis anti roll bar which will improve the overall stability of the car, and a auto box as a spare. 

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Now at this point I should’ve stopped browsing the marketplace, but needing a few interior bits to make mine perfect, I went on it again and bought another IS300 Sportcross 😬 

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It’s in ok condition overall, a bit rough at the rear cills where it had some repairs previously and it needs a good clean underneath as it’s full of mud. I’ve purchased it with the idea of being a donor car but know I’m not so sure, having an lpg kit installed I kinda fancy daily-ing it.
Oh well, food for thought. 
 


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5 hours ago, DF-300 Sport said:

Excellent work Adrian, will be as good as new soon😎👍

Thank you, I’m happy I have a good base to work on. Makes life so much easier 

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Lol,you are a brave man,was going to keep my IS200 sport when I bought my IS250 f sport,however couldn't justify road tax etc to keep it 😒

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2 hours ago, scudney said:

Lol,you are a brave man,was going to keep my IS200 sport when I bought my IS250 f sport,however couldn't justify road tax etc to keep it 😒

I know what you mean, I sold the ls400 for the same reason. Been regretting it ever since. I should’ve just sorned it 

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