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    IS200 SE
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  1. Thank you both for the replies, gives me a good idea of how much I need to budget. My IS200 is already 11 years old and due to change in circumstance, I probably won't be keeping it for too long, so will probably go for the Exedy. Simon
  2. The clutch on my IS200 has started slipping, when laden going up a hill and pretty horrible bite when pulling away (well, more than normal, anyway!) I've just been made redundant, so price is an issue for me, but need to get this sorted. I've found some so-called genuine Lexus clutches on eBay, for around £150, such as this one. Is this OK, or should I be looking somewhere more reputable? I've seen some comments that the clutch is easy to replace - can anyone give me a time estimate for a competent mechanic, so I know what sort of cost I'd be looking at? Thanks for any info you are able to provide.
  3. My IS 200 is coming up on 10 years and I've got a major condensation issue. Car's not being used much currently and I don't have a garage, and the condensation is so bad, it's forming big fat drips on the inside of the glass. I've ordered a new pollen filter and I'm going to get the air con re-gassed, but I'm thinking the amount of condensation indicates a leak somewhere. Are there any known areas for this? I've had water in the boot (left-hand side)on previous years, which I think was the roof drain, and I removed the bung to drain it. Bung seems to have fallen out as it's no longer in place - could it just be that small hole letting in damp air that could be the issue? Edit - Sorry, posted this in the wrong area, meant to post it in IS200 Club!
  4. Had to have my tracking fixed today, and while a wheel was off, the garage noted that the lower, rear buses are split and deteriorating. The garage couldn't find parts in any of their books, so rang Lexus. Lexus claimed that the bushes are not available on their own, and only come as part of the ball joint (I think that's what they said). I've been quoted £160 a side. Does this sound right? Am I better off taking it to Lexus? Simon
  5. I bought some of the pulsing brake light LEDs from someone on here last year. I didn't know it until recently, but one of the lamps is faulty. They both work fine if I don't have my lights on, but if I have my lights on, then on one lamp, the brake part only illuminates once, then won't illuminate when the brake is subsequently pressed. This is regardless of normal, or emergency braking. Any ideas what causes this? Is it possible to get a replacement unit, or are they only sold as pairs? I like the extra safety of the pulsing brake lights, but it's no good if only one side is coming on. I've put standard bulbs in, and they show no faults, so I'm guessing it's a circuit board problem. Thanks Simon
  6. D'oh - should have thought of that! Cheers Simon
  7. Where can I get a replacement cigarette lighter from? The original one's plastic holder is broken, so whenever I remove my mobile charger or GPS, the whole metal sleeve pulls out of the console. The result is that it keeps pulling the wires off the bottom, and stops working. I can't find anyone on eBay, or other places selling one. Any idea where I can get one?
  8. The Big yellow boxes are Gatsos, with analogue (35mm film), they get your from behind. The smaller yellow ones are digital and have an internet connection - they never run out of film! The blue ones that have a yellow plate that faces you are Tru-velo. They use induction loops rather than radar to detect your speed. They use an infra-red flash so as not to blind you, and were introduced so that you couldn't use the "Ferguson defence" where you claim you were not the driver. They are digital, too. SPECS (average speed cameras) tend to be on gantries which are painted yellow. The Cobalt-blue cameras are traffic master - they don't detect speed, just read your plate for traffic flow information.
  9. I've got a copy up for grabs too. First person to PM me gets it!
  10. Slowing down, at around 50mph, I get some wobble through the steering wheel and a bit of a squeak at low speed. When the car went in for its MOT last week, I asked them to check the nearside brake disc, as I suspected it was warped. They said there was some run out, but it was minimal and nothing to worry about. Today, coming from the same wheel, I'm hearing a grinding/squealing noise, almost like metal on metal. There's no difference in braking ability, and the sound seems to be getting less severe, probably because the pad has been worn (done about 80 miles today). I can't get the car into the garage until Tuesday. So, does this sound like a development of a warped disc, or something worse? If it's just a warped disc, I'll buy replacements and get them fitted. I don't do a lot of hard braking, so I'm surprised that the disc warped in the first place. Cheers Simon
  11. I've got two of the IS220 dashmounts, which were sent to me rather than IS200 ones. You can have it for £10 plus postage. It's this one here
  12. No. I emailed him today asking where it was. He said he'd only been able to post it today, because he was waiting for a new CD. A bit odd, as he said he was selling it because he had changed his car and didn't need it, in the auction. I was planning to fit it this weekend, so if it doesn't turn up tomorrow, I'll be well annoyed!
  13. I finally managed to do it! This time I gave a good yank on the glove box surround, which gave me enough room to get the amp out and flush to the pollen filter. I was then able to easily remove the cable and plug it into the bypass lead. I've written a quick guide for anyone who needs it in the future! Simon
  14. Got my MOT next week and it occurred to me that as the Fog to brake light conversion isn't legal, it might get picked up by the MOT test and result in a fail. I've also got HIDs fitted in the headlamps, but I'm confident that that won't cause a fail. Has anyone failed due to the Fog to brake light conversion? What do you think? Best to be on the safe side and disable it for the MOT? Cheers Simon