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  1. thanks that looks really cool... and its been working just fine right? Thanks for the link, I'll definitely look into it.
  2. Oh wow that looks really cool! where did you get these from? Easy to install? Thanks, yeah that's not a bad idea. The original powder coat finish is quite costly compared to a paint finish. I know right, they should have just fitted those kick plates from factory like the previous MK2 SE-L. Anymore info on your android screen? I'd love to do something similar, the standard Nav/media system is pretty poor compared to other brands. The speakers and sub will definitely sound good! Cheers, here's the link to the spoiler... although I think you can now get it cheaper from other sellers:
  3. I owned my 2002 IS200 for 13 years which I absolutely loved. It literally never went wrong and I'd kept it in fantastic condition, with just a few subtle mods keeping a clean OEM look: Front splitter TTE rear skirt 2004 facelift headlights and foglights Rear spoiler Genuine mesh grill Aluminium kick plates and pedals Custom heater dials Altezza chrome shift gaiter Pioneer Apple Carplay double-din with reversing cam Last year a family members IS300h was offered to me so I decided maybe it was time for a change... although it was really difficult to let this one go 😞 I actually wanted an F-Sport... however as this is a high spec Premier and I knew the history of the car, it made sense to purchase. Compared to the my IS200, this car is incredible in terms of being more powerful and about three times cheaper to run. It lacks the smoothness of the straight six but I love the torque in Sport mode. I couldn't believe it came with plastic kick plates so I installed the illuminated versions and also aluminium pedals including footrest: I noticed that the quality of some trim panels is really poor, no way near as well put together as the IS200. The passenger electric seat motor was noisy and there was also a screen flicker. I think a couple of the speakers may not be working correctly, anybody else have issues with the ML system? Whilst the build quality is clearly not the same, the service from Lexus Woodford was exceptional. They replaced the seat motor and screen under warranty, checked a few other items too and at the same time made sure I was never inconvenienced. Finally I added a subtle rear spoiler and thought that would be all I wanted to do with this car. I then saw some bumper conversion threads on other forums and realised how much better the F-Sport front looked. I looked at various conversion kits however the options available in the UK are limited and shipping costs are high. Then one day this used F-Sport bumper came up for sale on eBay, in silver with minimal damage... along with a complete F-Sport grill from another supplier. Being close to Christmas, I waited for eBay's next site wide discount promotion and purchased both along with a set of WinJet fog lights. These were plug and play and I couldn't justify purchasing the original F-Sport LED fogs. Foglights and grill both arrived damaged ☹ fortunately they were still usable and I negotiated some further discount to keep them. Whilst this probably would have been enough to swap over, looking into parts diagrams I realised that all of the air ducts are different between base and F-Sport models. I made the decision to just replace all, thinking it would make fitment easier for my bodyshop. Duct, Air Intake, Lh, Toyota 52822-53030 Duct, Air Intake, Rh, Toyota 52821-53030 Duct, Cool Air Intake, No.1, Toyota 52811-53010 Duct, Cool Air Intake, No.2, Toyota 52812-53010 Duct, Cool Air Intake, Toyota 53209-53080 Duct, Cool Air Intake, Toyota 53208-53050 It took me a while to source all the parts I wanted, with a combination of used parts from breakers and other online parts suppliers. Below is an example of the difference between the ducts that sit behind the bumper... F-sport first then the Base version: With all the parts collected I finally handed the car over to the bodyshop... with clear instructions to carefully keep everything they remove from the car. As the old bumper, grill, fogs and air ducts were all in perfect condition, I was fortunate to sell everything for a decent price. Recouping most of the parts cost meant this conversion ended up costing just under £300 including paint and fit. I was absolutely ecstatic with the finally outcome, the bodyshop did a great job. Bumper needed minimal prep, silver was a good base coat for the grey and there were no issues with fitment. Recently took the car on a road trip to the Lake District... which was also a great experience. It handles really well on twisty roads and eats up miles with ease: Next up is to do something with the wheels... a refurb or a new set.
  4. You're right, a dealer just emailed me with a quote for the same amount. For my IS200 I was able to find nearly new DVD updates on eBay for a lot cheaper, however the dealer has advised that HDD nav updates have to be done by them. I know you rarely need to update the maps, but it still seems extortionate when compared to the price of smart phone apps or portable sat navs!
  5. That looks really amazing, I love the colour! i believe the facelift cars have a revised suspension set up, unfortunately my budget won't stretch to a new one :( That's really helpful, thanks for that. Does the nav take postcodes? Have you had to update the maps at all? I think they look great in white as well!
  6. Thank you all, I guess both 10 & 13 speaker versions will probably sound great. Interetsing point about the F-Sport suspension, I'll try and drive both versions to compare.
  7. Hi all. I've not posted on here in a while but considering changing my IS200 for CT in the near future. The difference in running costs makes the CT seem very attractive, I don't think my IS200 is particularly fast anyway. I know the specs vary on early cars and I've decided on the features that I definitely want in the car: Memory leather seats, power folding mirrors and reversing camera - this limits my choices to either a Premier or F-Sport. I would also like a decent sound system as the amplified 8 speaker set up in my IS200 sounded great. I love the look of the F-Sport's subtle body kit, but disappointed that it was never available with the Mark Levinson package. The only option is a 10 speaker system and these only came with the HDD navigation package. I'm sure the Mark Levinson package sounds great, can anybody confirm? Does anybody have any experience with the 10 speaker package, is it just as good? I was hoping to avoid having a built in sat nav with my next car, as I know the map updates are expensive and smart phone apps seem to work better. How is the HDD navigation system in the CT? The other option I have is an to find an F-Sport without Nav, then fit an aftermarket amplifier with upgraded speakers.
  8. Here you go mate: Fitted them in mine, wasn't hard at all.
  9. Hi mate, What if you quoted a reg number from a late IS300 on ebay or Autotrader, which has the dark Hid head lights, would they be able to order it for you then? ACLex is really helpful, maybe he can confirm the part number?
  10. Hi, I've recently fitted a set of 2004 dark satin headlights and would like to get the matching front fogs. As my car is a 2002 model, I know the connections will be different. Just wanted to ask if anyone has fitted the newer fogs to an older car, what will I need to do to make them work? Thanks.
  11. Nice one auzzam, looks really good mate. Did you get you camera fitted after? I still have an additional input on my Navtool so been meaning to connect the iphone. Did you use the apple AV cable? Also will TVap2 mirror everything on the iphone screen?
  12. Hi mate, sorry to hear about the damage. Is this the same colour as yours? Not sure if they will be able to send the bonnet out to you and they can get damaged during transit, but worth a try? The car also has a spoiler if you need one.
  13. Hi Jomo, it's a brodit cradle like this one: I have it connected to a Xcarlink which is similar to the Grom kit and works perfectly. It should work fine with the Grom too as it's just a pass through connector? I only chose the Xcarlink over the Grom as I found a used one on ebay, along with the Brodit cradle and Nokia CK7W.
  14. Hi, I have one fitted on my car. Here is my post: I used a navtool interface: It works really well so I'm pleased with it.