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    IS200 Sport
  1. Is200 V Is300

    Is nobody taking into account the difference between the driving experience of an automatic when compared to a manual? The IS was designed to be a car for the driving enthusiast. If you have an automatic IS you're only doing half the job. It's like having an automatic Ferrari. What's the point? Yes the IS300 is quite a bit faster than the 200, but if you can only get an auto version then I'd say you have to think of what you're sacrificing. If speed is all you crave then you're a speed freak, not a driving enthusiast.
  2. Stereo Manufacturer

    LOL, never thought of looking there. Thanks Stevie. Weird though, Fujitsu is a big computer manufacturer but never seen a car audio unit made by them.
  3. OK, maybe someone can clear this up for me. My friend, who used to work in the Toyota/Lexus parts warehouse told me that he had been told that the stereo unit in the IS200 was made by Nakamichi, yet I have also heard that it is actually a Pioneer unit. Does anyone know for sure?
  4. Lexus Map Updates

    Just been on that site, and saw this: "Updates start from £109 plus Delivery ". Don't know how you got yours so cheap?
  5. Led's For Dash

    You guys don't like orange?? I think the standard dash looks pretty cool.
  6. Number Plate Size

    Stevie, what size rear plate did you have? I've been on to the Demon Plates site, and you can get a standard large rear plate, which seems a little too big for the IS200, or the custom plates listed, which are nearly as wide as the standard plates.
  7. Number Plate Size

    Is there any particular size of number plate that fits an IS200?
  8. Cream Interior

    I think 400 quid is way over what I'm willing to pay. Don't interiors come with the roof lining?
  9. Cream Interior

    I'm only after a half leather black interior. Where do you suggest I look, because I've had no luck so far. Is there any instructions as to how to replace an interior? I wouldn't really consider reupholstering because it still leaves you with cream plastic, leather etc.
  10. Cream Interior

    OK, there's gotta be other peeps out there who are struggling with a cream interior. I'm sure it looked lovely when the car was new, but after a couple of owners, one of whom smoked, mine looks like crap. I would have liked a black interior, to match the outside of my car, but trying to locate one from either a breakers yard or ebay is a painful process, and fitting it is probably even more painful. Which leaves me with only one option. To make the cream look as good as I can get it. I've tried car upholstery cleaners with zero effect - since it's really the upholstery, ecsaine, which lets everything else down badly. Has anyone had any experience getting stains out of this material?
  11. Key Programming

    Many thanks Stevie. I used the first part of the first set of instructions to program the new key to lock and unlock the doors, and the the set you supplied to program it to start the engine. It works!!!
  12. Key Programming

    That doesn't sound right though, unless you have to remove and re-insert the key. The immobiliser should be disabled (i.e. the Security light goes off) when a correctly-programmed key is inserted. Yeah, that's how I know the programming hasn't worked. It goes off when the master is inserted, but even though the spare can lock and unlock the doors I know it is not correctly programmed because the security light still flashes when it is inserted. I aasume the last bit of the programming instructions is related to actually being able to start the car (the previous part concentrating on locking/unlocking the switch on the drivers door) and it is this last part that is not working for me. It says hold the lock and unlock buttons on the key down simultaneously for either 1.5 or 2 seconds (depending on which instructions you have) then, within 3 seconds, hold any key down for a minimum of 1 second. I have done this numerous times and it just won't allow the key to start the engine.
  13. Key Programming

    AFAIK you should still be able to reprogram your new key, even if the maximum keys have been programmed, and one of the older keys would be overwritten in the cars memory thats all, just hope ur current master key isn't the one thats overwritten, is your new key a 3-button? I have used the key programming method and it worked 100% Yes my new key is a three button one. It was the only used key being sold on ebay. I have yet to see a stub key for sale on there. The car locks and unlocks itself after the first part of the procedure (flicking on and off on the door switch) which is what it's supposed to do, it just seems to be the last bit with the holding the lock and unlock buttons on the key itself - I've seen intructions that say hold them down for a maximum of 1.5 seconds, and some that say two seconds. Anyway, it's this bit that just doesn't seem to work. I assume the immobiliser is still operational as a security measure. The security light on the instrument panel keeps flashing when the key is in, even after the programming procedure has completed.
  14. Key Programming

    Has anyone tried programming an IS200 key using the instructions posted elsewhere on the forum? My car was only supplied with one key, luckily the master, and so I got hold of a blank key and a used key from ebay, put the inside of the used key into the blank key, got it cut and tried programming it to my car. I can get it to lock and unlock the doors but not to actually start the engine - it just turns over but doesn't catch. The bit that doesn't seem to work is the last bit where you hold the lock on unlock buttons down on the key and then hold another key down for a minimum of a second. My mate suggested that the car might actually have the maximum number of keys already programmed to it, which I find worrying that there might be three other keys out there which will open my car, and suggested that I use the proceedure to reset all existing codes, then reprogram the master key, followed by the spare. However if it resets all the codes and then fails to reprogram the master successfully then I can't drive the car and will face a hefty bill from Lexus! Any thoughts?
  15. Juddering At High Speeds

    Many thanks guys. Will take it in to get the wheels balanced and see if it solves the problem.