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  1. Sorry didnt realise i had to be a licensed toyota/lexus tech to post a comment/advice . ive been at audi for 8yrs , porsche for 11yrs and now 2yrs spent mapping performance cars , does that count ? hope so
  2. Im a vehicle technician so will try to give you some advice . the codes found in ecu as already said could be from previous faults and not erased from memory . the way we test this is to clear all codes and get customer to drive for a few days to see if any re-appear . the random misfire code could also be a cause of headgasket failure due to coolant in bores and this could also be the cause of your starting issue . when it starts from cold is the engine smooth or seem a bit misfirey then clear after a few seconds ? I also looked at an is200 on a 51 plate when i was looking and this also had a new waterpump fitted and i could tell it had been previously overheated due to the crumbling plastic vvti cover on top of rockercover due to excessive heat ! It sounds like halfords have had a good look at car and given good advice and im suprised they even code read it but good on them at least they didnt fob you off . 700-800 sounds right if gasket gone as its labour/head skim and pressure test/gasket set/cambelt/oil and filter/headbolts etc etc . first thing i would do is get a headgasket test done first via a sniff test , this will let you know where to go from there . if it has gone then it could be a case of someone drove it with pump leaking and cooked engine , fitted new pump and sold it on . hopefully not but it does happen . i wouldnt really use k-seal as its not permanent and could end up blocking your rad or heater matrix . we only use it if people ask us to ie on a leaking rad or matrix . i would imagine they used ngk plugs but do check it should say on invoice , if so nothing wrong with ngk . let me know how you get on ! and yes they are very juicy on petrol !!
  3. Hi im after a different set of alloys for my 1s200 sport and wondered if you guys could post some pics up of what you have fitted on yours so i get get an idea etc ? cheers
  4. sorry cant post on for sale as im not a gold member , didnt realise ! if mods allow me i will update this later with contact number if interested but will wait for mods say so first , thanks
  5. As you know all is200s have the notchy/whiny gearbox so i decided to change my gear oil for motul racing 300v . no change over the standard oil really so i decided to use what the nissan skyline boys use as did i when i had mine , redline mt90 . Its taken a good 50-100 mile to bed in as i call it but it has made a massive improvement espec when warmed up a bit , no more notchy 2nd . the whine is still there in 1st and 2nd but seems to be getting quieter . from cold first thing its much better then it was , still slightly notchy but not at all clunky if you get me and once warmed up (couple of miles) the gear changes are smooth and much improved . i was gonna go for redline first time but the vw/audi boys get good results with the motul so i gave it a go but no different . Will keep you updated once ive done 500ish miles to see if its improved anymore and let you know but it feels like a different box has been fitted just from changing to the redline oil ! Also this is not a sales pitch but i got 4 bottles of it, each bottle is 950ml (american)and the lexus takes 2litres so you really need 3 bottles which is a pain as you will only use 100ml from the 3rd bottle and at just over 17pound a bottle works out expensive and a waste of the 3rd bottle! I took mine out for a good run to get the oil hot before i drained it and i drained around 1.8litres from it . i only needed 2bottles of the redline to refill which is 1.9litres , so there is either a bit more then the 950ml in each bottle or there is still some oil which is not fully drained from the box but i only needed to use 2 bottles . i am selling the other 2 seeled bottles in the for sale section on here and if no interest i will stick them on ebay . im asking only 30pound for both bottles inc delivery . if interested please see for sale section . thought id give you guys first dibs before ebay .
  6. blimey that is a dent ! i would agree that a punch mark like that in the piston will mean new piston . i would put money on that if you rebuilt it and started it up it wouldnt be long before fuel/spark/bang would put a hole straight through it ! if it were my car i would get a secondhand engine as i would not bother with replaceing just one piston doesnt seem viable , getting a full top end rebuild (valves/skim/pressure test and guides if needed) and to then just replace one piston ? i would source a good secondhand lump and keep the old piston as a trophy ! not sure if you can change piston by removing sump in situ but will try and find out .
  7. is there a hole in the piston or just a dent ? ive done hundreds of cars that have snapped belts and bent all 16 valves which have then all dented a nice valve edge mark in each piston but have never ever had to change a piston . its suprising how thick the piston material is . have you got a picture ?
  8. i will have it of you pending some pics first , i will pm you
  9. all the is200 model have the clunky gearbox from first to second and some also have a whine in 1st and 2nd too like mine :) . im a mechanic and drained my oil on a ramp . its a 24mm spanner you need and drain plug is at base of box and filler is on side of box drivers side . very tricky to refill box as very tight space , i used a pump we have in the workshop . i refilled mine with motul 300v and some slick 50 but only made a slight difference so have now got some redline mt90 on its way as thats what us skyline owners use and it does the job . im getting it monday and will do it after work so will repost and let you know as ive been told the redline in an is200 does the job .
  10. Yes i agree each to there own but when you see a blue car with gold wheels you always think = its not a subaru mate so stop trying to make it look like one just go and buy a real one . well thats what we say down here !! i think black or anthracate would defo suit the colour of the car better but thats my opinion again . i just hate seeing nice cars chaved up , saxos and fiestas suit the chav look but not an is200 .
  11. is fitting a panel filter to an is200 sport worth spending the 35quid on ? my standard element needs replacing and thought about getting a pipercross or k&n as an upgrade . any difference in throttle responce or pick up for the cost of 35notes ?
  12. Gold wheels on a lexus is a no no in my opinion . for subarus only
  13. you need to get it put on code reader to find any stored codes . get a cheap one from ebay . could be crankshaft sensor fault , fuel pump fault etc etc .
  14. Go for the sport rather then the se . I went for the sport in black and the tints are fine and suit the lexus imo . Ive always fancied an is200 and was told they are slow and juicy on fuel and was told right ! they are slow and very juicy for a 2.0l na . im a vehicle technician and owned type r civics , skylines , wrxs etc etc but now im getting older i needed a sensible car and so went for the is . i was going down the bmw 325/328 route but there very very common as already said and not many is200s about so went with it but tbh if i knew the lexus was gonna be this juicy for a slow car i would of gone the bmw route !! defo treat the car to a full geometry set up as it makes a big difference and will slow down on eating front tyre inner edges ! good luck and enjoy
  15. Just ordered a sports grill for my is from my local dealer , only 41+vat retail and i get 10 % off that price for being in the trade !
  16. Hi all , im a newbie and just got hold of a manual lexus is200 sport in black on a 52 plate . near mint and covered 81k . Ive been after one for a while now and eventually found this one which i brought . This is not normaly my cup of tea as im a mechanic and have owned skylines,imprezas,civic type r,evo etc etc . just sold my 51plate golf gti t which was remapped as i owned it for a year and fancied a change and i always liked the look of the is200 . Not fast by all means and the first one i drove i thought omg its gutless !! its just a good looking cruiser which comes fully loaded . just had a pair of new front tyres fitted as bald on inner edges and had a full geometery set up front and rear as was a fair bit out !! much better now though . the only thing getting on my nervs at the mo is what sounds like a rear wheel bearing noise but im sure its the budget rear tyres being noisey ! also im getting used to the clunky 1st to 2nd gear change as i had to with the civic type r too and the slightly whiney gearbox in 1st and 2nd which im hoping some new gearbox oil will sort out (redline or similar?) will be keeping an eye out on here for some bodystyling bits and maybe the aero 18s if there available !!! will post some pics soon .
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