andy m w

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About andy m w

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  • First Name
    andy
  • Gender
    Male
  • Lexus Model
    IS 300 Sportcross
  • Year of Lexus
    2002
  • UK/Ireland Location
    Lancashire
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  1. damm near £38 just for the castrol oil , ,toyota filter £8/£10 & they are staring at their own arse ! ferkin stupid offer on all fronts
  2. andy m w

    Buying A Is300

    yep , ,another pointer for those looking for a good example , , not a creak,squeek,groan,rumble,electrical glitch or any remote feeling of slackness anywhere , my sportcross looked & felt showroom fresh, the lightness of the doors closing is something that surprised me after german motors , even the carpets & interior trim looked as new , , can,t praise the car enough & after 3 weeks with father in law he,s as happy as i was with it
  3. andy m w

    Buying A Is300

    agreed , ,mine was 10 years old & cost me £2700 , , the paintwork was better than some new cars , it had heated seats,xenon,s, folding mirrors & pop up satnav , , all extras that most new german motors still don,t offer as standard. wouldn,t hesitate to buy lexus again , , ,budget luxury that does not cost the earth to run , ,keep it a secret eh ?
  4. andy m w

    Buying A Is300

    you will wonder why you didn,t go 300 much sooner ,,,loved my sportcross to bits ,way better on fuel than internet reading suggests & so creamy,smooth & quiet , , mine was ,2002 / 54k now in the safe hands of my father in law , , , only problem i encountered was frozen/sticking front calipers , ,the low miles would suggest yours as stood a lot & therefore if they haven,t been changed just bear in mind , , not major money at £100 a corner but better to be ready enjoy the upgrade
  5. andy m w

    Is300 Slow?

    as far as i was aware the VVTi engines are designed for midrange performance & torque when given some pedal & low speed town economy ( eerrmmm 22/25mpg) ) & therefore quite sleepy unless revved over 3500 . never took mine to the max but it did feel like it would go right up the rev range ? great car & enjoyed the ownership experience , ,glad its still in the family , ,too good to let it go for nissan almera money
  6. andy m w

    Is300 Slow?

    in past 2 years have had 2 911,s(1 aircooled auto / 1 watercooled manual) , 1 520d(remapped) ,1 20v turbo passat (remapped) & currently the 645ci , ,the IS300 was family motor but in comparison with above performance isn,t one thing the car will be remembered for , , it was hardly raucous nor do i remember it ever pinning me to the seat when pulling away or feeling at 90mph with foot to floor that i was scared to see how far i could take it , , , to me the lexus 300 will always be a refined midrange cruiser with decent topspeed & civilised quiet character , , ,a racer it certainly wasn,t myabe yours has been modded ? with intercooler ?
  7. andy m w

    Is300 Slow?

    interesting post , , i spent the first 4 months with my is300 enjoying the gentle quality drive but last month discovered the ECT pwr button or the manual change on steering wheel gave the car a real edge , ,almost like a remap ? as for keeping up the germans ? there aint no comparison with my V8 6 series . . . . it would blow the lexus away with handbrake on , , 333bhp not really a fair fight is it ? enjoy the 300 mate , ,sold mine last week to father in law & seriously regret it , , ,£2500 !! should have kept it
  8. well the lexus family hack is heading to its new owner on friday , really enjoyed the car & the forum , father in law has finally sold his PT cruiser ( don,t laugh) & is taking the sportcross off me , , , leaves me with my transit van at a woeful 75psi & my motoring indulgence 645ci at a more capable 333bhp am sure i,l be around on his behalf & haven,t ruled out a lexy return in a GS ? 06/07,s seem to be dropping to tempting levels ? enjoy your car,s chap,s , ,its really opened my eyes after 18yrs germanic motoring , , , £ £ £ goes a long way in lexusland & i never thought for a minute that i was missing out on quality of fit or finish , ,
  9. these guys operate from the same place where i go for remaps, ,never used myself http://www.mdexhausts.co.uk/
  10. nor was i one of the 163 but welcome to the world of 300ness ,, 1st lexus & love it , ,bought as a fill-in but will be sadly missed when it goes to the father in law , any other questions fire away
  11. search the net & you will find it is a well known problem , , usually 02 plates but maybe yours was late 51 ? my 02 has same fault as does many in the states , , problem is the laser reading the disc . . either needs replacing or realigning or whole unit replacement , ,haven't bothered with mine as a 10yr old satnav is pretty dire anyway , , easier to get a widescreen slim nav that will attach to existing screen so will still fold away when need to , ,otherwise you will be spending major ££ that you won't see again
  12. for the doubters who need that extra little convincing
  13. as they were local i had them fitted in with the £120 , http://www.ebay.co.u...9#ht_500wt_1198, that was for the 4 BTW ! 5/6mm tread on all 4 & they have loads of choice & do courier them out , , ,audley tyres in blackburn lancs , , ,never seen as many tyres in one place , ,literally thousands of them ! if anyone wants the number PM me
  14. its a pain in the arse , , i know cause i lost my adapter last year , , ,there is a kit available that works with reverse thread , , so the more you untighten the more the thread grips onto the wheelnut (really needs airgun to work properly) , ,in the end though my mechanic used a cheap socket set , ,picked a socket slightly smaller than nut head , , then bludgeoned it on with lump hammer , , ,luckily this worked on 2 nuts & the front 2 wheels had no lockbolts hope this gives you alternative http://www.ebay.co.u...d#ht_1050wt_901
  15. when the 1st snow dropped before xmas our sportcross was hopeless which forced me to trying out winter tyres for the 1st time , had them on 6 weeks & they do grip well in the wet but today in 25mm snow/slush the lexus drove like it was 4x4 , , really impressed & would recommend to users who are considering them i picked up a set of 4 part worns as new for £120 fitted , ,money well spent http://www.gislaved-tires.com/generator/www/com/en/gislaved/automobile/themes/pc_tyres/winter/euro_frost_3/master_ef3_en.html