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  1. It's my budget that's the problem, I've just taken vol redundancy and going contracting (IT), my budget is £4k as I need to pay off some plastic as well. Wish I didn't sell the IS200 in July 06 now!!!
  2. Less miles to the moon - lol - you certainly cheered me up! Trying to get the images up on here, think I'm gonna go to bed - stressed me out. Deal or No Deal?
  3. Yeah, worries me too. It's had 2 owners from new, I think if it had 367000 miles then that would be a record for an Alfa (would imagine a Lexus was capable of it though!) Cheers for replying.
  4. Hi Guys, Need your advise here, didn't know where else to go as the DVLA & all are shut. Basically, today I bought an Alfa 156 on an 02 plate, did some negotiations on the price and gave the owner £50 deposit. Did a HPI check and it's coming up saying there's a mileage discrepancy. Basically this is what I've seen:- Date Recorded - 9/3/7 - 367,000 miles (yes that is right). The car has 40,400 on the clock. It's 5 years old. The MOT form that I took a copy of has the mileage as 36,784 dates 6/9/6. Is it a coincidence or has something been typed in wrong? The MOT mileage figure almost matches the discrepancy but one zero less! All advise is appreciated, I haven't bought the car yet. It certainly doesn't look like it's done 367,000 miles anyway!
  5. I used to get about 450 - 500 miles to a tank on average, so 120 miles for £20 is a bit steep but nothing major. Try these to see if it improves:- 1) Change your air filter (unless it's already done). 2) Switch your aircon off for a trial period - say 1 or 2 tanks (don't really need it in the winter anyway). 3) Check your tyre pressure and make sure they're right- makes a big difference. 4) Reset your ECU and see if that helps. I can't believe people are getting 300 miles to a tank, I had my IS200 for 3 years and it never dropped under 400 miles even if I gave it some stick.
  6. I didn't bother when I had mine but 4 months after the warranty expired my water pump started leaking - I believe it's a common problem so worth checking before you decide. The other thing to bear in mind is the cost of the warranty - what miles have you done - if you need your timing belt changed soon that's another £400 to add to your running costs. And don't forget your stereo has 5 years warranty on it :winky:
  7. Kev, The only thing you really need to check is that the spark plugs were changed at 60k, the timing belt might have been done but it depends on the owner (some dealers say 100k but I changed mine at 60k when I had my IS200). Other than that the normal oil change & oil filters should have been done on every service. I think the air filter and aircon filter is usually done on every 20k. You can phone the dealer the car was serviced at (if you know it) and they will confirm the above as well.
  8. Jamboo - Feel for you fella, I don't believe your being petty by complaining about squeeks, rattles or fuel consumption. Let's take a reality check - you probably spent £25k ++ on your car, how long would it take to earn that money? I would be absolutely furious if it was me. A new car should be perfect, and you have grounds to complain under the warranty that came with the car. Have you tried complaining to trading standards or watchdog about your car? I bet it would make an interesting topic on tv. Have you tried a different dealer? I know when I had my IS my local dealer was pretty rubbish.
  9. I had the same problem when I had my IS, changed the pollen filter and tried the kettle fix but neither sorted the problem. I think it's down to a learning curve - always leave your aircon on !
  10. Chester are so overpriced - it was the closest to me before my IS went and I wouldn't recommend them to anyone sorry. The timing belt is optional at 60k, the original requirement is 100k. Make sure you get a price from Hanley they will beat any price that you've been quoted. I paid £350 for my 60k service at Hanley but provided my own spark plugs, you can also supply your own oil as well and that will knock £60 off the stealers (£30 at Hanley), and make sure you change the aircon filter yourself ( Don't let the robbing barstools rip you off!
  11. Cheers for the feedback guys. Gotta admit, never a lover of the Honda Accord in the past but this car is amazing! By the way the guy who bought my IS200 was a cash buyer and had ahem, circa £8k in his jeans when he met me..... Friday was a scary day when we went to the bank....but when he drove back some 300 miles, he sent me a bearing in mind the car is 4 years old, but was really still in fantastic condition, 83k on the clock, fsh His text read "Just got back, cars mint".....nuff said about the IS200 eh!
  12. Well I no longer own a Lexus IS200, after putting it on ebay I sold it to a cash buyer after 3 days. Which I think on the scheme of things I was really lucky. I enjoyed owning the IS200 and the trouble free 3 years I had with it. But I was never ever impressed with my local dealer, enough said. I now have a Honda Accord 2.2 cdti exec which to be honest IMHO is a brilliant car, granted it might not have the status of the Lexus but for the money there's a lot of car to be had. I would even go as far to say it is very similar in terms of the spec to the IS250 yet £6k cheaper (with the leather and satnav). What I will say is that LOC is a brilliant website for sharing info on the Lexus range much much better than any other marque forum I've seen, try and find a Honda Owners website - what a joke.
  13. Interested read fella - glad you got off with it. My past experience was being caught for doing 95 on the M5. The police pulled me over gave me a telling off and was given the option to take 3 points and £60 fine or go to court. They did say anything over 96 was mandatory court case, but I guess that changes within each county. What made me laugh was the police were more interested in the MPG on the A4 1.9TDI I had at the time ! HAHA!
  14. Hi Guys, Think I'm going to trade my is200 for a Rav4 at a local dealers. It's 2.0 petrol NRG with leather 104k on the clock in metallic blue. Anybody know what I should watch out for - the car seems very well looked after for the miles. I've tried to get onto TOC but i'm waiting for my username to be approved so if you read this and you can help it's appreciated!
  15. When my IS went in for a bumper repair in December I had a loan Skoda Fabia (haha better than nothing) for a week. Not entirel sure of your circumstances though.... have you fallen out with your dealer before the incident? They are usually pretty good about this sort of thing. Don't take it out on the car you'll be hard pushed to find anything else that has what the IS has to offer and has uniqueness on the road.
  16. I've phoned them and checked - Chester use Castrol fully synthetic, and the cost is right. I used Mobil S (semi synthetic) in the service this week only cost me £18 for 2 x 4 litres from Makro ;-) Anyway, my point here is - supply your own.
  17. Hi, MY IS went in for it's 80k service yesterday at Lexus Hanley service and I am writing to praise the level of professionalism I received. Basically, the service cost me £190 I supplied my own oil, changed aircon and airfilter myself. Car was cleaned inside and out and what a fantastic job they did. £280 normally all in, £380 for the same service in Chester btw. Asked about how much they would have charged for oil, I think it was about £30. In my last service at Chester I was charged £68 for the oil which I disputed but was told it was the market rate. Anyway, I'm going to now follow this up out of principle. Be warned and don't be a victim of daylight robbery. Anyway, job well done Hanley - I wish I'd brought my car to your more frequently in the past!
  18. I've had a response, mainly from drivers with the same colour as mine. Certainly not as much loyalty as the older cars e.g. beetles, I remember being in a mates beetle in 1987 and loads of other beetle drivers waved to us!
  19. Hi all, Does anybody have a spare drivers side mud flap for an IS200 lying around their garage by any chance? Or if you have a full set then I might take them depending on the price - please PM me if you can help. Tried posting in the buy section but couldn't do it sorry! Thanks all.
  20. Was at the dealers last week when it was really sunny and I must say the Messa Red looked absolutely mint in the sun. Sorry to steal your post mate! What are those seats like compared to the leather?
  21. I too bought my plugs off creativeperformance from ebay. They were delivered quick and I've have no problems with them, they're a damn site cheper than oem as well (well what the stealer quoted anyway).
  22. The only time I've felt my IS200 lose control is on a couple of occasions leaving roundabouts on a wet surface and that's in second gear and that will apply to any rear wheel driven car. Just imagine what an S2000 or 350z feels like!! I think it's fair to say provided you've got decent rubber then your going to be fine on the whole. My point here is people seem to be scare mongering the IS200! As soon as I appreciate what happens on roundabouts I just take it easy, other than that I've never felt out of control in my car in the 3 years I've owned it and I've done 75k in it. In this guys situation you really don't know the circumstances there could have been diesel or mud on the roads and then it's left to sheer luck or an understanding how to handle the car!
  23. This is defo a warranty job, I had a squeaky seat on my IS200 and they replaced the electrics for the up / down seat part under warranty - been fine ever since.
  24. Thanks guys - help much appreciated. To be honest I think I might keep it and give it to my mrs - there's nothing wrong with the car and it'll be a good second car ! I'm going for an IS300 by the way
  25. I'm going to sell my IS200 and am looking to buy another this month. How much do you reckon an IS200 SE 02 plate Strath Blue with 78k on the clock, FLSH, 11 months MOT, 6 months tax, reversing sensors, auto closing mirrors off remote is worth? The bodywork is pretty good except a small crack in the rear bumper and 1 small dint in a door. The bonnet is pretty good considering the miles. No scuffs on the alloys and the stereo has just been replaced under warranty last week (and still has 1 year left on it). Do you think selling my pda with tomtom will add anything (or just add more interest)? It's hardwired behind the dash and the cradle is mounted on the central airvents, I can remove it but will probably leave it if I can sustain a good price. Will probably be looking at ebay and autotrader. Hope this in the right forum, I didn't put it in the For Sale as I need a guideline on price first. I have an idea but just wanted to share a response! Any ideas what's it's worth private sale guys?
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