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    ISF & IS300 Sportcross
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  1. The one at Nippon auto breakers was the ex humberside police car so not sure any of the mechanical parts that might wear are what you want? 🤔. I'm local @NothernDan if you want me to see if they still have it.
  2. This has made me laugh again Dan and wonder how long have you been waiting for this to come round. An interesting insight into your mind maybe🤣
  3. I'm nearly there at 99300 on my 09 ISF so wont be long. Relatively low mileage and still going strong.
  4. Well he makes that look simple enough. Could be frustrating he sums up! You bet! Nice bit of fabrication though and clearly going to be an improvement on exhaust flow. Maybe not a job for this weekend
  5. Yep, I test drove this one 13 months ago and it had been with Arnold Clarke in Stoke for a good while then. The problem started when their buyer bought it in for far too much money and way above what its was worth with the paint needing so much attention. The previous owner got a right result. The money over its value from the start must be following it around in the trade and nobody wants to give up on their %. Is it that the dealers can get away with selling a tatty Audi or Ford but underestimate the niche an ISF sits in or how discerning buyers are? Are they that daft ? That said at what price does it become a good buy for someone because it does drive well and given Lexus told me they would offer a warranty I recon at £20k its a bargain. (which is about what I offered Arnold Clark last year and they were having none of it ).
  6. Yep, I popped by the dealer on Sunday as I live local (any excuse for a blast on a Sunday afternoon) and its still for sale. For some reason the sale to @ctrsam didn't go through. Not sure why? From what I can see the car looks honest enough and the sales man was honest with me. He rightly assumed I wasn't a buyer as he heard / saw me turn up in my ISF but took the time to show me the car so fair enough. So what's it like? Its had both the rear arches pained as I understand the rust was starting to show through on the inside welded edge and the bonnet front edge if not the whole bonnet painted as well due to stone chips / rusting. Not unsurprising or uncommon on a 2008 car maybe? The rest of the paint wasn't brilliant and for me would want some more work (chips on the leading edge of a couple of doors (mainly passenger ! Ahhh passengers !!) and others that might polish out but it would be OK for many Im sure. It started and sounded fine, has an aftermarket exhaust ( I couldn't see which make) with twin outlets that nearly poke into the exhaust tips. Interestingly I think my stock exhaust sounds better but that not very scientific is it. Interior looked good with just drivers seat wear is would be the case with apparently 64k miles. All told unless there are any hidden secrets it looks well priced for an ISF with a dealer. Oh, and it has a sunroof if that's your thing.
  7. I have updated my 2009 ISF with the latest disk but it only updates the maps and not the postcode search / operating functionality. Its the only thing that annoys me about all Lexus of a certain. Its the same in my IS300. Love both cars but just hate both crappy sat navs. I use google on the phone instead.
  8. Oh, and check your rear brake lines for corrosion just behind the flexi from the calliper. Somewhat of a saga to replace fully if it needs doing and its a pricey job.
  9. If I remember previous comments from others its OK. Although didn't @Big Rat have Lexus Cheltenham fit his ?
  10. I'm not sure there is much left of the written off car at Japanese Car Parts but the Borla exhaust, although crush damaged by the forklift it was moved around with was sold to a member on here some while ago. And I have both exhaust tips in case I ever need them as they are £418 each side from Lexus if I remember rightly. Worth contacting Wayne @northern isf if he's selling.
  11. Well I'm just up the road in Chellaston Samir. 2 ISF's within a couple of postcode areas, bet that's not common. How lucky the people of Derby are if they are F spotting. We shall have to meet up.
  12. Interesting point. My local Lexus dealer, who stamp my service book and do a very nice Latte with an L shaped logo of chocolate fairy dust, is a shared franchise with Toyota who occupy the same site........ and they share the same workshop and same mechanics! I'm aware the hourly rate is much less than some others quote for Lexus dealers so is this a good thing or a bad thing? I took the trouble to speak to the mechanic who did the last work I had done and he was thrilled to work on such a rare car and I warmed to the view that he was proud to do a fastidious job so is this better or worse than an independent ? Who knows ? Pays ya money takes ya choice.
  13. Without doubt a tasteful improvement the likes of which you might see on a car 2, 3 or 4 times the price so well done, an inspired improvement. So is it new leather inserted (now that must be expensive) or painted / dyed (very carefully). Looks great either way.
  14. Are you from Derby @ctrsam If so that makes 2 of us. Obviously a great choice of car. Might see you about.
  15. Similar with me. It it bolts together its within my skill range to un bolt it and sort it out and I enjoy doing it as well, or probably better, than anyone else can. I'm the sort of guy who cleans everything and paints nuts bolts and brackets before putting them back. When changing all my brake pads I spent hours cleaning the inside of wheel arches and everything within reach. Sad I know. As for FLSH and warranty then potentially it gets more important as a buyer and a seller the older the car gets. When buying my 9 year old ISF privately a FLSH was essential and the extended warranty was transferred to me. I have both a service plan and warranty paid monthly for less than good night out would cost. In a year or so it might get sold and will still have a FLSH and warranty to transfer and I expect the first serious buy to snap it up. Well that's the plan anyway.