mike m

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    Mike
  • Lexus Model
    Isf
  • Year of Lexus
    2013
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    Perthshire
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  1. Congrats on the civic. Ive always got a soft spot for them after owning an EP3 and an FN2 in that bronze colour that looked black most of the time. That FN2 of mine took some abuse lol and was an intense drive but really reliable. Needed a set of plugs about 20k earlier than Honda recommended but i heard that was normal. I love the shape of the new one and think its way more interesting than any Golf R or anything else VAG that this country seems to be in love with. Not sure about the ones still in primer though lol. I know how you feel about wanting to own other cars though and it was part of the reason for selling mine.
  2. @JonPwill that be a P38 model at that age? Going from people I know that's owned range rovers they seem to suffer more electrical glitches than anything else. One P38 owner from work had his fuse box go into meltdown leaving him stranded. Few weeks before that he closed the tailgate and the central locking somehow activated locking him out the car but his keys and wallet were inside lol. Think sometimes with land rovers its just your luck. I know a Freelander owner who's diff input bearing for the prop wasnt fitted correctly from the factory. Common issue with a batch of them apparently. I work with a discovery owner who said his disco 3 was terrible but his disco 4 has been totally reliable.
  3. I'd have a landcruiser over the strange rover. I'd imagine like a defender the range rover is a great car if you like working on them and have a lot of patience. The latest 200 series landcruisers are probably most in line with the rangey and will set you back over 30k for an 08 plate but older 100 series Amazon's are anything between a few grand to 20k but still bullet proof like their residuals.
  4. Yeah wife's Mesa red CT turns spangly pink in the sun too
  5. Price drop of 2k already lol.
  6. Yeah pics seem to have added to the link today.
  7. Nice ISF for sale in Dundee No pics yet though. https://www.arnoldclark.com/used-cars/lexus/is/5-0-v8-is-f-4dr-auto/2013/ref/cc_equ6utxb8dvwhjmz
  8. Nice that. Id seen some pics doing the rounds on facebook a couple of weeks back and thought it suited the car.
  9. Completely agree, ive seen 13 plate ISF s on autotrader for months and the prices drop every month trying to get shot of them off the forecourts. In my opinion the immaculate older models 2008 - 2010 seem to change hands quicker but again thats just from watching the market. The thought of selling mine private put me off almost instantly.
  10. Well thats the ISF away as of yesterday with a big empty space in the garage for me and the Yaris for now lol. Keep your eyes peeled for another blue one coming up for sale somewhere. It went to a Merc dealership in Dundee. I suspect it might have a silly price tag attached or they already have a buyer for it. I'm more than happy with the money I got back from the car after two years though. Anyways it's been good fun watching the Jap auctions the last few days and quite interesting comparing the prices to what some garages are asking for here. Particularly fj cruisers, I reckon one place is trying to make 10k on them and that's taking into account shipping, import duty , VAT , conversion and registration. Having owned Japanese imports before I just bought them on condition at the time but now I'm having my eyes opened. If anyone else is considering an import ask to see the auction sheet. It will show you condition, price, mileage which is the easy bit to understand but it also gives details on the spec , No of owners etc. If it doesnt have one then you can do your own background checks if you have a chassis number through JOC and they check the Japanese history. Theres actually a white 2016 GSF going through just now with 16000 km starting at 6780000 Yen or £45400 seems quite expensive.
  11. mike m

    F friends

    @Jgtcracer I tried webuyanycar just out of curiosity more than anything as I know they can be low. I guess Edinburgh didn't want the car on its own but I suspect if indeed trading it for another lexus from them it would have been better.
  12. mike m

    F friends

    They have an online calculator similar to webuyanycar that gives an instant quote then you choose a dealership to have the car inspected / value adjusted. I'm interested to see what it goes on the market for. When webuyanycar are offering 2.5k more than Lexus (Scottish Lexus Dealers- they are both owned by the same group) you start to get the feeling they are either not interested or just trying their luck. @ThebigC Might be worth trying a few different places other than Lexus for a valuation or buy your car scheme. Would be interesting to see how the figures stack up vs a trade in against a GSF through Lexus.
  13. mike m

    F friends

    @rayaans all depends on what value you feel is acceptable for caring for the car. Few hundred quid /1k? then yeah perhaps it should go to a specialist / main dealer. At over 5k difference though I'm afraid I know where mine is going.
  14. mike m

    F friends

    Apparently Arnold Clark give very reasonable money compared to Lexus dealers :-)
  15. It is a difficult decision but I think going down a completely different route is helping. This 4x4 is going to be an adventure as I need to source one, ship it, iva it then UK register it before flying down to Southampton to drive it home. This is without ever driving a 70 series because they are so rare lol. Then I can start with the ARB accessories , lift kits etc even fancying a roof tent for the odd couple of days camping here and there. So yeah the ISF is stunning to drive but I'm looking forward to getting my Tonka toy haha. If it were just to get another car I wouldn't even dream of selling the ISF.