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  1. 7 months ago I bought a high mileage 2006 IS 220D at 183,000 miles for under £1500 on Ebay. It has 2 previous owners with first 4 years with Lexus history then 2nd owner for 8 years and serviced it at one garage who I spoke to and had no issues. Clutch still the original! So far nothing has gone wrong. The AC didn't work but I installed a new AC condenser once I had a diagnostic done for £30. It's been totally fault free. I use it as my posh car and still looks good in burgundy red. No leather or satnav, just the basic model. I have put on 5,000 miles as my second car. My work car is a 1996 Volvo 940 LPT petrol auto estate on 197,000 miles. I always take the Lexus on a good blast on the A38 weekly from near Burton To Brum The Lexus is quiet and standard radio good. The best thing is it's safe (5 star euro NCAP) in it's day with 8-10 airbags. Traction control and I believe also has electronic stability control. Cruise control is nice too. My next Lexus would probably be an IS 300H. All in all if it lasts me a few years I'll be happy. If it dies I'd part it out or sell for spares/repairs. Good luck with your car search. James.
  2. My GLT is the same. I was doing 60 miles a day commute to work for 6 weeks and by Wednesday evening needed more fuel! I don't drive it much now as used as a storage shed and drive round the area to keep tyres ok and engine fully warm. Mine needed refuelling around 240 miles. Used to like to use the kick down on the auto! I may end up selling it even though I have had 10 years of reliable and fantastic service. Paid £350 for it then, so owes me nothing! Use the money and rent a storage unit for £5-10 a week. My 740 GLE estate was better but less than 17mpg when pulling a caravan to France. Then like the 240 found it hard to pass a petrol station! I never worried about the MPG as the vehicle was easy to self service and reliable and apart from age items it was mostly service items. The reliability and small bills and no monthly HP easily made up for the not great economy. You should get cheaper road tax on cars older than 10 years as better to keep an older one on the road rather than cause pollution making a new car. My Lexus handbrake, is it meant to be different on a 2006 model? My favourite older lexus is the LS430 460. Love all the toys. Quite fancy a GS450 Hybrid or IS 300h but hold their value. James
  3. The rwd Volvos are last of the true Volvos in my opinion. The new look like any other brand. My Volvo specialist said avoid any Volvo after 2004. Too complex electronics. I used my 1989 240 GLT auto as my daily for 8 years and it is less fuel efficient as the 940. It still drives well but needs a bit of welding. The 940 has needed none and is solid. Are you sure your GLT wasn't a 2.3? Mine a B230E with K jet mechanical Bosch fuel injection. 1998 being the last 940. CD trim spec is top spec. James
  4. My IS 220d is on 177,000. Drives very well and my newest car. Daily a Volvo 940 2.3 LPT auto petrol on 196,000 and a 240GLT auto on 234,000. All run well. James.
  5. JamesIS220

    New to me, 2007 IS220d

    Hi John, Hope you get well soon and the Lexus does you proud. I bought a 2006 IS 220d too. off ebay for £1,475 and over 4 months and 2,400 miles no issues. Mine has now done 177,000 miles but 4 year Lexus and rest independent history. Last Tuesday went straight through MOT and no advisories. Emissions 0.17 allowed 1.5. Installed a new Nissens AC condenser and now have working AC. Mine is the basic model. Performed fantastic on my weeks holiday of 762 miles in 28+ degree heat on the Isle Of Wight. The more you drive it you soon get used to the gearing. Main thing give it a good run and avoid short journeys and 6th gear. James
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    Various people invented the various stages and chemistry and science behind developing AC from 1823. Used for the first time in cars properly in the 1940's Home AC first used in a home in1902 America and from the 20's. An interesting read. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air_conditioning James.
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    Indeed, only had one car with AC in my 18 years of driving a 2007 Toyota corolla we bought new in 2007. Sold it in late 2009 and not had manual AC until 2 summers ago in my 1996 Volvo 940. Last Tuesday fitted a new AC condenser to my 2006 Lexus IS 220d and it's fabulous to have 2 cars with fully working AC. The Lexus I set it to 17 degrees and press auto and it's ice cold. Once I got it working in the Volvo last summer, wanted it in the Lexus! James
  8. I can't take the credit. The second owner owned it for 8 years and serviced it every year with all receipts for work. Thank you both. It baffled me as it is a manual 6 speed! I have sometimes pressed the clutch down but not fully as hit the foot rest. Tried several times and didn't feel I had not fully depressed the clutch as tried 5 times. A turn off sorted it, strange! The clutch feels good and no issues in over 2,000 miles in my ownership. Apparently when I phoned the garage who serviced it for years it's never had a clutch fitted in the 8 years he owned it or any real issues. Service items are, waterpump, EGR clean, new battery. Tyres, brake disks and pads. Certainly love the CC in this weather. Nice to have my second car with working Aircon. James
  9. Yesterday took my 2006 IS 220d for it's first MOT with me and glad to say it passed with no issues! Always an apprehensive wait while watching him go over the vehicle! The tester was very impressed with the condition considering its 177,000 miles and said there was no play in the front wheels and it's like it came out of the factory. No oil/ gearbox leaks and he could tell it's been looked after. Monday evening I spent 2 hours fitting my new air con condenser and was hoping the same Garage I got the MOT done at could re-gas my AC, but unfortunately man away who uses machine. Went to Kwick Fit and got it done for £59 and took an hour. Works great now! Yesterday was a great day and really pleased it all went well. On Monday when I got the car cleaned I pulled into the car wash bay and unfortunately this one was closed and went to reverse out and no reverse! Wouldn't go into any gear! Turned the engine off and restarted and gearbox back to fully working instantly! First time it's happened in my ownership and I have covered 2,300 miles. Any idea what it could be? James
  10. Most likely the same design of pipework as my IS 220D. Looks the same but different pipe layout. You need to undo the bolt and gently pull off the pipe(s) into the AC condenser without damaging pipe to reveal the O ring. My one pipe at bottom was very tight. I need to change my condenser on my is 220d and wanted replacement O rings. I went to Lexus Birmingham and was staggered to find the O rings are not available on their own and you had to buy the pipework they were attached to! I'm going to remove the O rings and see if I have any suitable size in my box of 400 as suggested. Volvo I could buy them separately and told them! The nice bloke said " Yes, more money" Liked the IS300H in the showroom but pricey! Need a lottery win. Anyone know the O ring size on an 2006 IS 220d? I would much rather order the proper size to save the hour disassembly! James
  11. I have a 2006 Lexus IS 220d and had spent £45 on a re-gas with another company who had said leak free. The AC worked lovely for 7 weeks then went warm. The passenger vents cooler than the drivers side vents. Apparently common as AC is set up for LHD car market. Had cool car in and put a bit of gas in and used his sniffing probe on all components and the tool alarm went mental when testing the condenser. Charge for coming out was £30. I had ordered a new condenser but damaged the stubs while fitting so ordered a new condenser so hopefully fitting it next Wednesday. The IS 220d condenser is £156 and is Nissens. IS 250 aftermarket around £70.00 https://www.adrad.co.uk/car-air-conditioning/condensers/catalogue.php?manu=LEXUS&model=IS James
  12. JamesIS220

    Replacement key

    Phone and email locksmiths, much cheaper than a dealer. I lost the main key for my 1996 Volvo 940. Luckily had a spare to copy, but locksmiths can cut new key from scratch. Volvo no longer do them and other problem is key has an immobiliser chip programmed to the car. Phoned round key cutting places and found a local firm in Birmingham CT locksmiths who programmed a new chip and ordered a blank key and cut it all in the space of 5 hours for £40. I was well happy. I presume being a 2003 your car has an engine immobiliser chip in the key too? If new cut key doesn't work, tape the top part of your old key with chip to the new key or get the old chip fitted into the new key. The engine immobiliser chip came out in 1995 according to the locksmith, so my car an early user! James
  13. I passed my test in 1999 at age 21. My first vehicle I bought was a 1995 Daihatsu hi-jet 1litre van. (N87 ENX) Cost me £2,500 of my hard earned savings and £1,100 in insurance. Using it for business as just passed my City and guilds NVQ level 1,2 & 3 in Plumbing and Gas. I hated the way it was blown around in the wind and brakes not great as drum all round. It was 4 years old and only had 28,000 miles on the clock. It failed it's mot as OSR strut leaking and all one assembly. Cost £283.40 inc MOT fee. It was reliable. Sold straight after as insurance gone up 20% even though claim free and sold the van for £1,750. I was glad to see it go! Drove my Nans 1985 Volvo 340GL 1.4 (C159BTA) as a named driver with direct line. Bought for £1100 in Porthleven in Cornwall when lived there for 11 months and sold for £50 as clutch going and getting rusty. Owned 340 for 5-6 years Moving to Normandy France in 2002 to renovate my grandparents holiday home and bought my first car, a 1986 Volvo 740 GLE estate. (D795RJW) Cost me £425 and I really liked it. After 5 years having it cutting out and stalling and garages at a loss. As we had made a profit on buying and renovating a property used the profit to buy a new 2007 Toyota corolla linea techno 1.4 D4D hatchback for 21,500 euros. My grandfather insisted on new. I advised 6-12 months old but wanted new. While waiting 4 weeks for the new car my 740 worked perfect but we had a 2,500 euro trade in which was good. It was French registered, but only worth peanuts in the UK. Liked the abs and aircon and the 50mpg but found it uncomfortable on 2 hour plus journeys and found if window slightly open in rain water dripped onto window switches and seats. We fitted seat covers from day one. No reliability issues. After over 7 years in France 2.5 years with the Corolla we sold the house and car and moved to County Kerry Ireland. Only got 8,000 euros for the LHD corolla at the supplying dealer and it was immaculate and only done 45,000kms. We were looking for a cheap car in the UK and my Sister found a 1989 240 GLT (F912 YOA) automatic for £350 with 8 months mot and done 159,410 miles owned by a disabled couple and partner died who drove. Got on the plane from Dinard to Birmingham, viewed the car and started it up and bought it for the full asking price in late 2009. Have it to this day and for 8 years my only car and daily workhorse. Fantastically reliable but a bit rusty round arches and had welded twice for 50-150. 18 months ago bought a 1996 Volvo 940 SE LPT estate auto which is great and very reliable. P483UWV. Cost £250 but spent 1k on AC and maintenance items. Bought at 184,000 Recently bought a 2006 Lexus IS 220d and so far no issues even though now done 177,000 . Cost £1,475 so my most expensive used car. Completed a 762 mile weeks holiday with no issues last week to the Isle Of Wight. Mot on it on Tuesday. Another AC condenser on order as Condenser leaks. Didn't mean to write an essay but travelled around a bit and as you can see no real bad cars. If I had to choose best for price it would be Volvo 240 and 940. Lexus I use for best as it looks nice. James.
  14. Very low mileage for the year. Should do another 200k easily especially if a D5. Mine on 195k James
  15. What I like about estates is if you need extra room just fold down the back seats. Mine also split 70/30. I also like the fact I can then get 4 adults in when visiting family and not have more than one vehicle. My tools stay hidden in the boot by a load cover. Saying that I have 3 cars! I like the landcruiser Colorado from the late 90's but looking at them not any more room than a 940 and unless you go for amazon spec not as much kit as my 940. I'm not keen on the poor visibility and unless pretty new well used and knackered. My estate cost £250 and spent another 1k in 18 months on service items, aircon, and general age related items. What estate have you got? James