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  1. Hi all, new to this forum. Just wondering if anyone has any advice. I have an old is300 estate, 2002. There are some rust bubbles on the bonnet, and I haven't got a clue how to tackle this - how would you go about it !? new (aftermarket) bonnet / scrap yard / bodyshop...
  2. Nick Robertson

    Suspension upgrade IS300 sportcross

    Hi all. New to this forum...apologies if this post is in the wrong bit... just trying to find some advice from people who might already know this - I have an IS300, from 2002. It seems to ride a bit high, especially at the back. Do you know how to go about lowering it slightly? Not sure of the best way to go about this (1" at front, 2" at rear maybe...). Hope you can help...
  3. Hi all, just picked up a standard is300 sportcross, 2002 how did miss these cars for so many years?? What a fun car with all the mod cons too. It's going for a new MOT this week, I know I have to get some disks and pads(already got front yellow stuff pads dam cheap off splock!!) However I ave found its always worth asking those with experience what to get and where etc.. Any advice on best place to buy drilled disks?? Or good quality ones.. on a budget tho, so for a good price!!! Also anyone got any parts left in their shed etc.. let me know.. lowering Springs or kits and exhausts parts and air intake etc. For an old 2002 is300sportcross!! Look forward to sharing the Lexus fun with u all. Luke
  4. After nearly 5 years and 90,000 miles, time for me to move on from my beloved IS300. In summary, 2001 IS300 in Scarlatti Red, 185,000 miles, MoT until middle of May. I’m the third owner (me since 2013) after Lexus in Aberdeen and the second owner in Chesterfield. It’s my daily driver, running pretty much every day for about 19,000 miles a year with servicing by me and my trusted independent mechanic. I won’t list the features and specs, I’ll assume you either know already or know where to find them! You don’t need me to tell you that to the trade at this age and mileage it is practically worthless. I’m listing here to in the hope of selling to an enthusiast, even if it is to just for someone to strip for parts. But I honestly think that would be a waste as someone with some time, plus some spanner knowledge, basic eBay skills and a modest bit of cash could restore her to a tidy motor for themselves or a family member. May be even to sell it on, who knows. Here we go then, in more detail, warts and all: Good bits: Replacement lower front wishbones, May 2014. Replacement OEM radiator fitted 2015 (by Lexus Hedge End). Replacement cambelt and auxiliary belt 2015 (by Lexus Hedge End). Replacement front brake callipers and carriers, February 2016. Both sills were welded around the infamous rot point just ahead of the rear wheels, May 2017. Replacement coil springs to front nearside and offside at last MoT, May 2017. Replacement offside front wheel bearing, September 2017. Replacement OEM discs and pads on the front, September 2017. These were also skimmed on the car January 2018 (more about that later on), Replacement Toyota battery, December 2017. Following a pothole induced puncture January 2018, there are two new Avon ZV7s on the front and it had four-wheel laser tracking at the same time. Two ATF changes in my ownership, plus one differential oil change. Driven exclusively on 97RON petrol (V-Power or equivalent) since January 2017. Over my ownership, I have had an average of 30.2mpg; V-Power doesn’t affect mileage in my experience, but it does make the engine quieter and supposedly it keeps the fuel injection system clean. Low oil consumption, about 1 litre every 3000 miles (5/30 fully synthetic) and that has been consistent over the course of my ownership. I tend to top-up with 500ml every month or so to maintain level. Negligible coolant consumption. I have a folder full of receipts and a saddo’s complete fuel, oil and tyre log. More subjectively, it drives beautifully. The gearbox and engine are both peaches, they pull lustily and change smoothly. I never have any doubts about doing 500 miles a day for work or for leisure and still get out fresh as a daisy. Everything works except the CD player (what a surprise) and the heated mirrors (I believe both glasses have the wrong connectors) and the interior is squeak and rattle free (except when it’s below zero outside). I’ve always driven with mechanical sympathy, never been anywhere near the rev-limiter, always allowed it to warm-up properly, never done burnouts and always tried to avoid battering over potholes or rough surfaces (except for last month’s incident courtesy of HCC). Not so good bits: The cambelt and tensioner will be due a change by 207k. The red paint comes up lovely when cleaned and polished, but there are bits of lacquer peel in a few places on the front bumper. Annoyingly, last autumn I picked my first door dink (on the waistline on the front passenger door) and a kindly soul at Tesco put the slightest bump on top of rear bumper, but you must look quite hard to spot them. The wheels were refurbished a few years ago but have suffered some cosmetic scuffing since then. However, there is no rampant corrosion, witnessed by the tyres holding pressure well. Incidentally, the spare is a virtually untouched 17” alloy. A persistent P430 error causes the EML light to come on, as it has for the last two years. Easy enough to clear (I can show you this) but returns within a hundred miles. A replaced oxygen sensor did not cure it but as it has always passed its emissions test come MoT time, and mpg hasn’t dropped it’s always been further down on the list of things to sort. The exhaust had a catastrophic split last summer and while my mechanic did a very good job of welding it, it will need to be replaced in due course. At the time, my mechanic was unable to source (in reasonable time) any cheapo mild steel versions, hence the repair. Since then, I have investigated a custom stainless-steel system and got quotes of about £600; I imagine Lexus OEM parts are more expensive. When I had the front discs on-car skimmed last month it turned-out that the pulsing through the pedal was not a disc or hub wobble, instead they reckoned it is an ABS fault. There are no stored codes and no lights to give a clue what is at fault, so the garage suspects it is a mechanical fault. Possibly a sensor is not reporting properly, possibly an ABS reluctor ring has lost some teeth, maybe it is the ABS pump/control module. Of course, this is only speculation at thisstage. My spanner days are over, so I’d have to leave it with my mechanic for a week to eliminate the system bit-by-bit, not something I’m able or indeed keen to do. But someone who is doing it themselves and can live with it off the road could certainly do it much cheaper; the bits are on eBay at reasonable prices. I should emphasise braking performance is unaffected. Summary: I hope you can see by what I’ve listed above, this is a going concern, not some basket case. It’s used daily so mileage will increase. I’ll be sad to see it go and I’ve dithered for ages between moving it on or spending the cash to keep it. It’s been a fine car and I wonder if I will regret the decision to sell in a few months’ time? I have no unreasonable expectations and I’m not after fleecing someone with a silly valuation. Before disposing by some other method, I wanted to first offer this to an enthusiast here who will get the benefit of securing an IS with a known history. I have no doubt with a bit of effort now, another 185k is entirely possible… I’m pitching it at £500 o.n.o. PM me for any other details and/or photos you want and the registration, so you can MoT history check. Car is based in Hampshire, but I’m willing to travel if not unreasonable distance and you are serious! By the way, the picture was taken on a North Wales road trip in August 2017.
  5. Before I start I have spent quite a few hours looking and reading posts, but most are old and photos no longer available and also many post were pre having 3rd party harnesses available, I’d prefer to avoid cutting and splicing ive removed the 6cd changer, got the new fascia, got a stereo, got everything I thought I needed and built and framed it etc, went to plug it in and no go. the plugs that are quoted and in the set I bought have 2 separate connections but only 1 come out of the back of the CD player and are all different shapes. I have read I may need to access the amp wiring but it’s pretty tight around the amp so will wait before having to remove if required photos, CD player back, cable plugs into right side socket then I assume through the dash behind the glove box to the amp, and other photo is the adapter kit I got which is the same as Halfords etc for a Lexus/Toyota loom does anyone have any guidance please?
  6. Hello, So I recently got into a little accident with my is200 manual and now need a new rear hub, and maybe other parts although unsure what yet. Question is will parts from a is200 auto suffice. So I wanted this post to outline the differences. I know the differential is different with a higher ratio i believe, and obviously the tranny. But is there anything else? I have a guy ready to sell me a bunch of parts from an auto is200, but I'm sceptical with mine being a manual thanks
  7. Had to get a replacement battery in a hurry today for my 2003 IS 300 Sportcross, so went on-line. Eurocarparts website was easy to use and had a tasty discount offer. They had a choice of 2 so I selected the more expensive one with 70Ah, CCA 540A, rating and ordered it 'click and collect'. £67.40 inc vat and 3 year g'tee which I didn't think was bad. Now I've got it home I can see it doesn't fit the battery tray properly. The base area is too big to fit deep in the tray so it sits quite high. Also, the new battery is 10mm taller than my knackered battery. As a result, the standard battery clamp won't fit (the rods aren't long enough) and the terminals are worryingly close to the closed bonnet. Is this a common issue? Is there a work around or will I have to return it to eurocarparts? Is there a generally recommended/ easily available battery that fits? Thanks in advance for your replies!
  8. Hi I've read through a post on this site from years ago and didn't get the information i was looking for. I have a 2016 Lexus IS300H Executive edition with satnav. I am trying to get mirror link to work, i have a comparable samsung model. Ive plugged the phone in and my phone screen says connected to mirror link device. The screen in the car does not have the option highlighted to start mirror link. Is it possible to resolve this somehow? or why its not working? Thanks this is my first post!
  9. Just replaced 2 tyres with Dunlop Sport Maxx (following favourable comment on the forum). Other 2 are OEM Yokohama Blu Earth and I have now noticed that the Yokos have a sort of overhang near the rim, to protect the wheels I guess, but the Dunlops do not. Have to be more careful now not to scrape the alloys.!
  10. I need the advice of experts and enthusiasts, in doing something which seems to swim against the tide. I have a 2002 IS300 Sportcross. It comes with 17" wheels as standard, with fairly low-profile tyres: 215/45 R17 on the front, 225/45 R17 on the rear. The alloy wheels are scabby and corroded, and the current Michelin Premacy tyres are due for replacement. So now is the moment! Most people who change wheels and tyres seem to want bigger wheels and even lower profile tyres. Fair enough - for appearance and perhaps hard cornering. I want to go the other way. I want to fit 16" wheels (I have a set) and deeper profile tyres. The reason is mainly to improve the ride and reduce vulnerability to bad road surfaces, potholes, and the thumping of cats-eyes..... So this is where it gets complicated. What tyres do I fit? I want to change the rolling-radius as little as possible in order not to affect the speedo and odometer. I also want decent quality tyres that aren't noisy, wear reasonably well and are good in the wet (I have Falkens on my 4WD and they are horrible when it's slippery). I plan to put the same size tyres on all four wheels (I don't carry heavy loads in the Sportcross so can't see the justification for slightly wider wheels on the back). The brilliant guidance on the website includes a calculator for tyre-size options. That appears to suggest that I could fit either 50-profile tyres: 215/50 R16 or 225/50 R16, or if I wanted taller 55-profile ones, 205/55 R16 or 215/55 R16. So.... first question - what size/profile should I go for? My instinct was to choose 215/55 R16 all round, but that's a really rare size (I can only find Kumho KH31 in that size). The manufacturer alternative spec (and standard on the IS200 Sportcross) seems to be 205/55 R16. What do others think? Second question..... what brand? My shortlist is Goodyear Efficient Grip Performance, Dunlop Sport Blu Response, or maybe Hankook or Kumho. I think Michelins are too costly (I'm not a high mileage driver), and Yokohamas and Bridgestones too soft and wear out quickly. I have no knowledge of Uniroyal and little experience of Contis (except on an older Merc where they were OEM). Any thoughts and advice would be appreciated, especially from those in the trade!
  11. J Henderson

    Lexus Bits For Sale

    Having a much-needed clearout. Collection from EH51, or can arrange postage at buyer's expense. IS200 "Sport" Chrome Tailpipe Hard to find genuine item in very good condition. The underside a little pitted but not visible once fitted. Adds a touch of class to any IS200/300 with a stock exhaust system. £20 IS200 Drive Belts Full set of Gates drive belts for 1G-FE engine cars - Power-steering, Air-con & Alternator. Brand New, never fitted. £20 HB4/9600 OSRAM Fog Breaker Bulbs Colour temperature approx 2600K (Yellow). Brand-new & sealed. Will fit front fogs on '99-'03 1st Gen IS or '05-10 2nd-Gen IS (and possibly others..). £20
  12. Having just touched the low front skirt on my IS300 on a motorway services kerb (again!) I wondered if anyone knows if there is a Lexus solution to the problem or has any protection suggestion. It is the (hidden) underside which gets damaged. Really needs some sort of audible warning ! Thanks.
  13. When replacing the a/c condenser recently (and that's a whole separate story....) on my 2002 IS300 Sportcross auto, I noticed what looked like a slight weeping leak from the radiator. It's not impossible that the tubes/fins might have been damaged in the process of removing the old a/c condenser, as it's a tight squeeze. So I have been looking into getting a replacement radiator, and I'm getting a bit confused by the astonishing range of specifications, brands, and prices. Leaving aside the custom-welded high performance aftermarket rads (which aren't cheap), it seems there are various differences in what is available. 1) auto v manual. Radiators for auto transmission vehicles have to have a transmission oil cooler - which means a small separate cooler along the bottom of the rad, with two "extra" hose connections for the oil lines. Rads for manuals don't have this. But... it seems that manual vehicles can use the rad for auto vehicles, and just leave the oil cooler unconnected. Obviously it's not possible to do it the other way round (you can't put a rad for manual-only into an auto vehicle). Problem is, a lot of aftermarket suppliers don't make clear whether their product has the oil-cooler or not... 2) tube size. The Lexus OEM radiators apparently have 25 mm diameter cooling tubes, whereas almost all aftermarket ones have only 16 mm. Some say that in most conditions this doesn't make much difference to cooling-performance. Anyone care to comment? The difference is that 25mm rads are only available as Lexus OEM and twice the cost of aftermarket alternatives, which are mostly 16mm or don't specify. 3) IS300 vs IS200? An older thread here asked the question whether their radiators were the same. The answers were not clear: one said the "fan cowling" was different (but this isn't part of the radiator....!). Another said the Lexus parts list had the same number for both. For the IS300 I have found 16400-46560 and 16400-46561, and also 16400-46720 and 46721. Can anyone confirm definitely whether an IS300-auto radiator and an IS200-auto radiator are in fact the same? This matters because there are lots of listings on eBay and from parts-suppliers for IS200 rads (a much bigger market) and few of them indicate whether the item will fit an IS300 (which are much scarcer...). If they are the same, I can browse for an IS200 one, as there are many more to choose from! 4) Alternative suppliers and part nos. The range of brands and prices is huge. Does anyone have a reliable cross-reference list? I believe Lexus OEM radiators are made by Denso. Cost around £245 from a dealer. I have seen aftermarket items from Nissens (Danish) p/n 646924, cost £130-ish; Koyo (Japanese, sold by Euro Car Parts) p/n 203820450 - not clear whether this fits both IS200 and IS300 - cost around £100. Other makers include TYC p/n 2356, Spectra CU2356 - and there are others. Has anyone had experience - good or bad - of particular aftermarket brands? I don't want to get a replacement which doesn't last.... but £245 for an OEM item seems unreasonable.
  14. Hi All, I hope this has ended up in the right place. I have an 2004 IS300 LE and my drivers side external Auto dim mirror dosent appear to be working. The passenger side mirror dimms when the button on the internal mirror is pressed with the internal mirror. I have noticed that when i press the auto feature button on the internal mirror the green light only comes on the left (passenger side UK). Are both green lights supposed to come on either side of the button? and also does the lack of a green light on the right side of the button on the internal mirror signal that there is a fault with the drivers side? If so - is there a fuse i need to replace for the right mirror? - how do i investigate the problem further? Appreciate the help
  15. Gldnandy

    Custom Intake IS300

    Ok, so didnt want to hijack Simons Thread Si_is200 so heres my custom intake. first pics are of a MaF adapter i knocked up. this isnt finished yet but will do for now to test how well she runs. My only concern is the Maf is too far from the filter but im not sure if it matters as long as its reading the Flow of air i also may reduce the thickness of the MaF adapter, at the moment the centre of the round end sits in the middle of the pipe but it means the small outer wire is close to the top of the pipe. will see how it fairs. still got to tidy up the support and make a heat shield but this is what i have so far. any opinions/suggestions are welcomed
  16. hey i'm looking to buy a couple of things, as well some advice/suggestions to do with my tezza? I need a Altezza cluster And a Altezza steering wheel sticker/emblem. If you can Please help in any way Please let me know!! Thanks!
  17. hey i'm looking to buy a couple of things, as well some advice to do with my tezza? I need a Altezza cluster And a Altezza steering wheel sticker/emblem. If you can Please help in any way Please let me know!! Thanks!
  18. Hey guys ! Im brand new to this forum and wanted to know if anyone had an altezza steering wheel sticker for sale or trade? I have the lexus one but im tired of seeing lexus. Let me know.
  19. hi i am just wondering if any one has fitted puddle light to their door mirrors and wired them in with the central locking so they light up when i unlock the car and go off once the engine is started. PLEASE HELP!
  20. gdh300

    Is Lurker Finally Joins

    Hello Lexus community; I’ve been a lurker here for too long so thought it was high time I joined. In fact it’s twenty five months since I bought my first Lexus. Until then I’d owned a string of worthy and economical four pots, interrupted only by a turbo-charged five cylinder (an imperfect but extraordinary car, I’m sure you can guess). But when the car that followed that for five years - a faithful old P11-144 - was approaching its second round of big bills, I felt the need for a change and began hammering the Autotrader, Honest John etc. websites in late 2012. I knew I wanted increase my cylinder count again so was looking at Nissan QX, Honda Legends, Toyota Camrys, Kia Magentis, Hyundai Sonata, Jaguar X-Types, Mondeo V6 Titaniums and even Jaguar X300, all cars fitting my preferred “fuel costs high but capital cost low” philosophy. A bit of an outsider at this point was the original IS. I’d always admired the shape, and even after fifteen years I still thought it looked good. When my positive experience with the Primera made me start to priorities the Japanese makes, as I started trekking around the country so the Lexus began relentlessly creeping up the list, the others discounting themselves through scarcity, complexity, maladies and general woefulness; it was soon evident the Lexus was the best of what I was seeing. With the clock ticking to the Nissan’s MoT of doom, I found myself being regularly disappointed (the flaw in my philosophy!) but at least I established I wanted the larger engine and auto box in the IS300. Eventually after a number near-miss let-downs (mostly down to shady histories revealed on HPI checking), I found a tidy red IS300 at a dealer in May 2013; previously owned by Lexus Aberdeen it had found its way south to Lexus Sheffield and it remained with its owner in Chesterfield for eleven years. After a couple of months I put it through a 100,000 mile service at Lexus – ouch – but that sorted out some major bits (front suspension, unsurprisingly) which I knew needed sorting; fortunately I had made an allowance for such an eventuality. Since then I’ve entrusted it to my local mechanic who knows the car now and get him to do the bigger bits, while I handle the simpler stuff. The first MoT was unexpectedly expensive (front suspension again!) but it sailed through the 2015 a month ago. I’m also on my third set of front discs (as I bought it, as I replace once and as I replaced them a second time) which has taught me to buy OEM Lexus discs in future! Next job for my man is to attend to the bubbling on the sills which I want to do this summer. Then probably should think of a second cambelt change. As to the future? I get to drive quite a few for work thanks to hire fleets, but so many of them do my head in. I worry a bit what - currently on the market - in five or six years’ time I will find as a used car that will do anything for me. Anyway, as I feel now I reckon it will be another Lexus next, most likely a late IS250 auto, perhaps in a couple of years’ time. Meantime, I would love to get my old girl up to 200k; I’ve never had a car get within 30k of that previously. Sorry, this introductory post has ended a bit longer than I meant! I was involved quite heavily with a forum and website for previous car, hence my reticence to join and my pent-up drivel! But perhaps, it will help anyone looking to join the brotherhood of Lexus, give them a bit of confidence. Looking forward to joining in with the fun, you seem a decent crowd… :)
  21. Hi I'm new to Lexus ownership and only picked up my '03 IS300 SportCross yesterday. I know I'm going to have a few questions but I guess it's best to post each question separately. Looking forward to chatting with you all over the coming months. First issue - can't get the SatNav switched on and don't have a manual to go with it. It's the type that flips up on the top of the dash and says "GPS Voice Navigation System" on it. I can't even get it to flip up pressing the open/close button. Can anyone help me with a link to a user manual so i can at least read what it should do?! Thanks. William
  22. I have been searching everywhere to find some information about wiring these Lexus IS300 seats. I am putting them into an older vehicle and will have to be creating the wiring from scratch. I have no need for the seat belt sensor, seat air bags, or the memory functions. There are 10 wires on one harness and 2 wires on another harness leaving the drivers seat that go to the car. so far I have identified that the two wires on the second harness (yellow-red, yellow-grn) are for the airbags. The 10 wires coming out of the other harness include a larger white-black and larger blue-white wire, and smaller brown, black-red, black-blue, white-green, blue-yellow, blue-orange, white-red, black-yellow wires. The black-yellow appears to be the wire going to the seat heater buttons. Does anyone have any clue how I could wire these to get the seat power working??
  23. MattSxGander

    Is200/is300 Sportcross Tail Lights

    Hi folks, I damaged my Drivers side (right) tail light on my 2003 Sport cross the other day. I bought a replacement used off ebay only to realise the replacement was slightly tinted which was a feature of post 2004 models. Does anyone have Either an ordinary chrome (pre 2004) Drivers side light I can buy off them (for no more than £40) or swap for the tinted one, OR a Passenger side tinted one to be bought or swapped etc etc. Thanks Matt