Best IS250 to buy, UK or Japan spec?

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Hideiyoshi

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Hideiyoshi

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Hi Guys,

Thinking abt this car lately, of course saw Mudah.my has plenty of this model but was wondering the above question...

a) Also, i know it can use RON95 safely, has anyone had any problem so far?

b) What are the best mfg year to buy for this model? 2007?

c) What are the common problem so far with the IS250 both UK & Japan spec?

d) What should i be looking out for when viewing the car?

Thanks all!
 

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Hi.... Here is some Info

Uk spec

Pros
No speed cut - top speed 220 kmh
Navi unit in English with Mark Levinson Surround system 14 speaker. (optional item)
Leather seat with a.c /heather
Tuned to run at Ron 95
Radio frequency same as Msia
Cheaper compared to Japan spec

Cons
Mostly Very High mileage
Undercarriage rust
Odometer in miles instead of Km
Turning Signal and wiper switch are opposite from Japan spec.
17 inch rims as standard

Japan spec

Pros
Very Low mileage
Mostly Well kept interior but really depends
18 inch rims as standard
HDD equipped and songs can be stored into it.

Cons
Speed cut to 180kmh
Japanese Radio frequency
Navi system in Japanese
Fabric seat
Tuned to Ron 98


The choice is yours. Happy hunting...
 

xfuture

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Here is my own personal tips for u.

a) Also, i know it can use RON95 safely, has anyone had any problem so far?
- Im on JP Spec, running RON95 for half year, no problems so far. no knocking.

b) What are the best mfg year to buy for this model? 2007?
- Will be back to your budget, if you budget allows, of course go for newer model.

c) What are the common problem so far with the IS250 both UK & Japan spec?
- No problems on my ride. if you have concerns on maintenance the car.
- Engine oil using approx 7 Litre/service. Spark plug about Rm100-150x6 which is about RM600-800.
- Brake system not really perfect but acceptable for normal driving, if you on "race mode", please do expect pads burning smell.

d) What should i be looking out for when viewing the car?
- best if you could bring a mechanic friend to test drive.
- if above is not an option, test drive yourself. on both highway and streets, try hold your shifting to higher revv to see if there's any funny sound or what.
- try drive on some uneven road, which can easily test out if there's any suspension/steering/drive shaft problem.


Extra tips
- If you feel even a "little" uncomfortable with the car, such as, funny sound, that a salesman simply find a reason to fool you off, please... please please... walk away and look for others again, the money is yours, you have the rights to walk away.
- Pray god and hope that you got a nice car, my friend got a 2008 JP spec, and sold off within 2 weeks due to without inform by salesman the car been thru accident.
 

Hideiyoshi

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Hideiyoshi

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Am still considering it, maybe the Uk spec since there's more pros. Btw any reliable mechanic in PJ/Sunway with the tools and knowledge on IS250? Is Vision ok? Wanna also check if the mileage has been tempered with and also the overall cars.

Thanks guys!
 

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If u go for UK spec. u have to triple check your car under carriage as most of the UK spec are having rusted under carriage.

good luck.
 

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hihi..

mine 2007 uk spec..so far no problem even people keep saying about those rusty under the car..maximum speed i drove was 240km/hr..n d car was excellent..but i got othr issue..problem wif my rear fog lamp..

the pursuit of perfection..
 

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Hi do you mind to share how you manage to get 240km/hr while the factory spec claim is only 225km/hr top speed.
 

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hihi..

mine 2007 uk spec..so far no problem even people keep saying about those rusty under the car..maximum speed i drove was 240km/hr..n d car was excellent..but i got othr issue..problem wif my rear fog lamp..

the pursuit of perfection..

For the undercariage rust issue , i got my car dealer to do the anti-rust layer FOC.


What happen to your read fog lamp ? Do you really use it ?
 

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Hi do you mind to share how you manage to get 240km/hr while the factory spec claim is only 225km/hr top speed.
hihi..
i noe it sound impossible but i did..
it show on the meter 240km/hr..
unless i have to do my eye check..
i was driving home back to nilai from kl at nite with d road clear..

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For the undercariage rust issue , i got my car dealer to do the anti-rust layer FOC.


What happen to your read fog lamp ? Do you really use it ?
hihi..
where you did your anti-rust layer FOC n how much it cost u..?

its so annoying my rear fog lamp..
everytime i switch on my rear fog lamp..
it show my reverse camera while the car moving foward..!!
then i stop by at side the road...
my rear light all mess up..
it showed my reverse light with on d right a bit blur n left so bright...
n my break light also came out...
it looks like a cheap car already..
haha..!!
 

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Check youtube, our car can hit 255km/h.
Are you they are is250 ? in US majority are is350 and some other country are is300.
I yet to see an is250 hit 240km/h. I think i must sit in your car to see this happening.
 

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Are you they are is250 ? in US majority are is350 and some other country are is300.
I yet to see an is250 hit 240km/h. I think i must sit in your car to see this happening.
Lexus IS 250 top speed 260km/h - YouTube

I'm not sure. this is the video. if it's a IS300, then i'm being fooled.

LOL.

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BTW, even it can reach that speed. My balls are gone after 180kmh
LOL.
 

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Lexus IS 250 top speed 260km/h - YouTube

I'm not sure. this is the video. if it's a IS300, then i'm being fooled.

LOL.

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BTW, even it can reach that speed. My balls are gone after 180kmh
LOL.
wow 260km/hr...!!
btw...the speedo showed there max 260km/hr..
isnt it speedo for IS350 more than 260km/hr..?
 

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wow 260km/hr...!!
btw...the speedo showed there max 260km/hr..
isnt it speedo for IS350 more than 260km/hr..?
Simple switch to sport mode and hold on to 5th gear on 5000rpm and check if your can can go beyond 220km/h, I tried 4th gear on 6500rpm it hits only 200km/h may be my car is too old lo :driver:
 

yupio

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To those who has 06' IS250 JPN Spec, may I ask the CD Player (non Mark Levinson) is it a changer or just a single disc? Am looking for an IS, confusing part is, the player does not have "LOAD" button but has "CH Disc" buttons.
 

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To those who has 06' IS250 JPN Spec, may I ask the CD Player (non Mark Levinson) is it a changer or just a single disc? Am looking for an IS, confusing part is, the player does not have "LOAD" button but has "CH Disc" buttons.
it's a single disc player with HDD. It will record the disc as you play it. Only need to play the disc once and it will be stored in your HDD. i don't think there is a load button, just eject the disc inside and indest the new one..................

From the last owner, i think i deleted almost 100 cd's - so go wild and record your whole collection in it.
 

yupio

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it's a single disc player with HDD. It will record the disc as you play it. Only need to play the disc once and it will be stored in your HDD. i don't think there is a load button, just eject the disc inside and indest the new one..................

From the last owner, i think i deleted almost 100 cd's - so go wild and record your whole collection in it.
I see. But what if we ejected the disc midway thru the disc? Will it record ahead and complete the entire duplication into the HDD or will it only record while we playing the track and not record the track that we have not played?

I read from another thread one of the members here had his HDD giving problems with some error message on the screen. There's no follow up on the thread on the solution....so anyone face the issue with faulty HDD? Anyone had the HDD replaced before? As you know HDD has a lifespan moreover the car is moving all the time couple with our malaysian bumpy roads...I m just afraid the HDD will give way after some time....I wonder how can we replace the HDD and hopefully its a plug and play process which I can just purchase one from the computer shop and plug it in n move on.