At the ripe old age of 30, I've bought my first "grown up" car! After a string of boy racer Escorts (XR3i and a couple of RS Turbo's), I stopped with cars in order to buy a house. Then a had a few "less desirable" cars, bought out of necessity (an L reg Orion, P reg Escort and R reg Rover! All of which cost under £450 and looked it too), I've finally bought myself a proper car; 52 plate IS200, 84.5k on the clock, 3 owners (last for 6 years years, with the previous owners daughter being the 2nd owner, so it's been a family car). Seems well looked after; lots of history, lots of servicing, 5 (yes, even the spare) brand new tyre on it less than 1000 miles prior to selling, and barely a mark on it (few scuffs, mainly bush rash - nothing you wouldn't expect for ten years old!) It's not quick, not by any stretch of the imagination - it's 153bhp in a 1830kg car! But it's smooth, quiet, refined, and handles beautifully. What a totally different drive than my 1.4 Rover!!! Must resist the urge to begin modifying it - there are a couple little bits I do want/need to do; need an iPod adapter kit for the stock stereo (plugs into the CD changer control) and fancy a HID kit for it (the full beam is awesome, but the regular/dipped beam is a little lacking). And maybe bring the dash a little more up to date with some white LED's behind the clocks and controls, to replace the dated looking orange. But other than that, I must resist!!!! Also need to find a reasonably priced place to have it serviced - Lexus want £550 for fluids change and check over!!!!