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My first "grown up" car!

Discussion in 'Motoring' started by Matt_C, Aug 11, 2012.

  1. Matt_C

    Matt_C Active Member

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    At the ripe old age of 30, I've bought my first "grown up" car!

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    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!!!! :eek:
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    Lovely looking car mate :cool:

    Sod Lexus stealership prices......Find a good independent ;)

    ATB

    Ron
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    Or just service it yourself. Changing an oil filters, pollen filters, fuel filters and air filters should be fairly straight forward. Nice car. So what is the sound system like blasting out metal :)
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    Join a Lexus forum and look for an independent. No point paying the premium for a Lexus service you won't make the money back.

    Enjoy , lovely looking car. I can't believe its 1800kg I would have thought a lot less!
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    You mean old mans car? :D

    Has it got wooden veneer inside?
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    I'll probably just take it to the mechanic my family has used for years - gotta be cheaper than Lexus prices! My days of lying under cars changing fluids and filters are gone; CBA with that anymore!!!

    The stereo sounds great, but not tried any decent music in it yet; need to get the iPod adapter kit for it, which hopefully I'll get next week sometime

    As for weight, I dunno. I looked on the spec sheet for it (HERE) which says gross weight is 1830kg, but also says kerb weight (max) is 1455kg - no idea in the difference between kerb weight and gross weight, so I went with the higher!

    And yeah, it's an old man car! Although not as old man as the auto would have been though, haha! No wood veneer though - thank god! :D
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    These are a lovely drive, I've covered many miles in one and would certainly recommend them. You're right, they aren't that quick really, but they still drive nicely and handle confidently too. The only downside is the shockingly bad fuel economy. The tank is pretty massive (70L from memory) so costs a bomb to fill up from near empty, so when you don't get that many miles from it... it hurts.
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    The weight is 1430kg.
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    And in that lies the problem! If it was quick, but had bad fuel economy, you could accept it. If it was slow, but had great fuel economy, you'd accept that. But slow AND bad fuel economy? Not fair!

    But I really don't drive it that much - I spend most of my week in my works van, and only use the car twice a week or so to go shopping or to my friends or my mums, so I don't do a lot of miles. I think since Aug 2011 I did about 2000 miles in it (give or take). The Rover was ~£50 to fill up, and that easily lasted a month or more (and that wasn't superbly economical with fuel either - probably cos I thrashed it everywhere cos of the puny 1.4 motor in it - my Escort previous was the best I'd had, and would do 48mpg on a run up the M11/A12!)

    And yes, 70L tank - so bank on it being £90/£95 to fill up! I'll probably run it at half load, so as to save on weight a bit (I work it out to be 70 litres of petrol weighing in at about 49kg, so half it to 25kg for a half tank)
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    So whats the difference between max gross weight and max kerb weight then?
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    I like it, and I'm a German car whore....
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    1430kg is the kerb weight, the gross weight of 1800 odd kg is the amount of weight the vehicle can take and still run on the road and be legal. Whether this is a trailer or the boot full and a roof rack is up to the driver.
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    Haha, thanks! To be fair, the other three contenders were all German; Audi A4, Beemer 3 series (E46) or C class Merc. Since I'm not 60, the Merc fell off the list. The A4 I really like, but the ones I liked were out of my price range (I'd want at least an S-Line model 1.8T, but preferably an S-Line model with 4WD) and the Beemer, whilst it's probably the better car in most aspects; performance, fuel economy, handling and drive, and has a better auto box (and yes, I really did consider an auto, and the only reason I didn't get one was the IS only has a 4 speed auto (SE model) or 6 speed manual in the Sport, and I really didn't want a 4 speed, so I went for the Sport with the 6 speed manual - and it also has an LSD), I just thought it (the Beemer) was lacking a little something. Of course, if I'd got a nicely spec'd one; with all the Ci/M kit on it, leather, etc etc it'd be lovely, but they go for double my budget.

    Hopefully the fact that this is Jap Toyota, it'll be bullet proof! Fingers crossed!
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    The full weight of the trailer doesn't count - that's limited by the trailer's own maximum gross weight and the vehicle's towing and total power train weights. I'm not sure if nose weight of the trailer counts, although it's a good idea to include it.

    Any other weight borne by the car's wheels definitely does count though.
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    Well, didn't take long for the AV bug to bite :D Received, and fitted, a nifty little black box this morning, that plugs into the external CD changer port on the back of the stock headunit, and allows connections of iPod/iPhone, USB (flash drives, and cards with a USB adapter) and AUX line in to be played through it, along with providing the iPod and USB connections to be used with the stock headunit control buttons (volume, skip forward and back, and playlists/folders using the CD changer buttons). I'm only likely to use the iPod connection, but installed a 3.5mm audio cable for the sake of it (didn't bother with a USB cable, as I really can't see any time I'll want to plug a thumb drive into it), and really pleased with it - when you turn off the ignition, the iPod pauses the current song and goes to sleep, and when you get back in the car later and start it, the iPod wakes up and resumes play, from where it left off, automatically without any button presses!

    Not bad for £35 ;)
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    Gave the back end a little clean up by removing some badges;

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    Now on the hunt for the elusive, and stupidly expensive, factory front armrest....
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    Armrest found, and fitted;

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    Hurrah!
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    Those seats look lush mate :cool::cool::cool:
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    Matt_C Active Member

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    They are pretty nice - need a good clean judging by the photo though!

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