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So late last month I was cruising down the highway, and the 156's bonnet decided to open.

Anyways damage was bonnet, windscreen, roof, hinges, gas lifts and the plastic bits below the windscreen.
R40k repair quote - so she's being written off.

Sad but looks like I will get a decent enough pay out. Retail on an '03 156 is R51k. Seeing as I paid R60k for her in 2009 - that's pretty good going :biglaugh:.

Morale of the story, grease your bonnet catches gents - you have been warned.

Also, if anyone needs parts, there will be a scrap dealer with some nice bits soon. The car has very young discs all round, good 2.5 motor with new cambelt, new radiator, basically complete except for the bonnet, grille and some trim.
 

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You say it was a 2003 car?

But was it Phase 1 or Phase 2?
Ph1/CF2. Although it has some odditites like it takes the new ignition (not red key)

So spec wise its 2002. But I got the retail value on an '02 and its only slightly lower - R47k I think.

Anyways the logbook say 2003 and I've been paying the premium on 2003 so I should get that value out.

Only we are picky choosy enthusiasts that would care for the difference.
 

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The reason I ask is because I thought the "unexpected opening of bonnet at speed" problem was sorted out somewhere during the production run of the phase 1 cars.
 

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Sorry to hear that Arthur, what are you going to buy now?
looking at buying a Lexus IS200 from a mate. Its a solid work horse Toyota basically with some nice trimmings and its presentable as a work-mobile. he's had the car since December 2005 and I've driven it plenty - its a known value for me...

Will still have the GT for weekend hooning. Its just too loud now as a daily. plus its expensive on tyres/fuel etc.
 

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Yeah the IS200 is not a bad car. Like most Toyotas it's a bit boring and in danger of being soulless, though the IS is a bit better than most of the range in that respect.
Is it one of the last of the first-generation models? I don't think the second generation was ever a "200", only the "250", right?

I could live with driving one if I also owned a Busso :thumbup:
 

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looking at buying a Lexus IS200 from a mate. Its a solid work horse Toyota basically with some nice trimmings and its presentable as a work-mobile. he's had the car since December 2005 and I've driven it plenty - its a known value for me...

Will still have the GT for weekend hooning. Its just too loud now as a daily. plus its expensive on tyres/fuel etc.
The IS200 is a good car.
 

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So nice, you had to say it twice.

Personally I like the 200 more than the 250, but then the IS300 would be VERY nice
Agreed, the 250 was over refined - lost a lot of driving feel. I believe the 200 and 300 came with LSDs from factory...


I'm going to have to make a concerted effort to leave it standard as a daily.
Thing is, the 200 is a 2l straight six (1G-FE). And the 3l straight six in the IS300 is a 2JZ-GE. Now for those that don't speak Toyota, this is a NA version of the 2JZ-GTE that one finds in the Supra. So the 3.0 twin turbo from the supra is almost a direct fit into the IS200 :evil: you get the IS300 engine mounts from agent and they interface the supra motor to the chassis perfectly as the block is the same as the IS300.

Lextreme (specialise in lexus V8 (1UZ) conversions) say they will put a 2JZ-GTE VVTi in the IS for R45k complete with the right gearbox and OEM Toyota management.....

The 2JZ-GTE is one of the most respected 6 cylinders ever built - they are bullet proof with seven main bearings and piston oil squirters. 239kw and 451nm in factory tune.
 

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The first series IS is certainly the most "emotive" of the bunch IMO as well - though I don't know the latest one.
And yes, the Supra motor is a gem. The Supra, of course, was one of the Toyotas (and actually there have been quite a few) that is not an appliance but a proper car.
 

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Not trying to influence you unduly, Arthur, but I saw a nice white 147 for sale in PMB. (On face value, at least!) :)

On Gumtree; owner is emigrating supposedly. A 147 & GT combination works well
 

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I might pop down to PMB to look at that 147; seems like it's in good nick, and the price is not too bad.

Good 147's are scarce nowadays
 

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Agreed, the 250 was over refined - lost a lot of driving feel. I believe the 200 and 300 came with LSDs from factory...


I'm going to have to make a concerted effort to leave it standard as a daily.
Thing is, the 200 is a 2l straight six (1G-FE). And the 3l straight six in the IS300 is a 2JZ-GE. Now for those that don't speak Toyota, this is a NA version of the 2JZ-GTE that one finds in the Supra. So the 3.0 twin turbo from the supra is almost a direct fit into the IS200 :evil: you get the IS300 engine mounts from agent and they interface the supra motor to the chassis perfectly as the block is the same as the IS300.

Lextreme (specialise in lexus V8 (1UZ) conversions) say they will put a 2JZ-GTE VVTi in the IS for R45k complete with the right gearbox and OEM Toyota management.....

The 2JZ-GTE is one of the most respected 6 cylinders ever built - they are bullet proof with seven main bearings and piston oil squirters. 239kw and 451nm in factory tune.
lol looks like you have yourself convinced about what your next step is though :biglaugh:

I was hooked on the IS200 but as the IS300 was first released as automatic only, at the time I didn't take much notice. Yes they all did leave the factory with LSD fitted and had well tuned chassis as well. I recall that they were specially engineered to be drivers cars even though they eventually turned out to be executive transports.
 

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I spent a few months in Maputo and the local hoons LOVE the IS200. They had spinning and drags near where I stayed on most weekends and I saw lots of them participating. It's the BMW E30/36 of Mozambique.
 

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lol looks like you have yourself convinced about what your next step is though :biglaugh:

I was hooked on the IS200 but as the IS300 was first released as automatic only, at the time I didn't take much notice. Yes they all did leave the factory with LSD fitted and had well tuned chassis as well. I recall that they were specially engineered to be drivers cars even though they eventually turned out to be executive transports.
yea the 300 auto was fairly decent for its time though. one of the first proper 'learning' autos. they called it e-shift, had the up and down buttons on the steering too.

the one I'm looking at is auto....and its a not so lekker 4 spd auto too. but its a work mobile so its fine. until I get silly and drop in a 2jz :biglaugh:

I spent a few months in Maputo and the local hoons LOVE the IS200. They had spinning and drags near where I stayed on most weekends and I saw lots of them participating. It's the BMW E30/36 of Mozambique.
yea well naturally, they get the grey imports for nothing.
 
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