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Buying an IS300, but not sure if it has been in an accident and rust.

Hey guys. Im from Australia and recently i found a 2004 IS300 online, it only driven for 63k km, went to look at the car today found some rust in the rear boot and not sure if it has replaced the rear quart panel before. also does the condition of the car matches with the kms driven? Thanks guys

PS see the finishing next to the rear light seems a bit rough also is the rear suspension stock why is it red?
































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Rust is normal down there. I had to clean it and paint rust proofing over it on my car. There's a plug in the bottom of if. I believe I left the plugs out when I was done to allow water to drain out.

The only off thing I see is the differential. USDM diffs don't get those cooling fins. Looks a bit like a Supra diff (which isn't a bolt in).

Can't help you with the body work questions. My eyes don't notice that stuff.
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That differential cover has definitely been modified; good eye EK9.



Otherwise, that suspension looks in great shape: I wish mine still had that much factory paint on it...
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Looks pretty descent especially on the bottom. Perhaps another member down under can comment on the differential. The rust in the boot is from standing water. Not sure how it gets there but on the current IS300 I have there was over a liter of oil spray from the rust proofing on each side, probably been there near ten years before I cleaned it out.

As for the possibility of an accident, I am with EK, don't have a real eye for seeing body work. Could you borrow a paint thickness meter perhaps? Also look under the rear bumper cover and check the crash bar condition and where it mounts to the unibody and see if anything looks out of line.

My stock shock were covered in oil spray and road dirt but am pretty sure they're black in N.A.

What is the price btw?
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Everything appears stock other than the head unit, shift knob, differential and left rear shock. Is there a decent pic of the right rear shock? Maybe the rears were replaced.

The rust is of no concern - You can fix that. It's not structural in the boot.

Have you driven the car?

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It looks hit. That's a pretty rough finish under the paint, like it's gobbed-on seam sealer that was painted over. I would run.

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yea, the car runs fine, but its been in an accident i dont want to buy it because i still want to sell it in the future, but srsly the power of the 2jz is really strong lol, better than the gs300 i test droves last time, these types of cars are getting rare, the are really good car tho
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Is there a decent pic of the right rear shock? Maybe the rears were replaced.
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^ I had to pull it up on a different monitor to see the red

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Hah, nice. I found it in the photobucket album, it wasn't in the post. OP: you buying?
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Nah looks like it has been in an accident so im not getting it, I found another is300 from a Lexus dealership but it's double the price of this one so I don't think I'm getting an is anymore
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