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04-06-2019 01:48 PM
Land Ark I said I was going to get another IS300, but this isn't at all what I thought I meant.

The lease i was in was coming to the end and I started looking around at what was available. The current offer was too good to pass up so I took a 3 year lease on a nearly base model IS300 AWD.

More on topic:

Recently my mom decided to back out of her garage before the door was fully opened. So now the hatch has some deep scratches. Fortunately she didn't break the window. I'm sure that wouldn't be easy to find.

Also, since my last update someone in a lawn service truck with trailer tore the front bumper off in a parking lot and didn't stick around to talk about it. It actually turned out to be somewhat of a blessing. Now it has a new OEM front bumper with no paint issues, and the aftermarket driver's fender was replaced with OEM. I found *another* set of clear lens replacement fog lights. Everything is back together and looks better than before it was hit.

I drove it a few weeks ago and noticed you had to hold the wheel so it pointed to about 11:00 in order to go straight. Otherwise it broke hard to the right. I took it to get aligned and I was told I needed to get adjustable rear lower control arms because the mounting bracket was so far out of spec. I am guessing as a result of the previous accident that was never documented - or repaired very professionally apparently. I took it for a second opinion and decided to go with their idea of shifting the subframe over slightly and making it up on the other side which still had some adjustment left.

While they were at it, I had them pop in the FR-S differential so now it has limited slip.

All in all, not a cheap last couple weeks. And I still can't solve the stereo alternator whine.
It's up to 87k miles and still in great overall shape. My mom loves it and wouldn't let me get her something else. So that's why there are 2 IS300s in my life now.
06-26-2018 02:35 PM
Piggity Great thread Land Ark.

The uneven wear on the front tires is most likely going to be bad bushings in the No. 2 control arms. If you do a search in the forum, it's pretty common especially on high mileage cars. I would get those replaced as soon as you can before your next alignment and new tires.

You should also take the front calipers off and see if the lower caliper slider is seized, this will cause uneven brake pad wear. I had to take mine to Lexus and have them take out the bolt since it was way to hard to get out with my basic tool set.
06-22-2018 05:24 AM
Land Ark So we meet again.

I've had it for a couple weeks because I was getting tired of hearing the brake grinding issue plus the stereo makes an intermittent high pitched, rev-based buzzing noise. I can make it stop, but it always comes back. I've had everything apart 10 times to try to fix it to no avail.

So I replaced the front pads (with OEM) - the right outside pad was worn much worse than the others and it was uneven. I bought a new rubber boot thing for the lower caliper pins and silicone grease to make sure everything was working like it was supposed to. It kept grinding so I bought new OEM rotors. It was still grinding. So I took it to a shop and we messed with the pad hardware and it seemed to fix it. But, turning the wheel at certain angles causes it to STILL grind. So, I've come to grip with the fact it grinds. Maybe it needs a new knuckle, but I'm not ready to drop the money on that when, for the most part, it drives fine. I will continue to keep an eye on it.

It is also wearing tires unevenly - badly. The inner shoulders of the front tires is worn flat while the outside tread looks new. I've had it aligned twice already, but I'll give it another shot. So I bought a new set of 4 Continentals and I'm dropping it off this morning to get them mounted, balanced, and an alignment.

While I was at it I decided to finally replace the rear shocks. The right rear was blown when I got the car, it would knock every once in a while, but it drove fine so I left it. But I figure it's time and I didn't think it would take long. Wow, was I wrong. I started at around 3pm and finished after 10. I stopped for dinner, of course, but it took way longer than I thought it would.

I got non-adjustable Konis. I've had good luck with Koni and the price was pretty close to the KYBs also available. The fronts are KYBs that came on it, but they are still good. Once they are worn out I'll replace them with matching Konis.

After a few hours of work:

My mom has been doing exactly what I got the car for - banging it around. Since it already had some dings and dents I figured she could knock it into things and get door dings and it'd be fine. She's now closed her garage door on the beautifully repaired bumper twice. I've done the best I could touching it up and buffing it since.

She's also closed her tennis ball stop system in the door twice, both times pulling a screw out of the ceiling of the garage and slamming it into the roof. There is one big dent from that and several large scratches.

She drove it into a drainage ditch and got stuck while picking up my nephew from school. People had to lift the car out of the ditch for her.

Otherwise it's been a great car. She claims to love it and balks at any suggestion to replace it. Though she's been driving my leased 2016 Buick Regal GS for a couple weeks, I'll see how keen she is to give that back now. Plus she saw an LC500 the other day and said she wants that as her next car. Hmmm, we'll see about that.
07-02-2016 07:11 PM
Land Ark
Originally Posted by kpmurphy View Post

How to remove the speaker grills in the back? I cant tell if the entire grill should come out via clips or if the inner cloth covered portion should come out first. I've tried both, but the resistance is too much and I dont want to break them.
I didn't attempt to remove the grilles, I removed the entire panel. I'm not sure the grilles are supposed to come off.

The panels are... not fun to get off since they are so enormous. But, like everything else about the interior of these cars, you just need to remove some easily accessed screws and nuts and then start pulling.
06-26-2016 10:13 AM
kpmurphy LAND ARK

Nice overall job on the car. I'm doing something similar but not to the extent of yours. I did have a quick question though that I cant find any answer to on other forums; How to remove the speaker grills in the back? I cant tell if the entire grill should come out via clips or if the inner cloth covered portion should come out first. I've tried both, but the resistance is too much and I dont want to break them.

Thanks in advance
04-11-2016 02:41 PM
Land Ark The time has finally come. My mom turned in her lease and officially took over the IS. We spent some time a couple weeks ago going over everything so hopefully she'll know how to answer an incoming call and use the windshield wipers.
I handed her the keys this afternoon and she's on her way to pick up her grandson (my sister's kid) as we speak.

I ended up not installing the rear diff. I was worried about being able to get the axles off without ruining the bolts plus I would be laying on my back to take it out, so I figure I'll either do it another time or I may sell it and tell her to stay off the road when it snows - which she should be doing anyway.

Bon voyage! Until my next IS.

02-08-2016 03:31 PM
Land Ark I had my timing belt service done and while it was in I also had the RF wheel bearing replaced. I also had them check the other bearings which checked out ok. The guys who worked on it all marveled at its low miles and condition. I let them know that it was not always the case.

So, since I have been pretty up front with things up to this point I figure I'll give you the price break down.
Timing belt labor was $428

Now, they originally quoted me $210 to do the wheel bearing which I thought was appropriate. Well, turns out they didn't know it was a press in and they ended up charging me $428 to do it. I feel like that was way too much for that - WAY too much. But, it was already there and I know they would actually do the work and do it right so I gave them the go ahead. I won't be going back for bearings there however as I got a quote from another shop for $275.

They also noted that the drive belt tensioner was making noise so they replaced it, I was really hoping to avoid that because of the cost, but when I picked up the car he spun the old one for me and they weren't kidding.

So, the labor and the pulley cost me $1055. A lot more than I expected but it's done and I don't have to worry about any of that.

Next up, I'll do a trans fluid change and try to tackle the diff swap.
I keep thinking I'm nearly done. At least the big ticket items are out of the way.
01-24-2016 03:02 PM
Land Ark Probably not going to be working on it for a while.

Actually with our weather it'll probably be all melted by Tuesday.

01-20-2016 07:48 PM
Land Ark
Originally Posted by 4b3ck View Post
Nice job man. I just got dmv registration yesterday.
There seem to be a ton of new IS300 owners in NoVa. Congrats on your purchase. Hopefully you will enjoy it as much as I do.

Let's see...
$225 was the repair of ONE wheel. But since you have a sedan you are fine just getting 17x7 all around. You can get already refurbed wheels for way less than that. I use whenever I buy wheels because I have had a lot of good luck with them.
I also had great service from They were the ones who sent me the wheel after I sent the wrong size one back. They ended up not charging me for that one and didn't ask for it back. Plus the woman working for them was very attentive and nice. wheelsandcaps isn't quite as friendly.

I got the lighter from a junk yard. My advice, since it sounds like you are going to get a new stereo, don't bother with the lighter (unless you smoke) and get a USB plug for it instead. That's what I have in there now.

If you have a black interior, seats shouldn't be a problem. It would be worth a trip up to Mt. Airy Maryland to the junk yard there. There were really nice full leather heated seats in two cars when I was there a couple weeks ago. I tried getting one out but it was slid too far forward to reach the bolts.
In any event, I was able to find black seats everywhere I looked. Try, that's how I found mine.

The camera I have is a Boyo VTB123HD and I got it for $46 shipped off ebay. It does require drilling and it comes with the bit you need. But I'd probably recommend just getting a license plate frame camera so you don't need to put giant holes in anything and you can take it off for another car later if you want.

Best of luck with your new car. I can't stop looking for a sedan for myself. If one with low miles shows up close by I'll be in a bit of a bind.
01-20-2016 07:13 PM
4b3ck Nice job man. I just got dmv registration yesterday. I also have all over scratched wheels, so $225 was for all 4 wheels or only 2? And where you got sigarette lighter knob? Lol I have almost same problems with my car
like: timing belt, wheels, seats, PDR, electronics, etc. Currently located in Centreville. Got sedan 2001 IS300 MSM with 163K. Also which backup camera you installed? could you provide details about that? sorry for lot of questions and good luck with restoration process.
01-06-2016 10:10 AM
Justin311 Hey LandArk I have a question about the interior parts you got locally. Don't want to derail your thread - can you email me? Justins311 at hotmail dot com.
12-31-2015 01:53 PM
Land Ark Not much to update. It's been doing great though I haven't been driving it too much.

I got some parts for Christmas and then ordered some more afterward. Should be ready to go soon.

I also picked up this NOS rear cargo mat for a pretty good price. The fitment isn't the best since the floor panels have flaps that stick up, but it covers everything nicely and adds a little more completeness to the car... for me anyway.

12-16-2015 06:17 PM
Land Ark Yup, thanks, after reading up on what it takes to replace it, I believe I will just leave it alone.
12-16-2015 06:10 PM
mm71522 The top of the rear view mirror should sit up against the headliner
12-16-2015 06:06 PM
Land Ark So I was right! Well, that's just going to be how that is unless it falls off.

They have more cars in stock than the site shows. I'd say there were a total of about 35 cars - including ones they don't sell.
I just stopped by on a random Saturday and asked if I could look around. I felt like they were super accommodating and friendly. You get paired up with an employee and they take you into the warehouse space and you can walk around and look at everything.
I really wanted to see the Cosmo they had and he let me get in and look it all over and take my time. Overall I got a really great vibe from the place and will probably give them a bunch of money here in the next couple years.
Definitely worth a trip.
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