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There have many complaints about the paint quality on the 2001 IS 300. Has anybody heard about a revised paint plan on the 2002's so there are less chips ?
 

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I doubt that the paint will get any better, I don't have a IS300 yet but I drive a 99 Toyota Solara and it chips very easily as well.. I have had the hood repainted 2 times.... Reason it chips so easy now is because they are not allowed to have the lead in the paint which was much more sturdy... That is why all our cars chip so easily now.
 

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The paint is soft due to strict environmental regulations in Japan. The 2002 just like the 2001 will also be made (and painted) in Japan. Do not expect stronger paint for the 2002.

I’m seriously considering and recommending installing the clear bra, or carbon fiber hood!
 
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