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I've just got my IS300 today, I am very excited.
When I start the ignition, it does not start straight away when you turn the KEY, it took may be one second before it starts, is that normal or should it start straight after you've turn on the key?
 

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Mine sometimes starts right up and sometimes takes a second...I wouldn't worry about it.

Originally posted by matt:
I've just got my IS300 today, I am very excited.
When I start the ignition, it does not start straight away when you turn the KEY, it took may be one second before it starts, is that normal or should it start straight after you've turn on the key?
 

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matt, don't trust me on this one, but I notice that when the weather gets really cold, it takes longer to start the car.

During fall I just had to turn the ignition key and the car starts right away. Now that its snowing out, I have to hold the key a little longer before the car starts
 

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Originally posted by chromaplast:
Now that its snowing out, I have to hold the key a little longer before the car starts
Chrome, Ugh, no garage in Rochester NY?? Will you even be able to find your IS under all that snow?
 

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hmm.. yeah, it kinda suck. I asked the guy across the street if I can park my car with his mustang, but he refuses. Oh well, I got a car cover for it though, so hopefully that'll help
 

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Congrats on the new car. I'm sure you'll enjoy it as much as the rest of us. The starting thing is not a problem. It happens with all cars (although I didn't experience this minor delay in my IS300, probably cuz it's not that cold here yet). But it definitely has to do with the weather. My 93 BMW 535i sometimes took 2 seconds to start, in the winter time...but it was only normal.
Can't really fight the elements.

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I've got the answer to this one from Lexus. Lexus intentionally does this b/c it's dumping oil into the pan before ignition to reduce cold start wear and tear. Damn good thinking on their part.
 

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Originally posted by matt:
I've just got my IS300 today, I am very excited.
When I start the ignition, it does not start straight away when you turn the KEY, it took may be one second before it starts, is that normal or should it start straight after you've turn on the key?
Mine has always acted like this. It doesn't seem to fire for the first second or so, then it starts right up. Definitely different than other vehicles I've owned (many of which fire and start almost as soon as you touch the key), but this is my first foreign car, so I didn't think much of it.

If anyone hears of a fix, please post it.

Rob


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2001 IS300
Spectra Blue Mica/Ivory
LS, LD, HH, SR, 17" wheels
2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited
4.7L, QuadraDrive, UpCountry
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Dude, did you see my post or what?! Why would you want to reverse a properly engineered ignition system designed to lengthen the life of your engine?

Originally posted by MNSpectraBlueIS:
Mine has always acted like this. It doesn't seem to fire for the first second or so, then it starts right up. Definitely different than other vehicles I've owned (many of which fire and start almost as soon as you touch the key), but this is my first foreign car, so I didn't think much of it.

If anyone hears of a fix, please post it.

Rob

 

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Might be an old wives' tale, but I was taught to depress the gas pedal for one second, then release, before starting a cold engine. Just as there needs to be oil in the pan (thx Brad), there should be gas in your fuel system. After doing this, don't gas the engine when you crank your ignition, and I bet you'll find the engine turns right over. Give it a shot...

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