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Friday 27th July 2012

SOTW: Lexus IS200

Shed spots a Lexus that thinks it's a 3 Series



The 'Japanese Mercedes' may have had its rep somewhat compromised by its association with a certain Mr A Partridge, but the fictional Norfolk broadcaster very much had the wrong end of the pointy, sticky thing in describing the Lexus IS200 thus.


Given Steve Coogan's well-known penchant for cars, of course, Partridge's misconstruction of the littlest Lexus could well have been entirely deliberate. But it doesn't take a genius to work out that Lexus's crosshairs were aimed squarely at an entirely different German prestige carmaker for the first generation IS200.

Let's look at the evidence: 150hp naturally-aspirate 2.0-litre straight-six? Check. Rear-wheel drive? Check. Short overhangs? Check. Emphatically sporty dynamics? Check. Theoretically, at least. Lexus might as well have bunged in a Hofmeister kink and a double kidney grille - it wouldn't have made it any more obvious that the IS200 was angling for a slice of the BMW 3 Series compact sports saloon pie.


A decade and a bit later, and the two models are still chasing after the same buyers, if used values are anything to go by. Mind you, the scarcity of IS200s and the ubiquity of 3 Series of a similar vintage means you're more likely to come across a 3er while perusing the classifieds than you are an IS200. Especially one that didn't start out as a Toyota Altezza.

This particular car is up for a round £1,000 with 160,000 miles on the clock. As far as we can tell from the fuzzy photos and sparse details it's got plenty of kit for the money, including a factory-fit sat-nav (though we seriously doubt whether the efficiency or accuracy of said device would be up to modern standards).


The interior styling looks a bit fussy these days (especially that 'chronograph-inspired' instrument cluster), but the only thing that genuinely puts us off is the aftermarket grille.

Alternatively, if you venture outside the hallowed URLs of PistonHeads, you could pick up something like this over-so-orange IS200 for a few quid less. But then you wouldn't get the half leather, and you would have to do something about those quite dreadful wheels...

Thanks to PHer only1ian for the spot

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LEXUS Is200 (£1,000)
Selling my Black lexus is200 sport. It comes with inbuilt Sat Nav, DVD player, Half Leather seats, Privacy Glass and Sports Exhaust. The car has 6 months left of Road Tax and M.O.T is due soon. Absolutely Solid Car and great drive.
Looking to sell quick as buying a flat.Price is negotiable!.1000ONO

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pSyCoSiS

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I was actually pleasantly surprised when I had a passenger ride in one of these a few months back.

Very smooth ride, nice growl to the engine and a funky instrument cluster!

Still, for £1k, you can get a much nicer example of an IS200 than these ones....

Riggers

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That's a gauntlet thrown down right there, Psycosis - let's see the colour of your money. Linkies please! biggrin

pSyCoSiS

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Riggers said:
That's a gauntlet thrown down right there, Psycosis - let's see the colour of your money. Linkies please! biggrin
Ok let me fish some out, as was looking at these only the other day.

Do they have to be only from the PH classified, or is eBay allowed?!

M@1975

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Are these really down to a grand? Damn good cars for that sort of money, decent engine noise, go round corners properly and the spec list s usually huge.

X5TUU

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Nice, and whack a private plate on and most of the motoring ignorant wouldn't know your floating along in banger-nomics style

Never been a fan of the centre console in these but for that money does it really matter ... I think not!
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Strawman

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pSyCoSiS said:
or is eBay allowed?!
As long as it's buy-it-now or classifieds, not a 7 day auction with 6 days left to run.

lankybob

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Excellent, I remember my Dad testing these when they were new. I loved it (I was 10 though).
Might be tempted for my next car.

Riggers

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Strawman said:
pSyCoSiS said:
or is eBay allowed?!
As long as it's buy-it-now or classifieds, not a 7 day auction with 6 days left to run.
Wot Strawman said - Likewise Auto Trader and Gumtree etc are permissible within the rules of Shed! smile

Blukoo

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That's my mates car - haha

edeath

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"but the only thing that genuinely puts us off is the aftermarket grille."

This is a genuine Lexus part with the Lexus badge removed........

aizvara

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A while ago I went into my local (Norwich) dealer intending to buy one of these, but bought my car (e46 325i) instead, which was sat right next to it.

I do really like the look of the IS200, and particularly liked the "fussy" instrument cluster. Just don't like the (on paper) fuel economy to power ratio. Having said that, this has got me looking for Altezza RS200s now.

TooLateForAName

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and M.O.T is due soon.
So what's this hiding? What are the standard borks?

Liquid Knight

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Better than a three series in many ways.

pSyCoSiS

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Strawman said:
As long as it's buy-it-now or classifieds, not a 7 day auction with 6 days left to run.
Ok - here are a couple.

The other ones I had emailed the sellers for the buy it now prices, and they were after around the grand mark, and they were very tidy examples.

It is quite shocking how these have gone down in value, as they look more than £1k worth of car!

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/2000-LEXUS-IS200-SE-AUTO...

Ok, the above is an Auto, but albeit a high spec one, later model, cam belt changed, etc.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1999-LEXUS-IS200-S-SILVE...

I'm sure you could get this one for around the £800 mark!

Although, my bag of sand would go on this:

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Lexus-LS400-Mk4-Satnav-a...

Big, all the toys, V8 and smoothness galore. Mileage is irrelevant if maintained correctly.

Riggers

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edeath said:
"but the only thing that genuinely puts us off is the aftermarket grille."

This is a genuine Lexus part with the Lexus badge removed........
Fair enough. I'd still prefer the original grille, however. But that's just personal taste...

philkermeen

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Thumbs up! Fancy Toyota that'll go forever...

Garlick

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LS, there is only one way to go smile

Riggers

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Many fine suggestions
Good spots, there. Not surprised you'd plump for an LS, though, as your penchant for barges is well documented biggrin

HeatonNorris

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All it needs is a set of Citroen Saxo rear lights wink

SuperHangOn

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pSyCoSiS said:
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/2000-LEXUS-IS200-SE-AUTO...

Ok, the above is an Auto, but albeit a high spec one, later model, cam belt changed, etc.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1999-LEXUS-IS200-S-SILVE...

I'm sure you could get this one for around the £800 mark!
One in Croydon and the other looks a total.. err... shed wink

Sorry but I think you still need £1500-2000 to get a decent IS200. Happy to be proved wrong though smile
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