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Originally Posted by Magick Man View Post

More stuff today.

McLaren: "Trade in your 12C for a new 650S Spider, pay $60k difference." Wow.

Ferrari: "We want to send you a Ferrari California T, to see what you think of it." Really? Okay...

 



I mean..... if you're too busy you can have them send the Cali T to me wink.gif
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McLaren aren't very good at naming their cars eh. The 650S is also not very interesting and its looks are... well lazy is what I would say but who knows, it might look better in the flesh. I'll find out at the Geneva Motorshow.

On the other hand, the California T is interesting but only for its engine.The first Turbo V8 by Ferrari since the F40.

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Oh hell no, I like the new California, can't wait to check it out. Maybe even see if we can mess with the firmware a little. I'm intrigued by the small size of it too, it's smaller than the C7 vette.
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I agree that McLaren hasn't been great with naming their road cars. MP4-12C, P1, and 650S don't have much in common besides being alphanumeric jumbles, and the P1 is only named such because they had to make it abundantly clear who it was the successor to.

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Since this is really an audio forum, here's a video for auto-audio enthusiasts (or just people that like to stare at the @ss end of cars...)

My advice: Before pressing play, Turn It Up!!

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Originally Posted by Magick Man View Post

More stuff today.

McLaren: "Trade in your 12C for a new 650S Spider, pay $60k difference." Wow.
Ferrari: "We want to send you a Ferrari California T, to see what you think of it." Really? Okay...


Big Mac looking to fill the sponsorship holes? I like that. Pay us 60grand we will trade you cars and then sell you're 12C to the highest bidder as a collectors item. Nice work if you can get it. Sure sign Ron Dennis is back.

 

Meanwhile at the SCUD.........Let's get these beasts out and start spreading the word, we can afford it and the PR is worth millions.

Just make sure you get it BEFORE the guys over at Car&Anus beat the poo out of it.

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My wife found a car for either me or my son that is kind of interesting - but I'm afraid to tell you guys what it is. It is a brand that is well known for being at the top of the @sshat list. I have no doubt you guys will give me crap if we actually buy it...

It's a 2002 Lexus IS300

It's a private party that has it sitting on the street with a for sale sign - it's actually only a few blocks from our house. It looks like it is in reasonably good shape - the body looks straight and the interior is fairly clean. I would probably call it "very good" for a private party - but not up to the typical dealer lot detailer standards. I have not called the owner, so I haven't sat in or driven the car yet.

The only issue is the price. KBB says the private party "very good" price is $7100, and dealer retail is $8K. This guy has $8200 on his for sale sign. When I look at the used car sites like cars.com, autotrader, etc, I see a wide range of prices for similar year, mileage and condition IS300 - from over $12K to under $7K.

So, I don't know - I guess I have nothing to lose by calling the guy and checking it out. I might drive it and find obvious flaws. Cheaper would be better...

OK - let the Lexus hater jokes begin - if I can't take it, then I better not buy it... tongue.gif
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My wife found a car for either me or my son that is kind of interesting - but I'm afraid to tell you guys what it is. It is a brand that is well known for being at the top of the @sshat list. I have no doubt you guys will give me crap if we actually buy it...

It's a 2002 Lexus IS300

It's a private party that has it sitting on the street with a for sale sign - it's actually only a few blocks from our house. It looks like it is in reasonably good shape - the body looks straight and the interior is fairly clean. I would probably call it "very good" for a private party - but not up to the typical dealer lot detailer standards. I have not called the owner, so I haven't sat in or driven the car yet.

The only issue is the price. KBB says the private party "very good" price is $7100, and dealer retail is $8K. This guy has $8200 on his for sale sign. When I look at the used car sites like cars.com, autotrader, etc, I see a wide range of prices for similar year, mileage and condition IS300 - from over $12K to under $7K.

So, I don't know - I guess I have nothing to lose by calling the guy and checking it out. I might drive it and find obvious flaws. Cheaper would be better...

OK - let the Lexus hater jokes begin - if I can't take it, then I better not buy it... tongue.gif


Lets get down to brass tacks here. Does it have the Levinson audio system?

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I don't think so - but it didn't occur to me look. Was that available in the 2002?

As far as I can tell, in 2002 you could get the Levinson system in the LS430, but not the IS.
Edited by billybob_jcv - 3/4/14 at 10:34pm
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Originally Posted by billybob_jcv View Post

My wife found a car for either me or my son that is kind of interesting - but I'm afraid to tell you guys what it is. It is a brand that is well known for being at the top of the @sshat list. I have no doubt you guys will give me crap if we actually buy it...

It's a 2002 Lexus IS300

It's a private party that has it sitting on the street with a for sale sign - it's actually only a few blocks from our house. It looks like it is in reasonably good shape - the body looks straight and the interior is fairly clean. I would probably call it "very good" for a private party - but not up to the typical dealer lot detailer standards. I have not called the owner, so I haven't sat in or driven the car yet.

The only issue is the price. KBB says the private party "very good" price is $7100, and dealer retail is $8K. This guy has $8200 on his for sale sign. When I look at the used car sites like cars.com, autotrader, etc, I see a wide range of prices for similar year, mileage and condition IS300 - from over $12K to under $7K.

So, I don't know - I guess I have nothing to lose by calling the guy and checking it out. I might drive it and find obvious flaws. Cheaper would be better...

OK - let the Lexus hater jokes begin - if I can't take it, then I better not buy it... tongue.gif

Nah, that was a good time for Lexus, before the bottom fell out. How many miles does it have on it? Look under the car for fluid leaks (since it's been sitting for a while), look at the engine and suspension, take it out and wind it out, listening for pops while turning and anything else unusual, feel how it tracks and accelerates. You know the drill. wink.gif If it's all good, and you like it, offer $7000 and see if he'll counter.


I'm sure McLaren doesn't know how many miles I've put on that car, it's going on 8k. It's also running a mild 50hp tune and has all the carbon fiber options that were available, with factory personalized plaque and sills, and I'm about certain they're talking about trading "up" for a base 650S they have in stock. No thanks, it's not worth it for a fancy facelift.
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Originally Posted by billybob_jcv View Post

My wife found a car for either me or my son that is kind of interesting - but I'm afraid to tell you guys what it is. It is a brand that is well known for being at the top of the @sshat list. I have no doubt you guys will give me crap if we actually buy it...

It's a 2002 Lexus IS300

It's a private party that has it sitting on the street with a for sale sign - it's actually only a few blocks from our house. It looks like it is in reasonably good shape - the body looks straight and the interior is fairly clean. I would probably call it "very good" for a private party - but not up to the typical dealer lot detailer standards. I have not called the owner, so I haven't sat in or driven the car yet.

The only issue is the price. KBB says the private party "very good" price is $7100, and dealer retail is $8K. This guy has $8200 on his for sale sign. When I look at the used car sites like cars.com, autotrader, etc, I see a wide range of prices for similar year, mileage and condition IS300 - from over $12K to under $7K.

So, I don't know - I guess I have nothing to lose by calling the guy and checking it out. I might drive it and find obvious flaws. Cheaper would be better...

OK - let the Lexus hater jokes begin - if I can't take it, then I better not buy it... tongue.gif

Actually its not a bad car. It shares a platform with the Japanese 4 door sport sedan named the Altezza (well theoreticaly it is the same car), parts would be abundant since there is a small cult devoted to the old IS/Altezza 

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That generation of the IS is actually a neat little car; I'm all for it.

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I want this so much. biggrin.gif


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When I arrived in Geneva, I was greeted with this.

 

 

 

 

It stayed in front of the four seasons hotel for quite some time. Probably explains the cover and must be extremely brand new. I wonder if it's a customer P1?

Proportion wise, it's not as small and as low as I would thought it would be. The sloped, low back makes the illusion of the car being smaller than it is. It's also surprisingly not too wide for a supercar.


Edited by VortexBlast - 3/5/14 at 12:41pm
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I want this so much. biggrin.gif


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Holy Smokes. Quite the piece of history there. Who has it?

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