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Old 01-21-16, 09:59 PM   #1
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Default What to look for when buying a IS300?

Just to make a long story short about how I chose/why I chose an IS300 to be my next car, I'm expecting my first kid in March and is much roomier then my current car (02' Mustang GT "full bolt ons" / turbo plans canceled). Not taking vehicle condition into consideration, what should I look for? I have to have a manual so is the W55 any good? Are their non VVT-I 2jzge options or only vvti? Is there one year better then another and etc. I hope you get the point by now lol thank you guys in advanced.
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Welcome to the forums! You will find the search function is a powerful tool as most questions have already been answered. Here's a link that should get you started, hope you find the right one! Good luck!

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vvti only.

2001 had the better dash. Other years had the notorious GOO. 2001 dash also looks better imo. but the gooey dash is an easy fix. 2001 Manual also had LSD where 02 and up was an option I believe. But a simple VIN check will help you find out.

those were my only concerns between the years.
everything else seemed rather irrelevant to my interests.
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Service records are absolutely key. You want to make sure at least some attention was made. More importantly, you want to make sure that critical work was done like the timing belt.

I would say that in most cases this car is rock solid with even some neglect but my buddy just bought a car that was neglected and is showing codes out the wazoo, so be warned.
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I appreciate your input guys. I've decided to pull the trigger on a very well maintained and low mileage 2005 Indigo Ink Pearl is300 5spd manual that was a 1 owner vehicle. I'm leaving to pick it up in a few hours actually. It's over 1,100 miles away so I'm catching a flight and driving it back. I've never traveled more then 50 miles to get a car so this is a huge deal to me and I'm excited to see what I've got myself into.
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Sounds awesome man. I've always wanted to do that. Make sure you get us pictures.
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I appreciate your input guys. I've decided to pull the trigger on a very well maintained and low mileage 2005 Indigo Ink Pearl is300 5spd manual that was a 1 owner vehicle. I'm leaving to pick it up in a few hours actually. It's over 1,100 miles away so I'm catching a flight and driving it back. I've never traveled more then 50 miles to get a car so this is a huge deal to me and I'm excited to see what I've got myself into.
Is the car you bought a red one with about 94k miles? If so, I was close to pulling the trigger on it. I guess you beat me to it
I hope it's a great car for you. Enjoy!
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