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    Tell me everything you know about the IS300/Altezza

    I am looking at importing a Toyota Altezza when they become legal next year, but so far I know very little about them. They're not the most popular platform and I've always wondered why.

    I was hoping some people here would have experience and could suggest what to look out for. Common rust spots, parts that commonly fail, etc.

    Bonus points if you have info on the BEAMS 3SGE!

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    Just do it!
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    He loves his, as long as it's a manual trans he says it's the best car ever.

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    Slightly under powered in JDM form. Also the engine needs to be ratbagged to make power.

    You should try driving an is300 and see if you like it first. Consider that the 2jz has a boatload more torque than the 3sg and take that into account.

    Super nice driving chassis. Double wishbone front and multilink rear. Like a 4door supra.

    If you want the 3sge BEAMS be sure to find an RS200 altezza because the is200 has a 2.0 6-cyl which doesn't have anywhere near the same performance.

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    just pick up an is300 here already... unless you're grabbing the RS200 as mentioned above, what's the point?


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    Manual IS300's are over $12k, a Manual RS200 could be at my door for under $9k.

    Still trying to find out more about maintenance costs, how difficult is it to order JDM Toyota parts through a Canadian dealership?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Noir View Post
    How difficult is it to order JDM Toyota parts through a Canadian dealership?
    Pretty hard. You'll probably be bringing parts in from Japan if you need them, but it's really going to depend on what you need of course.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Noir View Post
    Manual IS300's are over $12k, a Manual RS200 could be at my door for under $9k.

    Still trying to find out more about maintenance costs, how difficult is it to order JDM Toyota parts through a Canadian dealership?
    For my beams swap I dealt with EP imports on club4ag. Great guy to deal with. Got me brand new parts from Toyota.
    I hope you do buy a Altezza. Goodluck!

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    Not tryin to **** on your idea if its what you want to do .. but

    http://www.usedvictoria.com/classifi...IS300_17715413

    10k

    and even if you're looking at 12k as opposed to 9 for a rhd jdm import.. 3k is **** all compared to the hassle of sourcing parts from japan for a daily driver..

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    Not a problem, constructive criticism is always appreciated.

    Just thought of a dealbreaker though, winters in MB can reach -35 and I'm not sure if the 3SGE BEAMS has an available block heater...

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    Never having had to use a block heater, isnt it just a frost-plug sized element? I doubt the 3S' have 'never before seen' frost plug diameters..

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    You could get a block heater in there for sure. There are a variety available from Toyota and I'm sure one would fit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by celica-fiend View Post
    Not tryin to **** on your idea if its what you want to do ..

    and even if you're looking at 12k as opposed to 9 for a rhd jdm import.. 3k is **** all compared to the hassle of sourcing parts from japan for a daily driver..

    Brett

    ^^ agree completely.

    Not that the 3SGE is a pain, it's an awesome engine. But the corolla is several hundred pounds lighter than an altezza.

    I'd do an IS300 or IS350 and just bask in the luxury of it all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JOshua a View Post
    For my beams swap I dealt with EP imports on club4ag. Great guy to deal with. Got me brand new parts from Toyota.
    I hope you do buy a Altezza. Goodluck!
    Robert and Mika at EP for the win!


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    Manual IS300's aren't common, but there are many out there and most are selling for 10k or less now.

    As an all-round car, I find it damn near impossible to beat. I was toying with the idea of selling mine, but after swapping the insurance back onto it a week ago....HELL NO. It is way too much fun.

    And there is no comparison between an auto IS300 to a manual.

    I wouldn't bother with a JDM 4 cyl. Model. The 2JZ is a joy to drive.

    After driving mine, 5 people I know have picked up their own IS' including my own mother that MADE ME convert her ultra rare sport cross to a manual.

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    I have been autocrossing my '04 IS300 (stock automatic!) for a few years now and know them fairly well. Click my sig to go to my Youtube channel. What do you want to know?

    - 2JZ-GE is awesome. FAT flat midrange torque curve. Though by today's standards, they are not considered fast cars
    - Fuel efficiency is not good. I average about 11L/100km mixed driving, and that's better than average
    - Rear seats and trunk space are very tight, but to me this does not matter
    - It uses the exact same wiper stalk as in my old MX73!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Migs View Post
    Manual IS300's aren't common, but there are many out there and most are selling for 10k or less now.
    ^ this... i found a couple under 8k before i bought mine, i honestly think i'd enjoy the car less if it had a BEAMS in it

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    I have a factory 5speed IS. I feel that the 2jz is a better pair than the 3s, but I'd love to try one out with it.

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    The beams would be slow in a heavy 4 door sedan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Noir View Post
    I'm not sure if the 3SGE BEAMS has an available block heater...
    redtop beams is the same as 4age pretty sure blacktop would be the same

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    I was looking at IS300 a while back, I found LOTS of manual trannys in washington state for some reason, I'd say 50% of them were manual.

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