This thread will mainly be a maintenance log of sorts for my 2002 Lexus IS300 Sportcross I recently picked up. The second reason for this “non-build” is to meet the post requirements for the FS/WTB section. I've always wanted the IS300 wagon but so few were made for Canada that they're fairly hard to find. I saw another one for sale February 2014 but it sold to the first person that saw it at the dealer. It took some convincing (of myself mainly) to trade a half a decade newer, AWD, manual transmission Subaru Outback with all maintenance up-to-date for a RWD auto but I was convinced to do it so I would "shut up about it".
I thought the Sportcross was just a name people gave to the wagons but sure enough right on the insurance card it says IS300 Sportcross. This one is a fully loaded Canadian model (everything in metric/SI units and daytime running lights) with the rear fog lights, headlight washers, 9 speaker stereo with subwoofer, Homelink, Auto dim mirrors (including dimming side mirrors), M98 rear differential = Torsen LSD, then the usual options like full leather, heated seats, et cetera. No block heater surprisingly. The car when I bought it had 94k kilometers on it which really isn't all that bad for a 12 year old car. The car spent the majority of its life in Vancouver so the plus side to that is there is no rust (so I thought). The paint is in rough shape but nothing that a power polish won't solve I believe. It seems like the last owners when they did drive it in winter cleaned the car off “too good”. Instead of brushing off the snow lightly they got it spotless right down to the paint. In my mind I picture them taking the snowbrush and in a hefty axe swing motion hit the car and drag down the hood to clear the snow off. There is also evidence that they scraped hard at the windows as all have fine scratches everywhere. Plus they had pets which rode in the back so all of the back panels have dog scratches everywhere.....and the hair....what a f'ing pain in the ass it is to get dog hair out.
All that aside and best of all it came with two sets of the illusive staggered set of wagon rims (the rears being wider than normal) whereas the sedans all had the same width. When the guy told me he had a winter set of wheels I immediately assumed steel wheels so that was a nice surprise. He also had an extra front wheel. So basically it came with 10 full sized IS300 rims total (full size spare came with it as well). He also gave all maintenance records and the car was dealer maintained all of its life but I'm fairly disappointed in the state of the car. There are receipts for $1000+ worth of work for things like brake jobs, tranny flushes, rear diff flushes and timing belts/water pumps but it seems like they only changed the "required" items. Anything that said inspect they didn't do. As such I now have a squeaky timing idler so I basically have to go in there and redo the whole job because some tech spun the idler and deemed it adequate somehow. And really how would the previous owners know otherwise when the dealer is telling them "it's fine"? So there are a few things to do yet.
Here is the car after I bought it.
In my garage
It's hard to see the filthiness of the hatch area but there is dog hair everywhere
Second set of staggered wheels with Blizzaks on them
Full size spare. There is a full size spare with a summer tire and the other is with a winter tire.
Full records, all keys and all manuals came with the car