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03is300 - Follow up almost 2 years later (I wish more people did this so I'm taking the time). I put about a grand into it when I bought it with 73k miles, nothing serious but wanted to do the preventative stuff - serp belt, water pump, plugs, new battery, new pads, resurfaced rotors, oil change, and a few other things I can't remember. Turns out there was some coolant drips on the water pump weep hole so it was on its way out at 8 years old, everything else was for peace of mind. I've put about 25k+- miles since, hasn't required service beyond maintenance. A few things have popped up though which I'd like to bring to light. 1) For reasons unknown to me and the several mechanics at my disposal, between 1200 and 2500 rpms the vehicle will on rare occasions hesitate. Its only for an instant, its not throwing any codes; however, there is a service bulletin about this and reports the cause as 'faulty battery connections.' I just bought another battery for the car (like a boob I left an interior light on when running home late at night in the pouring rain, killed the batt.) and the batt. terminal posts are cone-shaped, but the interior walls of the terminals are cylindrical, i.e. its not a clean connection. It happens so rarely I'm not going battery shopping again, but that's supposedly the fix. 2) this is topical, but I believe bears repeating - the back seats don't fold down. Audi/BMW/Infiniti/essentially every other luxury car manufacturer provides this option, but not the 03 is300. Not a deal breaker by any means (it has the ski pass/thru bag), but honestly its a option I miss. 3) On a positive note, I am getting waaaay better gas mileage than the 16/23 quoted. I'm about 65/35 hw/city, but I've gotten at least 24 mpg on nearly every tank (with the exception of the few where I have some fun with it (what? its good for it every once in a while, knocks the carbon off :)). Bottom line - very, very pleased with my purchase. She will be 10 years old in feb of this year per toyota's stamp, runs like a top, always turns over (knock on wood), and still has her classic looks. Good luck with your hunt, still a lot of great ones out there.Report it
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