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I just bought an '08 Obsidian ML/NAV with 15 miles on it. I have to admit, I'm feeling rather bittersweet right now. Sweet that I have such an amazing car (I hope), but a bit sad now since I bought it on impulse. I've been reading these forums for a short time now, and initially I wasn't really looking to buy so soon, but I finally stepped foot in the dealership today and bought it on the spot. I was hoping to hold off a few months before I seriously bought since I really was looking for a SGM and wasn't in a hurry, but one look and I was done, =( Hopefully I'll feel better about the purchase in a few days, maybe you other ISF owners can cheer me up and tell me I made a great investment :) I also got all the road hazard warranty and extended warranty, and prepackaged service checks...not really sure if that was a good idea, but the finance man sure convinced me quickly that it was worth it.

I'm worried also about the maintenance on black...which was the reason I was looking at SGM. I'm getting the clear bra (dealer had said something about their clearbra didn't wrap the bumper said that people found that they didn't like it, but I insisted on having it there as well so I don't know if that was a good move), lojack and 30% tints done this week so I should have it back by Friday. It's rainy here so the car doesn't look so great. Hopefully I can get some pictures this weekend :D
 

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I just bought an '08 Obsidian ML/NAV with 15 miles on it. I have to admit, I'm feeling rather bittersweet right now. Sweet that I have such an amazing car (I hope), but a bit sad now since I bought it on impulse. I've been reading these forums for a short time now, and initially I wasn't really looking to buy so soon, but I finally stepped foot in the dealership today and bought it on the spot. I was hoping to hold off a few months before I seriously bought since I really was looking for a SGM and wasn't in a hurry, but one look and I was done, =( Hopefully I'll feel better about the purchase in a few days, maybe you other ISF owners can cheer me up and tell me I made a great investment :) I also got all the road hazard warranty and extended warranty, and prepackaged service checks...not really sure if that was a good idea, but the finance man sure convinced me quickly that it was worth it.

I'm worried also about the maintenance on black...which was the reason I was looking at SGM. I'm getting the clear bra (dealer had said something about their clearbra didn't wrap the bumper said that people found that they didn't like it, but I insisted on having it there as well so I don't know if that was a good move), lojack and 30% tints done this week so I should have it back by Friday. It's rainy here so the car doesn't look so great. Hopefully I can get some pictures this weekend :D
i wouldnt feel bad or sad at all i kind of did the same thing back in may. your car will run forever its a great investment. and on the color wax it once in a while and wash it every week or so and youll be fine . i recently got ride of mine and the only reason was to get the wife a 2008 silver gx 470 and so i can get a 2009 cadillac cts-v or mecedes-benz c63 amg. good luck with your car and have fun.
 

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congrats on the purchase... and no, you will not regret it
 

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Congratulations, and you won't regret it. It is a great car. The black is a little harder to keep clean, but it sure hard to beat black. If it makes you feel better, it isn't as easy as I had hoped to keep my Smoky Granite Mica IS-F. My wife's dark gray MDX seems to hide dirt better than my IS-F :(

I got the Clear Bra on my bumper and I'm quite happy with it. There are a few tiny areas with small bubbles, but they aren't noticeable unless you are looking for them. This was the same on my 04 TL too.

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YellowJacket, keeping black waxed at least 3 times a year with a good quality wax will go a long long way to helping keep your finish top notch. I owned a black vehicle for several years and was able to find a light wax from a local car supply dealer that was a very quick easy on easy off type of wax. I would actually use this light wax about every second time (2 weeks) I washed it! Maybe an extra 25-30 minutes added on at the end of the wash. It really made the black DEEP. Microfiber applicators and towels to remove wax really work well and minimize scratches. Just my personal experience.

You have bought a car that is on the leading edge of building a whole new culture and branding never considered for Lexus. Don't second guess yourself for one second on your purchase! If you have an ounce of sports car enthusiam in your bones, it is going to provide you with loads and loads of fun. Consider signing yourself up for a drivers school at Road Atlanta in Braselton with your IS-F. I had participated in a 3 day racing school in the Panoz race cars there and that track is incredible! You will be amazed at what the IS-F is capable of.

I resided in Marietta for about 5 years, which dealer did you get your IS-F from?
 

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Welcome to the site and congrats on your purchase! Don't feel bad at all about your purchase, I did the same thing you did and haven't looked back for one second, it truly is an amazing car. Your going to have a lot of fun in it and get quite a bit of attention from those who know what it is (and some who don't) :cool: Get to know the car and all the features and you'll be amazed, like Doug said, at what it can do.

As far as it keeping it clean, like everyone stated, be sure to wax it 3-4 times a year and wash it once a week or so if possible :cool: There is also a product called Meguiars Quick Detailer that I use in between washes. It's easy on, easy off and takes no more then 10 minutes to wipe down the whole car. It helps keep it clean between the washes thus keeping up the paint and making the washes themselves easier. I'd pick up a bottle to try :cool:
 

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My route to ownership was different from yours. In mid November I bought my wife a new ES350. While at the dealership, I noticed a Demo F. I asked the salesman if I could drive it, that was my downfall. When I went into the dealership, it was with the intention of buying her a car, not me. Honest! Well, two weeks went buy, and I couldn't get the darn thing out of my mind. I spent the next week negotiating, and on 12/6/08 I went to pick up my new F. I couldn't be happier with my decision.

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I own a black IS-F as well, and it was the best color choice for me. I had a full clear bra (covers everything in front) installed on mine and you can hardly notice it. In addition to the products mentioned, I suggest that you use a duster prior to quick detailing to get rid of particles that might cause light scratches or swirls.
As far as investment is concerned, I'm very satisfied with the performance and quality of the car. Just look at the reviews of Lexus and you'll feel good about your investment. It's the reason why I didn't go European.
 

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Some good buy stories here...love it, lowrider...and OP, don't worry one bit. I did not want to buy now...I kept telling myself, you have a perfectly fine car, you don't need this vehicle, economy is in the dumps, conserve ALL your cash, think about refinancing your house, etc. etc. etc.

Well, once I drove the car, it was about 80% over right then. I pulled a purchase forward to December because I got a good deal on the price and the financing was awesome....

prices may keep going down, who knows...I am guessing that Lexus will severly cut production of these cars in '09 and try to keep the prices a bit closer to msrp....it's good for the brand and good for resale to not discount too much, even though we all like big bucks off.....I was orig . in the market for a '09 G37 sedan, Audi A4, or TL until I actually saw a TL...for a few thou more, I have a truly awesome car. :D
 

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I was orig . in the market for a '09 G37 sedan, Audi A4, or TL until I actually saw a TL...for a few thou more, I have a truly awesome car. :D
I came out of a modded '03 G35 Coupe 6MT. You can't compare the two. Lexus quality and build far superior to Infiniti.

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Some good buy stories here...love it, lowrider...and OP, don't worry one bit. I did not want to buy now...I kept telling myself, you have a perfectly fine car, you don't need this vehicle, economy is in the dumps, conserve ALL your cash, think about refinancing your house, etc. etc. etc.

Well, once I drove the car, it was about 80% over right then. I pulled a purchase forward to December because I got a good deal on the price and the financing was awesome....

prices may keep going down, who knows...I am guessing that Lexus will severly cut production of these cars in '09 and try to keep the prices a bit closer to msrp....it's good for the brand and good for resale to not discount too much, even though we all like big bucks off.....I was orig . in the market for a '09 G37 sedan, Audi A4, or TL until I actually saw a TL...for a few thou more, I have a truly awesome car. :D
I had an 04 TL and loved it. I was waiting for the 09s to come out and figured I would get an 09 or 10 to replace my 04. Then I saw it. Needless to say I decided it wasn't for me. It's a real shame that the car is so ugly, because otherwise it had everything I wanted improved from my 04.

I guess in the end it all worked out because I got an IS-F instead :D

Jeff
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If you have an ounce of sports car enthusiam in your bones, it is going to provide you with loads and loads of fun. Consider signing yourself up for a drivers school at Road Atlanta in Braselton with your IS-F. I had participated in a 3 day racing school in the Panoz race cars there and that track is incredible! You will be amazed at what the IS-F is capable of.

I resided in Marietta for about 5 years, which dealer did you get your IS-F from?
Oh definitely ready to get into a sporty car. I'm by no means a hardcore racer or will be taking the car to the track every weekend, but I need a refreshing change. I have been driving my old 1994 LS400. While it was a great car, it was definitely not meant for sportiness. The reliability I had with it was probably a big reason I went with Lexus over the M3s or the S4s. I actually live in Vinings/Marietta area so I went up the street to Nalley, hope I didn't pick a bad one!

Yea, I've been thinking about going to one of those racing schools sometime ever since I thought about getting this car. Probably won't be able to go anytime soon though since I'm pretty busy nowadays, but hopefully I'll find time to go down there sometime. I've been out to Road Atlanta before for Petit Le Mans races so I know that track is great.

Some questions for you guys on the forum. I've been perusing these forums this week and it seems that I should be bedding in my brakes. Can anyone confirm or deny that I should do this? I will get my car back tomorrow and it has 15 miles on it. I don't think I will be able to do this immediately, so if I need to do this, does it have to be done right now? What's people getting out of their brakes? Seems to be around 13-17k for "normal" (as if any of us with this car are normal) drivers :D Anyways, any insight from you guys would help.

Sorry if I'm a newbie and this question has been answered 5 billion times. Any other tips I should be aware of or that I should do for a new car? Thanks in advance. I definitely am glad to be part of this forum, you guys all seem to be very helpful and nice.
 

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Your question regarding bedding is going to be up to you. Some people bed theirs while others don't. I personally didn't bed mine when I bought it. I waited for the squeaking then I took it out on the highway and did some high speed breaking (90-50, 80-40, etc.). Its going to be up to you if you want to bed yours. The link below will help answer more of your questions about brake bedding and what it does (advantages, etc.) :cool:

Feel free to ask any questions you may have once you get the car. Enjoy it and be careful not to get into to much trouble right away :p

http://www.lexusf.com/forums/showthread.php?t=200&highlight=bedding
 

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I came out of a modded '03 G35 Coupe 6MT. You can't compare the two. Lexus quality and build far superior to Infiniti.

Lou
Yeh, the earlier Infiniti cars/interiors were crap...the newer ones have much better quality...have you looked inside an '08 or '09 sedan.?...I test drove one and it wasn't bad at all inside...but not Lexus quality.
 

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Congrats on the car! I too have a black F and believe it to be the most atttractive color for the car. The only advice I can give is to be as careful as you can when washing it. I've always owned black cars, but never owned a car that had such delicate paint. It does not take too much to scratch this car during a wash so make sure you keep that mitt as clean as possible, and use quality products. I do everything I can and still add scratches here and there to the finish during washes (nothing a good detail doesn't fix though).
Enjoy!
 

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Some good buy stories here...love it, lowrider...and OP, don't worry one bit. I did not want to buy now...I kept telling myself, you have a perfectly fine car, you don't need this vehicle, economy is in the dumps, conserve ALL your cash, think about refinancing your house, etc. etc. etc.

Well, once I drove the car, it was about 80% over right then. I pulled a purchase forward to December because I got a good deal on the price and the financing was awesome....

prices may keep going down, who knows...I am guessing that Lexus will severly cut production of these cars in '09 and try to keep the prices a bit closer to msrp....it's good for the brand and good for resale to not discount too much, even though we all like big bucks off.....I was orig . in the market for a '09 G37 sedan, Audi A4, or TL until I actually saw a TL...for a few thou more, I have a truly awesome car. :D
Yes, I have to admit, I'm glad I'm not the only one with the impulsive buy stories :D Mondo, it sounds like your route to the car happened virtually the same as mine. I was originally in the market for an '09 G37 sedan, the new Audi A4/S4 (S4 was a bit out of picture since it isn't out yet), and I had already ruled out the new TL after I saw what it looked like. Ultimately I came to the same conclusion as you - for a few thousand more I have the Lexus quality I wanted with the extra sportiness I craved.
 

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Yes, I have to admit, I'm glad I'm not the only one with the impulsive buy stories :D Mondo, it sounds like your route to the car happened virtually the same as mine. I was originally in the market for an '09 G37 sedan, the new Audi A4/S4 (S4 was a bit out of picture since it isn't out yet), and I had already ruled out the new TL after I saw what it looked like. Ultimately I came to the same conclusion as you - for a few thousand more I have the Lexus quality I wanted with the extra sportiness I craved.
Indeed...that new S4 looks kinda sweet in pics but I bet it will be high 50's-60K w/options and no discounts for awhile...and we'll still have 85 HP on it....G37-Infiniti is hiding most of them in ports until '08's are gone plus I just wasn't totally thrilled with the '08 I test drove.....and TL is one homely piece of metal....so here I is...;)...(we need more smilies to choose from on this board)
 
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