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So this past Saturday marked the 1 year ownership of my 2009 Starfire Pearl IS F. For those of you that don't know my story of following and chasing the F from it's world debut in Detroit and the many hard laps around Laguna Seca, I decided to take the plunge. I decided on Starfire Pearl w/Black interior as most of my previous vehicles have been white including the 07 GS350 I traded from. My F was special ordered since my local region (Western) was not ordering any 09 IS F's unless it was just ML/NAV. I wanted Park Assist as well as ML/NAV so I went to my sources to get what I wanted. Instead of waiting the normal 90 days to special order, it took just over 30 days as my connections were able to "intercept" an ISF from another region's allocation. I already had the vin# to my IS F before it even left the Tahara Plant in Japan! Due to our unfortunate economic downturn during that time, the port of Long Beach was backed up with vehicles. My IS F arrived at the port during the week of Thanksgiving, but because of all the delays at the port, my car sat in a long line until it was freed to my local dealer of choice, Longo Lexus. Being my b-day is in December, my IS F was released from the port just a day before it was delivered to Longo. It was perfect timing, it became an early birthday present to myself. As soon as I got the call that my car was arriving, I went to Longo the day it arrived and took it home later that evening.

For those that know, I do plenty of driving despite having a seperate company car for my daily grind. I am very happy to report with just over 24k miles on the odometer, I am still riding on the original factory brake pads, original Michelin Pilot Sport PS2s (which still have a good 4/32" on the rear and 6/32" on the fronts), averaging 24mpg mixed city and highway and the car still runs as good as new minus a few rattles here and there (which have all been fixed). Other than the clear bra installed by Aerotect, window tint, Joe Z intake with Toms drop in filter , Lexus ipod adapter and the R-Spec DVD/Nav override, I have kept my IS F pretty stock considering this is Lexus' first attempt at a true factory sport tuned vehicle. I know Lexus engineers spend millions on tuning the ISF to it's current state. I'd like to preserve that feel for as long as I own the car. I do have thoughts of lowering the car and adding rims, but for now, i'm still enjoying the car in it's current state.

I've taken my IS F on several long distance trips all over California and a trip out to Las Vegas. I have had many run ins and might I add victorious run ins with many kinds of cars. I am pretty impressed how long the IS F can hang with the beastly BMW M5. I am very proud at the fact that my ISF has not had any mechanical or electrical issues to date and don't expect to have any in it's service. I have since switched from regular conventional motor oil and am currently using synthetics (for the first time in any Lexus or Toyota i've owned). The 8 speed direct shift transmission with 416HP 5.0L V8 is a pleasure to drive around in. It can be smooth and comfortable around town or it can be as responsive and angry when needed. There are a few things that I think Lexus should have focused more on are for example electronically adjustable suspension dampening and an LSD for us 08 and 09 ISF owners, but overall I am very satisfied with the whole package. There are plenty of great alternative vehicles out there, but i'm pretty much sold on the whole Lexus experience and what it has to offer me. I am anxious for the next year and the next 24k miles to come! If you don't have an ISF, you should get one, I highly recommend it!


12/12/08: Pre PDI, fresh with all the plastic.



12/12/08: After the PDI, ready for delivery!

 

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Here are some recent pics I took of my 09 IS F last month in San Diego at The Grand Del Mar during the 2010 GX460 and LS/ES Launch.









 

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Being a new owner I'm glad to hear your still satisfied with it, as am I although I've only had mine for about a month. Mines an 08 starfire pearl with 10k miles on it.

I usually get bored with cars pretty quick but for some reason I see myself keeping this one for the long haul.
 

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24,000 miles is quite a bit more then the 5,122 kilometers that i babied out of mine this year. granted that i only got it on june 18, 2009. i subsequently parked it just before the first snowfall on october 2, 2009.....kind of sad that i only had it on the streets for 3 months now that i think about it.

mine is also a 09 starfire pearl on black. series 1. so no mark levinson or navigation. i had to special order it, cuz that is the way i wanted it. almost every single isf i have seen/drove/looked inside of, had navigation, and i wanted mine to be more rare. after being denied a white is350 in may 2008 because they did not have any....i knew i wanted white this time around. i ordered it march 10th....it arrived at the dealership june 17th, i drove up to the city and picked it up june 18th, and drove it, with my salesman, to the lexus track day they had going on. i parked it on the side..... many people attending gawking at the pristine starfire paint job while i drove a demo isf down the drag strip and though the pylon course.

i put 2 coats of wax on it the first weekend, and have washed it every weekend, unless i didnt drive it much then i washed it the 2nd weekend. i have 5% tint on all windows (except the windshield obviously), a k&n intake, joe-z exhaust. i recently drove a bone stock isf and it blew me away how "boring" it sounds when it is stock. the joe-z, and especially the k&n add alot more audible delight. in 2010 i plan to add tein cs coilovers with edfc, f-sport rear sway bar for sure. after that....who knows. i would like some hre carbon rims, but they are extremely expensive and i see no reason to change the beautiful 2-tone factory wheels, that we are so privileged to have here in canada.

sorry for hi-jacking your thread a little......

its nice to know, with the limited amount that i use mine, that it will hold up for a long, long, long time.
 

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Some beautiful pic there...I wish I lived in an area where it was perpetually sunny. I wouldn't have to clean the car so much then...only the brake dust off the wheels.

I have only had my ISF for 5 months now, but have racked up 10k miles on it. For anybody who actually wants to drive their sports sedan A LOT for years and years, its nice to know that you have Toyota reliability on your side.
 

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I'm around 29k miles on the 08 and the 2010 is getting babied like you wouldn't believe with 300 miles. It sucks my commute to work is 60 miles and we use the 08 to go everywhere. Oh well. Very nice pics Flip.
 

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Very nice choice of mods, while keeping the car pretty stock.

Looking forward to join the ranks of the ISF Squadron. :)
 

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I know Lexus engineers spend millions on tuning the ISF to it's current state. I'd like to preserve that feel for as long as I own the car. I do have thoughts of lowering the car and adding rims, but for now, i'm still enjoying the car in it's current state.
First off, great post!

I also have to agree with the above sentiment. With a car like this, I think any time an owner is considering some sort of a mod, he should ask himself, if the mod is such a good idea, why didn't all those smart Japanese engineers come up with it? Sometimes there is a good answer, like "they went for better gas mileage" or "they wanted to give the car a broader appeal." Otherwise, it's kind of silly to think that you can spend a few hundred dollars and improve on all that R&D without causing some detriment to the car.
 

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First off, great post!

I also have to agree with the above sentiment. With a car like this, I think any time an owner is considering some sort of a mod, he should ask himself, if the mod is such a good idea, why didn't all those smart Japanese engineers come up with it? Sometimes there is a good answer, like "they went for better gas mileage" or "they wanted to give the car a broader appeal." Otherwise, it's kind of silly to think that you can spend a few hundred dollars and improve on all that R&D without causing some detriment to the car.
Thank you!

Yeah the Lexus engineers spent countless hours to get the formula right. I think they did a great job encompassing comfort, performance and of course reliability.
 
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