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Importing my Altezza step-by-step Diary - iansartoria

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Postby wullie_trd » Mon Aug 01, 2011 6:18 pm

First of all car looking good!

I have 2 altezza stereo's in my house .....

1 6CD and cassette
1 6CD and minidisc

I had the cassette one fitted in my car and managed to get my hands on the minidisc one but both have different connections on the back.

for sale if intrested but tbh id wait till you get your car first see what connection you have.

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Also ...... havent got a clue what the things on the rear window could be :?
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Postby iansartoria » Mon Aug 01, 2011 6:26 pm

Thank you :)

It's a 1998 model if that would make any difference? But i will wait for now but would be very interested once i know what connection it is as i would prefer to get my hands on some engine bay mods first rather than shell out £300 on a stereo - Will have the car by the end of September.

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Postby john318 » Mon Aug 01, 2011 7:40 pm

iansartoria wrote:Ok guys the car is at the docks and ready to come England! :)

Here are some more pictures of it and some suggestions on the following questions, but first the pics;

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Ok sooooo i am in a dilema over the radio, there is an oem one on ebay for approx £150 http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Lexus-200-Altezza-CD-Player-Radio-/220803956521?pt=UK_Audio_TV_Electronics_In_Car_Entertainment_GPS_In_Car_Audio_Players_PP&hash=item3368f0ff29 to which i might buy but then i think why not just pay an extra £100 or so and get myself a nice Pioneer or Archos maybe? Thoughts on that guys please... Also what sort of connection am i looking for, for this? Or can anyone reccomend a good aftermarket stereo around the £250-£300 mark?

I have my list of things i want doing, i.e underseal the car, painting and fitting of a few things (including painting the alloys white and callipers red) and a full valet including a steam clean of the engine bay etc.

I have supplied my own panel filter and oil filter and there will be 95% chance i will be buying a Hi Power Silent and a 45% chance i will get the 4-2-1 manifold to go with it but bottom line, he will fit whatever i buy.

Ermm thats bout it, oh and i need to buy a cigarette lighter and an arial which is my final question, does anyone have a spare oem of either of these for sale please, or knows of the parts number so i can order them in?

OH and finally what are those things attached to the left and right of the rear window??

Thank you kindly and suggestions all welcome :D

Ian

The two things on the rear window are aerials for a tv unit which is removed from the dash probablly a carozeria Pioneer unit they were on my first tezza never could get them working so I removed them.
Lovely looking car tho looks real clean :)

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Postby iansartoria » Mon Aug 01, 2011 8:08 pm

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The two things on the rear window are aerials for a tv unit which is removed from the dash probablly a carozeria Pioneer unit they were on my first tezza never could get them working so I removed them.
Lovely looking car tho looks real clean :)[/quote]

Excellent, i was thinking aerials or something for the internet - i shall have them removed then :)

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Postby iansartoria » Tue Aug 02, 2011 10:08 am

@wullie_trd

I have a closer picture of where the radio should be if you can see what connection it is with this picture?

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Postby todd » Tue Aug 02, 2011 2:20 pm

Stunning car 8)

Jurgan is a great bloke and has a great rep for importing so you made a good choice there.

Whatever you do, don't paint your wheels white and your calipers yellow, that's so yesterday :lol: :wink:

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Postby iansartoria » Tue Aug 02, 2011 2:39 pm

todd wrote:Stunning car 8)

Jurgan is a great bloke and has a great rep for importing so you made a good choice there.

Whatever you do, don't paint your wheels white and your calipers yellow, that's so yesterday :lol: :wink:


lol :D well you'll be pleased to know the calipers will be red haha. Thing is i love the standard alloys but can't afford £300+ for a new set, so white they shall be ;)

Plus it will be the only tezza in my area so knowone will know :)
I also have a vision in my head i must put into practice - easily changed if i decide i don't like it :)

And yeah Jurgen knows his stuff, the cars he has in stock are unreal (strange that my tezza is the first one he has imported! - so who knows i might even get a showcase on the website hehe) and his own 1000bhp GTR is just insane!

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Postby Col » Tue Aug 02, 2011 4:14 pm

shameless i know, but i've just had a set of standard wheels refurbed in charcoal with a metalflake that won't be going with my car if your interested :)

good luck with the tez as well, sure you'll not be disappointed

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Postby iansartoria » Tue Aug 02, 2011 5:09 pm

Col wrote:shameless i know, but i've just had a set of standard wheels refurbed in charcoal with a metalflake that won't be going with my car if your interested :)

good luck with the tez as well, sure you'll not be disappointed

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Thanks for the offer but got my mind set on white with hints of red in places :)

I had a IS200 and the drive was incredible, so if the tezza can drive close to that but offer more power as well then i will melt into the seat :)

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Postby wullie_trd » Tue Aug 02, 2011 5:27 pm

iansartoria wrote:@wullie_trd

I have a closer picture of where the radio should be if you can see what connection it is with this picture?

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Cant really see to be honest ..........

Here pics of the stereo's

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The top pic is the 6CD and Minidisc - Never fitted in my car

The other is 6CD and cassette - Came out of my car.

And dont take notice of Todd ! .............. White wheels and yellow calipers are the way forward! :lol:
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Postby todd » Tue Aug 02, 2011 7:32 pm

wullie_trd wrote:White wheels and yellow calipers are the way forward! :lol:


:lol:

They do look good on your motor 8)

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Postby iansartoria » Mon Sep 12, 2011 7:23 pm

Hi guys just an update, but first image shack wont let me log in for some reason so i will just list what i have;

Ok, so i have the following to go into the car when it arrives;

Pioneer 3300BT
Rear eyelids
Front eyebrows
Cusco front strut
HKS oil filter
HKS air filter

Getting alloys painted white, callipers painted red & underseal done.

The car is due into the country second week of October and will take 4-5 days to get sorted. So next update will be of pictures of the car hopefully :)))

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Postby iansartoria » Tue Sep 27, 2011 8:36 pm

further update...Struggling with finances now :? Had to buy the little n' a new bed and mothers birthday next week hasn't helped lol. Basically gonna be living on £20 a week till January and still have over £1000 on my Credit card lol...Can i take back the remark i made about "Whats a bit of debt anyway"?? hahaha, but its all good, car still on schedule and be here in approx 2-3 weeks time!

p.s. I'm officially cancelling Christmas this year so i don't have to buy any presents!

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Postby tezzasligo » Wed Sep 28, 2011 3:40 am

ur radio 1s was the mini disc version i think u can tell by da size of conecter blocks
THE MATES AND ME 2 GOOD OLD TOYOTAS 1 MITSUBISHI COMBINED 950BHP

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Postby iansartoria » Wed Oct 19, 2011 1:02 pm

Hey guys, ok sooooo here we go;

So importing my car from step one;

Sell my Lexus and buy a little banger to knock about in.

Step two;

Contacted a few import specialists and settled with my local, JM-Imports around mid June 2011 and settled on the perfect spec and look for the Altezza i wanted. My budget then was £5500 (wish i kept it that much!) but my spec list went up slightly as i wanted full trd kit, 50k miles or less (as opposed to the 59k miles i originally asked) and needless to say the budget went up to £6500. Still deposit paid of £4460 (my lexus sale price).

Step three;

Jurgen of JM-Imports searched through all the auction sites 2-3 times a day looking for the perfect car for me as well as me searching through all the auction sites. There was a lot of potential instantly but refused to be impatient and wisely advised on these forums to wait and the right one will come along. I waited till 19th July when i finally got confirmation that i had won my dream car...i had a real good feeling about it as soon as i saw it i knew it would be mine! Price was maybe £500 or so above its true value but i'm not buying it to sell for profit, i'm buying it to drive, love and get that feeling when you turn heads (especially of the young ladies!).

Step four i guess;

Waiting for the car to get here... the car arrived on Saturday 16th October 2011 approx 4 months since i first paid my deposit and the search for my Altezza began!
I pick the car up this friday 21st Oct and i cannot wait!!! It just flew through its MOT as well

My spec list is cusco front strut fitted, HKS panel filter and oil filter fitted, pioneer 3300BT installed, front and rear eyelids/brows painted & fitted. Alloys painted white, callipers red and underseal done to protect it. Total cost for all this purchased brand new and painted/fitted was £620.

Now troubles i have had...only one which was insurance. So i got quoted £811 before i bought the car so i knew what to expect and knew i could afford that no problem. I since got a speeding fine and 3 points (a week after i got another and did the course for £80!!! never in my life got one, then get two in TWO weeks!!!!), so anyways car bought by then but did another search and insurance now £853 so i wasnt to bothered.
The car gets here and i do another search to register the car using the chassis number as it doesnt have any UK plates. Now insurance says £1113...So basically a little screwed. But then to top it off i get told and i would like this confirmed please; Only one company in the UK insures an import with only the chassis number and it costs £450?? (i am in two minds if this was a hidden cost i wasn't made aware of or if the insurance company "Insure it all / Otane" didnt know what they were doing) Then i would need £219 deposit for insurance which i can't afford.
So i got JM-Imports to register the car for me but the only thing doing that is that i am not the first person on the V5 form as it will be down that someone else owned the car for 1 day before me. Now not the end of the world but i'm reeeeaaaaly pedantic and not happy.
Got my insurance down to £1064 and free cover on everything; windscreen, lost and broken keys, legal protection, breakdown cover etc etc.

Issue Jurgen has had (and i wasnt listening to much) was something to do with the KM's conversion turning the TRC control light on and he couldnt figure out why so was phoning someone about it...Ideas?

Sooooooo finally would i import a car again? Yes as i still like the feeling of being the first person to own that car and hopefully give it a long long life here in the UK and then hope someone else will after me. But my advice is, make sure you add £1000+ to your budget for bits n' pieces and be prepared for your insurance to go up a bit once the car hits UK soil but that £1000 extra will cover everything and you'll be stress free. I pick up the car on Friday, post a quick pic on here to finish this thread and will start a new thread with a load of pictures friday evening :)

Thanks again for all advice and help throughout the past few months :)

Ian.


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