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Mirage LS Coupe DD build *New pic 04/05/13*

Postby MitsuMirageLs » Sun Mar 10, 2013 8:33 pm

So i finally got around to taking some pictures of the car. Ive been slacking since the car isnt registered and cant get it registered until I clear the engine codes :-X and be able to pass inspection. So heres how I got the car and below is a list of plans I have for it since I think im planning on selling the IS300 to save for a 330/335i or 2nd gen G35.

-Rip the front lip off since it was poorly molded. (once side hangs lower than the other plus its cracked) I might try to modify a lip I have for the IS300 or get this one fixed. Not sure yet.
-Take the tint off and leave it off or go 35%
-Fix the dent on the hood
-Change the canister muffler to an oval style
-Redo the door panels since theyre fading and paint is chipping.
-Remove the tach/gauges I dont need.
-Remove the ralliart airbag cover, decided its not my style
-Upgrade the alarm system sooner or later.
-Lower it a bit more where theres no wheel gap
-Get different wheels
-Custom trunk lip spoiler cause I need a 3rd brake light for inspection
-HID foglights
Last but not least... have a small N/A build on the motor that is currently sitting in the trunk and cant take out -__-

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Re: Back at it again! LS COUPE

Postby PaulO » Sun Mar 10, 2013 8:43 pm

Oh, Nice. Kinda surprised the owner sold this.
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Re: Back at it again! LS COUPE

Postby OneFiveDE-T » Sun Mar 10, 2013 8:47 pm

jeremy will be happy to see you back. :thumbsup:
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Re: Back at it again! LS COUPE

Postby MitsuMirageLs » Sun Mar 10, 2013 8:51 pm

PaulO wrote:Oh, Nice. Kinda surprised the owner sold this.

Yeah he got a job transfer other wise he wouldve kept it. It also needs some work done for it to be as clean as it used to be. I can tell the car was neglected a bit but he also told me some personal issues he had going on so i understand..

OneFiveDE-T wrote:jeremy will be happy to see you back. :thumbsup:

Yeah he knows i have it lol.
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Re: Back at it again! LS COUPE

Postby bayou_stinger » Sun Mar 10, 2013 8:55 pm

Sweet ride, can't wait to see the rest.
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Re: Back at it again! LS COUPE

Postby RPW00mirage » Sun Mar 10, 2013 9:13 pm

was that flynt's car?
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Re: Back at it again! LS COUPE

Postby bolock13 » Sun Mar 10, 2013 9:54 pm

I'm kind of sad that he sold it, but at least it when to a good home and the car stay's in the MPF family. We had a lot of fun building it & i'm sure your going to enjoy it as much as we did.

I can't wait for you to take it to the next level.
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Re: Back at it again! LS COUPE

Postby NewRage1 » Sun Mar 10, 2013 10:13 pm

i should probably install my cyborg bumper soon so we can be butt buddies.
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Re: Back at it again! LS COUPE

Postby MitsuMirageLs » Sun Mar 10, 2013 10:40 pm

NewRage1 wrote:i should probably install my cyborg bumper soon so we can be butt buddies.


For sure, i just wish this one didnt have the lip molded and it was the actually lip from the cyborg instead of the technica one. Still love the front though and it has to get fixed anyways

bolock13 wrote:I'm kind of sad that he sold it, but at least it when to a good home and the car stay's in the MPF family. We had a lot of fun building it & i'm sure your going to enjoy it as much as we did.

I can't wait for you to take it to the next level.


Yeah dont worry, ill take good care of it and clean it up a bit. I have a different mind set from my last car and this time i plan on keeping it a lot cleaner.

bayou_stinger wrote:Sweet ride, can't wait to see the rest.


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Re: Back at it again! LS COUPE

Postby MitsuMirageLs » Sun Mar 10, 2013 10:40 pm

RPW00mirage wrote:was that flynt's car?


nah its not
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Re: Back at it again! LS COUPE

Postby Gabzor » Sun Mar 10, 2013 11:51 pm

damn that is a clean example you bought though, exteriorly. good job!
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Re: Mirage LS Coupe DD build *New pics 03/23/13*

Postby MitsuMirageLs » Sat Mar 23, 2013 4:47 pm

updates and new pics on first post!!
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Postby Gabzor » Sat Mar 23, 2013 5:20 pm

looking good! man i thought my fartcan was big
how are you running the 4g93 maf-less?
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Postby MitsuMirageLs » Sun Mar 24, 2013 2:02 pm

Maf is still on there. Just flipped upside down by the previous owner
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Postby MiRaGe_TeRrOr » Sun Mar 24, 2013 5:04 pm

Love the car! Can't wait to see what it looks like with the changes.
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Postby AjExter » Sun Mar 24, 2013 6:13 pm

I like it! :thumbsup:
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Re: Mirage LS Coupe DD build *New pics 03/23/13*

Postby Dooly » Sun Mar 24, 2013 6:57 pm

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Re: Mirage LS Coupe DD build *New pics 03/23/13*

Postby Gabzor » Mon Mar 25, 2013 2:21 am

-Lower it a bit more where theres no wheel gap
-Get different wheels


shoot me a pm on wheel size, and price ;)

i'm thinking their at least 15" cause you got some nice lookin brakes on there

So heres how I got the car and below is a list of plans I have for it since I think im planning on selling the IS300 to save for a 330/335i or 2nd gen G35.


i hate to say it but i don't think your IS will sell for that much, unless its a low mileage and maybe has some supra mods? not too sure though but i know resale for them is worse than a while back

g35/g37 for reliability imo, but the 335i whether its a single or a twin turbo will kill it in terms of speed
but yeah the infinity will be alot cheaper to maintain.. has its issues too but e90/e92 has issues with turbos/fuel pumps so if you do go bmw.. warranty warranty, and warranty again!

i know all g35's have oil burning issues, some tranny issues (for the 6 speeds) and some tire issues , i know this cause i have a few family/friends who's had em
the g37 as far as i know have fixed the oil burning issue, and the tire issues, tranny idk
he says the 37 is a far better car than the 35's

but both the 335 and the g will eat gas about the same or more as your is i think, but i have a friends who went from IS to g35 to g37 and says the g37 is heaps better in power, and has a better forum, but it does eat more gas, now he drives a 335I (older twin turbo version) says the 335i is heaps ahead of the G but of course that much more expensive

just thought i'd give you some input
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Re: Mirage LS Coupe DD build *New pics 03/23/13*

Postby RPW00mirage » Mon Mar 25, 2013 11:01 am

i'd keep the IS. it was made when toyota gave a crap about their vehicles, and actually set them off from the pack.

most nissans are an expensive pile and i cant really say anything about bmws...
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Postby Gabzor » Mon Mar 25, 2013 11:49 am

RPW00mirage wrote:i'd keep the IS. it was made when toyota gave a crap about their vehicles, and actually set them off from the pack.

most nissans are an expensive pile and i cant really say anything about bmws...



yeah the IS is fairly decent, really reliable, but it lacks some power unless you do supra mods (boost) but that sucker drinks and drinks like the chris :lol:
and alot of the interior bits feel super cheap actually and the car is basically corolla sized.. i did love the AC and heated seats on the is300's though

if you think nissan's are an expensive pile, the "i" in any bmw model (328i,335i,etc) stands for investment. period.. or the usual bmw terms like "broke my wallet"
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Postby NewRage1 » Mon Mar 25, 2013 4:12 pm

Looks like a good platform to work off of El.

Looking forward to some more updates
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Postby PaulO » Mon Mar 25, 2013 4:19 pm

I dig it :)
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Postby MitsuMirageLs » Mon Mar 25, 2013 9:51 pm

thanks guys, hopefully i can get this car cleaned up soon.

I already know the IS wont get me enough to purchase the bmw or the G right off the bat. Im not planning on it and im actually trying to let go of the IS so i can go to school and im also seeing about moving out of state..
Yes the car was made by toyota and its reliable as can be but Ive come to realize that a lot of the BMW comments about being really expensive can be true and not true. I know a lot of the older ones have had issues. My brother has an e46 330i and he hasnt had any issues besides the normal that comes with any car and he has put on it a crazy amount of miles.

Im leaning more towards the G35 just cause i can get a better deal on them. If theyre known to burn oil then it should be considered a recall and fixed by the dealership and im looking for an auto. Im not looking for a race car so if i were to get a bmw then id probably go with the non turbo 06 330i to avoid the turbos unless i have money to spare which that wont be the case. The G or 330 will be a bit better than my IS but not by much when it comes to MPG.

Gabzor- you pretty much nailed it... the car lacks power and i was planning on boosting it but i dont see a point since i wont enjoy the power and it does drink gas, so if i have a car that drinks gas then i would want it to have a bit more power lol. I have to say that i HATE my interior, i enjoy looking at the car from the outside but then I get in and i get depressed on the quality of the dash and seats. I just dont feel like spending money to re do the entire interior. Havent heard much of complaints from the G35 though, but all cars arent perfect. If i can afford the g37 when the time comes then ill go with that.
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Postby Gabzor » Mon Mar 25, 2013 10:16 pm

your bro has an m54 motor, which is one of the reliable ones, besides maybe electronic and vanos issues remember that, thats before they started turboing their cars.. with bmw like most cars the more electronics the more problems.. like the e34's i think everything was mechanical on it except the throttle and the integrated display

the NA 330, is a solid motor but remember 255hp vs 300hp and alot heavier than your IS so you won't notice much, but either way a much better car than the IS i'd still get warranty though :P and i think the warranty for the fuel pumps is like 100k or 7 years, not sure you'd have to look that up but if you still want a 335i, id get something where dealer replaced fuel pump and still has warranty

the g35, i don't know if it was covered by the dealer or not, but my friend forgot to check his oil and his camshaft failed, and my cousin was under warranty and they upgraded him to the g37 for really cheap

the g35s will have more power than a 330i sport, and it is a little bit bigger so thats that, but i still like german better :P but thats just me
i'm pretty sure you would hate the g35/g37's clutch, they have a weird hydro system for their manual cars idk, i tried it and i didnt even drive it i was just putting the clutch in and out and i hated it.

dude your white coupe has that potential!!!

i love it haha btw have you ever tried to sleep in an is300's front seats? hell i tell ya
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Postby SilentCool » Tue Mar 26, 2013 10:55 pm

Nice coupe....I dig it. Looking forward to the updates.
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Postby MitsuMirageLs » Fri Apr 05, 2013 8:57 am

So I decided to do a quick shop of the car on the plans that I have for it if i keep it. Right now im trying to go to school in florida so im not sure if im keeping the car or not. I dont plan on putting any money on it until the summer once i know if im keeping it or not. If i do then heres a picture of the small changes that I have in mind for it.

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Postby RPW00mirage » Fri Apr 05, 2013 8:59 am

if you decide to part ways, let me know :)
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Postby NewRage1 » Fri Apr 05, 2013 2:47 pm

MitsuMirageLs wrote:So I decided to do a quick shop of the car on the plans that I have for it if i keep it. Right now im trying to go to school in florida so im not sure if im keeping the car or not. I dont plan on putting any money on it until the summer once i know if im keeping it or not. If i do then heres a picture of the small changes that I have in mind for it.

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Postby Gabzor » Sun Apr 07, 2013 11:14 am

[quote="MitsuMirageLs"]So I decided to do a quick shop of the car on the plans that I have for it if i keep it. Right now im trying to go to school in florida so im not sure if im keeping the car or not. I dont plan on putting any money on it until the summer once i know if im keeping it or not. If i do then heres a picture of the small changes that I have in mind for it.

mirage>anything else for a poor college student, ask me how i know :lol:
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Postby miksatx » Mon Jun 10, 2013 10:13 pm

Here's pixs from my manual maybe that will help..
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