Cotswold Pete

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  1. Looks nice, and MOT history not a big concern, best to try it out and listen for nay knocks and brake judder in relation to radius arms and rods. Is it worth £2795, if it were okay and the rust is your general 19 year old rust you find underneath. If my LS fell apart tonight I would probably be popping down to Kent tomorrow.
  2. What is odd, is that this morning I noticed I had left my small spotting scope (metal) in the center, along with electric shaver, and it has not gone off, so makes me think only certain metal objects must mess about with the microwave pattern. I recall when I kept a metal tyre pressure guage in the center, it was part of the problem. The mystery of security systems.
  3. Had similar on my Mk4, cleaned up throttle body has cured problem.
  4. LS600h or LS600h L

    So in 20 years time will it be "Not sure we actually need a steering wheel"?
  5. Dry boot needed

    I took out my carpet in the well, cannot recall exact details, but was not a pain, and then hung it to dry in shed for a week. At this time of year it will take a heck of a long time to dry out while in the boot. I think the wooden flaps had poppers holding them down but nothing else securing it in.
  6. Oh dear, now you've got me looking at GS300s, when I should be working, I do not have any cash, and I am wondering whether to just get my LS sorted. Always like the GS, and probably would be an owner by now if I had not been seduced by Mk3 LS back 9 years ago. Maybe I could get the missus to ditch her X-type for a GS (she did consider one 4 years ago - but the X-type caught her attention). But somehow I think this idea is non-runner as she keeps looking at Audi A3s.
  7. Thats it in a nutshell. My LS has about 10 things that really need sorting, that will probably mean spending over £1.5k to sort out, but even when I get in my mates 6 year C Class, I cannot help thinking that when it is 18 years old, will it be up to the job, and actually as cheap to maintain.
  8. It sounds like this car has been looked after, and maybe had a full exhaust replacement when the Y-piece started to blow, or wanted a slightly differnent burble when cruising. Interestingly when I had my Y-piece down by some exhaust specialists they said the rest of the pipework was not stainless. I know that they were wrong, but maybe there is stainless steel and then there is 'stainless steel', in the world of exhausts. If I needed a green LS (not my colour - also the wheels are not my thing) I would consider paying that for a well looked after 400, rather than spend it on a Audi/BMW etc. Hopefully a LOC member decides it is worth it.
  9. Cheap LS

    5 possibles 1. Boot seal leak, take out spare, if looking dull, could have been standing in water, cheap to fix 2. Check seat heaters, more likely to go on Mk1 to Mk3 driver side. 3. ECU problems (after a run - where engine gets warm) where you stall when coming to a halt. I have found that Rev counter up and down at low revs is a sign you may have problems. (however if throttle body a bit choked up this can cause similar effect) 4. Does aerial work 5. Check all lights on dashboard for radio etc, any of them bulbs gone is a pain of a job to sort out (never got round to sorting out one bulb that went on my Mk3) and check needles on speedo are good. and 6. Drive over a variety of speed humps and listen for clunks which might indicate possible control arm/suspension issues, though an MOT usually picks up on advisories for this. My Mk3 had UCA advisories through 2 MOTs.
  10. Is that because as Shakin Stevens said ' Green Door what's that secret your keeping'
  11. Mine will be 18 this year, so it is going to celebrate by going out on the town - having a few Jaeger bombs, some vodka chasers, and then hit the disco floor and see if it can chat up some cheeky little Subaru for a blast (or maybe pick a fight with 911). Teenagers !!!!!
  12. My Mk3 had over over 175k on clock and springs still all okay when I got rid of (UCAs were going though) My Mk4 had a rear spring go at about 160K, (likely a big pothole did for it). Now on 183K, and all other springs see okay. The way the spring had broke was it made next to no difference to ride, and was only picked up at MOT. I did have a chat with my mechanic (ex-Lexus service eng) who said only replace when they do, as he had seen LS with over 300K and still on original springs. Just avoid driving in UK, would be best advice, or have Relay cover for when a spring goes and strands you.
  13. We got by without heated mirrors years ago, so no loss to not have it, especially if it saves that much money.
  14. Stuart, A smooth as a baby's bottom all the way through, never had had snatching/jerking in any mode, even in my Mk3 which had the Capacitor issue (stalling after long runs when coming to a halt). I guess capacitors going AWOL will cause all sorts of weird issues.
  15. They would have said that the rims were out of spec as they had no car attached
  16. From my experience any of the independent tyre fitters will do whatever you ask for. The likes of Kwik Fit and ATS I have found it varies, but generally they will not force a fit to original spec, and will replace like for like (even out of spec). Never used CostCo but my experience of working in USA and working for USA companies in Europe is the threat of being sued is a strong force to make sure employees follow the rules the letter and woe-betide anyone who 'thinks'.
  17. As gentlemen we only speed when the situation demands, where as when I was a hot head in my 20's driving from Heathrow to Bristol in under an hour was a challenge to be met (and regularly achieved). Got stopped once doing 120 overtaking an unmarked police car (just before midnight) and got let off (why, I do not know - maybe they were on their way back for cocoa and biscuits and as M4 was empty decided I was an idiot but not endangering anyone else and the paperwork would be a pain). A few weeks later I tried the M3 from Winchester to Basingstoke (2am in morning) at 130, was okay until when overtaking a lorry that gap seemed awfully small at that speed. After that M3 run, I was mainly a good boy. My dad was motorway patrol office in the 80's on the M3, and he said anyone doing over 85 was a dead cert for a ticket at any time of day, but he was more keen to stop dangerous driving, not fast driving. Only ever taken either of my LS up to 115 a couple of time, but it is scary how quick it gets there, but nice to know the power is there. Driving my wifes X-type sport at the moment (my LS having new radiator) and though it is quick, the power kick of a the V8 is certainly something I miss
  18. I have just found out that my usual service place in Swindon 'Gas & Go', is no longer servicing cars, a great shame as I found them to be pretty good over last 5 years. Does anyone know of a decent place in the Bristol, Cheltenham, Swindon triangle that they would recommend for working on the LS.
  19. My own expereince of good indi garages is they are great for 99% of things, and in the main even cambelt changes etc, but always like to have a indi that does specialise in a particualr make of car for those 1% of problems that the specialists are more likely to have fixed in the past. Had running gear issues on my Omega years ago, the indi tried this, and tried that, and after a little too much expense a local Vauxhall expert got it sorted, and funnlily enough had simialr experience with suspension issues on my Mk3 LS, which at least my Indi chap admitted he did not know what the problem was. So I will probably keep Osaka (and Japex) in my telephone just in case I have another one of thos 1% problems. Got the same issue with my wife X-type, with very random fuel problems, so hopefully located an indi Jag specialist who can have a look at. Trouble is they are all clocking off for Xmas about now
  20. which Falkens?

    I used Falken until they stopped making them. So now use Nexen NBlue, seem as quite, as grippy in normal driving and a bit harder wearing. For tear-arsing around corners not quite as good as Falkens in the wet
  21. Thanks for info, I forgot to say that my beast is not LPG, but Osaka look like a possibility, at least I can get train back home if I needed to. Cam belt due next year, so want an independent who understands Toyota/Lexus
  22. I found with my Mk3, that putting metal stuff in the centre console seemed to make alarm go off more, and also when neighbours jacked up their WiFi it seemed to be more sensitive. Occasionaly find my Mk4 goes off for no reason as well, but not as bad as the Mk3 I had, and usually when I am in office, and we have a lot of electronic equipment chucking out stuff. I am not sure if being older alarm systems they are more sensistive to radio interference, so turning down sensitivity might be best answer, and maybe making sureonly sandwiches kept in center console!
  23. A bit of an odd one with my heating, so here is the story. Driving home on Tuesday, lost all hot air about 15 mins into journey, stopped at the shops, checked the coolant and it was low, by about .75 litre (I have been loosing coolant - about a cupful a year for a while - so assumed there was a pinhole leak somewhere). Anwyay, di a quick top up of drove home from shops and was fine for 4 miles, then last half mile no heat. So next morning coolant topped up, and drove to work, okay for 12 miles, next mile sat in crawling traffic, no heat, but the last mile a sprint down the dual carriageway, and heat back. Drvoe car to mechanic last night, he has checked it out, and said cannot see any major leaks, that would cuase me to loose lots of fluid rapidly, though there is a leak somewhere with the radiator, so it will need replacing, but not urgently, but sometime soon. The only thing I do not get is why the heat came and went and yet thay have run the engine for 45 minutes, all is okay. Did I have some weird airlock, or any other ideas. The engine temp never varied during any of this. Also if I am going to have the radiator sorted, would it be a good idea to get water pump done (as it is original, and does make a bit of noise, but does not appear to be leaking). Next cambelt change not due for another 10-15K, so will get water pump done then (so that would be early 2019). Picking the car up tomorrow morning, with re-topped coolant/anti-freeze and keeping fingers crossed. Any ideas or comments appreciated.
  24. The speed tyre rating is saying the tyre should sustain that speed for 10 minutes. (I assume after that it overheats, possibly) The RAC do say using lower ratings may impact insurance, so as Michael says a picky company may take a negative stance even if you were only doing 30mph. I'm running Nexen nBlue (V rating), and they are pretty good tyres, not quite as quite as Dunlops on some of the rubbish roads, but on your average bit or tarmac pretty darned good, and fair grip and really long life (up tp 20,000) and probably just over half way through, and some of the roads round here are pretty rubbish. I assume for a track day (not my thing) they would not hold out about 149mph
  25. Driving home last night in Snow Mode made me wonder if it lowers fuel consumption at all, as it limits the revs when putting foot down. Has anyone done any measured runs to find out if this is the case or not, even when it is not snowing.