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Scribe

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Scribe last won the day on December 10 2016

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  • Lexus Model
    LS400 Mk.IV
  • Year of Lexus
    1998
  • UK/Ireland Location
    Sussex
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  1. I hope you'll give me first refusal! I must come and look at it when this wretched chest infection finally goes.
  2. I won't drive mine in ice or snow. It appears to have very little grip even on wet leaves. The rear wheels, I mean. They spin very easily.
  3. I think the point is that despite its age and mileage, your LS400 is still a good longish-term proposition, if maintained properly. And I reckon that once you've got used to driving it, NOT replacing the cambelt (and then scrapping the car) would seem irrational, if not exactly criminal. Most of us have been at that 'Is this really worth it?' moment and have come through the other side!
  4. I have a creak/rattle coming from the glovebox/CD autochanger area. It's very annoying, and you don't expect it after only 19 years...
  5. No! As far as I'm concerned it's only for appearance - it looks sportier. And tyres are more expensive. Or am I missing the point?
  6. Changing the cambelt etc. is an expensive job, particularly in relation to the price of the car, but look at it this way: I bought mine in August 2010 and, after having the starter motor contacts and cam belt, pulleys etc. replaced over the years, could probably still get what I paid for it. Zero depreciation over six years, and at 156,000 the car still runs as well as it did when I bought it, and it has never failed an MOT. How many other cars can you say that about?
  7. 'I really couldn't believe i was driving a 1k car, i can't think of anything that could complete for that kind of money.' This is what we've all discovered! Congratulations Shirish. With the original LS400 wheels and that colour scheme it looks more sedate than the silver car but I'm sure you'll soon be wondering why you didn't get one earlier. If you do change the wheels, there may be someone on here who'll have your old ones. They discolour with age and use - brake dust oxidises the alloy and discolours them, and the only remedy is refurbishment or replacement (see before-and-after pic). Yours look okay at the moment.
  8. Shirish, when I had my cambelt and water pump replaced last year the garage also changed some pulleys (?) which someone else on here might be able to advise about. I think I paid about £600 for the whole job.
  9. IMO it's pale brown rather than cream, unless the sun's shining on it. Some green ones have black upholstery, which I would have preferred. Anyway,. fingers crossed for tomorrow...
  10. At least the green one has paperwork with it, including cam belt history. So there'll be more information to base a decision on, one way or the other. And if it's a basically sound car, the price is reasonable. Malc is right: a car may not be mint but you can tell whether it has been routinely maintained, whereas some shows signs of having been neglected.
  11. I think the green one has the same colour combo as mine. It wasn't my first choice but I figured that condition/maintenance was more important. Besides, it has grown on me, and it seems to suit the character of the car well: sedate, dignified, discreet. Yes, the boot is surprisingly small for such a big car. The 430's is bigger. Re the silver one: no proof of cambelt change would worry me because it's an expensive job if it needs doing (along with water pump, pulleys etc.) Where's the exhaust blowing? That might not be a big job to fix. The cars were supplied with (I think) two remote keys and one valet key (no remote). The silver one appears to have the DHP handling pack - bigger wheels with low-profile tyres and slightly lower suspension - which may or may not make it handle better than the original set-up. It's what you're used to, I suppose. If it were me, I think I'd hold out for a better one, or at least one with more recent history. The problem is that these are now old, cheap cars which some owners don't think are worth spending much on. Hence the scratch wasn't repaired, even cheaply. And I wouldn't sell a car without washing it! Re your last point: I bought mine for less than I was willing to pay for one because I figured it wouldn't matter so much if it got the occasional mark or scratch. But as time has gone on, it's become clear how difficult it would be to replace, and I'm now nervous about leaving it in supermarket car parks! These cars get under your skin, in a way...
  12. I hope this won't be construed as advertising, because it's not me who's selling. Anyway, there's a 1991 Mk.1 in Brighton that needs a home, otherwise the engine will be put into something else and the car scrapped. It's mechanically sound - low mileage, runs well and has a new MOT - but needs tidying. I'm tempted to have it myself as a project, but I haven't got room. Please message me if you want any further info.
  13. There never were many for sale, and now it's harder than ever to find more than one to choose from. Be prepared to travel to look for a decent one!
  14. Shirish, I've never driven an Audi but I imagine the Lexus will feel soft and wafty in comparison. There's not much steering feel, for example. It's not a sporty car - sedate is about the right word, except when you put your foot down hard!