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  1. I agree Phil, I've just bought a 2006 GS300 and I'm very pleased with the economy, quietness and quality feel. Despite being slightly smaller than my old LS400 I don't feel short changed but the sloping design does mean that I caught my head a few times and I'm only 5ft 10''.........the V6 also feels creamy smooth and despite loosing 2 cyclinders and a whole litre, it's quiet and powerful. I've only had her for a day so it's too early to comment on the full experience but so far so good.....Mark.
  2. Many thanks for all the great advice. Probably better after the Christmas holidays now, may be able to pick up a bargain in the dark January days? Mark.
  3. Thanks John, don't think I can afford anything as new as that, I always seem to be near the bottom of the food chain, so mid 2000's really. I'm also considering the Honda Legend too.... Mark.
  4. Thanks. I am on a mission then, after this snow melts!! Mark.
  5. My first post outside the LS forum as I am now considering a GS300. I think I was very lucky 5 years ago to get a good LS and now is the time to look for something a bit newer as I had to sell her before working abroad for 15 months. My question is, if I find a GS around 2005 with the CVT transmission, is there anything I need to particularly look for? I know nothing about CVT transmissions except it's a development of the old DAF Daffodil!!! There is a GS in Bolton from a specialist, a little pricey but only 71000 miles. Looks nice. Thanks, Mark.
  6. Fair comment Dennis, she had 183000 on the clock when I bought her!!! Mark.
  7. I take your point 100% Phil, my 1997 Mk3 had no rust all. Conversely, my 1999 Land Cruiser (also sadly sold whilst I was away, too many problems for my wife to keep on top of in my absence) had much corrosion and was 50,000 miles less to boot! Stuart, the reason my wife hated driving the Lexus was because, despite an almost identical footprint to the Land Cruiser, she found the visibility much more difficult, being much lower to the ground. We now have a Suzuki Swift (slow??) and despite owning major shares in both the Suzuki and a Mini Cooper (eldest daughter is paying back the Bank of Dad..albeit slowly!!!), I derive no pleasure in driving small cars. To be fair, the Suzuki, 1200cc petrol, did 55 mpg to Northampton and back at the weekend... soul!!!!!! Mark.
  8. Yes Stuart, even mid 2000's with around 100k miles seem good value and another attraction for me is that there is an independent Mercedes specialist a mile away! Nevertheless, I have been so excited by some possible LS400's (even at high prices around £3k+) but if there is no evidence of cambelt change I'm back in the same place as my last Mk3,. I bought her cheaply but knowing that the cambelt needed doing and so much else was uncovered as the work progressed, she cost me a fortune!! Sadly, my wife hated driving her so she had to go before my extended trip abroad. Mark.
  9. yes I agree but sadly a bit too rich for me...Mark.
  10. To be honest, I'd like another Mk3, so I wouldn't rule out a 95 onwards, as you say, they are scarce so I can't afford to rule out slightly earlier cars. I just don't want rust!!!! Mark.
  11. Thanks again but I think it's our 'friend' in Dudley....Mark
  12. Thanks for the link, maybe a bit too modified for me...I'm 58!!!!! I'm looking for a standard car really. Mark.
  13. I agree Malc but I can't see any LS's that I would consider buying...they are either manky or grossly overpriced. There are precious few and I can't blame current owners from keeping hold of good ones.....Mark.
  14. Oh dear, I've now started considering a Mercedes S class as they seem good value...the dark side of corrosion and lesser engineering, but there are so many more to choose from. Mark.