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    LS400 Mk4
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  1. Here's my grumble. All proprietary car sat navs are rubbish (with the exception of the Tesla's, which is brilliant. Amazing. Amazing car.) Car companies seem to be filled with engineers who think that complexity is artful. In fact, I think that all modern car info and control systems are all rubbish, and that an android or iOS system designed for cars with apps for running car systems would be the way to go, instead of each car company coming up with ways to reinvent the wheel(s).
  2. Absolutely. When I first looked 5 years ago I was offered some lovely examples for about £1000. I bought a Soarer instead. When I looked for Mk IV LS400s earlier this year it was not an easy search finding a decent one.
  3. Or the serpentine belt tensioner. I've had both of these changed on both the Soarers I've had and my LS400 as they both get squeaky/chirpy.
  4. Agreed. It's suspension so get new items in there. It hurts, especially when you spend £500 on suspension on a £1000 car (my story recently.) But, running these cars always involves digging deep at some point in the interests of safety and preserving the wonderful attributes of Mr Toyota's best.
  5. Not sure where you are, OP, but I can recommend Tech One in Sidcup for having work done. For parts, Toyota Celica Breakers have been good for locating Toyota and Lexus parts for me a bit cheaper than the dealers.
  6. Broadly speaking, in the late 1980s and 1990s there were two types of Toyota Electronically Modulated Suspension, excluding the hydraulic/active Soarer UZZ32 system and another similar "skyhook" style suspension that made its way into a model or two, including the 5th gen Celica, I believe. The first is the air shock based TEMS, as I had in an old Soarer, and the second is the piezoelectric TEMS which varied the stiffness of otherwise conventional shocks, which sounds like it is the one in the JDM Celsior. I wasn't aware of any sort of TEMS being offered on UK domestic market LS400s; the UK market was simply not as sophisticated as Japan. The reason I thought this UCF10 was on air was that the "hats" on top of the shocks look identical to the ones on the Soarer I am familiar with (and different to the hats on a later piezoelectric TEMS Soarer JZZ30 that I have seen.)
  7. I suppose no MOT is mentioned as the car is for breaking. Shocks and springs would be a few hundred pounds from Rockauto. So not cheap I suppose. I swapped the TEMS air shocks in my old Soarer to Supra shocks and springs and it was surprisingly easy. Just surprised to see such a straight first generation, let alone one being broken. But I suppose it has some secrets as they all do, starting with rot.
  8. Looks to be in great condition, right down to the wheels and the toolkit. What a shame it is being broken. You'd think it would be worth more complete than selling off parts to the few remaining Mk1 owners. Great colour, too. Edit. Actually a very rare car, as it has the TEMS air suspension which I've not seen on UK domestic market UCF10s or UCF20s. Perhaps the reason for breaking as the air struts do fail. However, an easy swap to springs and shocks.
  9. Reading on here about the failures of the multiple ECUs in the LS460 made me realise the LS400 is as complicated car as I want.
  10. I do engage lower gears on my MkIV around London as a precautionary measure as the old girl does just love to coast on after a prod of the right foot...
  11. And now with LCD screens replacing dials it's not really much of a trick, is it?
  12. A great result. Anyone keeping a car over 15 years really should pull the ECU(s) every now and again and inspect them, if only to ensure that no water has made its way into them, which is no uncommon given their location in footwells and firewalls. Now, are you going to offer your expertise at fixing LS400 ECUs to the good folks here?
  13. Great article. Think I have a door lined up. Not the same colour but my paint bloke should be able to sort it out and a few other bits. Damn, this car was just to waft around in for a bit and then sell on, not do up...
  14. I was cleaning under my MkIV LS400 and on both rear inner arches underneath some under seal, just behind the brake pipes, are two metal flaps. Given that they are covered under factory underseal they must have been for some higher spec model (perhaps something to do with air suspension). In any event, both had started to perish with a bit of rust and letting moisture into the inner chassis behind the flaps. The flaps pulled away easily enough after a bit of prodding with a screwdriver, and there is a bit of rust there. I'm going to clean them up and have plates welded on both sides. Quite glad I discovered them before too much rot could set in. Not sure an MOT tester would believe me if I said "they're not holes, just where I've removed factory panels..."