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jonthetourist

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About jonthetourist

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  • Lexus Model
    LS430 Briarwood Pearl
  • Year of Lexus
    2004
  • UK/Ireland Location
    Gloucestershire

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  1. Is the 460 boot much smaller than the 430 then? My boot is enormous!
  2. Well that's the only response I have had to my dilemma, and it comes from the vendor! I would still like to do a "compare and contrast" test drive, but it may not be possible with this car as I am committed for the next few weeks. I think we would all like to see Peter at least get his money back. Jon
  3. So, forum folks, I need help with a dilemma. My plan, as discussed in this thread, was to let Peter fettle his 460 to the nth degree, then buy it off him once he moved on to his next project. Meanwhile enjoying my 430, which is lovely, and is coming up to 2 years in my ownership. Imaginary timescale - 3 or 4 years from now. But Peter is now selling his partially fettled 460, so should I buy it? Pros It's had the Haylands treatment. If you are this far through the thread then you know what I mean :) Many things are sorted It has no sunroof (very rare) Could be a good upgrade to a newer model 2007 instead of 2004 Cons It needs new struts - expensive It has (a few thou) more miles than mine Peter says it doesn't waft like a 430, so I might not like the driving experience either. It's a bit soon - I am just in the last stages of fettling my 430. One factor is that I have no idea what mine is worth. Anyone care to speculate? 2004 facelift 430. 108k miles with service history. All fluids replaced last year, along with timing belt (large receipt available) Bumpers resprayed, wheels refurbished, Goodyear F2s all round plus alignment. 3 keys. The only outstanding job is the front parking sensors. (I drive for a living and find sensors a pain personally. I would love ones that just bleep when you get within 3 inches of something, but that may just be me). Wheel goes in/out and up/down quite happily. All thoughts gratefully apreciated. Jon
  4. Well this tale had an unexpected plot twist! Peter is there not a "comfort" setting on your transmission? I believe some 460s do. I assume not or you would have mentioned it, but might it be possible to get a dealer to access the engine management to make it less responsive i.e. apply the equivalent of a comfort setting. I refer to my 430 as my "fat old man's car" which is a long way from your puppy on a lead scenario. (which is very descriptive, btw). And I never had your ambition to test the acceleration and top speed. Was this a test drive before ordering the air suspension replacements or had you already committed? So disappointing. I share (some of) your pain. Jon
  5. Chris Mullins tyres in Gloucester used to work with WiM and really know their stuff. When I told them I had an R129 SL some years ago the two guys both groaned, knowing what they were in for. After over 2 hours they said they could get the setup right, but they couldn't keep it right because of rust on the control rod threads. I said I would get replacement rods and they happily let me go off, only charging me when it was spot on. You're at it again! ;)
  6. I think the forum works best if we resist any temptation to climb onto political soapboxes. And we undoubtedly contribute more than any country other than Germany, so Haylands was technically correct in his throwaway line. Jon
  7. It's not just the 460. It's the fact that it's an LS getting the Haylands treatment. The man is both obsessive and talented - a very rare combination. Don't take my word for it. Google the job he did on a knackered old Yaris for his daughter, or his Mercedes CL. Then you add the colour combination and lack of a sunroof, and when the time comes . . . I'll be there. Jon PS I have never met Peter, but have read his write-ups with a sense of wonder and admiration. I have had a lot of work done to bring my 430 up to snuff, but I have to hire talented people to do it, lacking the skills myself.
  8. No problem. You'll need to give me the keys . . .
  9. You tell him! :) I already think of this car as mine. I am laying it down like fine wine. You will get it up to your rather high spec, enjoy it for a couple of years, then have your eye caught by a potential project. Not sure what that might be after a 460, a CL, and was it a Rangie? But I have faith . . . Meanwhile my lovely 430 takes away any urgency to change :) Jon PS Well done on all the work so far. Your first drive after the suspension renewal should be a real treat.
  10. Hi Peter I enquired for you if they could check history from your VIN no. and this was the response. If you are interested. It's classic Irish No means yes. Stevan from Motorcheck 16:42 (3 minutes ago) to jon Hi Jon, Unfortunately not. But if you can send to us VIN number we would be able provide to you both Irish and UK registrations. In this case you need to perform two checks.
  11. Forgot to say, if you know the original reg, you can get a history check on here http://www.motorcheck.ie/ One member car I looked at was registered as a hackney.
  12. If/when I sell it I hope I remember to ask you first.... Annual reminder set in Google Calendar - Message Haylands re LS460 ;) All day Repeat: Annually on January 20Edit All day Repeat: Annually on January 20Edit
  13. Congratulations Peter. You not only have a great-sounding vehicle, but the kind of project you thrive on! My 430 with no sunroof came from Ireland too - I went to fetch it. Annual road tax of £1500 makes for eager sellers. As a fellow 6'5" sunroof hater can I have first option on upgrading to your car when you get tired of it? You can name your price - no haggling. I read your CL project when I had an SL so I have a feel for your work. Enjoy!
  14. So as we know, riding in an LS is a blissfully quiet experience, insulated from the outside world. Sadly that means a bit of occasional creaking from the dash trim becomes more noticeable than in any other car. Diagnosis is difficult, but as far as I can tell it is coming from the general area of the cd player / central console. Has anyone suffered from the same, and ideally remedied the issue? Thanks in advance Jon
  15. Just wanted to echo the welcome back. I think I remember you from MB forums too. Was it a CL restore? Can't help with the 460 but I have an unusual 430 with no sunroof, which means my 6' 5" is surrounded by space in a way no other car has offered me. I share a new knee with you too, but have been lucky enough to not need the hips or spinal pins yet. Good to know it is al working for you. Jon