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About jonthetourist

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    LS430 Briarwood Pearl
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  1. I previously had a 25 year old Mercedes SL. Our packaged bank account with Nationwide for £10 a month included European breakdown with no limitations, worldwide travel insurance, and mobile phone insurance. Good value. HTH Jon
  2. All compliments gratefully received. I loved the colour when i saw the ad for this car, and have never seen another. Jon
  3. Very belatedly, here is the old girl complete with new chrome strip. Jon
  4. Bluetooth works a treat on my 2004 so I am sure it will work on yours. Calls only, not music on mine. Enjoy! Jon
  5. I believe one of the guys at Gas and go has done an LPG conversion on his own 430. First time I met Khalid at Osaka I showed him a large quote I had from Lexus for work on the locking as I acquired the car with just a sub key. He looked at the quote and laughed, saying "they got the wrong ecu". Checked with Lexus and they confirmed he was right (sheepishly). So I was confident I had found a knowledgeable guy and he did indeed sort my smart locking for a lot less money. He seems to keep Newport mobile looking after a fleet of Avensis taxis too :) Always liked the look of the XM, myself. Jon
  6. I imported my car two years ago from Ireland and the speedo clicked over 96,000 miles on the way back. Put some work into the cosmetics then last year got the talented guys at Osaka Newport to replace all the fluids and consumables. Big bill, but a glowing report. Only omission was rear discs and pads which they reckoned had 10,000 miles left in them. Yesterday that was put right at service, and I picked up a new MOT with no advisories. Next year's job will apparently be the shoes on the parking brake, which are approaching expiry. 109,000 miles now and I am a very happy 430 driver. Jon
  7. Is the 460 boot much smaller than the 430 then? My boot is enormous!
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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! ;)
  12. 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
  13. 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.
  14. No problem. You'll need to give me the keys . . .
  15. 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.