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About jonthetourist

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    LS430 Briarwood Pearl
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  1. Good luck Peter, hope you find a gem. For reference, following your feedback, I put my 430 into my body shop for a grand's worth of cosmetic treatment on Monday. Now it's going to be my car for a very long time (no swap to your 460) I thought I would invest. Can't wait to see it when I get back from working in Spain next week. Jon
  2. I had the pleasure of meeting Malcolm at an MB get-together and he was indeed a lovely man who couldn't do enough for people. He was also a full-time carer for his ex-wife as she had no-one else. And he did regularly baited on the MB forums :( Jon
  3. I have never met old Baz, but I know he trades several Lexus cars per year. People are entitled to their opinions on that, good or bad, and we don't need a policeman on the subject, imho.
  4. What a shame! Thanks again for saving me from being on the end of this experience. Hope you didn't lose too much. I owe you a beer or two. Our exchange made me decide that my 430 is probably going to be a "forever" car, so it's booked in to my paintshop for a makeover, including a bonnet respray for the stone chips, and a refurb of the headlight covers including new UV protection. It's still a joy after a couple of years' ownership. My neighbour - owner of a new MB E class - had a lift with me the other night and his first words were "this is quiet". Thanks again and hope you find a nice Lexus. Jon
  5. 111,111

    Good question. The car will get past 200k I have no doubt. I will be in my mid to late 70s (all being well, taking nothing for granted), so maybe we will both get there. Nice thought! Jon
  6. This seemed like a milestone, so I thought I should share it. At my 7,000 miles a year I'm not sure I'll make it to 222,222.
  7. I think you are missing the point. If you are a trader, you are not, by law, allowed to pretend to be a private seller. From the AA web site. Buying a used car privately You won't have the same legal protection as you would if buying from a dealer It's up to you to ask the right questions and inspect the car thoroughly before you buy. It's a good idea to get a thorough car check to make sure there's no shady past. Because your legal rights are more limited, unscrupulous dealers may masquerade as private sellers: Be very wary if a private seller wants to meet you somewhere other than at their home, or if their name is not on the V5C registration document. A dealer pretending to be a private seller is committing a criminal offence.
  8. I would say that is pretty much normal Ebay procedure. The issue with OB is whether he is a trader who misrepresents himself. On the evidence of what I have read here, I believe he is a trader, as he carries out several trades of Lexus vehicles each year. Therefore he should be offering some comeback to his customers, not masquerading as a private seller who has no such responsibility. I would emphasise that this is based on member feedback, as I have never had any dealings with the man in question.

    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
  10. Bumper Chrome.

    All compliments gratefully received. I loved the colour when i saw the ad for this car, and have never seen another. Jon
  11. Bumper Chrome.

    Very belatedly, here is the old girl complete with new chrome strip. Jon
  12. Bluetooth works a treat on my 2004 so I am sure it will work on yours. Calls only, not music on mine. Enjoy! Jon
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. Is the 460 boot much smaller than the 430 then? My boot is enormous!