Been looking for ages for a Mystic Gold with beige interior on a Y plate... I know, asking for hen's dentists. In the end thanks to a weekend in Amsterdam with my brother along with EU data rules and eBay for android I bought this instead!
2001 Y plate LS430 in Blue Onyx with the Ecru (beige) interior.
Fixed a few niggles and have a few more to fix too. Nothing untoward and nothing I'm not afraid of tackling, I've rebuilt engines and welded up cars many a time in my years on this planet.
Had to bodge the offside rear ride height sensor as the arm snapped on my drive home after buying it! Fixed now with the proper part.
Need to get my LPG conversion going sharpish as I'm averaging ~12mpg with my commute.
Also need to get used to filling a 90l petrol tank vs 68l LPG tank - price difference is quite drastic for a full tank!
Polished and clearcoated the headlights as they were very yellow and let the car down, then put a HID HB3 kit in the main beams and the fogs (I do a lot of driving on the fens so lighting up the road with daylight is a must!)
The little light lenses next to the foglights are not used on my LS for some reason, perhaps a JDM/US market thing. I am planning on putting some LED 382 bulbs in and use them as DRLs
Also had a play with techstream and a £14.99 cable from eBay. All worked and told me I have two dead O2 sensor heater circuits on the pre-cat sensors. Will need to replace ASAP.
All for now, shall report back once I've found the cause of the slight knock on the nearside front and put new front discs and pads on her.
Looking to put original radio back into my 430.
P/O fitted this lot and while it works the user interface and overall look of the things doesn't appeal to me.
Make me a sensible offer considering all of this kit new would cost over £800
Or if you have the original ML Radio/CD changer, fascia (CD cover, switch backing and cubby hole) I'd consider a straight swap, mine is an '01 premium pack with ML and nav
I noticed that my A/C on the 430 wasn't blowing cold recently when we had that warm spell. The A/C was regassed just a couple of months ago by Lexus when I had it serviced - not sure if they test functionality at that time or not.
Was going to get them to have a look, but then had a weird experience today where the A/C selection was just greyed out on the LCD screen. Couldn't enable or disable it and the temperature controls didn't function. After a short while though they sprung back into life. Still no cold air, but certainly something odd going on. Anyone come across anything similar? Suggestions for what to check before I get it looked at?
So really want to scratch the itch that is to own a LS. Something that has been bugging me ever since I was a lad and saw the LS400 for the first time
However, didn't want to spend more than 5k. Essentially trying reduce my exposure in case the dream turns into a nightmare!
So...anyone have a buying guide/tips for the LS430 please? Just to clarify, the main reason I'm looking at the 430 (and not the 400) is because I need ISOFIX points for the kiddies seats...still need to keep things a little practical :)
Cheers guys. Any help is much appreciated.
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