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Hi All,

 

Having had my Merc S class (2004, W220) written off 2 weeks ago, and having had 2 Mercs in a row I thought it about time I sample the joys of Lexus ownership, I’ve covered hundreds of miles looking at the ones advertised on E-Bay/Autotrader/Gumtree and failed miserable to find a “good” one (subjective I know, sorry), have to say that the ride quality is comfortably better than the Merc!

 

Is there somewhere I am missing my searches?  My preference would be LS460 SE-L, not Black, not the red wood interior (ideally below 100K miles) - anyone here on the cusp of selling please shout!!

 

Thanks

 

Jim

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2 hours ago, Happy Jim said:

Hi All,

 

Having had my Merc S class (2004, W220) written off 2 weeks ago, and having had 2 Mercs in a row I thought it about time I sample the joys of Lexus ownership, I’ve covered hundreds of miles looking at the ones advertised on E-Bay/Autotrader/Gumtree and failed miserable to find a “good” one (subjective I know, sorry), have to say that the ride quality is comfortably better than the Merc!

 

Is there somewhere I am missing my searches?  My preference would be LS460 SE-L, not Black, not the red wood interior (ideally below 100K miles) - anyone here on the cusp of selling please shout!!

 

Thanks

 

Jim

Hi Jim,

What is the max size of your budget and what do you mean as "good?"

What are your red lines-flsh?

If one came along with say 90,000 miles, in black with red wood interior and not an L?

You are looking in all of the right places,but go to your local Lexus Dealer and ask who he sells the Lexus cars to,  that he does not wish to sell himself for reason of age,or mileage,or condition.

Good luck.

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100,000 miles on a Lexus engine is barely broken in so don't let mileage be a show stopper so long as it has an up to date service history preferably majority Lexus then you have nothing to worry about.. 

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Hi John, 

I think Black is a bit gloomy for me and the red wood makes my teeth itch 😁  (beauty is in the eye of the beer-holder etc), I’m pretty flexible on the rest.  Good shout re speaking to the dealer! I’ll pop into my local one in Reading and see if they will spill the beans.

 

Jeff, 

I do like a stamped book, equally I do all my own maintenance (where possible), maybe I should get a bit braver and look at higher mileage ones (scope creep to LS600H approaching!)

 

Rgds

 

Jim

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then whichever one you get will probably need the radiator changing to save the gearbox from terminal decline

nothing to worry about, just the ultimate preventative maintenance that never appears on the service schedule nor sorted by many owners

But as I say, it's an irritant to be done soon after you buy the car, just to be on the safe side

Malc

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Not wanting to put you off as many satisfied owners, but you may care to read this thread by a perfectionist if buying at the cheap end.

(Mercs also suffered from the Radiator problem from memory)

 

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Well that didn’t end how I expected it to 🙁, re the rads, yep Valeo chocolate rads! 

 

Food for thought

 

Thanks

Jim

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I posted about a local guy with a stunning Ls460    F16LEX   try to find that for a short read

Malc

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12 year old .....................   is the heading for the reference for you  ..  0n this Ls460 forum too

Malc

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On 4/20/2019 at 7:09 PM, Happy Jim said:

Well that didn’t end how I expected it to 🙁, re the rads, yep Valeo chocolate rads! 

 

Food for thought

 

Thanks

Jim

Don't be put off by other opinions, try one first. Lots of delighted LS460 owners out there.  People often say stuff about the 430 but it's a brilliant car!

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Knock Knock 😉

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did you buy one |?

Malc

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Might have 🙂. .......😁

 

Whoo hoooo

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Love the colour!

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1 hour ago, Happy Jim said:

Might have 🙂. .......😁

 

Whoo hoooo

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Go on ,tell us all about it.

Where from?

Previous Owners?

Date of first reg?

Any pics.

She looks a beauty HJ.

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4 previous owners, bought from a small dealer in Bedford.  2006 plate, so an early 460.  Had the TPMS sensors replaced/coded, heated seat switch pack replaced and a bit of bodywork touched up as part of the deal.  My compromise was on the interior wood (red) which I’ve decided I can live with!  Staggering amount of toys though 😎

The drive back was super smooth!  A couple of steps up the comfort scale compared to my S Class which was nice.

It needs a good service which I’ll do once I get a free weekend, and the glovebox is slightly loose, other than that I’m just going to waft around in it and enjoy it !

 

Pics once I’ve given it a proper clean and polish.

 

Regards

 

Jim

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and how much for this beautiful beast ?  and miles ?

Malc

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79K Miles, £7000

V cheap compared to the rest of the 460’s for sale currently, BUT, it does need a set of disks/pads soonish, and the Service History is absent (not a massive issue for me as I self service my cars anyway).

 

Regards

Jim

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There is currently a 2008 LS600h with less than 22k miles on the clock for £21990... seems like a pretty good deal?

Although there are no pix, I'd imagine that, at this mileage, it must be in pretty good nick.

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