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Andy's LS430 II: Return of Alexa

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So if you've been following my previous thread, you'll be aware that I unfortunately totalled my last LS after a few months of ownership, just after getting it all perfect. Well I'm glad to say I'm back in another LS430 and boy does it feel good to be home. So here she is in Black Cherry Pearl (looks less brown when the sun is actually out!)

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98k with FSH. All Lexus dealers except for the last one which was independent. A few little issues as you'd expect, but nothing I can't take care of. The paint is in mostly great condition for it's age, and the undercarriage is much cleaner then my last one. And the alloys are mint. 

The steering column adjustment is broken, but who's isn't. The passenger seatbelt doesn't move up or down. I don't think the AC works like my last one. And it needs a cam belt service. That's about it really. It drives really well. 

Of course 3 miles after buying it this happened:

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But knowing these cars I'm not too worried. 

So I've just placed a massive order with Lexus Parts Direct. She's getting a full service, all new fluids, gearbox flush, diff oil change, new Battery, new belts etc. Also ordered a full set of discs and pads but went with Pagid instead of OEM. I've used them in all my cars and liked them, my last LS had them and ECP had a 50% discount.

Holding off on any LPG conversion for now. Due to change jobs soon so my commute might be less and make it not worth it but we'll see. 

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lovely! do you have techstream? if not give me a shout, i'd be happy for you to borrow my dongle/cable and the required software

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13 minutes ago, fred81 said:

lovely! do you have techstream? if not give me a shout, i'd be happy for you to borrow my dongle/cable and the required software

Yeah I have a TechStream just haven't scanned it yet, thanks for the offer though 😊It's running perfectly so I doubt it's anything serious. 

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My all time favourite colour, looks fantastic!

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Didn't have time to set up TechStream but I did plug in my Carista dongle and got these codes.

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So looks like a possible O2 sensor issue. To be fair I had these codes on my last car and it was down to an exhaust leak. I don't hear a leak but I best check before I start throwing money at it. I've cleared the codes for now so we'll see how it goes.

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Well what a workout that was getting all this in here.

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So here's most of the stuff I've ordered for now.

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So we've got :

  • 6 litres of engine oil
  • 10 litres of ATF
  • 2 litres of gear oil (for the diff)
  • 10 litres of coolant
  • Some new brake fluid
  • No power steering fluid (I forgot)
  • Spark plugs
  • Serpentine belt
  • Oil filter
  • Air filter
  • Pollen filter
  • A new Battery
  • Pagid discs & pads all round
  • Handheld pump (for ATF flush)
  • Turkey baster (not for cooking)
  • Various washers for the gearbox and diff
  • and finally some grease and gloves

Another big thank you to Daniel from Lexus Parts Direct for getting everything I needed out to me so quickly. If you're not using them yet you should. Remember they're a full dealership and so can sell any parts Lexus have in stock - if it's not on the site, just message them. They were very helpful for finding little things like specific crush washers and interior trim. 

I need to redo all the work I did on my last one in preparation for the big European road trip I'll be taking in the summer. 

I've still got a few parts waiting to arrive, from the USA to the UAE!

I'll be seeing my old car soon to pick some bits off it. The exhaust system is definitely going on as it's brand new and sounded fantastic. The LPG kit is going to be refitted with new plumbing and what-not only once it's been tested to ensure it's still safe. 

I'll also be getting the new radiator, AC condenser and oil cooler as they're all intact 🙂

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Got my new plates in, I'm going with a 12x6 plate (US size) because I personally think these cars look better with this size plate. I couldn't do it in the last one because some numpty used self-tapping screws on the boot, right on the ends of a UK sized plate.

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Looking good andy.

I think I remember seeing this - was it in Bradford?

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10 hours ago, cruisermark said:

I think I remember seeing this - was it in Bradford?

Yes, that's the one 🙂

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Hey everyone, I have a couple little issues with the new LS I was hoping somebody could help me with. I'm not sure if the two issues are related or not. 

First of all, one of the rear doors is deadlocked and cannot be opened from the inside or out. All other electronics in that door work, electric windows, speakers, outside lock button etc. It's intermittent, I can occasionally get it to unlock but most of the time it's locked and I'll need that fixed before the MOT. I'm guessing it's the door module, I've had MK4 Golfs and Boras and anybody familiar with those will know that's a common issue. 

The second issue I'm having is that while driving, or anytime the car is just on the doors will lock. After that they'll keep trying to lock randomly while I'm driving as if somebody is pressing the lock button. I took the Battery out of my key to rule out a faulty key but that's not it. Unsure if it's related to the door issue but has anybody come across this before? Not only is it annoying listening to it, but as I have only 1 key at the moment I'm afraid one day I'll lock myself out. I deiced my car this morning, luckily remembered to wind the window down. Good job I did because by the time I had finished the car had locked itself. 

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I know it's a bit of a Marmite thing, but my Gold emblems arrived today (all the way from the UAE). Personally I think the Gold looks good on some colours. I never would have done this to my silver one, but I think it might look good against this colour. I guess we'll see when I get round to putting them on. IMG_1656.thumb.jpg.7c1e1c1ec2ff6e4211f220b770492dc6.jpg

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Well, further improvements are going to have to take a back seat. Hit a pothole the other day. Car made some noise but didn't think it was that bad until it got very loud. Turns out one of the wheel studs broke off and it's caused absolute carnage. Ruined an entire corner of the car, brakes, handbrake shoes, backing plate, handbrake cables. It's in the garage now and it's been there a few days. Awaiting a big bill, and I've had to hire a car in the meantime. I'm not having luck with Lexus like you guys are. Might forget about it and buy a Clio or a Corsa like everyone else 🤣

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23 hours ago, DruLS said:

Well, further improvements are going to have to take a back seat. Hit a pothole the other day. Car made some noise but didn't think it was that bad until it got very loud. Turns out one of the wheel studs broke off and it's caused absolute carnage. Ruined an entire corner of the car, brakes, handbrake shoes, backing plate, handbrake cables. It's in the garage now and it's been there a few days. Awaiting a big bill, and I've had to hire a car in the meantime. I'm not having luck with Lexus like you guys are. Might forget about it and buy a Clio or a Corsa like everyone else 🤣

With pot hole damage the camera would be straight out and a claim to the local council submitted for the total repair costs!

With regard to your earlier post regarding the door lock problem and the auto lock activating it will 99% be the motor having failed in the door lock actuator (I had the exact same symptoms on my rear door some years ago).

You can buy replacement motors from ebay sellers and replace it for a few pounds, the rear doors are easier to remove the lock than the fronts.

Door lock removal

 

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Motor replacement

 

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Thanks for the tips guys, I’ll get on that! 

In regards to claiming for damages, I was hopelessly lost without a phone so this one is on me unfortunately 🙁

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Unless the council have filled the pothole in, I imagine you can go back and take a photo of it - unless it's on a busy dual carriage-way of course.

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