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The time has come to part with my Lexus after 12 years ownership. It is a 1999 DHP model and has done just over 180,000 miles. It runs very well and has been well serviced throughout it's life (including a cam belt 2,000 miles ago - 3rd one), firstly by Lexus up to 120,000, then by me and a local garage. It's not been used a lot over the last 2 years, although I did have to use it last week for a 600 mile round trip that it performed faultlessly, and averaged 31 mpg despite being stuck on the A66 in traffic jams. 

The car does have a few faults which are commensurate with age - lacquer peel on n/s rear wing, plus some rust blisters on this wheel arch (not helped by lockdown when it wasn't getting used), rust blisters on top of windscreen area, It really could do with new front discs as it has some shake, air con needs re gassed, sat nav has failed, but screen works, steering wheel is set for my driving position as motors failed, and rear n/s door central locking has become disconnected.

That's the negatives, but the positives are that the car has a lovely interior, looks really nice and goes very well indeed. I'm only selling as I'm not prepared to do the work to make the car as I'd like, plus I fancy a Corvette.

I have a list of all work I've done to the car over the years, and will be removing my personal number plate prior to sale.

I'm looking for £2000 for it, and the car is in Broughty Ferry, Dundee, Scotland.

Photos were taken today - just as rain came on.

Contact me here or by phone - 07871 933971

 

Cheers, Pete

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excellent write-up for your servicing detail etc over the years ...  well done .........  she looks a " peach " and should find another good home quite soon I'm sure

Malc

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  • 3 weeks later...

New front discs and pads fitted today. Only 1 interest from here so far which surprises me, so will possibly be getting advertised elsewhere, or I'll keep it - not sure yet.

 

Pete

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Sold today, it's off to Glasgow, I hope the new owner gets similar enjoyment out of it that we have over the last 12 years. In some way I'm sorry to see it go, but the Corvette replacement will make up for it.

 

Pete

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It's a 2001 C5, 5.7 litre (same engine as my Morris Minor), with only 30,000 miles on it, with quite a few upgrades. Cost me basically 2 cancelled Florida holidays, a bike and my Lexus (man maths lol)

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That' a beaut, Congrats!

I'm partial to the C6 after the first year, when they replaced the 4 spoke steering wheel with the 3 spoke and upped the V8 to the 6.2L. I do remember that even with magnaride it was still pretty stiff in comfort. How are you coping with the C5 on Dundee roads. I lived in the area (Liff) between 2010-2013, so I remember the roads. I'm hoping they've improved. Although I loved the route up to RSPB Kinnordy. That should be a riot in your C5 :usaflag:

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The car hasn't arrived yet, so I can't comment on it's pot hole handling qualities. i've been looking for a while, and there is some rubbish out there, but this one was owned by a friend of a guy in our car club, albeit the car is in Heathrow area, so it's being transported up here. There aren't many for sale, and this is as low a mileage one as you can get. My mate had a lovely C5 convertible from new, and if that had been a targa, I'd have bought that. He was looking for a C7, but couldn't find one that suited him, so he bought a new Camaro 6.2 convertible instead. He didn't like the C6, liked the C5 better as it's the last of the pop up headlight models.

I'll post pics when it arrives and give my driving impessions. I'm used to LS powered cars as my Minor has an LS1 and my belair has a 6 litre LQ4.

 

Pete

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In reply to peniole's request for an update, I have had the Corvette for a week now and can report that it drives lovely, very smooth and quiet. I'd say it rides as nicely as my departed Lexus and is almost as quiet inside with no rattles or shakes whatsoever. There are a couple of things needing sorted, but they aren't costly to rectify, and parts are easily obtained. Anyone who has commented on it can't believe it's 20 years old as the condition is amazing. It's not nearly as quick as my Morris Minor though.

 

Pete

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On 9/6/2021 at 6:10 PM, peniole said:

Where's a good place to keep an eye out for these (to buy) in the UK?

Check out the Classic Corvette Club UK, here is a link https://www.corvetteclub.org.uk/

I was merchandise secretary when I had my C6, good club with lots of events and a fountain of knowledge of things to be aware of when buying.

Just be aware it's a Chevy and a long way removed from Lexus quality. Engines really good but electrics/electronics can cause problems. Parts easy to obtain and Rock Auto in the USA a good mail order source for everything. I used to holiday in the states and come back with a suitcase full of spares.

That said, all the problems disappear when you rev it.

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16 minutes ago, Alan305 said:

Check out the Classic Corvette Club UK, here is a link https://www.corvetteclub.org.uk/

I was merchandise secretary when I had my C6, good club with lots of events and a fountain of knowledge of things to be aware of when buying.

Just be aware it's a Chevy and a long way removed from Lexus quality. Engines really good but electrics/electronics can cause problems. Parts easy to obtain and Rock Auto in the USA a good mail order source for everything. I used to holiday in the states and come back with a suitcase full of spares.

That said, all the problems disappear when you rev it.

or childishly 😀 go through a tunnel on your way to cross the golden gate bridge.

I've driven a c6 up and down the pacific coast highway multiple times. Agreed that noise and acceleration with the roof down does melt away the niggles/problems.

Thanks for the link

and thanks Peter for the update, glad it's still enjoyable over here

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