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So after my fantastic trip across Europe in my 400 I'm thinking of selling my Skoda and going for a 430, probably a 54 plate with a view to getting it converted (if not already done) to LPG. I'd like to know a couple of things from you guys in the know before I do;

What common problems do I need to know about?


Does the 430 (facelift) have Bluetooth phone or a built in phone at all?


Does anyone have one for sale?

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Some might argue that the Mk3 ..... yours ........ is the very best of the LS400s in any event.

One reads so much grief on here from owners with the LS430 !


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Yeah, I know that the Mk3 and Mk4 are both very good models and in some respects more relyable but I'm not a fan of the shape of the Mk4 and I don't really want a car that old. I love the shape of the facelift 430 and the level of kit is uncomprimising really.

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will - i like the shape of the late LS430s too - here what to look out for

1) Make sure no Suspension noises as its air susoension - and if theres a fault it could be very expensive to fix

2) Check all electrics especially parking sensors

3) Steering motors are know to fail

4) Check rear aircon works - if it doesnt it could mean coroded pipes which is alot to fix - An owner posted recently about this

5) Boot struts failure are a very common fault - so check them

hope this helps

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Mine is a 03 plate and I had a major failure of the gearbox due to the oil cooler failing and dumping a large amount of cooling fluid into the gearbox however a friend who has same model did a simple conversion to an air cooler cheap about £70 for all parts and about an hours work I have done the same and all works fine worth thinking about I know that this has happend to one or two others.

good luck with your search

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just bought an lpg converted one 3 weeks ago now i think, 51 with 99k on clock paid 3500 for it, seems in excellent condition sailed through Mot and lpg service but needs 3 parking sensors and just found out they are £150 each ...

Cam belt is due at 100k but not an issue cam belt plus service quoted at £650 main dealer but happy to pay it ...

No phone, though mine had parrot 3200 kit left in by prev owner, cheers ...

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