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  1. 3 points
    No surprise to me that the ISF comes into Autocar magazine's list of depreciation busting performance cars. But Shhhh just don't tell everyone !! "There are certain performance cars on the second-hand market that are so well-regarded – and that are in sufficient demand – that their values are set in stone. Pick the right one and it’ll probably owe you nothing two or three years down the road. You could get back every penny you paid for it". "post-2011 IS Fs still command £25,000, while the earliest cars are trading hands for around £18,000. It’s unlikely they’ll slip much further" "IS F is exceptionally rare, which is exactly what will keep values strong in years to come." Well we knew that I guess but it's what Autocar think too, and its certainly more fun than keeping the keeping the money in the bank! I just need to wait until the RC F reaches a similar status before I raid the bank again https://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/features/beating-depreciation-performance-cars-cost-nothing-own
  2. 3 points
    Like cars, watch collecting is fun at all price points. You don’t have to own expensive cars or watches to enjoy them.
  3. 2 points
    Hello all! Had my GSF for just over a year, only really now getting involved with the whole 'club' aspect of car ownership as I never had the time before! Found a few other random GSF owners on instagram and was directed here! Daily driven for the past year, couple of worthy road trips and about 16k miles later, all I can say is I 'F'-ing love my GS. For anyone heading to Simply Japanese at Beaulieu Motor Museum, hope to catch you there! Kieran
  4. 2 points
    Hi, we go from Ardrossan to Brodick Lochranza to Claonaig, Oban to Castlebay, Ardmhor ( Barra) to Eriskay, Berneray to Leverburgh, Tarbet to Uig, and finally Armadale to Mallaig, then drive back to Cheshire. Accomadation and ferries all booked 8-20 th May and looking forward to it. Decided LS best car for journey and trust all goes well, cheers, Roger
  5. 2 points
    I too am a lower-league man (probably non-league really!) but I love my Skagen and my Longines Conquest, I also have a 1961 Hefik.
  6. 2 points
    I love watches, but I am in a very different, lower league than you guys. Mine are Philip Starck O-Ring (orange/steel), Skagen, Ingersoll, Xeric Halograph, and others...
  7. 2 points
    What I am hoping and expecting is that isf prices will bolster rcf and Rcf will bolster lcf much like the Elise bolsters the exige and the exige bolsters the Evora. If the top price isf cars are listed at 25 I would expect rcf to remain 5k plus above it at all times.
  8. 2 points
    Hi everyone, Not sure if this would interest anybody, but after recently purchasing my LS430 I found a CD inside the owners manual. There was no real labeling except a list of PC requirements. So after firing up my old Windows machine to investigate it appears to be an interactive owners manual for the following models: IS200 / IS300 GS300 / GS430 LS430 RX300 RX400h SC430 It includes information about each model and their features, a selection of wallpapers and even screen savers (although I imagine they probably won't work on modern computers) Anyway I thought I'd share the contents with you guys in case anybody is interested. I created an ISO image from the disc. Providing you're running Windows 10, double click the file and it will auto mount as a CD. Run the "Lexus.exe" file and the program should run. Download Link: https://megaupload.nz/ka7aj4e1nb/Lexus_iso
  9. 1 point
    Hi Everyone I ma glad to see my original post is still creating such interest and comments! As I have mentioned I'm on 149K now and the car is running really well, great economy & of course has been very reliable. I will be keeping a close eye on the oil. It has just been changed so I will have a look at 1000mile intervals and see if its using. I do wonder if the drop in the level before the service was due to a lot of motorway use last month with 2 trips to Scotland and more beside as I use for work., did about 1600K that month. I will be watching it closely ! Cheers.
  10. 1 point
    130k a year! That's an average of over 350 miles a day. No wonder he can go for crazy long intervals, that's perfect operating conditions for an engine.
  11. 1 point
    I am afraid once the 12 volt battery is discharged you cannot get the car into neutral meaning the front wheels are locked! Apart from re- instating the 12 volt supply there is no way to get the car out of park. John.
  12. 1 point
    One to put a smile on our faces........As an ex SC430 owner still looking for an opportunity (and cash!) to return to the fold I keep a lazy eye on autotrader to see what pops up. The Lexus Dealer in Hatfield has a gorgeous 2004 SC with only 31500 miles up for £12950, a not insignificant price but look at some of the things you get: Optitron instruments, adaptive front lighting/AFS, LED rear lights and Bluetooth......... link to ad below Except you don’t get any of these because the car is 2004 and the above only came with the facelift car in 05/06. They even include a photo of the instrument panel which proves the car doesn’t have an Optitron panel. Lexus Hatfield also describe their SC as a ‘Sports Coupe’, which is the first time I’ve seen that phrase and the SC put together. Should they be told......? I guess someone will pay that price, but I hope they check the spec first. Lexus Hatfield
  13. 1 point
    Madrid Some re-edits from visits gone by Royal Palace _DSC2028 by Stephen Taylor, on Flickr Temple of Debod _DSC2010 by Stephen Taylor, on Flickr Puerta de Alcala _DSC5268 by Stephen Taylor, on Flickr
  14. 1 point
    I always see people complain about there not being a 3rd gen isf. I'm happy ours is the only version. I'm also happy the word is getting out. Push the prices up.
  15. 1 point
    As Phil. Fill tank with Shell V pOWER/Optima or similar,then give it an Italian Tune Up before arriving at MOT station.
  16. 1 point
    When did you last put in injector cleaner? I always use some and drive a good distance the week before going to a test centre. Then only turn up when Car has had a run round the block five miles. Too late now for you, but maybe if you put some in as per instructions and run the car up to temp without going any distance then you may clear any clogging. Of course this may not be a recommended course of action as it states in the Manual not to warm the engine before moving off. Difficult.
  17. 1 point
    I don't claim to know a lot about hybrids, and my car isn't one, but this doesn't seem to make a lot of sense to me. No engine is "stressed" when it's running under normal conditions, and oil is not well preserved in an engine when it isn't running, quite the opposite. Moisture builds up in the crankcase and only gets vented off through the CCV when the engine is run up to temperature for a period of time. This is why engines with an "oil quality sensor" (which I also don't trust) generally indicate a longer interval in miles the more the car is driven, and why if a car is barely driven at all you should still probably change the oil every 6 months. Motorway miles are really good on the engine, it's pretty much ideal conditions, so if you change your oil and then put 5k motorway miles on it in a short space of time with 100+ mile trips then your oil will likely look brand new when you look at the dipstick. Maybe there's something else about hybrids that I don't know that changes this equation but I'm struggling to imagine how. Maybe it deliberately runs it up to temperature and then duty cycles it to keep it there? Seems a bit of a stretch given that the main goal of those systems is better fuel mileage and lower emissions. The manufacturer really doesn't care if the car makes it past 100k miles as long as it makes it out of the warranty period. In any case you'll never save enough money on oil changes to even begin to pay for a major engine repair. I've heard from a garage owner a year or two ago that the number of 2008+ cars from companies like BMW and Audi coming in with <100k miles on them needing a new engine is "phenomenal" and he was convinced it was because of the manufacturer's extended oil change intervals.
  18. 1 point
    Tacky.. Doesn't your GS come with a clock?
  19. 1 point
    Citizen makes top notch long lasting watches. i remember that being my dads watch brand and I bought a kinetic gold plated one about 7 years ago which is still looking fresh and new till this day. i have my Chronograph Tommy Hilfiger as my daily work watch and my Citizen is more for socialising and formal occasions. whats are people thoughts on this dash watch? looks good or tacky?
  20. 1 point
    Some good responses to this post. Small update from me. While my car hiatus continues in leu of a house purchase my watch journey continues! I added a black bay 58 as my new daily on leather and subsequently bought the nato for it. I will buy the bracelet at some stage as well. At 39mm in diameter, 47mm lug to lug and 12mm thick it is super comfy and the perfect size for my wrist at just under 7inches. This watch has really changed my idea on what size watch works for me. 13mm height is my max, 42mm diameter and 50mm lug to lug. While i never intend to sell my watches I have sold my Pelagos. I found the height at just over 14mm uncomfortable and didn’t fit under my shirt cuff so couldn’t wear it for work. Also, with it being fully brushed titanium it didn’t fit well in more formal occasions. The BB58 effectively took its place. I now have some cash to spend on a new watch and with this new found understanding of my ideal size I’ll be buying a zenith el primero chronomaster 38mm as my next watch. It will add a new colour dial, a new brand and a new complication to my small collection. https://m.zenith-watches.com/en_en_m/el-primero-original-1969-46.html I am learning as I go and building a diverse set of watches as I go. For my 40th I already have a Rolex gmt master 2 BLNR ear marked and the wife is aware 😂 It is a very enjoyable hobby but a bloody slippery slope! Stu
  21. 1 point
    abandon you in the tunnel if they find out enroute sorry it's my amusing streak appearing Malc
  22. 1 point
    If you weren't getting these two codes before replacing the sensors then it's likely to be linked to the new work you've done. Checking connectors etc, as suggested, will help. If you replaced the sensors with the battery still connected there's a possibility you shorted something. Disconnecting the battery for an hour or so ought to reset the ECU. The engine running fine with the kit attached may well be because the kit is stopping the emissions system from functioning properly. In this case you really want to test the engine with the O2 sensors disconnected. That'll throw other codes but won't give u limp mode.
  23. 1 point
    As a Francophile great symapthy for the terrible Notre Dame tragedy. Could the Car be running on 7 cylinders? It's easy to splice a Spark plug Lead, when putting back the covers as I found when I replaced my own. I was surprised to see how easy this could happen. Another thing, are the Spark plug leads seperated as they should be and not overlapping in some way which might affect performance? If you haven't touched the Lead set then not the problem. Just a few thoughts.
  24. 1 point
    And I am taking the LS to the Outer Hebrides in 3 weeks time for a 2 week holiday
  25. 1 point
    I knew about the aftermarket sensor problem so used genuine parts.
  26. 1 point
    I've found that my concerns over owning an LS430 are pointless. I've spent too much time thinking about what "may" go wrong. I would just have it serviced and get all the bushes and joints checked and go from there. My last one was a 2001 on 118k with no joint or bush problems.
  27. 1 point
    I'd check your battery is good and the condition of the earthing from the battery to the body and body to the engine. P1663 is a VVT engine error and P1760 is transmission - these are unrelated and therefore something common such as poor earthing is the likely cause. Also check the connectors on the ECU for corrosion/water ingress. What errors were you getting to need to replace both O2 sensors - normally only one fails at a time. Was any wiring damaged when the sensors were replaced?
  28. 1 point
    I believe all the Toyota/Lexus hybrids have the hidden menu. There is an alternative method of entering the menu by going to the settings screen in accessory mode as previous post. In this screen there are two gold horizontal bands one near the top the other near the bottom. Pressing imaginary buttons on the left hand side of the screen just under the top gold band, and just above the bottom gold band starting at the top alternatively three times each. This should bring up the hidden menu. John.
  29. 1 point
    HPS intake pipe and Tom's drop in filter installed this afternoon. Added a sticker for #scenepoints 😉 ECU reset. Taken her around the block and miss the noise of the Takeda already 😞
  30. 1 point
    In the RC300h (2016) the entry system automatically goes dormant after approx 14 days, saving drain on the 12v battery.
  31. 1 point
    Also sorry to hear of your predicament, and trust your wife makes a full recovery. Love the boat and your photos and reports ,Rgds,Roger
  32. 1 point
    Peter Firstly let me add to the good wishes you have received for your Wife and her recovery,I to spent many happy years in the south west Florida region around the Fort Myers area fishing and boating. Later this summer we are embarking on a epic month long tour of the National Parks bespoke driving organised by a renowned vacation planner,usual Yellowstone, Yosemite,and eight others over six states.Will be driving a ford edge which I have used before in the US not as nice as a 400 but still pretty good. With regard to the steering wheel ,yes I agree with your sentiments fortunately mine is still mint but that is useful info.
  33. 1 point
    Hmm, I've not tried them together. I am at home today, and feeling a bit peckish....
  34. 1 point
    Sorry to hear of your wife's predicament, mine went through chemo and radiotherapy 5.5 years ago, not nice, but fully recovered now thank God. As for something less important like a steering wheel, a very nice job but I love the look and feel of wood! Interestingly, I also love marmite, and have consumed some not 15 mins ago!👍
  35. 1 point
    Interesting, as always. Shouldn't you be island hopping in the Gulf of Mexico at the moment rather than scraping frost off the car this morning? Jon
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  37. 1 point
    Don't get me wrong, I love mechanical watches, particularly skeleton watches, the working movement fascinates me. We were in Switzerland in the spring (as part of our road trip) and my wife offered to buy me a Swiss made watch for my birthday. What an idiot, I said no! Still, at least my cracked face timepiece still just about works.
  38. 1 point
    I remember years ago two watches were tested, one a Rolex, the other a 99p disposable. Guess which kept the best time?
  39. 1 point
    That is what watches are about imo. Hopefully he will see your enjoyment of watches and handing them down is such a cool and nice thing to do. It certainly won’t lose money that’s for sure. Lovely looking and timeless design the sub will always be relevant.
  40. 1 point
    Ordered a Rolex Submariner non date 19 weeks ago and picked it up yesterday. Very lucky, as there seem to be huge waiting lists for the sports models. So much so, that unworn examples command a fairly high premium over list price. The dealer insisted on removing the protective stickers and retained the guarantee for 6 months, to discourage selling it on. Haven't even put it on yet or had the bracelet altered. Put masking tape on the back and sides to protect it and put it aside. Better than money in the bank. Also have a very battered Oyster, purchased 1989. Omega Chronostop, 1972. And Various Citizen Eco Drives for daily wear.
  41. 1 point
    Well I added another watch (Tudor black bay 58) to the slowly growing collection last week. Didn’t mean to but having tried on its bigger similar looking brother I had to put down a refundable deposit to be sure I didn’t want it. It’s a classic size with diameter of 39mm and height of 11.9mm. On the leather strap it’s an absolute corker. Once it arrived and I put it on it was only ever going to come home with me. Hadn’t intended to buy a watch until my 40th in 5 years but yeah.... couldn’t resist.
  42. 1 point
    My old E350cdi would match it, but the Lexus is a nicer experience. Actually most of the components of the hybrid are quite simple ... a lazy 3.5L V6 and an electric motor. It is just the things which connects them which is complicated.
  43. 1 point
    Nice, oris do some lovely watches and I almost bought one in favour of my longines when I was looking. I do like panerai, instantly recognisable.
  44. 1 point
    My Oris GMT World timer decided to split its bracelet last week. I bought an Oris meistertaucher titanium from a Jewellery shop in Knutsford last month, it was brand new but had sat there since 2012. Cheekily I offered a grand for it and they took it! I don't think you beat Oris. If I was wealthy it would be a Panerai Chronograph though. Another world sadly. Sent from my G8141 using Tapatalk
  45. 1 point
    Mine was perfect up until it's first (complimentary) service after which it started loosing 2-3mins a week. It got sent back to Switzerland for re-calibration and pressure testing. It came back 3months later running perfectly again. It's had 4 services since then, each time going back to Switzerland and taking approx 3 months. Each time it looked incredible and ran spot on. The last one was completed just recently but now the watch is loosing time again, almost 2min a day! Guess I'll be sending it off again....
  46. 1 point
    Hi all. Peter i had a lot off trouble with mine when purchased went back to there uk office and was waiting for it for weeks when spoke to them the lady said got our top watch maker on it she is very particular and we are waiting for new hands from Switzerland could have knocked me down with a feather. Must say she made a excellent job as it was a wright sod to get going before she sorted it out it has had another overhaul 3-4 years ago and is due either a service or a overhaul now but keep putting it off. 65mike.
  47. 1 point
    It's amazing what they can do to make my watch appear brand new each time. The 10-12 weeks turnaround is quite 'painful' my wrist feels very naked! (Stock photo) I still have the original bakelite box and all the paperwork for it. A dealer offered me £300 just for the box!
  48. 1 point
    Hi all Mine is the same make as peter's a Brietling but a Navitimer Heritage had it 13 years now worn at weekends and holidays got it on now beautiful watch only problem is it costs £600 pounds for a overhaul but there overhaul means stripping down to a box off bits and comes back looking like brand new. This is similar to mine but has silver bezel mine has black. 65mike
  49. 1 point
    Me too. I don't have time for watches.
  50. 1 point
    I bought a Citizen Eco Drive when I got my first Lexus IS200 just because the dials looked the same as the cars. That was 19 years ago and it’s been worn every single day, been to lots of different country’s, swam in every ocean. Never lost time and never changed the battery yet. I’m still impressed when it changes the time automatically spring, autumn and when I enter a different country. Didn’t cost much and probably worth nothing now but could never change it. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk




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