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  1. Hi Gary. Copied and pasted your email address but it will not send. Is correct?
  2. Just to complete my new purchase i am looking for a spare wheel cover and jack and tool box cover with the cutout to take the wheel cover. Colour required is beige. Anyone got one spare please
  3. Finally got a reply from all previous owners who advised nobody had changed the cam belt. As it was on 150K and i have lots of records of work being done over the years by Lexus i am surprised that they did not mention it to owners at the time the importance of getting this done. Anyway my Local maestro mechanic did it for £160.00 labour plus parts from Europarts so saved me the hastle of what would probably have taken me a week to sort out myself. Today was the day i finally got to drive it for the first time. i was not disappointed. i have previously owned 3 different GS300 cars and they were the best marque i have owned and this took me back to the shear joy of a silent car with total comfort and total luxury. You point it, sit back and relax and it just floats along. Shear joy. It goes in next month for the airbag recall so hopefully i can get the only other problem resolved which is pairing it to my iphone. A small issue as i do not really want to answer the phone when i am out enjoying the drive.
  4. The OEM Aerial is still fitted and the radio works fine it is just that the unit sticks up about 12". Motor is working so the problem is the toothed plastic strip has broken but i do not think these are available separately. Regarding your leak, there is a plastic drain pipe that is fitted to the bottom of the assembly to drain water away out of the boot
  5. The aerial does not work so suspect the drive cable is broken. motor works fine but no movement. Looked on ebay and they all state only suitable for 34.5" units not 42 " units. Have pulled my aerial fully up and it measures about 38" so suspect that including the bit inside it is a 42" unit. Any advice on where i can obtain a reasonably priced replacement shaft
  6. Thanks for your feedback. At present Lexus Bradford who did a lot of the servicing work have no record of a belt change. My letters to previous owners from the service history have not had a response and there are no labels or stickers under the bonnet. I am of the opinion that it has not been done so now looking for options. Do it myself or trust it to my usual genius garage man to do it for me. Thanks everyone
  7. Ok thanks for that. As there is no record of the belt being done i have to look at my options. I have contacted Lexus to see if they have centralised records which may show that it has been done but do not expect much luck there. Also asked the markings/make of the belt used in 2005 production to see if it is still the same belt. There must be somebody out there who is is "geeky" enough on Lexus facts to know that?????. Will also try previous owners. Any other suggestions? I bought the car at the right price with 150K on the clock knowing that i may have to do the belt. At this mileage i am assuming that it was done around the 100K mark but if i cannot prove it then i will get it done. Word is the belts are good for 180K but should be changed at 90K so i will need to act fairly quickly. I have garage facilities and my own lift so with the help of U tube i will have a weeks fun sorting it out.myself.
  8. New to this model and want to do the cam belt. Can anyone advise if these are interference engines? In other words if the cam belt goes do the valves hit the pistons or not.
  9. My passion is the old air cooled Porsche marque and i was lucky enough to invest in some a few years ago when reasonably priced. Now retired i have restored them so have plenty of summer fun car experience. I was looking for an everyday car which will not be used much and struggle to find anything i really liked until i saw the SC430. Its 2005 so cheap tax, high miles but with a lot of work having been done to it and in beautiful condition. It was very fairly priced so if it lasts me a few years and goes phut i can break it for spares and get my money back. Happy days.
  10. Hi Jack. What part of Wales is home.
  11. Hello again after a long absence of about 6 years Had a few GS300 cars over the years but got rid of the last one as i purchased a Porsche 944 track car and needed to tow it to my local circuit. Best advice i could get for fitting a towbar and oilcooler was close to 3 grand so the Lexus had to go and did i miss it. Now well retired and not wanting a big cruiser any more i was stuck for what to buy. I do not like modern cars as they all look alike and are boring so what do you get if you want to be a bit different? What could be more different than a Lexus sc430 with everything you could wish for fitted as standard, a style all of its own and a big V8 that burbles along.. Brilliant. Its a black 2005 model ( cheapish tax) and everything works as is the norm with Lexus. Only thing needed is the spare wheel cover in light grey so if anyone has one for sale please email me on I look forward to reading and contributing to the forum in the future peasoup39
  12. Spot on found it and thank you very much.. Doctor has just left after fitting me with a neck brace as lying across the cill and trying to focus on the fuses whilst angling the torch in the right direction and removing the fuses has caused a problem. Seriously thanks very much for your help. I do not post much as having had the car 3 years and taking the mileage past 110 k still nothing ever goes wrong with it. Brilliant car. brilliant quality, 40mpg on a run, extreme comfort. OH JOY>
  13. Now here is a simple question. Where is it? After consuming some pepermints ( after a nice cigar of course) a bit of silver wrapping fell into my lighter without me noticing. Next time i plugged in my phone charger the fuse popped. I have looked everywhere for a blown fuse without success. At my pensionable age i know my eyesight is not as good as it was but it cannot be that difficult to find . Can It?
  14. Advice please I currently have a GS300 which is I think the best car around but fitting a tow bar is a bit offputting with costs quoted including the oil cooler of about £3 grand. I am thinking of getting hold of an IS200 estate as a dog carrier and to tow my classic car around. Problem is i cannot see any tow bars listed for an estate so cannot calculate the cost and road tests indicate that the 200 urban petrol consumption is in the low 20's ( I get 30mpg in my 300 around town) Any advice on this choice as to how well they tow etc and where i can price up a tow bar would be most welcome. Peasoup39
  15. I have one of the last systems using a CD rather than a DVD. Upgraded the disc to 2004-2005 version last year which seems to have an aversion to motorways. Set it for Warwick from Swansea and it wanted me to go up through mid Wales, around the North of Birmingham and back down again. Crazy. Set it in Burscough to go to Birmingham and it sent me through Widnes. When ignored and I went onto M6 it kept telling me to reroute back through Widnes. I have checked for settings that could be making it do this like "avoid motorway" but there do not seem to be any such options. Any ideas on why it is doing this. I now tend to route by map and switch on when I am a few miles from my destination
  16. There is a God and a Lexus Guru and I am not sure who to thank the most. Car fired up immediately, brilliant. Question perplexing me now is ;- Why 6 mins? Many many thanks. Peasoup 39
  17. Parked up on Friday, went to start it on Saturday and it was completely dead. Battery it seems had packed up completely. Fitted a new battery and it will not start. Everything operates, engine turns over quickly but not as much as a cough. Is there something I should do? As the battery has been totally disconnected do I have to reset something? I have tried locking and opening the car several times ( even with the key in). I have floored the throttle in case it has flooded but nothing. I need help quick or I do not get to work tomorrow!!!!!!
  18. I must express an interest here as I asked the same question some time ago about converting to LPG. I have not taken advice on single or multipoint but everyone recommended a fast lube system as a must Mileage quoted worries me. I have a light right foot and average 28 min on petrol. On a run I can get 33-34 mpg on petrol. The average drop in consumption varies but is said to be about 10%. To get 18mpg you must be flooring it at every opportunity. When asked Lexus did not want to know about converting and were less than helpful but that you would expect. Has anyone out there suffered engine problems which has been attributed to the gas conversion. I am currently on about 80k miles so its only just run in?????. Saving money on fuel would be dwarfed if a new engine was needed.
  19. Having a bit of trouble getting into this Forum. As a newcomer I obviously need to practice. Thought I had polled weeks ago and wondered why no replies from what is obviously a very helpfull menbership. Just discovered i sent the message to myself. Please dont ask how. Need some parts for a w reg (2001) GS300 at reasonable prices so need advice. 1) Tow bar. Best offer to date is £500.00 not fitted 2) Wind deflectors to fit to front windows to stop rain coming in. Yes i am a smoker. Saw some on e bay in America so they are available. Any idea where I can get them in the UK? 3) Need an update on my Sat Nav CD ( not DVD) currently have 2001 version. Now then, what button do I press to send this??????
  20. Hi Ade FLash lube system? Is this the upper cylinder lube device that I have heard mentioned
  21. Hi. Just purchased another GS300 after missing my last one so much. I intend to keep this a while so am considering converting to LPG. I know what it entails as I am in the L P gas business but would like to know if anyone has any bad tales to tell on this particular engine. ie burnt out valves etc. Lexus give me a big NO when I asked their opinion. This maybe because they have nobody in their dealers who can cope with it or there may be some other reason. I have an LPGas Assoc approved installer lined up to do the work but would like some feedback before going ahead. Any Comments?