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  1. Update to this topic. Towbars are NLS at Lexus. Not available ANYWHERE in country - I had them send an email request to all the dealers. However... I managed to pick up a second hand one on the bay for £65, delivered :) Now... Anyone have any idea of whats needed for the electrickery part? I know I need a buzzer and there'll be some some sort of black box to bypass the faulty bulb detector?
  2. I phoned *everywhere* - westfalua p f Jones. Bosal. All the installers I could find on Google within 100miles. There is no type-approved after market towbar for a 99 gs300. I'd love to be proved wrong!
  3. Phoned a different Lexus dealer in the area where I will be working next week: Turns out I can get a towbar only (no oil cooler or electrics), self fit, for 459 quid. As I only tow a small trailer (<750kgs) a short distance (20 miles or so maximum), an oil cooler won't be necessary, and an aftermarket electrics kit is only about 12 quid, so jobs a good'un.
  4. I've reached the point where I don't have the space for both my shogun and the lexus... I need to get rid of one of them, and obviously I'd prefer to keep the lexus. But... I need to tow a trailer quite regularly so I need a towbar. Does anyone have one for sale? or can point me towards one that isn't going to cost me 1200+ from the dealer? Or one that could be adapted? I can weld, but can't afford the £££££ to have a self-built one tested. It has to be euro CE plated, so no US imports, unfortunately. It's a 99 plate, MK2 gs300 UK spec Thanks
  5. Does anyone have a source for a UK spec towbar for a '99 GS300 ? I don't want to pay the new dealer price, and can't seem to get one from the bay, or online scrappers. Alternative is to have one shipped from the US, but they seem to be only rated for a one tonne trailer - seems silly when the GS300 will tow 2T. (Also, they're technically not legal, since not type approved for the EU) Thanks
  6. I paid 600 for "Jubilee" (pronounced "jubbly"). 130k, and a bit battered on the corners. (75 y/o previous owner :( ) When I was looking, most were around 1200, so the car in the OP is on the cheap side, and had I still been looking, I would have certainly gone to look at it - and probablty bought.
  7. New Owner With A Warning Light

    paper clip trick works on older lexus - not sure about the LS430 This suggests that it may have a built-in fault reader you access via the nav screen
  8. Dunno whereabouts in Yorkshire you are, but I know a *very* good MOT place who will not fail a car to get work - he has contracts with a couple of truck fleets so isn't desperate for work. He's on the Leeds/Wakefield border in Thorpe Village. (about 10 mins from M1/M62/M621). If you'd like to PM me, I'd be more than happy to help you with it, rather than see a potentially good car go to the scrappers.
  9. what's the colour name for 8L4? I thought it was spectral blue, but above says 8m6?
  10. As an addendum to my post above - if comfort is your thing - go for a LS400. Even more reliable than the 300, and considering it's a 4.0, insurance is cheaper (for me, any way), and mpg is about the same (and less than a 3.2 omega)
  11. omega is a car I know a *lot* about. The newest are now ten years old - they rust. ABS ecu fails. Powersounder bursts into flames (!). Suspension bushes fail. Crankshaft sensor fails. HBV fails. Cambelt and tensioner needs doing every two years/20,000 miles. Head gasket NEVER fails (regardless of what a mechanic might say - they don't fail, it's, at worst, the oil cooler bridge that wants cleaning). VERY comfortable, not as quiet as a lexus but, to my mind more responsive, faster and more powerful than the gs300 (maybe just mine - I had a slightly "tweaked" manual omega MV6 (225BHP as tested), and my GS300 has an auto gearbox (218BHP at new according to lexus). Cheap and easy to fix. Estate is HUGE. big enough for a double mattress in boot if you put the back seats down. VERY good, informative owners club with a large user base at - I'd recommend an omega just on the strength of the club - IF you like to tinker. Jag S type - Unreliable. expensive to fix. allegedly a mondeo in drag (not really). Rust BMW 530i - no idea on reliability, but expensive to fix. buy a Lexus - can be expensive to fix, but since the problems don't occur very often - who cares!
  12. Where could I get one for a Mk2 ('99) GS300? I don't want the "bendover" treatment from Lexus for a new one. Can't order from the states as I planned, because the merkin ones aren't "type approved" - likewise for making one myself (not as stupid as it sounds - I *am* a welder). Been trawling the for sales ads, looking for a breaker, but no luck so far.
  13. I'm tempted, but it's a long drive - and in the wrong direction to where I'm travelling next week.
  14. what do you mean by shady punters? Im sure Iain meant to say shady sellers. I hope so, cos if I was the sort of person who could be insulted...