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  1. SC430 with 500 000 miles on the clock

    After having a discussion with my friend who works as a mechanic in Listers Toyota, i have decided not to go ahead with the planned £189 donation to Lexus Going by the old saying: want something done properly- do it yourself. Yes i cannot overlook the savings as the Dexron II atf will cost £50 max, but i'm more concerned about controversial information given by the different dealers.. Most likely the problem lies in the fact, that in big dealerships you are never allowed to speak directly to the mechanic.. there is always a middleman who's very good at milking £££ out of you, but often has no clue about the brickworks. Who wouldn't prefer it to be the other way around? Still going in for an airbag recall tomorrow and encourage all fellow SC430 owners to ensure yours have been done too.
  2. SC430 with 500 000 miles on the clock

    Gearbox oil change Called a few local dealers yesterday. Lexus Leicester quoted £295 and hanged up when i started asking questions. Lexus Birmingham told me £139 but they will only be able to drain and replace 1.3 liters of oil and claimed in order to do the full flush the gearbox would have to be removed. Yes i agree lots of oil is inside torque converter etc.. but 1.3 liters is not really cutting the mustard. So i called Lexus Leicester again: apparently they are able to drain 3-4 liters for £189 and they literally talked me into it as my car is due for passenger airbag recall and they will give me a nice courtesy car. They also asked the mileage and i had to repeat it twice..
  3. SC430 with 500 000 miles on the clock

    This is one of the reasons i prefer doing the cambelt myself. Yes it's not something i would call an easy diy job, but i know 100% it will be done properly. Never recommend anyone to go anywhere near Halfrauds or Kwik-Fit type of places if you care about your car.
  4. SC430 with 500 000 miles on the clock

    Thanks for advice. How many miles on yours now? Any issues with engine or gearbox? Once i get all the parts in the car will have a few treats including: Cambelt, waterpump, radiator, fresh oil both engine and gearbox; spark plugs, air filter, cabin air filter, new cam cover gaskets both sides and sump cover gasket. Grooved discs with quality pads all around and some nice 18" alloy wheels will follow shortly. I'm planning to do most of the jobs myself except for gearbox oil change, which will be done by my local Lexus dealer. Another issue i won't be able to sort myself is the paint bubbling on the roof but i will deal with that after everything else is sorted.
  5. SC430 with 500 000 miles on the clock

    Oils, filters and gaskets delivered today from Lexus Birmingham. Many of you may disagree on this, but i am using 5W- 30 semi-synthetic oil and not the fully synthetic. A friend of mine actually advised to use mineral oil lol, but i wouldn't be able to sleep at night if i follow that. Always used fully synthetic oil in all my cars, but due to the age and mileage of the SC, i see the reason and logic to swap to semi this time. Don't try this at home i am certainly not doing this due cost reasons.
  6. SC430 with 500 000 miles on the clock

    Today i managed to glue back both door handle covers, remove the satnav unit for further investigation, disconnect the TPMS system (no more warning light on the dashboard) and temporarily fix both front speakers. Alpine speakers will be fitted as soon as i find a suitable model. Also took my daughter for a quick spin :) She loves this car as much as i do.
  7. SC430 with 500 000 miles on the clock

    I agree.. the original ML speakers look indeed very very sad. Would you be able to provide me with the part number of the Alpine 6 x 9 you have fitted please?
  8. SC430 with 500 000 miles on the clock

    Thank You for advice. Have you replaced the speakers on yours? I'm only trying to restore them because from what i know it's not easy to find an 8 Ohm replacement speakers..
  9. SC430 with 500 000 miles on the clock

    Weather is good and i have a day off work so i'm at it again This means both door cards are off and speaker repair in progress. As suspected.. both 6 x 9 speakers damaged. Highly recommend take a good care when removing door cards. The plastic is indeed very brittle and brakes easily as i found out in process.
  10. SC430 with 500 000 miles on the clock

    Thanks. At this mileage i wouldn't of touched anything else with a barge pole :D
  11. SC430 with 500 000 miles on the clock

    Thanks :) Sent a pm
  12. SC430 with 500 000 miles on the clock

    I bought her from well known dodgy car dealers who go by the name of "carswithnoreseve" lol. They tried to flog it on Ebay auction several times but with no luck. So i went over with some cash and a friend of mine, who knows cars inside out :) Even tough i consider myself competent enough in most cases, i highly recommend bringing someone with you when purchasing a car. The reason behind it is simple: You may miss important things in the euphoria and excitement. Your friend, if he knows what he is doing, will look at things from a different perspective.. he won't be buying anything and to him it's just another car. As soon as i walked in there, i wanted to turn around and run :D the place reminded me of car graveyard. But i think their pricing must be right as i was checking every detail of the SC, at least 30 people did the same thing to various other motors from Golf's to 911s and even CL600. So overall i would not say avoid them at all costs, but just do your homework and do not believe a single word without genuine paperwork behind it. Also their Ebay listings are full of "it" as traders usually do :D About price: including all the spending sprees for stainless steel exhaust, cambelt kit, oils filters and gaskets i have ordered, still got change left from £2000. With prices for LS430s being so ridiculously low i budgeted for engine/gearbox replacement worst case scenario but looks like this is not necessary for now :)
  13. SC430 with 500 000 miles on the clock

    Older cars in dark colors are real pita to keep mint. Every single scratch is clearly visible.. Silver is the best in this respect.. no need to visit a car wash that often either. When i bought the car I checked under the carpets for rust/signs of accident repair and also measured the paint thickness all over the car especially the bonnet and rear quarters. All good there.. Now trying to find your tutorial about spare wheel fitting
  14. SC430 with 500 000 miles on the clock

    This is how the boot looks like after almost 400k miles: Guess this nasty yellow thing should become handy in case one of the tyres has a puncture?! I need a space saver asap The boot space is very generous considering what kind of car this is.. I will also have to take the satnav unit apart to investigate why it struggles to read the discs. Tried 2 different map dvd's with no luck.
  15. SC430 with 500 000 miles on the clock

    Deliveries have been slow this week due bad weather conditions lol. Still waiting for service parts to arrive, however i managed to replace the serpentine belt this morning. Used Gates 6PK2260 belt. Replacing it was literally 5 minute job. All you need is to remember how the belt runs and a 14mm socket with the long handle bar. Also removed a piece of air intake plastic to give me better access.