aviator888

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About aviator888

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  • First Name
    Mel
  • Gender
    Male
  • Lexus Model
    SC430
  • Year of Lexus
    2003
  • UK/Ireland Location
    Leicestershire
  • Interests
    Classic Cars

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  1. aviator888

    SC430 with 500 000 miles on the clock

    Also just an update on progress: Had a closer look on how the roof mechanism works and Lexus has done very impressive job there with actuators and motors. Since this is my first convertible, i am not used to this body roll at all when the roof is down. Would the strut bar improve this? Been busy at work, but will book in for body shop soon along with some other bits and bobs.. Also i am yet to find a nice set of wheels at the right price. The important thing is: car is in everyday use and still going strong
  2. aviator888

    SC430 with 500 000 miles on the clock

    Just like the messi warned, i had to eventually fit new front speakers. Alpine SXE-6925S fitting was very straightforward. Only minor trimming was needed. I did not even remove the door cards completely, just enough to get the access to the speakers. Although the speakers will work fine without, i also soldered resistors in-line to keep amplifier happy. I wasn't sure what the exact output per channel is, so went for 50w ones :) Difference is like day and night. Speakers cost £40, 3.9 Ohm resistors £2.80 each. Can anyone recommend a good replacement model for 12cm rear side speakers and the 16 Ohm subwoofer please?
  3. aviator888

    SC430 with 500 000 miles on the clock

    Flushed about 7 liters of oil trough the gearbox today. Pretty messy job, but filling the oil trough the dipstick opening was not as bad as i expected with battery tray out of the way. Also replaced both cam cover gaskets with o- rings and spark plugs. I used Denso Iridium SK20R11 which should be OEM part for Lexus. Quite common to find NGK IFR6T11 on these and i suppose both work the same. I am now looking for decent body shop, 18" deep dish style alloy wheels and someone to do my rear brakes Two 17mm bolts that hold the calipers drivers side just didn't come loose no matter how hard i tried lol. Had to disconnect the battery several times for different jobs, and i now have Error 3 message displayed on the stereo screen. Can see the disc stuck inside trough the opening. Any ideas how to get it out without dismantling the head unit please?
  4. aviator888

    SC430 with 500 000 miles on the clock

    Hit the front brakes today. Relatively easy to do, but i took my time cleaning and greasing pad slots on the caliper mounting brackets. Not a big fan of this grooved/drilled shenanigans, but must admit these discs look little bit better than the standard ones.
  5. aviator888

    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.
  6. aviator888

    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..
  7. aviator888

    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.
  8. aviator888

    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.
  9. aviator888

    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.
  10. aviator888

    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.
  11. aviator888

    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?
  12. aviator888

    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..
  13. aviator888

    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.
  14. aviator888

    SC430 with 500 000 miles on the clock

    Thanks. At this mileage i wouldn't of touched anything else with a barge pole :D
  15. aviator888

    SC430 with 500 000 miles on the clock

    Thanks :) Sent a pm