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    LS400 Mk4
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  1. Newbie1

    Toyota crown

    Pity more European cars don't offer nicer fabrics.
  2. Newbie1

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    Good power train. Keep an eye out for leaks from the 1JZ.
  3. Interesting hearing about the VVTi timing gear breaking the timing belt on the LS400. I note that both sets of VVTi timing gear have stickers on them referencing replacement at 100k kilometres (on my import Celsior.) I've replaced the VVTi timing gear on my Soarer at 100k kilometres as per the factory manual. Might think about it for the Celsior.
  4. Some Century parts from Amayama are actually cheaper than the equivalent UCF20 Celsior/LS400 parts. Go figure.
  5. It may not be your problem, but the transmission has suffered serious wear by the time the fluid is black.
  6. Good practice to run air con at periods all year around. This keeps the seals in the piping lubricated and prevents leaks.
  7. A few thoughts. 1. You want OEM ride and durability, then it's dig deep time for Toyota shocks.££££ 2. BC make coilovers for the LS460. £. 3. Install non-air OEM shocks, springs, top hats etc as the 460 in SWB form came with normal springs shocks in some markets. ££
  8. Agreed. Extra budget for detailing the 1UZ intake manifold with the T or L depending on market Last decent looking engine to come from Toyota.
  9. I know. It will be in addition to all the other green levies like the congestion charge, ULEZ, fuel duty etc. Green will cover a lot of new taxes.
  10. My council will be lifting my parking permit charge from £90 to £300 in October because the car is older than 2000. Lots of greenwashing taxes to come.
  11. Changing from factory wheels probably means a change in offset from factory spec which will alter suspension geometry.
  12. I had always assumed that the USDM climate control would work as a substitute for the UKDM touchscreen when installing aftermarket head units. Good to know this is not the case! I have had a UKDM 1998 LS400 and now have a JDM 1999 Celsior and the touchscreen and associated hardware in the boot are quite different (not just the language: screen is better, controls all laid out differently to UKDM and USDM, additional audio functions.) Sorry I can't be more help.
  13. The only ones I've ever come across for the Mk IV were the Tanabe DF210: Seem to be out of stock everywhere so discontinued now, unfortunately.
  14. You could get a wing and even if it was the same colour it would probably not match due to resprays at some time or just fading. A decent panelbeater should be able to do that wing quite reasonably. Unless the rust requires welding it shouldn't be a problem.
  15. I took one of these for a long test drive. Air suspension, speedo heads-up display, a very nice car. However, it didn't ride like a Celsior/LS400 because, well, it's not. Shorter and narrower wheelbase so less comfy and less interior room. I would have bought it but for the fact I knew how an LS400 rode...