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  1. Sorry just saw this. Well in somewhat despondent mood I went to a local car dealer today who had a 2006 E Class and a 2009 S Class in stock. The E was under £5k, the S was £9K. Both on 80K-ish miles allegedly, and both diesels, so the promise of 30+ mpg spurred me on. Drove the E (the S was boxed in and it was getting late). It went well enough being the 3.0 TDI. Externally they looked pretty good, very good even. But the interiors on both - dear lord what a load of depressing plasticky old carp. Tacky plastics, chatty switchgear, Vinyl - sorry, MB Tex - seats in the E, and leather in the S which might as well have been vinyl. Woeful 😞 All I could think of on the way home was a) I can put up with a lot of transmission clonks before I'll spring £9K to sit in a plastic coal-hole, b) I could chuck another 2 or 3 used transmissions at the LS for the price of the E, and c) if the LS dies completely I'd consider putting its seats in my front room 😄 But as to your main question, I haven't a clue really. Just soldier on for now I guess.
  2. I can believe it; the original unit was over 100K and absolutely perfect until the rad failure took it out.
  3. Alas it seems my "40 thousand mile" tranny is shaping up to be a bit of a lemon. After initially seeming fine slouching around under a very light throttle, now I'm driving more normally it more often than not shifts up into 2nd with a noticeable bump, occasionally bumps down into 2nd too, and on a couple of occasions has positively banged into 1st from reverse. I'm generally always 'aware' of it, either in that it's more audible than the old 100K+ one (which was effectively undetectable to me), and sometimes feeling like it might be slipping slightly, though that may be psychosomatic. Basically I've lost confidence in it to the point I feel apprehensive every time I get in it, even though empirically it's probably still better than most cars of its age out there. I can see me getting out of the Lexus game before long at this rate. Not really what I was hoping for after such a big outlay, but that's the joys of trying to run a premium brand barge on a budget I guess.
  4. Thanks. I can't see a number on it anywhere but as far as I can tell it's an OEM one. I've cut it off the pipe and chucked it on ebay anyway - we shall see :)
  5. Would anyone have an idea of the scrap value of the LS430 centre catalytic converter?
  6. All very fair. Austrin of course offered a full transmission rebuild as their first and surest option, but that would have cost £2K+ in itself, then there was the rad to sort and so on. I told them I would have to scrap it rather than pay thousands, they were understanding of that so we proceeded incrementally on that basis.
  7. Update - I ended up having to replace the transmission, the original being damaged. On further testing it started throwing up solenoid fault codes and there was no way to discount clutch damage without chucking a fair bit of money at it, so it made sense to fit a used transmission known (or at least hoped) to be good. So that's what we did. Sourced a used box from Paul Frost and had it shipped to Austrin who fitted it for me. At my own risk of course. I picked it up today and, so far and touch wood, it's driving beautifully again. Only put 30 miles on it so far, but we shall see. I have to big up Austrin Engineering, who have been unfailingly friendly, open, honest, and who gave me a very kind deal on the labour charge for fitting the replacement transmission. Plus they lent me a courtesy car for a fortnight gratis while we sorted this all out, and gave the Lexus a thorough valet inside and out - shampooed carpets, tyres blacked, alloys sparkling - before I collected today. Top notch service. I'm a good summer holiday's worth poorer in the the end, but back on the road. And I have to say it was like sinking into a warm bath getting back in the old barge after buzzing round in a 'normal' car for a while. I now need to fit the new exhaust downpipe I bought just before the 'box went bang (the blow has developed since it went away and it sounds like Nick Nolte's Cadillac in 48 Hours), and then there's the fubar aircon to sort out... Hey ho!
  8. Yes it's very dispiriting, although I knew there was a risk - make that likelihood - that all wouldn't be well at this stage. The guys it's with at the minute could fit one of Paul's transmissions, if I decide to throw more money at it.
  9. Been away so only went to collect the car today. I got literally two miles down the road before the transmission failed and I lost all drive. I'm now drinking beer.
  10. They'd already ordered in the OEM one and wanted to crack on with the job (if you recall after getting a cheapy and returning it after being foxed by it being different) and they didn't seem keen on trying for a 3rd one, so I let them stick with the Lexus part. An extra £150 but I'd lost the will to try and change their minds by that point so it was a case of JFDI.
  11. Just had word from the specialist: car is all back together and the transmission is fine - "drives beautifully". Assuming it holds up I've dodged a bullet there I reckon. Or should I say it's just a flesh wound :)
  12. All well and good for those in the know with thousands of Lexus-related posts to their name, but for the rest of us when your garage calls to say the £120 after-market rad they've received is 'the wrong one' - presumably because it doesn't have the remote filler - and the only place they can find the 'right one' is at Lexus, then one is over a barrel. I'm not an expert in Lexus radiators or where to source the various types or how to adapt the 'wrong one'. My garage sent mine for assessment to be re-cored and otherwise patched up. It was concluded it couldn't be done for less than the cost of a new Lexus rad. I tried Paul Frost yesterday and he didn't have the remote-filler version available. So what can I do? The car is sitting at the transmission specialist taking up space and they want a decision on whether to proceed. One can only decide with the information one gets from those who you have to presume know what they're talking about. Cheers.
  13. From what I've gathered so far a used tranny is about £450 and fitting time is 3-4 hours, so should be well under £1K from an indy specialist. Extra work to rads, pipework etc will bump that up of course.
  14. Roger - not sure he'd recommend a cooler and a new rad, but we haven't discussed that. As I say coolers were mentioned before the rad fault was known (before he'd even received the car in fact). Graham I've been quoted £280+VAT for a Lexus rad, so your quote appears high. I presume that's from Lexus Newcastle I though I think they sourced it elsewhere in the country. Saying that, Austrin said they'd normally expect a rad for a big old bus like ours to be nearer £500 from a dealer, so there's that. Maybe try calling a different parts department at another dealer?
  15. Austrin Engineering. They haven't actually confirmed that they're doing both. When I first booked it in with them they mentioned installing a cooler, that was before they'd looked at the car and established the rad needed replacing. They're not doing anything just yet until I give them the nod (or ask for the car back as-is).