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  1. 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 :)
  2. Would anyone have an idea of the scrap value of the LS430 centre catalytic converter?
  3. 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.
  4. 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!
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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 :)
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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?
  12. 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).
  13. Thanks Graham. They've already said they do this^ as a matter of course.
  14. I've spoken to the specialist again and they thinks it's worth the gamble given it drives in the low gears with no problem. Bet now!
  15. Still haven't bottomed this one out, but the costs are mounting. It's with a transmission specialist who looked at it last week and reported yes total fluid loss due to pipe corrosion in the radiator/cooler. They put some ATF in and bypassed the cooler and it crept ok and they manged to drive it around their yard and it went fine, but only in 1st and presumably 2nd. But the radiator is now losing all the engine coolant due to a leak (it wasn't leaking water when it left me) so they say it needs a new rad. They ordered one in from eurocarparts and said it was the 'wrong one' when it arrived and they can only get a proper one from Lexus. So about a £500 job just to swap that before it can be properly test driven to see if the transmission works on the road. I'm speculating by 'wrong one' they mean it's one of the after market ones I've seen mentioned with slightly different pipework or something, haven't had time to suss that out properly. Are they not useable then? Is a rad really dealer only? Seriously considering cutting and running and just scrapping the damn thing, but undecided. Need to tell the garage whether to proceed with new rad today. Hmm.