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About jonthetourist

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    LS430 Briarwood Pearl
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  1. That's good news. Once you have a master anyone competent with Techstream can clone it, if you supply a matching key. Ebay is your friend there. I got mine done at a service and I don't think it was even a priced item on the list, but I always go to the same guy, who knows what he is doing. (Osaka, Newport)
  2. I have the Goodyears, and no complaints. £108 each from Mytyres.
  3. Is your key a master? (3 buttons, one for the boot). If so, an auto locksmith can clone it for you. If nt, you are in for a world of pain, even with main dealer.
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    430, Rattle, Bang?

    Thanks for the replies. I can't find any reference to a radio code in my handbook pack. Do folks think I should have one? Also, has anyone popped the cover on the passenger airbag? Can I do it from above, or do I need to disassemble the glovebox to get at it? Thanks again Jon
  5. I have always been aware of a tiny intermittent rattle on my LS430. No-one else hears it, and on a car that was less quiet I probably wouldn't. Having tried to track down where it is coming from for a long time, I have just discovered that if I press down on the airbag cover on the passenger side of the dash that mutes it. So my initial thought was to pop the cover, investigate, clean, then put it all together again. But I am scared of airbags! Any advice gratefully appreciated, especially if any has experience of removing this cover. Thanks in advance. Jon
  6. Went out for a little bike ride today and found a nice surprise outside a local pub.
  7. Oh, I never doubted that for a moment ! ! I hope you and Mrs H enjoy sharing paradise islands together. Gotta beat Yorkshire in January . . .
  8. Sounds fabulous. I guess the running costs are quite high compared to owning a house, with mooring fees and hull cleaning (all I can think of), but the compensations are huge too if you know what you are doing. Re the 430 gearbox. I was in Osaka a couple of weeks ago for my annual service and MOT. I asked if I should be looking at a new radiator and they said no. They can go, but only if the vehicle is not looked after was Khalid's opinion. He has 40+ years with Toyota, including a long spell in Libya, and I am very confident he knows more than the service chief at my local dealer. Just my 2p. FWIW I have had him change the transmission fluid twice. I did all the fluids when I bought the car, and he said the transmission fluid had never been changed and would benefit from doing again the following year, so I did. This year I asked what I should be worrying about in the next 20,000 miles and he said "I would love to take more money off you, but there's nothing." :) Jon
  9. Great to hear you are sorted Peter after the tribulations with your Irish 460. If you are not already familiar with them you may enjoy the classic novels of John D Macdonald. His hero, Travis McGee is 6' 4" and lives on a Florida houseboat called The Busted Flush. All the best. Jon
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    2000 Ls430 oddities

    Just a left-field thought, but have you replaced the battery lately? I had some weird stuff going on with a Mercedes, and when my man plugged in his laptop he looked baffled then said, when did you last replace the battery? Never, said I, and sure enough a new battery fixed everything, even though the old one had always had enough juice to start the engine. Jon
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    LS430 Air suspension

    I didn't answer because I wasn't sure. I have Sport mode on transmission, which I assume keeps the lower gears for longer, and Power mode opposite to Snow -
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    LS430 Air suspension

    Mine definitely takes at least 30 secs to raise to Hi.
  13. Hi Robert. Thanks for the feedback. Good advice. I think what really swings the decision is that Poland is an awful long way to go if I have any problems post-installation. That price currently translates to £1160, by the way. It would be good to know which kit your guys recommended. I was going to message you, but thought others may appreciate hearing it too. If you don't want to put it out there for any reason please message me. Thanks again Jon
  14. Hi Robert. These guys sound good. How is the price, please? Is it worth driving to Poland for? (I used to work with a Polish girl who regularly declared how glorious it is) Jon