Shahpor

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    IS 220D SE-L
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    2008
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  1. Yep, although it is possible to just 'top it up' and see what happens. Good point regarding the lubricant, but the cans I have seen appear to have the oil mixed in the refrigerant (how good the actual mix is remains to be seen). Ideally, a uv dye test should be done to see if there are any leaks. Although, at the age of James' car, it is potentially just normal leakage that is the reason for the lack of cooling.
  2. Welcome James, That is a lot of car for £1475 It must be one of the highest mileage ones on here as well. For the air con, the manual states 430g +- 30g's. Although you won't know how much you need unless you drain and measure what's already in there? When it comes to service parts, I always go OEM from the dealer as they aren't much more expensive than aftermarket. Having said that, getting my car serviced at the dealer doesn't leave me much choice I have bought air, fuel and pollen filters from them previous though. When I used to do a mix of motorway and A roads, the car would average around 37-38mpg. Now that I am doing mainly town and A roads, it has dropped to 33-34mpg. Perhaps related, I changed from Shell V-power to regular diesel as well, but I can't say for sure if this has had an effect or not. Regarding tyres, I have found that the Dunlop Sport Maxx RT2's that were recently fitted do well with road noise. I can't really compare them to any other tyres brands though since my car has only ever had Dunlops during my ownership time. Lastly, pictures are always encouraged on here I, for one, would also like to see these Volvo's you mention.
  3. That would explain why they aren't too noisy then
  4. I have just had fitted a pair of Dunlop Sport Maxx RT 2's to the front of mine and am very pleased with them so far. I noticed less 'hopping' on full lock compared to my old RT's, but there is still some (not that I am too bothered about it either way). They feel sure footed in the wet and are not too noisy. My previous set lasted me over 28k miles, which considering the type of driving I do, is very good. It cost me £163.98 all in. The rears are considerably more expensive though at ~£120 a tyre. I do agree though that most premium tyres are good and it is almost down to personal preference as to which to choose.
  5. Hey Mike, If only it was that simple still Have you checked things like vacuum leaks and temp sensors? It can be rather involving to diagnose, so have a look at the attached HTML file to give you some ideas. *edit* that didn't work. I will message you instead.
  6. It seems they over estimated what the market was willing to pay then It's interesting to note that he says he and his staff would be driving it in the meantime. I know this happens, but in this case, he appears to be going out of his way to let you know that it is going to be used in the interim. I don't suppose you remember what the mileage was back in January?
  7. Parking tickets

    I feel I might be jumping into the lion's mouth on this one, but from what I understood, Garry meant that you twisted what Rayaan was saying, not that you are twisted. I could be wrong though. As for the blue badge, my father had one. He also had a heart condition which made walking any meaningful distance difficult. I would say that the Blue Badge helped him considerably. However, I also do agree that it shouldn't be a blanket case of anyone who has a disability can get a blue badge. Ideally, it would based on specific deficiencies as a result of a disability, but that would probably be far too difficult to administer. So, if it was a choice between no blue badges or blue badges for anyone with a disability, then I would still vote for badges based on my experience. Lastly, I could again be mistaken, but I thought I read somewhere that Rayaan was a doctor?
  8. Sorry, I should have been more specific. What I meant was the difference between the one of the left (RT 2 91) and the right (RT 2 94). As you can see, the fuel rating on the 94 rated tyre is much improved while the other stats are the same. So, since the 94 tyre is only £1.07 more than the 91, I was wondering whether they were worth getting, even with the potentially harsher ride.
  9. It seems I am mistaken and it is my rears that are SP Sports. The fronts are Sportmaxx RT, like you have Linas. I just went to have a look (also spent an hour or so cleaning my EGR Valve which was serious choked up!). You can see the outer edge wear: Strange thing though; I was looking for replacements and I saw this on Black Circles: Now, mine are the 91 load rated ones, but it seems that for virtually the same price you can have the RT 2 94's, which they claim has a better fuel consumption rating. So I can't see any reason not to go for those instead? As for the MOT itself, those tray and engine cover advisories annoy me. I know they are meaningless, but it would be nice to have a completely clean MOT certificate, especially as the covers are meant to be there. I have had my MOT done at the my local Mr Clutch for the last 3 years and they have always been good, with no nonsense cover advisories. Also, it only costs £24, so I can't see a reason to go anywhere else.
  10. Well, I have managed over 28k on my fronts, so not too bad. Lots of motorway miles probably helped, but my commute has now changed to 15 miles of twisty single lanes, so I can't imagine the new set will last as long. I am tempted to try a different brand, but I will probably just stick to the Dunlop SP Sports since I know they are pretty good, even if they are specifically made for a Mercedes!
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    Welcome fellow diesel owner Doing lots of miles is exactly what these cars were made for, so it is good to hear that you have enjoyed some trouble free motoring. Unfortunately, more miles seems to imply the opposite as far as the EGR valve is concerned. The recommendation is to give it a clean every 5-10k miles to keep everything running smoothly. Luckily, it isn't a particularly bad job to do. 6th is pretty terrible, so I agree that Lexus had some strange ideas when it came to choosing ratios. I tend to keep mine in 5th, which at around 70mph helps keep the DPF clean as well.
  12. Thanks. It is the outer edge that is wearing out. He thinks they were underinflated, which could be true because when they were pumped up the steering got lighter. They are generally worn out anyway. Between 3 and 4mm tread depth left. The drivers side outer edge is 3mm and the passengers 2mm. I asked the guy why that was and he said it was because we have so many roundabouts around here! I will get a new pair of fronts soon. There was also an advisory for a nail in one of the rears, but upon closer inspection it hasn't gone all the way through, so no repair required.
  13. Hey chaps, That time of the year once more and old faithful has passed yet again. Only advisory was for front tyres which I knew about beforehand. Tester commented on how clean and solid everything underneath looked (I have had the same comment every year) and the emissions barely registered. Not bad for a car that has managed 137k miles and 10 years of motoring. Lexus really do know how to build them well.
  14. That is a nice looking car you got there. You are right about the leather. I thought it was only available in black and cream. Wasn't there a mild facelift around 2008? Perhaps they stopped offer it after that? Looks good though, and I wish the cream also had the black carpets.