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  1. After seeing @Farquis shining Gs450h is always planned on getting my car corrected they (autobrite) had it this week for three days, £280, and what was a car made up of more of swirls than I remember seeing, and multiplying every second look, was transformed into a rather nice clean car two stage polish, some manual effort involved where paint has been repaired and was too hard for machining, and a water based ceramic coating then within hours, my neighbours building work took effect, the car is now covered, or as I am now pretending, covert.
  2. Gs450h paint correction

    multiple insurance companies have told me that being hit, increases your chances (statistically) of going on to have an accident. having said that, I then don't understand why the third party at fault in the first incident, should therefore not be liable for any future accidents in which I'm in!?
  3. Hi All Does anyone have ideas around costs for the following failures, specifically the top bunch. Do they need the parts or can i get bushes for some of these? Offside Front suspension has excessive play in a lower suspension ball joint (2.5.B.1a) UPDATED £120 a pair plus fitting Nearside Front suspension has excessive play in a upper suspension ball joint (2.5.B.1a) Offside Front suspension has excessive play in a upper suspension ball joint (2.5.B.1a) Offside Rear Upper Anti-roll bar has excessive play in a ball joint (2.4.G.2) Nearside Front Exhaust has a major leak of exhaust gases pip/cat (7.1.2) this is by the CAT, and the bolts (?) near it are rusted - ideally it would go to power flow for a fix, but i'm assuming this is the weak spot, that other members have also experienced, and fixed at power flow (circa £200) Nearside Front Tyre tread depth below requirements of 1.6mm (4.1.E.1) £80 for a reasonable one Offside Front Tyre tread depth below requirements of 1.6mm (4.1.E.1) £80 for a reasonable one Offside Front coil spring broken (2.4.C.1a) £60-80 per spring (kilen would try to replace myself) Nearside Rear coil spring modified and seriously weakened (2.4.A.2) (as above, also would try to fix myself) Nearside Rear Upper Brake pipe excessively corroded (3.6.B.2c) hours labour plus cheap part? Offside Rear Upper Brake pipe excessively corroded (3.6.B.2c) hours labour plus cheap part?
  4. The beck arnley UCAs and lower ball joints are very cheap on rock auto but all say oem quality? Does anyone have experience of them? I could get fronts sets of both for £225
  5. Steve do you have a link within the site? I can't find them at all Rock auto seem to have loads but I don't see oem on anything
  6. i think the url is http://www.southwalesprops.co.uk/index.html, but they don't seem to have any LS400 parts?
  7. Hi Steve Thanks for that. Not sure on the anti roller, i honestly wouldn't know one if it was clearly marked up and hit me in the face. re: springs, yes, I just know after doing the one, i'll have run out of energy and desire to do both. i swapped one out after buying a pair on the mk3. never got to the other one...
  8. Gs450h paint correction

    I, not too much, just bumper, but £100 a day car hire, and four days of body shop, it won't be cheap for the insurance. And being hit whilst stationary, it pushed my premium up by £92. Good old insurance.
  9. Gs450h paint correction

    Yes sadly, I'm now in a 17 plate cls350d. Awful car. Better than mine I know, but it's a well styled tractor. Roll on Friday when I'll get mine back. i did give it a quick clean a couple of weeks back, to be honest I think a lot of the coating has gone however.
  10. i have the mk3 also, i actually prefer it. the mk4 is an improved car, no doubt, perhaps its because the mk3 was the first one i have. I'll send you some photos, it needs a good clean Stuart, not that i know of. The seals are noticeably flatter than my MK3 (which doesn't leak). Theres an article on the replacement parts on here somewhere, I just can't find it ! Denis, you'll see it didn't get an advisory on the bonnet struts, I don't think it is a fail, however out of courtesy it might be worth letting the examiner know if only for the sake of their head! R730CVR LEXUS LS400 Check another vehicle ColourGrey Fuel typePetrol Date registered29 April 1998 MOT valid until8 March 2018 Get an MOT reminderwhen the vehicle's MOT is near its time for renewal. (Opens in a new Window) by email or text. If you think the MOT expiry date or any of the vehicle details are wrong, contact DVSA. Open All MOT History Mileage recorded at test, parts failed or had minor problems Date tested9 March 2017 PASS Mileage141,859 miles MOT test number5807 1001 7173 Test locationunavailable until further notice Expiry date8 March 2018 Advisory notice item(s) Front Exhaust has a minor leak of exhaust gases (7.1.2) Offside Obligatory mirror deteriorated, but not seriously affecting the rear view (8.1.2a) Nearside Front WEARING ON EDGES Offside Front TYRE WEARING ON EDGES Nearside Front Tie bar/rod rubber bush deteriorated but not resulting in excessive movement (2.4.G.2) Offside Front Tie bar/rod rubber bush deteriorated but not resulting in excessive movement (2.4.G.2) What are advisories? Date tested17 February 2016 PASS Mileage134,055 miles MOT test number8480 2914 4723 Test locationunavailable until further notice Expiry date25 February 2017 Date tested19 February 2015 PASS Mileage125,274 miles MOT test number4892 6015 5055 Test locationunavailable until further notice Expiry date25 February 2016 Date tested20 February 2014 PASS Mileage115,308 miles MOT test number7170 7155 4063 Test locationunavailable until further notice Expiry date25 February 2015 Date tested21 February 2013 PASS Mileage107,543 miles MOT test number7873 8285 3043 Test locationunavailable until further notice Expiry date25 February 2014 Advisory notice item(s) Nearside Front Tyre worn close to the legal limit (4.1.E.1) Offside Front Tyre worn close to the legal limit (4.1.E.1) What are advisories? Date tested22 February 2012 PASS Mileage100,530 miles MOT test number8375 6385 2030 Test locationunavailable until further notice Expiry date25 February 2013
  11. you can have my r plate for £700. does need tyres, bonnet struts, seal on the boot, and has the blow on the exhaust. 2 previous owners, 144k but currently sorn
  12. Hi All I thought I'd write my own thoughts around the car, having bought it around the middle of last year. The drop down, windows in, parking sensors, etc. Gets in the way of my knees, personally it would have been nice to locate it elsewhere, but it could be a space issue. Would also be good if the wing mirrors opened automatically at say 10mph? traction is very poor (i may drive too fast?) and handling is average, compared to the german counterparts. I have what I believe is a "common", if thats the right word for any fault with a lexus...problem with a door lock. basically it slips, so won't open (the car tries to open itself a few times, so you know just from listening if it's slipped. I need a new one, it's around £120 i think for the part, plus labour. I have a tear in the drivers seat (back not side bolster) - could quite easily be user error i think the seal in the sunroof has seen better days, and the rear door seals stick a little (nothing me pulling my finger out and lubricating won't fix) the boot confuses me, sometimes it opens sometimes it doesn't (thats separate from the sneaky button in the glovebox that locks it when all you're really looking for is a cd) Its fast. No one seems to know how fast, and it's under appreciated in that respect. Its comfortable, reliable (I do have a knock, but so far no one has been able to identify what it is), and nicely equipped, especially considering its an 11 year old car.
  13. i can't resist using that stealth to put a bit of power down, up to the speed limit in the area of course. this is without power mode, i have avons, probably around 36 but I'd have to check, might be 34...
  14. yes, for no apparent reason, and sometimes doesn't. it's very odd. I'd get one, but not for the fuel economy... if you look at the gs and the rx the max we can get is 40, the rx goes up to 60mpg...
  15. Renewal Pain

    My policy expired tomorrow. This morning someone runs into the back of me (i am stationery behind another stationery vehicle) my premium renewal price, even though I explain i will not be claiming on my own policy but that of the responsible party, goes up from £518 to £602. what a joy! obviously i will look to claim that back, but it just feeds my theory of it all being a massive con...
  16. Gs450h paint correction

    Hi Mike, apologies, Ive not been on the forums too much at the minute due to some personal issues. i've not washed it yet, now the weather is getting better I may do this weekend. luckily today some ran into the back of me (whilst i was stationery), so I'll need to wash off some of the muck to view the damage.
  17. Cheap LS

    this must only be a couple of miles from me. having the dhp wheels, and an odd size tyre thats going to be a £cost to factor in.
  18. Yes i was assuming (possibly incorrectly) that a gs would be cheaper
  19. WHat is the insurance cost difference?
  20. If your lights were like mine, almost original, and you fancy an upgrade, my side light went out, so I thought I'd change all four. so I read the tutorials, seemed pretty easy, got two Philips racing vision headlights and some white sidelights. then found my lights were quite brittle, and do take a firm hand in removing. One clip broke on the side light requiring bonding. I also found out that the bulb wasn't out and it's actually the side light connections that are a bit temperamental. Any suggestions? Happy with the result though, I might end up replacing the deteriorating plastic units at some point Total cost £26 plus the worry that anything plastic would break at any moment, and the need to sort the connectors for the side lights
  21. Gs450h paint correction

    Very pleased, will be interesting to see what the ceramic coating does and how long it lasts. I'm told I can wax it, but in theory it just needs a wash and dry when cleaning it its just dust, lots and lots and lots of dust
  22. Personal car that he drives from Surrey to stoke for a service ? i am becoming more and more cynical as I get older
  23. Sounds like a manual?
  24. Maybe where the police filled in holes drilled to put their kit in? not sure the owner is right with the unmarked description, unless they were hiding in plain sight...