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  1. Perfectly sums up what a fantastic machine the ls400 is. I've just ordered a complete set of genuine rear suspension arms for my MK4 as well as new hub bushes and strut rods for the front. I'm hoping it will help give the car a ride closer to feeling new. No other car would get me buying genuine parts at this age of car but the ls400 deserves it. I work in car sales and drive pretty new cars all day and nothing comes close to getting back into my 20yr old ls at the end of the day.
  2. Replacing the mount definitely improved driveline vibration. Most of my vibration issues stem from worn suspension components unfortunately. At this point I'm unlikely to spend anymore on it as I think it's probably needing to much work regarding suspension and bodywork.
  3. Thanks! I would definitely be interested in doing that at some point. Especially if I look at a 430. Never even sat in one. Thanks skyway.
  4. That's very clean underneath! Mines not often that clean on the side you see haha! I imagine there's a saving on doing it all yourself but I also would think that there are lots of additional costs that I may be unaware of. At least if I get a UK one that's already here I know what I'm paying to start with. I saw the dark blue 430 that the seller skyway got his from is selling. Very nice and seems a good price. Do you have to convert the Speedo to mph?
  5. Mine has definitely got more than a couple of rusty nuts! I think I'll just run mine until it fails it's MOT and scrap it for parts at that point. Might have to wait a bit to save for another good import. Would be nice to have one that's worth keeping nice rather than save another basket case from the crusher
  6. I have to say I do like the idea of an import. I love the wool seats you get in some. They seem to wear much better than the leather and better for our climate really. The imported ls400 I test drove once had them and they were so comfy!
  7. Happy new year! Thank you all for your sage advice everyone. I feel you have generally confirmed my own thoughts that it's foolish to try and "save" one of these cars. I do have history with this attitude towards cars, trying to restore them to some degree. I do think an import is probably the most sensible idea if I want a very good condition example of either a 400 or 430 and I have seen some amazing examples online in the past. With the imports can the sat Nav unit be swapped out for a UK spec one so the buttons on it are in English? The first ls400s I test drove was a celcior and it was beautiful. So I'll try and get mine through its not and sell it on I think. Frustrating as I've spent a lot on it over the last couple of years. How much should I expect to pay for a low mileage import buy the time I've dealt with shipping etc?
  8. Hi all. I've been pondering what to do with my 145k mile ls400. I love the car, or I love what I feel it could be. Mine is tired, suspension is all ready for replacement pretty much as she doesn't handle well and feels sloppy and has vibrations at various times and speeds. It's also got damage to the rear wheel arch and paint on the bumper which I'm told can be repaired. This coupled with the addition of new tyres, alignment, ecu rebuild and exhaust leaks and likely motor mounts and timing belt etc as well as faded paint and dreaded rust begining to show in some spots is starting to look extremely expensive. Oh and it's mot is due in feb. I'm worried it won't be worth it! Common sense suggests I scrap this one and buy a better one perhaps or maybe a newer 430? For the cost of buying another good 400 I could probably sort most of these issues and the new one would no doubt have some of its own to sort as it's still 20 years old. I want mine to ride as close to a new one as possible, feel right and safe at speed. I'm less bothered about cosmetic but am bothered that it's safe and sound. I think maybe I'm chasing the impossible and any ls400 is never going to feel as good as I want it to. Does anyone on here have a well sorted MK4 that can reassure me it can ride well and handle (sort of)? Is the 430 a better car? I like the facelift 430 and it has more safety gear and toys than the 400 but is it as reliable? They are twice the price of the 400 as well. Opinions and advice to help me out of my paralysis would be welcomed! Matt.
  9. I believe it's the antenna wiring for the car phone. They were all pre wired from the factory but yours never got the unit in the boot or the phone in the armrest fitted it would seem. Mine is the same. Matt.
  10. Not sure to be honest but probably looking at over a grand in parts ( not doing shocks and springs yet as they seem ok). I'll be doing most of the work myself then get a proper alignment done of course. I'm going OEM on all the arms and strut rods etc. Everyone says how well these cars ride but mines not great. On a smooth piece of motorway it's great but very rough over anything less than perfect tarmac. The steering feels vague and imprecise especially at motorway speeds and I also get some vibration then as well and also when lifting off the gas at speed. so that's my first area to do. I'm getting uneven wear on the outside of my left front wheel as well after several alignments. Cars done 144k miles.
  11. Thanks everyone for your suggestions. I'll check out the links and let you know what I go for. I'm aiming to refresh the entire suspension over this year as it's all pretty worn and sloppy.
  12. Hi all. I'm looking to replace all the drop links in my 1998 ls400. OEM parts are not cheap and I'd be looking at a couple of hundred for all 4. I have seen aftermarket parts on eBay etc for a lot less but is it a waste of money or worse potentially dangerous to buy cheap aftermarket parts on such a heavy car? I'm going OEM on all other suspension components but I'd like to save where I can still. Many thanks. Matt