twolexii

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About twolexii

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  • First Name
    Manuel
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  • Lexus Model
    SC430 76k 09 Honda Jazz 1.4
  • Year of Lexus
    2003
  • UK/Ireland Location
    Sussex
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    General Automotive

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  1. Hi all, sold the 07 LS600h L RSR for more than I paid privately Jan20. Total cost of the happy 3k miles & 4 months adventure: £2k. I decided that only owning a classic Lexus coupe/convertible made more sense, as the SC430 is, in my opinion, a small limousine with huge quiet torque (22mpg on premium fuel, fsh, dark blue, white leather, birds’ eye maple, modern alloys + original dustbin lids, else NO mods). Particularly as my Lexus dealers tell me the new LC500 F soft-top next year will cost c.£150k. I’ve never made money owning interesting cars - it’s about personal appreciation. Also hence my lovely Vtech 1.4 / 5speed ‘09 52k Jazz ES: marvellous Mr Hyde shriek and surge as 5000rpm is exceeded, else 50+ mpg; for a hidden small van with its magic rear seats. The EX version would be worth buying if only the panoramic glass roof opened, therefore my ES model is fine: keeping it simple is best. I did think about buying a used CT200h instead of the Jazz: the loaner I drove for a day disappointed me, no soul, a pretend BMW dashboard. 

  2. Hi Hybrid Battery Solutions, I sold my ‘08/74k Windsor Blue/Grey GS450h that I had bought in Feb2019 (after first speaking to you), late in Feb20. Why? It was a superb, quality, car to drive AND the Tesla Model S-like mid-range acceleration convinced me I’d soon lose my License. Why? Too many other drivers wanted to use me as a rolling benchmark chassis (Bavarians with tiny appendages?). There’s nothing like the GS450h for speeedy-value-for-money. I bought in early January 2020 an ‘07/99k LS600h L RSR dark grey/white leather. Outstanding ride and comfort, huge acceleration - except that I love that it’s totally anonymous. What Bavarians? I replaced the 11years-old stiff Pirelli Zeros immediately with the same tyres, and the ride then manifestly improved. After a couple small body/interior issues, the best £10k I’ve ever spent. My ‘03/(now 76.5k) SC430 in dark blue & white leather with bird’s eye maple wood cost me, privately, £6.2k in Feb18, with 72k & a full Lexus serv-history. It is a Grand Tourer par excellence, a Continent crosser. Yes the Torque takes a couple of seconds to appear, but then you’re driving a silent steam engine and 100+miles per hour are suddenly there, with lithe handling and Lincoln Town Car ride - without the mortgages required to own AND run VW Bentleys and Bavarian Rollers. The front nearside brake calliper has just seized - the 1st fault since a TPMS and a blown brake light - in 2 years and c. 5k miles. Lexus parts are in lockdown so I have to make do with the LS600h L RSR to collect our meds. And an ‘09 Jazz with its watch-like i-Vtech jewel of a 60pmg engine. Moral? Wait for a LFSH SC: DO NOT MESS WITH IT. Don’t buy from a dealer: they fettle these old cars like ancient nags. And paying a bit more to a careful long-term owner IS worth it.
  3. 2003 SC430 in otherwise very good order; PO20; nearside front calliper.
  4. On balance, as I sometime help out with a charity wedding-drives venture, a well-loved black or grey Chrysler Sebring automatic convertible, V6 2.7L or 2.0L VW diesel, up to 80k miles and up to £4k, is a lot less hassle, with my independents servicing the rhd Yank.
  5. Sacrilege I know, but I have this dream of creating a soft-drop-top LS600h L RSR. I’ve now done nearly a thousand miles since 2 Jan 20 in my Mr Bean-mobile. So much for my 4k/yr insurance, but who cares, for the ride and the sound and the music. The ’08 GS450h just passed its MoT with one new tyre and is accepted as the 3rd (breathtaking acceleration with un-Tesla quality) Lexus in the household, as long as I never replace the Lady’s ‘13 Touareg 245 diesel, non-ULEZ not relevant. The ’03 SC430’s being full-serviced this week, at my independent, coming into its own as the daffs and cherry blossom are out. Excellent heated seats, heater and rear wind-deflector. Bootiful V8. I’d buy a donor LS600h L RSR as mine’s been too loved. And is still loved. Just added L600 xxx plates. Anyone know of a rural coach-builder who’d not see me as their pension fund? The idea came to me as I saw a South Florida Chrysler 300C conversion, black and cream. I know I can buy a used Arnage dhc privately for £60+k, utterly silly money for a few miles a year, NOT reliable, yet another mechanic’s pension fund. And Rollers are poseurs (to me). Funnily enough the Chrysler Sebring ‘09 V6 2.7L is a reasonable, though unreliable and crude, 4-seater solution, a rhd open yank for c.£4k. Until I realise my LS600 L dhc dream...And the Saab 9-3 convertible’s cheap for a reason. I won’t touch an Audi A5 or Merc E-class soft-top, a soft-top roving-specialist I’ve been told about curses them. And of course benefits from them...And Beemers make me drive badly.
  6. My '08 73k GS450h may have a hybrid battery issue. It starts without a problem. initially the battery meter shows 2 bars below maximum. If i stay in Park with the engine on, say waiting for someone to get in, the battery meter drops to only 2 bars remaining. The LS600h does not have the same symptom. Is the GS450h battery due for a reconditioning soon?
  7. New Pirelli Zeros today £670 total. The ride has materially improved: more composed on our rough Sussex B roads and quieter: feels like the car's driving on shag carpet. This texted to me by the previous owner, from Cannes (!) Probably known to most LS forum readers... https://www.carandclassic.co.uk/magazine/lexus-ls400-engineered-like-no-other/ ---- I like the iPod socket in the glove box of my '07 LS600h L. I think it also has a hard disk? Bought an £80 160Gb iPod to store my iTunes library of nostalgia: goes with the 20th century unhurried regal feel of the car. Until you blow off a pesky BMW-Mini...
  8. New Pirelli Zeros today £670 total. The ride has materially improved: more composed on our rough Sussex B roads and quieter: feels like the car's driving on shag carpet. This texted to me by the previous owner, from Cannes (!) Probably known to most LS forum readers... https://www.carandclassic.co.uk/magazine/lexus-ls400-engineered-like-no-other/
  9. Hi Herbie, Hi Malc My trusted tyre man agreed with you and Lexus today: the Pirelli Zeros' sides are now hard and they're almost illegal so I'm getting a new set tomorrow for £670 all-in. These are the quietest tyres for the LS600h, he advises, and is also a Lexus fan. I certainly find the Zeros very quiet on A-roads. Malc, my local independent is servicing the car next week, 15 months and 3k miles since the last oil change service. He'll remove a spark-plug to see if they need replacing; and says that I should stay with the front discs and pads for this year, given my planned 4k useage. I do find the car very quiet on the Zeros, on A- & M-roads. To be fair to Lexus, they suggested the best way to sell the GS450h is privately on Autotrader, at £5,995. Not tempted. Thanks again. --- The '07 100k LS600h L RSR was serviced yesterday by my independent, without needing the new spark plugs recommended by Lexus, and with filters for the 2 aircon units. The expensive item was the 9 litres of synthetic oil. For such a complex car not serviced since Nov18 and 3k miles ago, quite acceptable. Today 4 new Pirelli Zeros. Next week the bonnet resprayed to get rid properly of a few bubbles. Then full valet with American Once A Year Wax, Autoglym leather cleaner and care cream.
  10. Hi,

    After another week-end enjoying my "new' '07 99k LS600h L RSR, I've put the faultless Windsor Blue / Grey '08 GS450h SE 73k miles on sale at a no-offers £5,995. I'm only the second owner and it has the important Mark Levinson audio and sunroof. I'm happy to find a good home for the GS, as the first daffodils appear and my '03 SC430 beckons. Back to twolexii. 

  11. Hi Herbie, Hi Malc My trusted tyre man agreed with you and Lexus today: the Pirelli Zeros' sides are now hard and they're almost illegal so I'm getting a new set tomorrow for £670 all-in. These are the quietest tyres for the LS600h, he advises, and is also a Lexus fan. I certainly find the Zeros very quiet on A-roads. Malc, my local independent is servicing the car next week, 15 months and 3k miles since the last oil change service. He'll remove a spark-plug to see if they need replacing; and says that I should stay with the front discs and pads for this year, given my planned 4k useage. I do find the car very quiet on the Zeros, on A- & M-roads. To be fair to Lexus, they suggested the best way to sell the GS450h is privately on Autotrader, at £5,995. Not tempted. Thanks again.
  12. Progress on my "new" '07 LS600h L RSR: passed its Hybrid health check & visual check apart from wiper blades. Front discs/pads (last replaced 10k miles ago) getting very thin. Pirelli Zeros 12 years old but still legal. 120k miles service quote inc. discs/pads & 8 Platinum spark plugs - a tear-inducing £1,150. Refurb'ed alloys this week £200, looking good. Full bonnet respray (tiny rust bubbles at leading edge) this month then cream leather full valet. All inside toys work except to refit internal TV antenna (an Alpine unit added by a Mr R Atkinson) and add DAB. Did I mention the out-of-this-world audio? Average mixed-useage mpg after 700 miles now 25. Not at all bad for a 5,000lbs example of Japanese masterclass engineering. Offered & declined £4k by Lexus for my '08 73k 2-owner GS450h: a keeper, as is '03 75k FSH SC430.
  13. First impressions of the '07 99k LS600h L RSR I bought 2 Jan '20, as compared to my GS450h bought Feb2019. The former's long-wheel base and air-suspension and quiet running and superlative surround-sound audio, all compare very well to a friend's 1980's Rolls Royce (w/LPG for sane mileage). However, I"m conscious when driving the LS600h that it's a 5,000lbs machine whereas the '08 73k GS450h is more of a driver's car and feels younger than the LS. I won't sell the GS. As for the '03 75k SC430, it's in a class of its own and compares well to a 2012 M-B SL350 I drove a couple of years ago. I need to replace the SC430's bass door speakers. Can anyone advise if it's simpler to bring originals back from the USA on my next holiday? The nearside folding mirror won't retract back to the body any longer, after moving a bit: any ideas? Thank you for any help.
  14. LV= covered me yesterday, fully comp, on all 3 Lexii, mileage of up to 4k on each, with legal expenses, parked in drive, dash cameras, one driver, for the annual equivalent of £998 per annum, with no need for mirroring (i.e, just 2 11years of NCD). And experience has shown me that LV's claim handling is civilised.
  15. Hi Malc. Thank you, happy to stay with cracked mirror as MoT has not been affected. But yes please, details of your suppler in case the May20 MoT is an issue. I owned a 2009 Legend, very pleasant though quite different to the LS600h, possibly because of the Lexus' long-wheel base and air-suspension. The Legend's radar active-cruise control would be disturbed by high-sided trucks on the inside lane, whereas the LS600h's seems to save fuel! When, at 33 months old, Honda refused to honour the replacement under their standard 3years warranty of the Legend's nearside mirror assembly (£800+) I quickly sold the car to a trade buyer and that was my last Honda. To be fair they were suffering from the after-effects on their business of the tsunami. Happy memories, though, of 4wheel-steering VTi Preludes. The last one had been the late LJK Setright's car, a special import with active suspension - sadly sold when it overnight erupted with rust. I'm disturbed by broker Adrian Flux' behaviour: having agreed AND emailed me their quote, to insure the Ls600h with Aegeas on 27Dec with mirrored 11years no-claim-bonus, they then upped the premium by £250 as "mirroring costs more" when I phoned on 2 January to pay and start cover. Shoddy. They've lost the business for the soon-to-be rewed SC430 and the LS600h.