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  1. No argument from me either as I had the choice of a 2006 A8 W12 or the LS430 (I think I made the right choice) ๐Ÿคฃ
  2. I'll add in a Plus 1 to the never go back to a Merc comments. I had a few and my last one was a 2006 S Class - one owner, full service history, low mileage "cherished" example sold "as seen on behalf of a customer" from a local so called dealer. I should have known better ๐Ÿคจ Electrical gremlins, dodgy suspension and the final nail in the coffin an faulty gearbox put the idea that an S Class was the ultimate car firmly out to pasture. (I was coming from a Range Rover and on reflection should have just spent the money doing it up and keeping it I would have saved myself a few grand. Anyway, enough of that I bought my 2006 model with a good service history and few niggles but all have been more or less sorted now for very humble money I had the cam belt done as a precaution as the car had only done 76,000 miles however it was 13 years old (I read somewhere do the belts at or before 100,000 or ten years) and it was on its last legs so a job well worth doing. My car came in from Southern Ireland and has a KPH speedo that I have to change and no sunroof (Sun? in Ireland?) ๐Ÿ™‚ Everything bar the afore mentioned steering wheel motors works, I updated the SatNav with a Disc from the interwebs for ยฃ19 (2018) and the only problem seems to be the inability to type in a postcode but to be honest I rarely use it. Air con is still ice cold but do check the condition of the drivers seat cushion, mine has "flattened" out over the years and is a little uncomfortable slightly spoiling the entire "magic carpet" sensation (its not that bad I can live with it but its on my list to get sorted) And yes, you do see boy racers coming past - those that know nod in approval, those that don't sometimes find out there is a lot of life in a 13 year old 4.3 V8 ๐Ÿ˜‰
  3. I was going to fit my missing centre cap on the wheel as it just arrived from the states (as nobody in the UK seemed to have one) but they sent it in a standard jiffy bag and of course its arrived crushed - so I now have to wait to see if they will replace it and hopefully this time send it in bubble wrap in a little box marked "do not crush" ๐Ÿ˜•
  4. That's very common and there are any amount of answers on Google ๐Ÿ™‚ I get it a lot and it's not just the Lexus - another thing is if I don't get it from the car I can get a zap from the tap in the kitchen if I touch it before grounding on anything else
  5. eBay item number: I think that's the same vendor but current listing eBay item number is 264237608712 Literally plug and play
  6. These happened ๐Ÿ™‚ ยฃ11 on eBay and also the first set of cheap door lights that actually fit perfectly as well - I will say they are not quite as bright as I thought they would be but they do the job just fine
  7. These appeared ๐Ÿ™‚ As I mentioned in another thread I like them so that's all that matters really ๐Ÿ™‚
  8. My point exactly - the seats still work so I would like to keep the option - however none of my local upholstery places will even look at it let along try and fix it and its too complicated for me to tackle not to mention the car is my daily driver so I can't really take it off the road for very long either - its looking like a lump of breathable foam in a breathable seat coloured fabric might be my only option also on badges these appeared by magic (just lurking out of sight) well, I like them so that's all that matters really
  9. In this case from what I can gather the cushion has basically just "flattened out" over time - I am sort of thinking its a common enough problem that one from a scrappy might be just as bad if not worse and the only issue is over here in Ireland there are not to many LS430's let alone scrapped ones ๐Ÿ˜• I tried a few "fixes" such as a cover (that was about 2 inches short) and a small cushion but both of those moved around and of course blocked the vents. Still, I shall keep looking ๐Ÿ™‚
  10. Quoting a line from the films "Treasure of the Sierra Madre/Blazing Saddles" is one way of starting a post I suppose ๐Ÿ™‚ anyway I took a notion I would like to have Black badges on my (Silver) car. So, a quick look around the interwebs and I spotted "Black Pearl" emblems for sale. I was quite excited until I saw the price ๐Ÿ˜ฒ Average just under $300 including shipping. Really? ***** Turpin wore a mask you know.... So - has anyone found any cheaper or would it be just as handy for me to take my own off and wrap/paint them? Also - So far I have found and replaced my inner arch, am awaiting a wheel cap to be delivered and sailed through the MOT with the exception of being told to replace my instrument cluster with one that has MPH and KPH on it. Slight judder still in the brakes that I will get looked at over the next few days and so far to date since buying the car last year I have just under 4000 miles done in absolute luxury and quiet (apart from when I turn up the sound system) ๐Ÿ™‚ just still having the issue of a not so comfortable seat cushion that I am having difficulty getting fixed because of the vented/heated options (at least locally anyway) I don't suppose anyone knows of anyone in Ireland that can sort that out or maybe operates an exchange program were they could send me out a seat and I return mine? (clutching at straws there but if you don't ask)
  11. I get conflicting info from different people, but 2 people in the test centre both said it (we have a slightly different system to England here) but being as the south of Ireland is in KPH and is but a stones throw from me it makes no sense - also I know off the top of my head the speed conversions so I don't see the issue - I did a bit more research and it seems its a fairly straight forward swap (about 6 screws) and if I am right there is no changing of the readout needed as the miles are stored in the ECU? (probably not knowing my luck) I do want to keep the car as original as possible but if it means I fail the MOT next year I'll have to do something. No point in me asking my local government ministers as they are asleep at the wheel. Oh as an aside, just to clarify my car is not a Japanese import but an Irish market model "imported" into the North ๐Ÿ™‚
  12. So I went for my first MOT today with my imported LS430 and while I passed I was told by the MOT bloke that I needed to have a MPH speedo either by a sticker or change of clock. It's an odd situation as the car was imported into County Offaly (Southern Ireland) as new and then was brought up here to Northern Ireland last year and registered but I don't understand why this was not mentioned when it was MOT'd then (a legal requirement) all that aside can anyone recommend the best way? I really do not like the idea of a cheap looking sticker however the very thought of pulling the dash out to replace the module is also not very appealing (and the cost no doubt) Oh, and other than that it passed with no issues at all ๐Ÿ™‚
  13. I've a mate in Dublin that did a bit of private hire and said to be honest his clients very rarely cared what the car was as long as it was comfortable and quiet - most preferring to blend in than stand out. His Black LS 430 was perfect for that especially in the reliability stakes (both the S Class Merc and subsequent Audi A8's he drove spent more time in the garage than out of it) but what stopped it for him was the almost 1900 Euro's a year car tax plus rising fuel and insurance costs (not to mention the amount of illegal ubers kicking about) but to answer your question the Lexus over the 300c anyday (although I dare say if you ask the same question on a 300c forum you will get the opposite answer) ๐Ÿ˜‚
  14. Thanks - I had ordered a set of those Toyota ones from ebay, turned out it was a Chinese seller and after I waited nearly 2 weeks for them they were far too small. But anyway I didn't know there was supposed to be grommets and there are none so that explains that - so it looks like those will do the job. Of course I never thought of looking at the other side to see what type of screws are in there ๐Ÿ™„ I'll check them in the morning and see whats there ๐Ÿ™‚