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  1. Thanks guys, they were found! A kind soul handed them in and I can sleep again... I'll report back on my quote from car keys online though if it comes through.
  2. Thanks Chaps that's very helpful, I'm going to give it a week in case they show up but have mailed car-keys-online so will report back! It's not been the best start to my holidays... Ben
  3. I spent most of yesterday searching for my keys in a manic, increasingly frustrated state and have come to the realisation that I may have to accept that I have lost them.. I have one spare luckily, without the 'blipper' but would like to get another if possible in case I lose that. Can anyone advise on the best option to get another key or has anyone had good service from anyone in particular that they'd recommend? I'm down in Buckinghamshire It would be nice to have the 'blipper' capability but not essential if it's going to cost a fortune.. Thanks Ben
  4. Thanks Colin, I could give that a crack. It's got slightly 'bowed' over the years so it might be worth me splashing out on a new one but ill give it a crack. The tape connector idea for the iPhone worked though, I got an Arsvita unit for about 6 quid and seem great!.
  5. Thanks ShaksR! he sounds just the job, it would be interesting to see if some of the hard work was done with the previous install makes it any easier/cheaper. Thanks for the tip.
  6. Thanks Pete, I'd assumed I'd need to find a breaker or spend a fortune for a an aerial, that will smarten it up even if I have to wait for someone brighter than me to connect it to the radio. That's a good shout with the adapter, I'd clean forgotten about the tape player! I've just ordered one from Amazon that seemed quite well rated, you can still get the Maplin ones for £5 on ebay! Probably best not to start fiddling too much if it can be avoided. I had a thing a while ago for my old car that tuned in to a the radio and transmitted it to a station you preset, it was not cheap but it was absolutely woeful (really quiet) but these systems look like they make sense. I'm not after perfect reference hi-fi but it would be nice to have the option to listen to an audiobook occasionally with a bit of clarity.
  7. Apologies if this has been asked before.. I have a Mk4 LS400 that I bought in April last year and am embarking on a European road trip in the summer having finally persuaded my wife that she's a keeper (I'm referring to the car, which was 'a discussion point' for a while). My issue is with the stereo system and keeping us entertained as we cross Spain and drop in to Portugal, I wondered if anyone had any 'handy chaps' they could recommend to help me connect my iPhone to the system (if that is at all possible). I already have some sort of Parrot system connected in that I can't seem to use as I think it needs a Nokia from the 90's so there may be a connection already good to go in some way but it's a bit of a mystery to me. My screen also intermittently goes blank so if anyone can fix that it would be great, but if I can get another connection in there it wouldn't really affect me as the AC never really changes setting and I never use the Sat Nav. My aeriel also doesn't retract though I can hear the motor whirring too so really it would be nice if it was someone who had seen a lexus before and can advise if there's a cheap way to fix that or whether to not bother. I am genuinely useless when it comes to any sort of electronical tinkering so will be looking for someone to carry out the work, I'm in Buckinghamshire but happy to travel to get it done if anyone can give me the details of a 'stand up guy' they can recommend. In other news after what looked like a doom laden first MOT in my ownership a few weeks after I got it for £850 I've just ticked over 10,000 trouble free and rather glorious miles in my ownership and am absolutely hooked! Any help appreciated. Ben
  8. Not sure what's going with yours but Japex recommended Aro Exhausts to me in Buckingham and he was great doing a bit of welding to my blowing system, if you're Herts based it won't be too far. He seems to have an encyclopedic knowledge of exhausts, is good value and a thoroughly good egg.
  9. Apologies I did realise just after I posted but my fuzzy brain read it differently the first time(s)🙂....good luck with your search, and haggling! Mine (mk IV) has cost probably more than I’d bargained m/budgeted for but I don’t begrudge the spend as it’s such a great way to travel and it can’t possibly depreciate any more..
  10. I think they'd take the extra £50 on the purple one if you haggled hard! (MOT history doesn't look too bad tbh) I got mine for a similar commute, slightly longer actually and it was great for arriving home relaxed and enjoying the journey both ways. My journey was 85% motorway outside of rush hours so cost wise OK but I might get a bit twitchy if it was very stop start or really 'twisty'. A change of job means mine's just going to be used for one long work journey each week and holidays but I'm hooked on it now so it's a keeper even if it's a bugger to park near my house. I paid £850 for mine, the exhaust was blowing and alloys were awful, a couple of bits on bodywork need seeing to, a good history but also due a cambelt soon. It's a 'rolling project' but I do love it.. Ben
  11. Is that a velour/fabric interior? Surely can’t be many of those... isn’t that more highly regarded than leather in Japan? Will be interested in what you do, same colour as mine!
  12. Thanks, I wish I had your expertise.. had a bit of ‘shake’ on the blast down to Dorset this weekend and thinking may be a sign that these may need attending to! I’m booked in to a major service at a specialist next week so will await their report..
  13. Just to follow up this thread, I had great success with my exhaust and eventually and have just enjoyed a lovely journey down to Dorset with my exhaust just a distant whisper even during sport button blasts. ARO exhausts in Buckingham is actually one very good egg working out in the middle of nowhere and who’s got a lot of experience with our cars and really impressed me. He gave me a ballpark quote and I said if it goes over, just do it and we’ll discuss later.. he said, if it goes over then he’d have messed up and he wouldn’t charge! In the event, it sounds like there was a bit of welding and a fair bit of realigning the aftermarket exhaust that had been fitted a couple of years ago. All in it was £120 and I was very happy indeed, I’d thoroughly recommend and am booking in my wife’s Golf soon. Just got the wheels, service, cam belt, battery, power steering leak, central locking to go...
  14. Managed to get in, annoyingly it was my wife who somehow managed it in one go, though I had tried opening the passenger door for the first time prior her trying. I was losing my mind as nothing was seeming to work. Lesson learnt, leave that key at home and never touch the blipper. Now on hols and fingers crossed all is well...
  15. Many thanks, I think as it’s going off I’m pressing everything in my panic as I’m in a very quiet village b&b! I’ll approach it with a more measured approach tomorrow morning. So I should unlock with the blipper, then manually unlock and it should be ok...