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Old 09-14-10, 03:49 AM   #16
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Gotta love the Flint mica. I'm eyeing off something similar at a local dealer, '04 model with all the fruit. Just need to wait a few more weeks and it will hopefully be mine.


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^good stuff! Do they sell these as a Lexus LS or a Toyota Celsior in Aus? Be sure to post up some pics
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Celsior... interesting... I say a Toyota badged LS when I was in Nassau this summer and was wondering about it.
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people must drool when they drive by and see those two in your garage! Nice cars.
Thx for the kind words, Keith -

The interesting thing is, and as others have pointed out in other threads, the pictures don't do justice to the actual colors when seen live. The Flint Mica is almost breathtaking in its beauty while the Millennium Silver / Mercury Metallic actually shimmer in bright light. There's a depth to the paint which a camera just can't capture.

As to people drooling, and truth be known here in Orange County, they're pretty common (some call Lexus and Mercedes "Newport Fords") so there's very little 'auto envy'.

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^good stuff! Do they sell these as a Lexus LS or a Toyota Celsior in Aus? Be sure to post up some pics
Cheers.

They're badged as a Lexus Ls430 here,same as in the US. I'll post pics once I own it. Just sold a house and need to wait for the settlement cheque before I can pick the car up,as the dealer unfortunately won't hold it with a deposit for as long as I need.
Fingers crossed noone else buys it in the meantime. There are only two others like it for sale in the whole country atm...


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Old 12-31-10, 04:34 PM   #21
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Sorry to revive my old thread, but I was just cleaning out the interior of my car thought I'd add some pics (beats starting a new thread right?). Not a big party person, this is the highlight of my winter break
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Nice.

I washed mine a couple of days ago. Unfortunately,it's gotten tree sap on it this morning... Which I discovered when I went out to take this pic.
Looks like I'll be washing it again today...

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I've treated the car to some aftermarket 18's,and new numberplates over the last couple of months. More to come this year,Bilstein coilovers,and exhaust and stereo upgrades are on the list.


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We had a high of 53 today so the LS got vacuumed and had a bath in the driveway. (The Subie had to go to the carwash to get all the mud and salt off the underside.)
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Nice stuff, makin me want to jump on my pc and put up a pic or 2. Most recent mod is that I changed out my hid bulbs from 6k to 3k.


Almost forgot, go FSU!!!
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I really love the Flint Mica with black interior color combo, which is what I am looking into buying soon.

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I hope those were the fog lights and not your low beam since 3000k is yellow and would be annoying to be seeing that in my rear view mirror lol.
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^ ^ ^ yeah you were correct, i guess i shouldn't be drinking and posting for a lack of clarity, or hungover and posting to correct my original mistakes... the fogs were upgraded to hid's and then i changed out the bulbs last week from 6k to 3k cuz my little sis got me some 3k bulbs for christmas...


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I've treated the car to some aftermarket 18's,and new numberplates over the last couple of months. More to come this year,Bilstein coilovers,and exhaust and stereo upgrades are on the list
Car is looking awesome Justin, can't wait to see the future mods!

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We had a high of 53 today so the LS got vacuumed and had a bath in the driveway. (The Subie had to go to the carwash to get all the mud and salt off the underside.)
Yes it has been unusually warm here hasn't it? Went outside today without a jacket on, needless to say the LS got a bath from the local touchless wash

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Almost forgot, go FSU!!!
You mean go MSU right? (yeah I know, their performance wasn't the best today...)

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I really love the Flint Mica with black interior color combo, which is what I am looking into buying soon.
Great to hear, I love this combo. The flint mica is a bit high maintenance, but it's all worth it once she's clean! And...who doesn't love rich, shiny black leather?

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the fogs were upgraded to hid's and then i changed out the bulbs last week from 6k to 3k cuz my little sis got me some 3k bulbs for christmas...
Looks sweet! I've always wanted to make DRLs nice HIDs (instead of that weak yellowish light) but found out the process was a bit more involved than I had hoped. How do you get the fogs to run without the actual headlights? I love the parking lights/low beam look just as it's getting dark.
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SOJAH: I think I'll be doing that to my driving lights as well,looks great,and would likely throw out a much stronger beam. Thanks for the pics.

CARGUY: Cheers dude. if you're interested,the wheels are G corporation Luftbahn's in 18x9" +21 all 'round. The std sport package rims are now sitting in my garage as spares,or in case I sell the car sometime.
I couldn't help myself with the custom rego plates...they were available,and only add $90/year to my rego fees...

I've also added a few LED globes to the car,swapping the front park lights for some 8SMD T10's,and adding some others to the interior,but they're not realy worth taking pics of. I've done the four door courtesy lights,and the main room light up front so far. Will get around to the puddle lights and rear lights at some point. Might even try and get some aftermarket LED tails out of japan.

As for running the fogs and no low beams,you should be able to switch them on with just your park lights on. Works that way on my car,and everything Japanese I've owned in the past that had factory driving/fog lights.


Not trying to brag or anything,but I do think we have the best colour combo that the car came out with. next best would be the silver with black IMHO. I don't see a heap of 430's on the road here,but the majority on the 2nd hand market are the champagne/tan combo and I wouldn't be caught dead in one with that scheme. It just screams old age pensioner. My missus digs me occasionally with calling the car I drive now 'the old man's car',I'd never hear the end of it if I'd bought one in champagne. Being in my mid 30's,I'm getting a bit old for sports cars,but aren't quite in the usual demographic for a 430 just yet...


Talking weather,ours has been crazy.. 20deg c and raining one day,and 36deg c and sunny the next. It was almost 30deg c this morning when I was out working on the missus' pathfinder,and now that I've just had dinner,it's cooled right down,and is raining...


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I Just got mine 3 weeks ago, Flint Mica with Black leather. Mine has the 18" wheels, radar cruise control, double pained glass, Nav, parking sensors..... I dotn remember the name for it but its the package just under the Ultra. This is my fourth LS. I havent owned one for three years, never realizing how much I enjoy them. Nice to see such enthusiasm for these cars.
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I Just got mine 3 weeks ago, Flint Mica with Black leather. Mine has the 18" wheels, radar cruise control, double pained glass, Nav, parking sensors..... I dotn remember the name for it but its the package just under the Ultra. This is my fourth LS. I havent owned one for three years, never realizing how much I enjoy them. Nice to see such enthusiasm for these cars.
Welcome back, prodigal son. So, that's what my Custom Luxury would look like in a warmer climate? Looking good!
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