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Forum: LS400 07-16-14, 07:28 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 960
Posted By mappo
So let me get this straight - you have access to...

So let me get this straight - you have access to an insanely low mileage, well maintained, one-owner 99 LS at an exceptionally good price, have a family connection to get OEM parts at dealer cost,...
Forum: LS400 07-14-14, 07:27 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 960
Posted By mappo
Sounds like an excellent car at an excellent...

Sounds like an excellent car at an excellent price. And since it's your own grandfather, I'm assuming you don't have to worry about getting snookered by an untrustworthy seller.
Forum: LS400 07-10-14, 07:30 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 555
Posted By mappo
Here in the US it's pretty much all 10% ethanol -...

Here in the US it's pretty much all 10% ethanol - there's no escaping that garbage at any price. I think only marinas sell pure gasoline now.
:sad:
Forum: LS400 07-10-14, 10:58 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 555
Posted By mappo
Technically the recommended spec is 91 octane...

Technically the recommended spec is 91 octane gas, while most premium today is 93. I believe 93 has no added benefit over 91 for us, while using lower octane gas will result in poorer mileage. ...
Forum: LS400 07-03-14, 06:43 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 905
Posted By mappo
A flipper selling a high-mileage 21 year old car...

A flipper selling a high-mileage 21 year old car with no service history - what could go wrong? I say run, don't walk, away.
Forum: LS400 07-01-14, 01:58 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 414
Posted By mappo
Wow, you'd have to go to Toyota's corporate...

Wow, you'd have to go to Toyota's corporate museum to see a first-year LS cleaner than that! Congrats on an amazing find and deal! Please find a garage for it!
Forum: LS400 06-10-14, 12:18 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 872
Posted By mappo
Yeah, the AmEx Platinum editions had a monotone...

Yeah, the AmEx Platinum editions had a monotone paint option. The all-silver ones look very nice.
Forum: LS400 06-06-14, 07:24 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,140
Posted By mappo
Damn, that used to be a beautiful 2000 Platinum...

Damn, that used to be a beautiful 2000 Platinum Edition. Now it's a Lexus Eldorado with ceramic doggy statues in the rear window.
Forum: LS400 05-20-14, 11:31 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 342
Posted By mappo
Show me one without a moonroof, and I'll give you...

Show me one without a moonroof, and I'll give you "rare".
Forum: LS400 05-16-14, 08:48 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,058
Posted By mappo
To be honest, the repaired seats are kind of a...

To be honest, the repaired seats are kind of a good sign. Sure, they aren't as good as immaculate seats in original condition, but it shows the previous owner cared about the car and fixed things...
Forum: LS400 05-16-14, 08:13 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,058
Posted By mappo
Yeah, the seats have been recovered, or more...

Yeah, the seats have been recovered, or more likely just repaired. You can tell by how taut the panels are at the stitching. They should have done the driver headrest while they were at it, as...
Forum: LS400 04-29-14, 07:05 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,250
Posted By mappo
I see your point about the earlier...

I see your point about the earlier non-interference engines, but the one we're talking about is a 2000.
Forum: LS400 04-28-14, 07:33 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,250
Posted By mappo
$6K seems like a fair price. Something to think...

$6K seems like a fair price. Something to think about though - someone who waited 15 years to change their timing belt is not exactly obsessive about maintenance.
Forum: LS400 04-27-14, 06:53 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,250
Posted By mappo
Get the real VIN from him (the one in the ad is...

Get the real VIN from him (the one in the ad is gibberish) and check the service history at Lexus Drivers. If he's lying about that who knows if anything else he's saying is true.
Forum: LS400 04-23-14, 06:04 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,488
Posted By mappo
Kansas - could you give me some tips on...

Kansas - could you give me some tips on installing the Kuda mount? I bought one but am unsure how to install it, and the included instructions are essentially: "install it".:rolleyes:

Do I just...
Forum: LS400 04-18-14, 01:00 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 398
Posted By mappo
I wouldn't drive an hour round trip without even...

I wouldn't drive an hour round trip without even being able to see that it has a front bumper. If they want your money, they can take five minutes to provide reasonably sized photos of the whole...
Forum: LS400 04-18-14, 12:43 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 398
Posted By mappo
I wouldn't take the time to go see it until they...

I wouldn't take the time to go see it until they provided better pics.
Forum: LS400 04-17-14, 01:33 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 295
Posted By mappo
I'd be looking out for signs of an odometer...

I'd be looking out for signs of an odometer rollback. That's crazy low miles!
Forum: LS400 04-17-14, 01:27 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 470
Posted By mappo
As a shopper for an LS, I was looking for a car...

As a shopper for an LS, I was looking for a car that had been taken to the dealer for every single repair and maintenance item its entire life so that I could verify its service history with...
Forum: LS400 04-04-14, 10:25 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 703
Posted By mappo
So he puts "90 1990 91 1991 92 1992 93 1993 94...

So he puts "90 1990 91 1991 92 1992 93 1993 94 1994 95 1995 96 1996 97 1997" in the unwanted words filter, or adds 1998|98|99|1999|00|2000 to the search terms. It shouldn't take too long to find one.
Forum: LS400 04-04-14, 06:56 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 703
Posted By mappo
Search adhuntr.com with ls400|"ls 400"...

Search adhuntr.com with ls400|"ls 400" parts|parting|bumper
You'll be up to your hood struts in spare parts.
Forum: LS400 03-31-14, 10:24 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 338
Posted By mappo
Thanks, Cowboy! I ordered a set. Even with $25...

Thanks, Cowboy! I ordered a set. Even with $25 s/h that beats the ebayers.
Forum: LS400 03-31-14, 07:43 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 338
Posted By mappo
'00 service manual cost

What's a reasonable price to pay for a set of service manuals? There are only a couple listings on ebay right now, at $220 and $280. Is that a common price? It seems like a lot to me.
Forum: LS400 03-27-14, 08:39 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 811
Posted By mappo
Yeah the asking on mine was $10K. Clean, low...

Yeah the asking on mine was $10K. Clean, low mileage, well serviced 430s don't currently go for less than $12K from what I saw during my search. For a while I was torn between getting a 98-00 400...
Forum: LS400 03-27-14, 07:51 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 811
Posted By mappo
I guess that's me?:sad: I just bought a 2000 for...

I guess that's me?:sad: I just bought a 2000 for $9K even, but I actually feel pretty good about it.

My girl is pristine, 81K, from Texas (no snow or salt) one owner (wealthy old lady), dealer...
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