As you may have seen elsewhere, thanks to JohnK, I've managed to upgrade from Bluebird to Lexus LS400 in one fell swoop. John even kindly brought it all the way from Middlesborough to the Electric Train Museum. Here's the first sighting, complete with Autoshiters. John arrived just as we were leaving.
This is 'Mason' the Lexus, which has been owned by half of Scotland. It is the second vehicle I've owned this year that has passed through the hands of 320Touring, but much nicer than the last one...
The danger element comes from the timing belt, which we know was changed at around 55,000 miles, but have no way of knowing it has been done again since. Now I'm home, total mileage is 156,000 miles...
But that's getting ahead of myself. After a hasty handover, JohnK loaded the Bluebird with kids and associated gubbins and he was away back up north. Hero!
Meanwhile, I dashed to the Wythall Transport Museum to catch up with the Autoshiters. On arrival, I had to have a pantograph moment...
Next to Asimo's Insight.
Then we headed to the pub for dinner. A twisted sign caught me out as I lead a convoy of shite, but only Asimo fell for my wrong turn. Everyone else seemed to know where they were going. Embarrassing, as this used to be my home turf. Food was eaten, geekery was indulged in and then it was back to Wales.
Via a petrol station, obviously.
50 litres went in, and I reckon 20 of that has now gone again, on the 110-mile cross-country drive home.
Findings so far. The sunroof is very noisy, there are two interior rattles which stand out amongst the silence (roof noise aside), it's quite big, it's very easy to make decent progress yet remain no higher than 2000rpm. That's what the engine is doing at 60mph. Pantograph wipers are ace. It feels a touch under damped. There are exhaust heat shield rattles. I slide between the seat bolsters (reminds me of the XM). Pantograph wipers are ace. It's quite big. More tomorrow!