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  1. 3 points
    Hi all I'd definitely recommend following the Lexus handbook/information plate re tyre pressures. After all Lexus designed the car and computer modelled it, built prototypes and tested them, built pre-production vehicles and tested them in extremes of temperature, in snow, ice, and rain on different surfaces cobbles, gravel, smooth tarmac and that ultimate test for any vehicle British roads. They've tested them at high speed, harsh acceleration and braking, twisting mountain roads, fully loaded and driver only etc.. They've liaised with tyre manufacturers and designed suitable wheels. After all that they will know the optimum tyre pressures and will have allowed for the fact that tyre pressure increases as the tyre heats up. I really like Honest John but in this particular case I'd trust Lexus 100%. And the icing on the cake. Would Lexus put lives and their reputation and profits on the line by giving inaccurate information. Buy the best tyres you can afford, inflate them to the correct pressure, test the pressures regularly and with luck (because Sod's law works on all machinery!) you'll be fine.
  2. 3 points
    Filter gives it a midnight blue tinge....looks pretty sweet that colour.
  3. 3 points
    yes i saw it on ebay - Nice unique car - Keep hold of it! These are amazing cars - i washed mine the other day after a while and its amazing how the paintwork just gleams - the build and material quality its absolutley outstanding - even after 13 years the dash/buttons do not shown any signs of wear or fading - you will never get that with modern cars no matter what - if you want the same craftsmanship you have to go back in time!
  4. 3 points
    You are one very fortunate boy John. You are in love with three old girls,can ride (in) them daily and your wife is in full approval ! Do not spoil a good thing. :):):) Regards John
  5. 2 points
    After making the decision to trade my 2007 GS300 in for a 2014 Mk3 RX450h, I finally took the plunge a week ago: Since then, a fair few miles have been put up and whilst I've read much of the owner's manual, I gave up half way through as it's not the lightest of reading. I'll use it as a reference as and when needed. First impressions: Little point in saying too much as really, in a week of ownership I learned something very important about the RX, and that's that first impressions are misleading and count for little, even if a 24 hour test drive has been arranged. Despite this, my initial impressions were that it was well made, nicely finished inside, roomy and comfortable, although the front seats weren't as adjustable or comfortable for me as my GS ones had been. Initial thoughts on the drive were that it was a little crashy about town, over the bumps, not as quiet as I had been expecting (tyre noise mostly), pretty thirsty on the test drive at any rate and not as dynamic or involving as the GS. However, it had the space we needed, was newer and probably would be more reliable (lets face it, the £££££'s I spent on the GS would make anything look more reliable!) and I liked the hybrid drive a lot. One week on, and fair to say, the RX has grown on me quite a lot. I'm glad we went for the F Sport as the handling is better than the luxury model to the extent that I don't notice much body roll at all and it does corner as if on rails without any fuss or bother. Push it on a bit too hard and the front starts to run wide to remind you that you're behind the wheel of 2.2 tonnes of car, but it never feels unsafe and can be hustled through windy country roads at alarming pace if wanted. I've even grown to like the CVT box which suits this vehicle an it's hybrid drive system really well, and I hadn't expected to like the CVT at all. Fuel consumption has settled down on the longest cross country run this week of 50 miles in temperatures ranging from zero (early morning start) to 5 degrees, it returned an average of close to 37mpg. When this considers that a traffic jam or two was thrown in, two sets of road works, a city centre to navigate around and a few towns to drive through, then throw in some hills, then I thought this was pretty good all things considered. The information display and menus take some getting used to and whilst the mouse thingy is a good idea, as others have found, it is over sensitive and it can be a pain having to go back and forth but you soon get used to it and even after a week I can now find my way through all the menus and settings, except the satnav which I have yet to master fully! Whilst on the Satnav, I found it better than the one on the GS in some respects. Easier to programme, and more reliable in use. The HUD is another great feature which makes watching your speed in built up areas a doddle whilst not taking eyes off the road. Performance-wise, it is sluggish in anything other than Sport mode to get going, but once on the move, it has a surprising turn of speed. It doesn't kick down the same way that a true auto box does but with the sport Mode enabled, the battery power helps initial take -off and overtakes are dispatched without drama. The GS felt faster, but I wonder if it actually was? certainly it is much faster top-speed wise than the RX but that is irrelevant for driving in the UK. Fair to say that the RX has more than adequate performance and more than enough shove for safe and rapid overtakes BUT a sports car it is not. This then gets me on to an interesting point, and the reason why a short test drive tells you little. The more it is driven, the more it rewards smooth driving and has the sort of serene and effortless quality which keeps you fresh and longing for more. You want to go out and drive it NOT because it's quick or goes round corners well (it is quick enough and does go round corners well enough) but because it feels like an extension of the driver without being as literally connected as a more sporty drive. You soon learn the precise seating and steering wheel adjustments that suddenly make everything click into place and any distractions or comparisons with the GS are soon forgotten as you find the sweet spot and let the high sides seats cosset you. You sit in rather than on them and I like that. The radio is pretty good although FM gives by far the better quality audio than the DAB which I rarely use and which I dislike. Despite the premium, the sound system (Mark Levinson on this one) isn't up to the ML system of the older GS, in fact it's not even close. The processed surround sound is more compressed and speaker selection and tuning seems less well thought out. That said, it's easy enough to use and navigate through. I haven't tried the CD player yet and probably will never bother with the blue tooth streaming option although it's nice to have it. Storage room seems excellent, and general fit and finish in the cabin is excellent. Rear load room is also excellent, and rear seats exceptional for comfort and adjustment. No gripes there at all. I ordered a rubber protector mat from Ebay for the rear for £47 delivered and it's an exact fit with a 50mm lip all round to bund any spillages or mess. I also bought a throw to cover the rear seat backs and sides should any tip-runs be needed. Paint finish is excellent, as with most Lexus vehicles but is prone to stone chips as the water based base-coat is quite thin and the lacquer top coat easily chipped so a paint protection coating is a must. I elected not to pay for the outrageous amount Lexus quoted of well over £500 and will do it myself. I have a dual action polisher and a load of menzerna polishes. With the Lexus finish, such a recent car won't need claying or a coarse polish, but starting at a 4000 grit and then a 4500 will give a mirror finish and strip off any prior-applied wax. On top of that, a long chain polymerised synthetic sealant from menzerna (Menzerna Powerlock Sealant) will be applied, and then once cured, finished with Meguiars #26 Techwax. That little lot will provide superb paint protection for the sake of a day's work and save £450. The alternative would be to use an all in one finish such as Carlack 68. These are just a few initial views formed over the first week of ownership. It is interesting that my opinion has gone from "oh no, what have I done!" after the first day or two (yes, I really had serious misgivings about trading in my old GS which I loved driving), to "good move" by day 6. It takes a while to learn to appreciate the strengths of the car and you never feel in a hurry to get anywhere. I have found myself driving more cautiously, a little more slowly and a lot more smoothly and that is relaxing. Let other drivers do what they want and get worked up as they rush about, because truth is you probably will arrive at your destination as quickly as before but a lot less stressed! That's what this car does well. It rewards that driving style whilst still having plenty in reserve if you want a bit of fun or when overtaking is called for. I'll report back when I have anything more to add but my strong advice to those considering an RX, is to do so only if you need the extra space or would value a more relaxed and cosseting drive, especially if you commute longer distances. It's not a car to consider for the person wanting performance. Look to the LC-F or the GS-F for that. Dare I say it, it's not a car for a large family with young children either as the interior could soon become trashed, so a cheaper chuckle-bus might be order of the day as the school run weapon which you don't mid getting smothered in chocolate, dirty feet and crayons! However, for older kids, it's just about perfect. Beware that the extra height means elderly people sometimes will struggle to get in and out without assistance. For those, like myself, with hobbies demanding loads of load space, and who put up a fair few miles, and want the performance, but also the comfort and good handling, then it's a no-brainer.
  6. 2 points
    Not quite sure I follow the logic here. Indecision, is it an age thing? I know that I courted the idea of a Renault with electric fold back top not long ago (under 1K) but fortunately the brain regained its connection to the circuit board.
  7. 2 points
    Update. Lexus Bristol have diagnosed the problem as a bad cell in the conventional 12V battery. New battery being ordered and fitted tomorrow morning. Apparently the battery was outputting about 9.9V which was barely enough to start it? I also noticed some strange behaviour on the screen on the way to Lexus. It wasn't linking to my phone via bluetooth and when I tried to link it manually some options became unresponsive on screen. All linked apparently to the battery issue. So there you go. Hopefully this thread might help someone in the future. Cheers.
  8. 2 points
    5'10" is about the tallest you can get in the back of the RC-F and yes, the boot is pleasantly big The Alfa is very well packaged; it feels bigger inside in all ways than the IS-F. I have a 5'11" son, so that's one reason for the Alfa. Its also properly fast compared to the RC-F, which is itself a (small) step up from the IS-F. Before I change, I'll let this forum know in case anyone fancies buying my RC-F
  9. 1 point
    As some of you may have noticed I recently listed my LS on fleabay. Had a lot of enquiries and watchers,but I've ended the listing early as I can't bear to part with her. This is not the first time this has happened either!. Never before has a car (other than my two other LS's) had this effect on me.The only reason I listed her was because I though the old dosh was going to be tight this month,so I went out and purchased a cheap as chips 'Froggy Fartbox' to replace her with. SWMBO was less than amused,as she prefers the LS to her much newer MB!. She lives to fight another day.
  10. 1 point
    You'll be charged to enter South Wales......we'll allow you to go home for free though !
  11. 1 point
    Difficult starting when hot, uneven running/revs, completely cutting out and many other problems. It's amazing what one little sensor can affect. I wouldn't waste my money unless I had a problem, they rarely play up.
  12. 1 point
    After a terrifying journey many years ago in my Mercedes, I'll never drive an automatic with big fat tyres in the snow again. Luckily my Octavia has its Continental winter tyres on and my wife's Panda has Goodyear 4 Seasons tyres, so the Lexus stays at home
  13. 1 point
    We were on holiday just after Christmas so a quiet time. I parked the GS in an almost deserted 300 space car park. On return there was a car parked next to us. My wife had to be careful getting in. It makes me cross at how stupid people are. We call it them Strawberry Pickers as when we have been to PYO they are the type who always stop at the first row when what is worth picking is a short walk up the field. Lots of people seem to be hard wired and have no sense. Ed
  14. 1 point
    Ah yes you've got me there,just don't leave the keys in it you could be going home in a Lexus 🤥
  15. 1 point
    I would add, that without knowing in which context HJ said that is hard to say how valid is his advice. Maybe that concerns Fiat Panda which requires 32PSI and which he personally drives and has discovered that car performs better when he inflates R14/195/65 at 30PSI and not 32... But if he states that 30PSI is universal pressure for all cars then it is clearly bonkers...
  16. 1 point
    Nah this is midnight blue 😂never looked as good as that though,well done fella .
  17. 1 point
    You can't go the rules specifically state No Evora's .......... my bank balance rules 😂
  18. 1 point
    Wow expensive mats. It's facelift I'm seeing tomorrow
  19. 1 point
    Thanks John. Yes didn't mean electric handbrake, just meant it wasn't a conventional one
  20. 1 point
    As a general remark about pre/post facelift I'm very happy with post facefilt as I don't really like front of the pre model - a little bit too much 90s style :) As a addition audio system is upgraded input wise- streaming audio from BT, DAB and USB (not sure if it was in pre model). Whole system looks also a bit more modern like power flow screen. Finally I like post face lift models in general as those got all early model problems solved - like faulty pump in gear box. As for your list: -there is no electric hand brake - acceleration wont be linear in the 50-60mph area due to ratio shift in the gearbox. There will be very short (if it is longer than 1-2s be careful) loss of power. - Check floor mats as new ones are £110 :) - Some early models got some problems with VTC (change of ignition timing) so when you start it cold listen for rattling during the first 2 seconds - If car is near to 100k miles check if cooling liquid was changed in both engine and inverter - If it is near 60k or 120k check if new spark plugs are fitted (extra £200 for service to do it) Beside that good luck and I can fully recommend GS as an previous owner of 2009 2.4L Honda Accord :)
  21. 1 point
    Just brought a three year old ct200h and driven it home excellent car we both love it already. I don't know what people drive before they drive a Lexus ct but I think they go well and the ride is comfy and sat nav works better than my garmin Love it
  22. 1 point
    Just a word of warning. If any of these car parks have rules and regs you could find you invite a ticket by one of their car park dictators by parking outside of the white lines.
  23. 1 point
    I feel quite smug looking at the IS-F snug in the garage. My 200K Volvo XC90 quite happy in the conditions today. However, the Mrs took the Volvo and left me with her BMW 3 Series. YIKES! Now, that's unfortunate LOL Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  24. 1 point
    I guess it's a good idea. If I had the gonads to do it. But I have enough problems with able bodied and selfish buggers parking in the disabled bays when I'm trying to get a space being as I am disabled. I just wish there were more parking attendants round to sort them out. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  25. 1 point
    My apologies. I thought this subject would be of wider interest to all ther Forum so put my below reply in Wheels & Tyres. So, PCM, here's your 'citation' from HJ. Mike Yesterday I asked HJ to clarify his advice and received this reply: "As I incessantly point out, tyre pressures rise by up to 4PSI when the vehicle is used and the air inside the tyres heats up. Obviously if you set the cold pressures at 38PSI, the pressures could rise to 42PSI in use and that could result in a serious crash."
  26. 1 point
    Already at 40k so she'd 25k in 2 years! Too young for a porker! Never. You won't choose a 911 once you drive an Evora. You chose an isf because you see past the name of a car to its actual attributes. That thinking will get you in an Evora. I was certain I was buying a 911....
  27. 1 point
    I've decided not to bother with buying the LS. It's just been MOT'd and only needed a bulb, and mot tester said the car was in excellent order and was for sale for £3k to include the private plate LSK 480. In my opinion, if wheels and exhaust were changed it would be one of the nicest around. Pete
  28. 1 point
    Not necessarily. Failures for tyres and brakes isn't an issue in itself. It just depends on the condition of the rest of the car. Does it have a full service history? As for the gap between MOT's, it is possible that it was just overlooked since we don't get reminders for when MOT's are due, unlike road tax. What spec is it?
  29. 1 point
    RCF would be a nice progression from the ISF but could do with a little more depreciation over the next couple of years please 😁.......
  30. 1 point
    Hello and welcome to the lexus owners club. Glad to hear your happy with your lovely new lexus. 😀
  31. 1 point
    Please provide citations/links as to where he says this...
  32. 1 point
    Thanks for the advice guys. It's a tricky one this. I remember taking my previous lexus is220d to lexus bristol for repairs and I got chatting to the staff. I remember them telling me the only time they see a is250 is when it's in for service. They rarely go wrong. Knowing my luck though if I don't take out the warranty something probably will go wrong and if I take out the warranty everything will be tickety boo and as you say shaun I'd be kicking myself as £895 is a lovely fortnight holiday somewhere hot. Hmmmm decisions decisions.
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  34. 1 point
    I couldn't imagine that the tasteful modifications were done whilst it was still owned by the garage owner's wife so has the present owner done them and why? What else has been done that you can't see, perhaps a welded diff for drifting? Had it been totally original perhaps worth considering but £3K plus the cost of a secondhand OEM exhaust system with a still good non blowing Y pipe and a set of refurbished OEM alloys the cost mounts up along with all the servicing requirements of a vehicle stood for years probably exposed to the elements.
  35. 1 point
    Having spent a lot of money on professional detailers over 6 previously owned cars I finally decided to sign up for a training course on paint correction. The average time spent detailing some of my previous cars, including 3 Bentleys was 3 days with outstanding results. At an average cost of £600 per car and after watching all the specific aspects of detailing at close quarters I thought it would be a good idea to invest in some training. I was surprised to find there was a quite a few professional detailers out there who were prepared to offer one to one training as well as their full detailing services. My working life was exclusively in the motor trade and as a car freak I really wanted to correct the paint on my latest car a 2007 Lexus LS460. A one owner car, serviced exclusively by one Lexus dealer who I bought it from in Siena Red, a stunning colour when the sun hits it. The previous owner was not interested in car cleaning so I spent the first month thoroughly cleaning every aspect of this wonderful car. Although the bodywork was not damaged i.e dings, dents etc the paintwork was full of swirls and some fine scratches. Although I removed the sill covers and front and rear bumpers for repainting as these parts were in need of refurbishing, the rest of the paint needed to be cut back. So 2 weeks ago I spent 2 full days with a full time detailer and had one to one training specifically on paint correction. Totally hands on with practise body panels to make full use of. In summary the best 2 days for a car freak to come away with a great understanding of how to correct paint or the top lacquer coat in my case. Like all modern cars they have a base coat and clear paint system applied to them. Everything I wanted to know was explained and the reasons for it. Things like using Rotary and Orbital polishing machines, cutting polishes, cutting pads (there are hundreds of them) final finishing polishers, pre wax cleaners, sealers and waxes not to be confused with polishes. Rotary polishers were not for me, they can be like a wild animal in your hands and the heat and risks for paint damage is too great for my level of experience. No, the Orbital DA polisher is so much more controllable although will take longer to achieve what you want. Taking your time and generating the right amount of heat in the pad so as to break the polish down to an oily film will only come with practise. I just loved the experience and started on my own car 2 days later after purchasing a lot of the products I used over the 2 days, including a DA orbital polishing machine. It will take me a long time to detail my paint but doing a panel at a time is my way of approaching paint correction. I take my hat off to professional detailers who are so much more than car cleaners.