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  1. 8 points
    A line of lexuseseses Sent from my STV100-4 using Tapatalk
  2. 8 points
    Well the powers of the Ratty never seem to amaze me. If you'd turned up at Kemble yesterday afternoon, you would have seen her in the flesh. Quick IPhone pic of her at Kemble yesterday afternoon.
  3. 6 points
    So today was about getting the car fully back together and ready for it’s test drive/run in tomorrow. Here’s how it all looks with everything back on, and the badges etc all fixed in place.
  4. 6 points
    Here's the pics (hopefully) . A subtle difference but definitely worthwhile.
  5. 5 points
    Note to moderator- please leave this in the ISF forum, it’s more likely to be of interest to ISF owners than GS owners. After one year running a GSF, I thought you might be interested in my experiences compared to my previous early ISF. First thing to say is that running a high performance car like this makes no sense at all in the suburban environment that I live in. It drinks petrol in traffic, it’s big to park and you cannot use the power. However, I don’t care about all that, I love driving it, I love the noise and I’ll continue until the eco mentailists or the mayor makes it impossible. I’ve always loved muscle cars and this is definitely a muscle car. In summary I’d say it is an evolution of the ISF, it rides better than my 2008 ISF, it feels more planted and agile despite its size, and it has a slightly more bubbly exhaust note, but it still retains all the other ISF traits such as build quality that we are all familiar with. It is more relaxing to drive than the ISF due to the better ride. A couple of longish trips have been made with no driver fatigue whatsoever. It has of course been absolutely reliable, (but I haven’t yet done that many miles). Update after year 2. One glitch was a broken windscreen which took about 3 weeks to sort because Lexus couldn’t supply one right away. I hope this is not a flag that parts are going to be difficult because Lexus have only sold about 50 of these and their bean counters won’t be happy about stocking spares that might be slow moving. To be fair they did loan me a car for 2 of the 3 weeks. The much criticised mouse controller for the sat nav and audio is fine, it just takes getting used to and the sat nav now accepts full postcodes. The info display on the panel is a lot simpler than it looks, again just need to get used to it. Has a lot more information such as g forces, but it no longer has a battery voltage display! The car complains if the battery voltage is getting low though. The car has a lane departure warning system which can be set up to correct the steering if you wander out of lane. This has been turned off. The car is not driving, I am. It has speed limit detection which displays the speed limit on the dash and the HUD. The only thing is that some of the road signs near where I live confuse it and it displays “unusual” speed limits. Don’t think the magistrate would accept that the car told me the limit was 90, when it was really 40. The headlights are pretty good but possibly not quite as good as the ISF. The 4 driving modes can be summed up: Economy and normal – no perceptible difference in feel or fuel consumption between these, feels slightly softer than the ISF in normal driving. Gearbox sometimes reluctant to change down when you boot it. Sport – similar to the Sport mode on the ISF. Gearbox more responsive. Nicer to drive in this mode. Fuel consumption similar to Normal and possibly a bit better providing you can actually drive the car rather than sitting in queues. Sport + -Don’t select this in the wet, there’ll be a lot of traction control warnings at even quite modest throttle inputs. Hangs on to lower gears for some time after you’ve finished accelerating. Very entertaining in the dry though and much easier to get the engine into the 3500rpm+ range. This is the mode that reveals the true brute character of the car, (when you get a chance to use it). I can’t say what Sport+ does to fuel consumption as the opportunities to use it for any distance haven’t been there. Haven’t tried the diff setting options yet. The finish on the car is superb, people have commented that even when it is obviously dirty it still shines. My car was a demonstrator so it may have been coated. Costs – Service due next week, but for some reason Lexus think it’s OK to put a £100 premium on the servicing costs over the ISF. Insurance – you have to shop around. Most companies load the premium because of the value of the car. I managed to get cover for about the same as the old ISF but had to accept a £750 excess which I covered for another £60. Not so good points: No spare and you can’t buy one in this country even though the handbook mentions a space saver. I don’t like the idea of a can of goo which will render the tyre unrepairable and probably screw up the TPMS sensors. Does anyone have any ideas where a spare can be obtained? The boot is enormous but the rear seats still don’t fold. Why?? No passenger front seat lumbar adjustment – penny pinching on a £72K car! But the wife thinks the seats are OK! Possible costs of brake pads and discs – horrendous costs have been mentioned on the forum for RCF items and the GSF uses the same parts. Non-Lexus parts seem to be unobtainable in the UK at the moment. Not an immediate problem but one that needs to be kept under review. If anybody knows where to get RCF/GSF pads and discs from somewhere other than Lexus UK, please shout. Graham
  6. 5 points
    To you all thanks for making the effort appreciate some of you travelled a long way, and the weather was on our side and a great location for a meet, ok some of you realise I'm a bit biased about that, a little atmospheric picture of the day sorry you aren't all in it 👍 Big Rat
  7. 5 points
    Fantastic turn out today and fantastic location really enjoyed meeting everyone again :) superb line up of cars,and never seen so many F models before excellent
  8. 5 points
    Afternoon all! I just wanted to share a few small notes on my ownership experience since June ('17) and a little review after fitting Tein H-Tech lowering springs (front only) shortly before a 1,000 mile round trip to Cumbria (which included a good deal of B-road thrashing) over the weekend! So...... After driving every flavour of BMW 3 (mainly in full M or M-Sport guise) over the last 20 years I'm fairly used to having my fillings rattled out with relatively firm suspension. I was in a 218 Merc CLS just before my recent ISF purchase so my last full year of vehicle ownership has been very comfy indeed. All the reviews of the ISF I'd ever read mentioned that earlier ones had a firmer ride but in my opinion, after owning the card for a few months now, it's actually not bad at all. Way better than any of the M-Sport BM's I've driven and far more refined than any M3. The occasional bounce out of the seat on bigger humps and bumps was a little unusual at first but by no means unbearable. I owned a brand new IS250 for a year or so back in 2008 and got the IS bug then. I've have been looking for a low mileage, good condition ISF in Silver ever since then but other interesting cars always presented themselves before I found one (Golf R32, Jag S-Type R, Impreza WRX STI... what was I thinking!). I'm pleased to say I found a near perfect ISF only a few months back. Mine is a 2008 in (the best colour) Silver and arrived on my driveway with 45,400miles on it in June this year. It's been to Southern France fully laden with family and dogs since then a it's seen a good deal of England too. It's now showing 53,500, soon to go in for it's major service and has managed an average of 25.2MPG since I've been driving it. Not bad at all for what lies under the bonnet and the amount of time it's spent at full tilt! So, after fitting the obligatory intake (HPS) and panel filter (K&N) in the stock airbox I fitted a H&S catback after only a few weeks. These definitely gave more poke and a much nicer noise. My next 'fix' was to even out the tyre gap between front and rear wheels and arches. On the stock wheels an shocks I think the rear has the perfect gap but the front appears to be a good 25-35MM higher and the car looks odd from the side with this stance. Coilovers would be a great and highly desirable upgrade but given my shockers were in "near perfect" condition (according to the local stealership) I started looking at lowering springs to get a 1-1.5inch drop at the front but, most importantly, I wanted to preserve or improve handling and ride quality. The US forums all seem to score Swift springs or Tein H-Tech most highly (not many in the UK have fitted springs on the ISF as far as I could see) but many say the swift springs on stock shocks give a slightly firmer ride whereas the Tein springs seemed to actually 'improve' ride quality. Lower stance 'and' better ride from a simple lowering spring?!? Lets see how much truth there is in that. A full set of 4 Tein H-Tech springs, specific for our cars, cost £205 delivered. My local performance modders fitted them for £240 (3 hours labour). I only fitted the fronts as I am perfectly happy with how the rears look and the ride. A grand total of £445 all in, bought and fitted. I've also got an unused set of rear springs that'll be up for sale soon. I'll be uploading pics later tonight but in my opinion the look is perfect. The ride height is now perfectly matched between front and rear. The ride quality.........wait for it........... is actually better than before! The car is more definitely more compliant and less bouncy but has retained the positive steering and great feedback it had before. It's just like stock but with less bounce and much less rattle when the road gets rough. It's definitely more of an aesthetic upgrade over a performance boost but for the money it's definitely on my list of very worthwhile mods. I love the stock wheels on our cars so my next upgrade after the RR USRS arrive is getting those fitted along with 12MM spacers front and rear and a full realignment. PICs will follow tonight and anyone who is coming to the RAF-F-FEST on Sunday can see it in person. See you all then! :) Dan.
  9. 5 points
    Couple of teaser photos from Lee. Main engine cover is a work in progress, so keep that in mind. It’s growing on me, but can see it being a Marmite point!
  10. 5 points
    When ever i read a article about ISF with postive comments it puts a smile on my face.. just beacase i have the thought of "i told you so". This car was very under rated back then.. slated for the exhaust, slated for a 8 speed box, slated for the fake air intakes.. but guess what, it looks like the japs set the expectaions back then and only they knew why. . . and those who own this beauty know why.
  11. 4 points
  12. 4 points
    Great turn out, better selection of endangered species than London Zoo, thanks for organising @Flytvr 👍
  13. 4 points
    Just got in, drive back not as traffic free as the drive up. Great drive though, apart from the hooligan RC/IS element on the roads.... Great to meet up with old faces, oh, and Ratty.. Some new folks as well, a great turnout. The most I've seen so far. @Comedian, Sean, nice to put a face to the name.. @Flytvr, Dav thanks for organising another successful event (full english was well up to standard ). Hope you enjoyed the drive back in your lovely new RC-F, great car (can I have your seats please?), the carbon sets it off really well. 'Til next time, looking forward to it already.
  14. 4 points
    Sorry to hear your Mum is not well Steve. Experiences can put things into, let's say, sharper focus! You can't live entirely for today but we don't know what the future holds. I am no longer prepared to wait now ......... provided I can afford it, I do it now. I think I understand your viewpoint.
  15. 4 points
    We wouldn't do that................ until after the weekend 😉. If you've bought a milk float, save me a trip to Waitrose (all estate agents shop at Waitrose by the way) and bring 2 pints of gold top on Sunday please 👍
  16. 4 points
    Hi All, ( pics below ) made some small changes and very happy with results. 1. replaced head light bulbs D2S. removed 4300k and fitted 8000k, gives car modern look like new cars. 2. carbon roof spoiler lip fitted, bought from ebay for £20 and very decent quality. 3. fitted red led strip brake light bentley stylee 4. replaced third brake light bulb with small red led's 5. Private plate just to hide car age
  17. 4 points
    https://jalopnik.com/its-time-to-make-a-case-for-the-lexus-is-f-1820400740 Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  18. 4 points
    It's in need of a good wash but here it is on my drive :)
  19. 3 points
    Gave my car its first proper wash, clay Mitt and wax since I bought it on March and also touched in the stone chips. The light wasn't great when I finished but I took a couple of pics anyway: Not bad for 10 years old.
  20. 3 points
    Great line up and an excellent choice of venue. Apologies for rolling in late from West Sussex. I must learn to drive faster.
  21. 3 points
  22. 3 points
    Womble72 credit to you mate . Coming 190 miles that’s dedication 😀
  23. 3 points
  24. 3 points
    Need a wider angle lens! That's everyone in though, 15 in total...... and a Peugeot SW, messing with our horsepower programme
  25. 3 points
    Great to meet you all at long last today. Brilliant line of Lexi (that's definitely right.... just like Mongi is for Mongoose!) too!
  26. 3 points
    I crash every time I drive the 'ring on the PlayStation, there's no way I could be trusted to drive it in real life 😃
  27. 3 points
    Great day, lots of Lexuses (or should that be Lexi?), lots of fellow owners. All I have to do now is remember which car, goes with which real name, with which forum name Thanks for arranging it and i look forward to the next one
  28. 3 points
    I was intending to wait until next September to swap my isf for a gs f but after visiting my mum in hospital for over a month now and realising how quickly circumstances can change I've put a deposit down on one today. I'e not seen it yet and it hasn't been delivered to the dealer yet and theyve not even seen my isf yet so things could change. Might have to put mine on AutoTrader if the dealer bids me too low.
  29. 3 points
    Whoooaa, a great bunch of blokes????????? Have you seen some of this lot in natural light, some of them are enough to frighten a Police Horse, in fact..................oh never mind...................
  30. 3 points
    Look what you've done to Mr E Tesla Hybrid Esq...... @Flytvr
  31. 3 points
    It's been over a week since I got the car and I took it on a bit of a grand tour towards the end of the week. I even remembered to stop and take some photos The car is great, even better than I had hoped for. One question...is it possible to make the wing mirrors fold in when the car is locked? Other Lexus' I have had used to do this, and I can't figure it out for this one. Cheers Simon
  32. 3 points
    @NothernDan Dan nah don't tell her do it my way with these matters......... just get it done because 'It's much easier to ask for forgiveness than permission ' 😂 🐀
  33. 3 points
    Wish I could be there but grumpy pregnant wife comes first 😳
  34. 3 points
    @mike m Then you could get four of these I wonder if they do them in Red for @Womble72 😂 Big Rat
  35. 3 points
    Today I changed the oil and filter on my car and since at the last Lexus service they mentioned the rear pads were 60% worn and that was 6K miles ago I'd bought a replacement set and thought I'd take a look at them and changed them as a precaution. While I was under the car I noticed quite a build up of mud and detritus particularly sitting on the inside lip of the rear arches. Obviously over time this traps moisture and promotes corrosion so may I suggest that the next time you are washing your car that you run your fingers under the lip of the rear wheel arches and check if they're trapping mud. Mine will be cleaned out regularly from now on.
  36. 3 points
    @Peter P18 Watching your videos has a wallet warning attached 😂 🐀
  37. 3 points
    Surely everyone has found my YouTube video's by now? I really enjoy that last video, the short tunnel sounds epic! Keep in mind this was JUST the H&S system, so no PPE headers, and no supercharger! Lol. Will be getting some new video's up as soon as I can.
  38. 3 points
    It's not really silver; more a shade of wet concrete. Sent from my STV100-4 using Tapatalk
  39. 3 points
    Yep, mines driven it twice, she don’t like it, fine by me, her diamond cut qashqai alloys look squarer every day 🙄.......and as for 13amp cars, there pollution in build and decommissioning of their cells etc causes more damage to the earth than the build, running and decommissioning of the faithful combustion car 👍
  40. 3 points
    Any BMW would do, and most likely to happen because they're the most likely to come tearing up behind me without indicating 😁
  41. 3 points
    I'm excited about all this, and I'm very technically challenged.
  42. 3 points
    I didn't do anything,. It just worked after pairing the phone. Just got to be careful if your mates send a text and your wife's in the car
  43. 3 points
    I surprised a Ferrari 360 going to a Piston Heads Sunday Service last year, it was a "spirited drive" where he kept pushing and pushing to the point where, by his own admission, he couldn't go any faster, and still the blue Toyota was glued to the back of his car!!!!!!!!!!!!! It turned out he was going to the same place as me so we had a chat when we were there, nice guy, seemed very young to own something like that, or its me that is getting old, he had never seen or even heard of an ISF, once I educated him he understood................................ I don't think I will ever top that.
  44. 3 points
    @Ace8800 @mrfunexThe possibility of a reasonably central dealer involved meet is being progressed as we speak, I’m also arranging for a Lexus contact to do a mail shot to ISF owners/ customers who are not part of the forum to be made aware where and when the event takes place should they like to attend anyway. Big Rat
  45. 3 points
    That's not a Vectra - it's a Lexus GS-F!!! I know the bloke that owns it!
  46. 3 points
    Mark g . You know what it’s like when we first get the new f . Always the longest routes.
  47. 3 points
    Here's one of mine from our summer hols to France. Still get grief off the Mrs for taking the polish and wax with me!
  48. 3 points
    It sounds really cheesy but things like these really are good PR for the ISF. It's a really good thread. Only worry I have is that the only people that will read it have already been converted! Lol
  49. 3 points
    Well ‘The Rat’ was on the ropes with one or two naysayers on here about raising the profile of The is-F I won’t mention any names @Flytvr oops 😬 But wouldn’t want to celebrate to early either, but with if I may say so a great bunch of people on here well apart from that little builder bloke from Somerset can’t remember his name but @Big Rat you know who you are 🙄 Anyway I was wondering if there ought to be an ‘F’ car meet next year as the is-F is ten years old round about March time what do others think, needs to be somewhere central and although I don’t have a family it ought to be perhaps a family oriented location ? Big Rat
  50. 3 points
    5D carbon wrap made by myself :