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  1. Agree with John totally. I had Nightbreakers in my previous IS220D /2007 and they made inadequate lighting at least satisfactory and caused no issues in any way. HID is the way to go but a wee bit more work,time and money so NightBreakers are a good bet for your car and cost effective.
  2. Tyres,choice ,brand price and performance !

    NEXEN Nfera SU1, I have fitted these and had the front a rear geometry checked and adjusted to stock and so far,1000k in I am suitably impressed. Wet and dry weather handling has not been anything other that very good indeed. As a mature driver, ok old ! I dont stress them but we do drive professionally on Goodyear efficiency tyres and they have to perform for us when deployed ! The NEXEN's have done just as well if not better so far ! I am suitably impressed with Nexen and the warranty package is excellent should something go pear shaped. All in x 4 tyres inc geo checks and adjustments is good value £375 for 255/225/40x18 on an F Sport and so is the performance thus far. I will update as miles increase. Please see the warranty package brochure attached ! Nexen Lifetime Guarantee HR.PDF
  3. I have recently changed my 220D for a much newer IS 200D F Sport, it has 225/40 R18 Front & 255/40 R18 Rear Tyres. The tyres are at 4.5mm and I will be wanting a change at 3mm ! Has anyone any good advice and experience re brand and what's good value to performance ratio ? Appreciate some view please based on actual experience. I have done some research and the minefield or reviews are astonishing between top of the line to budget. Not wanting to be a cheapskate just trying to find a happy balance !
  4. This is my prefered cleaner addative for petrol engines. I use the diesel version on the Lexus and the OT100 for the wifes car petrol car, seems to work wonders added every 3k and seems to keep things sweet!. EuroCarparts was my source and wait for the discount offers they run. There will be lots of variations as we all have our favorites as well as those members who dont see any benefit, but, works for us :-)
  5. Haven't driven one yet but I don't exactly drive round at any pace, often overtaken by Smart cars, do all my rushing around when deployed and lots of noise and flashy lights :-). A 300 hybrid will be good for me at a leisurely pace I think :-)
  6. http://www.autoexpress.co.uk/Lexus/IS Linas.P, Lexus IS 300h F Sport Is my first choice :-) Have to wait and see what's occurring this time next year.
  7. Another vote for the Bosch/Varta S4 battery . The Bosch/Varta has a greater CCA than many others at the same specification and the warranty is good. I had a Lion battery from EuroCarParts and they tested it at 35 months and replaced it without a grumble. On this car I opted for the S4 and hope not to have to test the water re warranty befor I go to the darkside/ Lexus IS Hybrid :-).
  8. Good tyres from Avon or Cooper , would never describe either as budget for their performance/cost.
  9. http://www.toyotareference.com/lexusis/2006-2015 Worth checking out the colour code for your vehicle from the body plate and comparing it to the north american colour names. Seems they are all the same colour pallet but differ from market to market by name only, still share the same i.d code though. Mine is Mesa Red in the uk and Matador red mica in other markets! V5 states Mesa RED for my car.
  10. I agree Rebecca, that's not good at all, Lexus service fail right there . Whilst I have had a few gripes at my own dealer I have to give them credit for always trying. The wash/valet and fuel I thought was a given these days !
  11. I am working on the principle hope of wishing for a goodie bag and that someone at LEXUS might read the post and consider it to be a worthy idea and suggest same to the dealer network, OK I agree a little forlorn but worth a go !!:-)
  12. My recall letter came today, all excited was I , !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It was for the 220 I sold two months ago, still waiting on my F sport letter !! I suppose I will have to wait for my free valet and goody bag a little longer from Listers Lincoln, not forgetting fuel !
  13. Agree with Linas.p on this one, I stopped buying Ultra at every fill and now only one in 4 tank fills. I do add Normfest CT100 for our petrol and CT60 for the F Sport at every 4th fill. Worked well on the 220 and seems to keep the F Sport cleaner as well. That a bit of a motorway cruise every so often!! The whole EGR subject and how best to stay clean and trouble free is a wee bit contentious so as a non expert this is what works for me :-) Always happy to hear other views and advice though, since there is always a better suggestion lurking ! Not tried Terraclean but its well reported and recommended by many.
  14. Hi Matt, welcome to LOC, I did get the oil changed on my 220d by a non Lexus dealer using the OE oil. Didn't seem to make any difference to the drive . My 220D had 105k and there was a little idler gear chatter on idle but not much when cold. Same reaction from my Lexus dealer when I bought my F Sport, said absolutely not, its lot leaking either but did check the level. A ok. Rattles on the o/s door ? Neither of mine have but this site has some very knowledgeable owners and sure someone will advise you. Stereo wise , mine plays all sources well so maybe its a quirk of the mobile ? Someone here will have had the issue but not me. Good luck with your 250, enjoy.
  15. Replacement gear knob is220d

    New Lexus IS Leather Gear Stick Shift Knob Screw On Type Manual Transmission, £40 INC POSTAGE FROM Item location: Klaipėda, Lithuania,
  16. Replacement gear knob is220d

  17. I am no expert , but, seems like a big task even for the very talented among us . Agree with LINAS, a lot of techy issues and trim. Lots of questions rather than answers but an interesting project non the less!
  18. Firstly let me say this is NOT my find but was posted by another LOC member madasahatteryesterday. Seems to be very much aimed at the 2007 to 2010 models and may have some value to your search for upgraded head lamps. Agree with Linas.P and his review, not sure about the motor resolution, never had the issue with my reviose 2007 220d ? This upgrade would seem a good way forward
  19. Give the EGR a clean, Brake cleaner is fairly cheap and moves a lot of the carbon build up but a wee bit messy but you may be able to recover it pre spend on a new one. Worth a go as nothing lost since it all has to come apart to replace or clean. Manifold and pipework need a clean and lets hope that gets you back to 100% without the need for new parts, anyway good luck and look forward to your next post.
  20. Hi Matthew, lots of possibilities with that sort of report. Try all the simple and obvious first as long as your sure that you're not about to suffer a major failure of some sort ! Air filter , EGR valve and its associated pipes,add some good quality diesel fuel, ULTRA or like and add some injector cleaner. All lightweight befor you start anything costly. Check the hoses and pipework for splits/holes around the turbo. Your in the right place for advice as the members are very good having had similar issues historically. Sure that there will be a tech thats got a good suggestion,
  21. IS200D F Sport Battery

    They want 20k for the IS 300, stay as I am I think ! I will get something from them re the battery, oh yes :-) !!
  22. IS200D F Sport Battery

    Some of my other posts will have been read by other members regarding the issues I have experienced sorting out some of the minor service issues and esthetics inc paint and wheel rims. I have been fortunate to negotiate with the dealer to resolve all of these issues detailed in another thread. One element of the vehicle that I was very suspicious about was the condition of the battery and this being the O.E Japanese battery from 2012. I was assured that this had been load tested !! After six weeks I had noticed the vehicle struggling to cold start so I decided to make my own tests. This was carried out and after simulated max current load for 30 seconds to simulate extended cranking, the battery voltage dropped to 11.28V, max current delivered on load was well below the 680CCA supposedly available on the old batteries specs. So I took advantage of a very good offer from EuroCar Parts last week, 50% and free carriage on batteries. Decided on a Bosch/Varta 12v 95AH 830-CCA, 4 year warranty. The new Bosch battery is now installed, what a massive difference , decidedly quicker starting, reducing cranking, The increased "CCA" over standard will be good to have in reserve in cold wather. The old battery is very interesting, the case is distorted at both ends as are the sides, all Bulging. The electrolyte is discoloured and when measured (not under load), post charging, its showing 12.02V. Indicating I think that its generally past its best !! I have also tested the alternator and its functioning well. Looking forward to Mondays chat already. Not what you would expect from a car from a Lexus dealer ! I know its only a battery but I do have a bee in my bonnet now with the dealer given all the other issues, least the cars top notch now :-)
  23. IS200D F Sport Battery

    Agreed,I will be happy with a contribution as I dont have to drive there and argue/debate again and waste half a day ,so a discount off the next service will do fine, its a moral victory as I have won all, the others :-) Funny thing, the sale manager rang me today , wanted to buy the F Sport back at £1000 more than I paid and had an IS 300 Hybrid I was looking at when I was there last, bless they never give in :-) Be happy with this one for now, give it 18 months and I may be interested :-)