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Vintagesixtysix

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About Vintagesixtysix

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    Phil

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  • Lexus Model
    IS250
  • Year of Lexus
    2005
  • UK/Ireland Location
    West Midlands

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  1. I put a small torch up against the expansion tank wall.....just helps me spot the levels. Sent from my iPad using Lexus OC
  2. No expert but..... I'm sure the drive towards DI vrs multi point was fuel efficiency & mainly lower emissions. Possibly driven ( in Lexus case) by changes in USA emissions10-15 years ago. Sent from my iPhone using Lexus OC
  3. Diesel or petrol? If a good blast & additive don't work. There is a terraclean thread going at the moment......most folks want to see/feel huge performance gains which are rarely available......but can really help with bringing down emissions towards acceptable if too high. They can measure the start and finish levels so it is tangible. £70-100. Might get you through? Sent from my iPad using Lexus OC
  4. My headlamp lenses weren't really poor but they had a definite tint....especially on the upper part of the lens. Never had an advisory or even a mention at MOT .....but they were just letting the car down a bit and now she's 10 years+ a mixture of UV, lamp heat, etc. etc. Had taken its toll. Plenty of products on the market..... I decided to go for it with the 3M testoration kit that can be attached to a drill for extra speed, the kits available from loads of sources and usually aroundthe £20 mark. I could not see any feedback for this one on the forum search so thought I'd just share the results.......I'm pleased with outcome. Theyre not mind blowing as I previously said my lenses were a little tinted.....no way milky or bad enough for MOT anxiety. The kit has pretty clear instructions and there a number of YouTube videos for guidance / reassurance. There is some 3m inch tape ( green) in the pack to protect your paint work..... but I was a bit paranoid and also used two inch 3m tape (blue) for extra protection. i used an electric drill on the lowest speed setting......found I had more control that way. It gets a bit scary with the first P500 pad making the lens go white...... I won't deny started to wonder how much a second hand pair of headlamps were going to cost me! LOL.. IT IS VERY EASY TO MELT A BIT OF THE HEADLAMP SURFACE SO GO EASY ON THIS STAGE....... take the pad off the drill and use by hand If you need to detail any particular bits.......I would recommend this action at any of the stages. Second is a P800 which starts to bring back some lens clarity.. Thirdly the P3000 trizact disc used with water....... really start to see a difference then. Fourthly rubbing compound (supplied in pack) on a foam disc to polish up.......rub down with soapy water, buff up and bingo..... transformed. You rub the compound (smear) it on the lens first and then polish it off. I did got to high speed on the drill for these last few passes but in reality all I did was get a splatter pattern over me, the paintwork and the garage wall. So no real benefit of speed......just my impatience. i have also bought a lens wax / polish off Amazon to give back some protection...... not sure that it will be any better than normal wax etc. All in probably around three hours. Apologies for slightly different lighting on the photos but today has been a real mixture of sunshine and showers. Ive replaced all the bulbs on the front of the car (2006 basic model.. halogen) cost about £70ish + £20 for lens restoration kit. I've replaced side/parking lights with LED...... headlamp bulbs are standard just a lot whiter than originals. Final picture does not do the rebulb justice and the clarity of the lens is significantly better and much brighter.
  5. Nice one.... Sent from my iPhone using Lexus OC
  6. Yes I'll be interested to see how you get on....mines always been like a guillotine! Sent from my iPad using Lexus OC
  7. Due to sourcing parts for myself I've ended up with a r/n/s used calliper. Has anyone used any of the refurb companies that advertise on the web? If so.... is it worth it for a calliper of this value? Sent from my iPhone using Lexus OC
  8. I know this is cold comfort...... but worth remembering that this is a global recall across nearly all the major manufacturers..... literally hundreds of thousands of vehicles involved / to be checked / changed. Not just a Lexus problem. Sent from my iPhone using Lexus OC
  9. Not a bad price fitted.... depending if you're not fussy over any specific pads & discs. From memory I think Lexus starts at £295 if your IS is + 5 years old. If your thinking of getting it done might be worth asking them to strip the Cali pets and grease the pins for what little extra it would cost.... a good investment for sure. Sent from my iPhone using Lexus OC
  10. Any discernible colour to your exhaust smoke? Blue/grey? I have none.....even if I floor it in too high a gear. If your comp test ok ...... mystery. Sent from my iPhone using Lexus OC
  11. I'm in same boat.....in the middle of my own little experiment. Always been very happy when talking cars that mine (bought at 47k now 90k) didn't seem to lose a single drop between services. Those services I now believe C3 was used. Last service before yesterday's was done by Lexus using Mobil A5 and I've had to top up a full litre over 10k miles. So put C3 in yesterday. (Shell Engine Oil (Helix Ultra Professional AG Engine Oil - 5W-30 - 5ltr... £24.99 Eurocarparts + 30% off weekend = £17 odd quid.....I bought two) Specifications: API SN; ACEA C3; GMW16177 (dexos2™) So we will see......if I am really burning oil.... or my IS is just partial to eating A5. Sent from my iPad using Lexus OC
  12. Had to double check the thread title for a moment......wondered what what was going on with all this tape & juice chat! LOL... Sounded a a bit fifty shades darker 😜 Sent from my iPad using Lexus OC
  13. These are some of the itches I may scratch in the future...post IS. Honda Legend Volkswagen Phaeton (W12) IS-F RC (I get the engine discussion but just love the look of that car) Subaru Legacy 3.0R spec B Maserati quattroporte ZF gearbox BMW 640i / 650i Nissan 370Z GT Sent from my iPhone using Lexus OC
  14. If MOT is pushed out to 4years as recently proposed...... can't see dealers lowering MOT prices and those garages that rely solely on repair business will continue to do what they can price wise to drag potential customers in..... as less theoretically being poured into the funnel at the top. So dynamic stays the same. Which is good news if you have a well maintained good quality +4yrs vehicle. Sent from my iPhone using Lexus OC
  15. I've never used this place in Derby....... but I will be about 10mins away from them on Wednesday this week coming. Happy to go and have a general nose about if helps?......see what kind of operation it is. I'm not a technical guy though....so cannot offer any appraisal of the engine. Sent from my iPad using Lexus OC