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  1. I've searched the old posts and need something a bit up to date. Previously had a Nextbase 512 in the IS250 I had, which was utterly useless, froze all the time and flattened the battery. I'm looking for a reliable camera, that can be hardwired into the RX. Must be a good basic camera most importantly - I saw two traffic accidents today in the space of 30 minutes. That was only driving to the tip and back! Also I need a good parking mode, one where the camera goes into it automatically. Been recommended the Thinkware F100 pack as a front and rear system, parking mode has options to record via motion/G sensor or in 1 sec TimeLapse for 3-4 hours, which sounds quite good and should protect against a lot of carpark damage. Has anyone any experience of these?
  2. When I bought the car six weeks ago, I asked the Lexus dealer about the tyres on it as I'd never heard of them and wanted to negotiate some discount for replacing them. Bearing in mind this is the main dealer. The car had a pair of Bridgestone Dueler H/L 33's on the back, and a newish set of Nexen N8000's on the front, which I was a bit suspicious of. Dealer principal assured me that these were a 'Lexus Approved Tyre', good quality etc and that they had fitted them for the previous owner. Nothing to worry about etc. Drove the car for the last few weeks in the dry with no apparent issues. Went into work this morning on a wet country lane, doing about 15-20 winding along in a queue, car in front stopped suddenly and mine didn't! Absolutely no grip from these at all, T/C scrabbling to try and stop. In the end the back of her car stopped me at about 5mph! Not the best way to start the day. So now I get to have a bumper replaced and my first fault accident in over 20 years! Has anyone come across these tyes before? I can't find anything about them on the Lexus site and feel a bit stupid for not changing them myself right away. Are the Bridgestone Dueler's a good replacement, ? Otherwise have read the other threads, I'll go for the Michelin Latitudes.
  3. Thanks for the feedback. I certainly appreciate the weight difference, it takes a bit more stopping for sure. I'm probably going to look at all year tyres soon but for now might just replace the Nexen.
  4. Found that I am going to struggle using my phone charger in the armrest power sockets as it is too large to allow the 'bin' to be reinserted with the charger in place. So I'm on the lookout for a slimline charger that will fit. However I'm not keen on leaving something like that connected permanently, but as its so difficult to access, I don't know if I have any other option? Has anyone found a solution or moved them or added an extension of some kind?
  5. Had a good feel around insider the armrest, I hadn't realised it was all open inside and with so much space. It's a shame about the design of it. I got a slimmer charger which now fits in below the storage box, but I don't like the idea of it being powered all the time when the car is in use, but hidden from sight. If I can work out how to take the armrest apart, I'll fit one underneath in the open storage area, taken of the existing ones. I just need a parts diagram really.
  6. Yes on the 09 all I have are two sockets in the centre armrest. I was wondering about trying to get hold of the fitting for the lower one and retrofit it, but can find the part.
  7. Unlike my old IS, (SEL) on the RX the footwell lights are not on at night whilst driving, now when you come to a stop and turn off do they illuminate. Is it possible to switch the footwell lights on as they really reduce the gloom for night driving?
  8. I had this happen with my IS, one bulb going in and off. It's a sign that it's about to fail. Mine did, at 4am on the M1! With regard to the RX450h bulbs, I was wondering if there is any decrease in light over time? The car that I have just got has covered 90k over 8 years. Driving home tonight, although they work perfectly well, on dipped beam it felt decidedly dark and I was struggling to see. Maybe these are the originals?
  9. Thanks. I have the Bosch ones fitted which ais e a big improvement over the cheap one that were on before. I'll see how they do, and may go back to the hybrid, but would have to buy the whole wiper and holder as my car has been changed over. On another note I do feel the drivers wiper doesn't come far enough up to the right on its sweep and I wonder if it sits too low down. Can anyone compare my pics of where the wipers sit with theirs?
  10. Just collected my 'new' RX450H and very pleased with it. Although it's an older car it drives well. However the wipers were changed by the previous owner to aftermarket flat blades which do nothing to shift the water. The drivers side one drags in the centre, but the lower end flaps around, making noise but doing nothing. The passenger side is ok. I'll swap them today for Bosch Aeros as I can get these from the local Halfords. However, what is the thought about these versus the original style Lexus wipers? I had an IS250 before with the Lexus hybrid wipers and at best I'd say they were ok. Never really good in heavy rain. Any advice how to stop it dragging, but make the lower part connect?
  11. Sadly parting with my IS250 SEL due to upsizing to an RX450. The IS250 is in great condition, available to view and free of finance. IS250 SEL Petrol. 2006 with 125,9000 miles on it. Full Lexus and Indy history, last serviced at Lexus Stockport. 4 new Avon tyres recently fitted all round. Front and rear bumpers recently touched up. The car is blue with oak leather. The car is a two owner, the first owner has it for 10 years and looked after as I have done. It has the full standard SEL spec, which includes: Mark Levinson Audio, reversing camera and full parking sensors, electric heated and cooled memory seats, 6 disc autochanger, Bluetooth. Leather is in excellent condition, service and MOT due in October. Happy to consider test drives with ID, and open to sensible offers. Please PM through here in the first instance. £3,995 Ono.
  12. Excellent IS250 SE-L for sale! £3,995

    No, I feel the same way. I've also had a comprehensive look at the other hybrids out there in this size, as I'll never buy a diesel again. Nothing came close, in terms of price, kit and towing ability.
  13. Excellent IS250 SE-L for sale! £3,995

    Collecting on Friday, all being well. Lexus Stockport have put it through the bodyshop for some parking scrapes to the passenger door, re dyed the drivers seat, serviced, and will come with 12 months warranty, breakdown etc. not bad for an 8 year old car with 90k on it.
  14. Excellent IS250 SE-L for sale! £3,995

    Hi Sold the car easily and got considerably more than what the dealers had offers. Happy with the price and I hope the buyer is happy too.
  15. Excellent IS250 SE-L for sale! £3,995

    I though it was the best combination as well and was very lucky in finding one nearby. I'm still in two minds as to whether to put it at £4500. Got to say the trade in offer was very poor (which I expected) but £2200 from the dealer was very low indeed. My wife had a similar shock recently when looking at swapping her much newer high spec Renault Megane for an electric Zoe. The dealers quotes were 50% less than what I am certain I can get for it privately. Getting a good price for mine will substantially reduce the finance, maybe hence the low offer?
  16. Excellent IS250 SE-L for sale! £3,995

    Strange it doesn't show, but I am a gold member. Must email admin. what price do you think it should be up for?
  17. I'm considering trading the IS250 in for an 09-15 RX450 as I now need something larger, with a hatchback and able to tow. I don't want to go diesel, much as I fancy a Discovery 4, so an RX on paper looks great. My budget is around 15-18k and I'd be looking for an SEL to replace the same spec as I currently have on the IS. Ideally I'd be looking at a 2010 onwards with no more than 75k on the clock as I'd like to hang on to it for a while. I'd be using it for motorway trips abroad and want to be able to pull a small boat trailer. So could any owners tell me if there are any issues I could watch out for when buying one, especially with the hybrid power train and batteries, can I get a good one for the money, and are there any issues towing with it? What's the real world mpg? I'd appreciate any suggestions. I'm lining up a couple of test drives, but having read all the reviews I think I know what to expect handlingwise. I'm not looking to chuck it round corners, although this would be nice. I'd just like the superb quality and long distance ability I have with the IS. Is this still the same with the RX?
  18. Thanks, we're looking forward to it. Like you, I'll be glad just to get the bike in the back without roof bars, but I am planning a tow bar and demountable rack. The guys at Stockport are good and have been looking after this one for a few years, so there should be no surprises at all. One thing I couldn't find, does it have a USB port anywhere for plugging a flash drive into?
  19. Thanks for all the advice. I've just put a deposit on this, a 2009 SE I Nav. Although it's got 90k on, it's been well looked after and fully serviced by my local dealer, so I'm hoping it will be a trouble free upgrade for the next few years. Be a shame to get rid of the IS250 though! Anyone interested?
  20. Thanks for all the advice. I'm now off to test drive a 2009 SEI so I'll see what I think of the standard ride. I need to check that I'm not giving up anything important from the SEL spec either.
  21. Test driving a couple of 450h's on the weekend at Lexus Stoke. Both standard suspension. As my budget is for an older car, 7 years or so, should I stay away from the SEL air suspension models? http://stoke.usedcars.lexus.co.uk/en/used-lexus/Lexus/RX-450h/35-SE-I-Navigation-Leather-r1bhtg6 Has anyone had any problems with the air suspension, or is the ride improvement worth the extra risk?
  22. Thanks for all the advice. I'm not put off, my 125k IS drives like a two year old car and pulls like a train. Getting an older RX is not really a worry. I just have to try and find some nice ones to test drive.
  23. Thanks for such a detailed reply. It will take some time, especially as the three I was going to look at tomorrow at Lexus Stoke have all been sold in 48 hours!
  24. Thanks, are there problems then?
  25. Thanks, are there problems then?