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About jumbojake

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    IS200d Rx450h
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  1. As I understand it, they all run statistical models for risk ... and if you have been in an accident (regaless of fault), apparently statistically you are more likely to have another in a short space of time..... it seems in this case that model was proven right! My premium went up becuase of a windscreen replacement (AA insurance) .. they detailed it on my renewal as a no-fault claim... now that will be visiable to all insurers if I chose to move...prevuous insurers never used to detail it.... very annoying, but I see their justification. Agree it is unfair that people who don't bother don't seem to get much grief from the system... that's an issue for our Police and justice system... not really insurance. what we need is a not-for-profit insurance company...
  2. on my old avensis it was a bit flakey, but you could disconnect the rain sensor (behind the mirror), and the wiper would revert to a normal intermttent type. So far on both our Lexus (IS and Rx) not had need to do this... when it starts paying up, I change the blades and all is good.
  3. I get mine from Lexus, and they are all alloy compression ones... not fibre (engine, diff and gearbox).... only cost pence, just get them when i get my filters etc...
  4. I love my IS200d .... best car I've had by a mile (prefer it to my wifes Rx450h). 3 years in, other than normal servicing (do myself), only had front shocks done. The car has creaky plastic & thin paintwork, but that's the same for all IS's ...other than that is it superb, quiet, comfortable. Never had a problem in MOT's and servicing is typical Toyota easy (ignoring the fuel filter). I get 40-50 mpg, depending how fast the motorway lets me go, don't hang around... have to drive in a lower gear than you first think, but soon get used to it.
  5. out of interest what is the procedure for this update .... I couldn't figure it out for mine.... was told mine was dealer only, they stung me £200 for an update, and still doesn't include some of the roads around me!
  6. i thought the premium fuel is more about injectors and valves
  7. you can get ODBII diagnotic tools which record live data .. might be worth using one of those to get an idea when this intermittant problem occurs. Also... is there any black smoke comming out the back?
  8. Sadly it wasn't so clear,... my 2012 IS200d Advance has those indicators, but doesnt come with auto folding mirrors ... I had to fit the PO-40
  9. Yes the PO-40 is a generic bit of kit... and for certain is good for any mk2 IS. There is a friendly chap (Michael) on this forum selling it, along with instructions how to install it.... if you do a search for PO-40, you'll find lots of discussion
  10. The car is always 'sluggish' before the turbo kicks (tractor before 1800 revs)... and to get the best performance should be driven with higher revs than you may expect for a diesel. On my last car (Avensis diesel), I had a blocked EGR valve..... extrordinary sluggish (to the ponit it wasn't driveable) and tons of black smoke .... as others have commented a very quick and simple (if messy) clean and all was back to normal.
  11. +1 for the PO-40 ... works a treat...
  12. when I was looking for winter tyes a few years ago, I found a set of wheels and tyres on ebay for £200 delivered ..... they are 16" rim and come the winter months I enjoy really quiet and comfortable ride ... but as they are narrow tyres, it gets a bit 'squiffy' round corners. The rims were from a mk1 IS, but the same hub, so fit fine.
  13. I went from a mixture (I had 3 different tyres from when I got the car from the dealer :-( 2 dunlops, michelin and one I'd never heard of) ... to a set of goodyear efficient grip on the back for stability and goodyear eagle f1 aymetric on the front to limit tramlines ...I've found the goodyear to be spot on, much quieter than previous and tramlining is much reduced. To be honest they are pretty quiet, but it's a quiet car and anything can be annoying... for me the tramlining was the main gripe, and the right tyres help a little.
  14. well done ... made me wish I'd pushed back harder against my dealer, they sold me a sorry example and did their best at saying 'no' with a smile.... wished I'd followed tyour example and taken a stronger stance.
  15. Finally a conclusion to this problem. After months of 'discussion' with the dealer, they accepted the car in to investigate, and after 5seconds, accepted there was a problem and confirmed my original diagnosis (cooling fan on back of CD player). Car was taken in and we were given a loan car for the week while they repaired ours. It turns out they cannot replace the fan, but had to replace the entire multi-media center ... £2-3k worth of work for the sake of a fan worth a coupel of quid... thankfully all under warranty! So, all good in the end, once they accepted the problem, the dealer treated us very well and fixed the issue without quibble... only a shame it took so long to get any serios attention. (BTW, they gave us a NX F-sport .... compared to the RX it was very noisy, uncomfortable and underpowered .... was a joy to get back into the RX!)