Odysseus

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About Odysseus

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  • Lexus Model
    GS450h
  • Year of Lexus
    2008
  • UK/Ireland Location
    Cambridgeshire

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  1. Seconded. Since the clocks changed I’ve noted the LED illumination inside my GS is far from what you’d call bright. Fishing around in the footwell trying to locate a dropped Power Ranger with commentary from an interested three year old would be better with more lumens. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  2. I do have this feature. The set speed appears in the top right corner of the display in the speedo. I’m not sure but it could be the presence of visible set speed is linked to having ACC (radar cruise)? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  3. Haha I know what you mean, one key would make me nervous too. I think the only route to a new key is through Lexus, but it might be worth calling a few different dealers to see if there are price variances. The other option is to join the Lexus owners club and use the discount. That may save you 10% or thereabouts and is worth it if you plan to use Lexus for servicing, just check your preferred dealer participates in the scheme. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. No worries for the tip. I can't speak to the relative quality of Grom vs Vaistech, but my quick googling of the US Lexus forums shows both are held in pretty high regard. Personally, I fitted a Grom to a Volvo S80 and was very pleased with the reliability and sound quality so from that perspective I have some faith in the brand. If I was in your position I think I'd be considering the VLine. It's relatively expensive, but is removable so could be sold on once you sell your Lexus, and the functionality it provides seems to surpass the alternatives. If you wanted a quick, cheap and easy way to get the music from your phone to your car, you could do what I did when I bought a Honda Accord earlier this year as a short term runabout and buy one of these. http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/TeckNet-Bluetooth-FM-Transmitter-Car-Kit-Wireless-Sound-Transmission-With-USB-/292019957085?hash=item43fdbeed5d I do have it plugged into my Lexus (hidden in the cubby box under the armrest out of sight) and is quite handy for the very rare occasions where there is something on my phone I'm keen to listen to that isn't yet on my iPod. The sound quality is good, but not as good as the Lexus iPod adaptor (or as good as I'd expect a Grom/Vaistech to be).
  5. Great looking car and only one owner which is nice to see. When are you picking it up? :)
  6. Maybe it was used for a Gumball or similar type rally? You know the sort, club together with a few mates, buy an inexpensive car and tour round Europe over 10 days with other like minded people and their inexpensive cars. To be honest I think a Lexus would be a brilliant car in which to do such a trip, but it’s always jarring to see a car so insensitively “customised” in an otherwise normal setting. I was an active member of a Mercedes forum when Top Gear turned an S Class into Anne Hathaway’s cottage and you should have seen the outrage. :) Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  7. The Michelins are XL. I’ve only had them on for a week so too early to say on wear, and they do seem quieter on rough tarmac, but to be scrupulously fair that could be because they have more tread. The budget tyres were a Barum and a Nfera on the rear, and two Landsails on the front. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. Anything anyone ever writes about tyres is pretty subjective, but I just replaced the four budget tyres my GS450 was running on with four Michelin Pilot Sport 4s. My reasoning was I was uncomfortable driving something weighing two tonnes and with 340 bhp on cheap rubber. The car enthusiast/snob in me also thinks it looks better to see a quality car on quality tyres, but I am quite shallow in this respect. :) Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. I know what you mean. The sound quality from the Lexus iPod thing is fine but the functionality is rubbish. One way I’ve got round the limitations to a small degree is by creating playlists. The various playlists give me a degree of control over the type of music I’m in the mood for and saves the random ‘play everything’ mode, when I go from gangsta hip hop, to audio book, to nursery rhyme, to a German language course, to classical. Playlists aren’t ideal but better than nothing. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. That’s my assumption too. Personally the Lexus iPod adapter is fine for me at the moment. I think the only thing I’d replace it with would be a VLine but had the car not come with anything a basic Grom would more than do the job. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  11. I’m fairly sure you can. Your phone should be able to connect to multiple Bluetooth things at the same time and can handle knowing which device does what. I’m speaking as an iPhone user but I’d be surprised if it wasn’t the same for other phones. On my iPhone it tells you what device it’s using for voice calls once the call initiates, so even then you can change it if you wanted to. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  12. You’re a brave man to attempt to retrofit a sunroof! It was an option on the 2008 GS450h - I have one - and if it helps I can take a picture of the controls so you can get a factory look. With regards to adding audio inputs, google VLine Grom, or just Grom Lexus. I had a Grom USB in a previously owned Volvo S80 and the sound quality was excellent, much better than FM bluetooth adaptors. About £120 including AD2P Bluetooth dongle, but I did the fitting. Not sure I’d be as brave with my Lexus. Good luck and keep us posted. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. The exhaust note should match the car. A luxury LS should be very muted, a Ford Mustang should not be muted at all; more coarse if you like. The burble of an AMG Mercedes takes some beating. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  14. Not a fan of the look personally. If they are that good why do no cars come with them as standard? Just turn the AC up. :) Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk