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  1. Since acquiring my GS earlier this year one issue I've been wanting to tackle is the paintwork. The paint looked a bit tired and generally needed a lift, there were some scratches on the doors/etc that I hoped could be...removed/reduced. The bonnet has it's fair share of stone chips. I wasn't looking for perfection but thought it should be spruced up to look more respectable. Earlier this week, the car spent 2 days at CustomCreationsUK (Notts area) where Chris/Andy got stuck in to an overall paint correction. The job turned into a bit of mare for poor Chris as most panels had seen some previous touch ups, blow overs or previous corrections. But he kept at it and I was amazed when I picked up the car. The paint is now devoid of all swirls, you now have to search for the scratches and it's so, so shiny. Overnight the weather obliged to allow a compulsory beading shot You'll find further info and a few more pic's on the CCUK FB album; https://m.facebook.com/pg/ccuk.detailing/photos/?tab=album&album_id=801931233289705 Here's an extract of the work completed; This luxury Lexus came to us to have the paintwork looked at. After many of the body panels had been touched up or resprayed, it was starting to look a little tired. - Snow foam & wash - Full decontamination followed by claying - Wheel cleaned & decontaminated - Scholl S17 & S30 used to cut & refine the paintwork - KKD Purity X sealant applied - Definitive Wax Synthetic Edition applied - Definitive Wax QD Pro used to finish off - Exhaust tips polished. Their prices are very competitive, their work and customer focus is great. I'm well chuffed and would definitely recommend them. What do you think?
  2. Haha, a relative recently said the same about mine.
  3. GS 450H my first Lexus

    I finally managed to coordinate a few hours free time with some decent weather so decided to do an oil and filter change. The 10k reminder popped up a week or so ago. I took my time as it's the first I've done on this car but had no issues at all. Apart from working on a gravel drive Would have liked to spend a bit more time on a couple of other tasks but they can wait. The oil filter tool I bought a while back fitted a treat, ref; https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/272769658694 Will see how the car goes on Toyota 0W20 oil, the stealers invoice shows Mobil Super 3000 was put in last year.
  4. Rather than keep updating my New Members thread I figured a build thread would be a more appropriate place to keep track of my changes. Especially as Robb/Mod's went to the trouble of opening up this new section for us. January 24th'17 - GS 450H purchased This is my first Lexus, my first hybrid and it's such a joy to drive with plenty of power and it's very slick CVT gearbox. For a big car it goes/stops and handles surprisingly well. The rear boot space was the only concern but with just me and mrsF it's worked out just fine and 6 months down the line we've made a couple of trips over to Belgium without any issues. So lets have a brief recap of the initial 6 months of ownership. The car came with a spare key but it wasn't working, thankfully a new CR 1632 brought it back to life #phew January 31st - Lexus Full+100 service @Lincoln, including a Hybrid health check - was successful and warrantied for another 12 months The Lexus health check listed these items... both front tyre valves leaking - the OSF definitely is, around the base of the TPMS sensor. I can't see any leaks on the NSF rear brake pipe corroded - all I can see is a small rub on each side, looks like the inner arch has rubbed the pipes slightly front shocks leaking from body - all four dampers are bone dry tho! - I look forward to hearing what Lexus have to say about this exhaust blowing at 'Y' section - agreed, discussing this with the dealer that sold the vehicle exhaust also has a slight leak from the mid section - I couldn't get underneath sufficiently today to check this Not the best of starts but I was prepared for some work to get an older car 'straight'. February 7th new wiper blades Feb 11th, lowered bonnet bump stops that were preventing the bonnet from closing without a really good slam. Updated the OEM satnag, using http://www.latestsatnav.co.uk/ - now the local roads appear. This supplier has the UK/Belgium/etc countries all on a single disk unlike other providers or OEM (over several disks) I needed to disconnect the 12v battery to get the replacement DVD to load. Feb 14th, Dashcam fitted, a Thinkware F770 dual channel that I'd been using in my previous steed. Hardwired into the AUX circuit via a piggy back fuse on the drivers fuse board. Earthed to the forward fuse board bolt. As the fuse board is well recessed, I've left the cover off for the moment but I may cut a slot in later and then refit the cover. Routing the cable was quite easy and only needed the drivers side end of the dash un-clipping. The cable was then tucked in the drivers A pillar and roof lining, up and over to the camera. Excess cable was looped up, cabled tied and tucked under the carpet well out of the way. As the rear sun shade doesn't run parallel to the rear screen (it starts further forward in front of the 3rd brake light) I managed to fit the camera just above the 3rd brake light, higher would have given a better image but that would have interfered with the sun shade. The rear camera cable was run around the parcel shelf, up and over the rear door but I couldn't get a neat run around the top of the b-pillar. So I dipped the cable halfway down the passenger b-pillar, popped off the lower section to loop up the excess cable (out of the way of the seat belt). The cable then went up and over the passenger door and around the top of the screen to the camera. All neat and tidy (ignore the mirror that was just pushed out of the way to show the camera install). Test views, front rear Feb 15th, gave the headlights a quick polish to see how they'd come up. Quite pleased how they came our after just a few mins work. Cargo net fitted, under the parcel shelf so I still have easy access to the boot (like this sample pic) Feb 17th, the car has been up on the ramps today with my trusted local mechanic who gave it the once over with me. All of the shocks are bone dry with no signs of any leaks or misting ANYWHERE. So for now I'm going to ignore the Lexus recommendation LOL The exhaust is definitely blowing at the rear Y (see earlier pic). We also saw that the OSR box has a few issues... Pretty obvious huh. Neither Lexus nor the last MOT flagged it. It can't just have appeared in the last 3 weeks since I've owned it. I despair. The rear section is beyond repair so I bunged my indi some beer money for using him ramps. Looks like I'll be getting a new rear section made up in the not to distant future Feb 19th, new mats fitted, this Luxury version fits a treat http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/252033676404 Gave her a good scrub Including the engine bay, no treatment applied yet Turns out the passenger footwell has only been blowing cold, giving mrsF cold feet and making her unhappy. Before you ask...yes, we tried all options of Dual/modes/temps/etc. So after surfing for solutions I dived in to check the servos; Drastic eh. I eventually tracked down the passenger temp control (passenger side) but with the fixing screws out, I couldn't get the servo out :( With fading light I decided to button it all back up and went for a quick test drive. What'd'ya know, the passenger footwell is now working! The only difference is that I taped up the ducting, both sides, to get a good seal from the heater core. Result. The sceptic in me reckons it can't be that easy and that I'll be back under the dash before too long. Which is just as well as I have a few screws left over Never finish up a job in the dark! I didn't get anywhere with the heater on Saturday afternoon, so buttoned it all back up and thought the mode control was roughly working. Nah, on a 5am commute the other morning clear screen setting kicked in (I didn't test that earlier) and the heater did zip all except vent to the rear seats! For the entire 4hr round trip At lunchtime I went back to basics and figured out what lever on the heater does what. I also removed the 2 servo's/mounting plate and let them do their thing. Once I had a grasp of ALL the settings (temp, modes) I set all levers in roughly the right setting, lined the mounting plate to the heater arms (no easy feat), restarted the vehicle and the first test failed I have noticed that when you turn off the ignition, the servo's sit for a while and then revert to some standby setting. I think this has been throwing me off so I removed the servo plate, set all levers in roughly the right setting again, fired up the ignition and let the servo plate settle. With the ignition still ON, I aligned the mounting plate to the arms for the umpteenth time and gingerly pressed a different mode button... The first test worked and the servo's didn't bind. So I tried another mode setting and that worked. Trying not to freak out, I carefully went through all the possible combinations and to my delight they all work The passenger side footwell output is still hopeless tho I think I may know which control needs a slight tweak but then it may just be the way the airflows. So rather than dismantle it all again I reckon I'll buy the mrs a heated blanket/mat or fan to keep her feet warm. To help align the 7? heater control arms to the servo plate I found one of these cheap endoscope camera's quite helpful to help see around corners http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/122076843254 Oh and this time there are NO spare fixings left over March 9th Yesterday I had the...pleasure? of exploring Leeds city center whilst my car was left at Tony Banks for a new exhaust. To recap the rear section had the usual split and a gaping hole in the OS muffler, so we definitely needed a new rear section. I knew the middle section had a slight blow and when Tony removed the rear...the middle section decided to snap in two! He spent around 6 hours (elapsed) crafting both sections from stainless. The cost of a new center section (with cats) was so tempting that I was already half tempted to get the whole lot done and then I'd never need consider the exhaust again. I didn't want any fancy or annoying noise so chose a standard set-up and driving around town you'd struggle to tell this system from OEM. Under hard acceleration or at dual carriageway/motorway speeds there is a slight increase in noise, which is no bad thing at OEM is really quiet. The system should quieten down a notch once it's coked up a bit. I didn't get back to the work shop before the car came off the ramps so I haven't had a close look at the system but from what I can see it looks dandy. The chaps were helpful and have plenty of varied work coming through the workshop, including a steady number of Lexus. Overall I'm impressed and wouldn't hesitate to recommend http://www.tonybanks.co.uk March 17th OSR tyre flat - punctured, replaced with an Avon ZZ5, managed saved the TPMS and fitted a new valve. OSF leaking needed which on investigation then a new TPMS sensor. April 2nd, cleaned/lubed rear calipers. OSR stone guard is badly corroded April 21st, paint correction/protection; July 6th, fitted 3M tape and a roof rack before the heavens opened. It'll allow me to get back on the bike and hit some nice trails, once I source a carrier. Found a great heavy duty bag to store the rack, http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/263068408736 If you want any more details about anything above, then check out my opening thread;
  5. It's not a problem Malcolm, I knew the non Hybrid boot was considerably larger as I mulled over it's lugging ability when I chose my GS. This topic inspired me to look into towbar options again for the GS450H and I found a few online suppliers that appear to be much cheaper than the £800 to £1.3k I've seen quote from stealers on here
  6. Parker's shows the GS 300 boot at 430 litres and the GS 450H at 280 litres. With the Hybrid's battery pack taking up most of the space behind the rear seats. But they don't half pack a punch [emoji14] https://www.parkers.co.uk/lexus/gs/saloon-2005/specs/
  7. I never got contact transfers to work, I tried several apps (Android) and guides but gave up. It's only an issue when trying to call someone, so I punched in a few key contacts into the shortcuts.
  8. Well done Phil, it looks like you've found yourself a stunning example.
  9. IsF LT09DWO

    @MNMJ, what a great reg !
  10. IS300 2JZ-GE NAT #no compromise

    Crumbs, that snail is huge! Sorry to hear your deliveries weren't a success tho #painful
  11. Regular Oil Check!

    Cumbs, is the car parked in the countryside? My wife's Golf suffered a similar fate with vermin nibbling the engine bay fabrics; battery cover and several patches on the bonnet lining. Grrrr. As far as we can tell, it occurred when parked at work out in't sticks. Over winter they also often had signs of 'visitors' in the 'offices' aka porta cabins. Thankfully she no longer works there. Might your fibers also be from the bonnet lining/sound deadening? Oh and well done making maintenance checks.
  12. IS250 SE-L Newbie

    Hi Scott @Troysc04, welcome to the forum. Well done picking up your IS250, 'it' looks great. I particularly like the alloys, they're G-Sypders right?
  13. My apologies on the gender fail A curious spec then eh, weird.
  14. Hey Geoff, did you get your car booked in at CCUK?
  15. Ah so she needs some TLC, fixing that'll keep you out of trouble ;) I agree, my heated seats aren't as effective as previous cars. But they weren't Hybrids either and I presume the seats work at lower temps to reduce the electrical drain? I've not tried another GS to compare with either tho. The sideways headlight movement is very subtle, a bit of a gimmick IMO.
  16. Hey Grant, good to hear that you picked it up and she got you home okay. Is it what you expected? Will be keen to hear how you get on with it over the next few weeks as you settle in together ;)
  17. @Big Rat, thats gruesome to watch over the speed humps let alone the tactics employed by them both.
  18. Well done, that's a great colour [emoji106]
  19. My IS250 F-Sport

    Well done. I fitted LED's on my last car and the interior was so bright at night that you almost needed sunglasses
  20. Real world figures for the GS430 in the UK http://www.fuelly.com/car/lexus/gs430 Although once you drill into the figures, the users are US based Can see any stat's for the GS430 on Honest John
  21. Whilst browsing Autotrader last night I stumbled across this GS 450H that has a great registration... https://www.autotrader.co.uk/classified/advert/201801092598149?make=LEXUS%26model=GS 450H It has quite low mileage too for it's age. I have no affiliation with the vendor or vehicle, just thought I'd share.
  22. I would think so, although how much depends on the charge in the traction battery. Comments from others confirm that the throttle is more sensitive in those settings, ref;
  23. We're off to Belgium again in a few months but will be travelling 4 up this time and will need more luggage space. Previously it's usually just the mrs and I that go 'on tour' and we simply use the back seat as overflow of stuff that won't fit in the boot. I already have roof bars which are 920mm wide, 700mm center to center, with a 60 x 30mm semi aero bar profile. I'm tempted by either of these from Hapro; Traxer 6.6, left/right opener, 5yr guarantee, longer/narrow/lower profile - https://www.roofbox.co.uk/scripts/rbvehsel4_tab.php?HP25908 Roady 4000, left opener, 3yr guarantee, shorter/wider - https://www.roofbox.co.uk/scripts/rbvehsel4_tab.php?HP31560 Both have quick fittings which appeals as I aim to use a bike carrier on the bars more often, so will swap carrier/box back and forth. I did wonder about a really long and narrow box so I could fit both on the rack at once, but I'm not sure I'll use them both together. I'm currently thinking of getting a fairly wide box for a good capacity boost as the boot is a mere 280 liters. To simplify loading/unloading with a luggage set - I know Rob was planning on getting some and I thought there were a practical option back then; Box storage isn't a problem as I've space in the garage to hang from the rafters and maybe even use it for storing bits/bobs. The lighter boxes appear to be cheaper and less robust, so I'm looking for something that's a good all rounder and not too pricey. Do you have any thoughts or experience of boxes, fitting systems, storage, usage, etc? Or maybe I should just get the 'luggage' and hire a box when we need it?
  24. Lexus 06 IS220d Heating Problem

    Welcome to the forum. Sorry to hear that your heating isn't working. Did you buy the vehicle from a dealer/trader? If so, then they should repair the fault - unless the car was sold with that as a known issue and the price adjusted accordingly?