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    GS 450h SE-L
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  1. I assume the plastic spokes are purely cosmetic (hope so) so wonder if anyone ever ditched them and cut off the outer mounting lugs and then filled the inners? Would give nice open look but them bumps on outers look like a pain, odd if left on
  2. Any custom steel exhaust place will smash that price to pieces and be much better quality to. I had my y cut out and a stainless y made and installed, 125 all in.
  3. From my experience, folks have it covered. The only things I'd add in addition to the rear shocks, exhaust y piece (both of which I've replaced on my car), bubbling alloys (which i have, real bad, look hideous) and the rear calipers, is the front calipers, as they stick to, ask me how I know! Abs pump, and bonnet blistering. Turns out that the front right caliper is like rocking horse *******, i couldnt get one anywhere unless paying silly money from dealer. So i didnt bother, yet. All 4 calipers on my car were bad, I intend to take the old girl off the road and have all 4 refurbed with new piston, seals, deep clean and painted with long warranty for less than price of 1 caliper. That will run circa 500, but will effectively be like having brand new calipers all around, with a decent long term corrosion warranty, so better than replacing with cheap coated dealer parts. The second addition is the abs pump. Mine makes a noise and reports an accumulator low pressure warning. The car has done it since before my ownership (near a year now) but apart from being annoying, works fine. However I will replace one day when ive free cash and the appetite to do it. Not a cheap part, but fairly uncommon to do this I believe. I only know of one other on a gs450h, several posted about same thing on other gs models. Turns out you don't really need brakes in good condition with these cars 🤔 I have a clicking low pressure pump, a stuck piston that will not move, at all, in the front and she brakes almost as good as my sports bike, too good really, so I'll plod along on my 7.5 pads for now 🤣 was good enough for mot brake test pass Bonnet can blister along front end where it meats the rubber seal as it's alloy. There were several warranty claims for this, but my dealer told me to get stuffed when I asked, loser. Rest of car seems solid corrosion wise as is steel I believe. Regards suspension struts, these are a consumable component on any car, but aren't cheap. However they can be swapped with fairly easily DIY which reduces cost a good chunk. I've replaced both mine myself with instructions from this forum when one started leaking. At 148000 miles, they didnt do too bad, for a 2 ton car. I need to change struts on my x5 at 141000 miles, which is also 2 ton, but they half the price, so the Lexus fairing ok in this regard. Only other points of note is that changing spark plugs is a pain in the *****, so even if they say they were done, check or better replace and know they fine for the future and learn how to actually get to the right bank plugs. Also, if you need to change front lower ball joints, they don't come on the track rod ends, so don't order the track rods unless you actually need them. I did and now have a set sat collecting dust when realised there were no ball joints and couldn't return them as special order. My own fault for not looking, but hey ho. Lastly, get tracking done by a proper place. My locals, always been great, couldn't get mine centered properly, so it's still on the wonk and I believe you should do some sort of zero point calibration with techstream etc, which they didnt / couldn't do. Overall, it's a cracking car, very quick and you get a lot for your money, which seems to hold up well for the age. Bought mine on 132000 ish, and am at 151000 ish now without issue, except my 12v battery decided to give up the ghost 2 weeks ago, but fair play, it's the original battery, or at least carries a 2006 date stamp, so I'll give it it's dues, 12 years is a result in my view! Give it a go and enjoy, can't really by anything this well specked and fast for the money that I've come across yet. I'll likely end up selling mine before long (divorce and having to move which will triple my commute so need something boring, aka with better mpg 😢 and can't really afford to keep 2 cars now) and ill be gutted to see her go, she's a bute! Good hunting, sure you'll not regret it.
  4. Hum, interesting getting jaguar looking at you Lexus. I get check vsc when battery not up to proper charge (I'm on original battery still from 2006 😁) as not had time to order a new one. Try giving it some more 12v juice (I jump from a spare battery) as can be done in 30s and don't need to pay anything. Other than that, not a clue, as don't see how an 02 sensor would cause it?
  5. My arse dyno reports that sport alters the throtal and suspension more than the pwr button. Perhaps they are wired up backwards....
  6. As it's a rubber sound, is the brake line flex hose bent wrong way and rubbing? Wouldn't expect it to be loud, but other than bushings and tyres, what else is rubber?
  7. GS450h 2007 Shock Absorber Failed

    Sorry for late reply, didn't see this, oups. All my bits came from Nippon auto spares, great company, great prices, fast delivery and very helpful. Only bit that disapointed me was that i ordered track rod ends, not realising the ball joint wasnt part of it. They didnt mention this and i couldnt return them as nippon had to special order them for me. Guess it was my fault for not confirming before ordering though.
  8. If this feature isn't fitted, you'll hear a snap, crackle and then pop, and need to order a new linkage from lexus. Only kidding, I assume you don't need to put that much pressure on the arms to find out if they will pop to the higher position?
  9. PCP deals, eh, been a long time since i was hanging with smokies! Friends wife has a from new xe, and apart from hitting a dear, nothing wrong in 18mths. Not much of a sample size I admit, but here's hoping the wife's xf holds up. Still, got a 5yr warranty, so not all bad and they standing by it more than some I guess.
  10. Mine didn't do this at all (park in same place, using full lock to swing in and out every day), until i changed the lower ball joints, then was real bad until had tracking alignment done, got a lot better then, but still happens a touch now, although they didn't do great job as my steering wheel not 100% straight, despite a repeat visit and adjustment to tracking shop. It's straight to the stalks, when wipers 1 click down in auto lol, so looks balanced at top, off at bottom lol
  11. I know, I was shocked as well, but given they will only be adjusted about 4 times a year, decided that the weight saving was worth it, although still a cheap out on a £43k motor
  12. GS450h 2007 Shock Absorber Failed

    I got 2 rear shocks, 2 track rod ends and some other bits and bobs for 550 GBP, all genuine Lexus toyota parts. Fitted myself, not a bad job either except for some seriously corroded and stuck bolts. These are heavy cars and the shock design poor, so they are somewhat consumables. I have no record of prior shock changes, and mine failed mot on one rear leaking at 147k miles. So these early fails seem excessive, but if no warranty, not too expensive to do (not cheap could be much worse and forced to pay Lexus price). Need to shop around and push Lexus for replacement under warranty if you have it.
  13. Wife just bought a 17 jag xf r sport awd, and its belting. Bit under powered being the 2l jlr diesel, but is an alloy block and drives better than the old Ford lumps. everything else seems great. She likely not keep for more than a year or two from warranty, if it's first years are ok, heres hoping though, but was impressed by most of the standard kit, considering she hasnt tricked it out that much at all. No ele seats, but has remote start... strange, but mpg is brilliant for a large car, double my gs even being the awd. recommended servicing at 24mths or 20k miles but, tax not so good with the surcharge though.... swines. All car can present issues, and offer compromises, you just got to give them a go and see what you like or don't and decide from there. Would I swap my 1/10th price cheapo gs for it.... Not unless I could sell it... too slow 😁
  14. I recently broke an alfa gt, so nothing like your car, but getting the carpet out was a big job, ie all seats out, centre console out, seat belt holder out and various other bits of trim. I'd imagine the Lexus will be as bad, if not worse. I'd also hesitate yo say you'd find decent value replacement, likely a breakers best bet, but as not many going, they likely charge a bit, plus condition wise and if not ripped when removing.... guess you take your luck with that one. Clean it up best you can, then stick some mats down. If worried about those areas, cover with sticky back plastic before putting mats down. Won't see it but will keep from getting wors, although from description, sounds like the Matt will cover those areas, ie it's been used without mats. Best belt cleaning, to remove and soak them, but that's a chore. Extend fully and stick a bucket of detergent and hot water on seat. Lock belt at max extension and soak the belt as best you can. Give it a real good scrub with poly brush and work dirt out. Rinse then dry with towel, power towel then air or hair dryer, then leave out fully until real dry.