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  1. Having owned LSs for 22 of the last 25 years, I am considering downsizing to a RX450. Since changing to an iPhone X I cannot connect fully to my wife’s 2012 BMW X3 or my 2016 Porsche 991.2. Will a RX450h connect fully?
  2. I thought it may be useful for all Forum members with or contemplating Premium Nav to outline my experiences with it over the past month - as I seem to have encountered most of the problems but also some of the solutions. Fundamentally, Premium Nav adds an Internet capacity to your satnav. This enables it to pick up traffic conditions (and offer alternative routes), note parking options in cities, allow online searches (which will provide phone numbers as well as navigations options) and send journeys from your phone/tablet/computer to your car in advance. (It adds a few more things too, like an advanced reverse camera and DVD player, but they're not relevant here. For the record, it also adds the capacity to save a journey to a USB and transfer this to the car that way.) The first thing is you need to register with MyLexus. Previously there was a Lexus Portal, but this has been replaced. However, the fact is there has been significant confusion over this. NOTE 1: Your sign-in name (an email address with MyLexus) is *not* your User ID. Your User ID by default will be the first part of your email address, but you are wise to change this as it may clash with others (or just cause confusion with past portal registrations). You change it my going to "My Details" and "Edit" and it is at the bottom. Once you have registered you need to register your Multimedia device. This is a 16-digit number (to be typed in without hyphens, even though they appear on the screen). I found it easier to do this online than in the car, though both are options. You also need to verify the vehicle. For this you need a six-figure number from your logbook (like ABC12D) - this is a chore when you lease because you need to get a scan from Lexus Financial Services or the lease company; and even more of a chore when they lose the logbook... NOTE 2: If you cannot get this number, ask your dealer for the one they use for demonstrators. That seems to work. Now the key is to connect to the Internet. This can be tough, at least with an iPhone. NOTE 3: You need to have tethering on on the phone (Apple calls this "Personal Hotspot"; other companies use slightly different names). In theory you can connect for tethering via Bluetooth or WiFi. For some reason I cannot do the former with my NX (worked fine on my IS). The latter is a bizarre hit and miss and seems to require not only that the Personal Hotspot be on, but that the specific page be open. Weird. NOTE 4: This is where I get a little lost... Via Setup > Navigation there is a Connected Services menu which allows "Delete Username and Password" or "Change Username and Password". If you try the latter, you need your *User ID* (not the email address) and password. It may be worth keeping these short! You then click "Save" and that should simply save it - but if you are unlucky, it will go to connecting and a lovely error message. This means your tethering has broken down, your password is wrong, you've forgotten your User ID, MyLexus does not feel like working, or you've the wrong colour socks on today... If you get through this, try your luck with an Online Search on "Navigation > Destination". Here, you will go to "Connecting" but hopefully not for long. If you do, the above paragraph applies. If you don't, you're in business. NOTE 5: My success rate in currently about one in four... ALL TIPS WELCOME! :)
  3. Hi, Has anyone had any experience with an olde worlde (2007 era!) Lexus dealer fitted bluetooth handsfree kit? I'm a recent Lexus convert, '57 IS250 petrol automatic, came with a dealer fitted Lexus branded bluetooth handsfree. It appears to work correctly (throught the radio speakers) and recognise spoken commands, but I'm d*mn#d if I can get it to pair with my Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge (or my other halfs Galaxy S4). The process goes OK until the bit where you enter the pin it tells you (1234, same as the book says), and the pin is never recognised. Is the bluetooth protocol just too ancient for modern phones? Or am I missing something blatantly obvious. Regards, Andrew
  4. Hi, New Lexus owner here, bit of a step change in comfort! 25 year old Mazda 626 > '57 black IS250 Petrol automatic. Trusty but finally too rusty Mazda has gone to the recycling centre. While sorting out the MOT fail my brother (trusting) lent me his IS250SE (his spare car!) for a week and a half and that did it! Loved driving it and was lucky to pick up my IS privately with 69,000 miles on it regularly serviced, it's been doing 6,000 odd miles a year for the last 5 years. Mazda gets it's Cat removed and weighed in....... Shiny black IS Brother and I work in the same office, (small scale Lexus owners club)
  5. I realise this topic has had a wide range of discussion for pre 2010 models, but I thought I would throw my penny worth in. Having reviewed many systems that involved taking apart the dash, which I was loath to do, I have just finished installing a BlackBerry Music Gateway Bluetooth Audio Adapter. http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/182346156646?_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT Inside the arm rest is a 12v supply and a 3.5mm audio jack: You need to buy a 12v mini USB like this http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Black-2-Port-Mini-Bullet-Universal-Dual-USB-Car-Charger-Adapter-5V-2-1A-1A-/391774226811?hash=item5b3790497b:g:bN4AAOSw~y9ZCoo4 And most important a ground loop isolator like this http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/272606832493?_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT Plug the USB adapter into the 12v socket Use the supplied blackberry USB to mini USB cable for power Plug the supplied blackberry 3.5 jack cable into the blackberry unit Plug the other end into the ground loop isolator And then plug the ground loop isolator 3.5mm jack into the aux port Turn on the ignition and pair your phone to the blackberry Select the Aux system from the disc/aux button Start music on your phone and hey presto it works like a charm, all your music through the wonderful Lexus speakers. The system stops when you turn the ignition off and auto starts when you put the ignition back on. Also if you have a virtual assistant like the iPhone Siri, by holding the home button down you can tell it to start whatever Album/artist/track you want and it will play that for you, and will shuffle, pause the music etc For a demo watch
  6. Hi - newie here, recently purchased a lovely GS450h. Trying to fit a Bluetooth adapter kit and having a problem. Looked on forum, but couldn't find solution. I purchased this unit to play Bluetooth. Although I am not bothered by CD changer (don't have CDs) or SatNav (I use google maps) I also got a Y splitter as well, https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B01FEXOFL2/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 I looked at all the install videos, seemed straightforward, I took the unit out, plugged in the adapter and ... nothing. No power to Bluetooth, Sat Nav stopped working, as did most of the audio functions. Using splitter or plugging straight in gave same results It seemed odd to me that the 6+6 adapter in my unit only had 2 wires, all the install videos I saw had more. Am I missing something? any help gratefully appreciated Before adding adapter, 2 wires only into the 6+6 plug (and after connecting splitter)
  7. Bluetooth

    Does anyone have a problem with the bluetooth dropping all the time? I know I should borrow someone's phone and see if it still happens but the connection can last 20 minutes, all day or not connect at all. The usual problem is that it won't connect at all. When i check the bluetooth on the phone it says that it is connected to the car but the car says otherwise. The phone is a Nokia Lumia 735 (windows 10). Any ideas?
  8. Hello from Herts! Got an IS200 Sport from 2004 3 weeks ago and liked everything about it except the missing armrest. When I checked the prices of the original armrests, I could not believe how expensive even the used ones are, so after a quick research I bought a Stilo armrest from early 2000s. Fitted it as a weekend project and covered it with a piece of black matching leather. I am really happy with how it feels and looks. I forgot to take pictures along the way but it is not very difficult to fit and a highly recommended alternative to the original if you have a few basic tools. I also fitted a Bluetooth adapter to the original stereo which only took less than half an hour. Next weekend project is installing a rear camera :)
  9. Hi Folks, I've just bought a Toyota compatible Bluetooth AUX/Hands Free unit because, somewhat inexplicably, the 2007 UK spec LS only has RCA AUX input for the rear seat entertainment. While this works okay from the front after some messing about with the RSE remote, it's a bit of a pain for day to day use. Hence the purchase. I'm pretty confident I can get to the back of the CD changer/nav unit with help from a video on YouTube so that shouldn't be an issue, but I was wondering if anyone has used the Yatour BlueTooth/Hands-Free unit? I only want it for Bluetooth really, so I'm hoping the LS bluetooth hands free will still pick up a call when my phone is paired to both. Thanks, Mark
  10. In-Car Phone Call Volume is Too Loud

    Hi Recently my CT200h has developed the unusual symptom of pumping out all my phone calls with deafening loudness. I make calls with my Samsung Note 5 connected via bluetooth. Until recently it's been fine but now all incoming and outgoing calls are so loud it's become painful. I even set my phone to silent and have all the volume settings to silent but the speakers still pump out max volume. I know I should really try it with another phone but it took me ages to connect any phone to the car that I don't dare risk it incase i manage to disconnect my one. I can pump out music and video and satnav audio via bluetooth at normal volume. It's just the phone calls that are way too loud. Has anyone experienced this? The Ct200h is a 2013 plate and does not have inbuilt satnav.
  11. Hello I've had my RX400h for 3 years now, and have been generally pleased with it. It has been very reliable, but 2 things really annoy me, and I am wondering if anything can be done: iPhone connectivity via Bluetooth is very hit and miss. When the phone does actually connect to the system (it often fails to connect), there is something that I have not ever come across before - if dialling out, there is never a ring tone heard. The radio keeps playing until the phone at the other end is picked up, then the radio is muted and conversation begins. Is there any way to change this behaviour - it is very disconcerting! Secondly, is it possible to connect a Pure 300 DAB system to the Mark Levision system ? There is no aux input as such.
  12. Have tried using a Motorola Moto G with my 2006 sc430 and while it pairs and makes calls no audio is tranferred from phone to the car. It seems a common issue since android phones had last lollipop update. Need to find a phone that works. I am sure it would be helpful to others if members can post details of which phone they use with their Sc430 for bluetooth/hands free and with what level of success. Thanks in advance to all who submit info.
  13. Hi Guys, I recently bought my 2nd Lex an RX 400H SE ,and I am struggling to find a way to stream music from my android phone to the cars sound system. I normally use spotify,but I can't find a way of streaming it to the cars speakers. Any help on this would be much appreciated as I can't survive without music (and I don't really fancy having to buy music cd's. cheers.
  14. I'm having a problem accessing the menu on the on-board navigation system (09, Rx450h) and I can't play any of the audio systems. Currently it just shows the map screen and I can't get off it! i don't have the pointer arrow and pressing the menu button doesn't bring up the menu screen. It happened shortly after i connecting my new iphone 6 via bluetooth, whilst i was on a call. The call dropped off and since then its been stuck on the map screen. It almost feels like it is stuck in bluetooth phone mode (cutting off audio, not allowing other actions). But I can't now connect any phones or do any other actions. i disconnected the battery to reboot the system but its just come up in the same stuck mode. Can anyone suggest anything, thank you.
  15. Bluetooth connection to my iPhone 4S was working fine on my 2014 IS300H until I received a Xmas present of a Pebble smart watch. This initially worked fine alongside the car system, but suddenly the car bluetooth refused to connect when the Pebble was connected. Have tried everything including reboot of both systems, and disabling notifications on the Lexus system, so far to no avail. has anyone else had this problem, and if so, is there a solution?
  16. Bluetooth Pairing

    Hi - can anyone help? Is it possible to pair my android phone to my Ct200H Advance (2013) so that I can play music and use hands free for the telephone at the same time At the minute I can have EITHER hands free OR bluetooth streaming but not both and it's not a simple matter to switch between the two. Surely once the phone is paired you should be able to use either - the manual says you have that option but when pairing the phone that menu option doesn't come up. Any help would be greatly appreciated
  17. Being on call all the time, I need to carry a work phone as well as my personal one, but only seem to be able to connect either one of them rather than both to the car's system. Which is a pain. Is there a way to connect two phones? Or are there technical constraints that make this impossible?
  18. Hi all, I am a keen MP3 listener, and wanted to connect my iPod Touch (4 Generation) and have access to an AUX and USB inputs too. I have a Lexus IS200 SE (05 Plate) with the original Sat Nav, and wanting to know if there are any interface devices out there that can be installed in to the original head unit - I quite like unit that came with the car and didn’t want to install a new double din head unit, I also love the original Sat Nav that came with it too. I was looking in to purchasing the Parrot mki9200 device professionally: http://www.parrot.com/uk/products/hands-free-car-kits/parrot-mki9200 But, I have been advised by a reliable source who contacted Autoleads and a few other reputable companies, that due to the Sat Nav in the car, there are no SOT cables that are available for a Lexus with a Sat Nav, but plenty available for the Lexus head unit without the sat nav on the IS200. So its either having sat nav or losing the functionality of it, which I dont want as I love the GPS system. I am also happy not to have the Parrott kit, and to replace this with an interface that can support iPod, USB and AUX connectivity (which sits behind the head unit/ behind/side of the glove box) such as 'XCarLink' and to use the original head units buttons to access the playlists and switch between the songs, but again, I was advised that I would lose the functionality of the CD player in the car. Could anyone please advise if this can be possible or if anyone has managed to get by this problem that I am facing, and provide places/parts that I require to fit this in to my car? Thanks and Regards
  19. My Gs300 has a very old nokia cellular phone kit installed next to the gear stick area which i would like to upgrade to something that i can connect with bluetooth. I was wondering what kind of kit to look for or how this is connected and what options i have Thanks All :) :)
  20. Problems With Ct 200H Stereo.

    Is anyone else getting this problem. I have a CT 200h. When driving at speed during the day 70mph plus I get the noise of indicators, wipers when used, anything electrical through the stereo when listening to the radio. At night I get it all the time, at any speed. Always on any FM station. Also, Really fed up with bluetooth dropping out all the time, it loses my phone in the system and will only re-connect when I restart the car itself. So anyone else? Martin
  21. Hi guys, I am new here and was wondering if anyone could help me. I have a RX300 2005 SEL. I have been looking at ways to connect my ipod to my stereo. I have used the FM transmitter and don't like it. I have seen stuff from Grom audio and Vais Technology which can connect my ipod via CD changer but I won't be able to have full ipod control on my stereo. I have been to an audio shop as I am thinking of installing a new head unit which has ipod connection already and with full ipod controls. The guy at the shop said that if I take out the original stereo then my sat nav and bluetooth phone connections won't work. He explained that the sat nav is connected to the original head unit for audio as is the bluetooth for the telephone and can not be connected to a different head unit. He said that he tried it on a Lexus IS and the sat nav stopped working too. Has anyone changed their head unit or know of anyone who has??? Many thanks
  22. Hi, I've just bought a 2010 - IS220d F-Sport, the car came with the full manual but whilst the audio system is covered fully the bluetooth handsfree integrated system is not. My car has the normal audio system - i.e. not the multi media / satnav system. I've paired the phone fine but I would just like the correct manual to explain all the features available & how they work. If anyone has a pdf of the manual I would appreciate it. Cheers, Devonboy.
  23. Hi, I'm a new member. LS430 model (2006) proud owner.really a fantastic car. Looking a some posts I did'nt find any answer about transfering contacts from my Samsung galaxy SIII to my car. The connexion is perfect and I can use the handset system with bluetooth connexion, but I tried many times to transfer my phone's contacts without success.. By the way , Lexus says that its a fully compatible phone, including contacts transfer??? Any one to help me? Thank a lot
  24. Hello Everyone, I have recently purchased a 2006 Lexus RX400H from a Lexus main dealer. It is my first Lexus, and I am new to this Club. Whilst overall, I am very pleased, a few things disappoint me a lot: 1/ Even though I have 2010-11 maps, I cannot update my destination choice on the move. I have read through the forum postings here and others seem to be doing that via firmware update. How do I access the firmware update? The discs came from the supplying dealer, and are definitely genuine. I took the disc out, and reinserted it, but no firmware update option is visible anywhere 2/ On FM, whenever we switch on the rear window heater, there is a huge deterioration in the signal quality, with a lot of interference. Any thoughts? I tried uploading a video file to this site, but I am not allowed to do so. 3/ The Bluetooth implementation is just woeful. It seems that there is no way to manually type in names/numbers, and, as has been documented, the Bluetooth doesn't work with transferring data from iphone. According to the Lexus site, the Galaxy S 11 works perfectly, and I managed to borrow one, setup a Google account, backup all my vcf files from iPhone, transfer those to the galaxy S, connect to RX via Bluetooth, then after a struggle, managed to get the names into Phonebook 1. Alas, I soon realised that if a contact has more than 1 number, only the first number in the list is copied. eg, the home number, but not work or mobile. How useless is that? To discuss the above, I contacted Lexus Customer (non) service, who had no clue how to answer any of the above. They directed to a Premium Rate telephone number for Technical help (they initially declined to tell me that it cost £1.50 a minute, even though I asked). For a Premium Brand, I think that is disgusting. I did ring the supplying dealer who had promised to look into it for me previously, but, weeks later, I have yet to hear back from them. So, as I use the phone and sat nav a lot, it seems that paying a premium for the integrated systems has been a total waste of money. I am considering getting a Parrot fitted, can anyone confirm that I will need just the Parrot and the SOT lead. Do I need anything else? Will I retain the full functionality of the stereo steering wheel controls, as with other cars? I guess getting a Parrot with music playback will enable me to play music through the Mark Levinson stereo somehow - or will I need yet another interface? Thanks for your anticipated help.
  25. From reading through the manual of my MY13 RX 450h, I’ve gone and registered for a portal account with My Lexus Connected Services. As per the FAQ on the website, “In order to use this service, a Bluetooth DUN/PAN capable cellular phone with a valid data plan subscription is required.” (Here's a screenshot incase it wants you to login to see the FAQ) I’m a bit of a geek, but for those that don’t know the difference between the two bluetooth profiles: DUN is using the phone as a Dial Up Networking modem. It creates a virtual modem through the bluetooth connection to your paired device (laptop, car etc) then dials your provider directly for an internet connection. You need provider specific information, such as the Access Point Name, correct number to dial, the correct initialization string, and possibly a username and/or password. PAN is creating a personal area network, to provide a hotspot. Your paired device (laptop, car etc) doesn’t have to do any dialing or anything. Anyways, in the car I go into the detailed Bluetooth settings and this is what profiles it shows me as supporting: HFP, DUN, OPP, PBAP, A2DP, AVRCP, and MAP. So that’s contradicting what the Lexus website said as there's no PAN. How do I enable PAN on my car? Does it need a software update from Lexus or something? Why does it matter so much that the car only does DUN whereas the Lexus website says it should do PAN too? Because the Apple iPhone only does PAN not DUN. Anyone got any ideas on how to get PAN working? Cheers!