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  1. Parts: • Lightning and Aux Connector for Lexus RX300, 350 & 400h (£49.99 from Amazon) https://www.amazon.co.uk/Lightning-APPS2CAR-Integrated-Interface-Highlander/dp/B01AJMU6R0/ref=sr_1_1?s=automotive&ie=UTF8&qid=1470239047&sr=1-1&keywords=rx400+iphone+lightning • Toyota 6+6 pin Y splitter cable (between £10 and £20 on eBay) – OPTIONAL Tools: • 10mm socket wrench screwdriver • soldering iron (optional) Time: ~10-20 minutes Steps: • Put on your parking brake (don’t have your keys in the ignition), using the shift lock put the vehicle into Driver or B • Remove the gear surround, by just pulling with your fingers • Remove the 12v supply panel above and pull away. Either detach the connections or just leave hanging in the driver foot well • Using the 10mm socket, remove the following 4 bolts. The top too are quite well hidden, so you’ll need either an extension for your ratchet or a screw driver fitting. Luckily the bolts aren’t that stiff. Keep one hand underneath in case the bolts drop as you don’t want them dropping behind the centre console • Now just pull the stereo away from the rest of the console. • You will find three connections on the rear. The one you want, is the 6+6 pin connection to the left of the three (looking from behind). You’ll notice that there is already a connector in there.. that is needed as it powers the radio. • You can either use the standard type 1 6+6 Y splitter cable found on eBay. Or if you want to save £15. Then it’s very easy just to remove the wires from the existing loom and splice to the cable from your iphone adapter kit. It’s only two wires afterall. • Here’s the orginal CD changer loom, yellow (1) and brown (2): • Here’s the new connector for the iphone kit, purple (3) and yellow (4): • You’d just need to attach the yellow (1) wire from your CD unit to the purple (3) cable on the adapter and the brown (2) wire from your CD unit to the yellow (4) wire on the adapter. • Depending on the choise you made above, plug the 6+6 pin splitter in the back of the unit (the apapter and orginal CD connector go into the splitter), or the spliced 6+6 pin direct from the adapter. • Now return the head unit back into the dash. I ran the adapter cable behind the bracket behind to create space. • Plug the lighting cable and aux cable into the adapter. • Thread the two cables down the left inside of the centre console (I used garden wire to thread through in reverse and pull the cables through) and out into the foot well just behind the glove box (this might be different depending where you mount your phone) • Reattach the 4 bolts. I put a small ball of bluetac inside my socket so that the nuts are held in place, as you don’t want them dropping off as you line them back up. • Re-Attach the 12v supply panel and gear selector surround. • Put your vehicle back into Park • Then turn on the ignition to test the interface. • To switch to iphone/Aux adapter. Just press the CD button twice. • Optionally I’ve mounted my iphone with one of these little magnetic brackets next to the centre console. It’s a great position and the magnetic disc is great. I didn’t stick it to the phone or case. I just have it in between and it still gets held firmly. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Mpow-Rotatable-Magnetic-Samsung-Smartphones/dp/B019DCFE6K/ref=sr_1_cc_2?s=aps&ie=UTF8&qid=1470240725&sr=1-2-catcorr&keywords=mpow+360+car+mount
  2. Hello, I bought some RX car mats in error ( wrong year ). They are these. They are free to anyone who can collect (Herts) . Ideally with a nominal donation to a charity...? Regards, Piers.
  3. that... the SatNav on my RX has a compass. Yes, I know it sounds obvious, but I just never realised it before!
  4. Drove to Luton Airport this morning. All fine. 3 hours later to go home, car unlocked, then dead. No lights, no ignition, nothing ... Called Lexus Assist ( AA). 30 minutes later, they arrived and the car has started. The problem? The connection to my battery had come loose(!), so it was effectively disconnected for maybe 3 hours. It took about a minute to be fixed. It's never let me down before, so I WAS surprised! I guess the car has to re-learn stuff now. Certainly some of memory settings have gone... But a happy ending. Top Tip: Keep a coat in your car. I had one ( a high viz ) and was I grateful!
  5. Parts: • 2 X Tailgate gas struts from SGS Engineering (2 X £44.10 inc next day delivery) http://www.sgs-engineering.com/car-boot-tailgate/lexus/rx/gsc2619-lexus-rx400-tailgate-strut Tools: • 12mm spanner/ratchet/torque wrench • Dremel • Needle nose pliers Time: ~30 minutes Steps: First off the replacement gas struts don’t come with the ball joint bracket for attaching to the car/tail gate. So you will have to reuse your old ones. This is probably a two man job as you will need someone holding the tailgate open while you work. I did it by myself using a 6ft step ladder held firmly in place with supports. Do this at your own peril though! I turned off the auto tailgate motors from the little button in the glove box. With the tailgate open, remove the original gas struts from the car first, then the tailgate by removing the nuts. The next challenge here is the old struts are kept very firmly on the old ball joint with an o-ring and there doesn’t seem to be any obvious way to remove. I had to grind enough of the outer ball joint away until I could see the o-ring.. then prise this out with some needle nose pliers. It got easier as I did the other joints and I got more efficient with how much I had to remove. Once you’ve freed all 4 ball joints. Re-attach them to the car and tail gate. Tighten to 8Nm if you have a torque wrench. You can use some locktight on these if you’re worried about them coming loose. Remove the retaining pins from the new struts and pop them in to place starting with the tailgate end first. Re-insert the retaining pins when done. I put a small bit of grease inside each one. Try opening and closing the tailgate a few times to ensure everything works and it’s well supported. Then turn the auto tailgate back on again from the glovebox.
  6. se or se-L

    Hi all, new to the forum and possibly new to Lexus, I am in the market for a used rx 300 as a second car and I have seen 2 candidates, a 2004se and a 2005se-L, they are similar money, the older s.e has about 25,000 miles less. I am really interested in the s.e-L for all of its toys, but I'm somewhat put off by the air suspension, as in its reliability worries me. The consensus points to it being fairly unreliable. So do I take a punt on the younger prettier one with air suspension, or the older but possibly more dependable s.e? Thoughts and experiences will be greatly appreciated. Lee.
  7. Can I just say, 'Happy Christmas'. It's a privilege to be amongst such nice ,informed and helpful 'colleagues'. Regards, Piers.
  8. Just wondering ... Does anyone here rotate their tyres. My fronts are slightly more worn than my rears. And with Winter coming... [ Still have good tread on both ]
  9. Hello, A while back I had my headlights and foglight bulbs replaced with Osrams - that made quite a difference. I also replaced my boot lightbulbs with LEDs which helped too. Using LED 501's on my front sidelights has also made things brighter. I used 501 Ring Premium LED 12V W5W Canbus Wedge Bulbs. Q. Has anyone changed their side indicators ( 501? ) or taillights - which are not the same - i.e., different bulbs depending on which tail light?
  10. Parts: • Witson® LED Display Car Vehicle Parking Reverse Backup Radar System with 4 Parking Sensors (£11.99 from Amazon) https://www.amazon.co.uk/Witson®-Display-Vehicle-Parking-Reverse/dp/B017GZREAU/ref=sr_1_4?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1470234323&sr=1-4&keywords=parking+sensors • Cable ties • Paper templates (attached) Tools: • Small Flat head Screwdriver • 10mm/12mm spanners/ratchet • Drill • 22mm wood drill bit and drill bit supplied with above purchase • wire cutters • soldering iron • largish round/semi circle woodworking file • masking tape or frog tape Time: 1.5 – 3 hours Steps: • Remove all the contents of your boot • Remove the rear hidden box. There should just be a couple of retaining clips that can be popped out with a think flat head screw driver then just pull (also remove the two clips for the rear lip cover as this’ll be coming out also) • Remove the plastic lip cover, can be done with fingers and pulling • Remove the left hand side flip up lid, unscrewing the nuts on the front, then leaning the lid back to reach the nuts underneath • Next remove the left hand side hidden box, by unscrewing the nut at the bottom by hand and removing the retaining clip. This should pull out easily by hand • The wiring harness along the left is where we tap into the reverse light feed. Also remove the rubber grommet in the floor and save for later. • Pull out the wires and locate the reverse light 12v supply wire. On the rx400h it was grey, I believe on rx300/350s this might be red. However if you’re unsure use a multimeter to test. • Strip a section of the wire and solder on the red (positive) wire for supplying power to your control box. Insulate with electrical tape • Ground the black wire (earth) for the control box power. I connected it to a bolt on the rear of the boot where there were other earthed wires. • At this point, I tested the reverse sensor was getting power when the vehicle was put in reverse by plugging in all the components • Next, to fit the sensors. I think most people would remove the bumpers to attach these. However, I was able to fit them with the bumpers in place. That said I have small fingers and wrists.. and was only just able to. Other might find it easier to remove the bumper at this stage. • I found these templates and attached them using frog tape. • Now using the supplied drill bit, carefully drill the holes in your bumper • Behind the plastic is foam padding/strengthening. I used the 20mm wood drill bit to drill though this and created a hole big enough to get my finger in from the inside • Use the round file to smooth off the lip around the hole. • The sensors supplied with my kit needed a small flat screwdriver inserting to push 4 tabs in to release the back of the sensor. This allowed the rubber tabs to move back a little. The idea is you push the sensor into the drilled hole, then push the back on and it secures the sensor. This was by far the fiddliest bit of the install. However, I think it might possibly have been easier to forget about using the rubber clips and just glued the sensors in place. Those without patience might prefer to do this! • Once all sensors are inserted and secured. Thread the wires along the inside of the bumper, securing with zip ties where possibly. • Locate the underside of the hole where you removed the rubber grommet and feed the wires through. I managed this without removing any trim from the other side. I just used some garden wired and treaded it through from the top.. then tied this around the sensor cables and pulled it through. • Once all the cables are back in the boot. Drill/cut a small hole in the rubber grommet and thread them through this. Pop the grommet back in the hole and I used some insulation tape to create a seal. • Now finally choose a location for your beeper/display. I put mine next to the centre cup holders as I didn’t want them too visible on the dash. However, it would work well on the dash or even on the rear view mirror. If you prefer you could even mount near the rear screen as you may be looking back that way anyways (this would be easiest place to run the wires to as well!). • Once fixed. Find the best route and run your wires under carpets and trim into the boot. My route left me only just enough length on the wire so it was cutting it pretty close! • For information, I went back into the centre console, under the carpet in passenger foot well, underneath the front and rear kick plates, and up underneath the hidden compartments. It was actually easier than I thought and didn’t take too long. I had to use the garden wire trick in one or 2 places. • Now plug the screen and 4 sensors into the control box. The shortest sensor cable should be position D, then C, then B and then A (if you’ve gone the same route as me). • Attach to the side wall of the boot where you feel there is room and finally attach the power. • Now replace the left cubby box, the flip up cover, the rear plastic lip cover, the rear box and any other trim you might have removed. • Test the sensors by parking near some vehicles or wall. I found the reverse camera red line gave me about a foot and half distance from the object, the reverse sensor flat line beep, just under a foot. • For £12 I think this is a super cheap mod and very useful to have the extra distance reading and bleeper. You get what you pay for however and the bleeper does sound cheap. Luckily there is a switch to turn in off from the screen incase the baby is sleeping. I might open it up and install a small Potentiometers in front of the speaker to give it a volume control at some point. However, to be honest, I don’t find it that annoying yet. RX300:350:400 Reverse Sensor Templates Left.pdf RX300:350:400 Reverse Sensor Templates Right.pdf
  11. Hi all, I've been investigating alternatives to purchasing air shocks/struts/bags individually from Lexus at between £700-800 each! Now I've found many suppliers of components but no-one that makes an aftermarket unit or it's constituent components specifically for the RX. Ideally, I'd like to get a failed sacrificial unit to strip down, measure the air bag and shock damper to see if I can contact good suppliers directly (Dunlop, Bridgestone, KYB etc.) and hopefully make a DIY refurb guide. Unfortunately I'm not made of money but would be willing to buy a failed rear unit if anyone has one in their garage? From what I can ascertain, the front units are different air bag "types" to the so there would have to be 2 guides. On a positive note, many people state the system is scary and complicated - before my research started I would have been inclined to agree but the more I learn, the more I see how simple the setups are! The big problems are lack of decent RX information and suppliers. Full aftermarket air strut kits (ie: 2 x Front, 2 x Rear units) for the RX are available at £1200 BUT before leaping into the unknown, I'd like to see if a refurb of the Lexus/Toyota parts are possible to keep things as stock as is possible. If anyone can provide further info, ie: front and rear air bag dimensions, types and if at all possible the original manufacturer (as Toyota/Lexus don't make air bags!) then that would be really useful. Thanks all, Chris
  12. Is it me? I can't find any MOT type details about this car - doubting my sanity. http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/2004-LEXUS-RX300-LOW-MILES-ONLY-65K-PX-WELCOME-/232020592581?hash=item36058147c5:g:qkcAAOSwdzVXj7Nm
  13. Hello All New owner ... I have attached some pics because I understand that is what new members do. Sorry about the quality but taken on an iPhone with the rose-tinted filter switched-off! Happy to answer any queries on any aspect of the car; most reviews seem to be very US-model centric and the UK models do deviate from the US-spec in quite a few areas so can give a UK owner perspective on the good, bad and indifferent bits of the car So it's an F-Sport, mica white, black leather, panoramic roof, HUD, Mark-Levinson sound, protection pack; I don't think there any other bits that could be added other than bits of trim cheers
  14. This 6 by 6 inch plastic panel was hanging off the underside of my wife's RX350. It was near the front/middle and held on with cable ties. Can anyone enlighten me as to what it is, please?
  15. When my Satnav (etc) display dims, when the light conditions outside change... ... the Air Re-Circ and Heated Rear Windows Green light switches dim too, if they're on. How clever.
  16. Hello, My RX300 has air suspension. It also has a Lexus Warranty. And I love it. But… Over the last few days, I’ve noticed it needs to pump-up at the back, when it’s been standing all day or overnight. And it looks lower to. More so than usual. I can also hear the pump cutting in occasionally when I am driving. I guess I’ll need to get it looked at, but I am still curious as to what others might think is the issue. ( I appreciate that remote-by-web diagnostics are not always the way to go, but I always appreciate the views of others!) PCM
  17. On Saturday morning my wife volunteers for various good works - drives in HER RX. Two hours later, after giving her time to a needy older citizen she returns to her car. Back bumper on road, wires hanging off, scrape down the side. Someone said they saw a skip lorry edging past. Did the culprit leave any details? I think you can guess the answer... So... an insurance job it is. Lessons learnt: Keep all your insurance claim contact numbers, and a charged phone in your car, where they are easy to find. ( Had to go and rescue Mrs .C )
  18. Does anyone carry their bikes in the boot of their RX? I hate racks/towbars etc and would love to carry 1-2 adult mountain bikes in the back (with lots of suitable protection obviously). Is the boot big enough to do this either with or without the front wheels of the bikes being removed?
  19. Hello, Does anyone know ... Do updated Satnav disks influence how the Satnav picture looks, or is it just the data that's more up to date? Regards.
  20. Hello, I love the Reversing camera. Has anyone fitted a front camera or sensor? Piers
  21. Does anyone here have SatNav disks for an RX300 SEL 2004, that are more up to date than the originals that they would like to sell?
  22. Does anyone have any thoughts please...? As of yesterday, when my wife ( or I ) opens HER RX 350 door, or closes it - it gives a short beep. It's only just started doing this... Odd.
  23. Just picked up a replacement for my RX400h. A brand new NX300h. I noticed when I got home that only one reverse light was working. Called dealer. They said it was... a feature. ARE YOU FRICKIN' kidding me Lexus!!!! :tsktsk: :tsktsk: :tsktsk: I hate this to be my first post but why is Lexus going backwards??? My RX400h had two reverse lights and (I think) two fog lights. This seems to have only one of each. When I see a car with only one reverse light I always think its broken. I always thought it was a legal requirement too...like having two brake lights. Cars have had two reverse lights since the 1960's.. Why oh why the retrograde step? I just don't get it? Feeling let down and angry...sob...
  24. Hi all, With all the various tinkering I've been doing with my Lex, does anyone know of or can recommend a box of of various common sized bolts/nuts for the RX? If the weather holds this weekend, I want to replace my transmission cooler tube assembly but due to previous crap mechanics and corrosion, most of the bolts that hold the plastic under tray onto the car are either missing or in a really bad way. Unhelpfully, Toyota in their wisdom decided to use various sizes of bolts for the under tray and it is proving painful looking each one up in the parts schematics, cross referencing the bolt part number with the electronic parts catalogue, then creating a list to either find each individual bolt online or buy from Toyota parts counter as they only sell them singly and aren't cheap for this sort of thing! Mechanics must be able to buy big kits full of fittings, so what can anyone recommend? Thanks in advance!
  25. Rx400h Se-l Or Executive Wanted

    Hi everyone. I'm on the lookout for a 400h SE-L or Executive. Full service history and evidence of annual hybrid battery checks are a must. Dark colours preferred but not concerned about interior colour. Underseal would be a bonus. Please let me know if you are thinking about parting with your pride and joy!