By Ian J. Parsley
Under the new "MyLexus" connected services system (which replaces the "portal"), you are required to "verify" your vehicle.
To do this you need the vehicle registration date and the first part of a code, format LLLnnL (e.g. ABC45F).
These are in your logbook, but you have a problem if you lease because the logbook remains with the lease company (whether it be Lexus FS or anyone else).
However, I found purely by accident yesterday that the code is in fact displayed on the inside of the passenger door (opposite where the tyre pressures are displayed on the other side).
You should also have the vehicle registration date on your initial lease documentation, or your dealer will have it.
Thought I would post this as it means those leasing with Premium Nav do not, in fact, have to chase the logbook.
By Ian J. Parsley
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
My success rate in currently about one in four...
ALL TIPS WELCOME! :)
I currently place my Iphone 6s into the little cup holder just behind the gear stick, with it angled towards me.
Looking for pics of your solutions for situating your phones somewhere more convenient to glance at?
Anyone using a cradle that charges without all the nasty cables?
I have also seen people mould a desktop charger into the ash tray.....details of that also appreciated.
Some notes as a new owner of an IS300H.
Connected Services (premium navigation) - make sure you check the box to remember your user id and password, typing this in EVERY time is really annoying!
On the OnePlus 3, to enable internet tethering via Bluetooth (e.g. for traffic info, Google search) you need to select "Settings, More, Tethering & portable hotspot", and then turn Bluetooth tethering on. However, to get Bluetooth tethering to actually work in the car, you first need to make phone call via Bluetooth - this then enables the internet to work (a known problem apparently, and not just for OnePlus devices). To connect your phone automatically to the car Bluetooth without having to even unlock it, use "Bluetooth Auto Connect" from the Play store - makes life easy. See screenshot of the Bluetooth Auto Connect settings, you shouldn't need to change anything else.
To avoid connecting to the internet via Bluetooth, turn Bluetooth tethering off on the phone (this still allows phone calls, SMS, audio streaming etc), and create a wifi hotspot instead. Then turn wifi on in the car and connect. This allows the car internet access without any hassles - but make sure you are charging your phone as the wifi hotspot will drain the Battery. Charging via the 12v 'cigarette' socket is much better/faster that using the USB sockets.
For my phone, I have used the Tasker app to automatically start a wifi hotspot when (a) the phone connects to the car and (b) it is charging. I don't have to unlock the phone, it just works. When the car is switched off or the phone is unplugged, the wifi hotspot automatically switches off. Another Tasker task switched normal wifi off when I leave home and back on again when I get back. This makes my life so much easier - internet connection in the car, wifi back on at home, all automatic. Having said that, using Tasker is not very intuitive, but it is very powerful. See screenshots to give you a start on what I've done.
Audio streaming - with your phone plugged into the charger, you can access "Ok Google" even with the phone stored in the centre storage space. To stream music over Bluetooth, just say "Ok google, play Dire Straits", or "Ok google, play Pink Floyd on Spotify" etc. I also have a very small sized 32GB USB storage device plugged in to the USB socket - it takes a minute or so for the car to load in all the albums/songs when you switch the car on, but then you can use the car voice control to play music, e.g. "Play artist Coldplay" - this is useful if you have a lot of mp3 files (I have 18GB). Link to the USB stick: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B01BGTG41W/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
Anyway, hope this helps other people new to Lexus. Love the car by the way, so smooth compared to my previous Shogun!
• Lightning and Aux Connector for Lexus RX300, 350 & 400h (£49.99 from Amazon)
• Toyota 6+6 pin Y splitter cable (between £10 and £20 on eBay) – OPTIONAL
• 10mm socket wrench screwdriver
• soldering iron (optional)
• 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.