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  2. Coincidentally my GS300 2006 55 plate also had the alternator die...frustratingly the week before I changed it in February. Car had 120k on the clock. In 5+years and 32k I think it and a shock absorber the only mechanical non-service parts I had to replace . On way to work, noticed the red battery warning light and slight burning smell. Got to work (~1mile). Drive to garage, ~3miles across city was tense but car made it. Roy's Motor Company fitted a reconditioned non-Lexus part. On a forum somewhere I saw a report of another same age Lexus (IS?) with alternator failure. After 15 yrs, an alternator must do a lot of work so maybe not so surprising some need replacing?
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  4. Not that it should be down, but that’s very useful to know! Thanks.
  5. Hi, a new member but I’m on my 6th Lexus now, IS200 followed by an IS200 Sport, then a RX300 and an IS300, then a big gap until I tried a CT200 but that was so boring to drive, I hated the CVT. I now have a 2011 IS250 F Sport, I picked it up with 82,000 miles on the clock now registered 105,000 miles. It’s a fine car, apart from the totally useless and dangerous supposedly auto dimming rear view mirrors. With the explosion of excessively bright Daylight Running Searchlights they don’t dim at all. Tell the dealer and they will simply shine a torch to prove they do dim. LED DLR’s shine forwards not down, LED headlamps have no controls over how bright they are or how extensive they are. The only law of headlamp brightness is the 65W, on 12V, just over 5 amps. Stick 65W through a 5 volt LED and you get 13 amps, and a white light brighter than the Sun. I have also proved my mirrors don’t dim with LED by shining a bright LED at the sensors and the dimming doesn’t work. When cars with these LED DLRs or Headlamps are behind me my only recourse to stop being blinded is to turn the rear view mirror to one side or up, which helps but not with the door mirrors. Worse case scenarios I also fold my door mirrors. Isn’t it about time Lexus came up with a modification that works with LED frequencies?
  6. Steve

    Welcome to Europe's Leading Lexus Club! Please Enjoy!

  7. Many thanks everyone always common sense which I don't seem to have! 😆
  8. Welcome to Europe's Leading Lexus Club! Please Enjoy!

  9. I drove a mile through the centre of town.....this Lexus was the noisiest one in the country. Rubber bungs nice and secure. Bit like a just married car!
  10. Hi Ian Just tried on my phone app and can't log in. I don't usually have any bother so I guess its down.
  11. I had a 1999 toyota celsior, Ls400, that had factory air suspension
  12. Thanks Steve.Not too bad for longevity.
  13. 11 years and 98000 miles. Probably fixing the leak at the Y resulted in enough pressure to cause the box to part company with the pipe.
  14. i have a spare car battery in the garage and if i ever need it i know its ready to be used i bought it back in 2016 when my battery went flat on my IS due to my car not being used for 3 weeks in winter its nice to have a get out of jail card to play if needed
  15. I have only fitted the lower ball joints to mine which made the clunk on full lock go away Looking forward to your write up after you have replaced them
  16. These are lower control arms bushes and us LS430 need to replace them once we hit 130K plus miles Paul Frost sell them for the 430 complete with the carriers so all you do is undo the bolts and swap over - barely takes 5 minutes If yours are soft that you can push your finger in then they will need replacing
  17. Not in the short term, no. But do remember that the 12V batteries in hybrids are only small and don't have much capacity, so don't leave it for an hour in a bid to sort of 'charge up' your wife's battery or your's may well end up flat too. Just connect it and get the Clio fired up as soon as you can and everything will be fine. You're very welcome Ian. There tends to be some helpful characters in here so never be frightened of asking for help and advice
  18. Thank you Thakeray, for the in-depth post, and the super-useful picture! I wasn't aware of of the parking pawl, and that may very well have been what I heard. The only comment I would make, which I didn't say, was that the car was on flat ground at the time, but I guess there may still have been some tension on the pawl at the time it was moved to Drive. I have since been driving the car today, and haven't heard the noise again. I have been getting used to the normal 'operational' sounds of an automatic transmission. Separately, I did notice that the first couple of minutes of driving the car today, the engine sounded a little 'rough'. Then, after a few minutes of driving, it had returned to being quiet and refined sounding, and was then fine for the rest of the day. Will see if similar tomorrow. Reverse parking on a fairly steep hill was also an experience! Seemed like there wasn't much torque available at first, and then with only gentle pressure on the throttle, the car speeded backwards! Luckily I had a lot of space behind me to brake in time, but it was a little disconcerting. Still figuring out what is normal in this car...
  19. Do you mean you tried it but with bad results, or you tried it and they were great for a few months and then went yellow again fairly quickly? The yellowing is caused by the reaction of the sun's UV radiation on the polycarbonate plastic of the light fitting and when you use sandpaper or wet/dry to get rid of the affected plastic, you expose a new surface for the sun to destroy again, so you must use a good quality UV resistant lacquer or top coat, or even a good wax polish it and that should keep them clear for a good couple of years, if not longer.
  20. Thank you both, I was a bit dubious about jumpstarting from my precious IS300h but needed a word from the experts - thanks! I like the idea of removing my battery and connecting leads to my wife's. I'm guessing that will not harm my battery? You've both helped my decision, thanks again! Ianj
  21. NO, NO and thrice NO! The reason for this is that a conventional car uses the battery to crank the engine and will draw 300A or more to do this. Once the engine is running then the alternator takes over the role of supplying all the car's electrical needs, so a car with a flat battery will draw on the donor car's alternator, not it's battery. Hybrids don't have starter motors or alternators and take much, much less current to get our cars started, in fact less than 20A. Our equivalent of an alternator is the DC/DC converter and because it doesn't need to spin a conventional starter motor it was never designed to supply the amount of current that an alternator does. If you tried to pull, say, 300A from it, hopefully some current-limiting circuitry will prevent it but if not, there's likely to be a huge bang, lots of smoke and a badly-dented wallet. It may - and I do stress may - be ok to jump start your wife's car from your hybrid if you do not have your car in READY mode, or even switched on at all. However, in your shoes, I would just take your battery out, carry it over to your wife's car and then stick jump leads on it there, so no risks are taken at all.
  22. I’ve just bought a delightful new car but find I can rarely even sign into “My Lexus” or “Lexus Link”, no matter how I try (online or via app). To be frank I’ve never *not* had problems connecting since I first came over to Lexus seven years ago, but this is the worst case as I can so rarely even sign in. Is this a common problem or is it a current outage?
  23. Welcome to Europe's Leading Lexus Club! Please Enjoy!

    1. ady.celis


      Thank you !

  24. Any advice in your Handbook Ian as some people here will say NO and at least one other will tell you YES ? I would tell you NO.
  25. Steve, sorry to hear of the demise of the silencer.We know the silencer was 10 yeas old, but at what mileage did the disaster occur ?
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