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I read a post a while back on the US Lexus form where GSF owners were complaining that their carbon interior trim was starting to delaminate. It appeared to affect cars that were located in the warmer states so I didn’t think much of it. However I noticed yesterday that the edges of some of my trim appears to have started to delaminate. Whether or not it’s always been like this, i don’t know but has any other owners noticed anything similar. 
it’s very minor and barely noticeable but I’m a little bit annoyed if this has just started to happen, as it’s not like we live in a hot country and I’m car always has a shade placed when parked over the ‘Summer months’ 

Interested to here your thoughts  

 

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Excuse the typos above 🤦🏽‍♂️

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Happened on one of my pieces over the last few months - seemed to be the cold weather that caused it and got worse. All the other pieces are fine.

Spoke to my dealer - trim isn't covered under warranty. Around £300 to replace that piece 😞

If it gets worse for you then either an expensive replacement or some carbon fibre effect wrap to cover it.

Started on the left (the right patches are just reflections)

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then spread to as it is now.

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Thanks for the reply Colin. I had a feeling that it wouldn’t be covered as I guess it fulls in to the category of ‘trim’. Frustrating. 
I’m assuming it will only get worse if it’s the cold weather that causes it 🙄

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I guess the only thing would be to contact Lexus GB - clearly a manufacturing defect or the part not up to the task - to see if they would replace for free/make a contribution/sell at cost.

In my case I'd prefer it to go all the way across rather than the half and half as it is at the moment, however I sold my GS yesterday so not something for me to worry about anymore.

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Good idea Colin. I will contact them and see if they will help.  
Was it easy to sell the  your GSF? Can I ask what you replacing it with? 

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43 minutes ago, F.A. said:

Was it easy to sell the  your GSF? Can I ask what you replacing it with? 

I wasn't trying, someone contacted me and made an offer. Probably below what I could have advertised and held out for but was a quick and painless transaction so happy with the outcome.

I'm just not my car at the moment, I probably only put 500 miles on the clock in the last 12 months. For local trips I just take my wife's car. This may change as offices start to open up again so will see how it goes. My company has just started a salary sacrifice ev scheme so that's a possibility. Test drove a Tesla Model 3 today and have a Polestar test in a couple of weeks.

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How did you find the Model 3?  It’s a shame that Lexus don’t offer an equivalent at the moment. 

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Felt strange at first. The shallow and low bonnet combined with the lack of dashboard/gauge cluster and large windscreen means you have a large view of the road but at the same time feel a little exposed. Only had 30 mins so didn't get to play with everything but it was very quiet, instant throttle response and extremely rapid.

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If you have no luck with Lexus, there's a guy on Instagram that makes CF interior parts for the ISF, GSF and RCF. He may make the part that's delaminating and he would be cheaper than Lexus. I've ordered from him and will continue to do so.

Just a thought and a potential option. I can always ask him if he supplies that part if you don't have Instagram? Let me know.

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Anyone that works with CF will be able to sort it, so don't feel rail roaded into replacing it via lexus or wrapping it in fake stuff. 

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That’s a good idea @RichGS11 , I will let you know if I need to proceed down that route. I’m not on Instagram myself. Thank you. 
 

@scott-o I was thinking the same. I had the carbon piece on the front bumper re lacquered due to stone chips by a local company, so I can always try them 👍🏾.

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Now I'm gonna have to go round and check all my trim pieces... 🤣

Congrats on the sale @ColinBarber, nice that it was painless! New owner and I have already exchanged words regarding exhaust options 😆

@F.A. if you do go the Lexus GB route, would you mind updating with what they respond? I think we can all agree that this isn't acceptable considering the ages (and we don't abuse our interiors) of the cars.

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@hockeyedwards, of course.  I sent an email to Lexus GB yesterday, so we shall see what they say. I will keep you posted. 

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I have personal experience of this. 
 

Lexus UK argued that it was “the way I was cleaning my car”, which it utter BS. The two bits of trim required for the dashboard are £1500. 
 

However....

 

...my main dealer at Hedge End were very helpful - they always are. We’ve bought 5 cars so far from them and have a good relationship with the dealership. In my case, the parts were reduced via goodwill to substantially less and I decided to have them replaced. It’s annoying in a way, but my GSF has been such a good car, I’m trying to keep it in as good condition as I can. After nearly 4 years, I still have no idea what could replace it. 

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3 hours ago, mrfunex said:

After nearly 4 years, I still have no idea what could replace it.

Amen!

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4 hours ago, mrfunex said:

I have personal experience of this. 
 

Lexus UK argued that it was “the way I was cleaning my car”, which it utter BS. The two bits of trim required for the dashboard are £1500. 
 

However....

 

...my main dealer at Hedge End were very helpful - they always are. We’ve bought 5 cars so far from them and have a good relationship with the dealership. In my case, the parts were reduced via goodwill to substantially less and I decided to have them replaced. It’s annoying in a way, but my GSF has been such a good car, I’m trying to keep it in as good condition as I can. After nearly 4 years, I still have no idea what could replace it. 

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Oh that’s disappointing that Lexus GB were not willing to help. 
 

My case is currently with them for consideration. Initial signs were good, but now I’m not very hopeful considering your result. Time will tell.  If I get the ‘ way you clean it reply’ then I won’t be very impressed. I literally haven’t touched it with anything other than a micro fibre ( with no product)  to dust it, over the past 2 years. 

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2 hours ago, F.A. said:

Oh that’s disappointing that Lexus GB were not willing to help. 
 

My case is currently with them for consideration. Initial signs were good, but now I’m not very hopeful considering your result. Time will tell.  If I get the ‘ way you clean it reply’ then I won’t be very impressed. I literally haven’t touched it with anything other than a micro fibre ( with no product)  to dust it, over the past 2 years. 

Same here - a dry microfibre is all that’s really needed. 
 

Best of luck to you!

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3 hours ago, F.A. said:

If I get the ‘ way you clean it reply’ then I won’t be very impressed. I literally haven’t touched it with anything other than a micro fibre ( with no product)  to dust it, over the past 2 years. 

Same here.

If they say that then respond with the fact that yourself and two other owners all have the same issue and have never sprayed liquid onto these trim pieces - and that is it also an issue in the US.

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