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  1. 13 points
    After reluctantly selling my ISF to a fellow member on here 4 years ago due to an overseas move, I’m back in the U.K. so I’m back in the ‘F’ fold. I bought the blue RCF that was up for sale recently with TVD and just 17k miles. It’s absolutely mint and I’m loving it! Great to be back 👍
  2. 11 points
    Well i've had the car nearly a month now and the radiator has been niggling away at me after seeing a few posts on this forum, i ordered the parts mid last month and they all showed up yesterday. Apparently there's been a spike in people ordering them! It's a relatively easy job, just a methodical approach and time is needed, of course tools etc too. A friend has a ramp in his garage which made getting under the car very easy, only needed to get the transmission cooler hoses and bottom rad hose off though, easily done on axle stands. IMG_20200904_170221 by Scott Osborne, on Flickr There was no need to take the wheels off but mine were on the wrong sides so swapped them over whilst in the air! Was interested to see they are labelled up which corner they should be on! IMG_20200904_170640 by Scott Osborne, on Flickr Old one out: IMG_20200904_175420 by Scott Osborne, on Flickr IMG_20200904_175351 by Scott Osborne, on Flickr Waterpump is all good! Replaced in the past under warranty: IMG_20200904_175703 by Scott Osborne, on Flickr Funnily enough we noticed i was missing a few trim clips as we took apart what we needed to, turned out i had 7 of them sat in the airbox pre filter! I can only assume they've been there since the pump was done some 45k ago! Fans swapped over onto the new rad, we had to drill and tap out the rivnuts on this where the transmission cooler lines attach, now attached with stainless m6 bolts which you can just make out in the third picture. IMG_20200904_181746 by Scott Osborne, on Flickr IMG_20200904_181756 by Scott Osborne, on Flickr IMG_20200904_184703 by Scott Osborne, on Flickr Going back together, you get a new expansion tank with the radiator and i fitted a new air filter and gave the throttle body a wipe whilst we were in there: IMG_20200904_192856 by Scott Osborne, on Flickr All done, in a much better state than last time it left Lexus, now with properly secured trim pieces and a surplus of trim clips! : IMG_20200904_194417 by Scott Osborne, on Flickr Radiator was £268 from memory and coolant maybe another £30ish (6L needed), i bought 1L of atf fluid too, only used 50ml or so into the cooler before refitting to make up the small amount that dripped out. Lexus Parts Direct have been great for parts. All in for £310ish and a few hours, happy with that!
  3. 8 points
    Yes, I've bought another Lexus. No flights to the Scottish Highlands or accosting pensioners in car parks. Just a simple classifieds spot, a heart attack, a bit of "Life's too short" and an understanding wife who doesn't class this as trouble. As in "It keeps you out of trouble." Fair enough. So this is a January 1997 LS400 (MK3) in Moonstone Pearl with a grey leather interior. I had the proper colour codes the other day but can't seem to lay my hands on them now. Anyhoo, it's only done 62k miles and is pretty much mint. Unfortunately a patchy history but nothing that can't be solved with some fresh fluids and belts. Most importantly, GOLD PACK! I look forward to the coming weeks! No real pics yet other than a couple taken today by a friend I bumped into at Lex-Tek. His is the gold MK4. Regarding Lex-Tek, I should also mention that Dave was very much involved in this purchase and I couldn't have done it without him
  4. 7 points
    Well the deed has been done said goodbye to my 2011 Rx450h Se-I and then hello to my new 2017 RX450h Luxury First Impressions of it are very good apart from I preferred the mirrors of the old one.
  5. 7 points
    after a stressful couple of weeks, the car is now home and runs like a dream!!!
  6. 5 points
    The RX 400h looked really smart from a distance. My wife and I (she is good at spotting things!) gave the car a good look over. We were allowed to test drive the car provided we followed the dealer in his car. He uses the same route to review his cars on YouTube. John (Royoftherovers) knows my mantra about finding faults. “For every fault you can find …... there will be 3 or more others! The car had been cleaned but not valeted. The engine oil was as clear as a bell and the engine bay had been cleaned. We examined the car better than Inspector Morse and found three age related marks. The wheels, small mark on the plastic trim inside and a stone chip that had rusted a little on the door. Checked for water ingress in boot and footwells. Full service history, mainly Lexus plus another garage where the car came from. The car had been originally bought from Lexus Sidcup but had mainly been serviced at Lexus Croydon. The MOT history/mileage checked out and looked good. Well worth looking at that before buying any car over 3 years old. It can give an indication of possible issues caused by neglect. I test drove the car and was impressed how perky the acceleration was for such a heavy car – seemed far more spritely than my RX 300. Though I am not really interested in 0-60 times. All four tyres were the same make (Dunlop). Just under 50,000 miles. It was the SE-L which gave it ML sound system, illuminated Lexus badges on the door sills (?) - silver door handles and gold rear badge plus front and rear sensors. So we bought it and drove it home (200 miles) home. Tax was done on line and insurance on the phone. Managed to get a small discount which paid the train fare! So …. what do I make of this particular RX 400h hybrid? Give a me a few more days of ownership and I will tell you! HONESTLY!
  7. 5 points
    Evening fellow LS'ers! Some time ago I posted about keys for the LS and if I could get a replacement remote key somehow and it's been a bit of a saga but I DID IT!! I thought you'd be interested to know and tell me I went too far to get there... lol My car came with 2 keys, the valet key and the skeleton key in the card. Unfortunately the master and remote were lost along with the service book when the last owner passed away (the car was laid up in a garage for 7 years). I initially tried local locksmiths and even the AA to try source a remote key to link up and of course they couldn't. I didn't know at this point about the receiver in the boot and the paired chip but neither did they. I managed to get a blank Lexus master key from the USA and brought it back and had it cut at a local auto locksmith. I was slightly happier at this point being able to get into the boot without the interior button. A donor car arrived for some bits and bobs I needed for my car and I was amazed that it came with a remote key and all was working; so I reached out and got some advice from (steve2006 - what a guy). I looked into if I could swap the key blade as it would leave me with one complete key. This isn't possible as the blade is set into the plastic and it would mean absolutely destroying it to even start. Coding the chip in the car to the key is also not possible and swapping all the locks etc didn't seem wise as they were iffy and worn on the donor. I tracked down the part numbers with Steve's help for the remote key sets and found both 1, 2 & 3 key sets with transponder. Lexus Chester point blank said it was very doubtful I'd get one but there was confusion about pre-cut/blank sets with a suffix to the part number and also and if the receiving chip was definitely part of the set. The dealer prices didn't seem too horrific as Amayama were looking to be several hundred before shipping and import duty. Lexus Stoke seemed to be able to supply it and at a cheaper price to Chester, so I ordered. I called 3 weeks later as I had heard nothing. They looked into it and nobody placed an order, they shouldn't have without prepayment anyway and actually they couldn't get the part (poor service). At this point I was giving up... In the end I swapped over the donor car chip into my boot and then used 2 keys for unlocking and then starting the car. I know the remote distance is pants but I wanted the car to have all it's features working and be complete! I left it for a bit longer and used the 2 keys until I went back searching on eBay. I was always searching for LS but one of the similar items was a key for a GS300 95-96 which there was a decent stock of. I compared the photo in detail and it looked identical, the dealer was kind enough to open it up and send photos and the inside also looked identical so I ordered at £130 delivered. The key arrived and I took it apart, yes it was going to work!! Started by pulling out the cover plate with brute force as it's glued in, removing the circuit board after breaking the solder link to the key blade. Mock fitted the circuit board from the donor car and everything lined up, took the blade to Timpson's for cutting which was a big mistake. Timpson's don't guarantee their work if they don't provide the key. I stressed to the guy to make sure he thought he could do it and he said he could, he couldn't and he cut straight through the blade... £130 down the drain. I remembered that when I had the master key cut the shop had a proper laser guided machine and they didn't have an issue with me supplying the key or cutting it. So I ordered another key from the USA and waited another few weeks. The local locksmith had no issue cutting the blade, the machine even read back the code from the key card after it had measured up from the key; which I find fascinating. I should have gone back here initially and have now lost trust in Timpson's antiquated machinery now. It was also half the price. Bought myself a soldering Iron and had a practice, soldered the wire connection to the key blade and put everything back together. Patted myself on the back for the fact it worked on first press!!! I have gone from a valet key and the card to a remote master, master, valet, skeleton and two generic keys I had cut from the master as emergency spares. I'm glad I kept persevering with it, some things for the LS400 are difficult to get hold of but it proves if you keep at it, you can find a solution!
  8. 5 points
    Feast your eyes... 🤪🤣
  9. 5 points
    Here. Excuse the weeds on the drive.
  10. 5 points
    Cheers David, it's just nice to help when possible
  11. 5 points
    From your last 2 perspectives, I wouldn`t walk away...........I`d run.
  12. 5 points
    This morning I fitted my new front upper control arms, that's everything up front replaced now and I would say it feels better than it ever did. A fairly easy job on the LS430, about an hour each side, although in hindsight I should have done it at the same time as the suspension!
  13. 5 points
    So I took the advice of members and fitted a transmission cooler, seems to work fine, drove from Norwich to Edinburgh and back, over 800miles, never missed a beat and 33mpg. Now I can stop worrying about trashing my transmission! And a nice photo by Edinburgh Castle too.
  14. 5 points
  15. 5 points
    On Saturday at about 3pm I ordered these parts from Rockauto, and they were delivered at 11 this morning (Tuesday) That isn't even three days! And less than I thought, £93 all in. And yes I realise they're from the Far East etc but it does make you realise what a massive mark-up there must be on OEM parts.
  16. 4 points
    I particularly like the blue on the RCF. Photo'd in its natural feeding ground too 🙂
  17. 4 points
    There were four trim levels of the 450h when launched. Base, SE, Sport and SEL. All 450h models from '06 to '08 had a boot lip spoiler. Dropped from Base and SE after '08 facelift. '06 to '08 450h SEL fitted with radar cruise and sunroof as standard. After '08 became an option. Sunroof was an option on SE but not Sport. SE, SEL and Sport have ML sound system as standard. Cooled seats option dropped from SE after '08 facelift. Optional part wood steering wheel and gear knob available on '06 to '08 SEL now standard after '08 facelift. You can tell an '08 facelift model from the visible changes, namely the side indicators were moved to the wing mirrors from the front wings, a slightly different grille and the lower rear bumper panels are body coloured. Prior to this they were black. There was a further facelift for the 2010 model year with the differences mainly being, externally, redesigned 18" alloys on SEL and 17" alloys fitted to SE, although the 18" was an option. Front and rear parking sensors removed from SE but but were fitted if the optional 18" wheels were fitted. Also a new front grille. Inside the infotainment system was updated with DAB introduced and the tape player removed but the ML sound system was no longer standard on SE. Wood trim steering wheel and gear knob no longer available on SEL. I believe with this final facelift Base and Sport trim levels were also discontinued. The following may be of help. They are pages from the 2008 brochure.
  18. 4 points
    Hey all! I just signed up today but have been following this thread for some days now. Just to let you know that this morning I took the plunge and updated my UX250h with the stuff being talked about here. I searched using my VIN to be sure I was eligible for it. All went buttery smooth, there was just a moment where it did seem to stall for a couple of minutes, that was at 50% of the last sub-phase (USB3, "Pre Install" phase), but then it completed succesfully and after one last autostart and some seconds I reached the final confirmation page. Used an 8GB stick as USB1, a 256GB Kingston SD card as USB2 and a 128GB SD card as USB3, both cards used with a Lexar card reader. Everything formatted with SD Card Formatter on Windows 10. Basically: USB1, procedure starts by itself after some seconds --> Reboot when asked WITHOUT removing the stick --> Remove USB1 when told so and insert USB2 --> Manually start the update and allow it to proceed --> Turn engine off and back on when told so --> Remove USB2 and insert USB1 again, wait several seconds (30-40) until it starts by itself --> Remove USB1 when told so, turn engine off and back on --> Insert USB3 --> Manually start the update --> This one involves several autostarts and phases, just wait --> Remove USB3 when told so --> Turn engine off and back on --> Insert USB2 --> Manually start the update --> This will update audio to the latest 1075 release --> Turn engine off, wait 1 minute, turn it on and wait 2 minutes --> Done! I had to reconfigure settings (language, time, ...) and to recouple my phone, but link to MyLexus was kept, it wasn't necessary to reconfigure the account. As soon as the unit succeeds in connecting to internet, you'll get a message about you having succesfully migrated to MM19. Only thing left if you want is to update Navigation software from the installed 1120 release to the latest 1140. Has to be downloaded separately as it's not included in the packages.
  19. 4 points
    Thank you very much Barry for that detailed and I expect, painful explanation. It was necessary for me to ask as without it any advice or comment I could offer would have difficult. In a nutshell, I feel that you found yourself between a rock and a hard place. We have all been there at some time in our lives and non of us wish to return. The (Non Lexus) Garage which performed the M.O.T. was local to you and presumably had your confidence. So, it either discharged its rsponsibilities satisfactorily or it didn`t. Being non Lexus, it might not have been up to speed re the air suspension, but it was a registered M.O.T. Testing Station and can therefore be deemed to be competent about all matters suspension notwithstanding its dearth of Lexus knowledge. So, that moves us onto Lexus Cheltenham, which knowingly or unknowingly put you between the rock and the hard place. They knew you were away from home and they were therefore best placed to present you with the dilemma and had an excellent opportunity to increase revenues at your expense. I am most certainly not saying that they did so. I am merely saying that in the grand scheme of events which you outlined, they were best placed to spring a surprise. If they had been acting with the best customer service in mind, they might have offered you the suspension parts which they replaced and suggested that you speak with your local Lexus Dealer about considering an Extended Warranty. They did neither and indeed sought to entice you to buy such a Warranty from them. I would ask Cheltenham for the parts to be returned to you for examination and for you show them to the local garage which performed the M.O.T. for comment. Do not be surprised if they cannot (for whatever reason) and then before you relate the entire sequence of events in writing, to Lexus Customer Services UK. you write to the Dealer Principal at Cheltenham with a copy sent to the MD or CEO of the Lister Group and await comment. Then if necessary write to Lexus Customer Services UK with a request that they consider making a goodwill payment to you on the twin bases of you having been put in a difficult position by Lexus Cheltenham and your vehicle having a full Lexus Service History. And do not forget to ask Exeter to offer you an Extended Warranty at approx £45 pm for 12 months, covering the next 2 years! I hope you find my thoughts to have been useful and please do keep us all updated as to how things go.
  20. 4 points
    When it comes to practical mechanical car jobs, I am about as useful as a chocolate fire guard! However I love it when you guys post threads such as these. Your dedication and determination to see the job through is fantastic. I would love to be able to do just some of the things you manage to achieve. My crowning moment was fitting, obviously with the help of this forum, gas struts to my LS 400's bonnet! Quite an achievement for me. I thank all of you for sharing your work, experience and knowledge on this site. We have all been bitten by the Lexus bug and sharing our passion with others through the club forums is wonderful. There is a whole mine of tips and advice, sometimes hidden in past posts. There is usually someone who can remember an old post for a new member's query. We all gain by sharing our experience and knowledge; overall the this online club, it has very few keyboard warriors and fortunately they tend not to stay around too long on here. Keep posting lads, even for someone as impractical as me, I just love to read about your achievements.
  21. 4 points
    Mission accomplished! Everything went back together without a problem and the car definitely seems perkier, presumably due to the replacement distributor caps and rotor arms. The angle iron again worked perfectly for torquing up the crankshaft bolt. Now looking a bit cleaner too, but I will definitely be painting the slam panel at some point.
  22. 4 points
    Herbie, you are a genius!!! Sure enough, there it was. I obviously hit it while I was feeding cables into the glovebox for the Vline. It's people like you who make this forum a pleasure to be a part of. I hope when I get to know a bit more about the car, I'll be able to help as well.
  23. 4 points
    My GS450h had its 100,000 miles service and Annual Hybrid Battery Health Check and M.O.T. yesterday.(62,000 miles on odometer) Car was collected and returned to me by Lexus Chester in pristine condition. 100,000 service completed satisfactorily and no other action required. Hybrid check was passed and only documentation given to me was a Certificate.No information contained on the reverse. M.O.T. Pass Certificate passed to me with no Advisories. A very pleasant outcome.
  24. 4 points
    Looks like you got it looking and riding perfectly phil - lets hope no more niggly problems crop up - these cars are so silent that even your hands rubbing on the steering starts to get annoying 😃
  25. 4 points
    If one is not happy with the performance of the franchisee (Lexus Dealer), then it,(not Lexus UK) is the first port of call. Request in writing a copy of the franchisee`s Complaints Procedure, (email is an excellent way) and complete the procedure to the spirit and the letter. If at the conclusion of proceedings, you are still unhappy and if the matter has stopped short of involving the Dealer Principal, write to him/her stating clearly and unequivocally why you remain dissatisfied. If after receiving his/her response, you remain unhappy, then involve Lexus UK stating your reasons for remaining dissatisfied and provide copies of all correspondence to date. Do not do anything that would amount to you as the complainant not following procedures.And stick to the facts. By all means ask for advice on this Forum,but do NOT name names.
  26. 4 points
    Back home now after picking up the car. They said they will contact me once the parts have arrived as it will need to be imported in due to lack of stock in the UK. Thank you all for the support
  27. 4 points
    There are a couple of reasons for essentially what is a refusal to perform/complete a hybrid heath check. There is an existing error code relating to the hybrid system. This will be cleared but Toyota/Lexus insist that the vehicle is driven for 400-600 miles (not sure the exact distance) to make sure the fault no longer exists. If the 12v aux battery goes flat/is disconnected then all error codes are wiped, or if codes were purposely cleared. Again 400-600 miles needs to be driven to make sure no faults exist and a code wasn't cleared on purpose to try and get warranty coverage. The reason for the distance is that certain faults only show up intermittently or after a certain conditions e.g. vehicle speed, hard acceleration etc. etc. The distance stipulated means most, if not all conditions, would have been encountered and so Toyota has confidence that the system is working fine. They are relying on the hybrid system itself to detect faults, ones that cannot be tested for in a workshop and within the timeframe allocated to conduct the HHC.
  28. 4 points
    Thanks, it does look good and first registration was March 2017 so still the lower tax amount of £115 a year. Was also surprised that there was no difference at all for my insurance even though this is around 3 times the value.
  29. 4 points
    Hi guys, I have just recently had this problem and managed to sort it. It started with a rusted broken adjuster linked to the sensor which is located on the offside rear suspension. I replaced this part from an eBay seller for £5 including delivery!. However this didn’t cure the problem entirely and after searching eBay and Amazon etc I sourced a new sensor for £25 and ‘bingo’ all is now sorted for a total £30. Result!.
  30. 4 points
    Good point Barry - just shows how the mind can jump to conclusions: A priest, a minister and a rabbit walk into a pub Barman - "What can I get for you?" Rabbit - "Don't ask me - I'm only here because of Autocorrect" A bit like what my brain did when I read the OP
  31. 4 points
    Whilst I agree with replies, the OP said his HUD was reading about 3 mph slower than other indicators not faster. With standard size tyres correctly inflated I would expect the HUD to read faster than other devices. When comparing with satellite devices, it is important that comparative figures should be obtained on level road as hills will make a difference but not to the cars HUD. I have done this exercise on my car and the speedo and HUD which agree show a slightly faster speed than my fitted TomTom or the back up small Garmin. This is what I would expect and also find on my BMW. So in short, if compared as I said, the OP's HUD is suspect and does not comply with the margin speed indicators supplied on the car are meant to show.
  32. 4 points
    Exactly as John says: https://www.thecarexpert.co.uk/how-accurate-is-a-car-speedometer/
  33. 4 points
    I think that you have joined the party quite late Arnett and are not in light of the full "facts" to both my comment and also V10Mikes, this is why you may believe it to be unfair. Recently there have been posts where members (old and new) have come along and posted there "want" (like, that all it is, like) for a GSF, a number of members (including myself) have then engaged in extensive, emails, phone calls, sharing of photos, viewings, some even experiencing test pilots etc, to then get the feedback "it is to expensive mate", well, the price was advertised from the offset, so why engage in all these queries in the first place. A topic got going last week where a number of members expressed interests in other members cars, many members went to great lengths to go into detail into their GSF and then the thread got removed (my understanding been because it become an advertising thread) V10Mike then posted, correctly, in the classifieds and suddenly, all goes quiet - I think that his comment is quite fair and my follow up, simply fact. To add feedback to your comment of financing, well if people want HP / PCP / Loan / Help to buy / eat out to help out / or whatever you want to call it, then they need to be going to the dealers and expressing their "needs". As private owners/sellers we can't accomodate any of the above if that is what the issue is.
  34. 4 points
    There you go, it's still there this morning.
  35. 3 points
    Also, pics or it didn't happen Davey! Let's drool over it together! 🙂
  36. 3 points
    Bart, Your ticket for life`s journey was stamped "single", so just do what you want to do, if you can afford it and so long as you are not upsetting anybody !
  37. 3 points
    Delighted to tell you that the car sold to the first person to show up looking at it. He said it's exactly as advertised and took no time in saying he wants it. Very happy with the buyer, he's from the same cut as myself and my father, and will take great care of it. He and a few others thought the advert was hilarious and helped bring their interest, boring "basic" ads lack personality. Over the top is entertaining, and keeps people reading to the bottom. Tango passed in January and I had the pleasure of driving the car for about 1,000 miles but decided very quickly it isn't for me. I just wanted to drive his prized car, listen to his iPod, remember him and put it through some action before selling it on to a wealthier owner who can take care of it properly. I drive a racing V6 MR2, and a cheap(ish) boosted daily driver that I built myself - as you can probably see from the advert photos. Driving an expensive super saloon is like dangling a Rolex out of the window that I was gifted and didn't earn. £16,800 was not overpriced it would have sold for £17,500 maybe £18,000 but my patience is thin. RE: the Bose system, I was only describing from memory and someone messaged to let me know it was the ML upgrade, not Bose. Adaptive suspension perhaps not but certainly feels like rebound settings are harder in Sport than normal, immediately noticeable when going down crap roads or motorway. If you don't think the car hunkers down immediately on pressing Sport and appears a bit harder, then you perhaps have ancient butt cheeks 🙂 I appreciate the kind words for my father, he was very fond of the car and we took great care of it together. It has since been clayed, polished, coated and kept pristine by myself and my friends. I read his old posts on here and was delighted to see how much like me he was while I was away at university and missed a lot of the IS250 stuff. I'm amused you thought a funny OTT advert would delay the sale, I think any other person would have taken it immediately as well.
  38. 3 points
  39. 3 points
    I’ll try for some action clips this weekend, it’s pretty aggressive sounding when pushed 😎😎😎
  40. 3 points
    eBay, Credit card, PayPal - raise a claim?
  41. 3 points
    Could I have the jelly worm please provided there’s not too much carpet fluff on it 😀
  42. 3 points
    Hello. Finally decided to take the short walk from the CT forum down to the UX forum. Traded in my MY17 CT for a new UX250H. The car has the Premium Plus pack with the Tech and Sound pack. Colour is blue with white ash upholstery. Initial thoughts are that the car suits me better than the CT. The CT was a great car but wanted something bigger but not as big as the NX. Full report later.
  43. 3 points
    That`s a great story David. Not what I expected at all.I would therefore buy a used car from you if I was in the market for one. Many thanks for responding.
  44. 3 points
    I feel a new thread may be about to start...
  45. 3 points
    Well, we traded the RX300 in about two and a half years ago and I put these LEDs in about 18 months before that, so I can't remember exactly which variant is needed - but both links you've provided go to the same variant anyway? In fact, I'm so sure that they're the correct ones that if the don't fit, I'll refund you the cost of them EDIT: I think I see what you mean now - the ones I got have 6 LED chips each side with 3 on the top, whereas the ones pictured in the advert have 18 each side and 9 on the top. I'm afraid I don't know what the difference (if any) will be. All I can say is that they will physically fit and the link is the one I used years ago - maybe the trader just changed the item behind the link if that makes sense?
  46. 3 points
    Hello to you all and trust you are keeping safe and well Have taken the plunge and traded in my MY17 CT for new UX250H The CT was a great car but wanted something a little bigger. Ta ta for now but will be dropping in to see how you folks and your CT's are getting on.
  47. 3 points
    I think I have too many on the Celsior with 2 retrofitted integrated rear fog lights, 2 reversing lights, 4 brake lights plus the high level one and 6 rear lights.
  48. 3 points
    There we are then, a list so small it hardly deserves a mention, I bet you wouldn't see that on a German car forum!
  49. 3 points
  50. 3 points
    The RX is a bit tall to get a bike up on/off the roof safely anyway isn't it? Unless you carry step ladders around?




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