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  1. Everyone is their own safety officer and at the end of the day that decision is yours not your Manager's,keep safe.
    8 points
  2. Clean MOT Pass yesterday afternoon. Only done a little over 4,000 miles since the 5th Jan 2020. Only mentioned (not reported) issue is excessive tyre wear on inside of the front left tyre. Probably just needs an alignment check and a new tyre. Not urgent as the inside still has 3mm tread (5mm elsewhere). The MOT tester asked if I wanted to sell it. When I said no, he told me all the LS owners say that. I pointed him at this forum and he said he'd have a look as he's wanted one for some time. He said he loves testing them as they have so little rust underneath and just feel solid a
    6 points
  3. I think the Lexus engineers need a word with their oppo's at Hyundai. My wife's Ioniq has one of these buttons: If the 12v battery goes flat for any reason (it hasn't yet and the car gets as much use as mine at the moment, which isn't much) a simple press pushes lots of volts from the hybrid battery to the 12v battery and off you go again. Or something like that. Following some fun with my late father's iQ ("Satan"), I bought one of these: It has been used to start my IS300h a couple of times now and will remain in the boot. Just in case.
    5 points
  4. My employer was expecting me to go back in office at least one day a week, and was surprised when I expressed my concerns. Thank heavens they were beaten up verbally by another manager who defended my 'Why go in when I can work from home'. I am still recovering with Long Covid issues, but at least I am getting better. I know if two people who have dies of Covid, one of them was isolating to the ultimate extreme due to their other health issues, but the bug still got them. This bug still ain't finished messing us about, so anyone who has suffered, i know how yuck it is, and anyone
    5 points
  5. Give Richard @Hybrid Battery Solutions a phone call https://www.hybridbatterysolutions.co.uk/
    5 points
  6. Naughty temporary fix So, my 113K miles RX appears to be working fine thank god. My temporary insulated crocodile clip fix holding in a 120 amp rated wire plus a non conductive block between the split fuse seems to work. All electrics work except the steering wheel tilt at ignition. Will have to check that. No warnings yippee Brand new auxiliary battery behaving itself and maintaining 14.2 V charge. Consistent charging
    5 points
  7. Sorry about the delay in updating everyone. So I sent the car to a local garage and they were able to fix it ( They cut the wires through and installed a new connector). Total cost 80 pounds. I now have anti rodent tape over the wiring looms and connectors (the ones I can reach to). Installed a battery operated Rat repellent (I just pop in somewhere in the engine bay when the car engine area is cool and parked up) The main thing is, I now park it elsewhere away from the usual parking spot till the council fix the pest issue. We have seen a reduction in the rats lately due t
    4 points
  8. Thanks for all of the replies. I have decided to buy out the finance and keep the car for another coupe of years and then see what is on offer then.
    4 points
  9. Hi Steve I tow 1650kgs with Gen3 (2013) RX450h Premier and it is a brilliant tow car, ample power, stable and of course sheer luxury. Fuel low twenties per gallon. Good job your potential RX already has a towbar - saves you around £1200 after market fit on a Gen4. I use cruise control as often as possible because it can be easy to exceed limits without noticing but probably not so much with another 250kgs behind. I assume you will be towing a twin axle caravan and at 1900kgs fuel consumption will probably drop to high teens. Over the last 15 years or so, I have towed our various cara
    4 points
  10. Many thanks! All I can say is WOW! Due to the lockdown I only managed to drive the car on the Saturday afternoon. However, due to some essential chores I managed to put approx. 100' on it - mainly on 'A' roads with a bit of motorway work. The roads were wet with dissolved salt and very slippy, so I had to take it fairly easy. However, as the miles piled on I got more and more confident with it's grip and handling. So much so, that I was driving it at the end as if the roads were dry. I knew it was a pretty quick car, but what impressed me the most was the steering / handling.
    4 points
  11. Tend to agree with all the above comments. Prior to retirement, I had a couple of Prius as a taxi for 6 years. Bought an ISF when I retired, and now have an RC300h, both purchased as a step up from Toyota. When service time comes along, I've had a demo Lexus as a courtesy car, and on all occasions, been glad to get back in to my own. I can't see myself purchasing another newish Lexus, as I don't think the quality is there now. Add in the fact I won't have an SUV style of vehicle, and I won't have an opportunity for a CT sized car as they don't do one now. So back to Toyo
    4 points
  12. you've done well James with that price of £768 if the head gasket set is £200 ,a skim £80, new head bolts £100 they havent charged much for labour dont forget you will have a 12month lexus guarantee on the work carried out as well for piece of mind. enjoy your car and give the engine bay a clean yourself you know its been done properly.
    4 points
  13. I have got my car back for the second time from Snows repair centre at Southampton. They took it back because I was not happy with some things, the main one being the air suspension compressor/pump. They agreed the noise it was making was excessive and must have been damaged in the accident. They said it would add another 2K£ to the cost (which seems a bit much to me but I'm not paying), so would have to get this approved. Anyway, this and other things now done and I am looking for a legitimate reason to be able to use it in these times of Government imposed restrictions. Meanwhile,
    4 points
  14. Swapped the cars on the drive, nothing else to do!
    3 points
  15. spoke to him today, he certainly knows his stuff. He's confirmed the battery is dying and replacing a few cells will get me out of trouble short term but in the long term its a new battery that's required. He can supply and fit a new battery for the same money as Toyota can supply but the cells are supposedly able to hold 15% more energy and they last longer, as a result ev performance and overall mpg will be better than previous. The battery will be replaced soon and Im pretty sure im going to go down the new route. I plan on keeping the car for another year, by which time it w
    3 points
  16. https://www.theclayclothcompany.co.uk/car-insurance-post-code-ratings.html This may be of interest to a good number of folk on here.
    3 points
  17. Did the annual service at the dealer and got the car cleaned.
    3 points
  18. Sorry to learn of your prang Bilal. What Linas has put may sound daunting but very well put and gives you a great insight. To repair that car with used parts would be high hundreds but thousands in new parts. If you are that way inclined as to do the repair yourself then I wonder if its possible to withdraw your car from the claim and cover the costs yourself or get some advice and quotes from any garages you know of. Keep us informed.
    3 points
  19. here an image of glyn's premium audio boot install
    3 points
  20. You aren't in EV mode. Driver forced EV mode is limited to around 25 to 30 mph (lower when cold). The petrol engine being turned off by the hybrid system isn't EV mode, that, for want of a term is EV in operation which can happen up to around 55 mph on the NX. Vehicles with a newer generation of hybrid system will allow higher speeds, around 70 mph.
    3 points
  21. If it's of any interest, I was sent a survey following my recent service. In the "Is there anything which Lexus can do to improve your experience?" section (the wording may have been different), I wrote, in capitals, "Bring the fourth generation IS to the UK". I am sure that this will change minds back at HQ in Japan.
    3 points
  22. Sorry Vas, I didn`t intend to confuse you. I now understand that they have confirmed to you in writing that you have rejected the vehicle and will collect it from you when they are able. I`m sure that you will be glad to see the back of it. I have joined the VW ID3 Forum and can understand why you have not been acknowledged. As you say similar problem abound. Thankfully you still have your Lexus. VW does seem to try really hard to displease its customers. Good luck and please do tell us all when the problem vehicle has left your occupancy.
    3 points
  23. Linas, I had all types of car and I well know the differences between FWD and RWD, but you are quite too biased toward RWD. In normal use, for power till 250 HP, nowadays FWD car are easier to drive and more intuitive to a not pilot driver. That does not mean that RWD today are dangerous, as various electronic devices help to have a safe driving, but , if you are not driving a high power car FWD behavior is more intuitive. What a unexperienced driver does when, on a slippery road on exit from a curve, car tends to go straight? He brakes, and increases steering angle: this is a posit
    3 points
  24. I have just taken the 2 year extended warranty so agree with your general sentiment but I still maintain that if the parent company can offer 5 years then paying a premium for a posher Toyota should get you the same deal
    3 points
  25. Any OBD2 reader will work on a 2002 SC430 if you just want to read faults codes.
    3 points
  26. For what its worth I have just had to buy my Daughter a 'new car' as her old one was 'rear ended' and written off just before Christmas. The other driver accepted full responsibility and they provided a hire car for a 'limited' period while she got sorted out with a new motor. We had the same problem of not being able to 'enter' the showroom or test drive a vehicle but there is nothing to stop you visiting the forecourt and looking at the cars. We ended up buying a car from the same dealer group - Inchcape - but it was in stock at a different location as the one in stock at our local deal
    3 points
  27. Remember a FWD car effectively pulls the car forward by the front wheels and a RWD car pushes it forward via the back wheels, From my advanced driver training days I remember being told to Not put the power down Too early in a bend with a RWD car whereas you can with a FWD car, FWD will drag you in direction you are pointing, RWD will push you sideways, you can see lots of examples of this on yooToob!!! Mostly not ending well Ha!
    3 points
  28. Thank you guys, for all your updates. Yes, it still has the front and rear dashcams fitted. Clearly the dealer has made a profit here, but I don't have a problem with that. We all go to work to earn money! I presently feel like a 5 year old on Christmas Eve - I just can't wait until tomorrow 😂👆
    3 points
  29. I think the sweet spot is probably somewhere between the two. There are plenty of no-name (or silly, obviously made up name) cheap Chinese ones out there that you really shouldn't waste money on, but I also think spending that amount of money is way OTT. I have one made by DB Power and a mechanic mate has one made by Suaoki, both reasonably well known companies with good reputations. I've used mine about 20 times (never on my own car) and, being a mechanic, he uses his much more. I think mine was about £60-£65 and his was about £75-£80 and neither of them have ever let us down.
    2 points
  30. The Lexus asset protector insurance only covers minor cosmetic damage that can be repaired by an operator from a mobile van on your drive. I would say your options are: 1. Claim on your insurance policy. An insurance repair should use new replacement parts and if the car is less than six months old most insurers will replace the car. Obviously you lose your damage excess and, even if you have a protected NCB there will be an at fault claim on your insurance record so your premiums will go up. Note this may be your only option if you don't own the car outright - e.g. it is leased or f
    2 points
  31. Sometimes you get what you pay for. A cheap no name Chinese company selling a poorly designed product under multiple different brands on Ebay and Amazon in which you may be lucky and get ones that works, or purchase a product from a large company that has an imagine to uphold and conforms to all the required safety standards across the world and provides owner support.
    2 points
  32. Here is how to test the seat cushion heater continuity (1997 model):
    2 points
  33. 50mph for me. As soon as I exceed 50 the petrol engine switches on. As others have said, the slightest increase of pressure on the accelerator at speeds between about 30 and 50 will do the same. Have to treat the accelerator like it has eggs underneath it!
    2 points
  34. In all intents and purposes, if the ICE is off, therefore not providing power, and it’s running purely on battery, that is EV mode. Even the little green light agrees and states the car is running EV mode As to the pedantry of EV mode / in operation, is simply semantics
    2 points
  35. I believe the previous owner took it round the Ring (with the family in the car), the car is fairly well known on the forum during his ownership. The service history shows the car had always been looked after and never wanted for anything. Essentially it’s an honest car with a few minor stone chips, interior is in excellent order and there is nothing that feels tired in any way.
    2 points
  36. ^^ Agree about the interior, it’s superb! I think they were - as usual for the motoring press - making their point about the infotainment but conflating that with the interior in general. Journalistic standards these days aren’t what they were!
    2 points
  37. I've had a reply and they are currently out of stock, so they raised their price to prevent orders. When they get new stock in, they say they will correct the price. Strange way to run a business, but OK. 🤣 I ordered these in the end. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/2X-FRONT-BONNET-HOOD-GAS-STRUTS-FITS-LEXUS-SEDAN-LS430-2001-2006-5344059115-/183390158334 They come with a 3 year warranty and for £17 for the pair I'm not going to be too upset if they fail after that.
    2 points
  38. Did I just notice you are looking at RX450L? A far as I am aware, a towbar cannot be fitted to the L version. You need to check before commiting to buy !!!!!!!!!
    2 points
  39. It absolutely is the case, or certainly was. Look at a 2010 Auris hybrid compared to a CT. The CT has higher quality, softer touch materials, improved NVH, better specifications where certain options just aren't available on the Toyota, and it is assembled in a plant which has higher quality control standards for paint finish and panel gaps etc. Where the CT has fallen away is that it is essentially the same vehicle now as it was when launched whereas the Toyota went though a complete redesign with the later Auris and now again with the Corolla - each time improving. Reliability is t
    2 points
  40. Ive been doing some testing this afternoon....... Within tech stream I can monitor the difference in the voltages across the battery blocks, sadly you can only select 8 at a time!! So I set the test up twice, with the car in Neutral, A/C running so as to create a drain I ran it until I got the charge battery error massage on the dash. Once the alarm sounds then the snapshots were taken, you can see the min/max markers on each block ive read somewhere that if there’s more that 0.3 v between blocks then that can signify a cell that’s weak/faulty
    2 points
  41. Yep the rear brakes need more love and attention because, as you say, they work less. Same applies on most cars. Next time will take a lot less time just to grease them. When I did them this morning it was a learning curve and cleaning properly. The main bit was cleaning out the lower caliper pin bores which which were rusty, not easy to do and takes a bit of brain matter, abrasive paper and brake cleaner😉
    2 points
  42. Do try to stay safe Phil and Malc. A glass of wine and/or a wee dram daily will not do either of you any harm !
    2 points
  43. I know there are a lot of these out there but I had a play with an app called Car Scanner today, a free download and free to use app with a lot of functionality. I used it via Carista with a Bluetooth connection to an iPad while the car was both static with the ignition on and when out on a run. All of the data recorded can be shown in graph format with the ability to choose just one or any number on the screen to do comparisons. See pics. Might be boring to most but if you like lots of tech data (I’m an ex Royal Navy marine engineer, we recorded everything!) then this might be interesting.
    2 points
  44. Very sorry to read that Mark, but really pleased that you have pulled through.
    2 points
  45. +1 enjoy your car and give the engine bay a clean yourself you know its been done properly. And you'll reconnect with the car and make it yours again. Sounds odd I know, but it works for me!
    2 points
  46. So, the IS300h is back. Lexus Leeds charged £768 for the head gasket change. Which I think is a more than fair price. Still come away from the experience feeling a bit let down. Since picking the car up I have noticed that there are a few marks over the car that were not there before and the engine bay hasn't been cleaned after the work or left in a very tidy state. I guess you could argue that I paid less for the service due to the problems I had with customer service to start with, but at the end of the day I am still a customer and have paid out a lot of money for a repair that in my eyes i
    2 points
  47. In answer to the question about where we live, it is a very small village at 3000 ft up a 6 km small and steep mountain road. The road is cleared regularly so it is not a problem unless you want to leave or are coming back from somewhere when it is snowing. I suppose we would put chains on then. But we do go skiing and you can get caught in bad weather then. However as I said before we obviously WILL have snow tyres as we do now on the xtrail. Thanks for all your answers and I think we will go for an NX.
    2 points
  48. That's really good to hear. And if you think the entrance is tight you should have seen it when the premises were in a Brighton mews! Another MK4 LS400 has made a permanent appearance near our house, I often see it when I walk the dog. I think they're a fantastic looking car, and when you walk past one they just look sooo long!
    2 points


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