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  1. Well having owned 4 Lexus since 206 I have now decided it is time to move on. My business mileage due to cOVID has dwindled from 500 miles a week to Zero. My wife doesn't like to drive my current RX so we needed something smaller and suitable for our Scottish holidays (Ground clearance needed to get to the holiday house we rent). We couldn't see anything in the Lexus /Toyota range that appealed and most other brands small SUV's are auto only in diesel. The thought of downsizing and getting something that would be capable offroad when we go to Scotland and Exmoor appealed.
    8 points
  2. I thought I might share with you my first 90 day experience of owning a RX450H which may resonate with other people or not as the case may be, and in no particular order; Despite it having the footprint as my XKR this is a big unit and without the rear camera I would need a HGV licence to reverse and still haven't braved parallel parking😊 The internal dimensions are huge which is great for my dog crate but is ruddy cold in winter thank goodness for heated seats and gloves 😁 Yet despite its bulk on the road it is surprisingly Inconspicuous and doesn't draw attention which has it
    6 points
  3. Just wanted to pop up a thanks of appreciation for the help and advice re RC F’s last month As a result, I now have a new RC F on order from Lexus Milton Keynes to my own spec as follows: RC F standard Azure Blue White semi aniline leather with silver inlays standard 7 twin spoke graphite wheels blind spot monitor with rear cross traffic alert carbon inlays sunroof mark levinson audio with card key to say I’m looking forward to getting the car is an understatement. Car is due to arrive at the dealership in august for a September 1st registratio
    6 points
  4. Or, if the OP has somewhere like this near to him
    6 points
  5. I believe John is referring to the original statement that you made regarding refunds on extended warranties, by which you seem to suggest as a fact something that isn't correct. As you have stated, this is a discussion forum, so others that read what you have said may take it to mean that you have researched the topic and are referring to something other than just what you believe to be true. This could lead to members not pursuing a refund on their warranties based on what you have stated. So, by that rational, perhaps it would have been better if you had quantified your suppositi
    5 points
  6. My engine bay after 217,000 miles!
    5 points
  7. My 2000 and I have been together now for 6 years. In that time she has only cost me several Oil Changes, a set of tires, two O2 Sensors, a set of wiper blades and numerous gallons of gas. I did "splash out" on a full fluids change (Transmission, Coolant and Oil again) last year as a 5 year treat 🙂 I have now increased her mileage from 69K (2013) to 95K (2021) and probably would have hit 6 figs last year had it not been for COVID lockdown. At 21 years old, I'm looking at major suspension maintenance later this year and may change the Timing Belt/Water Pump/Pulleys etc. purely because
    4 points
  8. Hope you all enjoy the Subaru pics. I may well return to Lexus in the future, but the loss of between £450 and £850 a month mileage payments really made this decision very easy . I'm sure I'll look in from time to time , certainly so far I'm very impressed with Unity Motors at Balsall Common- the guy I'm dealing with previously worked at Lexus Birmingham and with Jaguar /Land Rover. He left LandRover because he was fed up with the abusive phone calls from unhappy customers - he said he averaged 7 a day! Best wishes to you all Les
    4 points
  9. This is so true about Lexus cars. My daughter and husband bought my RX300 from me. They did this out of expediency, rather than a burning desire to own a Lexus. After having the car for a few weeks and then travelling to Norfolk for a break, my son-in-law LOVES the car now. He had ridden in it a few times but actually owning the car has made a big impression on him.
    4 points
  10. Thats just a minor detail, at my age you take what you can get.
    4 points
  11. I don't really have many pics of the car just yet just this one I took just after my 2nd jab today at Batchwood Hall:
    4 points
  12. Aware I’m reviving an older thread, but over the past three weeks I’ve done about 2,000 motorway miles. I’ve actually found the NX to be almost the perfect companion in this context, because; 1. It cruises at 70-75mph effortlessly, and it is supremely quiet. My new Avon tyres have helped in this regard, and I’m happy to say they are exceptional. 2. An NX remains the most comfortable car I’ve ever had. The seats offer just the right amount of support whilst not being too hard, and the armrests are in the perfect place for me! 3. Radar cruise control and lane assist work very well
    4 points
  13. Today just traded in my trusty immaculate IS 300 h for a black NX300 h . The ride , comfort , seats , space are far superior but I’m still sorry to see my IS go . The new owner doesn’t know how lucky they are !
    3 points
  14. Looks like southern Spain maybe, the only salt on the road being the time someone dropped their tub of Saxa on the way home from the Supermacardo. Mine is similar mileage now at 96k but 6 years older, it’s early life in Japan, a dry garage and yearly under wash helping with preservation.
    3 points
  15. Dear friends, I have been a massive fan of the Lexus brand for a long long time. I joined this club back in 2005 and was going to buy an Altezza back then but ended up buying a 190E 2.5-16. I completely restored that, which was a pretty big job. Great car but it missed that special something in my opinion. I always loved the LS400, much more so than than the 430. The purity of design and purpose of the LS400 still holds up today. A few years ago i came across P305 CCT, a 1997 LS400. I saw pictures of it outside Lexus Edinburgh and fell in love. Unfortunately i missed out on
    3 points
  16. Many years after this thread last stopped, people are still having this problem. I had the same problem this week (sometimes the system wouldn't work, sometimes there were only a few haphazard guide lines) so for anyone else who comes across this thread, I fixed it by disconnecting the 12v battery and reconnecting it. Essentially the old "have you tried turning it off and on again" trick. I suspect it was connected to me getting a new battery installed a few weeks earlier.
    3 points
  17. Some progress on the bearing replacement: My friendly non franchise Merc garage didn’t have the equipment to help and a few garages ran away for cover…but UK Tekniks in Maidenhead who have a Lexus/Toyota guru on board gave me a quick slot for Saturday. With the upright in a small suitcase, I took the train to Maidenhead from Reading. I was back in under 2 hours. This evening I started to put things back together. I didn’t intend to to it all but make a start. In not very much time I had the upright on and upper arm on and torqued up. I used my electric impact wrench to driv
    3 points
  18. The tragedy of cars like the Vel Satis and Avantime is about the inability of the British consumer to dare to be different. Go back to the 1970s and French luxury cars like the Renault 30, Peugeot 604 and Citroen CX were relatively common, along with Italian and Japanese options like the Alfa 90, Datsun Laurel and Toyota Crown. Unfortunately, at some stage we seem to have become obsessed that the only luxury choice was German, or at a push a Volvo, Rover, Jaguar or Daimler. As the German options became the default ‘middle management’ choice - think marble lions outside a ghastly mock Tudo
    3 points
  19. And one thing you do is save money. Changing rotors + pads on all four wheels, i was quoted £3000 (Norway🙃) from all workshops i asked for quotes from. I spent a week doing the job, because once i got it disassembled i found broken threads on bolts, siezed pistons etc, so had to change calipers and holders on the front. And a lot of rust everywhere (Norwegian winter + salting of roads), so i basically had to beat everything into submission. Rear calipers involved the rear of an axe to twist the caliper of the rotor (copper paste be damned). Had to buy tools etc to handle the extra wo
    3 points
  20. Time passes fast! My NX was three years old yesterday, and had its first MOT and an annual service on Friday. Apple Car Play was installed at the same time, but I haven’t had a chance to play with it yet as I still need to buy the appropriate cable. I still love my NX. Reading back through this thread I remember thinking I’d downsize at 3-4 years, but there just isn’t anything I’ve seen or driven that I like as much as what I have. The comfort, along with the build quality, has made me appreciate the car more as time has passed. That’s very impressive - impressive enough for me to de
    3 points
  21. It is, never seen that addition before but appears colour matched. More weird is the “I haven’t got the time and skills to fix it” but what seems to be an air intake jubilee clip sat on the driver’s seat so someone seems to have had a go at fixing it. 15K now up to £7600.00! Finishes today, 2 bidders seem to be in the running, I wonder what Ladbrokes are offering on the winner pulling out, the runner up declining a second chance and a re-list.
    3 points
  22. Ive got nothing by high praises for Lexus Croydon and the staff there, they look after both our Lexus’s … RCF and NX and have always gone above and beyond our expectations yeahhhhh go lexus Croydon lol 😂 sorry but the Croydon team is actually the best I’ve dealt with over my 18yrs of lexus ownerships and dont usually big upa dealer up but in my experience these get 5stars unfortunate you didnt get the same experience but luckily you got your problem resolved
    3 points
  23. I didnt find the gearbox as unnatural as a lot of journo's make out. Its very smooth and suits the character of the car. I was surprised by how much the car follows the camber of the road, especially under braking. I initially mistook it for wheel alignment until I noticed it in both directions. So much so that I had to call future brother-in-law (who also owns a GS) to see if this was normal. Turns out it is- has anyone else noticed this? I think youre right about the feedback the car gives you. Certainly in the BMW there's a better feeling through the steering wheel as to what is going
    3 points
  24. Turns out the answer to the original question was yes. Very happy to say I put a deposit on a 2012 GS450H F Sport yesterday after a test drive. Everything you guys mentioned turned out to be correct. I really appreciated the quiet confidence of the car and the overall comfort. Ill take a hit on equivalent boot space and maybe some in cabin features like Android Auto but tell the truth the overall package is extremely compelling. Very excited for collection.
    3 points
  25. Up-Date 1. After c.400 miles of relativity short trips the mpg remains in the low 40's. 2.The Factory fitted ACP is slicker to operate than the Dealer fit & Siri is super efficient for destinations & phone calls. 3.The AVS is softer in D-mode which results in having to slow right down when driving over National Trust roads & fields. 4.Jetting to Worcester this week-end which is 99% motorway & will be interested if the improved economy holds. Tel
    3 points
  26. There is something interesting about the stretch of the A1 from the Hatfield Tunnel to South Mimms. My current wife has had surgery on her leg at RNOH Stanmore which has required quite a few trips down there. The time before last, we were just about to emerge from the tunnel when everything went blue, flashy and noisy. An unmarked 3 Series came hoofing by at a rate of knots with its stealth blues and twos on. As we arrived at South Mimms for a comfort break, we saw the 3 Series parked up alongside a marked patrol car. A ne'er-do-well was being detained by the occupants of both cars. I'm sure t
    3 points
  27. Having had 4 M.B. cars in the last 27 years, I can vouch for their unreliability and the unavailable, so called, Dealer Service. Such technology will appeal to Corporate Buyers who can afford it ,but by the time the vehicle filters down to the Private Individual, all Warranty will have disappeared and even 10% of one Bitcoin will not cover the costs of repair. Leave well alone. Wait until Hyundai offers it with a 10 YEAR WARRANTY.
    3 points
  28. In terms of specs and difference between the IS and NX, official figures from Lexus Same engine different output. The UX has the 2 litre engine but more efficient hybrid system. IS 300H UX 250H NX 300H Engine 4 cylinders in-line 4 cylinders in-line 4 cylinders in-line Displacement (cc) 2,494 1,987 2,494 Total system output bhp (engine + battery/) 220 176
    2 points
  29. I had the same issue with a front strut rod bush, the camber bolt becomes corroded inside the bush (which cover most of the bolt) and you cannot shift it no matter what you do using the normal diy home mechanic methods of plus gas/penetrating fluid etc. I spent hours under the car with a 10 ton hydraulic puller, bit by bit moving it until it came out but it bowed/bent the bracket. I put the new bushes in and tightening up pushed the bracket straight again but it took some doing. Then I discovered I could have taken the complete arm off with the bracket and worked on it on the bench and pressed
    2 points
  30. Congrats and welcome to the F club 😉 ML is the nuts and I couldn't do without my card key, so handy to slip into my wallet... just don't walk out the car without it in your pocket 😆 The blue will look lovely especially being fresh! How many sleeps til delivery? 🤣
    2 points
  31. If you live in a built up area where your vehicle might be a target then you might want to avoid a hybrid vehicle older than 2015. In theory any car could be a target but it is the old hybrids that currently are.
    2 points
  32. When I was 11 my Grandparents who I lived with bought a remote cottage in Herefordshire in 1990. It had no water, electricity and was on a common with a mile long track. Grandparents took a risk buying as apparently no vehicle access, even though track in use by farmers with sheep on common/hillside. Had grant for extension/bathroom. Waited a year for electricity! 8k. Using 14kva lister generator that was unreliable! Ran it on red diesel, local farmer let us use his tank at yard. Got generator up hill with 3x 4wd vehicles. First a Subaru brat pickup chained to a Daihatsu 4 track, behind t
    2 points
  33. The Renault Vel Satis and the rest of its family fell from the top of the Ugly Tree and hit every branch on the way down. Hideous things.
    2 points
  34. It's a European scheme. Available in France: https://www.lexus.fr/ownership/warranty/lexus-relax/
    2 points
  35. I’ve always done my own but have trolley jacks and axle stands, do not go under a car just on its own jack! Basic tools required, hardest part can be the filter removal but all in all a 3/10 easy job. Link is for LS400 but is similar http://www.lexls.com/tutorials/lubrication/oilchange.html
    2 points
  36. Agreed - new windscreen washer sensor (approx £400 fitted) and two new front wheel bearings at 80k miles (didn't ask what they would have cost) on mine - all done under Extended Warranty. I was happy paying for the Extended Warranty and feel it has been a good decision for me. Even if I hadn't claimed anything I would have been happy paying for peace of mind. My concern is whether I run the car with no warranty after November - I can probably afford repair bills as needed but do I really want to?
    2 points
  37. The RX has three; two in the engine bay (one for each bank of the V6 engine) and one under the vehicle. (*1 in the diagram) The NX has two; one in the engine bay and one under the vehicle, although the one under is near the engine bay and not as easy to get to as the RX. (*2 in the NX diagram)
    2 points
  38. Herbie, page 632 of the following US manual shows a single interior fuse box on the driver's side. I assume it will be mirrored and therefore be on the driver's side for the RHD vehicles. https://drivers.lexus.com/t3Portal/document/om-s/OM0E042U/pdf/OM0E042U.pdf I believe there is a 7.5A Dome fuse in there.
    2 points
  39. Never used my front sensors - only to see if they work!
    2 points
  40. Oddly enough I can vividly recall a time when I thought exactly the same thing but time, aspirations and luck have a habit of working in your favour 🍀
    2 points
  41. And who could possibly disagree with that? But as with the real life example I just gave in the post above, the lack of proper control is only demonstrated after the accident! As I noted, steering wheel mounted controls at least provide a less distracting method of control. But my Lexus, in common with probably all modern cars, still provides many opportunities to look away from the road while searching for a particular button. You could argue that, in that respect, automatics are safer than a manual change - although I doubt any of us can even remember the last time we had to look
    2 points
  42. I am on 178K so i'm on the way to the 200K !
    2 points
  43. Don't take a 2006 IS220D to a Lexus dealer FFS unless you like throwing money away, a caliper replacement is bread and butter for any mechanic, I am not a mechanic but could probably do it had I some work bench since I have already done all fluids, coolant and tricky spark plugs on my Subaru, all 6 of them. I am an Electronic Engineer however coolant, oil, PS fluid, spark plugs etc are all pretty easy so I suggest you invest in some good tools and do it yourself and you know for sure the parts are actually fitted, good quality ones at that. For brakes and any serious safety critical
    2 points
  44. Its just run 102000 miles I looked down into the inlet and the backs of the valves are clean only slight carbon considering these direct injection engines are prone to carbon build up up especially in USA where they have poorer fuel I was very happy with the state of them, it did have a small erratic idle occasionally just shook as if wind was blowing car but since I cleaned the throttle body it's gone. The tickover was 1500rpm after cleaning due to the ecu having setting the idle to the position the throttle flap was in due to the carbon build up on the opening flap had held it open slig
    2 points
  45. You do know she was a he. You might change your mind, depending on how open you are!
    2 points
  46. Hello All, I am writing this thread to help fellow future Lexus owners. There is an IS250 new buyers thread, but can't see one for IS220D. I have had the joys(not) of owning a 220D. I thought of writing this thread for new potential buyers of this car. If there was a thread for IS220D before going to test drive my old IS220D, I wouldn't have never got it, and would have just went for IS250 instead LOL! 🙂 PROS : * Very good spec for the year of the car - I have had the Sport model, which came with auto lights + wipers, memory seats, fully electric seats with lumbar supp
    2 points
  47. yes i wouldn't say no, although i am not keen on the Tattoos
    2 points
  48. Holy thread resurrection Batman!
    2 points






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