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  1. New RX collected this morning, and what lovely weather for it! She certainly got nice and dirty on the journey back down the M4 after collection...🙄 As always, the team at Lexus Swindon were excellent. A nice - and unusual - gift of Japanese spoons accompanied the car which was presented perfectly. After connecting mobile telephone and logging in to Lexus Link, a quick tour of the major controls, some final paperwork and she was mine. Sonic White looks beautiful under the showroom lights 😍. Will contact Lexus to get the full paper manuals sent - assume they still do this - and will play with the incredible tech over the next couple of days. I'm glad I got one with the tech & safety packs as I especially love the blind spot monitor and the panoramic roof which makes the interior so light. And now, the photographs…
    11 points
  2. My initial impressions of the RX aren’t a surprise - after all, I had one on loan for 6-8 weeks four years ago, and had one for three days before making my decision to swap. What I will find interesting will be the long term ownership differences between an RX and an NX. TBH I’ve never really understood the ‘seat comfort’ thing. I found the NX to be supremely comfortable, and in some ways the slightly smaller seats suited me better. Personally I’d say there’s nothing in it. Where the RX does really score bonus points, is the general refinement and silence. The NX was excellent in this regard, but only when driven gently (which is what I tend to do). However, the RX takes things to a whole new level. NX very good, RX superb. Fuel economy comparisons will need to wait for the RX engine to ‘run in’ a bit. My previous experience showed the RX to be 5-10 mpg lower than the NX, but - and it’s a big but - those were loan cars, so I may have driven them (ahem) more enthusiastically than I drive my own car. I’ll now be in a position to compare like for like, but not for a few weeks yet. The RX also scores highly for the extra equipment, although it is significantly more expensive. I never knew I needed a heated steering wheel until this morning! Also love the panoramic roof, HUD and blind spot monitors. The NX had more bells and whistles than I thought I needed, and now it turns out I’m seduced by even more tech! Once I’ve had the car for a few weeks I’ll write up a proper comparison based on my opinions of both cars.
    9 points
  3. Hi all. Update. After 77 days of hanging on the ramp in Lexus garage, I got my baby back. The engineer working on my car said , that in his entire career in Toyota\Lexus service(22years) he never had such a problem. The gearbox and all associated parts which had contact with transmission oil were replaced for brand new according to Lexus technical department recommendation with hefty bill over 17, 000 British pounds just for the parts. Everything what been uninstalled from my car had been sent back to factory for post mortem examination. It's not likely they will share the knowledge about this problem unless it's necessary to introduce any critical improvement affecting other cars with this gearbox. This would lead to recall action . Anyway, the car was on warranty, it costed me nothing, got new transmission and I enjoy my ride again. Two and a half months waiting time is mostly awaiting for these associatiated parts which are specific to RCF's and not available on demand. One thing I can realise after the replacement is - the box is working quicker, with no such a long lags in reaction for pressing the throttle. I was driving the sc430 for 7 years before, with both 5 and 6 gearboxes and response from them was much better, what was making me bit concerned. Now is better, but on normal mode still bit sluggish. Sport mode is ok. Got another appointment in the garage in 3 weeks time for transmission oil service. Hope that's the end of problems, now got to replace axleback exhaust and the infotainment interface to enjoy my beast even more.
    8 points
  4. Surely the only way to properly confirm this would be to drive it through Rufford Ford at speed and check whether it expires in a cloud of steam? That should do it 🤣
    7 points
  5. Quick update from the garage - the car is repairable! I am so glad! She needs a new bonnet, headlamp, bumper and front left wing and may be other small things under the bonnet. The garage have done a wheel alignment and it is all good, means the body had not been deformed! Now, lets wait and see what insurance will say wrt to whose fault the accident was.
    7 points
  6. I've dealt with Lexus Stoke for several years now, first with my LS600 and more recently with our RX450h (which has just completed 19k miles). Yesterday afternoon, rang them to ask about fitting two new Bridgestone tyres. I was quoted what I thought was a very reasonable price (and around £40 less per tyre than my local tyre fitting company). Turned up this morning, tyres fitted, nice chat with Joel who sold us our RX, admired a beautiful Bentley they had in the show room, and back home by 11. Great service as always from Lexus Stoke. No post is complete with a couple of pictures, so here's the RX with new tyres: and here's the Bentley:
    6 points
  7. Picked up my RC-F yesterday, after one day of ownership, I could not be happier. After mainly having older Japanese cars this is my first trip into newer territory. I love how smooth it is, power delivery is great and all the gadgets are amazing! Few little bits I want to change, personally I think it sits a little high and it needs slightly more of a V8 burble. Will track the changes here. Also, managed 35mpg on the way home on the motorways! 😄
    6 points
  8. Now I'm sure that many of you will be surprised, and perhaps somewhat concerned, to see that I have posted on this thread, given the well known fact that I rarely complain or moan about anything, but something got my dander up this morning. Let me explain. Sandisk "Easy Open Packaging". An oxymoron if ever there was one. I treated Betsy to a 128GB microSD card to replace the paltry, and frankly very short on space 32GB card which NextBase assume is good enough for front and rear camera installations. I thought I would have time to fit it before starting work this morning. It was touch and go, I can tell you. It was easy enough to open the card packet which the card came in, but was the plastic container, sealed with a film lid easy to open? In the cold? Without a Swiss Army knife and an SDS drill? No it was not! I got rather cross I have to say. It's lucky that my front door key has a reasonably sharp edge to it, otherwise I would continue to be struggling out there now. I'm still cross in fact. Anyone at work who rubs me up the wrong way today will feel the full force of my wrath, make no mistake!
    6 points
  9. I came to Lexus from owning a BMW 530D. BMW are simply money pits. Not just mechanical issues but a silly electrical system which simply does not forgive anything not being perfect. I used to post pictorial guides of my encounters, heres a couple of example (https://www.bimmerforums.co.uk/threads/2004-e60-530d-glowplug-controller-replaced.121246/ https://www.bimmerforums.co.uk/threads/2004-e60-530d-ulf-bluetooth-module-goosed-frozen-idrive.118221/#post-1008083 In fact, I did so many the site above made me a Moderator on the site (I'm not anymore as I no longer visit). I have many friends with BMW and they all have issues which I help them with. I still have all the tools and software etc to code modules. Currently head scratching a 2012 X3 with Wipers which turn on whenever they like. Next weekend a 1 series with an occupancy sensor problem. My IS250 has had rear caliper woes but aside from that, I almost hate the fact I have a garage full of tools yet a car with absolutely nothing to do on it. I changed spark plugs but the old ones looked good, throttle body was still shiny and hardly worth cleaning. In fact, the only thing I need to look at is the drivers side washer jet isn't as powerful as the passengers side. That's all I got! I invested in detailing kit (DA Polisher etc) just to give myself something to do on it.
    5 points
  10. Today I’m complaining about not being able to get any work done due to me keep checking LOC 🤣
    5 points
  11. After over 30000 (faultless) miles in my IS300h Advance, average 50.6mpg on the computer, I have decided to say goodbye, never completely warmed to the car despite it never letting me down. However I am a convert to the Lexus brand so after looking at the RX and ES I am, financial stuff willing, changing to a 20 plate ES300h Takumi, I have to say I found the difference between the IS and ES quite significant, it felt a very comfortable solid ride and the spec should hopefully satisfy every need, so hopefully here’s to a lot more than 30000 miles in the ES
    5 points
  12. I don't agree. I think it looks great and practical and a huge leap forward from the current NX. In terms of quality, I'll reserve judgement until I see the car 'in the flesh': what we are looking at is a pre-production model, and I don't think a video really gives any indication on quality.
    5 points
  13. And that brings me to a real mown. Judging history with todays morals and values. Cancelling heroes,names, events, statues seem pretty popular in some circles.
    4 points
  14. In bradford, theyve made a busy main road from 3 lanes into 2 lanes and used one of the lanes to make a disgusting looking bike lane with plastic bendy bollards. Its been there for 2 years Im yet to see a cyclist ever use it
    4 points
  15. There was also said to be a class issue, the upper or more wealthy classes drank from fine bone china, hence it was socially more upper class to add milk first, the working classes with enamel and heavy pottery didn't need to worry about hot tea cracking their vessel.
    4 points
  16. ....and you step out onto the pavement! I drove a LHD car in the 80s daily (Citroen Dyane!) with no trouble. Foot to the floor, change on the fly..... (Like the hifi?)
    4 points
  17. Nothing to worry about and perfectly normal. The petrol engine is the only source of cabin heat so as temperatures get lower and you turn up the heater, so the engine will run longer and more often. Plus, as Bart says above, all cars will increase fuel consumption during colder weather.
    4 points
  18. That's not quite how it works. If you have the climate control on Auto the answer depends on what the current cabin temperature is. For example, if the cabin temperature is 20 and I turn up the temperature setting from 20 to 25 I would not expect to get warm air out of the face vents because the required rise in temperature is only five degrees. I'd expect cool air to continue to blow from the face vents and warm air from the foot vents until the cabin temperature reached 25. But I wouldn't expect warm air from the face vents at all in this example. But if the car had been standing overnight, the cabin temperature was zero and I set the cabin temperature setting to 25, I'd expect no air from the face vents until the engine had warmed a little. Then there would be luke warm air from the vents and much warmer air from the foot vents. This is for two reasons. First, the heating has to raise the cabin temperature 25 degrees so it will need to pump out quite a lot of hot air from the foot vents to achieve this. And second, the only source of cool air initially is from outside, where the zero degree temperature would provide uncomfortably cold air to the face vents. So until the cabin temperature has risen a bit, the face vents will have luke warm air that is a little more comfortable than freezing cold air from outside. When the cabin is warm enough the air from the face vents will be cooler than at first. Paul has pointed out above that you aren't setting the temperature of the air coming out of the vents. Instead, you're setting the temperature you want the cabin to be. I had forgotten until now that before climate control was common in cars you would set the temperature of the air in a range from cold to very hot. When you started off in the car in winter, you would set maximum temperature, maximum fan speed and demist vents. As the car warmed up you would then reduce the air temperature, redirect the air to the floor vents and reduce the fan speed; and so on as the car warmed up. I'd forgotten this was normal routine! But you may be able to emulate this by not using the Auto settings. Sorry to hear of your Raynaud's; maybe the heated steering wheel will help as well - I've never tried one. But if you want warm air from the face vents you may be able to achieve this with manual settings. What I'm not sure about is whether the temperature of the air from the face vents will still go down as the cabin warms up, even if you have the setting on High. Perhaps it won't and you'll be able to achieve what you need for comfort. Let us know how you get on after some experimentation.
    4 points
  19. Anyone familiar with the American TV series ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’, created by and starring Larry David, may recall one episode in which he highlights this packaging predicament. Basically one of the characters is in a situation in which he has to cut himself free from his car seatbelt. Fortunately he’s just bought a new craft knife. Unfortunately it’s still in its packaging. He needs the craft knife in order to cut the craft knife out of its packaging. He is, literally, left hanging!
    4 points
  20. Whilst we’re on this subject. The sheer quantity, strength and type of plastic packaging of everyday items is surely over the top nowadays. Consumers are often blamed for waste but I blame the companies who package up their items in bombproof packaging.
    4 points
  21. Reviving an older thread, but I moved house in August to another new build (West Berkshire replacing Wiltshire). My new property is fitted with - somewhat surprisingly - Indesit appliances. I was quite shocked that a new detached house would come with ‘value’ brand appliances, but the site sales advisor noted that the builder has a national contract with Indesit and fit them to all new properties regardless of whether there’re a £1m house or a £250k house. They told me that they’re fine, and they have very few issues with them. I was sceptical… Having now used them for three months, I can confirm that they work just fine. They don’t have all the features of more expensive brands, but I find I never used most of those anyway. Looking online the integrated dishwasher is less than £250 new, and the electric double oven even cheaper. Indesit/Hotpoint/Whirlpool are all the same group, and are essentially the same with additional features as you move ‘up’ the brands. The dishwasher only has four programmes. My previous NEFF had about ten. Guess what? I usually use the same 50degree ECO cycle in any case… Clearly I don’t know if they’ll be reliable long-term, but at such cheap prices I can now see the logic of simply replacing them with similar when they break (if they do break!). Fingers crossed, but so far, so good.
    4 points
  22. For the first time, (and a racing certainty - the last time!) I introduce a 71" x 41" (Note - a proper measurement system!) oak table (legs unbolted!) into the car without any difficulty. At that point, when turning off the ignition, the driver's seat would normally return to default position (furthest back) - which would have caused a problem - for there was insufficient clearance behind. A simple touch on the 'Forward' switch on the side of the seat, prevents the return to default without upsetting the memory settings for normal (sans load) driving.
    4 points
  23. My Doctor once diagnosed me with paranoia…well, he didn’t actually say I had it, but I know that’s what he was thinking. (I’ll get my coat…😆)
    3 points
  24. My sentiments entirely Ed. I have spent many a happy hour debating - if such it can be called - with conspiracists. But it’s akin to playing Wacka-mole. I would often ask participants to provide the ONE piece of ‘incontrovertible’ evidence by which their argument would stand or fall. Inevitably if that was discredited then up would pop an equally fallacious alternative - often contradicting the previous position. But the real danger of such thinking is that it discredits genuine conspiracies. Which is why the tobacco companies of the early 60s were able to suppress their own evidence of a causal link between smoking and lung cancer. And why that discredited crook, Andrew Wakefield, is now making a good living from gullible Americans by pandering to unsubstantiated fears about vaccines. I once complained (Ie moaned) to the local Education Authority about an evening class to be run by a homeopath. My complaint was that she was claiming to teach ‘cures’ that even her own Association would not support. They cancelled her class. I suggested they ran courses in Critical Thinking instead. It is astonishing that there are still people who will claim that the Moon Landings were faked despite practical evidence to the contrary. Or that the Twin Towers attack was a US plot. However, it is incumbent upon all of us to always remain receptive to claims that run counter to common experience. For example, I have long been cynical about claims of ‘intelligent life’ on other plants. But the reemergence of long-suppressed documentary evidence has caused me to rethink this possibility. I’ve examined it closely. It’s either a very clever piece of fakery - or it’s genuine. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Ok6CoIwcJ-E
    3 points
  25. I have to confess that - even though I’m going to moan about this - I also quite enjoy listening to it in short bursts, but then it gets tired very fast… Conspiracy theorists. Since the new COVID variant was announced, they’ve been all over the radio phone-in programmes (R5LIVE, LBC etc.) especially late at night. “It’s an anagram of moronic” they cry (Omicron), “…that shows how much contempt the world Government has for us, they didn’t think we’d notice…” Really? REALLY?! I don’t have the confidence that Governments across the world could manage such a complex conspiracy competently! Now, a good conspiracy theory can be jolly good fun. From JFK, to 👽 aliens, whether or not man landed on the moon, Hitler living out a quiet life in Argentina…all generally very entertaining. However, with their COVID conspiracies I fear the line has been crossed, for me at least. This rubbish can put people off getting vaccinated, or wearing 😷 masks, and that just isn’t on imho.
    3 points
  26. Now there’s a thing to moan about! Who thought it was a good idea to align roads with low rising and setting sun? Is it some kind of Pagan devotional act, like Midsummer Boulevard in Milton Keynes? Some years ago, I was driving my Honda Prelude - a not inconsiderable lump of bright red metal - along one of MK’s dual carriageways when I was T-boned by a driver entering from a side road. He claimed he was so dazzled when looking left along the main road that he failed to see my car. While I have some sympathy for this reason, the result was that it landed him with a substantial repair bill and me with a great deal of inconvenience. No doubt this was less of a problem when the average method of locomotion was limited to one real horse. Thinking back to my horse. riding days, I suspect collisions involving people on horseback were relatively uncommon. But now that an ordinary driver can be in command of some hundreds of horsepowers, it is no longer an aspect of town planning that can be ignored.. So what, I demand to know, is the Town Council doing about it? (For younger readers, that was a reference to a broadcasting character called Fyfe Robertson, the like of whom we sadly see no more).
    3 points
  27. I have lexus sc430 with 392000
    3 points
  28. Continentals have been excellent, ( only a weeks use) quieter than the original Bridgestone duellers they replaced. I can hear the radio at 2 at 30 mph immediate impression when driving away was more feel and precision. not sure if they aren't a bit stiffer than previous but ride is good. I like Continental for wet grip and when braking.
    3 points
  29. If one changes the size of tyre from that supplied from the factory this is deemed a modification. The onus is on the person applying for insurance to disclose the relevant information, not the insurer to ask the specific questions
    3 points
  30. Put your vehicle details in here and see if there's any more info? https://forms.toyota.co.uk/recall-checker?lexus=true
    3 points
  31. I was about to write couldn't agree more, but then that wouldn't be a complaint. So I should like to complain that in responding to your earlier post it doesn't allow me to complain.n.🤣
    3 points
  32. When I went out in the car today, I thought I'd better check if I was right in what I said above. It turns out there's a bit more subtlety to the climate control than I thought. The outside temperature was 5C when I turned on the car and presumably the same inside the car. The engine was cold and the climate control was set to Auto and 21C. I was surprised to find that air comes out of the windscreen demist vents right from the start. I didn't know that before. But of course the air was cold initially while the engine was cold. I didn't realise there was always air from the windsceen vents right from the start, not just when you select Demist. After two minutes the air from the windscreen vent began to warm up a little but there was no air coming from other vents. Then five minutes after starting I heard a flap open and warm air began to come out of the footwell vent. But there was still no air from the face vents. Then around eight minutes after starting the engine, a trickle of warm air started to come from the face vents. Then around 10-15 minutes after starting the engine, with the engine temperature gauge approaching normal, the fans started to speed up and more warm air came from the face vents (and the other vents, of course). This presumably speeded up the process of getting the cabin up to the set temperature. What surprised me, though, was that after 30 minutes from starting, although the fans were slowing down a bit, the air from the face vents was still warm (though not hot). I had expected there would be cool air by now. I found that if I reduced the set temperature to 18, the face vents produced cool air instead of warm. I assume this showed that the cabin had reached 18 rather than 21. With milder weather than today, the face vents would produce cool air sooner than when the outside temperatures were fairly low like today.
    3 points
  33. Basic method is to adjust first at each rear drum with “foot/ hand” brake fully released. The adjustment starred wheel inside the drum is accessed after removing the small rubber bung at the six o’clock position. The starred wheel is then turned one way or another with a flat blade screwdriver poked through the hole to bring the shoes in full contact with the drum and then backed off slightly to prevent binding. It is a bit of a pain to do I have found. From memory moving the starred wheel upwards brings the shoes into contact with the drum and vice versa. Replace the rubber bungs and then adjust the pedal travel to about 7 clicks (fully on) by adjusting the primary cable lock nuts behind the pedal (grovelling in the driver’s footwell required for access!!)
    3 points
  34. Sad. I try... to 'do' due diligence but it's hard... A pox on them!
    3 points
  35. I remember complaining to my mother about finding a pip in a seedless satsuma when I was about 8 or 9. She told me that I must be lucky because it was only one in every thousand which had a pip. That said, she also convinced me that Marti Caine was a man once.
    3 points
  36. FreeCycle: ( Giving away things no longer needed to others. ) People who say that would like the thing you are offering... you wait in... they don't turn up. Just rude.
    3 points
  37. Delivery to me confirmed for Friday. I’ve just deleted all the information from my current NX in readiness for the swap. Exciting times! Pictures to follow once collected.
    3 points
  38. How about a Lexus RX with 1300 pages of handbooks.? No doubt John will say "not enough" 🤣
    3 points
  39. A sceptic might say that car companies are going down the electric route because that’s where governments are giving incentives due to the pressure of environmental pressure and their need to get the ‘green’ vote. However, I believe this to be short sighted as the amount of electricity needed to provide power for transport of the future cannot be provided to replace fossil fuel power unless they invest in alternative technology. Governments only look four to five years ahead as all they care about is re-election. Car companies are just responding to governmental initiatives rather than informing governmental policies. Hydrogen power has to be the future as it is the most abundant element in the universe! Electrical power relies upon producing more power which is problematic whilst we’re trying to reduce the use of fossil fuels and also relies on mining more and more rare metals for the batteries. And don’t get me started on what we’re to do with the spent batteries! Maybe this should be in the moaning today post!
    3 points
  40. I’ve had ‘the call’ and email to say that my new RX has arrived this evening. Delivery no more than a few days away now…
    3 points
  41. Cyclists. Riding at night. Without lights. Or any reflective attire. I really don't want to have to make an insurance claim because of their selfish behaviour.
    3 points
  42. Yes I have! I've noticed that the rear facing camera doesn't appear to be working properly for some reason though... (A candidate for the "Worst Photoshoppery of 2021" Award surely)
    3 points
  43. Just so you know Lewis is not always serious, this is after last weeks race! The idiot who runs out and falls over then has a face off with Lewis and a bottle of champagne is my nephew🤔 1238820201_VID-20211119-WA00042.mp4
    3 points
  44. I swear by this: Lucas Synthetic Gear & Transmission Oil SAE 75W-90 Find it on ebay - less than £20 a US quart - use it in all my diffs.
    3 points
  45. For those intrigued this is the BEST exhaust hands down.
    3 points
  46. He’s got a pre production model there and in reality if it doesn’t wobble when you drive it why should it matter if it does when you force it. He says some daft things that are irrelevant like going on about false exhaust tips.
    3 points
  47. I won’t be moaning about anything today. It’s a beautiful morning, my new RX is due for collection this week, and my football team hammered Man Utd 4-1 yesterday…😇 Everything in the garden is rosy.
    3 points
  48. 3 points
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