Keith Bowler

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    Keith
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    MK1V LS400
  • Year of Lexus
    1999
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    Kent
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  1. Does anyone know the corresponding paint code for the constrasting 'cladding' colour for Imperial Jade Mica (6Q7). There was a post on here a few years back and I wrote it down in a safe place but as is the law of sod it was safer than I intended and I cant for the life of me find it. Cheers
  2. Interesting, mine is a 1999 DHP spec car too, problem only ever there on start up and has never been flagged at MOT time too.
  3. Just out of interest chaps, apart from riding low are there any other obvious signs of spring failure. The reason I ask is that i have a knock from my nearside front which is not ball joint or bearing related and goes after a few miles of driving. I reckon it may be shock absorber or spring related, anyone had a similar issue?
  4. When I had my rear bumper repaired after being hit by a NID the cost of a replacement strip from Lexus was £157 +vat! You can use the self adhesive stuff that comes in a real but you need to be very good at getting it straight.
  5. Interesting, the very same company that wanted to write off my car when I was hit by an uninsured driver last year.
  6. Now that's something completely different! Nice tidy and well thought out transplant there. Is it getting the 'rat' look or will you be putting lots of shiny chrome and paint on that lovely patinated Detroit steel.
  7. Hi Les I believe it was Car Parts Market who trade on Ebay. The glass is not OEM and I remain to be convinced that the wide angle section of the glass is any different from the remainder. That said, if you can get your existing glass to delaminate leaving the lower layer with its heating element connections etc in tact, the replacement self adhesive glass fits snugly in the existing plastic surround and demists as normal, you just don't get the night time dimming effect when car headlights behind you are picked up in the mirror. If you really want to achieve the dimming effect you could put some very light window tilting film over the replacement glass before you fit it.
  8. Drove my LS back from the station after work last night in the snow a 10 min drive took nearly 2 hrs. Ok I had two hills to negotiate one was fine the other quite frightening, snow traction control facility better than useless, had to stop on an incline brakes just about held but even in low gear control moving off was useless and I nearly squashed a Fiesta on a slight incline at less that 5mph. If it continues I am either going to let the tyres down a few PSI to try and get better traction or just leave it on the drive and walk to the station. Why are Lexus's so bad in the snow, even my old Mk1 GS was the same, my work colleagues who have BM's Audi's and Merc's don't seem to have such problems. Any tips on how to drive a big old Lexus in the snow apart from the obvious, slowly and carefully?
  9. Stuart - I had similar dilemma with my Mk1 GS which used the same 1-button key and sourced some replacement cases with blank blades. I was lead to believe by a company that reproduces programmable car keys like the Lexus ones (based near Heathrow - used to reprogramme and re-cut blanks for £20-25) that the electronics and transponder is self contained though as Steve mentioned there is an electrical connection to the blade. I never did get my key rebuilt as I robbed the bits I needed from a scond hand key I got hold of and then passed the car on, but I do have a couple of blank cases knocking around in my Lexus spares box (single button but not identical OEM) if you are interested in getting yours rebuilt. You could split with Steve as I know he was looking for a single button key case a while back.
  10. Finally got round to replacing my broken door mirror, turned out the replacement was faulty as it did not heat up then I damaged the glass on the final fitting. Ordered some replacement glass from that nice bloke on Ebay and replaced with a non heated plain replacement glass stuck over one layer of the original glass. This works fine and even heats up ok it just does not dim. I can now see why a replacement is over £200. In the fitting process would you believe I have lost the lower tabs that secure the glass unit at the bottom, so now need to know if anyone has a fix for securing the bottom of the glass unit where the tabs are broken. A bit miffed as I was soooo careful! Have used some Gorilla duct tape where the tabs have broken to secure it at present but I doubt it will no hold up for ever Thanks chaps
  11. Anyone know where to get the centre caps shown in the picture above as they do not appear to be OEM items?
  12. Thanks Colin, that is my plan now having bought one of the heated glass ones off Ebay. Will search out your post
  13. Thanks for the replies chaps. The replacement I fitted from a spare mirror I had is not too bad as it is only cracked in two places and really only noticeable from certain angles. When it gets too bad I will try a stick on replacement that I found on Ebay, says it's heated too.