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About Bratman91

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  1. Agreed, although the picture is pretty poor and almost invisible in anything other than darkness.
  2. I tried this today as the temperature was pretty high but I didn’t detect much difference.
  3. The seat cooling on my IS250 (Third generation) has been pretty poor from brand new.
  4. My Series 2 IS250 had speech commands to suspend or resume guidance, eg “suspend guidance”. I can’t find anything similar on my Series 3 IS250. Is there a better way to stop the woman nagging me when I have changed my mind about where to go other than the rather dangerous method of using the screen and cursor?
  5. When I were a boy and the roads were still clogged up with horses, the dipping control was to the left of the clutch pedal. It meant that at speed and at night (conditions when you really need to be in full control) you could dip or un-dip headlights by a simple foot press without having to use your hands. Now that automatics are so common, it would be sensible to re-introduce this .
  6. In principle, the OP’s idea seems a good one. Many years ago, I fitted such a system to my brand-new Austin Montego; it consisted simply of routing one of the low-voltage cables to the coil via a switch under the dashboard. Unless the switch was made, the engine couldn’t be started. Actually, it probably wasn’t worth the effort because, after 7 years, the car had completely rotted away, leaving just the switch on my drive! I would assume that a similar switch could be used on a Lexus but perhaps it would cause the car’s computerised self-diagnosis system to complain. OK, OK, I suppose that this wouldn’t prevent a hybrid being driven away but how far/fast would the getaway be using just the electric motor?
  7. Many thanks scudney and Herbie. I feel a bit more comfortable after your comments and will check out the voltages as you suggest, Herbie.
  8. I have an IS250 which is now 5 years old. About 9 months ago, I went to start it and there was almost no power whatsoever in the battery. The AA got me going with a jump start and, the next day I took it to Lexus but they could find no fault. Since then, the car has worked flawlessly. However, two days ago, I found the battery so flat that even the clock had stopped. Once again, the AA got me going and said that the battery was probably bad as the voltage was low and the ampere-hour reading was about a third of what it should be. I had the battery replaced at a specialist company and they also said that the battery was bad. I do only about 5000 miles per year and the battery specialist said that a very low mileage often resulted in batteries not being fully charged and this caused decay. However, I am concerned that, on both occasions (when no lights or accessories were left on), the battery was discharged fully albeit after a few days. I am worried that a very intermittent fault might be causing a severe drain on the battery. Any comments?
  9. That’s a good suggestion and I tried it. I am now back “home” and conversing in English. Many thanks.
  10. When trying to log into the portal, I inadvertently selected some region that uses a cyrillic script and for the life of me can’t get back to English. I seem to be stranded in Uzbekhistan or Mongolia or??? Any advice as to how to get back home?
  11. I share your contempt for any insurance company that tries to get a sub-standard repair done but I wonder if any threat of legal action would worry them. They could probably afford the best legal advice and counsel, and an individual trying to match this would risk bankruptcy. I doubt that many of them are even woried too much about their reputation as so many insurance policies are with a company underwritten by XXXX and a subsidiary to YYY and trading under the name of ZZZ, or some similar web of subterfuge.
  12. I did say "any but the most extreme circumstances" but, even so, if you think that the brakes are fading, you can always change down.
  13. In days well past when drum brakes were the norm, it might have made sense to employ engine braking to avoid brake fade. However, I really do doubt that modern disc brakes with better air flow for cooling ever suffer from fade under any but the most extreme circumstances. Why use highly expensive gear boxes and transmissions to do what relatively inexpensive brakes are designed to do? I have hardly ever used engine braking since the days when I was a boy racer and it seemed macho to show my "skill" at driving.
  14. Many thanks to all those who responded to my query - you have provided me with reliable recommendations and plenty of good food for thought.
  15. Thank you, Andrew. The Viofo A119 certainly seems to have some good features at a reasonable price. It is now on my short-list.