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  1. Happy Birthday ab_plus!

  2. Hi Durwin, Best way to be sure is to drop Vais Tech a line at info@vaistech.com, they are very helpful. Cheers.
  3. Hmmm not sure as I don't have an iPhone. I assume that if you are listening to music and a call comes in the iPhone stops playing and deals with the call as you say. The Vais kit has a lead that attaches to the bottom of the iPod/iPhone, there is no holder. I opted to have the lead come out in the glovebox and the iPod seems quite happy to live in there out of the way. Probably not such a good solution for the phone though. Cheers.
  4. Hi, I ordered on line direct with Vais Tech. You can contact them at info@vaistech.com to discuss. They are very helpful. The Lexus kit does not display text, you have to remember what playlist has what in it. The Vais Tech kit displays Artist & Album listings on the touch screen of the car. I reccomend you have a look at their website, www.vaistech.com and look at the SL2i or SL2Vi. There are pictures of what the touch screen will display. www.vaistech.com/sl2i.php Its a much better solution than the very dissapointing Lexus offering in my opinion. Have fun !
  5. The SL2i & SL2Vi both work with the iPhone & the iPod Touch. The Vais Tech website doesn't mention the 3G model but it wouldn't make any difference as the connector on the bottom of the phone won't have changed.
  6. It is very straightforward. My installer had the section of the centre console below the touch screen out. Unfortunately I was making him a cup of tea while he has doing it so I didn't see how it was done ! Somebody here is bound to have tried though !
  7. Your RX300, 2003 is covered, have a look here: http://www.vaistech.com/manuals/Application_Guide.pdf Read Haylands post below this one ref the UK. You are better off buying direct I think. Anyway have a chat with Eugene Kaspin [info@vaistech.com] and he will let you know about a UK importer. Ref fitting, the unit itself is so simple that anyone able to follow instructions can do it. I got mine fitted by a pro because I had no idea how the centre console comes out and nor did I want to try it on my brand new shiny baby ! My local Lexus service department were happy to reccomend the bloke they use. Cheers. (ps, Typhoon just pointed out that the price I mentioned was for the SL2i not the SL2Vi, my mistake sorry. The difference between the two is the ability to play videos from your iPod through the touch screen - V standing for Video.)
  8. Hi Pete, Just think, one day Lexus might actually build in something for MP3 players, I hear they are quite popular ! Personally I think Mr Levinson should be shot for not even including a customer accesible Aux in socket, then we wouldn't have to go to all this bother..... Cheers.
  9. You can turn the 'I Agree' function on off. Its off by default. Page 17 in the manual says: Activate / Deactivate “I Agree” Automatic Bypass Function Put your device in Simple Mode by rapidly pressing the [sCAN] button 8 times (MUST BE DONE within 1-2 seconds). Push DISC REPEAT button to hear a long beep to toggle the “I Agree” Automatic Bypass Function ON and OFF. (For vehicles not equipped with DISC REPEAT as a physical button, push and hold the REPEAT button until you hear a long beep to toggle the “I Agree” Automatic Bypass Function ON and OFF. Have fun !
  10. Hi Typhoon, Sorry for the balls up, I bought the SL2Vi, I must have cut and pasted the wrong bit from the VaisTech site. Anyway, the only difference between the 2 is that the SL2Vi allows you to play iPod videos through the touch screen. Here is the correct copy: Key Features: Audio input dedicated for iPod™ integration Audio Source selection and iPod™ controls via OEM Radio or Steering Wheel Controls * Artist/Song info displayed on the Navigation screen or Radio display ** Track info displayed on the Navigation screen or Radio display Browsing by Playlist, Artist, Album, Genre, Audiobook, Podcast *** Simple push button change over between audio and video Charging iPod battery while driving True Plug & Play solution Improved sound quality Warranty: 1 year * Some functional limitations could apply depending on the Lexus model ** Available ONLY for the Lexus models with Radio supports MD Changer with MD-Text or CD Changer with CD-Text *** Available for Fifth Generation Navigation System, Please refer to our SL2Vi Application Guide for additional information. For more information about our products please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page or contact Customer Service department You can download SoundLinQ2 SL2Vi Installation/Operation Manual (ver 4.44) Please see SLi, SL2i, SL2Vi and VML (MultiMediaLinQ) comparison chart Order processing may take 1-3 days. SoundLinQ2 SL2Vi KIT Orders for SL2Vi can only be placed over the phone (720) 733-2348 Retail Price $349.99 SoundLinQ2 SL2Vi-P4 KIT ("Package 4") Orders for SL2Vi-P4 can only be placed over the phone (720) 733-2348 Retail Price $419.99 You need to check the application guide (http://www.vaistech.com/manuals/SL2Vi%20Application%20Guide.pdf) to make sure you order the correct package type. Where it says 'RES' in the application guide it refers to Rear Entertainment System. If you don't want front screen video (which is a bit of a gimmick anyway) then the SL2i is the one and my original pricing stands. Good luck !
  11. Your RX300, 2003 is covered, have a look here: http://www.vaistech.com/manuals/Application_Guide.pdf Read Haylands post below this one ref the UK. You are better off buying direct I think. Anyway have a chat with Eugene Kaspin [info@vaistech.com] and he will let you know about a UK importer. Ref fitting, the unit itself is so simple that anyone able to follow instructions can do it. I got mine fitted by a pro because I had no idea how the centre console comes out and nor did I want to try it on my brand new shiny baby ! My local Lexus service department were happy to reccomend the bloke they use. Cheers.
  12. I am sure this device has been mentioned before in these forums but I just wanted to blow the trumpet again. If you are looking for an iPod solution for your RX (and lots of other models), are fed up with FM transmitters and underwhlemed by the Lexus offering that can only function if you set up playlists for everything you want to listen then you need to look at the: SoundLinQ2 (SL2Vi) from Vais Technology (http://www.vaistech.com) I have just had this unit fitted in my 2008 RX400h and I can now browse my iPod using the touch screen display. I can browse by Artisit, Album, Playlists, Genre, Audiobooks & Podcasts. I can also playback iPod movies through the front display unit (assuming I am stopped with the parking brake on). The following is cut and pasted from the Vais Tech Website: Key Features: Audio input dedicated for iPod™ integration Audio Source selection and iPod™ controls via OEM Radio or Steering Wheel Controls * Artist/Song info displayed on the Navigation screen or Radio display ** Track info displayed on the Navigation screen or Radio display Browsing by Playlist, Artist, Album, Genre, Audiobook, Podcast *** Charging iPod battery while driving True Plug & Play solution Improved sound quality Warranty: 1 year * Some functional limitations could apply depending on the Lexus model ** Available ONLY for the Lexus models with Radio supports MD Changer with MD-Text or CD Changer with CD-Text *** Available for Fifth Generation Navigation System, SoundLinQ2 SL2i KIT MSRP $239.99 Sale Price $224.99 Item includes: SoundLinQ2 SL2i unit Audio Harness iPod™ interface harness Operation Manual Installation Manual 1 year Limited Warranty I paid for UPS shipment which was another $50. I also paid £80 for fitting by a very nice chap called Damian who does fitting work for Lexus Sidcup. Installation took half an hour and he was impressed how everything just worked. The wiring looms and connectors are all high quality. So in total I paid about £140. This unit is far superior to the Lexus offering and quite a bit cheaper (I had it in my last RX, its crap !). Also - there is an option in the SL2vi's software to 'press' the 'I Agree' button for you on the safety warning that appears everytime you switch on the car. So now, when I start the car, 5 seconds later there is a little beep and the display switches to the map display by itself - Yes ! Have a look at the website for all the details. If you have any questions, I will be happy to answer them. I dealt with a very nice chap called Eugene at Vais Tech who was very helpful. Stop struggling with your iPod and get this unit, I love it. Cheers, Andrew.
  13. This problem is driving me mad. When using my mobile (BB 8350) with the RX's builtin bluetooth, I can hear people perfectly but the people I am calling complain of a loud buzzing noise (which I can't hear). So far my dealer (Lexus Bromley) have replaced the media unit and the amplifier - no joy. Has anyone else suffered from this ? Is there a fix ? I have tried three other mobiles all with the same result so I think that confirms that it is the car which has the problem. Thanks.
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