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About LennyLexus

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    IS200 TTE Compressor (Nav/AT)
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  1. I guess they would be amazing if the rears are anything to go by. Checkout their reviews on tyrereviews.com ot net over 3million miles of great reviews I remember correctly. The only reason I have Avon's on the front is because that was the first pair I replaced and I didn't buy into the benefits of premium over mid range.
  2. Oh no. Glad no one was hurt. Hope you get a good settlement.
  3. I currently have Goodyear F1s on the back and Avon's on the front. The F1s are amazing, but both are a summer tyre. Just take easier in winter... If you genuinely live or work on a route where you need proper winter tyres, buy a set of 16s and proper winter tyres.. around £500-600 when I looked last week, decided I would just take it easier in winter.
  4. Advisory notice item(s) Nearside Front Shock absorber has a light misting of oil (2.7.3) Maybe replace the fronts with Bilsteins
  5. There's roughly 700 of out 1100 saloons left. Hope it goes to a good home.
  6. O2 sensors - replacement schedule

    That's the main point Brains. All my sensors were tested and shown to be within optimal working range. Do you think it's a case of when rather than if for for the upstream sensors to need replacement? The same for the water pump? I'm currently just under 100k. If that's the case I'll buy from Rock and keep in stock.
  7. Hello, Welcome to my build thread for my second Lexus, it's about saying NO to a car payment and the day to day running and maintaining of my standard 2006 IS250 SEL (Brechin Slate/Breakwater Blue). I will update this post in chronological order. https://www.instagram.com/p/BfVkH6lH2qG/?taken-by=lexuslenny March 2016 Picked up from Nottingham, 83k on the clock, full Lexus Service to Jan-14 (63k), i.e it was overdue a minor service by 10k and 14 months, risk and gamble I took, reflected in the service. A 3-year service plan was ordered from Lexus Birmingham at a significant discount for 100k (10 years), 110k and 120k services. 100k service was carried out as a priority, including the coolant flush, engine flush, fuel flush, diff oil, brake fluid. I will later dig out the advisory notes from the service. October 2016 Occasional P0420 errors (Catalyst efficiency) starting showing, didn't think anything of it, as this was showing when MPG was really high, 38+ on long motorway runs. November 2016 Can't remember was the previous brand of front tyres were, however they got to the point where they needed reinflating every other day. I had these replaced with Avons. February 2017 Just scrapped through the MOT on emissions due to a split in the centre exhaust. Checking the MOT history, this was also a problem the year before (just before I bought it). The exhaust was patched up for £20. P0420 errors disappeared and exhaust was silent. April 2017 Minor Service at Lexus Birmingham and Fuel Gasket repair recall work performed. Exhaust repair flopped, and was repaired at Independent for £30. P0171 and P0174 started developing, Lexus said it was due to the holes in the exhaust. September 2017 Really fed up with the poor handling performance/safety, explored proper wheel alignment, uprated shocks, springs, bushes, arbs. Hand the car professionally checked over by a local racing driver and custom car builder. He confirmed everything was fine except the excuse of tyres on the back (Landsails - PLEASE AVOID -no idea what these were made off, 15k/30months later and still thread was like new). These were replaced with Goodyear Eagle (highest rating vs total number of mileages driven and best value), handling has been amazing since (except cold days). October 2017 Front Brake overhaul - Frenchtech Slide Pin Kit, Brembo Pads, MTEC grooved and dimpled discs. Stopping power was amazing. https://www.instagram.com/p/BfVcJpMHoSp/?taken-by=lexuslenny December 2017 Karbon Klean performed their top of the range package (half price x-mas offer at £49.99). I hoped this resolve the Lean Code issues, no luck, and the not much seemed to be cleaned (as I used BP fuel and Acrhoil AR6900PMax almost every fill). January 2018 Annual mileage due to go from 8k to 16k a year for work. So a few issues need long-term resolution mainly the Exhaust patches and Lean Error Codes. Exhaust - shopped around for SS OEM sounding replacements, didn't really want to go with a mild steel replacement that only came with a 1 or 2 warranty, and I certainly didn't want to get an OEM system for £3-4k again with no significant warranty. Price ranges in the Midlands were between £650-£1500. In the end I went LongLife Birmingham as they promised they go a lifetime warranty on a partial SS repair £150. Committed to keeping the car - "LX5* ***" number plate fitted. I was ready to purchase O2 sensors for P0171 and P0174 errors, the sensors were tested at Tiburon Auto/LongLife and confirmed to be working without issues (£400+ in parts saved), February 2018 P0171 and P0174 errors fixed at Tiburon, turned out to be a loose breather pipe (bargain price of £30 for 30mins diagnostics and repair) New wipers fitted (Bosch Super Flats, the passenger had gotten damaged due to ice and I didn't like the mismatched look). MOT passed with NO Advisories and flying colours on the emissions test. https://www.instagram.com/p/BfShLhlnHWi/?taken-by=lexuslenny
  8. IS250 Emissions Results

    Here are my MOT results post resolution of P0171 and P0174 (system too lean errors), Carbon Clean in December and almost exlcusive fills with BP and Archooil AR6900P.
  9. All, I don't know where the myths of o2 sensor replacement intervals come from for IS250's or Lexi in general. There is no mention off routine replacement in the service schedule or user manual. Lexus Birmingham also have confirmed only to replace if faulty. My P0171 and P0174 errors nearly had me replace all four of my sensors 100k/12 years old, this would have been £800 for parts from Lexus, £400ish Denso parts from RockAuto and German suppliers. Most mechanics don't want the hassle challenge of fixing these lean errors, one of my mechanic mates called it the "blue screen of death" for Lexus/Toyotas. I found a great mechanic that professionally tested all my O2 readings FOC and confirmed it was not causing me any issues, the problem lay else where. He then offered to find the problem for a maximum cost of £60!!! Lexus was starting at £200. And indeed he did find the problem (a loose breather pipe). Lesson is... get your sensors tested properly before replacing them willy nilly. I used Tiburon Auto based in Birmingham, they are high regarded in the Korean car club community and also used by one Birminghams top supercar hire centres. Len
  10. My system lean errors have been fixed, nothing to do with O2 sensors, this is common and expensive misdiagnosis.
  11. Finally FIXED. I had the O2 sensors fully tested by an expert, all were fine. The problem turned out the be a loose breather pipe!
  12. Why don't we get the IS350, does lexus hate the u.k?

    Great Post Linas. Until a few months ago, I hadn't appreciated how much of a beast the 350's are, in reality for most people they are only slighty off from a full F. IS350 most US sites had tested 0-60's at sub 5 secs, I think the offical stats are much higher. So the full is unlikely to have sold as well. Currently a fresh import for a 2006-7 IS350 is around £9k, probably not helped by the exchanged rates.
  13. The centre pipe split had been causing me problems for the last year (yes an OEM repair is £3-4k and no even with a lifetime cover). I was flux repaired a few times (£50 in total). I explored whole quiet "OEM" sounding SS replacements - quotes were between £650-£1500. However Longlife Birmingham reckoned the rest of system was unless I wanted a full system a partial replacement would suffice, the owner is also a petrolhead, extremley knowledge and highly recommended on the Korean car clubs. The corrodded sections have been cut out and replaced for £150 with a lifetime warranty. Here are some pictures prior to the repair.
  14. Rear Tyre for IS250 - 2012

    Having come from a IS200 Compressor with a Koni Sports Kit and TRD ARBs, I expected the handling to be slightly off, infact it felt quite dangerous!! I looked into wheel alignment, ARB's, Shock/Spring upgrades, ARB upgrades, Bushes etc. I had a local racing driver and custom car builder throughly splashing the cash, he found the weak leak.The indepedent dealer had fitted a pair of Landsails to the rear of mine 245/45/17, these are awful awful awful, £50 a corner. After through research on tyrereviews.net (checked the most miles covered, ratings then UK prices), I decided on the Goodyear Eagle A3's through Asda, Uniroyals are few quid cheaper is money is an issue. The landsails were almost like new after 12l, the HANDLING off the standard 250 has been amazing since moving to the Eagles. Please for the love of your family, do not buy a cheap tyre. I just hope the garage I had my Eagles fitted didn't sell my tyres onto anyone else.
  15. New Owner - Just a Hi!

    Hi Andrew, welcome to LOC. Lurking for 10 years? Congratulations on your f-sport. Had one as a courtesy car for the few days, amazing! But I will most likely get the RX next. Seems like you are already busy..