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    '09 S3 GS450h & '07 S2 RX350
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  1. Has anyone got any experience of coolant leaks on a 2007 RX350? Is it common and easy to pinpoint what the issue is? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    DIY Disc Change on 2009 GS450h

    Thank you Is there a summary of the various common torque settings for the DIY stuff anywhere? Thanks. I got the cabin filter from ECP for about £8. It’s in the glove box isn’t it? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  3. I must have done at least 1000 miles in varied Scottish August weather by now. So far they’re very good. Had tracking done at the same time so will keep an eye on wear. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    DIY Disc Change on 2009 GS450h

    Hi all I picked up discs and pads with 50% off at ECP. £150 for front discs and brembo pads including cabin filter and some air con bombs seemed too good to pass up. Does anyone have the relevant torque settings for a front disc & pad change please? Come to think of it can anyone point me in the direction of a service guide for a 2009 GS450h please so I can find cabin filter and other bits and bobs too please? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. I need to change front discs on my GS450h. I’ve done it before on x-trails, Disco3, IS200. Is there anything unusual or strange I should be aware of on the GS450h? I take it it’s worth replacing calliper pins while I’m at it? Will do pads too obviously. Weird discs are sold as single front left/right. Never seen that before. Usually just pairs. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  6. Thanks. Mine arrived today so will get them done over the weekend. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  7. How are you finding the tyres Normski? I need new boots on the GS450h and very tempted by these. I also used to run winter and summer sets but I’m tempted by all seasons with the GS. Getting 400 miles a tank so not hooning it around back roads and stuff. It’s a 60mph rush hour motorway couch for me. I do 20k a year throughout Scotland but have an RX with winter boots for the really tough stuff. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. How do you turn traction control off in an S2RX350 and does it help? I was looking for a button but couldn’t find one. I’m not sure it would have helped. AWD system was fine. There were a few times I though “oooops I’m stuck now” but a liberal application of right foot fixed the issue. It was just the heavy bottomed out van that it couldn’t do anything with. Front left wheel just kept spinning. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. My RX350 powered through drifts over the bonnet. We’re in Bishopton which was the 2nd worst in UK with 46cm in 24 hours. The only thing which was a bit disappointing was the lack of a diff lock made it poor at towing stuck vehicles. (Managed a Vito bus and a taxi but did nothing with a British Gas van which had bottomed out on a drift) Vredestein Wintrac Xtreme S always help though. Plenty 4x4s (with diff locks) got stuck where this powered through. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. Vredestein Wintrac Xtreme S is the winter tyre I’ve been using for about 5 years on everything from SLK280 to X-trails and a 272bhp V6 Touareg. They can be used all year round and turn any car into a beast in the snow, handle fine on warm summers day but make a huge difference to grip on snow ice and cold greasy roads. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  11. We stay in Bishopton which was 2nd worst hit in the UK this week with 45cm of snow and deeper drifts. The RX350 might be a soft roader with no proper 4WD system but it was surprisingly good. Never got stuck once despite drifts over the bonnet. I ended up doing mercy missions for snowbound villagers getting bread, milk and medicines. Also did a few runs to local hospitals transporting staff. Obviously the Vredestein Wintrac Xtreme S helped because I passed several stuck 4x4’s including XC90s, Ravs, CRVs, X-trails, etc. Also took the GS450H out which was awesome (also has Vredestein Wintrac Xtreme S). The only thing it wasn’t great at was towing people stuck in ditches but that’s to be expected with no diff lock. This was down the sheltered bit at the side of the house. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  12. I found a 2010 US brochure stating 17x7.5 and did a quick google to find they're also ET45. Same brochure suggests brakes are all the same. This is what it would look like: 17x7 ET50 would bring the calipers even closer to the spokes by 17.7mm... This is what I have and fronts don't fit (18x7 ET40) This is what I'm aiming for (with 17x7 ET35)
  13. I've already asked admin to move it a few minutes ago when I checked for responses and realised there were none.
  14. I want to run 7” winter rims on my S3 GS450h but the spare set I’ve got from her RX are ET35 which, technically, are 2.7mm closer to the calliper than ET45 8” rims which come as standard. There’s not a lot of clearance as standard so I’m nervous about going 2.7mm closer. I also don’t want to have to use spacers, even if they’re just 3mm. Has anyone else been using 7” ET35 on an S3 GS? Are S3 GS450h callipers any different to non-hybrid S3 GS? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  15. Merc c200. Not CT200. But your point still applies! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk