J Henderson

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    IS 250 F-Sport
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    2011
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  1. I've seen this ISF a couple of times in East Calder, near Livingston. On both occasions it was parked on the grounds of an independent garage, which made me hope that it was newly-arrived stock and would end up for sale in the showroom, but it never did. So, perhaps it was just serviced/MOT'd there, or belonged to someone who worked there. Sent from my SM-G935F using Tapatalk
  2. Ive had both a 2010 F-Sport and my current car, a 2011 one. Both with navigation option. As previously mentioned, 2010 car is way more loaded with toys & features, whilst plus points for a MY2011 car are mainly cosmetic. - Dark front lights with DRLs are more modern-looking, likewise the lack of amber on the rear lamps. - Front bumper/spoiler setup is more sporty-looking and aggressive, whereas 2010 car just has a regular bumper like any other IS250. - Rear exhaust tips are better-looking (Yes, they're different on a MY2011 car). - F-sport badging is still in line with current Lexus models. 2010 cars have different logos no longer in use. - Ultrasonic Blue available on the newer car. Although, some 2010 colours are also nice. - Newer car slightly more economical and therefore £25 cheaper for road tax. Ive always believed that my 2011 car has sharper steering and handling than the 2010 one had. Possibly my imagination, or just down to different tyres or something, but I definitely think there was a tangible difference. Ideal spec for me would be a 2010 car with the newer headlights and bumpers etc. [emoji1] Sent from my SM-G935F using Tapatalk
  3. Personally, I would spend £20 or so and get another pair of axle stands to remove any doubt or anxiety of having the car off the ground. Regarding the Foliatec kit. I used this to paint my calipers 2 years ago and was impressed with how they turned out. I had a chance to have a proper look at them again a few weeks ago when I swapped back to summer wheels and they still look great. For application, I made sure the calipers were properly cleaned-up beforehand. The kit does come with brake cleaner and a small wire brush, but I also used a larger wire brush and bought another can of brake cleaner so I could go over them multiple times until I was satisfied they were as clean as they were going to get. I then just followed the instructions to mix the paint & hardener together and applied multiple thin coats allowing them to dry inbetween - by the time I was finished doing the rear calipers, the fronts were dry enough to take another coat, and so on. Sent from my SM-G935F using Tapatalk
  4. Hi Shahpor, I don't know where it originated from but it was posted on clublexus. That's where google led me. Its quite official-looking, so perhaps it was press material from Lexus USA.
  5. 09+ cars have very minor changes to the grille and front bumper. Enough to make them incompatible with each other though, so only a facelift grille will fit your car. Spot the difference... [emoji846] Sent from my SM-G935F using Tapatalk
  6. DIY fitment is a bit more involved than on other cars, but you can swap them for way less than £140. https://www.lexuspartsdirect.co.uk/parts/lexus-is/lexus-is-phase-ii-2006-2013/lexus-is-2-engine-service-kits/lexus-is-phase-2-spark-plugs-2-5-petrol/
  7. I would second replacing the brakes yourself and save a fortune. No special tools required, just basic spannering. Touching something like the brakes on a car can be intimidating if you have little to no previous experience, but it is a very straightforward process. Pushing the piston back can usually be done with your bare hands. Just remove brake fluid reservoir cap, place the new pad in position and push against it. Failing that, you can buy a specialist tool for £10-15 to do it. Even if you have no tools whatsoever and have to go out buy a 100pcs socket set from Halfords to do the job, you'll still not spend anywhere near £850. If you'd still prefer not to attempt to DIY, by all means buy the parts yourself and have a local garage fit them for you. Again, even if you buy genuine Lexus discs & pads, it'll cost nowhere near £850. Sent from my SM-G935F using Tapatalk
  8. Rear tyres are an uncommon and pricey size, so pay attention to their condition. Manual gearbox cars can be had for a bargain, but that's because the road tax on them is £500+ Sent from my SM-G935F using Tapatalk
  9. A far simpler swap would be GS450h brakes, which are also 4-pots and bolt right up to an IS. Sent from my SM-G935F using Tapatalk
  10. Just checked mine and it's the same. All servicing and MOTs are recorded like they should be, but the mileages are All incorrect. Sent from my SM-G935F using Tapatalk
  11. Definitely not Lexus wheels that I'm familiar with, but they do look pretty smart. What size are they? 18 inch? If you remove one of them from the car, the manufacturer name or some other markings that could help identify them ought to be stamped on the inside somewhere.
  12. Yes that's a lot, but then 255/40-18 is a really expensive size in general. I would switch to 245/40-18 on the rear if you need 2 tyres. I did, and it cost me £450 for a full set of Michelin Pilot Sport 4. Whereas, it would've been nearly £600 if I stuck with the 255s on the rear.
  13. Just a stupid 'computer says no' issue on Lexus' end. If I remember correctly, I was also told the same - that they wouldn't fit my IS250. I had to agree that if I ordered them I wouldn't be able to send them back. Sent from my SM-G935F using Tapatalk
  14. There's also Climair, which I used to have, but like the Heko ones, they sit in the window channel and have potential issues like damaged rubbers and your windows not actually being properly closed. Better off with the genuine Lexus ones. Yes, they're way more expensive but they stick to the door frames and don't impact on the integrity of the window or it's ability to close. They also look miles better, imo. https://www.lexuspartsdirect.co.uk/parts/lexus-is/lexus-is-phase-ii-2006-2013/lexus-is-2006-2013-exterior-interior/lexus-is-phase-2-wind-deflectors/