J Henderson

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  1. Dash cam

    I have the Viofo A119S and the picture quality is excellent. It's quite feature-packed but doesn't have anything fancy like wifi or a smartphone app but you're probably looking at having to spend at least double to find something better. The only real negative thing I would have to say about it, is that although quite small in stature, it is quite chunky, especially if you have the optional GPS module. I had to locate it on the passenger's side of the rear view mirror as it would interfere with my ideal mirror position if fitted on the driver's side. The lens angle is extremely wide though (in all directions), so that's no big deal. In fact it's probably better to have it positioned there as you can access the micro SD card with it still mounted to the screen.
  2. I would say that 35 MPG is very good. I'm lucky to break out of the 20's during the Winter. My overall average is currently 29.9
  3. Mk4 LS400

    Are those Nissan 350Z wheels?
  4. Some weirdness in the configurator. HEATED, AUTO-DIMMING, AUTO-FOLDING OUTSIDE MIRRORS WITH MEMORY FUNCTION, REVERSE TILT FUNCTION Is listed as standard when you compare all 3 grades. Yet, it's one of the options available when building an F-Sport.
  5. Yep. Possibly had a cheapo refurb since they're the wrong colour and didn't bother to match the centre caps.
  6. F-Sport has all the same gadgets as SE-L apart from ventilated seats and the rear blind. Stuff unique to the F-Sport Mesh grille Aluminium pedals Anthracite headlining Half-leather/alcantara sport seats F-branded steering wheel 18" 15-spoke "Hoshi" alloys Rear spoiler lowered suspension You should check one out that's nearby. When I was looking at IS250s I was dead set on getting one that had leather but as soon as I sat in an F-Sport, I was sold.
  7. Plenty of pictures of the red F-Sport on the seller's website https://www.crowtherlodgemotorcompany.co.uk/used-lexus-is-gateshead-tyne-and-wear-152279
  8. https://usedcars.lexus.co.uk/en/used-lexus/Lexus/RC-300h/25-F-SPORT-2-dr-Coupe-Prem-Nav-Sunroof-Mark-Levinson-vdbl8lv 2016 model though.
  9. Seems you can't order a new one in this spec anymore. Only the Premier can have the ML system.
  10. Something @Linas.P said in another topic piqued my interest on the subject of "XL" tyres. Is there really that much of a difference? I've never ever done a direct comparison (XL v non-XL) of the same tyre before as I rarely buy the same tyre twice in succession. Plus, looking through my recent tyre history, it would appear I've bought a mixture of XL and non-XL tyres over the years, and like I said, I haven't noticed any real difference that would make me wary of buying one over the other. Actually, thinking back to my IS200 days. I remember Hankook V12 Evos (XL) being much more comfortable and quieter than the Continental SportContact3 (non-XL) tyres that I replaced them with, so it's not quite black & white... For the IS250, I've always chosen XL tyres where possible (sometimes it's the only option anyway) due to the small 40-series sidewalls and the state the roads are in. Some of the pot holes I've seen recently are absolutely ridiculous! Anyway, here's what openeo have to say on the subject;
  11. Alternative tyre sizes

    I have 245/40's on the rear of my car. Unfortunately, CrossClimates aren't available in this size or anything else close enough to consider running on the rear of an IS with 18" wheels. As Rayaan says, the 45-series options would be huge - over an inch bigger in circumference 225/40r18 all-round is probably the only option for that particular tyre. They would look pretty stretched on the 8.5" rear wheel though. Apparently more 18" & 19" sizes are being introduced this year (CrossClimate Plus) so the situation may change.
  12. Is 250 Rear Calipers

    Where does one buy the genuine Toyota red grease from? Is it a Toyota/Lexus-only job? A quick look on ebay etc yields little to no results, unless I fancy importing it for an extortionate amount. Or, is some of the other stuff available (eg: Castrol) any good?
  13. Top gear lc500

    I suspected the Honda would win when I seen that Harris would be driving it. They should've featured the LC500 in last week's "V8" episode instead. At least then it would've been in similar company. Sent from my SM-G935F using Tapatalk
  14. TPMS

    @Ben1001 I've got 4 of these genuine Toyota TPMS valves that are surplus to requirements. They came off the 3IS F-Sport wheels that I use during Winter, so they should be suitable for your car. One of them was damaged during removal, but the guys repaired it with silicon sealant. I have no idea if it still works or not, but the other 3 valves ought to be OK since they've not been on a car since 2015 and are still within the expected battery lifespan. I wouldn't want much for them. Let me know if you're interested.
  15. Are the tyres wearing on the inside edge? Or is the advisory just for low tread depth overall? Anyway congratulations. It's always great to have your car pass with flying colours. Hopefully mine will do the same next month.
  16. The battery should probably be able to cope with what you were doing, but maybe its a bit low on charge at present due to the car sitting on a forecourt for a while? The illuminated sill plates just snap into place. Just grab it near the end with the inside edge and it should pop off with a bit of force. Failing that, you could try a prying tool between the body and the flat part of the plate. If using a screwdriver, tape it up first to avoid scratches.
  17. Good for you. I'm planning to do the same upgrade on my IS250 at some point this year. I've already got the main components in place - the calipers, discs & pads, fluid etc. Plus some high-temp paint to make the calipers look nice. I just need to double-check whether I'll need to buy any small things like clips, shims etc and I'll be good to go.
  18. eSure Insurance

    Well, that's two companies I''ve now crossed off the list. I was previously with Covea at the time of that accident mentioned above and their customer service was frankly appalling. It was the first time in my life that I had ever had to make a claim and they offered almost no communication at all during the whole process, which also seemed to go on forever. I was the one who had to do all the chasing and endure umpteen lengthy phone calls - usually left on hold for 30mins+ nearly every time. They didn't even bother to inform me that my car had been written-off! I only found out when I called the workshop to find out how they were getting on with my car. Overall, a truly miserable experience. The only good thing I will say, is that the settlement figure was very good - only £400 less than what I had paid for the car a year earlier.
  19. BMW M8

    Wheels look very similar to the GS-F's
  20. eSure Insurance

    On the flip side....based on my experience with esure, I would strongly advise anyone to steer clear of them. I am currently covered by them for exactly the same reason as yourself - they were considerably cheaper than the others at renewal time last year. My policy with them expires in a couple of weeks and they've given me a renewal quote that is approx £60 lower than what I paid last year. That policy included some declared modifications such as 19" IS-F wheels, but as I will be reverting back to OEM 18" wheels, a fresh "no modifications" quote was in order. Sure enough, a search on a comparison website later and esure are once again the cheapest available. However I will not be buying insurance from this company ever again due to their dishonesty and thievery. To cut a long story short, I was completely honest and open with all my details when requesting a quote last year. The aforementioned 19" wheels were declared, where the car is kept overnight (which is actually my place of work most days, not my home address). Every question asked by the comparison tool was answered truthfully. I even built-in to the policy some modifications that I was planning to do, but didn't actually go ahead with (lowered suspension, brake upgrade, tints). Plus of course I also recorded my claim history, which was an accident that saw my previous car written-off. An accident which was clearly not my fault. https://www.lexusownersclub.co.uk/forum/topic/108404-car-written-off/ Despite all this, I felt the quoted price was quite reasonable so I went ahead and bought the policy from esure. So far, so good...but imagine my surprise when I was hit with an additional charge of £92 about 3 weeks later. Which, what a surprise, was outside the 14 day "cooling-off period" where the policy could've easily been cancelled without financial penalty...The reason cited for the additional charge? It was my failure to answer YES to the question "Was the driver at fault?" regarding the accident I was involved with. As far as I was concerned, that was the only logical answer to give to the question. I was minding my own business when an oncoming vehicle drifted into my side of the road and hit me. The whole thing was witnessed by many people, captured on a dashcam and the other driver was even charged & prosecuted for his actions. I pointed all this out to esure but they didn't want to know and Insisted that I had to pay the extra £92. This left me furious, so yes I have vowed never to do business with them ever again. I don't care if I have to pay more to be covered by other companies.
  21. Re-sellers have probably snapped up the stock they had left. It's now a discontinued line btw, so don't expect them to get any more in. "Ultra" HD Wax is now their flagship wax - Autoglym
  22. Looks great! Congrats.
  23. That's a manual. Would cost you £500-odd to tax it.
  24. This the F-Sport? https://usedcars.lexus.co.uk/en/used-lexus/Lexus/IS-250/25-F-Sport-with-Multi-Media-Package-and-DAB-qxbmahr