Parrot of Doom

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    RX400h SE-l
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  1. Perhaps its a switch to turn a preheating system on.
  2. Battery dead!

    If a good battery is going flat after a few days then you have an electrical problem. The car should be able to sit for weeks at a time without the battery going flat.
  3. Battery dead!

    The battery is twelve years old. Don't be tight, replace it.
  4. Bought mine in 2013 (IIRC), so far the only things that have gone wrong are the front nearside caliper sticking (replacement wasn't expensive) and the cigarette lighter doesn't power up. Oh and the nearside door mirror sometimes doesn't position itself correctly when reversing. I do about 10,000 a year. The steering feels a bit hesitant lately so at 11-12 years old and 110,000 miles I reckon some bits need replacing, but apart from that it's been absolutely fine. Yes, they're expensive cars, but servicing will only be expensive at a dealer. Find a Toyota/Lexus specialist and you'll be fine. My cambelt and spark plugs were changed for a fraction of the dealer price above. Oh and Lexus keys of 2005 vintage are absolute rubbish, they break where the blade meets the fob. Always.
  5. Oh Dear

    Depends where you are in Lancashire, but I went to Charlesworth Motors (near Glossop) for my 100k service and they were fine.
  6. Cracked key

    Timpsons will cut you a new key, I had one done a few months back. It's just a Toyota key, the one Timpsons sell has a slightly longer blade but is otherwise identical. I say identical, it also has the same crap design as the typical Lexus key, which means that it too will eventually break.
  7. Lexus Bolton

    Go to Charlesworth Motors near Glossop. Much cheaper than the dealer. No marble floors or espresso maker, but you at least won't need to remortgage.
  8. Warranties are designed primarily to make a profit for those who offer them. These are very reliable cars, you don't need a warranty. And even if something big does break, you can fix it with the money you didn't spend on a warranty.
  9. I think you wasted your money going to a main dealer. I paid a fraction of those costs having mine serviced at the same mileage at a Toyota/Lexus specialist near Glossop. I didn't need new shocks but the quote you received is gobsmacking. There's nothing special about these cars that makes that price realistic, they're just ordinary shocks and springs. I wouldn't be surprised if they replaced everything in that stack, even if it didn't need replacing. I think I paid around £6-700 for the service including belt and tensioner, plus a brand new front caliper.
  10. Few 400h questions

    A one mile commute. One mile. I know people use cars for purposes other than commuting, but really, driving a mile to work? I'd walk.
  11. It's an eleven-year-old car, suspension components are going to be worn. Whether they're worn beyond a point they could be considered roadworthy is another question, but if the car passes an MOT then I'd be surprised if the dealer will replace those bushings. I've had a couple of cars laser aligned at a place in Oldham, it's well worth doing if you intend to keep the car for any length of time, although bear in mind that they can't fix the alignment of components that are excessively worn - the only cure for those is to replace them.
  12. RX400h dvd system

    Haven't the foggiest. I've just done 60 miles on the bike so I'm not going out in the cold to check again today :)
  13. I have a Transcend DP520, no need for video playback because you just connect over wifi to your phone and play back on that.
  14. RX400h dvd system

    The remote I have is this PZ462-E8370-01 Remote Control 2003 05-06-2005 100013 E13 10R-02 1956
  15. The insurance company may write it off but that's a bureaucratic measure only. There's nothing to keep anyone from buying it from the insurance company, fixing the faults, and putting it back on the road.