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  1. The breathalyser thing was changed to "non-enforcement" as it was pointed out that you should have two in case you used one. Rather than rewrite the law they decided not to enforce it.
  2. When I lived there is was mandatory, now it is a recommendation: see https://www.service-public.fr/particuliers/vosdroits/F19459 Tout véhicule doit être équipé de feux en état de fonctionner. Ne pas respecter cette obligation est puni par une amende pouvant aller jusqu'à 180 €. L'immobilisation du véhicule peut être prescrite. Si une ampoule est défaillante, vous devez la remplacer immédiatement. Il est donc recommandé d'avoir des ampoules de rechange dans son véhicule. Every vehicle must be equipped with working lights. Failure to comply with this obligation is punishable by a fine of up to € 180. The immobilisation of the vehicle may be prescribed. If a bulb fails, you must replace it immediately. It is therefore recommended to have spare bulbs in your vehicle.
  3. OK, found on eBay - even shows them fitted to an HID - wonder how it works with them as they have a flat beam?
  4. Ah, wasn't aware the non-AFS could have HID - apologies for the confusion I couldn't find deflectors for a 400h, where did you get them?
  5. Check what you need for your car - if they are regular H1, H4, H7 a 'proper' EU approved kit is £5.00. And it's only the AFS equipped cars that don't need defelectors
  6. It's a legal requirement to have replacement bulbs in Europe, As to whether you can actually use them is unlikely to be of concern to the average Gendarme. I'm thinking of just taking the universal kit and pleading ignorance should I ever get stopped. They don't need headlight adjusters, just turn the AFS off. Thanks for that, I'll print it out and take it with me
  7. Afraid not, manual says HB3, H11 and DS2, none of which are in a universal kit - hence the original question
  8. No it doesn't thanks, its all about headlight stickers, speed limits and LS400's. No mention of light bulbs.
  9. I'm looking for one of those kits with replacement light bulbs for a trip to France next month. However all the commercially available kits have H1, H4 & H7 bulbs, none of which fir a Lexus Rx400h. Anyone know of a kit or have I got to spend a fortune on individual bulbs? Thanks
  10. The 400h is a better car than the 350 in many ways. It is easier to drive, rides better, quieter and gets better fuel consumption. The engine is the much the same so maintenance is basically the same apart from the energy recovery systems. The Rx400h timing belt is changed (or should be) at 100,000 miles (160,000 km) so if it hasn't been done, find another one - it's an expensive job. I've driven both and I'm on my second 400h and when I can afford it I'll look for a 450h.
  11. Could be, I'm not going to let it worry me unduly though. Thanks David
  12. Thank you for that, very interesting. My inquisitive mind is saying "why would the AFS affect left/right glare" and I know that the dip left is quite pronounced on these cars. However, I will print out that snippet in French in case of "Les flics" Cheers
  13. Hi, I'm about to take my 2007 Rx400h to France and I cannot find anything in the manual about being able to switch the headlamps from left to right. This was a feature on quite a few cars I've owned, anyone know if it is possible or what else I can do to avoid dazzling our French friends? Cheers David
  14. With surface rust I agree, this was much worse and I was lucky not to need a new subframe as they could repair, re-proof it. I wouldn't minimise the risks, not worth it. Believe them, the Scottish ones are worse as they are exposed to salted roads for much longer.
  15. While doing another job on car I checked with the MoT tester again. The central part of the backing plate does support the parking brake cable and the internal shoes. BUT he said if the rest of a rusty plate is cut away and removed, leaving the mounting intact, that is NOT an MoT failure. He confirmed that the MoT manual does refer to the securing devices, not the plate itself. Again, your choice as to replacing them. David