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    IS 300h. Sonic T.
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  1. Hi Kieron, and members, Sorry, I had forgotten the I.O.W. Mmmm! expensive trip these days, I used to pay 2-3 quid. Next time I'm sat at Lee on the Solent and my wife suggests we go to the island, i shall have to ask her for extra pocket money first. Fuel economy is an individual thing, especially in a hybrid, it boils down in the main to how heavy your right foot is, and how you use it - like some other things i am aware of:) There is much good advise given here, but it always boils down to the same thing, 'you.' Mr. Jingles is a bog standard 17" IS 300h, has just had his 3rd annual service and has clocked 50,000 km (31,068 m). I fill him about once a month to the brim and most of the time drive in 'normal.' I do not use cruise control, as there is never the room for it to function properly. In Italy the standard petrol is 'EN228 green' it is 95 RON. In the Uk it is called 'Regular,' I believe, Germany 'E10.' I use this most of the time, however, i give Mr jingles a treat twice a year and fill him up with 98 RON. Just to clear his throat you understand. I generally travel at the speed limit (+ - a bit ). Mr. Jingles appreciates the TLC that i give him and in return rewards me with 5.4 - 5.3 L/100km ( 52-53 mpg). There ain't many folk can beat that. I removed my go faster stripes many years ago, after grew up and i'd learned how to drive. - Just in case you think the good mpg are because of where i live, don't believe it, in February early March it was rarely above zero, the lowest about -10°c. Lexus is a good car, an expensive good car, but very comfy and reliable, it is not a racer, more like a mobile home, yes, sometimes you will wish you could live in it. Just treat and drive it well and you will have a friend for life. There are too many 'chimps' buying Lexus now and i feel, destroying its image, but life goes on. Anyway, whatever juice you put in it, 95, 98 or even orange! it is your money paying for it, learn to drive it properly and it will reward you. You can find me on 'Spritmonitor and Fuelly,' why not check me out. Sadly, i am going to retire 'Mr. Jingles.' In June or July i shall take delivery of a new, 'IS 300h Executive,' with all the bells and whistles. It will have 18" wheels, but i expect the comfort to be better and the economy to be about the same, the latter being up to me mainly. Despite the heavier wheels, it seems to have the same overall weight. I now need a new name for it, because it is an 'it' for the moment. I was thinking of 'Rupert,' - it was the name of my teddy bear when i was young and indeed, before many of you were born i suspect. Any suggestions would be welcome, please send them along. Best wishes. Michael.
  2. Hi Kieron, My word, Ampshire, no dealer remotely close? How about Snows, at Hedge End. I think there's another dealer at Chichester. Just normal petrol will do, as there is no real gain from high octane all the time, accept for the tax man of course. However, a tank of high octane every now and then won't go amiss. Look through the site there is a lot about using/not using high octane. Best wishes. Michael. .
  3. Hi Tom, you didn't specify but, 1) have you checked your all round tyre pressures. 2) having done that, press the TPM reset button as directed in the manual. This might resolve the problem, sometimes one tyre can go below the preset range exciting the warning light. If it works you will save yourself a lot of time and money. I think other members, self included, have had this problem at one time or another. The reset button is located in the area below the steering wheel. (check the manual) Best wishes, Michael.
  4. Car-Cams.

    Hi Geoff, yes, i asked the salesman about the fitting, '€51,00 for car, so you can fit my dashcam for free.' He being Italian was slopey shouldered and said that i would have to see their electrician, I said i would supply the dashcam. This is my 3rd Lexus from them and they are usually helpful. It is a family business and the owner personally gave us a big bottle of quite good wine when we purchased the car - big deal, but better than a kick in the face. They know well my Anglo Saxon temperament from a previous skirmish about my CT, so look after me well now. Best wishes. Michael.
  5. Car-Cams.

    Hello Andrew and Geoff, thanks for the swift replies and info, I will be mulling over the options . The reason for my need to change is because i have just ordered a new 'Luxury IS300h,' should be with me about July. I bought the Blackvue 2ch for my CT and when i changed to my IS, just kept the cameras and bought new wiring and fittings. I might do the same again, to keep the costs down. I see that dashcams are getting more expensive, but with few real improvements in proportion. Thanks for the assistance. Best wishes. Michael.
  6. Hi folks, Sorry to be a pest, but i am trying to find a little info. on car-cams. I have an old Blackvue 550, but there will be a need to replace it in a few months. There are topics on car-cams but i cannot find them, can anyone steer me in the right direction please. My intention is to replace it with another Blackvue, unless of course the members have found something better. Thanks in anticipation. Best wishes. Michael.
  7. Hi folks, time to poke my beak in again. In my 55 years of driving i, like many members, have come across many, 'Honest Johns'.' They start by being quite reliable and unbiased, then, just like our political masters, they smell the flavour of money, power and the accompanying trappings. They sell their souls and follow the strongest flavour of the month, forgetting why they set up shop in the first place. After all a few pieces of silver are far better than honesty and impartiality. I feel this bloke has gone the same way, maybe he should go back to selling snake oil. I get about 52mpg overall in Mr. Jingles, see my fuelly page, but please, don't tell H.J. Best Wishes. Michael.
  8. Now I have reached a senior age I spend a lot of time in the toilet, working in the garden and reading LOC without signing in. Which reminds me, Rayaans got a little steamed up the other week over a minor point, unusual for him, calm down laddy, this is a friendly talking shop/show, the world ends later. Best wishes. Michael.
  9. Need help ASAP im confused

    Hi Bernard, with a little assistance from Italy, oh! that is in another solar system. I just loved your last comment, I was in tears for about 10 minutes, honest. Best wishes. Michael.
  10. Need help ASAP im confused

    Hi Andrew, 'well, I doo declare,' that I'm pleased things are beginning to go well for you, at last, I've been away at the local sanitarium for a few hours, so am having to play a little catch up as I write. I told you that we were a clever bunch of blokes on LOC. and I have to keep in trim. In my first effort I got your town/city wrong, so just substitute Colorado for Dresden and the Colorado river, for the watery bit. Sorry about that. Yes, you should be able to start your car with a set of 'jump leads,' - as we call them in the UK, attached to another car whilst it's engine is running. Just make sure that you have the polarity correct, Red = + and Black = - , but be careful, if you get it wrong you'll get a pretty firework display and a badly damaged Lexus. If by chance you have a Hybrid, do not attempt this and in any case, have a knowledgeable person with you at all times. In respect of costs, in UK we usually talk in terms of ounces of gold, not money, to get a Lexus repaired and least an arm or a leg. I would think that it is the same in the USA ? expensive toys. Now, just as a footnote, I am one of the last of the, 'Old Anglo Saxons' and I think that, 'VERBOUT' - above, was either personally, or had a relative on the field when King Harold lost his eye, so we go back a bit. Have you ever thought of using the American Lexus club, there may be an expert living near you, who could give some , 'hands on help,' free. How is the wife now? I hope she's better. Check your computer also if you can, I think its had one too many and is repeatedly sending the same message. Best wishes and good luck. Michael.
  11. Need help ASAP im confused

    Hi Andrew, I have read what you have written, several times, boy, all that in one breath! now you're not from Italy, - where I reside - which would account for that, but there are not enough " e's or a's " as word endings. Perhaps you have got an old 'Enigma' machine and forgotten to tell us todays wheel settings! or, you may just be taking the P. I don't know. We on 'LOC,' are always willing, 'to throw a life jacket to a drowning man' and give our best council, but firstly we must understand the problem. At large we are quite a bright bunch, - after all, we are Lexus owners, mostly British, generally well travelled, but where you come from, or live, doesn't matter, (I just wish that we could write our country, instead of, 'Other/Non UK,'), our communication is done in English (UK) mainly. Having said all that, Britishness is unique, we can sit around a bare table and someone would find something humorous to say about it. this is quite visible from the replies you have had so far, - a bare lady comes under another heading!! It may be worth pointing out also, that we don't use ****** words, OR SHOUT, it's just not that sort of site. If you really have a problem with English, write in your own language or use Google translate, most of us are multilingual, we have now cracked American also, Now to your little problem. So, you were blind drunk and came of the road, landing in what you thought was a big puddle, but was in fact the Danube, however, you managed to get to the other bank and back onto Terra firma again. - the river's quite wide at Dresden, after a short period you'd sobered up enough to find, - to your surprise, that your car was flooded and that somehow water had mixed with the oil, but lucky for you, - being an intelligent Lexus owner, you had in the boot a spare set of plugs, some oil and a battery operated hair dryer, you set to work. After a short time you saw what at first looked like a large man heading towards you, but it turned out to be a large gorilla, - aren't they all, it had escaped from the local zoo, and was headed in your direction. He was a big lad and you didn't fancy any of that, so you legged it home, pretty swiftly. The next day you returned to your Lexus and tried to set fire to it, without success, so you took it to a shop that you own. Your next move was to try and get your Lexus dry and working again, some success was had, but as you hadn't checked the engine coolant, so it over heated, it also over revved for some reason, but then, this was an angry Lexus, after all you had tried to drown it the day before !! Next, you removed the 'Tps' system, the sensors are in the tyres as far as I know, so you must have removed the tyres, you also did a little clinical work in the engine bay, to try and resolve your Lexus's illness. - I think that in English we would use the gentile term, 'Blind, mindless buggering about.' Any old how, after a while you felt sufficiently confident to give your now very sick and tyre-less Lexus a test run, after you'd run 30 metres you realised that your Lexus hadn't moved, so, in your blind anger, you put a rope around it and tried to throttle it, not to mention the baby dolphin trapped inside calling/clicking for help. Now don't say all of this in one breath Andrew!!! This is my perception of your problem, if it is, I would suggest that you give your trusty Lexus a decent burial, pine coffin, gold handles and all, it deserves it, after all you've submitted it to. However, if this is an incorrect perception of what you wrote, please re-submit your original, but make it a trifle more understandable to get a better response from members. Best wishes. Michael.
  12. Tyre pressure guage

    Hi Geoff, only had a few problems like that. for the first couple of goes, since then it has been fine. It was just a simple matter of getting the angle correct over the tyre valve so it sealed well, then, after a few seconds, it makes a noise to tell me that it is ready to be read. I bought it on 02/01/15 and it still has the original battery, even though it's used weekly. The light is good and the storage bag is shaped to fit the gauge and is very sturdy. As mentioned, I inflate the tyres with a foot pump. Not sure what it means, but Amazon use the following to identify it, AGIN B000V5F0XQ. (£23.90). Best wishes. Michael.
  13. Tyre pressure guage

    Hi Geoff, when I bought my new car I also bought a new tyre gauge. It was a 'Michelin digital pressure gauge,' I obtained it from, 'Amazon,' and it cost about £23.90. It had one of the highest ratings at the time and has been used every week since. It is also easy to read and compact and as far as I can tell very accurate. You are correct about checking your tyres at home, as they must be done whilst cold, mine are done after the weekly wash and I use a foot-pump to inflate them if needed. I keep my tyres at 2.65bar all round. If I had a tyre problem whilst out, I would check the other three tyre pressures to get the lowest pressure and refill the offending tyre just a little below that, this would allow for expansion, then check it after about 10km. As for the accuracy, well, above I used the words, "as far as I can tell," because there is no real bench mark to check it against, that I know of. Where does one take a gauge to be calibrated? each garage/tyre outlet gives slightly different readings. I suspect something similar to a home made gas pressure checker could be made, ( clear plastic tube, partly filled with water ) and adapted. - Open to comments on this. Best wishes. Michael.
  14. Hi Richard, glad to see that your getting of to a good start. Give the wife a sandwich and a flask of tea, so she can survive the walk to the pavement, always park in a distant part of the carpark at the supermarket. If you can, park in an auto silo, where your love looked after by an attendant. I rarely park alongside the kerb as some clown in a Fiat nothing will undoubtable try to squeeze in and skim the bumper. Generally, if I park in a marked slot, other parkers tend to park at least a doors width from me, just in case, 'can't have the out of control kids throwing the door open and damaging the smart, shiny, limo next to them, costs lots of shekels.' Just think, I was one of those little tikes many moons ago. Enjoy your new Love. Best wishes. Michael.
  15. Hi Richard, glad your loving your new motor, from what you say your sensations are almost like having a new wife!! Lets hope they last. Best wishes. Michael.