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Rabbers last won the day on November 18 2016

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  1. I once left an IS300h (2013 Premier spec) parked in the open at an airport for close to a month in winter, with the alarm on. I left the foot brake off but wedged the rear tyres with stones. I presumed the battery to have been fully charged after a long motorway drive. The car started at the first attempt, and the only problem was a marked loss of pressure in all four tyres, so I would suggest you over-inflate before leaving the car.
  2. I can't recommend any specific brand since the logo puddle-lights I had on my 2016 RC were a gift and I threw away the packaging, but I wouldn't imagine there are significant quality differences between generic manufacturers. I left them on the car when I sold it having found them disappointing insofar as the logo projection had become blurred and faded, maybe because of deterioration of the plastic or maybe because moisture and dirt had got inside. The blurring issue over time also affected earlier plain-colour ones I had on an IS300h. Incidentally, my eye tells me that the size and shape of the lights on the 2019 RC may be slightly different, so check before you order for the 2016 model.
  3. ... and as a result prospectively generate income from fines.
  4. It would be hard to beat Angelwax Elixir, which not only gives tyres a durable natural-looking gloss but is also excellent on all rubber surfaces with or without minor scuffs.
  5. When I originally complained about the non-availability of flaps for my new RC, my Lexus mechanic, who was as surprised as I was, offered to talk with his colleagues in the body shop about possibly fitting and/or modifying ones from other marques and models besides Lexus itself. Toyota, Subaru and the KIA dealership next door were mentioned. He called me few days later after concluding that the idea was unworkable - or not recommended - because of a series of practical factors including attachment reliability and possible functional ineffectiveness besides aesthetic appearance.
  6. So am I. Were I to have started this thread in relation to the 2019 model I would have called it All-Over Filth. I don’t recall the 2016 model’s front tyres throwing up as much dirt before the mud-flaps were fitted, and I can only explain the difference in terms of the changed aerodynamics, minor as they are.
  7. Recent damp weather combined with dirty road surfaces after several rain-free weeks is making me seriously yearn for mud-flaps. There is no news regarding their future availability for the 2019 RC in Italy and I have been told the same by dealers in CH and F. Is there any news in the UK?
  8. I've experienced similar scoring when roads have been been heavily spread with mixtures of salt and grit. If the problem persists try aiming a jetwash directly at the discs repeating for two or three wheel-lengths, ideally with someone driving backward and forward. Re the screen wash tablets, I have been using a brand called KINDAX handed out as samples at a service station back in the summer. They work OK, one per 4 litres water, and are clearly excellent from a space-saving standpoint, but I've not seen them on sale anywhere since. The size and function is closer to Alka-Seltzer than any mint I've personally ever consumed.
  9. A wholly admirable principle. I only wish I could always live up to it.
  10. Yes, I almost always have had. I once had 16" winter tyres and 17" OEMs on an IS200, but although I was generally aware that different tyre sizes can have a quite dramatic effect on speedometer accuracy, I must say that my perception of it was minimal. The 2019 RC is the only car I've ever owned or (I think) driven that comes anywhere close to 10% speedometer overstatement, certainly in the case of a Lexus, half that figure being closer to my experience. I seem to recall that my last BMW, a 2001 328ix, deviated by no more than 3-4%. Like you, I based my estimates on comparisons with roadside courtesy speed warnings, placing my greatest reliance, as for most things requiring precision, on Swiss ones, though I have occasionally ventured into mental arithmetic by way of relieving boredom on long drives.
  11. According to the readings provided by the GPS-based Coyote alert system, which I take to be highly accurate, my speedometer overstates actual speeds by as much as 11% at lower speeds, with 9% as a general average. Comparisons are as follows: 50kmh, actual 45kmh ... 90kmh, actual 82kmh ... 110kmh, actual 101kmh ... 130kmh, actual 120kmh ... 150kmh, actual 139kmh The differences are significantly high than the 6-7% I estimated for my 2016 RC, which I took to be the norm for Lexus speedometers insofar as they were closely similar to the figures for the three generations of the IS I previously drove. As a result I long ago acquired the habit of increasing my indicated speeds accordingly, secure in the knowledge that there was no risk of getting a speeding ticket. Even though the higher deviations from actual speeds I am seeing in the 2019 RC offer a higher and theoretically more welcome protective margin against speeding, I must say I find them irritatingly excessive. I now often find myself accelerating in order to bring my actual speeds up to what the limits are, usually to no good purpose whatsoever. In other words, I feel as though I'm going too slow and needing to remedy the fact. Perhaps this is some kind of personal protest against what I see as an excess of nannying on Lexus' part?
  12. Nice-looking item (but maybe a bit big for Espresso). Did it come with an Owner's Manual? Tips for optimal Lips Placement? Left-hand Grip Adaptability? Care & Maintenance? Best washed with (premium) Car Shampoo? My (belated) Compliments of the Season to you. R.
  13. That's certainly possible. No - at least not in my case. I am comparing like with like. My 2019 car came with the same OEM Dunlop Sport Maxx RT2s as I had on its 2016 counterpart. I then did only 800km before putting them to bed for the winter in favour of Pirelli Sottozero 2s, which is also the same brand and model as I had before (and which I would thoroughly recommend in terms of performance and durability though maybe not price to anybody with a need for winter tyres).
  14. Having now experienced 5000km with the 2019 RC, I think the "orange pack" may well be better than the brakes on the earlier model, albeit marginally. Initially, when my memory of the previous car was fresher, I thought the firmer and maybe shorter pedal action, and the slightly delayed need to brake on the approach to familiar red lights and junctions etc., might simply have been due to the newness of the pads/discs and tyres. However, these characteristics have persisted to the point where I now take them for granted. Braking scenarios at higher speeds present so many more variables that I am unable to pinpoint any differences with the earlier system, but I am sometimes somewhat startled by the quick response when merely touching the pedal at motorway speeds, say 130-150> kmh. Whether distances are any shorter when coming to a stop from these speeds is impossible for me to say, but the impression of controlled deceleration is at least as good as it ever was.
  15. Bernard: As a matter of fact that's precisely what I often do, sharpening the eye and mellowing the judgement. But I find the view from an upstairs window to be almost as pleasing even without a glass in the hand ...😍