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  1. Parking tickets

    Just an anecdote to illustrate how dishonest some private parking companies can be, especially when they pay their employees by the number of tickets they write. Last year in Denmark, having parked in a metered zone, I returned to my car and found a warden writing a ticket - or, rather, tapping one into an electronic pad - for no apparent reason. When I asked for an explanation, he muttered something unintelligible and shuffled off, clearly embarrassed, only to be stopped after a few yards by a policemen and a couple of civilians who engaged him in what appeared to be an unpleasant conversation with much finger-wagging before he managed to detach himself and drive off in his own car. When I asked what exactly had occurred, I was told that this particular warden's activities had been being watched for some time by some of his previous victims, mainly local residents, who suspected him of inventing false parking offences. It seems that the stripes of some individual spots, including the one where I had parked, were invisible when photographed from certain angles, especially on wet and murky conditions like on that particular day. The policemen then took a statement from me, to which he added a photograph of his own evidencing that I was correctly parked inside the short unworn bits of stripe between which I had aimed the nose of my car. He finally gave me a file reference number for use if I received a fine (which would have been via an international collection agency in the case of a foreign-registered car like mine), though he thought this unlikely given that he expected the warden to be suspended or fired and his recent tickets cancelled. And indeed, having received no fine after nine months, I like to think this is exactly what happened.
  2. Uneven tyre wear

    Paul: Your specific issue of inner wear to the rear tyres sounds exactly like that experienced by myself and other owners with the IS300h - see, for example, IS300h etc. Forum, 4-Wheel alignment with new Goodyear tyres, started by Casa1862, April 10, 2017. The consensus explanation for the wear, confirmed in my own case by both my Lexus dealer and my trusty tyre supplier, was the rear-wheels camber angle specific to the IS, which, not being adjustable, meant the problem could not be rectified. What alarmed me was the suddenness with which the wear appeared at around 37000km, leading me to check the tyres much more frequently thereafter than had been my habit. And, in fact, wear to the replacements was starting to appear at 26000km when I traded in the IS for my present RC. So far with the RC I have seen no signs of uneven wear after 22000km on summer tyres and 12000km on winters but am wondering, after reading your post, if the camber-related problem might not also exist for the RC, in which eventuality 4-wheel alignment is unfortunately not going to help. As regards your fuel consumption, I would suggest you make a conscious effort to drive economically for as long as your self-discipline and/or patience allow and then revert to normal for a similar period. Then compare the relative consumption figures and come to your own conclusions as to whether the problem, if any, is with you or the car.
  3. Glad you are enjoying your RC. I agree with everything you say except that, like Peter, I don't quite understand your #4. As regards #5, in order to eliminate - or largely reduce - the recurrence of wet streaks in the side-windows I find it useful, after drying them the first time, to re-open and close them and then give them another quick and (hopefully) final wipe. As regards #1, I suggest that next time you clean them you aim to do a perfect job and then apply one or two coats of a heavy-duty wax such as Collinite, which, for 3-4 months or maybe longer, will allow you to use only water on them.
  4. Very nice, though arguably an unnecessary piece of tarting up, albeit largely redeemed, of course, by the high standard of Lexus build and materials. Personally I find the result somewhat over-sleek, it putting me in mind of a sort of down-scaled Batmobile in which the driver also needs to wear black in order to maintain the overall look. It would also require he or she to obsess over the tiniest bit of dirt or blemish, thus making it perhaps more suited to showrooms than everyday use. It is difficult to figure out Lexus' commercial rationale by following in, most notably, Mercedes' footsteps with an "Edition" of this type, unless the idea is to shift a number of possibly slow-moving excess inventories of bought-in components such as ML speakers, sunroof motors, 19" rims and tyres, black leather, roof-lining cloth etc., by neatly tying them all up into what is, for some, an undoubtedly appealing and good-value package.
  5. Auto wipers and snow

    If you have snow or ice on the windscreen and have left the wiper switch on AUTO, the wipers will respond one or two seconds after ignition unless you use this time-lapse to switch to manual control. The lapse is short but more than sufficient to allow you to simply press the end of the wiper stalk.
  6. Several posts in the 2008-2014 topic currently on the IS Forum mention that the present-generation boot swings open, dangerously according to some. In my own second-generation IS300h (MY2013) it merely popped open a few centimetres upon activation whereas in my RC300h it swings completely open, this being something I have always taken for granted as a feature of the car. Are there any RCs where this is not normally the case?
  7. Drivers seat wear

    Long experience of both from new tells me that the outer bolsters of F-Sport seats are far less prone to creasing than those of the standard design because of (a) the additional lengthwise stitching/panelling, which makes the area more rigid and therefore more resistant to downward pressure upon your exiting and entering the car, and (b) the use of "integrated foam", which makes the entire seating surface only slightly firmer but certainly a lot more supportive. Some might argue that better seating is reason enough to prefer an F-Sport version to others.
  8. I know a few Scandinavians who do this too, and it's a very good idea except when the snow doesn't materialise and you forget the brush is there...
  9. Much irritated this morning by a "design defect" in the RC. Upon opening the boot after a light overnight snowfall the thin layer of what I had erroneously thought to be solidly frozen flakes on the rear window slid unhindered directly into the boot as a single slab of ice. Admittedly my reaction time was a bit slow but the event was completely unexpected insofar as on the previous occasions I have had frozen snow on the car it stayed put long enough for me to reach inside the boot for my brush. The "defect", if such it is, results from the slope of the window being so flat as to prevent sliding ice from being caught or blocked by the boot drainage channel. In future, when snow is forecast, I'll keep my brush inside the cabin.
  10. For anyone needing an extra bit of cabin storage for small objects I can recommend the pocket shown in the attached photos, which I recently bought on Amazon (see Tentock Leather Car Seat Side Pocket Organizer) for about €25 inc. Postage. Being black with red stitching it perfectly matches the Dark Rose interior trim of the F-Sport (other colours are available), and although real leather would have been nicer than synthetic the item is sturdy and well made and does not move when the seat slides forward or back. An iPhone 8 Plus in a wallet case like mine fits in the larger of the two compartments and plugs into one of the USB ports in the armrest cubby with a 30cm cable (mine is a black Anker which I prefer to the longer and more obtrusive white Apple original), this being an adequate length for easy and flexible movement.
  11. Many years ago I had just arrived at a hotel late at night when I spilled some coffee on the leather passenger seat of my BMW. The only readily available remedy was a drop of bubble-bath (Hermesetas) added to water from my room. To my surprise, this worked a treat, and when I saw the seat in daylight the next morning, it looked better than the others. After that I always preferred a mild soapy solution for cleaning my car leather and was gratified to discover, years later, that this is also Lexus' recommendation.
  12. Unless you actually need or want to plan for motorways along your route, it is best to untick the relative box in the satnav settings, after which, in my experience, the system's apparent inefficiency is much reduced. However, if you subsequently forget to re-tick the box for drives in wholly unfamiliar areas in which sections of motorway may be essential, you could well end up feeling like an idiot when it dawns on you that you are being misrouted. Seeing that the three choices of route type are always offered regardless of what your average speed settings are, I don't believe there is any connection between the two features, the latter being, in my view, the least useful one in the entire system insofar as the time predictions it computes on the basis of averages you presumably originally considered to be realistic more often than not turn out wrong.
  13. USB Port

    Independently of slower charging (which may concern some users more than others), is there any potential technical problem about leaving a phone connected via one of the USB ports so as to play the music content via the car speakers while getting the benefit, slow as this might be, of simultaneous recharging? I have heard that there may be a risk of draining the car battery and damaging the phone battery through overheating or overcharging but, if this is true, I have never noticed it after many years of almost invariably connecting via USB except for very short drives.
  14. Thieving Gits

    Clearly a case of misrepresentation but, to defend the undefendable, the seller could argue that the majority of his typical customers for OEM replacement caps are likelier to want to replace lost singles than entire stolen sets.
  15. Thieving Gits

    Seeing the prices asked I'm surprised our caps aren't nicked even more often.....
  16. The ACC in the current RC cuts out at 40kmh (=30mph approx.), accompanied by an acoustic warning and with re-accelaration back to 40kmh being necessary before the original speed can be automatically reset by means of the control lever. Not having tried a full-stop system I am unable to make comparisons, but one merit of the 40kmh system that I personally appreciate is that it enables you - in fact obliges you - to properly re-focus your attention on the road if your concentration has even slightly lapsed after long stretches of uninterrupted reliance on the ACC itself, especially after sudden drops from higher speeds.
  17. I find an effective setting for the ACC in traffic and is 15-20kmh higher than the highest speed at which you think the traffic is likely to continue moving, e.g. 70-80kmh when you think the cars ahead are unlikely to slow from your and their 50-60kmh to below 40kmh. That way, with the distance setting on minimum, you won't fall more than momentarily behind in the event of the traffic temporarily speeding up.
  18. It is indeed strange that the F-Sport in the U.K. does not get the Safety System even as an optional, and I would guess this may have something to do with rationalisation/standardization of production specifically related to the RHD variant. I believe the F-Sport has had the Safety System as an optional everywhere in continental Europe since launch, and few of those of us who bought this version of the RC for immediate delivery from dealer stock were given the choice of not getting (and paying) for it given its presence in almost all the first waves of imports. Its presence was justified as being anticipatory of likely customer wishes - with which I fully agreed.
  19. More IS 300h on the road

    Yes, I presume I was looking at the same figures, and I note you carefully edited your quotation from my post to omit the clear fact that I was referring to 2016 and 2017 in which the RC/IS unit splits were 720/2408 and 473/1803 equal to 29.9% and 26.2% respectively, which I simplified to 25-30%. As for the opinions you derive from these figures, you are entitled to them while, until I see Lexus U.K. closing its doors because of awful results, I'll stick to mine.
  20. More IS 300h on the road

    If a "flop" is defined as sales falling dramatically short of a manufacturer's reasonable expectations, I am not sure the term would necessarily apply to the RC in the U.K. I suspect that the 25-30% proportion of IS sales achieved by the RC (inclusive of the RC-F) in its first two full years of market life in 2016-2017 may actually have exceeded expectations despite being favoured by the IS' mid-life decline. After all, with all due allowance for huge differences in relative scale and volumes, there is no way the Germans can ever have achieved similar ratios with their coupés in respect of their saloons with equivalent powertrains. By this same token I would suppose the success or otherwise of the RC within the Lexus range is best judged by the extent to which its sales partially substitute those being lost by the IS and thus contribute to maintaining the marque's overall market share.
  21. More IS 300h on the road

    The frequency of sightings and proportionately reduced "exclusivity" of the IS300h directly reflects the cumulative total of the car's sales since launch and, until a replacement comes out, will continue to increase. Prospective customers concerned about constantly diminishing exclusivity and who have no great need for useful rear seats might want to take a closer look at the RC ....
  22. Thieving Gits

    I have a love-hate relationship with valve-caps. Years back when such items were a quite expensive novelty I bought a set with the BMW logo and had them stolen after a few days. My next set with a logo, this time consisting of theft-proof ones for my first Lexus - an IS200 - could only be unscrewed with a hex-key and were so fiddly that I went back to using normal ones. Then Pirelli came out with a good-looking design incorporating a colour-change pressure warning that required a special tool as well as a certain amount of manual dexterity for removal. The suspicion of attempts to steal them regardless and doubts about their reliability finally led me to get rid of them and I have used normal caps, usually the OEM ones, ever since. And although I have occasionally fallen into the temptation of buying nicely-machined aluminium or alloy ones, these have the tendency in my experience to become so difficult to unscrew even after greasing (which is essential) as to require pincers and/or risk damaging the valve-stems, so I have usually ended up giving them away.
  23. I have been running iOS 11.2.1 on an iPhone 8 Plus (256GB) for a few weeks now. Usually I connect to the car audio via BT, preferring to do so more and more because of the impressive BT 5.0 upgrade though I still tend to connect via a USB port for longer drives. Before acquiring the iPhone 8 I routinely used an iPod Touch 6th Gen 128GB (containing about 115GB of Music and Podcasts, frankly excessive but nice to have), also recently updated to iOS 11.2.1, which I kept almost permanently connected via USB. I must admit that I have never hesitated to instal updates across all my Apple devices immediately on their appearance, slavishly interpreting notifications of their availability as prompts to do so. I have noticed no differences in the functionality of Lexus audio with iOS 11 in respect of earlier firmware in the case of the iPod or, not unexpectedly, between its use and that of the iPhone, which, of course, has always run only iOS 11. iPhone connectivity has been entirely satisfactory, and only once, immediately after the first update of the iPod to iOS 11 did I have a set of problems apparently similar to Steve's: frozen browsing menus, loss of titles and names or their showing as "UNKNOWN", etc. as well as incorrect playlists sequences. These appeared to resolve themselves after I re-started playing from the plugged-in iPod itself before I drove off, controllability of the system from the touchpad becoming restored after a few minutes' driving. I can't say whether this would have represented a permanent fix since I nevertheless decided to do a complete reset of the iPod later that day, after which I have had no further issues.
  24. The replacement mirror - a complete unit - was fitted this morning and it has been nice to have a silent one again. An inspection of the original provided no ready explanation for the clicking, the only noticeable anomaly being the presence of a tiny residual strip of badly- removed protective factory wrapping (not used for the replacement, supplied boxed in a plastic bag) which had become twisted around the pin connecting the mirror's housing and arm. It is possible that this bit of plastic, which had not been visible before disassembly, was causing the housing to swivel very slightly off-axis, but since there were no signs of friction on the paintwork, it is unlikely to have been responsible for any kind of noise, let alone loud clicking. So this remains something of a mysterious episode, fortunately now past.
  25. About a month ago my passenger-side wing mirror started making a loud clicking noise when activated, worse upon closing than opening, and audible from as far away as 15-20m. There was no visible damage and I had no evidence of the mirror having been forced out of position by way of mischief. I reported the problem when I took the car for its 30000km service last week and, after inspecting the mechanism and housing, the dealer declared himself to be mystified and ordered an entire replacement under warranty. Having expected a quick on-the-spot repair, I was surprised. Pleasantly, of course. Out of curiosity, does anybody know what the replacement and fitting costs would be outside warranty?