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  1. Caller Display

    I don't know why or how it's supposed to work, but the caller's name shows on the display (usually but not always) only when my iPhone (an ancient 4S model) is connected via one of the USB sockets and not via BT. Failures to show some names might have something to do with how you have entered or arranged them in your directory.
  2. The temptation to try out any of the many superb car detailing products on the market is always great, and the results after using them can be highly enjoyable, especially on a quality car like a Lexus. In fact, to stand back and gaze upon a newly detailed car is one of life's pleasures - visual, tactile and olfactory. However, it could be argued that the temptation to apply "superfluous" chemicals to a car's surfaces is best avoided except in the case of identifiable and strict need. Generally speaking, this need, as far as I'm concerned, starts when a car's shows its first signs of age and loss of factory bloom - e.g. increasingly visible micro-swirls, dulled plastics and rubber, dry leather etc. - and, until these appear, I try, admittedly not always successfully, to make do with simple shampooing outside and mild soapy solutions or just plain water inside. I suppose an appropriate comparison would be between cars and good-looking women who wisely avoid too many cosmetic potions and lotions before the appearance of their first wrinkles.
  3. Road surfaces that have been varying from damp to wet because of persistent high-humidity fog and smog these past few weeks have highlighted the problem of large amounts of spray kicked up by the RC's rear tyres, practically coating the entire rear section from the boot down after even short drives. The IS had a similar issue but not as great, probably because of narrower tyres and different aerodynamics. Apart from unsightliness, the main annoyance regards the need to frequently clean the rear-view lens as well as one's hands after closing the boot or opening it from the outside and leaving finger-prints on the dirty surface. I see no solution to the problem other than to fit splash-guards, which I am not going to do, so I guess I must learn to live with it.
  4. Rear-Section Filth

    Having now had mud-guards on the RC for a few weeks, I am, on the whole, pleased with them insofar as they do what they are supposed to do. They mar the car's appearance only slightly while significantly lessening the accumulation of dirt on the rear wings and numberplate area in wet or even slightly damp conditions. Splashes on the door-skirts are also much reduced. The deflection and dispersion of spray away from the car can be seen in the side-mirrors, and is bad news for pedestrians and cyclists. The main negative regards the unavoidable improvement in forward visibility for wet-weather tailgaters who, especially on motorways, now seem encouraged to come even closer.
  5. There is no question about the likelihood that if you park your Lexus in a near-empty car-park you are going to find a car in a neighbouring space on your return. In fact, my wife and I used to have a running bet about this, with me getting a point every time there was a car and she getting a point if there wasn't. We stopped keeping score after I was so far ahead that it was no longer fun. Also, I have noticed that in a full or full-ish car-park, the car replacing one of your original neighbours after you made an effort to find suitably well-kept and undamaged ones is likely to be a semi-wreck or, worse, a semi-wreck with baby- seats.
  6. There is so much specialist information and advice available to us today that it has become difficult to tell if it is accurate or free of vested interests or misleading or misguided or simply wrong. So, unless we make a habit of questioning everything we read, see and hear, which for some of us would quickly lead to mental exhaustion or a permanent state of indecisiveness, we need, whenever in doubt, to set a limit on the economic damage and personal aggravation we would be willing to tolerate after acting on information that might prove wrong even if purveyed by entities who, justly or unjustly, have acquired a guru-like status. To suggest that tyre pressures should be set lower than those recommended by a car's manufacturer is a case in point. In order to find out if the advice is unsound you would need to constantly monitor the outer-tread wear that will normally result from under-inflation and then re-inflate in order to stop further wear before you are forced, hopefully not after a suffering a blowout, into the not inconsiderable expense of buying a new set of tyres. If you are not bothered by the potential expense and risk to yourself and others and possibly your car, you should by all means go ahead and experiment with HJ's advice.
  7. SatNav map updates

    As far as I know, I'm sure you are right about VC improvements and software updates, at least in theory. Personally I have never done an update. However, I recall my dealer doing one, unasked, in my IS300h early in 2014 (I'm afraid I have no record of the version numbers concerned), and I detected no improvement in the VC - or in anything else, for that matter. As regards the VC being worse in an IS, my comparison was not between current models of each but between different generations.
  8. He might be Honest but he can also be Wrong.
  9. SatNav map updates

    On 1/4/2017 at 5:38 PM, NemesisUK said: I was impressed with the Lexus VC, worked 'straight out of the box'... The VC in a 2016 RC300h has been considerably improved in respect of its equivalent in a 2013 IS300h, which, presumably, was an earlier-generation version. Where the latter correctly recognized my commands five or six times out of ten if I was lucky, I now get far more first-time hits than misses irrespective of the application - and despite the fact that my voice is no less croaky or my enunciation any less slovenly. As a result, I find myself appreciating the system more and more having previously almost entirely given up on it. Although I occasionally still used it to command the Navigation to guide me home, any attempts at other more complicated Navigation entries or the Audio and Telephone functions were abandoned long ago because I could feel my blood pressure going through the roof every time I was asked to repeat myself. In short, although I am far from considering the system to be indispensable, I do find it reliable and effective, as well as valuable in helping to avoid distractions otherwise inherent in manually operating the infotainment when the car is in motion. For this latter reason alone, its use should be encouraged.
  10. The contents of the multi-information system are always useful, often indispensable, and can sometimes offer relief from boredom on long drives or when you are stuck in traffic. The AL-TPWS is a good addition, and will impress and edify anybody who, like me, has never previously driven a car that simultaneously shows the pressures of all four tyres, thus providing, at the touch of a button, figures that might not get checked as regularly as they should and whose fluctuations in day-to-day driving would otherwise not be visible. I never before realized, for example, how parking parallel to a high wall, as I do in my garden at home, results in significantly lower pressures in the tyres on the exposed side of the car, where, for the same reason, frost will also tend to be thicker after a cold night. Depending on how cold the night was, I have seen readings as low as 2.2BAR (32psi) front/2.3BAR (33psi) rear, which, in my experience, require you to drive for at least 15km before you can heave a sigh of contentment at the sight of all four tyres re-aligning themselves to the recommended 2.5BAR (36psi)/2.6BAR (38psi), thus allowing you to proceed on your way with the happy feeling that everything is ship-shape and under control. Not that the pressures will necessarily remain constant, since long curves taken at a brisk speed can momentarily raise the pressure of the front tyre corresponding to the direction of the curve by 0.1BAR while a series of tight curves on a winding uphill climb involving frequent braking and/or use of the paddles will sometimes similarly affect one or both pairs of tyres. It will be interesting to see what effects potentially very high ambient and surface temperatures will have on pressures during summer driving, and I suspect these may be quite dramatic - or, depending on how you look at it, quite entertaining. Of course, none of this has any bearing whatsoever on how one should drive and park, the sole practical value of the device being its ability to conveniently identify possible serious deviations from set pressures in specific tyres. What I am saying, before anybody scoffs at the child-like wonder such a device inspires in a non-technical person like me, is that the AL-TPWS, beyond its usefulness in potentially saving your tyres and maybe your bacon, has a role as the provider of yet another bit of entertainment within the car's bag of tricks.
  11. Does anyone know what the material Lexus calls "Wedge Metal" for its F-Sport trim in some countries (i.e. mesh-like finish on aluminium) actually consists of. Is it real metal, plasticised or varnished, or is it all-plastic, or is it plastic film on a metal or plastic moulding, or is it something else again?
  12. After much tapping and listening and examination under a lens, I have come to the conclusion that "Wedge Metal" is a thin machined- aluminium shell as described in the .kw link provided by Stephen, sandwiched, in order to protect it from dents and scratches between a thick layer of varnish (which detracts from tactile pleasure) and a solid lining, presumably of moulded plastic.
  13. Agreed. I once compared consumption in NORMAL v. SPORT (not SPORT+) modes in my IS300h by noting how far the approx. 56 litres available between filling up and the appearance of the fuel reserve warning took me in each of the two modes at much the same speeds over much the same routes and with no deviations from my habitual driving style. I managed 948km in NORMAL mode and 917km in SPORT, a difference of only 3%. Some time later, I made a similar comparison, albeit on a half-tank-per-mode basis, in a CT F-Sport loaner, and while I don't remember the km totals, the "saving" in NORMAL v. SPORT was also around 3-4%. I haven't made the comparisons in the RC300h, and probably won't unless the purely academic urge to do so again creeps up on me.
  14. A graphic and no doubt appropriate analogy but one that gives me the creeps. I hope Lexus sales people don't pick up on it and risk losing business....
  15. Rear-Section Filth

    So, Peter, having duly mulled over the second couple of pictures of the RC in Titanium, for which my thanks, I have, without further ado, ordered a set of mud-flaps at the price of €220, fitted, which is cheaper than the £250 asked in the U.K. They will probably not be delivered before the end of the month, which means that my RC may well be spending a dirty Christmas but a clean and happy New Year. Again, thank you for your advice.
  16. Rear-Section Filth

    Peter: Thank you for the pictures. As non-OEM appendages go, the mud-flaps are acceptably unobtrusive, and better still, when imagined on a Titanium car, they would probably look even better suited than on Red because of overall colour continuity between body and wheels, strakes and exhausts. Effectiveness and aesthetic acceptability are a persuasive combination, so much so that next time the car gets particularly filthy - if not earlier - I'll probably be on the phone to my dealer about prices and fitting.
  17. Rear-Section Filth

    Rayaan: I had been thinking along the same lines, though my own choice, having used it successfully for many years on alloy wheels, would be Collinite Insulator Wax on the bumper section.
  18. Rear-Section Filth

    Peter: I'll certainly take another look at the protection pack, some bits of which I think I already have, e.g. the boot liner, and non- slip mats including rubber ones inherited from the IS which fit the RC only at the front. What I need to overcome is my specific dislike for mud-flaps. I too use the inside grab-handle to close the boot, and have done so almost religiously ever since some past owner's manual told me that I should. However, it's the last bit of the closing operation when you are supposed to press down on the lid that I find irritating. Maybe I'm being overly neurotic but I have now developed a new technique whereby, in order to minimize epidermal soiling and limit the amount of forensic evidence I leave on the lip of the boot, I centre my little finger on the top edge of the numberplate and then, combining a firm initial push with a final flick of the wrist, gently complete the operation.
  19. Rear-Section Filth

    The title did get your attention though, didn't it?
  20. Right enough. Winter tyres are something you probably don't fully appreciate until you find yourself in a situation where you really need them, which, in effect, means situations you should try to avoid but, for one reason or another, cannot. As for myself, quite apart from the snowy and icy conditions for which they are specifically designed, they also give me greater confidence in temperatures of 10°C or lower in the wet, which could be anywhere in Europe in winter, even in a mild one like last year. My only complaint regards the expense in terms of purchase, storage and substitution (I've just grudgingly paid over €1,100, discounted, for a set of 19" Pirelli Sottozero's), but this, as usual, will be largely offset by the prolonged life of the summer ones. As far as I know the only country where winter tyres are legally required (as an alternative to carrying chains in your vehicle) is Italy, with some regional variations in seasonality but generally from November to April. More cleverly, Germany, Austria and Switzerland make drivers formally responsible for equipping their cars to cater for adverse weather conditions, and by so doing, actually force them, in practice, to fit winter tyres or carry chains under threat of heavy fines or even an invalidation of their insurance if they cause or are involved in weather-related accidents without them. I don't know how true it is, but I have heard the story of zealous local German police forces fining drivers for recklessness if they are caught without winter tyres or chains on board even if snow is merely forecast. Which I suppose makes some kind of sense if you believe the police seriously has the safety of the motoring population at heart.
  21. A good characterization of an enthusiastic RC300h owner (like me) that might also shed some light on the differences of opinion contained in the present thread is to be found in a review on www.wheelworldreviews.co.uk by one David Hooper. He writes, with considerable insight: "You could be forgiven for thinking that a hybrid car and a sports coupe body aren't natural bedfellows, but when you consider the average Lexus buyer, sports coupe or otherwise, is unlikely to be seen wearing reversed baseball caps, then it starts to make more sense".......
  22. I suppose it depends on your local climate and where and how you park your car. I too never worried about hardened rubber seals until, some years ago, in a motel car-park in Germany in the middle of winter I yanked open the door of a frost-covered rental Ford Mondeo and detached the rubber seal from the entire length of the door-pillar. Getting the rubber back into position before I could close the door and drive off was a job I would not have wished on my worst enemy. When I returned the car to Hertz later in the day, the guy told me that this should not have happened because it was company policy to lubricate the seals in preparation for winter. They had apparently missed this one since the seals looked very dry and almost white. He then disappeared into a back room and came back with a spray can of Einszett which he presented me for use with my own car, and I got into the habit of using it ever since.
  23. Linas: If I shared half the opinions in your review I would not only not have bought an RC300h but would also already be anxiously consulting second-hand values with a view to getting rid of it. Seriously, though, I addressed many of the negatives in your review to my own satisfaction before deciding to trade in my IS300h for the RC (see RC300h v. IS300h Part 1 & Part 2 threads in the IS300h Forum). I agree with Rayaan that your reason for saying the "engine sound is just awful" could lie in the ASC, which I myself leave permanently switched off as I also did in the IS after coming to the conclusion that it is no more than a useless piece of acoustic bling. Personally I like quietness in a car and, really, the only noise that annoys me in the RC, as it also did in the IS, comes from the tyres. Incidentally, I have just switched to Pirelli Sottozero winters from the OEM Dunlop SportMaxx summer equivalents and, strangely enough, subject to further evaluation after a bit of wear, they seem to be quieter. As regards noise at motorway speeds (130-160kmh), were I to close my eyes (metaphorically speaking, of course), I would probably not know that I was not driving an IS even though I would hazard the opinion that the RC is marginally more quiet because the mirrors deflect the wind better, perhaps as a consequence of their position as much as their design. While 8.6' might be considered "sluggish acceleration" to 100kmh from a standstill, the only negative bearing this may have on real life is for anyone who enjoys racing away (and gulping fuel) at lights, especially if the neighbouring cars are BMW or Benz coupés (which are pretty enough but as common as muck). As noted by Rayaan, mid-range acceleration is impressive and, in the absence of comparative figures, probably at least the equal of most same-segment competitors. Nor do I quite understand the phrase "when you kick the pedal nothing comes out". There certainly can be a noticeable albeit slight lag in throttle response in ECO and NORMAL modes, but if you want lag-free acceleration, SPORT and SPORT+ modes deliver more than adequately, so much so that you may be forced to immediately brake in order to get down to a regular speed after a quick piece of overtaking. I won't disagree that the number of drive modes could well be reduced from four to three or even two, though switching between the four according to your preference at any given time is hardly a complicated matter. As regards cornering, this is where I find the RC markedly superior to the IS as the combined result of the adaptive dampers and a stiffer chassis - and in spite of the higher weight. I can exemplify this by my experience three or four times every day with a couple of fast-approach 90° turns close to where I live, which, perhaps a little too daringly and usually feeling a need to widen the angle, I used to take at around 65-70kmh in the IS but now take comfortably and with a feeling of complete stability at 75-80kmh or even more. That the steering is "light and uninformative" on motorways is not my experience. Quite the contrary, in fact, although I have noticed that the relative firmness of the ride on slightly uneven and porous surfaces can give rise to fairly frequent tiny directional adjustments especially if, like myself, you have developed the habit of keeping the wheel as still as possible on stretches of straight road. My version of the RC has Premium Navigation and the 10-speaker Pioneer audio as standard. The latter performs acceptably but lacks the depth and power of an ML system, the latter being available as a stand-alone optional but with an unacceptably long waiting-time. Yes, anyone who has had an ML system (as all my previous five Lexus's did) will miss it. To cut a long story short, I have no regrets about having opted for an RC instead of another IS. I loved my IS but love the RC even more, mainly - but certainly not only - because of its good looks.
  24. It's a good idea to lubricate all the rubber seals a couple of times a year, especially around now before winter sets in causing them to harden and maybe to stick. For many years I've been using a specific German rubber-care product with its own pad applicator called Einszett Gummi Pflege, and have always been impressed by its effectiveness. I believe the name in some countries including the U.K. has recently been changed to Nextzett, but the product is the same.
  25. Leaky boot

    That looks extremely annoying, and it is not readily understandable why your dealer could not have done anything about it. Did they try before saying so? Might something as simple as a strategically placed squirt of silicone not have done the trick?