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  1. Uk Spec FSports are mechanically identical to normal models, just minor suspension/damper differences.
  2. Uk RX facelift has just been launched and includes CarPlay and Android auto as standard , so will be surprising if they don’t facelift the other models over the next few months. As for retro fits, no mention yet.......
  3. Map updates are by replacing the micro SD card in the central console. Fold down the flap behind the gear lever, under the stereo. check eBay as the Lexus prices are astronomical. Is yours a premium or std Nav? Round knob or mouse?
  4. I think you can change the colour of the general screen background from brown to blue or grey in the settings. General settings if I remember correctly. Have you checked to see if the sw version is up to date? Post what the version is on here and someone will advise. Later versions fixed some of the bugs and usability.
  5. This is encouraging and is similar to the way Alfa Romeo has handled Guilia/Stelvio upgrades. They released a newer hardware build at or just after the MY19 release of the cars, but the software followed later and in some cases was a dealer retro-fit free of charge. However, there is a specific chassis VIN and hardware firmware version that is needed for the software upgrade to work, as these cars have the hardware which acts as the licence key for the software. The hacker community in the East of Europe has perfected a mod to earliercars, but it involves having to retrofit a modified USB hub into the car, amend the software and firmware of the infotainment and set a code in the dealer computer against the VIN to show it was allowed. All not particularly easy to do and of course you needed a friendly dealer to do it!
  6. Highly unlikely to be a simple software upgrade to enable this. I believe Apple require a hardware key of some sort to be installed in the technology which serves as the licence for the solution. I can’t see this being a retrofit by dealers. More likely an upgraded infotainment package rolled out across models at facelift/update points.
  7. Bear in mind there is far more people drive the German cars than Lexus. I also suspect the average punters expectation level moving from a non-premium to a premium car is higher and not met by the Germans than the average Lexus punter, thus the satisfaction levels are lower.
  8. Stelvio Milano. Went with 2.2D, couldn’t justify the petrol with the mileage I’m doing. Quadrafoglio Guilia was very nice but boot slot smaller than IS and running costs just too much.
  9. I'm exactly the same, 2 IS's, UX too small, didn't like the ES or NX drive, rest too expensive. I think it is still a few years till the EV range develops enough, the charging issues are improved and the early adopters iron out the teething troubles. Polestar2 and Tesla Model 3 could be future ones for me. As a result, for now I've gone left field and I've bought an Alfa Romeo......
  10. WBAC was lowest, by a country mile. Pretty derisory offer really. I had no intention of using it, but it gave an indication. To be fair though, all the dealers offered more than WBAC. I also had searched what Lexus dealers were displaying as sticker prices for similar age/mileage cars as approved used cars, so you have an idea what kind of margin is in it for them. They need to make a profit, but some were extracting the michael somewhat. As I said pays to shop around.
  11. I've just traded my IS and got top book against a new car. Range of pricing from dealers was huge though, over £6.5k from lowest to highest. Pays to shop around, I did the final deal over the internet/phone with a dealer 180m away.
  12. Not behind a paywall Also
  13. AVS is part of tech pack on the FSport. Cant disagree it is expensive at over 40k fully loaded though, when compared to other models. isn't CHR a class below in size?
  14. Ah, that’s good to know. Does it fill the screen and does the resolution look better then on the other setting? I didn’t have an issue with where the drive controls are. For all the times you change them. And with my other observations, there is even less need to change to Sport mode etc, as the character of the car is virtually the same. Set and forget.
  15. The damaged wheel I got back with the original tyre and they put a rubber valve in it as stated above. It will do as a spare for me for now, or could be repaired in the future (would need welding and turning and repainting) and the valve replaced. lexus said it is easier to swap the valve than recode it. However, if you don’t have a valve in place I guess the car still throws up a ⚠️ sign? Which would be a MoT failure now too. Can that be coded out? How much is a new TPMS valve to buy now? Guessing £60-80 each?