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  1. For sale separately or together, I have the Thule Rapid Fitting Kits for the Mk2 IS250 2005-2012 and the RX450/RX300/Harrier as pictured. Both are used, the RX450 is boxed. Both are undamaged. These are the rubber foot pads and metal plates which adapt the foot to fit. £15 each plus postage £5, or free to collect from SK10 2PQ. message or call/text 07808 474909 cheers.
  2. I like the 3RX a lot, it's size is just right, smaller and easier to manoeuver than an Rangerover for example, and better in many ways. The same whem compared to an X5 and without the image problem. However the bouncy ride and body roll on country lanes is now a bit much. I could take one, without the other perhaps.nI'm not a huge fan of the styling of the 4RX but am coming round to the fact it might be the way forward. However we are conscious that it is a bit bigger. We were wondering about buying an 2015 model of the 3RX with all the updates done, with the air suspension as another possibility, but I'm concerned it might not be an improvement - any thoughts? Also they are quite steep in price and the jump to the new model is quite low.
  3. Looking to exchange my 2009 RX450h with over 100k on for the new shape 2016 onwards, which has just come within my budget. I've had my car for 3 years now and really enjoyed its ability to swallow anything and drive long distances as easily as it gets around town. However I haven't enjoyed the bumpy ride and the fuel economy at 30mpg could be better. The seats are a bit too soft as well, the ones on a new IS I had for a drive recently far superior in terms of support. My car is the SE-I and I'd like to go for a new model with low miles and keep it for a few years at least. I've read a few posts on here and the ride seems to differ depending on which model. I assume one still has air and the other sprung? I need to drive a few but any pointers as to what would give a better, sharper ride on country lanes would be appreciated. Can anyone explain the different spec on the new shape as well? Ideally after a panoramic roof but are there any other must-haves? Conversely are there any problems to look out for or spec to avoid? ANy colour other than white. Is the MPG improved at all - my driving is only about 8k a year mixed 50/50 between rural and motorway. Thanks
  4. I’ve been having the same thoughts as the OP. Just in the middle of a holiday across Europe and over 3 full tank fills only managed averges of 320-330 a tank. Only got the last up to 345. The RX handbook states the tank is 65 litres but I’ve not managed to get more than 52 litres in. I always used to assume 1 gallon left when the warning light came on in all previous cars but I am sure this is a lot more. I also can’t get more than 30 mpg on the autobahn, even when trying for an economy run. However unlike old VWs I don’t run this right down unless absolutely necessary. Only time I had this recently was coming down the A1 from Newcastle to Manchester one night when one services was blocked off for a night closure and the next only had diesel! Pulled in to the third one on fumes, having done 30 miles after it showed zero. Like others, I still couldn’t get near 65 litres, 59 was all. So is there 5 litres of fuel in the tank unused? On another thought, I’ve been crosschecking the trip computer in the car with two satnavs as we were bored and had a 1000km run to make. When getting an Average Speed indication it is usually 5pmh less than the speedo. The satnav shows in the middle of the two, which is correct as the car speedo should always over read to prevent speeding. However I wonder if the lower computed averges might have any affect on the really low average MPg I have just got over the last 3 fills of around 28-30mpg.
  5. Funnily enough that’s one of my few problems with the car. Had it in the older IS as well. No grip in the sides and little side bolster. However had a new IS as a courtesy car recently and was really impressed with the seats in that. Similar in the CT as well. Longer seat squab and good side bolsters, so I wonder if you could put these in instead, perhaps more chance of them fitting?
  6. I think the drivers wiper is too long really for an aerowiper to put enough pressure on the ends, which is why they float. The Denso style apply more pressure along the length.
  7. Well the new ones got a good test last night. Worked much better. It was Bosch Aerotwin that I took off, that were causing problems and back to the standard Denso whcih are fine for now, much smoother.
  8. I’ve just had a new Windscreen fitted to cure a water leak, which has worked a treat. I’d like to get rid of the aftermarket flat blade wipers fitted as the really don’t work well. They pressure drag on the drivers side in the middle, and float at the ends. So I think I’d like to go back to the standard Lexus hybrid style, unless anyone has any suggestions. does anyone know the cheapest place to get the original style and the spec?
  9. Just wondering if anyone has tried cleaning up and painting the corroded windscreen wiper arms? I’ve seen a few looking poor and mine definately let the car down. These things don’t seem to last long anymore before the alu rust comes through. But might clean up ok. Otherwise it’s a lot to spend on a new pair.
  10. Thanks for all the advice. I don't see why there should be a problem with good quality aftermarket parts and for a total of 86 from ECP it worth giving it a go.
  11. I'm happy to do them myself, its not a big job and I need to save a bit somewhere right now. Had my windscreen leak checked at the same time and its not the rear washer hose line. Its the windscreen which needs resealing according to the dealer. So I can call the insurance compeny and get them to reseal it, but its quite a scratched windscreen and I'd really like it replaced. Are they generally open to negotiation?
  12. Thanks John. ECP quote now coming in at 84.00 with their sale as well. Cant find parking brake shoes so will get those from the local factor. Dealers quote now in of 295 - bit of a saving if I do it.
  13. My 450h is in for its service today and the vehicle health check video flagged up what i suspected, which is that the rear pads and disc need replacing soon. Not quite an MOT fail but due. Quite happy to do this myself and avoid their labour charges bt wanted to see if, aprt from the slidepins, there are any problems doing it myself? Has anybody had problems with any of the none OEM pads and discs? Eurocarparts are quoting me just over 100.00 all in for rear pads and discs, which makes this a nice cheap job. Just waiting for the quote from Lexus to come in!🤣🤣
  14. thanks for the advice. I don’t have a sunroof or roof bars fitted, something I’m on the lookout for actually. But I will have a look at the trim panel once it stops raining.