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  1. John, Another for your list. Now specialising in hybrids. 53rd MOT for me this year but only 14 of them have been Lexii. Summertown Garage, 14-15 Bankside Ind Est, Bankside, Kidlington OX5 1JE. Phone: 01865 379550 Web: https://www.summertowngarage.co.uk John
  2. Geoff I have had "new" button cells that were well past their best straight out of the packet. They do have a shelf life and I guess some sellers have old stock. Through it away and try another. John
  3. Florin, What mileage is your car? Is it running UK? What makes you concerned? John
  4. Shiva, I don't know if Kidlington just north of Oxford is within you radius but SummerTown Garage are excellent. https://www.summertowngarage.co.uk John
  5. Les, Thanks. You learn something everyday on this forum. John
  6. Steve, I have a Samsung portable DVD writer SE-208 that was under £20. I am shocked to see that its price has risen hugely (>£100 if available!). And it is USB 2 However there are USB 3 drives under £20 on Amazon like https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B085D955TC/ref=sspa_dk_hqp_detail_aax_0?spLa=ZW5jcnlwdGVkUXVhbGlmaWVyPUExN1ZPWU00MUo2SklVJmVuY3J5cHRlZElkPUEwMjg1MDA2MlM3VVpaWUJZWkRZWiZlbmNyeXB0ZWRBZElkPUEwNzU0OTgwMlE5U0FET1NXTTdDUCZ3aWRnZXROYW1lPXNwX2hxcF9zaGFyZWQmYWN0aW9uPWNsaWNrUmVkaXJlY3QmZG9Ob3RMb2dDbGljaz10cnVl&th=1 You could borrow mine but time postage back and forth will approach cost of new drive. John
  7. Steven, Yes it's awful. I have tried cleaning the top of the binnacle to reduce the shine but without success. Laying something matt over the area helps but is not elegant. Polaroid glasses will remove the reflection completely and as we don't have HUDs this is best solution. John
  8. Geoff, I'm also happy to convert for you. John
  9. I agree with you two guys on this. My 2007 car has incident radiation i.e. sunlight, sensors. The algorithm may have improved since 2007 but neural network? We should be grateful the words "turbo" and "laser" have not been used. John
  10. Peter, Beware. This may not do what you want. I had one of these AA panels and sent it back. Note the Peak output is 2.5W i.e. maximum current into 12V battery is about 200mA. The average over 24 hrs will be much much less. Bitprius tells me the drain on the battery from the alarm is about 50mA on the 450h. (There is the self discharge too.) I assume this is going to be about the same for other models. He suggests that a 20-30W panel is required. I bought a 20W panel but its claims are bogus and I suspect many others are too. The solar radiation at noon at the equinox (about now) at latitude 51 is about 800W per square meter. My panel was about 40cm x 16cm i.e. about 0.064 square meters. Thus the radiation on it will be about 50W. Now factor in the conversion efficiency and 20% would be very good and it is down to 10W. To get this you need the panel square to the sun. Lay it in the car, even stick it to the inside of front or rear windscreen and it will not be square further reducing output. The glass of the windscreen will also reduce it further. My conclusion is that unless you buy a much bigger panel you may slow down the running flat but you will not prevent it. Others may disagree. The Lexus mail I received this week says switch on the car for one hour every week (and don't have A/C on or listen to radio etc). This will work. John
  11. Not rare like the preceding pictures but exciting nevertheless. DC10 refuelling and being docked for practice back just after my car was first sold. John
  12. Andy, As Richard said his comes up when something is on. Is this so you can have traffic announcements perhaps? Why not disconnect the feed to the aerial in the boot? John
  13. Sami, Proslip https://www.amazon.co.uk/ProSlip-Caliper-Lubricant-Toyota-Mercedes/dp/B07886FP12/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?crid=2PD6303B409NC&dchild=1&keywords=proslip+brake+grease&qid=1586284331&sprefix=Proslip%2Caps%2C128&sr=8-1-spons&psc=1&spLa=ZW5jcnlwdGVkUXVhbGlmaWVyPUFORkQwMEI1TVBTVFomZW5jcnlwdGVkSWQ9QTA2MjIwNjAxQ0FSMVFXTUo2MFZDJmVuY3J5cHRlZEFkSWQ9QTEwMzM1NDUxNDMwQ0ZJODhaT0NDJndpZGdldE5hbWU9c3BfYXRmJmFjdGlvbj1jbGlja1JlZGlyZWN0JmRvTm90TG9nQ2xpY2s9dHJ1ZQ== No connection. John
  14. Just sending mine back as it does not provide enough current to maintain the battery. At least in the ad above it says 2.4W which the ad I bought from did not. Go for at least 10W but the ads for these things are a minefield of misleading information. e.g. I found oner ad with 25W on the photo, 20W in the title, and depending how you interpreted the data in the description perhaps 15W there. I asked for clarification. Nothing yet. John