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  1. Just a few ideas and comments. Sorry to say, but the clonking from the rear while under load and/or cornering is something I too experienced in my GS450, which turned out to be an offside rear shock absorber. Mine was replaced under warranty but the Lexus website tells me a replacement is £445, fitted. With regards to your cool air, it could be that the blend doors are stuck or sticking. On a trip to the seaside on January 2nd this year (so not exactly balmy conditions) my wife complained the vents on the passenger side were blowing cool air despite the temperature being set quite high. I "fixed" this by setting both the temperatures all the way up to 'HI', then one side all the way down to 'LOW' then swapped it round so 'HI' and 'LOW' were set the other way round. This means the doors in the guts of the heating/cooling system are using the full extent of their movement, and I haven't had the problem since. As the weather cools I'll see if the problem recurs, but it's easy thing for you to try.
  2. Whether you go for a GS300 or a GS450 you’re buying a fairly complex car (with an original list price of £40K+) when it’s over a decade old, with known expensive spare parts. While both cars are known to be relatively mechanically reliable even relatively small problems - not unreasonable on a car of that age and complexity - will be expensive to resolve. If buying either car represents a stretch then personally I’d feel financially very uncomfortable having to hope nothing goes wrong as I’d lack the means to fix it. How about a modern classic Mercedes, like a W124 series E Class? You can get decent examples for under £5K and they’re well engineered without many electronics. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Dash Cam Installation Advice

    My GS450 is booked in with Lexus Cambridge next Thursday for the dashcam to be fitted. I was advised it’s a two hour job which is fine. I’ll post a report and pictures once done. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Dash Cam Installation Advice

    I’m very impressed by the quality of the videos, plus I think it’s actually a bit of a bargain when you think it’s being fitted by Lexus themselves. I’ve requested dates from Lexus Cambridge for when they can fit one to my GS450. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. Oh man what terrible luck. No doubt insurance will cover it but what a crappy thing to happen on your first day with the car. Hope it all gets sorted with the minimum of fuss buddy. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  6. Best of luck getting your new car today buddy, exciting times! Let us know how you get on. [emoji106] Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Dash Cam Installation Advice

    Seems like Lexus have had a change of heart on dash cams. Just as POBrown states, there's a package available for £275. I was sent the attached PDF by my local dealer. Seems like something they'll all do. Dash Cam.pdf
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    Dash Cam Installation Advice

    Great that your local Lexus dealer does this. I asked Lexus Cambridge if they could fit a dash cam and they said a polite no. I might start phoning round my next closest dealers. It’s worth a few hours out on a day off/working from home. [emoji846] Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Dash Cam Installation Advice

    Great that your local Lexus dealer does this. I asked Lexus Cambridge if they could fit a dash cam and they said a polite no. I might start phoning round my next closest dealers. It’s worth a few hours out on a day off/working from home. [emoji846] Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Lexus IS250 SE-L Build Thread

    Thanks for taking the time to post. While I’m not an IS owner, your comments and feedback on the Vline2 are really interesting as I’m considering one for my GS450. How was the installation process and how did you get on positioning the GPS antenna and microphone? Any tips for the unwary/ham-fisted? [emoji846] Your car looks great and I hope it gives you many years of satisfaction. Best wishes. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  11. I realised on the drive in this morning that I gave poor advice on the topic of Bluetooth. Since you’ve got a 2010 model you have the updated media system that allows Bluetooth audio streaming (like my wife’s Prius I was driving this morning). You can still handle the calls separately to the music, they won’t interfere with each other, but you won’t need any new tech to do so. Best of luck with the car. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  12. I think it’s definitely worth a phone call to Lexus Chester. Warranties are something the sales guys get commission for selling so there’s motivation from their end. If it needs an inspection pre-warranty I’d imagine it wouldn’t be much more than an hour’s once over as they wouldn’t want to tie up workshop time on something that isn’t billable. I pay the £1,095 in monthly instalments at 0%, and so it’s only £91.25 per month for 12 months. General guidelines are the car has to have a full Lexus service history, be under 10 years old and under 140,000 miles. I think the full Lexus history thing is at the discretion of the warranty selling dealer, but once you have the warranty you can use it at any Lexus dealer. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. They look like the correct alloys for the car, but painted grey rather than the usual silver. The chrome strips are still chrome I note. [emoji846] Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  14. Hi Zurbaran, Great choice of car and I hope it gives you years of enjoyment. I too have a GS450 and recently submitted my one year review. Maybe something to read when you get a few minutes. In terms of your questions, they are pretty strong mechanically, but (expensive) weak spots are shock absorbers going and the exhaust rusting around the Y section. Shocks are around £400 each fitted by Lexus but are usually covered by a Lexus warranty (which is well worth considering) and a new exhaust section is around £600, or just over half that for a custom made stainless steel job from a third party. The ML stereo is very good. I have the Lexus iPod adapter and it sounds great. Similar kits are available from Grom and others and while I’ve not had one in my Lexus the Grom kit I installed in my Volvo offered brilliant sound quality. Assume just over £100 for one of these. You’ll be able to have Bluetooth for calls and USB for audio no worries. The HDD nav is pretty good but the maps may well be out of date. Lexus will update them for you for around £150. Traffic updates are from TMC, which in the UK is broadcast on the Classic FM frequency. It will reroute you if it knows there’s congestion etc, but in reality Google maps or Waze on your phone will be ‘better’, but it’s a matter of one being built in and the other not. People have different views. I would definitely consider a Lexus warranty. In the UK we can buy one of these for £1,095 for two years and pretty much everything aside from wear and tear items is covered. My GS450 was purchased used from a Lexus dealer so had a one year warranty and I estimate I’ve had around £1,500 of warranty work in that time. I’m now covered by the two year warranty meaning I’ll have three years of warranty cover on my car before I’m personally on the hook for big things going wrong. While they’re unquestionably a great car, yours is getting on for nearly a decade old (mine already is) and they cost £50K when new. It’s handy having the peace of mind that a warranty provides. Best of luck with it! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  15. Very cryptic of you John, and I like being tested, though I have to admit I've looked through the T&Cs and I can't see anything that suggests the warranty is indefinitely extendable, unless you're referring to part F of the 'Eligible vehicle' section, which states "is less than 10 years old and has less than 140,000 miles on its milometer at the start of the first Warranty Period" (emphasis is mine). Additionally however, the clarifying notes for that section include "We will not provide a Lexus Extended Warranty for any vehicle which is older than 8 years from the date of its first registration" which would seem to contradict the statement above it that I referenced. It must be stated that I'm not a lawyer so I'm very happy to be corrected on my interpretation on any of this. Lexus warranty Terms & Conditions: https://d3rvezpmgp265q.cloudfront.net/lexusone/lexgbenv11/Lexus-Extended-Warranty-Terms-and-Conditions_tcm-3157-1184113.pdf?_ga=2.261681546.649040480.1536137243-310123032.1535537556 Taken from the Lexus website: https://www.lexus.co.uk/owners/warranty/