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  1. The fog lights on my '01 IS200 need scrapping and since the wiring is damaged I was thinking of going without them completely. Are there blanking plates or something equivalent that can close the holes?
  2. I'm certainly not pretending to know what the problem is at this stage, but in a thread in this forum a few people identified the problem in the anti theft module. Since I smelt burnt plastic inside the car, it seemed daft not to inspect it at least for visible damage, I know that finding a broken part doesn't mean that'd be the root of the problem. I do have a multimeter, by the way. And a Diaglink MD802 (which sadly doesn't support the IS200).
  3. I already disconnected the battery after the test drive.
  4. Uhm, temperature oddly went up (car defrosted during the evening!) so I went to take a look: the ECU seems fine, no signs of damage. Now puzzled, no idea where the smell came from.
  5. All fuses are fine. The light relay is fine too. There's still a slight smell of burnt plastic inside the vehicle but it was too cold and dark when I got home tonight to check the inside. I have a strong suspicion that the fault is with the anti theft module, so I'll be looking at it tomorrow.
  6. Well, it's a burning smell rather than a scent. Windscreen replaced 11 months ago. Yesterday the lights wouldn't turn off with the key removed, regardless of auto mode on or off. Replaced the battery as it went flat overnight, and lights back on the moment it's wired in. Went for a a drive and a couple of miles down the road I started smelling plastic burning, so turned back home. On the way home, the lights turned themselves off, including high beam! Actually, high beam would work but only when flashing. I'm now tempted to replace the anti theft module, as it's a cheap fix if it works and I presume it's simply a swap for another unit (please say so). However I'm bothered by the burnt plastic smell. Also, why did it short? There's no water or sign of humidity inside the car or in the engine bay.
  7. I've been bothered for a while by the boot of my IS200 being difficult to close: it needs a real slamming, which looks odd given the doors close with the push of a finger. I'm assuming something is worn as I can't see any damage from an accident. The only part slightly worn is the bracket, which is probably 1-2mm bent (see pic). Alternatively, is there some adjustment elsewhere that I'm missing?
  8. Just a quick note to say I had finally got it done by The windscreen Network, which took just over 1h and cost over £130 less than Autoglass' "today's only deal". If anything needs it done, check whether the rear mirror attachment matches your car's as the one attached to the windscreen cannot be fit if your mirror is roof mounted.
  9. As turning up with the wrong windscreen wasn't annoying enough, this morning Autoglass cancelled the second appointment: apparently this time they didn't have the part. Funny how they discovered it just before they're expected. I can't keep taking time off work, so it's over. After a quick search I found another company coming to do it on Monday for £210. Fingers crossed.
  10. Sorry to hear that (the wife, not the Skoda). I hope she can - and will - recover. Best wishes.
  11. That's why I got the Lexus: uninsured driver wrote off my old Mercedes C200 by reversing her husband's van into it and then told two old ladies passing by "they won't notice" - yeah, right! Still waiting for the insurance to sort it out since May. Boy, I miss that car.
  12. For those who might need the info, the windscreen of my IS200 cracked when one of the wipers came loose and started hitting the bottom of the windscreen. By the time the wife stopped it (she was driving), a few cracks had appeared. The freezing weather overnight made it worse as a new crack appeared across the bottom of the glass, about 2/3 of the width. As the car is due for a MOT shortly, I started making a few enquiries. Lexus quoted me £160 + VAT for the part. They don't replace it but call in a specialist. I asked a couple of garages (I don't have windscreen cover) which asked around £270 so I was looking at £450 at least. Eventually called Autoglass, which initially quoted the same but when I told them I got a cheaper quote from a mechanic, offered a "today's special" of £365. Beware there are two windscreens for the same model, apparently: one for the mirror mounted to the roof and one for the mirror mounted to the glass. Regardless of giving them the registration number, Autoglass turned up with the wrong one. Oh well ...
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    It's £95 + VAT @ 20% = £114
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    Just my 2p on the subject since the IS200 I bought 2nd hand last month had seriously worn front tyres (inner side only, belts starting to surface...). This morning I went to change the tyres at Cambridge's ATS garage and the chap offered to apply WIM's settings for tracking, so I accepted as they usually do a good job in my cars and quoted tracking for £65 (plus 10% discount as done at the same time as changing tyres) instead of the £95 + VAT from WIM. However after a quick check he had to retract the offer as he said their machine only allows adjustments in degrees, whilst WIM's settings seem to include changes measured in inches as well. He was honest enough to admit it's better done by a specialist, which was refreshing to hear from someone at a major chain!
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    Lexus IS200 - Cambridge (tyres?)

    Just booked it for this Friday, £95 + VAT