DocT

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  • First Name
    David
  • Gender
    Male
  • Lexus Model
    RX450H SE-L Premier
  • Year of Lexus
    2010
  • UK/Ireland Location
    Gloucestershire
  • Interests
    Classic Cars
  1. When I had the car up on ramps recently I noticed that the bolts securing the front undertray were in a bad way. Even though the car has a full Lexus history two of the bolts were sheared and one had been replaced by a self-tapper! To rectify this I removed the tray and cleaned the surviving holes. Of the two sheared bolts, one came out with a stud extractor (after careful drilling down the centre) but the other I had to drill out completely and retap. I then replaced all the screws with stainless socket-head screws and repair washers. Definitely a worthwhile change before things get too bad as it will make any future work much easier (and it looks better). I shall now go over the rest of the underbody fixings just to make sure they are all OK. (..... I should have cleaned the panel before I took the photo! )
  2. True, but it's handy to have a complete list you can download and peruse. There are loads of other spreadsheets on the DVLA site I linked to. You can even find cars by postcode. One of my previous cars is reduced to 47 in number, I wish I'd never sold it now!
  3. Here are the figures for all other RX models. LEXUS RX 200T F SPORT AUTO 17 LEXUS RX 200T LUXURY AUTO 46 LEXUS RX 200T S 2WD AUTO 3 LEXUS RX 400H LIMITED EDTN CVT 315 LEXUS RX 400H LTD EDTN EXEC CVT 856 LEXUS RX 400H SR AUTO 885 LEXUS RX300 AUTO 314 LEXUS RX300 LE AUTO 662 LEXUS RX300 SE AUTO 5482 LEXUS RX300 SE-L AUTO 2822 LEXUS RX350 AUTO 12 LEXUS RX350 LIMITED EDITION A 299 LEXUS RX350 SE AUTO 557 LEXUS RX350 SE-L AUTO 359 LEXUS RX400 H CVT 83 LEXUS RX400 H SE CVT 5043 LEXUS RX400 H SE-L CVT 3516
  4. I recently came across a DVLA spreadsheet showing the numbers of individual makes and models registered with them between 1994 and Q3 2017. It makes interesting reading. The Q3 2017 figures for the RX450 are: LEXUS RX 450H ADVANCE PAN ROOF CVT 1525 LEXUS RX 450H ADVANCE SUN ROOF CVT 1135 LEXUS RX 450H F SPORT CVT 2694 LEXUS RX 450H LUXURY CVT 3410 LEXUS RX 450H PREMIER CVT 2275 LEXUS RX 450H SE CVT 161 LEXUS RX 450H SE-I CVT 3311 LEXUS RX 450H SE-L CVT 1930 LEXUS RX 450H SE-L PREMIER CVT 270 If anyone wants to see the whole list it's HERE.
  5. Strange, as the quoted site states it relates to UK market models. Oh well, just shows you can't believe press releases from Lexus UK. Anyway, it answers Sorcerer's original question on whether non-air suspension is available on a 7-8 year-old SE-L. Yes it is.
  6. Just to clarify things regarding air/no air suspension, attached is the relevant page from the 2010 brochure. You can see that active stabilisers with steel springs were an option on the Premier. They seem to have been dropped late 2011 but reintroduced in 2015 on the F Sport - see HERE. Lexus suggest HERE that they reduce roll by up to 40% which seems a little optimistic, but I can confirm that they do allow the car to corner very flat. I haven't driven an air-suspended RX so can't really compare the two. RX Options.pdf
  7. Hmm, I have a 2010 SE-L Premier without air suspension! It came with Active Stabilisers which are brilliant. I think this was changed at the 2012 facelift when air suspension became standard instead.
  8. That's excellent news. It's good to see that Lexus dealers seem, in general, to be on the side of their customer. It's sad that Lexus themselves now seem to delegate all warranty claims to TWG who, in turn, appear determined to refuse as many as possible.
  9. That's really useful information. Thanks for posting it.
  10. They have that covered! The Ts & Cs state: 2.2 We will not pay for the cost of repairing or replacing any Protected Part that suffers a Mechanical or Electrical Failure as a result of wear and tear. The problem is that the warranty is administered for Lexus by TWG who provide many of the junk warranties around and who, I know, seem to do their utmost to refuse a claim. Once the claim is referred by Lexus to a TWG-appointed assessor the scene is set!
  11. Is any car dealer honest? I know that their pre-sale preparation is not up to much. When the sun came out after I first collected my car from them you could see it was covered in micro-swirls. I spent a day with the DA polisher and when I took my car back to them for service they (jokingly, I think) offered me a job valeting their cars. To be fair they didn't have to change the column, they could have just accepted the assessor's report. The new column has definitely made a difference, previously you could feel the (very slight) play if you moved the steering wheel from side to side when the car was stationary. As it didn't cost me a penny I'm not complaining.
  12. I have recently had a similar experience on my car, which has a Lexus Extended Warranty until 2019. At a recent MOT my car was found to have slight play in the bottom steering UJ. This was checked with Lexus Warranty and the go-ahead for repairs given. When the car went in for the work it was found that the fault was actually in the column (which has had a recall in some markets!). As the cost for this work was higher, Lexus Warranty called for an independent engineer to inspect the work. He refused the claim stating "fair wear and tear" for a 7 year-old car. The dealer was as surprised by this as me and offered to pay for the work themselves. Whether they can claim this back from Lexus I have no idea but I have nothing but praise for the dealer (Cheltenham Lexus) who have been extremely supportive. The work has now been done and it has made a huge difference to the car. The steering is now much smoother. I think the issue is with the independent engineer whose sole aim seems to refuse as many claims as possible. If I had one of the many dubious third-party warranties I would half expect this but surely Lexus should be keen to ensure that their much-vaunted reputation for reliability and customer support is maintained. Cost of repairs really shouldn't matter in the pursuit of this, it should be purely based on whether the part is expected to fail or wear at the age/mileage. In my case the dealer certainly considered this premature failure and thought it should have been fully covered. I have written to Lexus Warranty for clarification about their policy on this and their MOT protection built into the warranty but have yet to receive a reply. I'll let you know what transpires.