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    GS 450H SE
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  1. Hey Andy, it's such a shame to see that much damage especially after you had reworked it to your liking. Thankfully it's well built and saved the occupants from any injuries, which was good to hear. Good luck sourcing a replacement. Cheers, Lee
  2. Here's an interesting IS-F project; https://www.motortrend.com/news/1969-toyota-corolla-lexus-is-f-v-8-first-test-review A bit pricey for me tho.
  3. An AC regas has boosted the heat on the passenger side significantly although it is still lower than the drivers output. I don't understand how a regas improved cabin heat out but as it's improved, I'll take it. Vent output temps steadily reduce from the drivers to passenger side and the passenger foot well gets 0 heat...so mrsF has blue toes!. I've since flushed the heater matrix a more couple times and passenger temps are improving a little with the exception of the passenger foot well. As temps continue to improve I'll continue flushing and back flushing. I really don't fancy taking the dash out especially as now it's cold/wet outside now. Particles are still coming out of the matrix, they now look black. I'm now using Forte coolant flush which needs much more flushing vs other products, post soaking the first few flushes are foamy - presumably due to it's degreaser content.
  4. Sure, take a look here https://www.lexusownersclub.co.uk/forum/forum/117-buyers-and-sellers-corner/
  5. Gutted for you John, I hope you get it sorted with minimal fuss and agro from the insurers.
  6. Wishful thinking, there are numerous forum reports of cat thefts on RX's.
  7. Yes, the GS is a really solid feeling vehicle. The exhaust corrosion is easy to miss, my box was holed and the Y split but it still sounded earily quiet.
  8. Hi Lazar, welcome to the forum. The GS 450h is a great car to be hunting for, I've had mine almost 3 years now (bought at 92k miles). Any older vehicle is likely to have some issues but Lexus warranty the hybrid system up to 15 years now, you just need an annual hybrid check circa £60. Not all components are covered but many alternatives are available (hybrid pump bearing/etc) so don't fret too much. As with any older vehicle, have a war chest ready but you're unlikely to need to anywhere near often as a BMW/Merc. The 3rd gen GS suffer from exhaust corrosion, which you have no doubt seen from other threads. Rear braked are prone to seize unless lubed annually, so not a big issue there. The dampers are allegedly prone to fail (if you listen to dealers) but mine are still doing fine almost 3 years after (my former) Lexus dealer told me there were leaking (they weren't and still aren't). Also consider that the hybrid system and combustion engine help each other out and being powerful are rarely stressed. Which has surely got to help with longevity right? Are you aware of the relatively small boot? Have you test driven or viewed any yet? Happy hunting.
  9. https://www.lexuspartsdirect.co.uk/what-is-a-catalytic-converter-and-why-it-is-a-common-target-for-thefts/ Example thread https://www.lexusownersclub.co.uk/forum/topic/118934-rx450h-catalytic-converter-theft/ Good luck getting this sorted.
  10. Welcome to the forum but I'm sorry to hear that you've suffered a cat-astrophy! Sorry, but i couldnt resist [emoji1787] Unfortunately this is/has become all too common with numerous reports of the same thefts by other forum members. So much so, that yes there is now a supply issue [emoji3525] Lexus Parts Direct recently posted some info about it, let me find it for you...
  11. Hi Barry, thanks for the initial comparison as I've often considered changing my GS for a fruity v8 Lexus. So I'll be very interested to hear your long term thoughts. Regarding the harsh suspension...are the tyres low on tread, are the tyres rated with a firm sidewall/runflats, wearing unevenly (feathering) or just plain old tyres? I found my GS was getting horrid on the rough UK roads but changing the tyres (had plenty of tread left) made a big difference to the ride.
  12. Gawd, variable heat at this time of year is bad. Have you recently had the coolant changed? If so, then maybe you have an air lock? Is your engine temperature gauge stable and in it's usual position? Are you able to hook up an OBD reader to check the engine temp and confirm the thermostat is okay? Aren't water pumps prone to need replacing every 100k miles? Has yours ever been changed? Can you check both the the heater lines are warm/hot on the firewall? Once you are sure the cooling system is okay, then I'd look at the heater servos but they're fiddly to work on. But do you hear any odd noises from the center console/heater?