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  1. Hi All, I may be completely wrong here. But I remember back in the dark days when I had a Merc there was some discussion on one of their forums regarding how much was left in the tank when the yellow warning light came on. I seem to remember thst there was an EU requirement for the warning light to come on when there was enough fuel left to do a further 50 of 60 kilometers. (That being the distance between motorway services on the continent I believe ) . Maybe that would account for the large amount of fuel being left in the tank when the light comes on? Bri
  2. Hi Peter, I have towed with a 400h and now with a 450h. When I had the 400h I used the Milenco Aero (teardrop shaped) mirrors and found them to be quite satisfactory. I now use the Milenco Grand Aero mirrors and these are even better giving a much wider view. Both fitted without any problems but I did have to have them secured to the bottom of the mirror casing to avoid the mirror fouling the clips when I select reverse. The Aero mirrors can be had for around £50 and the Grand Aero for around £80. Hope this helps Bri
  3. Hi Jeegnesh, Just a thought I have a set of roof rails on my car. A set of bars and a bike cerrier will be a lot cheaper than a tow bar. Bri
  4. Hi Jeegnesh, I have a September 2011 RX450h and had a detatchable Westfalia towbar fitted by my local auto electrician. From what I remember it was around £600 - £650 fitted. There seem to be several brands available including Witter and Brink so you shouldn't have any problem with availability. As far as I know they all require the bumper to be cut but it's not that visible. I believe mine was ordered from P F Jones. As for tyres, if you will be towing say a caravan then the front tyres will take a lot of wear, after all it's effectivly a front wheel drive above around 15 MPH. I tow a 1750kg max weight van and my fronts will be lucky to make 2 years so I don't see a lot of point in putting expensive tyres on. I am currently running Avon ZX7s. They seem to have a reasonable balance between cost and wear and of course grip. Hope this helps Bri.
  5. Hi all, Whilst I bow to Herbs electronoc knowledge I can say that I have jump started several 'conventional' cars from both my RX400 & later my RX450 and have never had a problem.But perhaps I have just been lucky (doubtful!). Just remember red (+) to red(+) and black (-) to black(-) from the battery terminals ( although the 450 is a bit of a faf) alternativly you can use the dedicated jump start points as noted in the manual. I really do not see the issue providing the battery is connected correctly and the hybrid system is in the 'Ready' mode after connecting to the conventional vehicle. However I do carry a 'booster LiOn battery with me if I am going to leave the car for a fortnight or more shpuld I ever need it. Bri
  6. Another vote for Avon ZX7's at just over £100 a corner resonably priced. Had mine on for around 18 months and still going strong. Bri
  7. Hi Dave, It was certainly a bit of a problem initially. I finished up using some of that brown parcel tape that's about 2" wide. Another alternative is to use a bit of double sided sticky tape (that was going to be my fall back if the brown tape failed). So far I have only had the dashcam come off once, that was during the hot summer of last year whilst the car was parked at the airport. Initially I was a little concerned that I would potentially damage the heating element if I had to remove the tape but when I thought about it no end of dealerships place their stickers over the elements and they come off easily enough with just abit of care. Hope this helps Bri
  8. Whilst I would not want my RX to be stolen it's not something that I worry about. After all it's well known that if a theif wants something that badly there is not a lot anybody can do about it. However I do try to make sure it's not my RX that they get.
  9. I could be totally wrong here ( I frequently am according to the wife!) but I thought Lexus exhausts were stainless anyway. I'm sure somebody will put me right if they are not. Bri
  10. Hi Charlie. I think you need to check the level in the cooling system header tank ASAP. Often the antifreeze stains the inside of the tank ( it certainly has done on mine) and you can be misled into thinking there is a level when it is empty. I tend to 'wiggle' the tank on its rubber mounts and look for the level sloshing about a bit. Failing that I guess take the top off and have a look. Either way I wouldnt drive the car again untill it's sorted, new cylinder heads come expensive! Bri
  11. I had a black one on my silver RX400 and now have a black one on my white RX450 both looked / look fine to me. In the intrim I had a Stainless effect one on my ML350 that got seriously scratched. You're choice I guess. Bri
  12. Thanks for that Herbs, I can assure you that the plug has not come out or even looked like it may be working loose in the 18 months of so that I have had it plugged in there. In fact it takes quite an effort to remove it! Also my dashcam has a nice red (when it's charging) and blue light when it's recording that I can see in the rear view mirror so should it ever fall out I would notice it not working. Bri
  13. Hi Darren, I do have a rear facing dashcam that I found pretty easy to install. Rather than try to write down a description of how it was done I have taken some pics showing the routing for the wiring. The only slight problem was prising the plastic trim far enough to get the wires behind but with a bit of care it went ok. Just make sure that you leave enough spare cable to allow the tailgate to open. Hope this helps. Bri
  14. Hi there, whilst I can't comment on a 400h file transfer I did have a problem with my 450h. Although the numbers seemed to transfer OK they never came up on the display when they rung me. After trying to transfer the numbers several times I asked at my 'local' Lexus dealer ( Hull) they were extremly helpful and between us we got to the bottom of it. It appears that any numbers that have been prefixed with the international code for the UK (+44) were not recognised, as soon as I took the +44 off the number and replaced it with a 0 all was well. Dont know if this will have any bearing on your'e problem but it may be worth checking. Bri
  15. Hi Richard, yes it is a well known problem with Lexus regenerative braking. More apparent on the 400h then the 450h if my memory serves. I can sympathise as it can be a bit off putting at times but once you get used to it it is not really an issue as if you are braking heavily then you are effectively on hydraulic braking only. Bri
  16. Although I havent had a 400h for a few years now I found that if I planted the loud pedal then I got torque steer ( on occasion quite badly) however if I progressively applied the throttle then it was barely noticeable. Its much the same with the 450h that I now have. Hope this helps. Bri
  17. Hi Felix, Welcome to the club! Yes this is quite normal. The ICE will start and usually run till it reaches a minimum operating temperature ( mainly to keep the occupants warm I think! ) I previously had a 400h and now have a 450h they both do the same. Enjoy Bri
  18. Hi Mark, If the smell has just started could it be linked to you're aircon? I have noticed as the weather gets cooler when I first start the car and for a minute or so the side windows mist up slightly and I get a 'stale' smell. It only lasts for a very short while and then clears. If this is the case it could be worth having you're system cleaned or 'bombed' I think they call it with a biocide. Bri
  19. HI there, I had the same problem a few years ago with my 400h. All the relevant lights came on when I pressed the start button but no ready light. It was the 12 volt battery, as I was away in my caravan at the time I managed to jump start it using the van battery. Once I got home I got the battery load tested and it failed. Battery changed and no more problems. Hope this helps Bri
  20. Hi Brendan. From experience with other vehicles ( not Lexus) if it is just a rattle coming from the top of the engine and not a heavy knocking it is likley to be one of the hydraulic cam followers priming with oil. On older engines they can loose their oil so when the engine starts they are empty hence the rattling until they fill again. Bri
  21. Have a look at this site, it may help. Bri
  22. Hi I have a 2011 450h. When I bought it I told the dealer it would be used for towing a 1750Kg caravan. He never batted an eyelid, he did say that to have a towbar fitted by them would be very expensive but if I wanted they would get one fitted before I collected it for around half the price they would charge. I eventually got a Westfalia detachable fitted locally for around £600. The car tows like a dream. Just the same as my previous RX400h did, no problems with any part of the transmission (mechanical or electrical). As regards a canbus towing module I cannot be sure but wasn't anything special as far as I know just the repeater for the lights etc and a buzzer. The 400h didn't have to have the bumper cut but it did bulge outward slightly at the bottom of the bumper where the socket was for for the towball but it was hardly noticable. The 450h on the other hand did have to have part of the bumper removed. Hope this helps Bri
  23. I seem to remember somwhere that the radio/cd player got hot on some of the 400s. Some people fitted a small PC cooling fan near the unit to help with cooling. Coold it be that is what this is? It would tend to get noisy if the bearings where on the way out. Found this after a bit of looking not the one I was thinking of but close. Bri