Vince Donald

  • Content count

  • Joined

  • Last visited

Community Reputation

20 Excellent

About Vince Donald

  • Rank

Profile Information

  • First Name
  • Lexus Model
  • Year of Lexus
  • UK/Ireland Location
  • Interests
    General Automotive
    Motorsport & Racing
    Computers & Electronics

Recent Profile Visitors

The recent visitors block is disabled and is not being shown to other users.

  1. I've only made one person jump, had several look at the car with that "why's it not making a sound" question clearly across their face. But as others have said, its not the quiet car that is the problem, its the distracted idiots not paying attention to their surroundings. Vince
  2. Vince Donald

    MPG on IS 300h etc.

    If the car is in regen, i.e. such as going down a long hill, when the battery is full and can take no more charge then the engine turns to provide an alternative load. The energy has to go somewhere - conservation of energy. Vince
  3. I tend to listen to a podcast over Bluetooth and it sounds fine, I've streamed from Amazon Prime and that sounded just fine too though I usually use the USB memory stick for my music. Vince
  4. Vince Donald

    Are the Keys Encrypted?

    No, my mate has a Subaru Impreza, one of the seriously fast ones (special edition of a WRX / STI) and he tried after i told him, no joy. It was so it saved the battery on his 2nd key, which is why I did this at first with my Lexus, now disable the daily key when at home. Vince
  5. Vince Donald


    I used to use it years ago when I was doing circa 30k miles per year, worked a treat, seemed to last quite a few weeks, so several thousand miles in my case. Thought it worked really well, no need to use wipers unless travelling really slow. One added bonus is that is seems to prevent the windscreen from freezing too. Vince
  6. Vince Donald


    Interesting news from California, and to those dissing California, their economy is now greater than that of the UK, not bad since their population is about 2/3rds of ours. EVs look like the way to go, and with their extensive knowledge, Toyota/Lexus should be in a good position to take advantage, even if there is little to be seen at the moment. Vince
  7. I have a IS300h so there's no 'B' option on mine, but you can use the flappy paddles to 'select' a lower gear, which I've only ever used a couple of times but it maintained the speed without using my actual brakes. Lexus will have the system set up so 0% and 100% battery on the display are actually only say 20% and 80% in reality, this would save you running your battery completely flat and when full gives you extra 'space' for a bit more charge. So here is the thing, when you are regenerating into the battery, you will go past 100% as far as the display is concerned but there will be still be a limit when then battery is actually full, now when this happens, you have still got to dump the excess electricity being generated somewhere, what the system does is to use this electricity by spinning the secondary electric motor which causes the petrol engine to turn, thus using the petrol engine as a load to keep the system happy. I'm surmising that its this transition to spinning the petrol engine where the actual braking diminishes even temporarily, you would sense this as a surge in acceleration due to gravity. I've watched several videos on YouTube showing how the hybrid system works, and in one of the Weber videos, they actually mention this effect where the engine will spin to create extra load, just like conventional engine braking would. Vince
  8. I have the IS300h, when you disable it, you see 2 sets of 2 flashes, so 4 flashes in total of the LED on the remote. You can also walk up to your car and slip your hand behind the handle and it won't open. I do this all the time at home, when out and about I usually leave it alone so you can walk up to the car as normal. When leaving or arriving home, you usually need your keys for your house front door anyway. Vince
  9. Vince Donald

    MPG on IS 300h etc.

    I find my IS300h great on the motorway, entering from a motorway services is impressive as it pulls very quickly all the way, I find Sport mode is better for responsiveness, but use cruise control most of the time. The day I picked up my car, I reset the meters, and sat at an indicated 70mph and it showed an average of 58mpg. On my journeys up to Scotland (350 mile each way), I tend to get high 40s, nudging 50s, with 48 being the norm, I actually find it better on the motorway than round town, maybe my right foot is too heavy. Vince
  10. Vince Donald

    New owner and Sat Nav

    There are quite often issues with the Lexus Portal, however the biggest issue I've found is the browser. I use Chrome as my main browser, and the Lexus Portal just doesn't seem to like it, yet it seems to work better in Edge (Windows 10), it may be worth a try. Vince
  11. I listen to the Security Now podcast and this topic was covered on one episode of that. The keyless entry are especially susceptible because of how they work. What they criminals do is they have a couple of bits of equipment which are basically like receiver/transmitters which work at the frequencies used by the car manufacturers, they are linked by what in effect are wifi modems, so basically one piece of equipment is place close to your key (ie near your front door) and the other is placed by your car where you would normally stand to open the door, the equipment basically relays the comms between the car and key , so the car thinks the key is right by the car, so opens, and again thinks the key is then in the car and theres not a lot the car manufacturers can do to defeat this. In theory, they could limit the time allowed for a response since the signals are being relayed so this adds a small propagation delay but this is so tiny it would need extremely expensive electronics to try and defeat the "hack". I just turn it off at home since you can disable the key with a few button presses, but elsewhere I don't as they would need to know exactly where you are to get close to your key. As Steve Gibson, the security expert on the podcast often says, security and convenience are often not compatible with each other. Vince
  12. I think the menu option on the small dot matrix will work even in drive but only if you are at a complete stop, obviously this requires foot on the brake. I also think that if you are in a menu screen when driving, then stop, you need to go out of that menu and then back in for it to register that you are stopped, this also happens when you try to browse the USB before its finished scanning too, you have to go out and back in to the screen for greyed out options to become available. Vince
  13. Vince Donald

    Pairing Galaxy S7 to IS300h

    I've got a 15 reg IS300h and it connects fine to my S7 Edge which will basically be the same software as your S7. Vince
  14. Vince Donald

    Music on a USB

    I have a 32Gb memory stick in my IS, which I recently used in an NX which I had as a courtesy car. As has been mentioned, there is a limit on files/folders, and I believe its not limited to Lexus, you should have no more than 255 folders in your root directory, I have a folder for each artist, and put the album folders inside the respective artist folders, I think WMA work okay, but now have mine all as MP3. Just checked the manual, says MP3, WMA & AAC, max 255 files (& folders) in any folder (including root), 9999 files total, 3000 folders total, no more than 8 levels of folder, ie folder in folder in folder etc. Vince
  15. Had my 2015 IS300h for just over a year now, great car. First, ignore all those reviewers who moan about it CVT box, it's only unpleasant if you drive like a total nutter all the time. Second, you'll notice the tyre noise, this is because the rest of the car is so damn quiet and smooth. Third ignore those who tell you this is a pulleys and belt CVT, there's plenty of videos showing you how the eCVT works, and this explains why its so smooth. Vince