Ben1001

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  1. Hi, I’d like to put all season tyres on my IS F Sport. Snow traction was very poor. I’d like to buy Continental AllSeasonContact however they only do 225/40/r18 for the front not the 255/35/r18 for the rear though. Could I fit any alternative size to the 255 ie 245/40 R18? Probably a stupid question but worth asking....
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    TPMS

    Does anyone know how the TPMS works on the IS Gen 3 please? looking at a set of winter wheels however I can’t find out whether the IS tyres have a TPMS sensor in the valve which I would need to buy for the winter set?
  3. I had loads of grief with my battery, Car was 3 years old when purchased but had been sat for almost a year prior to that. It let me down a number of times (having been left by myself for 10 days without use) and once when pulled in with the radio on for 10 mins. The battery passed the tests done by the AA and Lexus, eventually after the third time it let me down I demanded a new battery from Lexus, they did some form of extended test and said it failed - new battery was provided free of charge.
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    Alternative tyre sizes

    Thank you! They do a 245/40 so I’ll be going for that on the rear. it will be October before I change (current tyres have enough tread until then). Will update once it’s done though.
  5. What pressure do you recommend?
  6. You are kidding me. I see the traction control light come on all the time, rear wheels spin in less an inch of mud. In the snow it was atrocious - got stuck in slush. Might be down to tyres but mine has the same brand as new.
  7. The traction is awful, an AWD option in the UK would of been good.
  8. After some ideas: I have a 250 and I’ve noticed this noise twice now. Cold mornings on both occasions, it sounds like the noise is coming from behind the stereo - it’s more of an electrical noise, like a electric passing through a switch that’s stuck (if that makes sense). Lasts for 3-4 minutes. Turning the radio and blower off has no effect. Car seems to warm up and the noise is gone. Doesn’t sound healthy! Any ideas folks?
  9. That’s a great point, thank you. I actually had the noise yesterday again and pulled in and turned the car off. The noise continued... would that happen with this flap? Will speak to the dealer.
  10. After some ideas: I have a Gen 3 250 and I’ve noticed this noise twice now. Cold mornings on both occasions, it sounds like the noise is coming from inside the engine bay - it’s more of an electrical noise, like a electric passing through a switch that’s stuck (if that makes sense). Lasts for 3-4 minutes. Turning the radio and blower off has no effect. Car seems to warm up and the noise is gone. Doesn’t sound healthy! Any ideas folks?
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    Strange noise

    Never heard electricity passing through power lines?
  12. It’s an SD card, I have a Gen 3 IS. It sounds like an electrical whirling noise, I don’t have a CD in the drive.
  13. I took mine to the local council MOT depot. £45 and flew through. They have no motive to fail your car.
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    70,000 miles

    Seems like the wrong car for frequent 2 mile commutes?
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    70,000 miles

    Spark plugs should have been changed at 60k - check this was done.
  16. Thinking of going for independent servicing now the car is 4 years old, we have a mechanic in the family who does good work at a fair cost. Don’t fancy the £645 Lexus Service coming at 60k - or in my case 45k (6th Service). i have the extended warranty with 2 years remaining. As long as I buy genuine parts is the warranty good or do I need to keep taking it to Lexus until the warranty is up?
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    Independent servicing

    Personally I wouldn’t touch third party warranties, too many loop holes to get out of paying plus compared to the Lexus rate of £400 a year I don’t think you’d get the same level of savings and maintain the level of cover. The main cost of the warranty appears to be keeping up with the Lexus servicing.
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    Independent servicing

    Thanks - will stick with Lexus for the next 2 years. ive already had the 40k Service, despite the car being at 28k at the time - I was told it’s the 4th Service so they treat as 4th year. I had assumed this would follow ie 5th service interim and 6th Service equating to the 60k/6 year service?
  19. My drivers side window squeaks and seems a little slow - is it possible to lubricate this without taking the trim off and without having a smeary window that can’t be cleaned?
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    Thieving Gits

    Same here - I bought 4 black plastic ones from Amazon for £1 and use those now.
  21. Nice way to preserve your doors! I have the same de-badge too, but I have left it blank with just the central Lexus badge. Being a Gen 3 IS250 it’s the same as the 300h but has twin exhausts, looks nice debadged.
  22. It doesn’t sound like there is anything you can do. Witness statement and police statements will be sufficient for her to be apportioned full responsibility. If its 50/50 they will investigate and look at both statements and road layouts, checking against damage to try to establish what happened.
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    F Sport Speedo Suspicions

    Mine is 5mph OVER at 50mph (real speed 45mph).
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    Winter tyres

    The X-Trail is almost identical to the Qashqai, we had a Qashqai to start with but we out grew it. The dash, steering etc are identical. I have two babies and a very large Rottweiler (120lb) and needed the extra boot space. There aren't many non-premium cars of this size on the market and given we only do 4k per year and it gets wrecked I didn't want to go premium. If you time it right you can negotiate Nissan down around 27% off list price, my wife's is an N-Connect which is middle of the range: 19" wheels and sat nav. We paid £21k. This is our third Nissan, we get a call about 18 months in to swap for a new one for the same monthly payment. Despite the huge discount the car is in negative equity - we owe £19k and it's worth about £17k. We can return it under PCP though in 18 months. The pros of the car are: Fuel economy - always 50+ mpg Size - might be the lowest cost 7 seater out there(?) well maybe not be it's a low cost option. Spec/Tech - the navigation and all round cameras are excellent, general spec is very high (power boot, folding mirrors) Performance - for a 1.6 diesel 130 hp it has a lot of torque and I don't find it underpowered Negatives: Traction is not great with 19" wheels Depreciation - need to be careful how you buy, lease costs are low and Discount levels depend on the time of year and demand Serving is affordable (£220-£320) however they stopped the 3 year £299 service pack which was a great deal. Annual services is a bit of a pain but if you own a Lexus you're used to it. I pay a consistent £300 a month for the family car (last 3 Nissan's) and I'd buy another X Trail - we treat it very poorly (dog/kids) and treat it as disposable, never had any issues with trade ins or doing a deal. I've looked at leasing and found the large deposit outweighs the monthly saving so it's also around £300 a month.
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    IS winter wheels

    Are the tyres 205/55 R16 H?