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  1. For brake pads, I just phoned local Toyota dealership and asked for a price for the pads, quoted reg and was given a price. Told the parts guy, thanks for the price but I will just go to eurocarparts as they are much cheaper, he immediately gave me a discount to a near enough price of eurocarparts. Straight down to dealership, Toyota pads and I noticed receipt was put through as a local taxi firm. I know the Lexus dealership parts department don't do any deals and I always feel the dealership have the attitude that they are doing you a favour even dealing with you, hence I steer well clear of them if I can. Maybe worth a call to local Toyota dealership.
  2. Thanks for reply, not aware of any facility like this in the IS250, however will check in glove box and manual. Have to agree with you, its diving me nuts.
  3. In the last 2 months I have been experiencing a cold draft coming into the cabin at the driver’s side. The draft is coming from underneath dashboard just where my left knee/shin is positioned. The heater is still working and heat coming from under dash vent. This draft only is evident when car is moving and becomes stronger relative to speed. All plastic under engine guards are secure and present, coolant level is at correct level. Although heater working OK, this issue is spoiling the driving experience, especially on a long drive. Has anyone had this issue or can suggest a solution; I have driven many cars and vans over the years and never experienced anything like this before.
  4. Hi Yorkielexus Don't know if the CT200H key fob has the metal key enclosed in it like my IS250, if so take key out and under the boot/hatchback lid where the reversing camera is situated , you will see metal keyhole. the metal key from key fob should then unlock your boot. Hopefully this will work, I know this worked with mine when the boot interior light was left on a couple of weeks ago resulting in a flat battery . Good luck.
  5. Well went down to the garage this morning armed with 2 sets of jump leads however at each lead being only approximately only 5ft long. With the car shoe horned into the garage nose in, I proceeded to make an extension jumper made of heavy duty electrical cable to bridge the distance between the 2 sets of jump leads ( a bit Heath Robinson) however with the snow falling I couldn't be bothered making my way to shop for another set of leads. Followed all advice given on forum and good news, success, car now out garage and gave it a good run this afternoon. Many thanks to all members who contributed good advice.
  6. You mentioned a 4 year G'tee Bosch battery, where is the best place to buy battery, most batteries appear to have only 3 year G'tee.
  7. Wife went to take car out of the garage tonight, could not get into car. Came back to get my keys thinking battery in remote flat, still no joy with my set, she tried boot lid and it opened, she thinks it has been left slightly open since last weekend when we last used car. I got into the car using manual key. When tried to start, got absolutely nothing. Never had flat battery with any car before. Do you think the light in the boot being on all week would flatten the battery?. Have jump leads however not long enough as car is nose in . Will see if I can get a loan of another set tomorrow. Any advice regarding starting with jump leads.
  8. Very tidy looking car and really low mileage, think you struck gold with this one. I will be interested to hear after you fit new boot gas struts does it make much of a difference as my boot lid has always seemed quite stiff compared to other cars I've had and I just put it down to the short depth of the boot lid. Hope the car turns out to be all you're looking for, it certainly looks the business, all the best.
  9. Can buy Castrol Edge at £24.50 for 4L, has anyone had experience of this oil. Is it worth a punt or is it false economy.
  10. Hi John Thanks for the response, regarding filter removal tool, I notice some are shown with 3 cut-outs on each side and others have 3 cut-outs on one side and only one cut out on the other side. Is this just down to the manufacturer or is one the correct tool for the IS250, contacted Lexus and they cannot supply tool or advise on a particular supplier. Many of the tools on eBay are originating from China and although they are probably OK, I think I would prefer British or American made tools. Is the tool shown in the link you supplied the one you use. I always like buying something other people have had success with.
  11. Thanks for clearing that up, before posting my previous comment I had watched a you tube on a oil filter change of a GS and the oil filter housing was the same as my IS , must have been a later model. Confusion solved!
  12. Hi TigerFish I'm a bit confused regarding K&N oil filter, have you done away with the the Toyota filter housing cap and replaced it with a steel canister type filter that incorporates a bolt for easy removal.
  13. Yes its definitely a bummer having to go under the car to change oil filter, when other cars can all be done from above, however I'm still tempted to use suction method as it is a lot cleaner and less bother and I reckon it removes at least the same if not more of the old oil. Any views on which oil filter housing removal tool to buy, seems a lot to choose from at varying prices. Any experienced members still use original Toyota oil filter and Toyota genuine motor oil, or is there a better alternative on the market. Using car only once a week, 2000 miles a year, will I still need to change fully synthetic every 12 months or should I go by mileage.
  14. Having used a Pela pump for many years on my previous car with great success I have been interested on this topic regarding power operated pumps. Has anyone on the site ever used a drill operated pump to extract oil from sump, as I have used a Wolfcraft pump on various occasions to pump water and it is very good. Using the hoses on the Pela pump in conjunction with the Wolfcraft drill operated pump, I'm pretty sure I could drain 7 litres of oil in a matter of minutes. Any thoughts or potential issues I may not have thought of.