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  1. Drivers seat wear

    If you look through the Lexus Used cars then virtually all shots of non-F-Sport drivers seats (at least when cars are a year old or more) show the same effect to some degree - when I bought my 300h Executive this this was something I had noticed browsing the cars - some were much worse than others - and I checked that mine did not have this problem (it was 2 years old with 40K miles on it). Whether or not Lexus had done something to it before it went on sale or the first owner didn't do whatever causes this issue I have no idea. Another year on and the bolster is still pretty much OK though I have noticed some creasing appearing from time to time and I am careful now to not sit on the bolster getting in and out - but it's not easy to avoid it altogether. Every so often I pull and smooth out bolster leather and to date it's looking OK though with just a light wrinkle starting to appear.
  2. Rear Tyre for IS250 - 2012

    My view on tyres is that there are three categories: * Premium/High Performance etc. and often OEM fitted on various cars - I use these on my cars but of course they carry a relatively high price tag but I consider them worth it as part and parcel of owning and enjoying a premium car. * Mid-range - these are often manufactured by the same companies that make the above but may be using some of the construction and tread patterns from a few years ago - for example Falken Tyres and Dunlop Tyres are both owned by Sumitomo Rubber Industries and Continental own Uniroyal, Semperit, Barum, General Tire, Viking, Gislaved, Mabor, Sportiva etc. and so on for the other big tyre companies. I have used some of these brands in the past on older cars and feel that safety-wise they are well constructed but of course are not going to have the ultimate performance of the premium brands, but horses for courses. A quick Google along the lines of "who owns xxx tyre brand" will usually elicit whether or not the brand is part of one of one of the large tyre companies. I bought my daughter a 10 year old car that had a cheap and nasty tyre on one wheel (I think someone had put it on to sell the car as it was virtually brand new) but the other tyres were Matador tyres (which I found were also part of the Continental Group) so although the cheap one was nearly new the first thing I did was get rid of that and in fact replaced it with a Matador one (to match the others that had nearly full tread). As the Matador ones needed replacing I then fitted Bridgestone tyres in pairs, which weren't really much more than any of the mid-range prices anyway, and at the time I was replacing due to a puncture so needed to do it quickly. * Very cheap - I wouldn't go near these for any car regardless of make, age or anything else as like many here I do feel that they are compromise in safety (see above). * Secondhand and remoulds retread and the like (do they exist anymore???) - never, just never!
  3. Sat Nav Version

    Mine is "Lexus Navigation 13CY" and Map version "02-34-03 (2014-01-3)"
  4. Sat Nav Version

    Has anyone successfully used these from satnavmapupdate on a NON-Premium sat-nav - i.e. the one with rotary dial that says can only be updated by a dealer (I have a 2014 IS300h Executive)
  5. Sticking hand brake.

    Thinking about it could be the brakes applying themselves as part of the hill assist - was just reading the manual and the brakes are applied in this way every time you stop (not just on a hill...)
  6. Sticking hand brake.

    I leave my parking brake off and the pads still stick to the discs - I wonder if it's to do with the car automatically applying the brakes when stopped - when I stop with the brakes on I can hear something after a few seconds something like the parking brake going on?
  7. Sticking hand brake.

    The brakes stick on mine and can release with a bang after leaving it standing for a week. I don't use the parking brake at my house and just leave it in P but still does it - the "swoosh" sound is just the pads taking off the rust layer than forms - goes after a few applications
  8. Ah yes - you're right - now that you mention it that is what I did rather than swap them one by one! It was some years ago and so had a bit of a hazy recollection... I had the cylinder from the diagnostic codes but wasn't sure which end to count from so used that method to confirm which was at fault!
  9. If you have a spare /new coil but don't know the diagnostic code (which should tell you which cylinder is the problem) you'll need to swap out the coils one at a time with the spare / new until the misfire stops. Once you have done that the check engine light may still be on but should clear itself after a number of restarts / miles if indeed it was the coil - otherwise you will need to get the code cleared through the OBD.
  10. Yep that's what I was talking about - beware cheap non OEM ones though - I would buy from Lexus or make sure it's from one of the major providers - I have had Blueprint components in the past on older cars though and they seemed to be good quality
  11. On my last Honda Accord I had what sounds like the same problem - it was one faulty coil (there was one coil per spark plug and I guess it's the same in the IS but haven't looked). The engine fault light lit and it felt like a misfire. It may come and go a bit if the coil is starting to fail. I also know others with different cars who have had the same problem. Replaced the one faulty coil (it was an easy DIY job on the Honda) and it was good until I sold it (with over 160,000 miles on it - fault occurred at about 80,000 miles) - seems that an odd coil can fail on any car - I've known some go when the car age/mileage is similar to yours. Although some people say to replace all of coils at the same time I didn't do that and can't see why you would with a relatively new car (and they cost some £120 per coil) and all the rest of the coils worked fine until I sold the car. However, only way to be sure it to read the fault codes. If it is the coil the engine will be dumping raw unburnt fuel into the catalytic convertor which will destroy it so best not to drive the car until the fault is understood and fixed!
  12. I don't know whether this is reflected in the Lexus sales figures, but when I decided to purchase an IS 300h 14 months ago I hardly saw one other on the road (a few CT200h but not much else). The last couple of months I have noticed a (relative) sudden growth in numbers and frequently pass one or two while driving around. Whether this is the result of diesel-gate or the company car BIK biting I don't know (I run mine privately and have always hated diesel cars anyway) but it's certainly noticeable - of course they are not as common as the BMW/Mercedes/Audi brigade (yet!) but I don't feel like the only person around my neck of the woods driving one anymore! I live in the south of England - is the same happening across the country I wonder?
  13. My brake light (and the regen braking) come on pretty much immediately I touch the brake pedal with only a tiny fraction of "free play" when I first touch the brake pedal. I haven't looked at the Lexus brake pedal but in other cars as others have said the brake light switch is easily adjustable (in my Honda Accord it is was located up under the dash near the top of the brake pedal opposite the pivot point - the switch was closed when brakes not applied and opened when the brake was applied). In most cars you can also adjust the brake pedal position so that it is slightly more "up" or "down" relative to the accelerator - again not sure how adjustable that is in the Lexus but if that is set wrong could be the problem too. Another thought is that I would have thought the interlock for the auto shift is linked to the same brake pedal switch - I'm pretty sure mine is in that I don't have to put hardly pressure on the brake pedal to move from P to D - also the cruise control is I believe linked to the same switch - so if cruise is on and I just touch the brake pedal it disengages - if yours takes a push similar to getting the brake lights to come on for moving out of P and to disengage the cruise control then I would have thought it definitely points to either the switch and/or pedal being out of position relative to each other which should be easily rectified.
  14. More IS 300h on the road

    Interesting numbers- didn't know these were published on their website - the sales of the NX are probably the biggest surprise!
  15. More IS 300h on the road

    Strange - the page that popped up said I had to subscribe to read it...!
  16. More IS 300h on the road

    Unfortunately can't read it as I don't have a FT subscription... thought the title says it all I think
  17. No reverse lights is300h

    Reversing lights not working are not an MOT failure - they had stopped working on an old campervan I had and I couldn't work out how to fix them (I think it was something to do with the switch when going into reverse) but it never failed an MOT on that.
  18. More IS 300h on the road

    All good points and had crossed my mind (the German trio was a bit tongue in cheek!) - however, the increased number of IS 300h's I am seeing do all appear to be new registrations within the last year - I don't see hardly any registered more than a year ago. Given the small numbers involved it's not statistically valid of course, but it's certainly a big relative increase that I've noticed in the last few months. To be fair mind you, a number of my neighbours have changed cars recently and many of those have purchased hybrids (switching from diesel) - from small hatchbacks through to SUVs (no other IS 300h's yet though!) - the winds of change they are certainly a 'blowin!
  19. F Sport Speedo Suspicions

    I thought that all speedos by law have to over read by a few percent so that when you are at the posted speed limit on the speedo you are actually doing a few mph less - so commonly at 70mph on the speedo you would be doing around 66mph - your scenario seems to be the wrong way around - the speedo reading less than the true speed?
  20. SatNav

    I have just finished with 8 weeks in a Mercedes C200 Sport hire car whilst my Lexus IS 300h Executive was being repaired (bodywork after hitting a tyre shed off a lorry on the motorway) and so had an interesting comparison. Having read all the doom and gloom about Lexus nav, I was pleasantly surprised with the nav in the IS 300h Executive when I got it (the standard with the dial, not premium with the mouse) and now after having had the Merc for 8 weeks while mine was off the road I can say that the Lexus nav (at least the standard one) is a huge improvement on the one in the Merc. I also used Google maps for some time before I had my Lexus which always worked very well and so again had a benchmark for comparison there. In summary the Lexus nav is much, much faster at coming up with a route, rerouting etc. than the Merc and the routes the Lexus nav suggests correspond pretty much with Google maps (including taking into account traffic). The Merc directions were very different to Google and Lexus for the same route and for the worse. In the end while I had the Merc I used Google maps to check directions before setting off as they were so much better. I had done the same checks against Google maps in my Lexus when I first got it but found that the Lexus and Google directions were pretty much always the same so stopped using Google maps and was happy with the Lexus directions. In general operation I also found the Merc unit very laggy and incredibly slow and frustrating to use in comparison to the Lexus. I felt that after 8 weeks I was still struggling with the Merc system but was basically happy using the Lexus nav and had worked out most of what it did after my one day test drive before I bought the car! I appreciate that these things can be quite subjective, but just wanted to add my thoughts as I was very surprised, given all the negative Lexus nav comments, just how good it is in a straight comparison with the Merc at least. Oh yes, and the Merc sounded like a tractor to drive with hard uncomfortable seats! So, so glad to sink into the comfort of the Lexus seats again and then enjoy the sereneness of my IS 300h.
  21. Had a similar problem on a car (not Lexus) and it was a stone lodged in the brake dust shield - you said Lexusownersclub.co.uk had found gravel already - maybe some got into the other areas too?
  22. Wind Noise

    I don't get any wind noise in the dry but have noticed in the rain that I get a "water" noise from what seems to be the top of the door window - I put it down to the water being caught in a vortex at the top of the window making a sort of bubbling sound - not loud but definitely there - once the rain stops they noise goes away - I tend to quite sensitive to noises in the car and the IS being generally very quiet these little things are more apparent to me than probably another car.
  23. Whilst my IS 300h is off the road for some bodywork repairs I have the use of a new Mercedes C200 Sport (the petrol version). I have driven a lot of BMWs previously (small and large engined) and my wife had a Merc at one time and I have enjoyed all of them - all have been petrol - no diesel. When I test drove the IS 300h I was sold on it and bought one immediately. Having not driven anything but the IS 300h for a year and now stepping into the Merc it was a big surprise (given the list price is about the same as my IS). The Merc sounds like tractor! I had to do a double take to check it wasn't a diesel! In comparison the IS 300h is just sublime in it's quietness and smoothness. The Merc has the 9 speed auto gearbox which shifts ok when driving smoothly but as soon as I want to accelerate quickly there is a delay and a load of cog swopping as it has to move down a few gears and then rather a lot of noise from the engine as it kicks into the higher revs whereas the IS 300h in comparison just feels like a wave of power (even accounting for the slight hesitation the E-CVT has). With the auto stop-start on the Merc it's again quite a jolt every time I take my foot off the brake and the engine restarts to pull away rather than the smooth electric to engine transition pull away of the 300h. And for all of the bad press over the IS navigation and infotainment system (I have an IS 300h Executive so have the rotary nav not the mouse) the nav in the Merc is definitely worse - really slow to start up, laggy, hard to input addresses etc. and looks worse on the screen. I don't see the rest of the infotainment being anything better than the IS either. I also don't find the seating in the Merc (although it has bigger bolsters and more moving bits) anything like as comfortable as the IS when on a longer journey and the dash has a few bits of black shiny creaky plastic... As I said I have driven and enjoyed BMWs and Mercs before Lexus and I am sure in isolation the Merc is a great car but it was a real surprise how much I have got used to the sereneness of the IS and how agricultural the Merc now feels in comparison. It also amazes me how the motoring press can actually give the Merc C200 more stars than the IS 300h from this experience - I guess real world living with car is a big difference to a thrash around for a day or two. Petrol consumption-wise I get between 48 and 52 mpg all the time in the 300h in a mix of driving (again despite the motoring press slating it for the mpg their lead footedness gives - and I don't hang around either) and driving the Merc in the same way as the 300h it's 2 litre petrol engine is giving me 36mpg - not too bad but way off the IS 300h figures for about the same real world performance. As a private buyer I don't have any company car policy or BIK etc. to worry about so am free to buy what I want and this experience was an eye opener for when I look to replace my current IS 300h..! It's surprising what, after a while, we take for granted and how the little niggles we might have are put into context when trying something different.
  24. Test drives.

    If I was a dealer I think I too would be cautious as I am sure there are time wasters - as there are in all walks of life, especially when something is "free" - so you would expect them to do their job and ask the right "qualifying" questions to sort out if the person is really in the market to change their car in a reasonable period of time - only fair and I do the same in my business - out of 10 leads there are only ever a few that pass this first test of answering some basic questions! However, if there are no sales people coming back to ask the basic questions then the dealer has some issues!