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    IS 300h
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  1. I think that with long legs I must have knocked the switch. I think that that is the only issue I have with the IS, it is quite low for people with long legs. Anyway, I am now beeping to my hearts content !!!! Parkman.
  2. Hi Rayaans, The button that I needed was the park assist button, as you say beside the ASC button. When this is on the same icon is shown on the speedometer, above the seatbelt icon. I must have knocked it off getting into the car after the snow, without noticing. I will now be aware of it !!! Parkman.
  3. I have just noticed a problem that has only just appeared. The reversing buzzer isn't working for some reason. Does anyone happen to know whether it may have inadvertently been turned off, and if so how do I turn it back on ? I had a look at the handbook and it appears to say that the buzzer can be turned off, but it doesn't explain [a] how to turn it off, or if it is off, how to turn it back on. The handbook shows the buzzer with an "X" through it, under the Lexus parking sensor section, but this is different from the display in my IS 300h. When I put the gear shift into reverse the display shows two small windows at the bottom of the display. On the left is the setting for the area's to be monitored and on the right is the setting for parking distances [I think, as it is not explained very well in the handbook, in fact the display shown is not like the car at all !!]. I looked at the main display under a setting to show that the buzzer volume option is set to "5" [maximum], and the line where you want the buzzer to start, the red line or the green line. These options are all correct, or "on as necessary, so is there another section under the main display settings where the buzzer is actually set to be "on" or "off" ? Parkman.
  4. Thanks to all, I think I will keep the car in a warm place over winter - say, the Bahama's !!! Parkman.
  5. Good advice from everyone. I will look at the red stuff brake pads. I know it isn't the brake shoes as I never really use the handbrake except when stopped for a while in traffic or road works etc. I have always relied on the "Park" position of the gear stick, even with large 4 wheel drives. It might sound strange but I try to protect the hand brake operation so that it works 100% when the car goes for the annual test, and that means using the "Park" option. Just as long as one doesn't stick the vehicle into "Park" while the one is still moving !! That can have a rather strange result !! Parkman.
  6. Thanks for the replies. Is there anything that can be done about, within reasonable financial limits, or is it just the nature of the beast ? Parkman.
  7. Absolutely ! This was about 10 years ago, and the police in Ireland didn't know much about stuff like that at the time. They could tell if you number plate was wrong, or if you had no lights, but they weren't aware about changing headlight bulbs from standard to upgraded. Provided your lights worked was OK !! Parkman.
  8. I know that this topic has come up before, but I can't find more about it. What causes the brake pads to stick, on the IS 300h ? Mine is a 2013 Gen III, possibly the beginning of the Gen IIi's, it was registered July 2013, and it seems to have started having the brakes stick if I leave it for a week or more. This is a very recent development I have to say. When I start to drive, as soon as I move, the rear brakes let go with a very noticeable "bang", and I would really like to get this sorted while the car is still under warranty from the Lexus dealer. Parkman.
  9. Very interesting posts. But I am still not convinced about the argument for Xenon headlights on the IS 300h. As far as I am concerned the quality is in the headlight glass design and the type of incandescent bulb being used, whether an H4 or H1 bulbs. After that you are into the power output of the bulbs, whether 55 w, 75 w, or 100 watts. I still believe that the secret of good lights, and there are plenty of examples in the real world to prove it, is the design of the reflector in the light. You can produce all the light you like from a bulb but it is wasted if not correctly focused, and of course this is done by the reflector. The second part of the focusing is done by the fluting of the headlight glass, and this, as everyone knows, is dependent on the country. As far as I am concerned the old method of focusing is far superior in operation than the new headlights which have little focus. I would not agree about the focus not being towards the curb, it really, really should be on dip beam so as not to blind oncoming drivers. A real example of people ignoring the rules of the road are the drivers of Nissan Micra's, especially the early ones. The owners insist on driving about with the round fog/spotlights on, permanently !! The issue about these are that those factory fitted fog/spotlights are unfocused and they are blinding when coming towards you. When I owned my Isuzu Troopers which were both fitted with four extra KC 100 watt Daylighters I took great pleasure in switching on main beam and lighting up the road like Wembley stadium. You could see the dumb driver of the Micra leaping about trying to turn off the fog/spotlights !!!!!!! Parkman.
  10. Roger, the rules are the same in Ireland, but I used to do a lot of night time driving, up to six hours a day between early mornings and late evenings. I also used to be driving at rather well over speed limits, especially at 03:30, and I just couldn't put up with mediocre lights. I really needed to see where I was going. !! Most of the lights that I used on my Isuzu Troopers came from rally cars that I had, and when the rally cars were "updated" I would fit the older spotlights onto the 4 wheel drives. Improved night vision by about 200% !! Parkman.
  11. I agree with Rayaan, the Premier is a really nice car, I know because I have one !! The fact that the Premier has memory drivers seat was a deal breaker for me, because I nearly bought a Jaguar XF. A very nice car, white with cream leather, 2016 with 6000 miles, but to move the seat you have to get into the car. Not great when my wife is only 5ft 1in, and I am 6ft. Especially if she was the last person to drive the car and the seat is up close to the steering wheel. The other problem with the Jaguar was that the drivers seat didn't lift up far enough for my wife to see clearly over the bonnet. The same issue occurred with the 2012 BMW 520d, the seating position is too low for her. The Lexus has a very good variation on the height of the drivers seat so all is well. Parkman.
  12. I agree with Barry. I was out in a Mercedes W124 this evening, 1991 reg, and the main beam is much, much better than my IS. Again, I would insist that it is because the Merc has dedicated main beam lights, and uses H2 75 watt bulbs. Even the dipped beams are the same as the IS. Rayaan, I don't believe that you can change Xenon bulbs for bulbs of a different wattage. As they use a power pack to drive the lamps I think that they are not inter-changeable with other power output Xenon bulbs. I may well be wrong, but I remember looking at the Xenon dipped beam lights on my 2004 Merc E220 cdi, and they were a specific bulb with a set amount of power output. If using normal incandescent bulbs then yes, no problem changing the bulbs. I had an Isuzu Trooper which was fitted with 100/140 watt headlights, and four KC Daylighters with 100 watt bulbs. The point of the KC Daylighters was that they gave light at almost 1 mile on a black night. This is achieved, like all powerful lights, by the shape of the reflector. On the KC's the reflector is quite deep so that the beam is much more focused, and therefore throws the beam much further than a standard Cibie 100 watt light. The biggest problem with fitting more powerful bulbs is that of heat. It is quite easy for the light to crack the lamp glass, particularly if the lights are left on main beam for 4 or 5 minutes. I had two of the KC Daylighters crack the glass with the heat, and the glass in the KC's is a lot thicker than most. Parkman.
  13. Thanks Tom, I didn't think that it was my imagination. However, I doubt that there is anything that can be done, I think that it is the nature of the beast !!! Parkman.
  14. Vlad, thanks for your comment. I will take a more detailed note of how bright, or not, they are at night. I have to disagree about very bright headlights as I have noticed this problem quite a bit from all makes of car using new style Xenon lights. Examples are new BMW 5 series, new Merc E-class, Audi A4 and A6, and a variation of new Japanese cars. It is not all cars, and it is also obvious when you see an older, tradional lit car approaching at night. The lights are much less blinding, and the actual light isn't just sprayed around as tends to happen with unfocused Xenon headlights. Parkman.
  15. I have a Gen III and dip beam isn't too bad, it would be about the same as any Xenon lit cars, which I find are pretty poor compared to older incandescent bulb lights. The Merc that I owned had Xenon lights and was OK on dip but not great. The big advantage that it had main beam lights that used proper H2 bulbs with proper focusing. I think that the problem with Xenon is that they are not focused by using fluted glass in the light. The lights are just a clear lens with, I assume, the focusing being done by adjusting the angle of the light fitting itself. If you notice cars coming towards you with very bright headlights then the car will almost certainly be using Xenon lights, and the beams are not being focused down to the near side kerb as they should be. When you look at older headlights the focusing is being done by the angle of the flutes in the headlight glass, and it is much, much more effective and user friendly to drivers coming towards your car. I just find Xenon lights fire out a lot of uncontrolled very bright light. Just like the fog lights on Nissan Micra's that the dumbasses keep switched on when they drive them. My real, real, real, pet hate - Nissan Micra's. Parkman.