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  1. Do you mean one of these?
  2. They always look that way. Check out this article on the US Club forum. Scroll down and it shows and explains why the rear arches are lower. Ignore the arches and instead make sure that the bottom of the body is parallel with the ground.
  3. Winter? In the UK? You guys must all live Ooop North Like!! 😜 I use the same tyres year round but if the snow is particularly bad I work from home. Never had a problem yet, but many years ago I nearly got hit by a moron in a 4x4 who thought that because she had 4WD and could accelerate better than 2WD cars on snow, then she also had better braking than everyone else too. She missed me but trashed her rear wheel sliding into the kerb at 25Mph after spinning out of control.
  4. They can be a PITA if setup incorrectly like the Jag one Malc mentions. On my 1400GTR it warns me when tyre pressure goes below 36psi (normal = 42psi) and has been a lifesaver on 3 occasions. It is a properly quick bike (0-60 = 3secs, 1/4mile = 10.7secs) so I really want to know that the tyres are OK before I unleash the beast. On cars, yer right, you are less likely to crash unless you have a blowout, but so many car drivers NEVER check their tyre pressures that just having compulsory TPMS probably reduces emissions by a few % all by itself. Personally I check tyre pressure on all my vehicles weekly, even those with TPMS. There are good and bad technologies in most vehicles. I hate the fact that if your Lambda sensor heater becomes less efficient (slow to preheat), the LS430 disables ASC and traction control,..... for a cold start emissions measurement issue. It doesn't actually affect the emissions as once warmed up the lambda sensor performs normally, and for this it disables 2 safety systems? DOH! I also hate linked brake systems on motorcycles, but accept that for new riders or the less competent, they are a boon.
  5. On a car they are useful as they warn you that you have a flat BEFORE you lose control of the vehicle. Gives you time to come to a controlled stop and check the pressure/call the RAC/AA/GF. I have TPS on one of my motorcycles and on that they are a lifesaver. Ever tried to ride a bicycle with a flat front tyre? Now try that again at 60Mph!!!
  6. A big problem with modern "eco" fuels is Ethanol. This is added to all 95RON and some 98/99RON fuels to make them "greener". The problem with Ethanol is that it attracts water and holds it in suspension in the petrol. If too much water gets mixed in with the petrol you will get rough running and poor fuel economy. In the pre-Ethanol days the water in the tank at the petrol station would settle to the bottom and could be drained off.
  7. The 400 is a superb drive, and most report it as reliable as a brick, but when I was looking for my current car the best ones I could find seemed a little rough around the edges. I test drove three 400s, three 430s and two 460s and of the 3 the 430 was the best compromise for me and I opted for an early face lift (2004 on an 03 plate). The 430 has the most useful gadgets of the 460 without the irritations of most. The non-radar cruise control works, although I would prefer the Honda Legend style of control buttons on the steering wheel rather than the stubby stalk. The Nav is OK, but I rarely use it as I prefer my TomTom or even Google Maps/Waze on my phone. The hi-fi is OK, but not as good as I expected it to be with the Mark Levinson logo on it (it does need a speaker fixing/replacing). As for drive-ability, the motor is awesome, the gearbox mostly good (gets confused occasionally), the suspension awesome, the ride sublime, and the seat comfort only slightly worse than my old S-Class. I could care less about the rear seat massagers/recliners and the fridge is mostly useless for me. Where it really surprised me was hustling through the twisties. For a big old barge, boy can she move. Fast, precise, controllable, less roll than my Legend or the S-Class, and endless power to blast you out of the corners, and all that whilst remaining quiet and refined. I liked the 400s (felt like a better quality version of the Legend) but I love the 430. I disliked the 460, felt vague and unconnected. Might make a great limo, but not a drivers car.
  8. My drivers door speaker is now crackling like a good-un so I suspect this is in my near future. Anyone have a link for a refoam kit that worked for them? I will try with the bath sealant first if the existing foam isn't too badly damaged. Thanks for the "how to" Mark 😁
  9. Pic taken on our recent holiday to the Lot region in France. She does look good in that setting, way nicer than beside my 3 bed red brick semi in Essex 😃
  10. I just read up on indirect TPMS systems and it seems that they compare the rolling radius between wheels. So, I suspect that you have one (or more) tyres that have a very different rolling radius from the other(s). This could be from mixing different tyre types, or just one tyre is very worn. Either that or else one of the ABS sensor rings is damaged or dirty.
  11. Yup, Serial Parking Assist Mode button on the left and Perpendicular Parking Assist Mode button on the right of the Reverse Camera screen. To be honest, if you can reverse park then neither of them are really of any use. I have played with both, and they don't save any time or effort. Pages 312 - 331 of the UK 2004 Owners Manual. Doesn't show in any of the downloadable US Manuals and Lexus UK no longer seem to carry the LS430/460 UK manuals in PDF format, although they have some in other languages for some reason. Does anyone have a PDF version of the UK Owners Manual? I have the paper version already.
  12. My cats chew on mine. So far they've just marked the rubber. I believe that it is used for the Lexus Link system which is no longer available so it's redundant. If the aesthetic bothers you, paint it with that Stop n'Grow fingernail stuff. <LOL>
  13. I understand that for dipped beam, but for main beam it shouldn't matter as it doesn't have a specific pattern cutoff and you should be dipping rather than blinding the other guy. I have a well designed H4 dual beam LED in one of my bikes and the pattern is better than with a halogen bulb, but that bike's headlight does have a fresnel lens on it (GTR1000). I'll ask my local MOT tester and see what he says.
  14. Hi All, Has anyone here replaced their 9005 high beam bulbs with LED ones. The HID Low beam brightness and pattern is awesome, but high beam doesn't seem to add much so am considering some matching (4300k) LEDs. The high beam bulbs currently in there have a yellower colour than the HIDs (D2S), hence the desire for the 4300K LEDs. Any recommendations on a brand or any gotchas on fitting them?