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  1. Hadrian

    Automatic Full Beam

    We have the 2015 model, and it lacks a lot of features which cannot be retro fitted. Rear camera, voice recognition to name but two. Maybe we should have done more research before buying, but we are generally happy with the car. Our 2014 Ford BMax has more features than our Lexus.
  2. The previous owner's name and address is on the V5 of our Lexus, bought last year. Maybe there is a tick box ? In recent years, I always include all invoices when I pass a car on. When I traded in our Honda for the Lexus, the dealer was adamant that I supplied all of the Honda's service documents. Luckilly I'd kept them all, a habit of being self employed for most of my working life. A friend bought a Lexus a couple of years ago, the dealer saying he would pass the service history on. This didn't happen despite numerous requests, so he made them take the car back.
  3. Such a shame indeed, but that's why we pay for insurance. A lot will of course depend on your financial situation, but as you will have comprehensive insurance, I'd just go with the flow, and accept their offer. Unless you can get a worthwhile quote for repairs.
  4. Just to add, I may notice it more as I have to wear hearing aids. Which tend to amplify some frequencies more than others.
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    The Photography Thread

    I'm quite heavily into Photography, but my favourite subject is wildlife. I know it's very popular, but I have a strong aversion to the use of ND filters on moving water. It's done too much, and looks cheesy.
  6. I noticed the noise on my IS300h. I changed to "low noise" tyres, but it didn't make a great deal of difference.
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    Are service plans worth it??

    So I take it, that a service plan is just that, service costs and MOT's (?) are covered. I assume you pay parts and labour costs for any repairs or replacement parts not covered while it's being serviced.? Or does that depend on the plan ?
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    Are service plans worth it??

    What happens if you take out a service plan, and change your car (for another Lexus) mid term ?
  9. Friends who visited us on Boxing day, have a problem with the air-con on their GS450h.(2012 I believe) It's blowing out air, but the air-con isn't doing anything. He is going to take it back to his dealer, where it had a full service a couple of months back, but I wondered if there is anything obvious he can look at in the meantime ?
  10. I can't really answer that one as it's not my car, but it wasn't freezing on Boxing day. I would have thought the aircon would have worked at any temperature, in order to clear misted windows. ? It seems not....Possibly a faulty thermostat ?
  11. As I understand it, snow chains are only any good in snow (to state the obvious), and I would I assume restrict speed significantly. Snow tyres (as I understand it) are good in snow, but only start working at low temperatures. Stopping distance is reduced on dry roads. Unless you are living in the back of beyond, in the UK, even if we get snow the roads are usually cleared pretty quickly,
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    Lexus added value options- worth it?

    These seem to be pretty standard extras, available on most makes of car. I've taken them in the past, but wouldn't again. As said, it mostly for the benefit of the salesman. If you do decide to take up any of their offers, it's worth haggling, as they are desperate for their bonus.
  13. I've had a similar thing happen to me on a couple of occasions, when we've had some cold weather overnight. The TPMS is extremely sensitive. My local service centre confirmed this, and said they'd had a lot of people call in, thinking they had a problem.
  14. Didn't the Legend also have 4 wheel steering, or was that one of the Accords ?
  15. Sorry, only just found this thread. My previous three cars were Hondas, Two Accords and a Civic Hybrid. All very good and reliable cars. I would have liked to have bought another Honda, but they no longer sell 4 door saloons with a boot, in the UK. Whereas in the US you can get the Accord and Civic hybrids. They never sold the Accord hybrid here.
  16. Possibly another device transmitting on the same frequency ? I think the technology has changed quite a bit over the years, but in previous years a lot of cars were affected by transmissions from radio links and amateur radio. I know that if I were transmitting on the 70cms band while driving, I would often set of car alarms. With everything being digital nowadays, I doubt this happens any more.
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    03 IS300 MOT fail

    My understanding is that you don't pay for the re-test if the garage that failed it is doing the work. Unless things have changed ?
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    Tyre "skipping" on full lock

    I have the same thing when pulling out of my driveway. I have only noticed it since increasing the tyre pressure to 36psi. It's not something which has given me any cause for concern.
  19. TPMS sensors can be ultra sensitive. Mine has come on twice when there has been a drop in temperature overnight.
  20. I've only used the paddles a couple of time to see what effect they had. Other than that, I forget they are there.
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    If you listen to the old Beatles song "Taxman", a number of the "predictions" have come to pass. For instance.... If you get too cold we'll tax the heat ....This was from a time that top earners were paying tax at the rate of 19/6d in the pound. As an aside, many years ago it was said that all of the money spent on road building was more than covered by the road tax levied on HGVs alone.
  22. We dont use our is300 for any short trips, so it's nearly all dual carriageways and "A" roads. I haven't done a tank to tank check, but going by the computer display we are getting a steady 50.5 mpg.
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    I can't believe its happened again!

    I doubt it's a cat ..
  24. How easy (or difficult) is it to fit a reversing camera to a 300h ? Which shows on the main screen. Would I be correct in assuming the wiring might already be there ?
  25. I decided not to in the end. I was quoted around £600, and there was someone recommended to me who may have been able to do it cheaper, but he didn't get back to an email I sent. I manage without.