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  1. I had checked about and the Lexus (Panasonic) battery is £265 plus fitting from Lexus dealers, the alternative Bosch battery I found from eurocarparts was £80, but I wasn't 100% sure if this was the correct battery, and I would have to fit myself and sort out the temp sensor. Most on-line sites do not even list a battery for this car! My main concern with this is if another fault developed Lexus would instantly claim that the battery I fitted was the problem and wouldn't honor my warranty, which has 8 months to run. That aside I have written to Citizens advice and explained the position so haven't given up with reclaiming the cost back. If I can get some back I will be ok with that as I have ended up with a new battery where in effect the cars battery should be 1/2 way through its expected life.
  2. OK, car was picked up today by Dealer... got a call a few hours later to say that the battery had failed the test and would need replacement. They asked if i wanted to proceed and that they would contribute 50%of the cost as a good will gesture. My bill was £163.00, ouch! I gave them the authority to proceed but explained that I would be likely to pursue this as I still believe that this should be covered by them as the battery must have been on its way out when they PDI'd the car. I challenged the technician about what they actually do during the PDI and if they had a record of the test result for the battery check at that time..... no real response. So I have the folder with all the paperwork I got with the car and I remember seeing a checklist in there which had ticks beside items, the one i was looking for at the time was wheel alignment as this wasn't right when I got the car. I will have a look through and consider my response..... Good news is that the battery is reading 12.74 volts.
  3. If anyone wants to read the manual and work out how to use the parking assistant... then let me know in simple instructions... preferably with pictures or a video 😊
  4. Herbie, i hear what you are saying... but what I cannot believe is that a company like Toyota who has been designing cars for decades, and will know that people sit in their cars listening to the radio etc, hence the accessory option on the start button, would not design a charging system and spec a battery that would cope with this. I would even go as far to say that they should have designed in a cut out which switches off all accessories if the battery gets critically low and preserves enough power to start up the systems. I do believe the issue with my car is a faulty battery, and when the battery is renewed, like Robert above, I will be able to sit for half an hour with the radio on without having starting problems. The car does not have a small battery, its surprisingly large considering it doesn't have to start an engine, and although it doesn't have an alternator it can charge the hybrid battery fairly quickly so there is a substantial supply for doing this. I done a bit of digging on the on-line Lexus dashboard and found some history for my car. In its first year it only done 1700 miles! Sounds like it was sitting about for long stretches of time and this may have done for the battery.
  5. Update... I received a call from Lexus dealer today, they want to investigate the problem and will talk to the sales team regarding payment if it requires a new battery... no commitment but I'm happy with this. They will collect & return the car for me so its booked in next week. I don't have the data to do the Maths but, with a 70 ah battery it should be fine for listening to a radio for 10 minutes? Coincidentally my sons car threw its drive belt over the holidays so no alternator... he was in Dundee so he started the car and drove it from Dundee to Glasgow (over 2hrs), with the lights on.... it ran no problem, also started the next day, and the next day as I drove it to the garage to get fixed... it has a 45 ah battery!!!
  6. Colin, I'm struggling to find an AGM battery listed for the car? Anyone out there bought one recently?
  7. Thanks all, your descriptions of the charging is more logical. I challenged the dealer about the listening to the radio thing and he said that it was because it was just a small battery... it does't look that small, 70 AH, and a replacement isn't cheap... I would expect a modern car to be capable of surviving 20 minutes listening to the radio and be able to recover that usage when the car is on. As before I'm pretty sure it just a duff battery, I'm not going to run a car like this being afraid to use the heated screen / seats etc, A bigger battery does sound like a logical upgrade. Had a decent run yesterday, nearly 70 miles round trip, just metered the battery and its at 12.2v... Just checked europarts,£88 for Bosch battery thinking i should buy it and send Lexus the bill (fat chance of them paying it).... any suggestions as to where I could get the battery checked and get a report?
  8. Latest; Sent a mail to Lexus which was forwarded to the After Sales Manager, he called this morning but doesn't know about the consumers rights act etc ect will talk to his Boss on Monday He advised that you shouldn't listen to the radio while sitting in the car as this flattens the battery? I think I've bought a car from the 1970's Guy was helpful but I cant believe his description of the charging system.. Hybrid battery charges the Auxiliary battery - ok It only charges when the car is in EV mode and the car is driving, it doesn't charge while doing motorway speeds? My meter showed 13.9v when parked in the drive with the engine running? If this is the case then my daily commute would be 6.5 miles (15 mins) with heated set, heated window, lights, wipers, heater, radio on, with the battery being charged for 20 sec's as I pass through a small group of houses and 10 secs when I park in the car park.... I could do the maths and work out how much power would be used but I don't think I need to. I'm praying that the battery is faulty, otherwise I have bought an very expensive car that can't do my daily commute?
  9. GavJ

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    I just found the video.. Gobsmacked to see that the heath check covers a year OR 10,000 MILES, who doesn't do more than 10,000 miles in a year? Sales guy at Lexus didn't tell me this!
  10. Thanks John, that's a bit clearer, it refers to Sale of Goods Act 1979, Sale and Supply of Goods Act 1994, ideal... e-mail will be sent.... does state 6 months, initially only talks about new cars but further on it also mentions used. I did go a long run today, checked battery when I got back and it was 12.5v, but I didn't leave it with lights on etc first so I will check it cold tomorrow before I use it again.
  11. John, I have been searching for this on line, cant see anything concrete, "Which" website states; During the first six months after purchase, it's the responsibility of the seller to prove the fault wasn't there, not for you to prove that it was. You should expect the car to: be of satisfactory quality (taking into account its age and mileage) meet any description given to you when you were buying it (whether in the ad or in discussions prior to sale) be fit for purpose (in this case, to get you from A to B safely). Is there anything you can point me to and I will send the Dealer an e-mail....
  12. Quick update, got a call form the workshop @ Lexus dealer, they agree it sounds like the aux battery. And no surprise... not covered under warranty.. They reckon it may just need a charge, apparently short runs etc aren't good for this battery, I thought when I got rid of the diesel with a DPF I wouldn't have to go a long run occasionally to keep the car from faulting! I did mention the 6 mths consumer rights point raised earlier... they claim that's 3 months! Anyway, eurocarparts do one for £85 but I will wait till after the hols.... So.. I have an oxford oximiser battery tender for my bike, any idea if I can hook this up to the battery terminals without disconnecting the battery?
  13. Ok, grabbed my meter and had a look this morning, before touching anything, 12.0v, pushed start button without foot on brake, 11.76v, started engine, 13.9v Not the best way to test a battery, should really do a load test but I recon its about due for replacement, 3 1/2 yrs isn't great for a battery though.... would expect 5? Called Lexus Dealer, no one technical in today but they will call me tomorrow.
  14. Good point on the 6th months issue, picked the car up at the end of August so will contact the dealer during the hols
  15. Thanks Guys, I'll put a meter across it when I get the chance...... now is when I find out just what's covered under the warranty. I recall asking the sales guy at time of purchase about the warranty.. you can image how good he made it sound