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    AF
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    IS250
  • Year of Lexus
    2007
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    Greater London

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  1. Thanks for the replies. But can I ask when was the last time you ordered from Japan? Was it pre-Brexit? I have ordered 3 times from jp-carparts (all after the date of that document i linked to) I have never been charged any import taxes or duty on any of these occassions
  2. Found this document which seems to suggest there is no duty: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/929065/UK-Japan-Trade-Agreement-sectoral-benefits.pdf "UK tariffs on two tariff lines covering electrical control units often used in cars will be put to zero as of 1 January 2021. By bringing in reductions on tariffs on car parts, UK-based auto manufacturers will beneft from lower costs of production, which they can pass onto consumers. CEPA also includes an automotive annex to facilitate regulatory alignment and the reduction of non-tariff barriers. Without the agreement it will be more costly for UK and Japanese businesses trading vehicles and vehicle parts." If this is true for all car parts, it makes importing from Japan much cheaper as you get an immediate 20% saving!
  3. Realised I posted this in the wrong forum the last time - I never knew there was a "Was It You" forum!!! This last weekend, I spotted a very nice blue/silver IS250 driving through the Greenwich area (just after the blackwall tunnel). Private plate was quite memorable - HIIEU L or something like that. Looked like it had the VLAN LED taillights The BEST SOUNDING IS250 I've ever encountered IRL! On the complete off chance that the owner is on this forum - I just have to know what exhaust setup you have! It had such a good deep growl without sounding ricer-ish...
  4. Try jp-carparts for Lexus and Toyota parts. Ships from Japan, very good service and prices are also pretty good. Doesn't seem to charge any import duty/VAT either - I'm not sure whether this has to do with a free trade agreement that the UK signed with Japan in 2020 - I've asked exactly this question on another section of the forum. Maybe someone smarter than me can comment on this...
  5. Hi guys, I've been using jp-carparts a few times lately over the last 12 months or so. I've never been charged VAT or import duty for any of the imports. On the odd occasion that I've imported things from the US or United Arab Emirates, I've always had the pay the import duty before receiving the goods. Does anyone know whether imports from Japan are exempt? Or did I just happen to keep my order value below some magic threshold where VAT doesn't apply? From memory, all of the Japanese imports have been below £150 inc. delivery. I did read the following government article which suggests there is some kind of free-trade agreement with Japan, but not sure if that is related?https://www.gov.uk/guidance/summary-of-the-uk-japan-comprehensive-economic-partnership-agreement Cheers
  6. Spotted a very nice blue/silver IS250 driving through the Greenwich area (just after the blackwall tunnel). Private plate was quite memorable - HIIEU L or something like that. Looked like it had the VLAN LED taillights The BEST SOUNDING IS250 I've ever encountered IRL! On the complete off chance that the owner is on this forum - I just have to know what exhaust setup you have! It had such a good deep growl without sounding ricer-ish...
  7. Thanks gents. Appreciate the comments Any particular grease that you would recommend? I have some WD40 White Lithium grease in a spray can but this comes out a bit watery - mainly used it for door hinges. Presume you apply the grease on the outside of the connector once it's seated, otherwise it would interfere with making a good connection?
  8. Totally get what you mean about 'not broke so don't fix it' However I have had some odd things happening with regards to fuel sometimes cutting out when going over large bumps whilst accelerating. Some ppl online say this can be due to bad ground points. So potentially worth a try to try and clean this up I think?
  9. @BC99 I think your question is where can you find a new tensioner idler pulley, since toyota only sells the kit including the tensioner (£300 i think) - am I right? I got an aftermarket one from Febest - and it works fine I think it was this one:
  10. Can you please share a link to where you ordered from? Very interested in getting some too
  11. Was doing some DIY a few weeks ago and noticed one of my grounding points is seriously rusty. Anyone know how to clean these up? How do you do it? Looks like it is a difficult part to completely replace - can't see where the other side goes. (it's around the middle left of the photo below)
  12. No I absolutely did not find it easy. The whole thing was one giant PITA from start to finish. I have particularly traumatic memories of the following steps getting the upper ball joint off, which was very stubborn - required a lot of hammering (i know you're not really supposed to do that with aluminium knuckles!) getting the strut bolt out, which was very rusty getting the actual strut to come out of the lower control arm - was a 2 man job and required a lot of bouncing of the lower control arm up and down spring compressors was probably the worst part - if you dont have them at 100% perfect opposite ends of the spring, there's a tendency for one side to want to twist around and then the whole spring bends into more of a slinky shape making it impossible to get the strut out I have the IS250 sport which I think has stiffer springs, making the job a bit harder Getting the new gaiter past the spring was also tricky, the spring likes to get in the way Getting the darn strut back into the lower control arm - again a lot of bouncing Tightening the strut bolts at 'ride-height' - not possible unless you have special kind of ramps. I sort of approximated by jacking up the lower control arm to approximately ride height. (A lot of people skip this step, but then you will just end up busting the rubber bushing in your strut and have to buy brand new struts) Hopefully you found this job easier than me!
  13. Hi Vlad - sorry it took me a while to upload these photos. Old gaiter - totally busted: Old vs new - view from side: Old vs new - view from side 2: Old (top) vs new (bottom) - view from top: Old vs new - view from side/top: Photo on the car - you can see the rubber is already starting to compress where the spring ends at the top Gave all of my rubber parts a good spraying with AT-205 polymer - found out about this on the very excellent Scotty Kilmer YouTube channel! After a good dousing:
  14. Given that newer IS250s (2008 onwards I think?) are fine for E10, there is definitely a way to future-proof our cars - Lexus UK just doesn't want to help us. They're not in the business of extending the life of older cars - they want to sell new cars! They are probably angry with the Japanese engineers for making the cars so freaking reliable in the first place For example, I would think, if you took parts off a junkyard 2009 model and installed on your older model, it would then work with E10. I wonder if anyone has looked into this yet? (I am gradually doing an overhaul of my 2007 model so I would be interested in this.) I'm guessing it's predominantly the fuel pumps that are the issue (there's one pump in the fuel tank and one on top of the left valve cover.)
  15. Thanks for the confirmation guys. It's a big shame. I guess Lexus wasn't making enough profit on their servicing since this is probably one of the big money spinners for most dealerships (On newer cars, they must be laughing all the way to the bank - change the oil, top up coolant and shine a torch on a few bushings and charge the customer £500 ) But at £150 or whatever the minor essential price was, you can see how their profit margins could quickly be eroded. I wouldn't be surprised if the Covid lockdowns and safety procedures have put a real dent in most dealerships' profits and they needed to take major action to get back on track. Irony is, I'm sure they will lose many customers of cars that are 5 years and older, as the percentage price increase is huge. Looks like I need to find a new indie I can trust.
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