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    Reid
  • Lexus Model
    GS450h
  • Year of Lexus
    2010
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    Greater London

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  1. Such helpful and rapid responses to my possibly rather dumb question but you have both given me exactly the answers I was seeking - many thanks.
  2. Gentlemen - mindful the battery in my 2010 GS450h is the original fitting - date mark on battery casing clearly visible - and having tested the output - a little low - I have ordered a new battery before the winter really sets in . My query is the position of the 'Off' button whilst refitting. I have a standby pack using the OBD 'cannon' plug to provide power to the electrics whilst I remove the old battery but being new to this 'Electronic Wunderkind' I am uncertain as to the switch position - should I leave it 'off' / push once // push twice // remote key alongside or key out of range. I have lost count of the number of battery removals I have effected on older cars but this one is so very different.....
  3. A request for 'pointers' as to where to start looking. It seems these were available some years ago but I have drawn a blank for a new one. My car is 2010 3rd. Gen 450h so I am rather surprised that all stock seems exhausted both in UK and Europe and even Australia! Some years ago I drove a Toyota and bought a new rubber boot liner very easily from Toyota Spares. It was an excellent quality accessory which fitted so tightly around the boot contours that almost no dust and dried mud could squeeze down the crack - there was no crack as the tenaciously tight fitting rubber lip saw to that. The car was 7 years old when I bought the liner so it is a little surprising that my 8 year old 450h is way too old for a new liner. I am now on my second liner which is again, a poor fit in the boot and allows dried mud and leaves to litter the black carpet below; I play golf hence my need for a closely fitting and semi rigid liner. I am reluctant to try yet another aftermarket Ebay offering as both of my liners have been selected on their cost base thinking that a real quality product would arrive. Sadly no. So I am looking to find an original used liner, in good condition from perhaps a crashed 450h. I have logged my name and interest with two or three used Lexus spares outlets on the internet but no luck. Does anyone have any ideas on how to proceed or have good experiences with second hand / used Lexus spares and from which outlet please.
  4. Yes Normski I have come to the conclusion that an original liner, whether new or used, is unlikely to be sourced and I am resigned to 'dealing' with the the cheap and cheerful 'lash-up' that I have in the boot. The most tiresome element being the regular emptying of the boot and the removal of the liner so as to vacuum the dried mud and leaves that constantly drop from my golf bag. shoes and trolley and work themselves down between the bowed and distorted lip and the boot's side walls. Worse things have happened I suppose. However, thank you for your input.
  5. Thank you XT5 for your research into past purchases and I have left a few 'feelers' out in case an original becomes available. Sad to relate that in my recent search for a late model GS 450h, I did spot an example on the internet which happened to have an original boot liner very much from the same mould - forgive the pun - as my Toyota but the car was not up to scratch and at that time, I had no idea that original liners were now like the Indian Rope Trick - every body has heard about it but no one has ever seen it! I have spent some time back on the internet trying to recall the advertisement just in case the car is still available - it isn't - and the dealer might have sold just the liner but no luck.
  6. Thank you Cruisermark and yes seen and tried already ! Hopelessly thin PVC mix which is slightly smaller than the boot floor so with golf clubs and trolley on top it moves around very slightly causing the lip to distort against the boot sides thus allowing the lip to bend and 'open up'. Really not very satisfactory in my view but not sufficient to return to supplier as there is no claim that the liner is made with sufficiently sturdy and robust materials that will resist movement and flexing. The price mitigates against further action as I am sure the heavy and tightly fitting original in thick, robust rubber would have fitted like a glove thus resistant to any movement and distortion. Naturally the prices asked when new will be all the evidence one needs of a thoughtfully and robustly engineered product as my Toyota liner most certainly was. Nonetheless I thank you for your help.
  7. 2010 GS 450h new owner looking for an original liner, in a serviceable condition. Please gentlemen, no offers of aftermarket offerings - I am already on my second with much dismay. Thanks
  8. A request for 'pointers' as to where to start looking. It seems these were available some years ago but I have drawn a blank for a new one. My car is 2010 3rd. Gen 450h so I am rather surprised that all stock seems exhausted both in UK and Europe and even Australia! Some years ago I drove a Toyota and bought a new rubber boot liner very easily from Toyota Spares. It was an excellent quality accessory which fitted so tightly around the boot contours that almost no dust and dried mud could squeeze down the crack - there was no crack as the tenaciously tight fitting rubber lip saw to that. The car was 7 years old when I bought the liner so it is a little surprising that my 8 year old 450h is way too old for a new liner. I am now on my second liner which is again, a poor fit in the boot and allows dried mud and leaves to litter the black carpet below; I play golf hence my need for a closely fitting and semi rigid liner. I am reluctant to try yet another aftermarket Ebay offering as both of my liners have been selected on their cost base thinking that a real quality product would arrive. Sadly no. So I am looking to find an original used liner, in good condition from perhaps a crashed 450h. I have logged my name and interest with two or three used Lexus spares outlets on the internet but no luck. Does anyone have any ideas on how to proceed or have good experiences with second hand / used Lexus spares and from which outlet please.
  9. To add a further query, does any one have personal experience of 'ToyoTec' at Redhill, Surrey? I live SW London and would be pleased to locate a well regarded independent Lexus trained engineer not too far from me. I saw this company on the internet but I always prefer to listen to other peoples' views before hand. Thanks for any pointers.
  10. Rather a late vote of thanks to Chris111 for this last post as I missed the issuance. All good 'gen' and I have again noted the content. At present and despite my 'OT' I have decided to sit on my hands for a few months as whatever changes I make, I will be disposing of a very new set of tyres with, on the rears less than 2.5K. It is quite surprising how quickly the bills add up when one is contemplating significant wheel/tyre changes and as my wife claims she finds the car as quiet and smooth as the Benz which preceded it, I wonder if I am not chasing my own tail and as she has suggested we just turn up the radio volume slightly to mask the road roar...... well what can I say/
  11. Thank you John for your prompt reply. It did cross my mind that the cig. lighter power was dependent on accessory / ready mode and you have kindly answered the question. My earlier point now becomes more pressing in that the data link / cannon plug or whatever Lexus call it, is surely powered the whole time and would therefore suit the memory saver device provided I can locate same and identify what cannon plug I require to be connected to the memory saver. I note your comments about the relative ease in reinstatement in the event power is interrupted for battery change but as the truly 'monster' owners' handbook covers so little of owner/user tips and guidance, I will have to reinstate services based on what I can find on the internet and 'U tube'.
  12. Having read the wealth of helpful advice on 12 volt batteries I now now rather embarrassed to have to ask where the electrical 'cannon plug' is sited in a 2010 GS450h that allows me to connect a memory saver device to enable me to replace the 12 volt battery without losing any codes. I have the 'Owners Manual' to hand so perhaps someone could just indicate the page no. or at least tell me the 'Lexus Jargon' that will allow me to check the index. What is the plug -in fitting called? I have to hand a memory saver that I used on previous cars with a simple plug that fits into the cigarette lighter socket, the other end connected to a 12 volt power pack thus providing a constant and steady 12 volt power source whilst I replace the battery. Will this be a suitable solution for my car please ? I am only looking at a very short term 12 volt supply to change the battery and not a constant supply whilst I carry out major reconstruction work. I have just discovered that my 'new to me' 450h has the original fit battery and reading of the perils of hanging on to a battery until it is 'really dead' ..... I feel a new battery fitted before the winter begins would be money well spent and a suitable battery can be sourced and fitted without the need to spend £400 plus to have a main dealer do what is a simple job.
  13. Thank you 'olliesgrandad' for your helpful suggestion and in all honesty, it was one that I had considered earlier as the simplest and cheapest option. I am however, mindful of many people's views on how tyres actually ride as evidenced by website surveys of purchasers views on their tyres. It is all so very subjective but I do not wish to sound ungrateful for your recommendation of Primacy 4's, as at least you are comparing tyres on the SAME CAR, which to me has considerably more merit. Your post is appreciated. I am presently running on Goodyear F1 Asymetric 3 tyres which I feel are more of a performance tyre than I really need; sadly a pair of brand new ones was fitted by the dealer from whom i bought the car to match the one third worn pair on the front. I will certainly discuss Primacy 4 with the local tyre man and I am also considering a slightly different tyre size but still on the original 18 inch wheels. As you say, it will be much easier to just change tyres, both make and cross section, than source, refurb and fit four 'new' wheels and tyres.
  14. Well Gentlemen what an efficient Forum and with such helpful and positive advice being offered. I must thank both 'Chris 111' and 'royoftherovers' for their inputs coupled with such whisker clear photographs and all within 3 hours of posting my original query. Wow! Yes the initiator for my post was 'royoftherovers' in a post of a couple of years ago but as I am new to 'The Club' and therefore a newbie on the forum, I was reluctant to quote 'royoftherovers' 's post as I felt the moderators might not agree to my use of a personal post to an originator. Cleary the way I will proceed is to hunt down a set of four 'seven spoke' 17 inch alloys as per the photo from 'Chris 111'. One final request gentlemen : may I kindly ask for the original Lexus ref/spec. number for these 7 spoke wheels as I will be using car breakers and Ebay to source a set and I would be most reluctant to purchase without definite confirmation that these are the correct wheels for a 2010 GS 450h and at what width 7.5 J or 8J? I am in your debt Gentlemen and thank you both very much.
  15. Having now driven a little over 2000 miles in my recently acquired 2010 GS 450h, I am very pleased with my purchase but a little disappointed with the quality of the ride, exacerbated no doubt because of the relative silence within the car. I am fitted with the standard (?) 245/40/R18inch Lexus alloys and the road noise, plus the 'hard' ride over the poor quality of todays roads in UK all combine to consider a possible change to 17inch or perhaps even 16 inch wheels with the commensurate increase to 50/55/60 section tyres. I would like to remain with Lexus alloys and possibly seek a set which could be refurbished to 'as new' condition. There is much to consider in this change with different wheel specs., and I would be pleased to hear of other members experiences with a similar change. One of our number with an identical Lexus, replying to a previous post mentioned that he enjoyed great comfort and relative silence using .../50/R17 tyres. I know not whether 17inch wheels were an option on the 'face lift' 450h but any constructive comments would be welcome. I am mid '70s and have no need to be overly concerned about tight cornering and road holding at the extremes of the driving experience; I just want the 'magic carpet experience' which is so nearly delivered by this excellent vehicle and could be achieved I feel with a change of wheel/tyre size.