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  1. I've checked all the fuses. I actually went back to the connector and found 12v on a purple wire, and some lesser voltages on others so I can only guess it's getting power properly. I just assumed the main power wire would be red. I opened up the amp to see if I could see anything obvious like corrosion or a blown cap but found nothing. I guess it's time to send it off for repair.
  2. Hi everyone, I spoke with a nice helpful man at SVT services. He suggested I check that it's getting power. He said it's unusual for one of these amps to fail without some warning signs or intermittent failure. Mine worked fine one day, then was completely dead next time I started the car. He advised there should be a fuse under the bonnet. I've checked and I can't see a fuse for the amp under there. I went ahead and checked every fuse. The 30amp fuse in the boot is not blown, and it's getting power. I checked the harness and I can't find power anywhere on it. At least the cables I was checking. I don't have a pinout so I just checked all the red wires in the loom to see if they had voltage which they did not. Does anybody have a pinout for the amp so I can be certain which wire it's getting power from? And are there any other fuses in the circuit other than the 30amp fuse in the boot?
  3. Where did you get your amp repaired out of interest? Just in case I need to get mine done.
  4. Thanks, I'll give that a try. It was parked on the top floor and I think the weather was pretty hot while I was away. Fingers crossed it's something as simple as that. If it's not, does anybody know any repairers who are in the UK? All the ones I can find are in the US. Or does anybody know what the repair involves? I can solder so if it's a case of some bad caps or something I can do that.
  5. I've never had an issue with the the amp in my last LS430. I miss that car and I swear this other one is cursed with the amount of things going wrong with it. Never had any kind of issue with the stereo before, although about a week or two ago I did put in the driver's side speaker and the sub which I'd replaced the surrounds on as they'd all cracked. From there is was working great. Never really cranked it up loud other than to test, I just listened to it at normal volumes. I should add that I've yet to add my iPod kit into this car, so I've never had the head unit out or messed with any of the wiring or connectors. All I've ever done was remove the sub and one of the speakers as I've said - although the amp never seemed to have issues running without those connected so I doubt that's contributed. I had to go abroad so on Saturday morning I parked it at the airport with the stereo working great. I got back last night so it had been sitting for less than 4 days. Car started fine but no audio from the head unit from any source. Not even any beeps from pressing on buttons on the screen or physical buttons on the head unit (which I never thought came from the amp, guess I was wrong). It was late when I got back so all I had time to do was to check the amp's 40a fuse which was fine. I also went into the diagnostic screen and got the following: Do you guys know of anything else I can try, or check or am I definitely looking at a dead amp? I'd hate to shell out for a repair or a new one if the amp itself is fine. Cheers!
  6. Hi guys, I'd like to be able to transfer my contacts to my car for the bluetooth system. However, modern phones especially my iPhone don't seem to allow you to do this. I have a collection of early bluetooth phones release around the time the LS430 as well as some other phones but these don't work either. I can pair them and make calls but I cannot transfer contacts. When I try to transfer contacts the phone either disconnects or I get an error on the car's screen. I have heard you can get an app on Android phones to allow you do to this but I haven't been able to confirm this so I'm not going to rush out and buy one. So far, I've tried the following phones: Nokia 6310i (one of the first Nokia's with bluetooth so I was hoping that would work. Nokia 207 Blackberry 9700 Blackberry 7290 Blackberry Classic If anybody could recommend a phone that will allow me to transfer contacts that would be fantastic. Thanks very much.
  7. ClubLexus deleted the post because apparently GROM has to make the post and it seems like a hassle for UK members so I'm afraid it looks like the group buy is a no-go.
  8. So I just heard back from GROM. Unfortunately group buys are handled by their US office so it will have to be shipped directly from them. I've looked it up on the gov.uk website and it looks like this will be subject to a 2.5% tax.
  9. TBH I'm not sure how to figure that out, I'll try and look up what the rates are. However, I've just sent them a message to see if UK members will be able to order from the UK site or if they'll all have to come from the US. Hopefully we can and avoid any import duty. I'll update the thread once I've heard back.
  10. No you can order for whatever Lexus model you have that is compatible with the VL2. The prices are the same but of course you need to order the correct one so they send the right wiring harness and what not. If you are interested, PM me your name, email address and year/model of your car. I'm going to make a list and once we've got enough people together I'll send them off to the contact I have at GROM.
  11. Hi everyone, I've been in touch with somebody in Canada who's active on the US forms for Lexus and we've been discussing organising a group buy together for the GROM Vline VL2. If you're unfamiliar with what this is, it's a system that adds Android to your stock Navigation screen. In addition it also adds Android Auto and Apple Car Play so you can connect your phone and access navigation apps like Google Maps and Waze and also your music library and streaming apps like Spotify. Many Lexus and Toyota models are compatible with this, even older models like my LS430. The usual price for this is $600. I've been in touch with GROM and here's the prices they've quoted for a group buy: Group buy price 5-9 $529.95 10-24 $479.95 25+ $449.95 US shipping is free but we will have to pay for shipping for us lot here in the UK. I'm hoping that getting us UK members as well as people in the US and Canada we'll easily find 25 people interested in this device. This is my first time trying to organise a group buy. For now I recommend that you comment if you're interested and if so, what price you'd be willing to pay depending on how many people we get involved. I'm sure we'll hit at least the 10 person discount, but fingers crossed we'll get at least 25 people interested. EDIT: Just so everyone is aware, I am only collecting the information of those interested. I will not be handling your money so there's nothing to be concerned about there. Once we have a good list of names I will forward that to my contact at GROM. They will then get in touch with you and you will order from them directly.
  12. I ordered the complete lower arm with the brackets attached for the height sensor. What exactly do you mean by upper bracket?
  13. Nevermind, managed to order some from another US based website. Genuine Lexus parts aren't cheap are they. Think I might trade her in for a Dacia.
  14. I was hoping to buy a set of these control arms or whatever they're called from Rock Auto but I can't seem to find the correct part on there. Does anybody have any idea where I can buy a set that isn't directly from Lexus?
  15. Well I spent the past 24 hours looking for my keys to test my repair. Finally found them thank god. The epoxy didn't work, broke off right away. Instead I just taped up the arm for the height sensor to the ARB so it's in a high position. The struts inflated right away so thankfully no damage to them.