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  1. As Richard says the installation manuals are on in the free owners accessory installation section (although there are two part numbers for the manuals) so you could check what the official docs say, my quick glance suggests there is a decent amount of surgery done.
  2. Ah in many ways that's a shame as it would have been a really useful option all things considered. Thank you for checking again. it's still an interesting question given that a third party is collecting the fees, not normally a question I'd care very much about but risks of financial troubles have gone up for nearly all of us.
  3. This seems a little unclear to me my quotation says "Payments will be collected by Planmyservice LLP as an agent for XXX Group." with no actual mention of being able to use a different dealership, but the full paper work might be enlightening or at least asking the question of the dealer. There may of course be an official Lexus product that does offer a service plan but all I can see on the website is that a slightly vague talk to your dealer.
  4. I've been surprised to see just how small the profit margins are for a car dealership (1-2%) so it's possible some won't survive post Covid-19, but you can say the same thing about lots of companies right now. This leaves me slightly uneasy with service plans, on the other hand given the worst case loss is £300-350 i.e. if the dealer goes bust just before your annual service I would imagine a lot of RX owners would be upset but wouldn't exactly break the bank Finally Marc1 pictures please.
  5. Thanks both, I'm hoping I can retrain my muscle memory to get around the annoyance. I was hoping that there would be a techstream option to set small step in DRCC mode.
  6. Does anyone know if it's possible to change the fine speed adjust on the cruise control via Techstream? It's set to either 5 Kmh or 5 mph depending on the the display, non-EU cruise controls seem to have the ability to do 1 instead for the fine option. The manual suggests you get 1mph when in constant speed mode but I've not had a chance to test this yet. This is really annoying me, particularly as the set / resume behaviour is different to my old LS400 which if you'd accelerated above the old set speed would set your current speed as the new one if you pushed the lever down to "set" I keep slowing the set speed down by 5 or 10 mph in the RX instead of setting the speed to current traffic flow.
  7. Yeah the red does look nice. The cream interior looks fairly scuff free, but I'm not sure how long it would be before I marked it. Still can't decide if I should have waited for a custom order with the Mesa Red when I was buying. This one looks a bit lighter than the ES I saw in the red at the showroom but that was back in Feb.
  8. Okay as suspected the wi-fi password is on the side of the glove box, the installation manual for the wi-fi box is "AIM 004 691 - 2" which I found on the Lexus tech website. The wifi box lives in the boot on the drivers side: Once I'd logged into the wi-fi hotspot I got a welcome page which says Lexus Link needs to be setup before the wi-fi is enabled, Lexus seemed to be having a bit of an issue with Lexus Link (dealer thinks this is now sorted) at the moment, so I may need to chase with the dealer if it doesn't sort itself out over the next few days. What's confusing is the US enform system is totally different so most of the Youtube how to get started videos don't match up at all.
  9. Ah I bet it's on the side of the glovebox you can't see from the drivers seat and my passenger side door is blocked (well it's possible if I risk some scratches) without moving the car. I'll have a look when I next drive somewhere. Thanks.
  10. The 2020 RX has a builtin wifi hotspot and the car will connect to it but I've no idea what the password is for connecting other devices such as a laptop. I can't seem to find it anywhere in the menus, does anyone know where it is on UK spec RX? Dealer doesn't seem to know at the moment (I think I might be the first to ask about this) and most of the how-to guides are for the older models. There is supposed to be a 6 month 24Gb package with the car but I can't find anything on the website other than in the current RX brochure (which unhelpfully says see terms and conditions for more details) and I've no idea on pricing to extend it out. At one level I don't particularly care as I have Mifi style dongle or use my phone but I'm intrigued to know more.
  11. It's F-Sport (with Takumi pack) or Takumi grade here for them in the UK which is a lot of money (around £6K) and it's the only feature in the Takumi level that I'd actually want (although the wider choice of interiors would have been nice), and it seems a bit earlier to tell if the blade scan headlights might have a nasty failure rate in a few years time. Looks like it's available in the US as a standalone option but not here, the US seem to be a bit more flexible around options but I didn't bother to play enough with their configuration tool to be certain and there are some options which require other bits and pieces adding. I did wonder if it would be possible to retrofit but I'll let someone else figure that out.
  12. Just re-checked and it's the wing mirrors, including those the X3 is 2096mm, the RX is 2180mm those extra 42mm on each side makes a difference. Probably need to use the folding function on the way in/out to save on the stress.
  13. Two weeks after my father had died my 1997 LS400 front suspension spring snapped, so I ended up inheriting his 2012 BMW X3 2.0d. Neither vehicle is ULEZ compliant which when it expands in 2021 will cover my house so it was an excuse to get a new car and maximum value on the part-ex for X3. The LS400 was an ex company car bought at 3 years old IIRC when Lexus gave a 3 year 100,000 mile waranty on second hand vehicles. Car tax reduced by third as it was over three years old and doing over the 2000 miles a year required gave another third off which made the benefit in kind tax more like a Vauxhall Cavalier (numbers might not be quite right but that was the idea). I bought the car off the company when it was six years old and ran it to over 100K. Since it wasn't ULEZ compliant, the body work was getting tatty due to on street parking and various dings from other motorists and finally it needed a cam belt change I'd been waiting for something major to go wrong and didn't trust the LS400 on long journeys any more. I found I liked the height of the BMW X3 when driving so I wanted an SUV, but I wasn't that keen on getting a diesel again (although the Mercedes E class I hired drove fairly well) I need something that could do a trip to Edinburgh which ruled out a lot of the current electric vehicles (due to recharge times), I did wonder about a Tesla but the fit and finish + spares situation put me off. I'm still not quite sure why I ended back with Lexus I did have a look around the market I have a feeling it was down to the overall reliability which I think the germans have let slip and I like the Origami design language Lexus use, it's not a boring look.
  14. Well I'm finally back after Lexus Woodford opened up (who were very busy with cars being dropped of for a service), picked the RX up this morning. Can't quite decide if the truncated handover process is a good thing or not, given I've already read the manuals while waiting, basically handover the old car, pay and go. So far impressions are good, the HUD is an amazing piece of technology, well worth the money. Integration with Android Auto is nice, although the voice control seems a bit sluggish (I'm guessing it's sent off to a server somewhere). The infotainment system does seem a little awkward compared to the BMW/Mercedes versions which I've played with in hire cars. Spent a happy twenty minutes or so setting Android Auto up and playing with voice commands in my local Lidls carpark. . Bit of a squeeze getting between the gate posts at home, definitely know the parking radar is working. It feels much wider than the BMW X3 I've been driving (only 11mm according to wikipedia) which is a bit stressing on the first attempt at parking. I'm sure I'll get used to it and find out where the corners are (although I still miss the LS400 which was 66mm narrower). Can't quite decide if I want to turn off the keyless entry yet, going to see how I get on with a Faraday box and turning on battery saver mode.
  15. Probably better to ask over at pprune (pilots site) they had a VERY long concorde thread a few years back with several folks who designed, worked on and flew Concorde. (along with those of us who were lucky enough to be passengers) Found the thread (it's a 110 pages)