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  1. Belatedly: I'm still learning this tyre business, but I'm not sure about this characterization. I understand what you mean, still, we are talking about trade-offs, inevitably, for whatever compound. For me, all-season compounds simply made their bulls-eye between summer and winter tyres, which given the wide variety of climates, road conditions and driving habits, simply makes sense. I'm going to get all-seasons fitted as a winter set, because I don't want to drive on full winter tyres in the UK but want to be able to drive across the Alps in from December to March, largely on motorways. I'll see how it goes when warmer, but in case we take a road trip to the Med in high summer, I will have it swapped back to summer, when tarmac temperature can be well above 60°C on a European motorway, and speeds are consistently higher.
  2. It's cold for you, I see. But your skin is not a rubber compound I suspect.
  3. My take (I'm not knowledgeable, just spent a good number of hours mulling it over): - It's not worth going for 'value' tyres, you save probably 100 quid in total for what will define the way the car drives, including your confidence in the car, ride quality, noise, mileage etc. You're spending a grand on fuel a year at 5k, plus insurance, servicing etc. - Go for all season. Summers can hold up in the dry even when cold, but once there is moisture in the mix (water, black ice, snow), they drop off. For winters, not even Scotland is cold enough, and summers in the UK are mild with only a few hot summer days every year, so all season compounds work out well. - The only reason I'm likely keeping summer OE Yokohamas, is because if I'll drive to Southern Europe time to time, and in scorching temperatures I rather have summer compounds on for wear when driving a couple of thousand miles on melting tarmac. - Looking through many tyre tests, Michelin CrossClimate 2, Pirelli Cinturato SF2, Continental AllSeasonContact, and Goodyear Vector 4Seasons are all excellent. I'm going for the Pirellis for noise/mileage, and what I expect to be somewhat better characteristics in Alpine conditions than the all-round best all-season Michelins. At Lexus Hedge end, I've got a quote for 384, fully fitted, incl. VAT.
  4. Silly, isn't it, using a low power delivery USB controller. Toyota must have shaved a few pence off of the BOM. Who knows, maybe a quid.
  5. I recorded my break recharging sound, hope it's playable. New Recording 65.m4a
  6. Forget the potholes, there is no money for paint for road marks.
  7. Sounds normal to me, I've got this periodic whirring sound after pressing the break. Can try and make an audio recording tomorrow.
  8. This is all fair. If it doesn't suit your needs, it becomes an annoyance. I can also see that when you're not in the UK to use the postcodes for navigation, it is indeed clumsy. On balance, I'm so far ok with the trade-offs of the Lexus system.
  9. I know it's coming from a good place but I'd find such a comment unhelpful. There must be a reason Roger would like to see it updated. I prefer Lexus navigation over anything else 99% of the time, it's simply pleasant and gives clear instructions for most part. I hate mounting equipment, I'm odd that way. Of course, it's not online, not ideal for the urban warfare we have everywhere these days, but on our journeys so far in the UK and across driving a couple of thousand miles across Europe, it served well. In Paris it missed to know that a few exits from one of the orbitals were shut for roadworks, which caused some migraine, which it tends to get from RDS, but then again, Waze or Google would have simply taken the subsequent exits, which we have anyway. I also note that a few times when we anticipated getting caught up in heavy traffic, neither Waze nor Google Maps, running on phones in the car, warned ahead or planned a detour either, so they all failed.
  10. The base option is go to an authorized dealer, pay up £££. Maybe consider to negotiate it into a major service if one is due anytime soon. Another option is to obtain a map from a third-party. For that, first you need to determine the exact model of your navigation system, there should be a menu option somewhere. Looking at it it's possible that because your navi is a Gen6 HDD, it is only possible to update by physically accessing the HDD - either copying data onto it in the correct format or swapping the HDD. Here are some unauthorized vendors - I cannot vouch for them, never tried them (I negotiated an update for my 2015 IS as part of a dispute with a dealer earlier this year): Frequently asked questions | ToyotaMaps Online LEXUS GEN6 08HDD SAT NAV MAP UPDATE EUROPE 2019-2020 (
  11. If this is what it takes not to buy a new car (terrible for the environment), particularly an EV (an even worse waste of resources) and specifically that nauseating brand, then: AMEN.
  12. Nothing Nazi about capital punishment for abhorrent behaviour.
  13. It's not about speed limits, it's about choosing the appropriate speed regardless of speed limit. Even if it was 40 on your road, they shouldn't be driving at 40 if it's not safe, or even just not comfortable. We are in a 20 zone, and I typically do slightly above it - lots of pedestrians crossing, kids, dogs steeping out from the cover of parked cars. The area is ultimately one big dead end. I'm not an authority, but 25 at most what you should be doing. Sometimes it's 15, on a busy summer day. Still, as you can imagine, there are plenty of people who push you all the way to your garage, where I'm doing a full stop after a bend. Wonder when I'll get rear-ended just when parking up. And then there are the people who do the speed limit on country roads come what may - rainy pitch black nights on narrow country roads with blind bends, no matter, 60 is 60, even if 40-50 would be reasonable. Then some of the same people join a dual carriage way and carry doing 68 at most. I think that's a clinical diagnoses of mental illness. The reverse of it of course when you're going say 80 on an A road, overtaking cars, then there is a 40 limit going through a village, and suddenly all those cars pile up in your back because they selected a speed setting on cruise control when they left the house and they are not going to switch it off until they arrive.
  14. Fair. I'm self-reporting myself for a couple of recent offences. The reason is simple: when parked up and waiting in the car at night, I sometime switch from auto to running lights, so I'm neither blinding people, nor draining traction too much. Then, if in an urban area, I've forgotten to switch back on a few times, and took me some miles to realise. Error between the wheel and the seat.
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