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About IS_Willie

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    Living in the lap of 'Lex-ury'
  • Birthday 09/12/1957

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  • Lexus Model 2008 IS 250
  1. Thanks for filling in the details Nick! They gave me an RX to drive. They are really nice, but I certainly prefer the sporty feel of my IS. They also filled my gas tank. The girl who set my appointment told me that they would, so I made sure the tank was as low as possible when I took it in. ;)
  2. Interesting that you posted this today. I just got back from the dealer with my '08 IS250, on which they did the accelerator pedal/carpet/ECU recall. I had the same concerns, because I had heard that depressing the brake and accelerator hard at the same time, after the ECU flash, would shut off the car... so I asked for clarification. The service mgr. said that if the ECU 'sees' the accelerator and brake being depressed hard simultaneously, it simply ignores the gas, and allows the brake to do its job. It doesn't turn the car off, or even cut the fuel off. I would imagine that there is a bit more to it than that, but I'd also wager that there are more than a couple of certified Lexus mechanics that peruse this board as well. Maybe one will chime in for us.
  3. Please Help!

    Does this always happen when your fuel is very low? I've always heard that it is better to fill the tank when it is at half way, rather than to let it pull all the way down before refilling. Just a thought.
  4. Not sure about the engine compartment cover, but as to the timing belt, I found this: Timing Belt (except GS 300 and IS) Replace every 90,000 miles or 108 months. A qualified technician should perform this operation. (The GS 300 and IS are equipped with a timing chain, which requires no periodic inspection.) Here: Owner's Manual Scheduled Service PDF On this thread: Owner's Manual downloads IMHO, all vehicles should be manufactured with timing chains, rather than belts, but there is that whole 'planned obsolescence' thing that makes the dealers so much money. Cheers!
  5. Where Did You Road-trip This Year?

    LA to Salt Lake for me this summer... with an average of 28.5 mpg for the trip! (And that was with the AC on, at 80 mph nearly the whole way)
  6. Free Brake Pads?

    Makes sense, but it still seemed like a lot of miles for them to do the TSB fix... and as some have found, a few dealers will not do it with that many miles. I drive pretty aggressively, and I'm sure that my pads were pretty worn.
  7. Free Brake Pads?

    That's really good to know! I'm curious did the shop say anything about the rotors being very close to minimal tolerance once they were turned?
  8. Free Brake Pads?

    Apparently, according to the dealer, the rotors come stock at a pretty close tolerance, and as a result, need to be replaced at each brake service. Smart from the manufacturer's standpoint. A small amount less steel per rotor, times x amount of rotors = more money in pocket, not to mention a few hundred dollars to replace the rotors each time. Ahhh... the wonders of planned obsolescence!!
  9. Free Brake Pads?

    Just an FYI... It really depends on the dealer. I just took my '08 in for another issue, (broken wheel and destroyed tire from road debris, but that's another story!), and while it was there, I asked if they could do the brake TSB. My car has a little over 13k on the clock, but they warranted the pads anyway. They did advise that I have the rotors replaced, but I opted to pass on that, at least at the dealer.
  10. A Few Issues

    Ahhh.... got ya. For sure.
  11. A Few Issues

    Oh, no doubt, bartkat... I don't want to make it sound as though I start the car, and immediately flog the long skinny pedal. It is obviously a good idea to allow the engine to bring the oil pressure up, and get it circulating prior to putting a load on the drive train. That's exactly why I wait until the ECU completes its check before even putting it in gear. Older cars did indeed have limited, mechanical adjustments, but of course couldn't come close to the speed with which a computer can make corrections.
  12. A Few Issues

    ^+1 Modern engines don't need to be 'warmed up' before driving off. In days gone by, it was necessary due to the fact that there was no computer controlling all functions... idle, air/fuel mixture, etc. The only thing I wait for before putting my car in gear is the system 'check' to complete, and I've never experienced any fluctuations or engine failure like you describe.
  13. You're absolutely correct... it has been covered. A search simply using the word 'leather' came up with these: Forum results More results Even more Could there really be another one? Ok... you're getting the idea by now. Happy hunting.
  14. Trunk Wont Open...

    No worries... glad to help. I've done the same thing myself. With my previous car, I accidentally hit the power window cutoff, and, since that particular car was prone to power window problems, when my windows wouldn't go up or down, I took it into the dealer. I was just slightly embarrassed when the tech reached in and turned the switch back on, and my windows worked perfectly! Glad you found out here, rather than doing what I did.
  15. Trunk Wont Open...

    Just a thought, did you happen to access your glove box and accidentally push the valet trunk cutoff switch?