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  1. Lexus has been a pioneer in vehicle electrification technology since introducing the RX 400h in 2005, taking an industry lead in creating vehicles that deliver both performance and environmental efficiency. At the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show, the company unveiled its global electrification strategy, Lexus Electrified, targeting a fundamental leap in vehicle performance, handling, control and driver enjoyment In particular, Lexus Electrified technology enables integrated control of powertrain, steering, suspension and brakes, realising the full potential of the motor control technology that has been nurtured in Lexus’s HVs (hybrid vehicles). With this technology, driving force can be controlled to provide the ideal vehicle posture in each driving situation. Lexus continues to strive to make vehicles that are safer and enjoyable to drive. As the first production model under the Lexus Electrified banner, the all-electric UX 300e has been developed for excellent on-road performance. Lexus engineers preserved the distinctive design and convenience characteristics of the UX compact SUV, while focusing on the opportunities to build on the performance advantages that are unique to EVs. The UX 300e’s high-output motor provides natural yet brisk acceleration and its high-capacity batteries, located directly beneath the cabin floor, secure a low centre of gravity and allow for an optimal driving range for a compact urban vehicle (249 miles/400km in the correlated NEDC cycle, corresponding to a more than 186-mile/300km target range in the WLTP cycle). Making use of the latest connectivity technology, the UX 300e maximises the advantages of an EV while at the same time delivering driving performance and convenience – true to the Lexus “yet” philosophy. The UX 300e is scheduled to go on sale in selected European markets from the second half of 2020 and in the UK from January 2021. Principal features Lexus has always focused on providing distinctive driving performance and that remains true in its development of its first battery-electric vehicle (BEV). Taking the signature refined driving performance of the UX as their starting point, engineers were able to leverage the qualities of the new electric drivetrain to further enhance the vehicle’s on-road performance. At the same time, the UX 300e has one of the quietest cabins in its class, building on Lexus’s excellent record of sound management. The Drive Mode Select function allows the driver to manage smooth acceleration and deceleration according the driving situation. They can feel the powerful acceleration and instant torque delivery of the EV powertrain as they press the throttle pedal and use the paddle shifts in a manner similar to engine braking, through four levels of deceleration regeneration – all the while experiencing a natural on-road feel. The vehicle’s low centre of gravity supports excellent dynamic performance, thanks to both the motor and battery being located beneath the vehicle body, and optimum front/rear weight distribution. The high performance of the GA-C platform is enhanced with additional bracing and optimisation of shock absorber damping force to the match the dynamic changes that come with electrification. While EVs are naturally quiet, the UX 300e goes further by adding insulation beyond just that for the battery, suppressing external noises such as wind or gravel that would otherwise be noticeable in the absence of an engine and transmission. This focus on sound management creates a comfortable and tranquil cabin environment. Lexus reliability and hybrid heritage In developing the UX 300e, Lexus made use of the knowledge it has gained in developing its industry-leading hybrid systems, applying the same level of quality and ease of operation it has achieved with all its vehicles in the past. The engineering team has delivered outstanding battery reliability and adopted the latest connectivity technology to maximise the car’s everyday usability and smartphone-based functionality. The efficiency of the motor, inverter, gears and high-capacity battery was maximised, again with the benefit of the experience Lexus gained in developing hybrid vehicles. The batteries are equipped with a temperature management system that operates at low and high ambient temperatures. Reliability is further increased through the use of multiple monitoring systems to regulate charging and prevent issues such as overcharging. The UX 300e offers the latest in connected car technology. By linking to a smartphone using the LexusLink app, drivers can check battery charge and driving range. Charging controls are included, such as a timer which indicates when a full charge will be reached, and a charging schedule according to when the vehicle is next expected to be driven or when energy prices are low. The app also allows the owner to remotely control the climate of the car. Motor specifications Location Front Model 4KM Max. output (kW) 150 Max. torque (Nm) 300 Battery specifications Type Lithium-ion Capacity (kWh) 54.3 Driving range (miles/km) Correlated NEDC cycle: 249/400 WLTP cycle: ˃186/300 (target) Standard (AC) charge (KW) Max. 6.6 Quick (DC) charge* (kW) Max. 50 Distinctive design and high functionality Lexus carried over the distinctive styling and high functionality of the UX compact SUV to the new UX 300e, developing new aerodynamic wheel designs and an underbody cover. Locating the shift-by-wire system on the centre console contributes to the simplicity and functionality of the interior. True to Lexus’s prioritisation of new, advanced safety technologies and quickly making them available to customers, the UX 300e is equipped with Lexus Safety System+, helping in the prevention of accidents, injuries and fatalities. At the same time, the development of driver assistance systems helps reduce driver stress and promote a more natural and safe driving experience. UX 300e key technical specifications DIMENSIONS & WEIGHT Overall length (mm) 4,495 Overall width (mm) 1,840 Overall height (mm) 1,545 Wheelbase (mm) 2,640 Loadspace volume (rear seats upright, to luggage cover, l) 367 Loadspace volume (rear seats upright, to roof, l) 486 PERFORMANCE Battery capacity (kWh) 54.3 Cruising range – NEDC correlated (miles/km) 249/400 Cruising range – WLTP (miles/km – target) 186/300 System output (kW) 150 System torque (Nm) 300 0-62mph acceleration (sec) 7.5 Max. speed (mph) 99.5 CHARGING Charging speed – AC (kW) 6.6 Charging speed – DC (kW) 50 Charging time – AC (hours) 7* (200V/30A, estimated value) Charging time – DC (0-80%, minutes) 50* (max. 125A, estimated value) * Dependent on battery temperature, usage history, charging stand (charger) and operating voltage.
  2. If you take it to a locksmith they should be able to replicate the key and give you the code as well
  3. Hi Jonathan....welcome to the Club What information are you after? Good to have you onboard
  4. Hi Mike....welcome to the Forum If you go to a Lexus Dealership they should be able to give you a print out of any service records that the car has had within the Dealership network.
  5. Sister brands Toyota and Lexus received a record-breaking number of awards in 2019. The bumper honours haul reflects the quality of their model ranges – both new and established – the service provided to customers and the talents of the people working throughout the business, from their workshops and showrooms across the country to their national headquarters The independent approval given to the quality of the products and services provided to customers and to Toyota’s wider commitment to safeguarding the environment adds weight to the company’s global focus on building ever-better cars and working to provide everyone with the freedom of mobility. Its transition from traditional vehicle manufacturer to a mobility provider and enabler will be in sharp focus next year, as new projects and technologies are revealed and Toyota continues to fulfil its role as the official mobility partner to Olympic and Paralympic Games at Tokyo 2020. More than 20 awards added to Lexus’s unprecedented success in 2019, the 30th anniversary of the founding of the brand. Annual UK sales reached a record high of more than 15,000 units, several weeks before the end of the year, and a series of new models reached showrooms, including the new UX compact SUV, ES saloon and revised RX and RX L luxury SUVs. As in previous years, Lexus’s customer service has been rated the best in the automotive industry, while the reliability of its products has also been to the fore. Notably, the CT luxury hatchback posted a perfect 100 per cent score in the What Car? reliability survey, helping Lexus claim the title of most reliable manufacturer. Which? added its approval, rating Lexus as the most reliable, most trusted and best car brand in the country, while in the Driver Power survey Lexus topped the best dealership rankings for a third successive year, while its models collected seven individual awards. In 2020, Lexus will consolidate its luxury market-leading range of self-charging hybrid models and also launch a convertible version of its LC 500 flagship coupe. Its first battery-electric vehicle will also be introduced, the UX 300e. More information about Lexus’s awards success in 2019 is available here. Article actions Edit Revisions
  6. Hi John Sorry you didn't get any replies to your original post but thank you for posting up the fix, as you say it will certainly help others in the future with the same problem. Much appreciated and glad it has resolved the issue you had 🙂
  7. Hi Bernadette...welcome to the Forum Usually if the tread is wearing on the inside edge then it is down to the steering geometry being incorrectly set. Wear on the inside edge of the tread suggests that the steering is set to an excessive 'toe-out' angle (wheels pointing out as it drives forward up the road and scrubbing the inside edge). The alignment needs to be altered slightly towards a 'toe-in' setting to compensate for this.
  8. Hi Stacey....welcome to the Forum That sounds quite disturbing and I think I would seek a diagnosis from a reputable garage to track down the cause of the burning smell. It may be some debris on the exhaust or similar or something more sinister. Let us know what you find
  9. Lexus has surpassed its all-time UK sales record, with 15,126 new cars leaving showrooms so far this year. Set to close out 2019 with a forecast of 15,700 customer deliveries at year-end, Lexus dealers are already beating the previous record year for the brand in Britain, which was 2007, before the global financial crash Driving the significant uplift – a 25% increase in total over 2018 – is exceptional demand from luxury car buyers for the Lexus hybrid SUV range; bolstered this year with the introduction of the UX compact SUV. The arrival of the UX earlier in the year gave Lexus customers a comprehensive choice of full, mid-size and compact lifestyle vehicles all powered by its efficient self-charging hybrid drivetrain. Sales of Lexus hybrid SUVs – UX, NX, RX and RX-L – make up 70% of the brand’s total sales figure for 2019 and have risen 58% in the past year. The mid-size NX tracked 2018 performance, with more than 4,600 sold. The luxuriously equipped RX and RX-L – widely regarded as the originator of the luxury crossover market – experienced double-digit growth in demand, with a 19% rise year-on-year. Underpinning the performance of both, UX hit the ground running in its inaugural sales year with approximately 3,500 customers – many new to the Lexus brand – choosing the new compact SUV. With much of the UK’s car market experiencing something of a slowdown in 2019, Lexus Director Ewan Shepherd was all the more delighted with the record result: “2019 has been a tough market for many manufacturers but the Lexus proposition of self-charging petrol-electric hybrid, outstanding quality, service and the bold design of our vehicles, has helped us buck the trend to deliver a record year. “The biggest thanks go to our customers – those who love the brand and the ever-increasing numbers of those who have discovered it this year.” Alongside its hybrid SUV range, Lexus also launched the ES luxury hybrid saloon to market in 2019 and, such has its reception been, buyers are currently experiencing a three month lead time on orders. Shepherd added; “It is really pleasing that this achievement is built on the high quality retail sales delivered by our network and the growing appeal of our vehicles in the fleet market. 2019 has been a great year for Lexus and we go into 2020 with real momentum and with our best ever range of self-charging hybrid cars and SUVs.” The record sales performance at Lexus coincides with a year that has seen the brand awarded the most industry, quality and customer service accolades in its history. Amongst other awards, earlier this year, Which? named Lexus both Best Car Brand and its Most Trusted Brand. Lexus owners, through the Auto Express Driver Power survey, voted the brand Britain’s best car manufacturer and have praised its dealer network, voting Lexus as number one retailer for the third year running.
  10. My first thoughts were of vacuum leaks so if you are hearing air hissing in the engine bay then I would address that first and see what codes come up after clearing the memory
  11. Celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, Lexus is one of the world’s younger car makers, but in spite of our relative youth, we have a proud history of achievements that have established our reputation and made an impact on the wider automotive industry From meeting the challenge of building a market-leading limousine from scratch, to creating the crucial luxury crossover market and being a pioneer of self-charging hybrid power, Lexus has proved its commitment to innovation and excellence. In a series of features we look back at milestones in our history and our development as an international luxury brand that extends beyond the automotive world to deliver amazing experiences and inspire others. The technology revolution Ever since its daring, disruptive entry into the luxury car market in 1989, Lexus has repeatedly broken with convention by pioneering new ideas. Principal among these is its long-established leadership in the development of self-charging hybrid electric powertrains – a technology that has changed the motoring landscape for good. Thirty years ago, powerful, heavy and fuel-thirsty engines were the unchallenged norm for upmarket automobiles. But as the millennium turned, the world was waking up to the immediate challenge of global warming and the need to conserve natural resources. A new solution was needed: step forward Lexus. Click here for the full story. The engineering revolution In 1983, Toyota president Eiji Toyoda challenged his company to build “a car that is better than the best in the world.” It was a remarkable ambition, and there were many in the automotive world ready to dismiss the idea as fantasy. How could a business with no experience of the international luxury car market have any hope of matching, let alone exceeding the achievements of the industry’s established leaders? The doubters were all proved wrong. Thanks to the inspiration and utter dedication of the people behind the “Circle F” project – that’s F for Flagship – the Lexus LS 400 was born. It’s a car that history now recognises as a landmark model, a revolutionary disruptor that redefined what luxury motoring was all about. Click here for the full story. The safety revolution In the past 20 years, Lexus has been at the forefront of technical advances that have transformed safety. Today, our cars are able to recognise the risk of an accident, alert the driver to the hazard and, if necessary, intervene automatically to prevent a collision, or reduce the consequences if there is an impact. For Lexus, safety is paramount, and our investment in the research, development and deployment of sophisticated new technologies is central to our goal of securing a future where there are no road accidents. Click here for the full story. The craftsmanship revolution Lexus uses the latest technology to design and build its cars, but people remain at the heart of everything it does. True to its proud status as a human-focused company, Lexus relies on the skills of its takumi craftspeople to achieve the finest quality and luxury standards. These dedicated artisans have talents beyond compare, and they lead and train the men and women who bring a very special quality to every Lexus that’s built. Click here for the full story. The market revolution Popular tastes ebb and flow in all things. For everything from music and fashions to food and holiday destinations, interest and desirability will wane over time as people seek new ideas and experiences. Just the same trends affect the motor industry, and in the early 1990s the love affair between motorists and large-scale SUVs was showing signs of coming to an end. Lexus had already made its mark as a disruptor in the auto business when it arrived on the scene in 1989. Now it saw another opportunity to challenge the status quo and bring something completely new to the market. The foundations were laid for the RX, a Lexus model that has consistently delivered success and innovation. Not only did the RX create a new market segment, it also went on to become the first luxury market vehicle to feature a self-charging hybrid electric powertrain. Click here for the full story. The brand revolution Lexus is about luxury and amazing experiences, well beyond the world of cars.With a sense of adventure, it has applied the skills of its engineers, designers and craftspeople to a wide spectrum of challenges. Some have obvious real life application, others display vivid imagination or are just made for fun. Here are some examples of how Lexus has taken its creativity, innovation and brand values into new territories, from science fact to science fiction, from the ocean wave to the movie screen. Click here for the full story. Three decades of world firsts Lexus is constantly pursuing improvement – of our business, our processes and our products. In our commitment to always finding ways of improving what we do, we have become architects of innovation, constantly exploring new ideas and opportunities. Our quest for improvement has delivered many world-first technologies. Here are 30 innovations we have brought to the global auto industry. The Lexus timeline Key moments from Lexus’s first 30 years are captured in this timeline, charting the development of the brand, its products and its technical achievements.
  12. VVT Sensor Range/Performance Problem (Bank 1) This code may not come back if cleared as it is more than likely a result of the fault itself. I would first look at the engine oil quality/quantity and rectify as necessary. After that, it would be worth checking the connections to the sensor for security and corrosion
  13. It sounds as though it is the idle speed control valve that needs cleaning due to carbon build up. Should be an easy enough job to remove, clean and refit. Bit of a harsh statement! The forum is not as populated as used to be but there are still plenty of members on here that are willing to help fellow members with their problems. As for older vehicles....I am a massive fan of older cars and run quite a few cars over 15 years old with no issues and very little cost. However, not a fan of current (post 2015 vehicles) models that have much higher levels of technology and even more expensive replacement parts.....nice to drive but wouldn't want (or afford) to own one 😞
  14. Hi Binks.....welcome to the Club I think I would be tempted to glue it stop it spreading further along once the water gets up into it. If you use some SuperGlue or similar and maybe use the end of a thin knife to introduce it under the trim so as not to get it everywhere, I reckon that should sort it
  15. Hi You should be able to find a Locksmith who can replicate and programme a new key for your car. It helps if you have the original one to clone or otherwise the original Key Code written down somewhere
  16. Not sure where the relay is located but here's a link with some useful information relating to the system https://www.troublecodes.net/pcodes/p0418/
  17. Hi Keith Maybe you could get someone to climb into the rear once the seats are folded and remove the trim panel on the tailgate to access the lock mechanism from inside the vehicle.
  18. Thanks for the updates. I do wonder if there are any fault codes in the Body control system....maybe worth seeing if you can scan further and see if this produces any results.
  19. 🙂 The cheek of some people.....nice to know you have a sought after car though
  20. Lexus today hosted the world premiere of its first ocean-going yacht, the LY 650, adding another dimension to its development as global luxury lifestyle brand and demonstrating its commitment to deliver innovative and amazing experiences Presented in Boca Raton, Florida, the LY 650 bears all the hallmark qualities of design, craftsmanship, advanced technology and performance that distinguish Lexus road vehicles, interpreted in the context of an exclusive and highly luxurious vessel. The LY 650 is a 65ft (19.94m) flybridge cruiser – a boat design that locates cabins below the main deck. It has been two-and-a-half years in development and is being built in collaboration with specialist boat builder Marquis Yachts, which manufactures the craft at its workshops in Pulaski, Wisconsin. The leading nautical design house Nuvolari Lenard also worked with Lexus on the design programme. Marquis Yachts has applied elements of the Toyota Production System to its boat-building processes to achieve high quality and efficient productivity, together with skilled craftsmanship that ensures authentic luxury in every detail. The LY 650 cuts a striking, coupe-like figure on the water, with a design that is very faithful to the Lexus Sport Yacht Concept that was unveiled in 2017. Its sporty and elegant lines are influenced by the same L-finesse design principles Lexus applies to its road cars; styling details echo those found on the LS and LC Lexus flagship saloon and coupe. With a high-volume aft section, the LY 650 has one of the widest beams in its class at 5.76m. For its premiere, the yacht was presented in an optional two-tone finish that amplifies its styling, contrasting with bright stainless steel details including a chafing plate on the bow, window frames and air inlets shaped in the famous Lexus “L” motif. Lexus Chief Branding Officer and President of Toyota Motor Corporation Akio Toyoda said: “The LY 650 symbolises the challenge Lexus has taken up in its aspiration to become a true luxury lifestyle brand, venturing beyond the automobile. “A collaborative team between Toyota and Marquis Yachts introduced the Toyota Production System to the boat manufacturing facility to improve productivity and quality. This allowed Lexus’s ‘Crafted’ philosophy of hospitality that anticipates a person’s wishes and meticulous attention to detail be realised in the form of a luxury yacht. I am truly looking forward to seeing the LY 650 display its beauty on oceans around the globe. As a mobility company, we are pursuing new possibilities for movement, even on the sea.” Accommodation In addition to a large and well-appointed upper salon with captain’s chairs and integrated sofas, the LY 650 has three berths, each with more than two metres of headroom and en suite facilities. It can sleep six and accommodate up to 15 people, according to local/maritime regulations. Luxury appointments include optional Mark Levinson Surround Sound audio systems, air conditioning, bespoke furnishings, real wood trim and a fully equipped aft galley. The interior design eschews sharp angles in favour of curved, flowing lines. These combine with a white colour theme to increase the sense of space and openness. Performance The LY 650 is powered by twin Volvo Penta IPSTM engines, available in a choice of three outputs: 1,050, 1,200 or 1,350hp for each unit. This powertrain can propel the 40-tonne yacht at speeds up to 31.4 knots. Computational fluid dynamics were applied to optimise the unique shape of the underwater hull, obtaining stability and manoeuvrability with high power output, yet low fuel consumption. Piloting support systems include joystick control, auto-flap trim tabs to help maintain position and a fixed point position-holding function at sea. Advanced materials Lexus has proven experience of working with advanced composite materials in road-going vehicles, such as the hand-crafted LFA supercar. Likewise, the construction of the LY 650 makes excellent use of carbon fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP) to save weight while gaining impressive strength and rigidity. The yacht rides on a light and highly rigid hull that combines CFRP with glass fibre-reinforced plastic (GFRP), jointly developed with Marquis Yachts. CFRP is used for around 85 per cent of the underwater hull and for parts of the upper hull, including the bridge, helm console and flybridge hard-top. LY-Link LY-Link is an advanced connectivity technology that gives yacht-owners real-time sight of values such as voltage and fuel and water levels. It can also inform users of any abnormalities, as well as maintenance schedules and recommended actions. The app can also be used to control various on-board systems such as lighting, audio and climate control. Public sales The LY 650 will go on public sale in the USA on 30 October, coinciding with its first public appearance at the 2019 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (30 October to 3 November). Sales will be handled by Marquis Yachts and its franchised dealers, with prices in the region of $3.7 million (£3 million), according to customer specification.
  21. Hi Nick....welcome to the Forums It sounds reasonable money for an F Sport, however as you state the mileage is rather high which shouldn't be an issue if you don't want to resell it on too soon. Also, as long as the maintenance has been carried out correctly and when it should have been done then otherwise you could knock them down on price for that. Sometimes, I think its not so much a case of knocking them down on price, rather trying to get more included in the deal for the same price, for example: a set of mats, extended warranty period, full tank of fuel, breakdown cover....etc. All of which most dealers are happy to do as it doesn't come off the sticker price. Let us know how you get on with it
  22. Hi Andrew....welcome to the Forums Sounds like it could be the heater fan speed resistor pack failing. Should be easy enough to locate it near the heater unit and see if the insulation is breaking up on the resistors in the pack> Replacement should resolve the issue
  23. Sounds like a good result Paul. I take it that replacing the alternator resolved the noise? as well as the charging issue which goes without saying
  24. Not sure that the sensors necessarily are coded individually to the car, more so to the TPMS control unit which should be quite standard There are a selection of TMPS sensor reset tools on eBay which may provide an alternative route forward https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=m570.l1313&_nkw=lexus+tpms+sensor+reset+tool&_sacat=0
  25. 14 years! you did incredibly well on those pads! Not sure about the Hybrid fault, as you say it could be a false positive code which may or may not return and as which I wouldn't worry about it until it does. Sometimes I used to inform my customers that it would have to break before I could fix it as you would have no idea of where to start otherwise. Keep us informed on how it all pans out