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  1. Agreed - and while Tasweb has linked to the ACCC, I believe that it may have been a Choice (consumer) investigation that lead to this being uncovered -> https://www.choice.com.au/transport/cars/general/articles/takata-airbags-what-you-need-to-know-in-australia-230717#like for like You are more than welcome to call Lexus yourself and ask to validate the above: 1800 023 009, and option 3 (if you live in Victoria, like me), but there are absolutely loads of press about this. Lexus themselves apologised to me (after following up 5 times) for taking so long with a response, and explained that they had been overwhelmed by the number of enquiries following the death of a man in Sydney whose car (a Honda) was subject to the recall but the fellow had ignored the notice. And not to put too finer point on it, rather than just do a simple Google query (takes a fraction of a second) and check for yourself, you've dismissed it out of hand. Ignorance in these matters can be life threatening as the fellow with the Honda has regrettably proven to be the case.
  2. Hi All, I have a set of the original Lexus Low Dusting Brake Pads for sale - price $250 + delivery. I'm selling my IS250, and I bought three sets of these (two for the front, one for the back) a few years ago. The car now has the low dusting pads front & back ... but they are also long wearing so I've never used the second front set :) Shoot me an IM if you'd like them. Pickup is welcome (I'm located in Melbourne)! Cheers, David
  3. FS: 2008 Sports Luxury

    Hi Folks, Its been a great run, and we've loved the car, but after 9 years of totally reliable driving its time to sell. Happy to chat on price, but the car is in absolutely outstanding condition with some great mods. Lots of details in the ad on Carsales, so shoot me an IM here (or via Carsales) and we'll see what we can work out. Currently offered with a few bonus items, but I've got them up here for sale as well ... so get in touch quickly if you're keen on buying! Cheers, David
  4. Hi All, With all of the news floating around with the Takata Airbag fatality, I have followed up Lexus in relation to the replacement program for Takata Airbags in our cars. My airbag was replaced in May as part of the Australian recall, but the advice seems to be that many of the replacement airbags are also faulty, The advice that Lexus provided me was: The primary risk to the original faulty airbags was age - the older the airbag, the more likely the problem. They will continue their existing airbag replacement program as the priority Around 2019 they plan to implement a second recall program that aims to replace any Takata Airbag that was installed as part of the first (existing) replacement program. I would be contacted at the time of the second program should my May 2017 replacement have used a Takata Airbag. Please check for yourself if you are worried about your Airbag ... hope this helps! Cheers, David
  5. I think that the door open chime is the most pointless and annoying of any alarm ... most likely introduced for the US market where door chimes are (or used to be) almost ubiquitous. And as this has remained unanswered for so long, I'd say its near impossible to disable :(
  6. Hi Bazzle, I used "Burn" and ran it at 4x speed. I didn't make any other changes to the process (I just accepted whatever defaults it came up with). Cheers, David
  7. Thanks Bazzle, That's really helpful and somewhat surprisingly (being DVD-R) it works! So I'm up to at least v22 of the maps ... most appreciated! Cheers, David
  8. Hi Water, Yup, when my partner is in the car with me, we frequently operate Google/Apple maps from the iPhone. I'm with you on the below ... ... but, the navigation software is genuinely very good for communicating the navigation tasks ... for example, "Heading slightly left at the roundabout, take the second exit" is an instruction that I've not heard from either Apple or Google Maps. And there are a few of these examples I can think of ... not an imperative, but it does motivate me to try and keep the software current! Cheers, David
  9. Hi Atlantis Yes, all attempts until I saw the post suggesting DVD-R DL (which very nearly appeared to work) have been with a DVD+R DL (v 20 & v21 ... as well another unsuccessful roll of the dice this time around unfortunately. Cheers, David
  10. Hi All, I've previously had trouble getting any DVD after v19 to load in my 2008 SL (I've tried V20 & V21), but with the below informative post, I thought that I'd give v22 a shot. I should add, that I operate only Apple Mac computers at home and don't have access to a Windows machine. I therefore use "Burn" for writing DVD's ... Unfortunately I couldn't get it to work, despite going through Rural's excellent list. As this is the third time I've wasted a number of DVD's, I thought that I'd make it some comments on the below as while they appear to be informed, they not tested. Please bear in mind that my investigations are for a 2008SL, so newer models may be OK. DL (double layer) disks don't work: I could get the image to write onto a DL-R disk, and the car read the disk ... it told me what version it was! And while it showed the map location with the car on it, as soon as I tried to enter an address I got an error. I noticed that the region hadn't been set: I'm in Victoria, and I believe that the region on the image may have been set for NSW? ... anyway, despite pressing the "Change" button to set the region, I was unable to do so (tapping the "change" button got no reaction from the maps application)... probably that functionality is on the second layer of the disk...? DL+R disks fail outright: the car won't recognise them at all. This isn't an option with Burn - I've tried single layer DVD-R disks, and it spits them out before it even tries to start burning an image. Doesn't work - the unit doesn't recognise the image once it has been edited. I couldn't find how to do this in Burn (I suspect it doesn't offer this feature), so I can't comment as to whether this works for the 2008SL. I also tried going to the GPSPower website and looking for the smaller file, but I couldn't find it. I'll have a better search another day (I've got to go buy some more disks), but that'll probably be the last time I try it. I'll just have to live with the v19 files unless someone is able to advise what error I'm making...? Cheers, David
  11. Thanks PMD008 - I guess that is exactly the point I'm wanting to sign up for. My other car, a BMW, had been given very poor service by BMW Melbourne - the bottom of the car was covered in oil (from an oil change during a major service). It was so bad I thought that the engine was leaking oil ... all it was was totally c*ap job done by an apprentice that hadn't been properly supervised. I ended up taking it to SouthernBM and have been very well looked after ever since. I am looking for exactly the same organisation, but for my Lexus :) I'm not too worried about not servicing it with Lexus now (given the age of the car), but would prefer to have it done by someone who is recommended. Folks on this forum are enthusiasts and want to look after their cars ... and that's me too :) Hence the request for personal recommendations! Cheers
  12. Thanks Bazzle ... Have you (or anyone else) used these services...? I'd prefer somewhere that folks have used and are happy to recommend :)
  13. Hi Folks, I have a 2008 SL that I've owned since 2009 - its always had Lexus service, is low mileage and in great condition (its well looked after). Unfortunately, I've had a persistent issue with door locks failing and the Lexus service approach has been to change the locks (and charge me for it). I've now replaced all door locks in the car twice (I only got 2 "free" locks out of Lexus) ... so I am now thoroughly unimpressed with Lexus standing behind their product, and believe its time to look for a good third party service company. Does anyone have any recommendations for qualified/professional Lexus mechanics in Melbourne..? I'm in the east of Melbourne (near Doncaster Westfield if it helps), but happy to travel elsewhere if that's where good service is to be found. I've been through Lexus service in Brighton & Blackburn and both are not really looking after me. By way of example, my second car is a BMW which I take to SouthernBM (a very professionally run company that specialises in BMW's) ... so I'd like to do the same for the Lexus. Cheers!
  14. Thanks folks ... I'll pop a listing up on Whirlpool and see what recommendations folks there have for auto electricians. I'm annoyed at Lexus as they've completely disowned the problem, despite it being there during the warranty period: so much for paying for Lexus service :( Not at all pleased having paid for the privilege of having them ignore the issue. Not good enough for a premium brand ...
  15. Hi Folks, I find myself in familiar territory once again: the door locks on my IS250SL have once again decided to fail. And I say "locks" deliberately ... having only recently replaced the drivers door lock, the both locks on the passenger side have now started to fail. This tedious problem has now completed its second circuit of the car: the dock locks fail in sequence ... starting at the driver, rear driver, rear passenger and front passenger. I've posted previously about this problem and just put up with the fact that the car needs a new door lock once a year ... However, with three locks failing in a six month window, I'm convinced that this is not a problem with the locks, but rather with something in the electronics of the car. Does anyone on this forum have a recommendation for a solid/reliable auto electrician in Melbourne who would be able to look at this problem...? And although I've had the car regularly serviced by Lexus (and paid Lexus to fix the door locks previously), I find that they are unwilling to do anything more than change the lock (and charge me for it) ... despite the problem starting while the car was in warranty. Of course, other suggestions are welcome too :) Cheers! David