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Lexus RX 330

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  • sgf4sgf4 Posts: 16
    Not sure if this is the proper place to post this request but can anyone tell me the best place to purchase an extended warranty for my Lexus? Are there other places to purchase a warranty other than the dealers?
  • johngreisjohngreis Posts: 69
    My experience with HID's is this:

    When on a highway (unlit) going above 50 MPH with oncoming cars and no cars in front of me, (going in my direction), you have to use your low beams. This scares the hell out of me because you outrun your lights. If something jumped up in front of you and your doing 35mph or more, because of the sharp cut off of the HID's, you could not stop in time because you would not see the object in time to stop.

    Other than that, I think they are great. But, because of the above, I would not get them if I had a choice.

    My own opinion of course.
  • mfullmermfullmer Posts: 819
    How on earth could you "outrun your headlights"? The headlights are attached to the car so, regardless of the short distance, it is static while the car is moving forward and always that distance.

    I've heard a lot about this but I've never experienced a time when I felt the headlights were dangerous.
  • stevesteinstevestein Posts: 261
    using the fog lamps as well to add some light? I don't believe they are HID. Curious to see what you think. I've never noticed the effect, but can believe it would make one nervous.
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,110
    You might be interested in this discussion: Extended Warranties

    tidester, host
  • johngreisjohngreis Posts: 69
    How do you outrun your headlights?? Very simple.

    If you are driving at say 50mph and you do not see something until it is 100 feet in front of you, your chance of hitting the brakes and stopping in that short of a distance are nil. You just outran your headlights.

    HIS's have such a sharp defined cutoff that you can't see anything past the cutoff. No light bleeds beyond that cutoff.

    When you are on a dark road with cars coming at you and you have your low beams on, you will out run your lights. This is hard to believe until you have experienced the HID cutoff.
  • johngreisjohngreis Posts: 69
    I leave my fog lights on all the time. They don't seem to have any effect straight ahead but they do light up the area close in and to the side - which I like.
  • sgf4sgf4 Posts: 16
    Thanks I'll check out the thread. Basically, I was wondering if you can buy the Lexus coverage at any dealer or state like you can the Hondacare and have it be valid throughout U.S. The prices they are asking in our area are really high.
  • finch3finch3 Posts: 113
    I don't drive much at night, but the HID lights seem a dumb idea. While following a car in a hilly region, you're either blinding them in their rear view mirror or missing them completely. I don't care for them at all.

    But how about them headlight washers!
  • Outrunning your headlights??? You're kidding, right? How can a car traveling at 50mph outrun its light projected onto the road when the speed of light travels at 299,792,458 m/s?

    The intensity of the light from the headlight is constant...traveling at a constant speed (299,792,458 m/s) in front of the car with a define cutoff at...let's say 100 feet. Regardless of how fast or slow you drive, the cutoff distance from your car will still be the same. When you're driving fast at night, your eye is playing tricks on you...tunnel vision...and having a sharp cutoff makes it worst because you cannot see anything beyond that cutoff line. Thus, people mistaken this for outrunning your headlights. This is one of the downfall of HIDs. But you can remedy this by aiming it a bit higher. I love my HIDs...brighter, whiter, wider...and way better than halogen.
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,110
    How can a car traveling at 50mph outrun its light projected onto the road when the speed of light travels at 299,792,458 m/s?

    It's the Doppler shift that does you in - makes the light invisible! ;-)

    tidester, host
  • bentwrenchbentwrench Posts: 27
    Also remember that according to Maxwell's equations and Einstein's Theory of Relativity, even if you are driving 299,792,457 meters/second, the beam of light leaving your HID headlight is still traveling away from your vehicle, as observed by you and relative to your vehicle, at 299,792,458 m/s. You can never catch it much less outrun it. Also, the Doppler shift can be seen by an ouside observer, but not by the one traveling in the vehicle emitting the light.
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,110
    even if you are driving 299,792,457 meters/second, the beam of light leaving your HID headlight is still traveling away from your vehicle, as observed by you and relative to your vehicle, at 299,792,458 m/s.

    Obviously, but everything in front of you is SO much closer - thanks to the Lorentz contraction - that you override your reaction time. But you knew that! :-)

    Also, the Doppler shift can be seen by an ouside observer, but not by the one traveling in the vehicle emitting the light.

    In order to see with the headlights the light must reflect off of something and will therefore be subject to extreme Doppler shifting - and you knew that too!

    It must be a slow day when the host is so easily led off topic! ;-)

    tidester, host
  • stevesteinstevestein Posts: 261
    If you can restate your point in terms of string theory I'll really be impressed! :)
  • bentwrenchbentwrench Posts: 27
    String theory? When I was in auto class they were just teaching carburated engines and distributors with points and vacuum advance.
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,110
    If you can restate your point in terms of string theory I'll really be impressed! :)

    Er ... yeah ... if your air filter is stringy you won't even get close to light speed! ;-)

    tidester, host
  • bennbbennb Posts: 143
    Not usually a fan of too much chrome, but saw a black RX330 with chromed stock 18s and it looked REAL sharp!

    Anyone know if the dealer can hook this up or is it just something you do aftermarket and whatnot? What does chroming really entail? Sorry for my ignorance ...
  • indiana97indiana97 Posts: 58
    Look on Ebay under "Lexus RX330 Chrome wheels. There are some good prices. Make sure you look for seller that has OEM Chromed wheels not aftermarket wheels that have been chromed. You can also do a wheel exchange. Getting OEM wheels that are chromed and trading in your OEM wheels (non Chromed). This may be a better way to go unless you can make a deal by getting Chrome 18" when you get your RX330 new from the dealer with a credit for your stock 18" wheels.
  • bennbbennb Posts: 143
    Is OEM just the company that makes the rims? So they're the exact same rims put on the RX330 in the factory ... just chromed at the company that is selling them instead?

    Do some Lexus dealers just do the chroming on their own ... or will they take them out and have them chromed and then put on?

    I also noticed that it said that the chrome wouldn't hold up to snowy conditions due to salt.

    QUOTE from FAQ:

    4. Since my wheels are triple chrome plated, can I drive on my wheels in the snow?

    The snow and salted roads will destroy the chrome finish causing pitting in the slots. This is not covered by the on year warranty.

    END QUOTE.

    Thanks again!
  • mfullmermfullmer Posts: 819
    OEM means - Original Equipment Manufacturer meaning that they are Lexus wheels.
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