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Lexus IS Owner Blog: I Hate Winter

Lexus IS Blog Snow

Earlier this month, my family had a fun night planned — my daughter was scheduled to dance at a dinner celebrating the birthday of Scottish poet Robbie Burns, and all week we looked forward to the event. Just hours before, a cold system swooped in and dumped a blanket of snow over the region. We couldn’t go.

Shortly after, while I was out on an errand run, some bro in a Ford F150 abandoned all sense, gunning around the corner of an intersection where I sat waiting at a red light. His tires lost traction, his truck pirouetted in slow motion, and the bed of his truck came inches away from my driver door. He jumped the curb, drove over the sidewalk and sped away.

Lexus IS Snow Wheel

Then it was more snow, and more snow. Walking to the car in a mall parking lot, I couldn’t find my gloves in any of the fifteen pockets of my parka. Fumbling, I slid on a patch of ice, my feet bobsledded under the car and I almost smashed my face into the side mirror.

Bad luck abounds, it comes in bunches. By pure accident, I was caught driving in a whiteout, the snow whipping across the car so badly I could feel the wind’s desire to push us into a ditch. I pulled over until the worst of the weather subsided, and I white-knuckled it home, never breaking 30 miles an hour.

Winter is here, and it sucks. No matter the vehicle, no matter the tire, no matter the tech, the dangers are real and ever-present. Stay safe out there, my friends.

Lexus IS Snow Blog

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Car play will be on the 19 ES, UX, RC, NX, LS and LC. We will start seeing them in September or October
Great! Any idea if it'll be available as a firmware update for the 2018 LS?
It won't be. The Apple Car play and Alexa will start being available on the 19s but it won't be something you can add on to the older models.
Eddie Clark
I really love Lexus but I won't buy another one until they update the infotainment system... It's really inconvenient and more of a distraction than it's worth. I keep an Android tablet in my IS for that reason.
Good point... Just purchased IS350 FSport3 and I'm still getting used to the infotainment system. Navigating it seems too complicated. The mouse is a pain to use!
The mouse was a pain, the touchpad they replaced it with is a definite improvement.
After reading the above, I can't help but gloat and feel relief that I'm in Miami and don't have to put up with that stuff! :grinning:

I'm relieved to hear that those incidents didn't turn out far worse for you or your Lexus.
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  • January 29, 2019
Ah yes winter ... I've cancelled several outings in order to keep the new ES in the garage ... out of the crap! I feel for all of you who don't have a choice but to go out anyway. This polar vortex swooping up and down is vexing! Stay safe everyone!

@Joaquin Ruhi, I grew up in Miami. Just rotations of Spring and Summer for the most part, you fortunate man! I noticed it was 70 degrees (F) in Key West at 10 PM the other night.

Our Danish son, looking at his phone?!?, on St. Pete's Beach, Florida ... Sorry, long way from IS owners blog ... except that on snowy/icy winter days, I wish I had my IS 300 AWD back!
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Do you use dedicated winter tires in USA?
That is one of the reasons I left New Jersey for Georgia over 11 years ago. I cannot stand snow. Glad you made it home safely.
The craziest part is that here in Toronto we barely had any snow until last week :sob::sob::sob:
I hate the cold. Its cool for a week tops. Unfortunately I was asked to move from Miami back to Atlanta and I'm freezing now (high 20s, low 30s today)...

Next lifetime I guess...
Yes but it will be in the high 60's next week here in Gwinnett County.