I live under the same heat as you do, and I have never seen anything like that in any of my cars before. God knows I keep some thing in the cup holders or plastic pocket bins that are metal and can and do get very hot where you cant touch, but it has never melted much less scared the plastic. Hawaii doesn't get that hot unlike the heat waves in the mainland so this is very strange. I don't have an GS though so this is just my experience on my other cars and other Lexus cars I've owned.
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Man that is nasty....I sure hope it didn't happen at your service....I'm definately keeping my gum in my middle console:-) Either way that shouldn't happen in a car of this caliber...or maybe you put down a hot pipe of something....seeing you are from Hawaii:-)....what's it called over there..."pokalolo"....just playing bro.
I came into my car, I was cleaning my cup holder and the bottem is MELTED! All I keep there is GUM and drinks. The melted plastic is the same dent as if I staked the gum box. What kind of cheap plasic is Lexus using? I can't believe its gotten THAT hot in the car. Heck, I would figure other things to melt first. To top it off, the gum box looks ok. No plastic smell from it either.
I'm guessing that the plastic used for the bottom of the cup holder is polypropylene which is used quite extensively in the automobile industry. Given that, the melting point of polypropylene is between 156F to 176F depending on compound type. I doubt that the temperature of the gum wrapper could ever get that high unless it was on fire.
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Dude, I live it Vegas, freakin 115+ degrees in summer and nothing ever melted in my car except ice cream and my girlfriend . Take the console out and look for somthing underneath it. It could be a short in the wires but something should'v went wrong.
Hmm I guess I can have Lexus look at it next time I go in. its too flat and long to be from the lighter. and theres two of those marks. only i and my wife drive the car and neither of us smoke. Nore do we drink hot liquids in the car. I drink soda at most.