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Old 09-28-10, 11:37 AM   #31
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You guys with melting dashes, do you park your car outside? Do you use your sunshade?
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Old 09-28-10, 11:41 AM   #32
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You guys with melting dashes, do you park your car outside? Do you use your sunshade?
I park my car outside and yes, I use a Heatshield, but I've only owned this car since March. It was originally owned in Miami and I doubt the person that leased it used one.
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Old 09-28-10, 11:56 AM   #33
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You guys with melting dashes, do you park your car outside? Do you use your sunshade?
FYI using a metallic sunshade screws up the compass in the mirror and won't reset no matter what you do.

I wish I can find a non metallic one.
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Old 09-28-10, 12:05 PM   #34
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My 02 IS300 dash had a nuclear meltdown.
Had the same problem with my 05' IS300. The dealer insisted that I sprayed something toxic on the dash which was untrue, ofcourse. Luckily I don't have the problem on my 08 IS250. Like some of the others have mentioned there was a "known issue" with the area around the passenger airbag on the IS300. I wonder if anyone else has experienced this on the 250.

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Old 09-28-10, 01:14 PM   #35
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I don't think there's say a "problem" with the dash, I think it's all user error. See my car has never seen a garage or much shade besides night time and my dash is fine after 3 years. What I do notice is that a lot of people have some sort of OCD with shiny dashes and they drown the entire dash in all sorts of "shiny" chemicals that I'm sure those oils or synthetics don't take too well to extreme heat right in front of the windshield.
No. There is a problem with the dash otherwise I would not have had a free one installed in my car, free of charge.

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Definitely some kind of OEM defect. And as chrisyano said he had his dash replaced under warranty. Lexus wouldn't replace if it was user damaged.
Yes. I was worried that they would tell me that I damaged it. I don't even remember if I wiped it down more than once since I bought the car in 07.

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Also, cleaners aside, is there not something that can be put on it for UV protection that would help?
Best thing for dash protection is the ceramic UV clear film for your windshield. Not cheap, but it cuts down on the heat in the car on a hot day by a fair bit. Just FYI, I only believe this problem is related to UV damage.

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You guys with melting dashes, do you park your car outside? Do you use your sunshade?
My guess is a combination of sunlight/UV/humidity. If this is going to become a widespread issue, though, then perhaps those factors only accelerate the break down.

And yes, I park outside quite a bit in Hawaii.

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FYI using a metallic sunshade screws up the compass in the mirror and won't reset no matter what you do.

I wish I can find a non metallic one.
Do the Ceramic tint on the windshield. Trust me on this. So much better than playing with that sunshade every time you park your car. Just get out and go.

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Had the same problem with my 05' IS300. The dealer insisted that I sprayed something toxic on the dash which was untrue, ofcourse. Luckily I don't have the problem on my 08 IS250. Like some of the others have mentioned there was a "known issue" with the area around the passenger airbag on the IS300. I wonder if anyone else has experienced this on the 250.
First thing my tech told me was that it was not common for the 2IS dash to melt, but it was common on the 1IS. They did not accuse me of misuse and they even worded their claim so as to give it the best chance of being accepted by Lexus.
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Well, I spoke with the service consultant who said that he wasn't familiar with this issue. He said that I could take it down there for diagnosis. He said generally there wouldn't be a charge for a diagnosis if they don't have to take anything apart. It takes me an hour to get to the dealer from where I live.

I'm thinking about calling some dealers in Florida and asking their service reps if they're familiar with the problem.
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Well, I spoke with the service consultant who said that he wasn't familiar with this issue. He said that I could take it down there for diagnosis. He said generally there wouldn't be a charge for a diagnosis if they don't have to take anything apart. It takes me an hour to get to the dealer from where I live.

I'm thinking about calling some dealers in Florida and asking their service reps if they're familiar with the problem.
Jm Lexus is a good place to start. I have already talked with them about it.
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I park my car outside and yes, I use a Heatshield, but I've only owned this car since March. It was originally owned in Miami and I doubt the person that leased it used one.
In Florida, everyone has a garage!
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Yeah, but what about places of employment? Home I'm not really worried about, because after I get home from work, there's only, at most, a few hours of indirect sunlight left anyways. But during the day when I'm at work, it just sits in the middle of the asphalt, baking in the sun all day.
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Yeah, but what about places of employment? Home I'm not really worried about, because after I get home from work, there's only, at most, a few hours of indirect sunlight left anyways. But during the day when I'm at work, it just sits in the middle of the asphalt, baking in the sun all day.
Get your dash replaced if you can by Lexus and then ceramic tint the windshield. Done deal.
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Get your dash replaced if you can by Lexus and then ceramic tint the windshield. Done deal.
Just checked out ceramic tint. Looks cool. If I can get a dealer in or around Nashville to replace the dash at a reasonable price, I'll definitely look in to getting the ceramic tint. Thanks for the tip!
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Old 09-28-10, 07:18 PM   #43
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how do i get rid of scratches like these
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Get your dash replaced if you can by Lexus and then ceramic tint the windshield. Done deal.
I think since my car is new I will roll the dice for the first 3-4 years. Anything that can block UV rays on the windshield could also lessen the effectiveness of my radar detector. Then if mine melts, I might re-think it.

Currently the Huper Optik film around the rest of the windows keeps it pretty cool, although depending on how I part, the dash could get it worse through the non-tinted windshield.
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Just checked out ceramic tint. Looks cool. If I can get a dealer in or around Nashville to replace the dash at a reasonable price, I'll definitely look in to getting the ceramic tint. Thanks for the tip!
You're welcome. It's definitely worth it just for the heat blocking alone.

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how do i get rid of scratches like these
I don't think you can if they look like that. Damage is done by then.
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I think since my car is new I will roll the dice for the first 3-4 years. Anything that can block UV rays on the windshield could also lessen the effectiveness of my radar detector. Then if mine melts, I might re-think it.

Currently the Huper Optik film around the rest of the windows keeps it pretty cool, although depending on how I part, the dash could get it worse through the non-tinted windshield.
I have a feeling that my car was worst-case in terms of heat, UV, and possibly humidity. I doubt it will be as bad as the first generation. But the film is nice for a lot of reasons and I didn't notice anything until this year (2007).
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