Wow, that must be a nice thing to have!
I had to have the dealer program the window thing, and I also had them turn off the reverse beeper. Well, not turn it completely off, since you can't do that, but I had them change the setting so that it only beeps once instead of continuously. That continuous beeping was really annoying! I mean, hybrid or not, why do I need my car to beep at me when it's in reverse? I think I'd know if it was in reverse, especially wtih the backup camera screen looking right at me. Anyway, that may be something you wish to turn off as well.
Yea I found out many years ago with owning (still do) that having a mercedes you need to be able to check things on it since everything is talking via can bus to multiple modules. IE: If a light comes on, why? Resetting it and hoping it doesn't come back isn't he answer and when the dealer is going to charge a minimum of $150 plus whatever it is to fix it, it's going to add up quick. That was also another thing I read that I was going to turn off is that beeping constantly. That seems very annoying!
Is it the same relay?
Since I didn't buy the Diode Dynamics relay and just bought a more generic one from Amazon, I was assuming that it did not have the tap-to-blink logic built-in, since it was cheap. There was no mention of tap-to-blink in the Amazon description. But who knows, maybe it does have that logic.
That is a nice feature! The CT does not have that by default. The inside lights will stay on for about 30 seconds or so when you unlock, but not the outside lights.
I did, however, recently discover something else kind of cool: Even without unlocking with the fob or touching the handle, as you get up next to the car, if it senses the key fob, it will turn on the inside lights. Kinda neat that it will do that without you having to even unlock it!
Should be, looks identical to what everyone has posted for what their relay looks like. So if nothing else I can at least take it off the solara along with the front turn/park lights since they are the same on both cars and even my rcf and verify that the turn signals work without hyper flash. If the tap feature doesn't conflict with the lexus one on the later years then we will be good to go. PLUS if the parking lights stay on for that 30 second setting or so because of the flasher relay then it's even cooler. I'll update with what I find here in a couple weeks! My wife's NX has the light feature when you approach where the door handles light up and the interior lights come on, and my rcf does the same thing. It's a nice feature, looks awesome at night..
Yeah, we were looking for one with navigation specifically because of the backup camera being on the screen and not in the mirror. Seems that the CT has 3 options as far as the backup camera goes: 1) None at all; 2) In the rear view mirror for non-navi models; or 3) In the screen for navi models.
Yea at first I said there is no way I want it with navi because of that horrible joystick system. It is awful. It's actually the main reason I picked my rcf over a gsf, I just couldn't get on board with it. And my plan was to replace the the stock stereo with one of the android units.. Then I started reading more and people said the android units for our cars are garbage, that and the tiny back up screen was a no go. At least now with the navi I can get the beat sonic system and attach it to the stock system and get android auto/apple car play so it will be great for a daily driver...etc.
The forward-facing LEDs are nice for the front, although I have found them to be actually TOO bright in the rear. I have some bulbs with built-in resistors in my 2022 Honda Accord hybrid, since the Accord doesn't have a replaceable flasher module. There have been a couple of instances where my wife and I were in each other's cars, and I noticed that at night, the turn signal bulbs were VERY bright -- almost blindingly so. So now I feel bad for people behind me! The bulbs I got from SBL for the CT are also pretty bright, but not as bright, and also, the bulbs go in on kind of an angle in the CT, so the LED SMDs on the end of the bulb are actually facing diagonally up, not straight out, so they aren't blinding.
I've definitely been in cars where sometimes the leds are too bright. I think with the Vleds they are bright that you can clearly see them in the day time, which is really important but not so blinding at night that people get disorientated from seeing it. I know my wife's NX the front turn signals completely light up street signs in front when you turn them on, they are very bright. We'll see, it will be nice to play with what works or not.
Yeah, I was kind of disappointed about that, too. I believe LED headlights is an option on the CT, at least on later models, but the one we bought didn't have them. I have never actually seen one with LED headlights, though. There are apparently other options that are also not on all cars. For example, while our CT has full power seats, it does NOT have the seat memory option for the driver's seat. I believe that's because our CT has the NuLuxe synthetic leather, and you only get the memory option if you have the genuine leather package (which, as a vegan, my wife would not want to have).
I had actually installed LED headlights from SuperBrightLEDs, both low and high-beam, in both the CT and my wife's mom's 2013 Toyota Corolla. I had even installed them in my wife's previous car, a 2015 Honda Fit. However, shortly after, I had read that that's not a good idea, because the headlight housings are designed around the dispersal pattern of halogen bulbs, which is different from that of LED bulbs. So when you put an LED bulb into a housing designed for halogen, the result is that you get a "wall of light" that blinds oncoming drivers, but actually does not project down the road nearly as well as the halogens, so it becomes a safety issue on both fronts. With that in mind, I put the halogens back and returned the LEDs to SBL.
Yea it was extremely hard finding what the OEM LED headlights even look like. Out of the 200 cars I have been searching/looking at on Auto trader, I only saw one with OEM LEds. I will admit that the quad projectors do look cool! Yea I'm not into leather seats honestly. They don't wear very well as time goes on and just overall to me, it's not needed. Our MB has mbtex which is fake leather and it's held up great for 13 year, no strain marks/tears...etc. We had a CLK before that and the side bolstering was all wrinkled and cracked, it looked horrible, but that's how leather just wears.
I responded to your thread post about the m2 leds. I'm very happy that you mentioned the rx350 projectors are drop in. I've done projector retrofits in the past and that's the only way I'd go for this. Totally agree with you, drop in LED solutions are not a good option. The scatter light everywhere. I'm excited now that the ct will have either a HID or LED projector. It will give me a project to do... I figure since I am going to have to remove the bumper anyways to do the black chrome trim that you did, since the headlights are there, might as well bake them!
Sounds good! Look forward to seeing some pictures.
For sure! I appreciate all the help. I can't wait to get the car honestly. I feel like this is going to be a great DD and it'll be fun to mod it a little bit and make it unique!