The Lexus IS is one amazing car except it has a major design flaw that allows tornado-like winds to enter the car upon scrolling the front windows down. The wind is so strong and powerful, despite traveling at low speed, prevents me from breathing properly.
I’ve tried a few techniques to minimize the issue, which involves keeping the front windows closed and the rear ones open; the sunroof as well.
But there are times I just want the front windows to be able to scroll without having heavy winds hitting me in the face.
None of my previous cars had this issue. I could even scroll the windows all the way down on the highway without any issues.
Has anyone had this issue ? If yes, how did you solve it ?
What was the make, model, and model year of your previous cars?
As was already stated, this is not a unique situation with modern cars that are designed with fuel efficiency in mind. Using your HVAC system on the “vent” setting will allow a good volume of filtered air to enter the cabin without the excess noise/buffeting that is typical of all modern motor vehicles when their windows are opened.
If you can drive with your windows open, I somewhat admire you. My allergies are such that I don’t open the windows at home or in my car unless I absolutely have to, and then it is just for brief moments.
Driving with the windows down is hard on your hearing. Using the flow through setting on the hvac should provide lots of fresh air. Check the cabin filter for condition. Also prevailing winds can make a big difference
As noted already, it’s common to modern cars. My experience has been that the symptom is largely relieved by opening the rear windows a couple of inches. Or, even more so by opening diagonal windows with the other two shut.
And it seems that the more aerodynamic vehicles get the worse the wind noise gets… You get better fuel mileage with the windows up and the AC on then with the windows down (on the newer vehicles also, last 20+ years above X speed)…
I went on YouTube to look up climate control. Thanks for the suggestion. I’ll set mine tomorrow. I’m not real car savvy. Nonetheless, it’s disappointing that I can’t cruise through the neighborhood with the windows down without strong wind suffocating me. But I’ll get used to the adjustment
Yes. I use the AC in the Lexus more than my other cars. When I hear the term “ climate control “ I want to make sure if it’s the AC that is referring to. Normally, people would say use the AC or the heater.
After doing some research just now, I learned that climate control is a bit different from air conditioning.