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  1. I hope that you didn't buy a GS450 for excellent mpg, a brief google before purchase would have given you an indication of mpg, not official guides mind, they are usually off. Be happy with the economy of 30mph. For a car of this quality, speed and engine size and only a 14 mile commute to work are you really that bothered?
  2. Hi, what year E class, the new shape, W212? I went from a lexus GS mk3 to a Mercedes W211 E500 recently, the difference is more than you would think, and it's not just because I have new car blinkers. A big bonus is that there are no rattles! I love being able to drive in cold weather and not hear the dash rattle and squeak, it's quite lovely. Less toys you say? Do you need a diesel? I'm quite lucky as I only do around 7k miles a year so bought a petrol. If you opt for a petrol you usually find that they are well specified. I'll run down a few options fitted to mine, which equal and surpass the Lexus. A beautiful engine. 5.5 V8, 388 BHP, 510Nm torque. Full leather, heated (front and rear), cooled, air controlled, luxury memory seats. Lingutronic, which works, Comand sat nav, Harmen Kardon 7.1 surround sound, 7 speed gearbox, heated steering wheel, TPC, airmatic suspension with stiffness options, 4 zone climate, Bi-xeon adaptive headlights, MP3, electic tailgate, electric floor ( the floor of the boot slides out), This car seems to be that bit better than the Lexus. For example as mentioned, no rattles, it's a well made car. The headlights are outstanding. The difference between Lexus lights and the Mercedes lights are quite profound, so much brighter. The car is also excellent to drive, fantastic steering and dampers. I don't regret the change. I have pics in the gallery! To be fair I bought a rare car, a facelift estate with the new 5.5 litre engine but apparently the V6 petrol models are brilliant! I did love my Lexus and I may go back to Lexus if they produce a GS estate. I'm looking forward to seeing the new GS.
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  4. Hi there, the transmission has P,R,N,D and S, right? when it is in D, there is no speed.. one of my fd has 20km/h when the transmission is in D. Correct me if I am wrong ....I think what you are trying to say here is when you put the gear stick in Drive 'D' your car doesnt move at all unless you use the accelerator ...... but your friends does upto 20KMPH without using the accelerator???? exactly!!!you get what i am trying to say
  5. SAD, I forgot to say, you need to run the tyres in too, don't be too hasty to swap cars too soon! When my tyres were new they were quite slippy and I thought Noooo! It took around 400-500 miles and the sipes began to lift, very slightly, but the tyres became super sticky. I opened a thread on here recently with a pic of my car in 4" of snow. My car drove as normal.
  6. This sounds a little suspect, I hope you don't mind me asking. Are the tyres winter tyres, do they have the sipes across the tread and show the snow flake symbol? Also are the tyres fitted the correct way around? Winter tyres should enable you to drive on almost anything in winter.
  7. One day the UK will wake up to the idea of fitting winter tyres. A bit of snow and panic, grid lock and talk of buying 4x4s, geeze.............
  8. Just one of many........... IS220 .........still want one?
  9. Hi. Most cars have problems? Not many need engine rebuilds................... The advice is, don't buy a diesel. You sure you want possible problems with lengthy repairs and other issues? The lexus IS220 is rubbish. Heed advice, buy any other car, or buy the most excellent IS250, it's fabulous.
  10. I have to say, I highly doubt your summer tyres would've coped with that ice. The winter tyres make that look deceptively easy. Hi! It was pack ice in that video! No way would my car with summer tyres have moved on that road!!!!!! Seriously, winter tyres are incredible! There was a chap in a mini, a newish one, scratting about in the car park where that picture was taken. He had no traction, a bit like my car before I fitted these tyres! I just popped my car in gear and off I went, no drama, no tc lights, just effortless! I had Pirelli Sottozeros fitted. I say had as I took them off this car as I'm trading my Lexus in for a Mercedes estate, due to a new baby and Lexus don't offer an estate other than an RX. I've ordered new winter tyres for the new car, Some Nokian WR A3's, they should be good too. I will never run a car through winter without propper tyres again, I have seen the light! ALERT Off Topic I don't want to argue Knitware as I already know how highly strung you are! Which has likely been made worse by siemens withdrawal from the nuclear industry were your speciality I believe lies. BUT… do you really need an estate for a changing bag and pram(congratulations on the baby)!? I get massively irritated by people with one or two children thinking this is a perfect justification to buy a big silly jeep! It maybe you have more children and a dog but I am just wondering? moving from a highly regarded and reliable car to a mercedes with questionable reliability and a notoriety for using bulbs. Haha! I guess you don't have children........... My wife didn't want to change either but the Lexus is an 05 and I guessed that if I didn't change before the new GS came out I would lose more value. I've been looking for a couple of months and I wanted a petrol estate and It just so happened this turned up: It being a 2007 facelift model problems were ironed out, oh................and it's also a 5.5 V8............ I am gutted to be leaving Lexus but it's isn't to say I won't return, maybe when the GS estate is launched!!
  11. I have to say, I highly doubt your summer tyres would've coped with that ice. The winter tyres make that look deceptively easy. Hi! It was pack ice in that video! No way would my car with summer tyres have moved on that road!!!!!! Seriously, winter tyres are incredible! There was a chap in a mini, a newish one, scratting about in the car park where that picture was taken. He had no traction, a bit like my car before I fitted these tyres! I just popped my car in gear and off I went, no drama, no tc lights, just effortless! I had Pirelli Sottozeros fitted. I say had as I took them off this car as I'm trading my Lexus in for a Mercedes estate, due to a new baby and Lexus don't offer an estate other than an RX. I've ordered new winter tyres for the new car, Some Nokian WR A3's, they should be good too. I will never run a car through winter without propper tyres again, I have seen the light!
  12. I was on the Cat & Fiddle road before it was closed yesterday. Watching a mini trying to leave the car park was fun, in my car it was easy, safe, sure footed and good fun. I'm sure people must have been wondering if I was in a 4x4, maybe.....
  13. I am leaving Lexus. I am going to trade my car in but I have a service plan, paid in full and don't want to give it to the dealer. Is there a way to sell the plan back to Lexus? I'm not leaving because of the car but due to a change in circumstances, an 8 week old baby, and her 'stuff'! I need an estate and unfortunately I can't quite fund the new RX and there are no GS or IS options, sad really. I've enjoyed my car over the last 3 years.
  14. So what Lexus are saying is that the car either gets its 'proper'service, as per manufacture guide lines at full cost, or a cheaper service where several things are left of the service list, . :duh: