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About julian1969

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  1. never hear of Oponeo but I've had positive experiences with Event Semita budget tyres on my 400h. Bit more expensive than yours at £70-80 (can;t remember exactly) a corner but they ride and grip well and are Lexus quiet - only a few months old so no idea about wear rates yet though.
  2. I would think this sort of thing would be very dangerous / annoying. turn off car, pop filler cap, jump out, start filling car, ker-lunk, damn left my keys inside... certainly something that would make me think twice about buying one if it wasn't defeatable.
  3. Suspension is a consumable component, so replacement costs have to be factored in, air suspension is much more expensive than normal coil and damper types. It also has a complex control mechanism of sensors and CPU's to control it and these too may fail and are expensive. As for inherent problems, I have heard that the sensors can suffer if you live near the coast or 'off road' a lot but i don;t think they are problematic as such. If you get a warranty that specifically covers the air suspension then go for it but if not i'd avoid due to the increased costs if something does go wrong.
  4. I was under the impression that timing chains do not need regular servicing other than perhaps the guides they run on. The PSD gearbox in the 400h does take some time to get used to - mainly that there is no correlation between engine note and road speed but that quickly becomes a non issue. As for the difference between 2 and 4 wd i can't say it's ever bothered me other than when I had sub par tyres and the torque steer was a bit savage, now it's got decent boots it's hardly noticeable even under hard acceleration off a roundabout. Personally I'd try and find a good 400h as the tax and MPG are far better and unless you want to do heavy towing or a lot of off roading it will be better all round.
  5. Was that an LS430 on the Italian trailer just after he blows through a zebra crossing in the Lamborghini? Looks good will be watching.
  6. I used to get so fed up with this back when i owned coupes that I'd park on the outer edges of the car parks at an angle across 2 spaces, preferably on the end of a row just so I could get back into my car. To this day I prefer to park on the edge of car parks and enjoy a bit of exercise (although no longer take up two spaces as I have a 5 door rx ) rather than risk door dings and difficult access.
  7. looked at the price of good 900 turbo convertibles and they are north of 15k. A few years back a decent one would set you back 3k and a mint low mileage one was 7-8k so they are on the way up.
  8. Are you sure they aren't referring to 'full no claims bonus'? This can take up to 10 years to accrue for some insurance companies. I passed my test back in the 80's green license, then pink and recently photo card.
  9. OK from memory, Pre car test: Suzuki OR50, Kawasaki AR80, Yamaha RD125LC (fell of all of them, no more bikes for me) MG Metro, Fiesta XR2, Moved to the states: Chevy Day Van, Datsun 200SX, Geo Metro. Moved back to the UK: Fiesta XR2, Hyundai Sonata, Citroen BX TZD, Peugeot 406 coupe 3.0v6, Lexus LS400, Seat Alhambra TDi, Honda Accord i-CTDI, Mitsubishi JDM GTO twin turbo, Peugeot 407 coupe 2.7 diesel, Audi A6 2.8 quattro, Kia Cee'd, Nissan Leaf, Lexus RX400h. Can't really see myself in anything other than a Lexus from her on out - I'd love another LS but it's not really practical so will probably get another RX of some sort in a few years time unless I win the lottery in which case it'll be an LC and i'll make it work lol.
  10. lovely Saabs. I did some work experience in a Saab garage that also made and sold Saab specific garage computer systems and software and have loved the cars since then, such a shame they are no longer made. Transferring your phone book via bluetooth is a nightmare apparently and only really viable if you have certain android devices. Also the annoying safety feature of the infomatics systems only allow you to use quick dial whilst on the move. I manually entered my 10 or so most commonly used numbers manually which works ok for me.
  11. Lovely car and a minty Saab 900 turbo 16 convertible is one of my 'must own' cars.
  12. I've heard that running the tank low on a hybrid can induce some temporary drive train glitches but not heard of the fuel gauge being inaccurate before. I got about 30 miles of motroway miles out of mine on the fuel light before i bottled it and filled it. You might just need to give the camera lens a quick wipe - it gets manky pretty quickly.
  13. so how do you get into the thing then? no door handles that i can see! No doubt as with most big BMWs it'll be a money pit after the warranty expires.
  14. Yep GS was my first choice and saw a few very nice 450h SE-L's I could have gone home with but in the end, as you say the boot is just too small for a family - especially as the seats don't fold. The RX ticked all the boxes for me and although doesn't have the same level of equipment (radar cruise, vented seats and more modern infotainment would have been nice) it's still a lovely place to sit in a traffic jam.
  15. If you look you can find se's with everything bar the rear screens. Afs Levinson seat memory, just make sure you check the pics not the specs. Certainly go for history over mileage but more important is drive it and if anything feels wrong walk away.