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  1. Lexus essential servicing is £295 for cam belt (tensioner and water pump extra)
  2. No worries fella, I'm sure (given the anecdotal issues with the 2 speed implementation) that the 4 speed aux gearbox will be a much improved design, although it's not the actual gearbox that had issues it was the oil pump bearing, a £7 part! I think the 'first transmission of it's kind' statement is some marketing hyperbole for the press, technically it is the first PSD/e-CVT mated to a 4 speed transmission but the operating theory, stepping up / down the PSD 'ratios' for better performance / economy has been used by Lexus previously. At the end of the day though, the LC is going to be a monster of a car whether in hybrid, v8 or 'F' guise, I'd love any of them and in 10 years time may even be able to afford one
  3. Ummm isn't that what i said? If we're getting technical Toyota's HSD in all its forms uses a Power Split Device (PSD) which has nothing in common with traditional CVT gearboxes, there are no belts, just a planetary gear set. Also from here Do a search of the gs forums here , the oil pump for this aux gearbox has been the cause of some expensive repairs although there is a cheap fix now sorted for DIYers and indy garages - Lexus just replace the lot as usual.
  4. If i understand this correctly the new transmission in the hybrid is a PSD similar to the ones in existing hybrids with a 4 speed 'auto' box added on to allow better matching of engine / electric motor speed to road speed. I believe the hybrid GS has always had a similar setup with a 2 speed 'gearbox' in series with the PSD. Unfortunately I've heard worrying things about the reliability of this setup in the first hybrid GS, hopefully Lexus have addressed this.
  5. I had a seat alhambra with the 1.9 PD TDI engine which is apparently well known for it's chocolate water pumps - some can even take out the cam belt due to jamming when they go. 'Luckily' mine 'only' failed and stopped pumping causing £3k's worth of warped head rather than totally destroying the engine. It always seemed like a big design flaw. My instinct now is to replace the pump and tensioners whenever the belt is done to avoid multiple big bills or an obscene one in the future, but I can also see the if it aint broke don't fix it side of things too. I'd be more inclined to do this on a Lexus than other makes for sure.
  6. my ac buttons ( front demist, rear demist and mirrors, auto and off) all beep when pressed. Not sure about the recirc button as I only use it in summer and haven't had the car that long. (mine is a 57 plate) Jump starting a hybrid can damage control systems according to lexus so i'd be wary of that car now if it was me but if no errors are showing you might have got away with it.
  7. ISC is idle speed controller IIRC - if your engine is idling slightly high it will decrease average mpg a bit. The american forums swear by resetting them regularly but it's a convoluted process as is the norm with these cars. How much was the cam belt from lexus on a 400h?
  8. I bought these for my 400h thought I'd give them a try for the price and get some boschs if they were rubbish. They aren't. They've seen me through some long trips in heavy rain with flying colours over the past month and i'd thoroughly recommend them. Can't comment on life time yet as they are only 2 months old now but I can't see any issues with these lasting well. Fitting was a doddle too.
  9. Looks amazing especially the interior but i'm not sold on the sole use of touchscreens in an automotive application (nissan and tesla have been there before and have had criticism), I took a whirl on the configurator earlier today and managed to spec a v6 diesel version to over 90 grand which is insane. Then there's the reliability aspect which historically is poor. So it's a nice looking, ergonomically suspect, very expensive, potentially unreliable 4x4. Nah, if i want one of those i'll get a 6 month old full fat range rover or wait a couple of years until depreciation has taken the teeth out of the Lamborghini Urus's price thanks. For now i'll stick to my RX
  10. I looked at a few at this mileage and good ones are rare. With proper maintenance they will hit 200k but at over 100k miles you are likely going to be the second or even 3rd owner which increases the chances of someone buying it who can't afford to maintain it correctly. Telltale signs are, non Lexus Toyota or specialist service stamps, mismatched no name tyres, no receipts for timing belt and or spark plug services. These cars should feel tight with a few rattles and squeaks but little or no wind noise. If it feels 'slack' then walk away. Rear screens at this age are not the best and not really worth paying extra for. Especially when better is available from eBay for a few hundred pounds. An se with nav, Levinson, seat memory and swivelling xenons is probably your best bet in your budget. I got a fsh, 85k mile, 1 owner se with all the bits for £7500 so there are cars out there you just have to bide your time and maybe be prepared to travel a bit. Good luck.
  11. I looked at 300s but found it very difficult to find the spec I wanted. Specifically ML without air suspension. Move to a 350 and fine but on a 300? Hens teeth. 350 was a consideration in se trim but they are imho overpriced 2nd hand and cost a fortune to run. If you can find a 300 that meets the spec you want then great but it'll be older than a 350 or 400. In the end buy the car you want and that you are happy with. Plenty will come up so just play the long game and wait it'll pay off in the end.
  12. For the Prius but the principle is the same
  13. So I've had my RX400h for nearly a month now and really enjoying being a Lexus owner again. However one minor gripe I have is with the fold down armrests, they are too low down for me. In the past I owned a Seat Alhambra with similar style armrests and there was a knob under the actual armrest that you could turn to tilt the thing up or down giving your left arm at least some support if you were tall. In the absence of such adjustment on the Lexus has anyone come up with or seen a 'fix' for this? My current idea is to source some memory foam or similar, trim it and attach to the armrest with elastic straps but this seems like a lot of faff to do onesself. My google-fu is weak in this area so if anyone has a link or other suggestion it would be much appreciated.
  14. Software Engineer. I deal with everything ranging from mobile apps and embedded software to PC Apps and automated test equipment.
  15. I've done a few motorway jaunts in my short time with my 2RXh and I regularly see 'electric only' operation at motorway speeds (60-70 mph) - usually when either on the flat with very light throttle or downhill again on a light throttle. This is never sustained for longer than 30 or so seconds due to the inconsistency of my right foot or a change in the level of the road. I was very surprised when I first saw it as I was under the impression that electric operation was only up to 30mph or so.