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Carl911

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Carl911 last won the day on June 19 2016

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    RX450H & GS450H
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    2009
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    Gloucestershire
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  1. That looks lovely, I do like the red leather to. carl
  2. I had a call from Lexus asking if I'd like to test drive the new GS-F. I had to think about it but decided it was worth a go. What can I say, its one of those cars with a very large price tag which no matter how I look at it I just cant quite justify. That said after a drive in it you start thinking of re-organising those finances so that you can. I guess its just about the engine sound. Yes, the interior is quite nice, the seats very supportive and it has all the toys. It looks pretty nice from the outside with those large brakes and four exhaust pipes, but it is the engine note that you fall in love with. Whilst driving at normal speeds such as around town it drives just like any other Lexus, its refined, the gearbox is smooth and its often hard to tell its changing gear at all which considering it has an 8 speed auto is pretty impressive. The ride keeps the car flat in the corners and is solid and control over most surfaces. I was surprised just how good the ride was for a car with this type of performance. At low speeds driving normally you could almost forget that under the bonnet lurks a 469bhp 5litre motor as it drives quite sedate under light throttle. Some high power cars are just too responsive and you can never really relax in them but the GS seems to have managed to keep its Lexus pedigree under tap. Then you come to a dual carriageway and its time to switch to Sport mode. You squash that throttle hard and the gates of hell open as that angry roar unleashes from the engine & exhaust. My faces was a huge smile. It does plant you hard in your seat, the power is quite brutal. It reminded me of powerful cars from the 90's in that it's just brute power which didn't feel like it was trying to be eco friendly. The sound though, Oh I'd pay the money just for that. It is without doubt one of the nicest sounding cars I have driven under acceleration. Yes, there are quicker cars out there such as the M5's etc but they dont sound this good and lets be honest how often are you in a drag race with an M5. Id take the GS with its roomy cabin for four and fantastic ride. You could drive this car as your daily just the same as you drive the normal IS or GS range, the only difference is this one will drink slightly more of the liquid stuff but my god its worth it. Added to the bucket list.... Carl
  3. On the positive side at least they found actual problems as so often you take he car in and the dealer can't duplicate the fault and can't fix it.
  4. I have had what I would describe as a rather un refined start up on my GS450. Occasionally I push the ignition button and the car jerks as if in gear. This does not happen every time, just now and again. a similar effect sometimes occurs if the car is stationary in traffic and the hybrid battery should deplete causing the engine to start. ive always ignored it but have often wondered why it does this intermittently. Carl
  5. I dare say whether it's a 400 or 450 it might take a while to find a good one. Even when I was looking for mine I looked at some only 3 or 4 years old which were in a terrible state for the age and with low mileage . Problem is, SUV's more often or not get a lot of abuse, wear and tear often from kids, pets and trips to the tip. It's that kind of vehicle I guess. I managed to find one that had been cared for like a car so i was lucky but it took quite a few to find. I did test drive the 400 and although my test drive was short I found it less refined and as had already been mentionened, the engine to hybrid transition was noticeably improved on the 450. People often mention the 400 being slightly quicker and on paper this is true, however it was certainly not apparent to me and in real world driving. The 450 just feels all round more refined and I don't mean that to sound like the 400 is not, it's just progression I guess and like wise the latest shape 450 has taken that refinement even further. I have driven one for 24 hours and it's most definitely the quietest RX to date. Furl economy can vary a lot on hybrids as it is very sensitive to driving style. I drive mine without ever considering economy. If the fuel gets low I fill it back up and dont concern myself about it. I just enjoy the drive, after all if I'm that concerned about economy I'd be driving a Nissan Leaf or something much more practical. My driving is mostly around town with odd dashes down the motorway and last time I looked it was sat around 32mpg. On the motorway traveling around 75mph that will often end up around 37mpg. Im sure if I could be bothered to try I'd see significant improvement but either way to get these figures from a 2 ton car with a 3.5lt V6 is nothing short of fantastic. carl
  6. There you go, just in case there was ever any doubt..
  7. I can concur this works on my 59 plate RX. tried it this morning on a level bit of road. Once stoped, give the break peddle a hard push to the floor and you hear a bleep and the traction light flashes. As mentioned, you have 2 seconds to move your foot from the brake peddle to gas whilst it auto brakes for you. carl
  8. How steep an incline are we talking? I find mine seems to hold fine on most hills but maybe I've not been on one steep enough to require this additional break force. I'm eager to try it next time I'm out now. Lol carl
  9. I really would not be too concerned. Firstly it's a lexus and it's going to be reliable and even if by some small chance you have some insignificant problem, lexus are going to fix it on warranty. I wouldn't give it a second thought buying any lexus from the main dealer. Providing you are happy with your purchase then you already have a winner. Just enjoy as you already seem to be doing. carl
  10. It turned out the micro sd card in my dash cam was faulty hence it had stopped recording. Replaced the card and it's fine now. Just very unfortunate as all that would have gone to the police and he would have been at very least cautioned and notes on record. This time he got away with it. That said I'm still keeping an eye out for him as if I see him again I will still be passing on he registration as they can still follow it up as I reported it on the day. hopefully it never happens again.
  11. I also own both the gs450 and the RX450 and I still feel amazed at how smooth and quiet the GS is even compared to the RX. as has been mentioned, it's a hard car to beat as a excellent all rounder.
  12. All sounds strange, the gs450 has very little in the way of wind noise, certainly not unless your doing over 100mph and even then it's quite minimal, so I'm told...lol through the door sounds like a poor seal somewhere, maybe around the window. Perhaps check that none of your seals have come away or been damaged. Also check door lines are good and no signs of previous accident damage etc. as for top of dash, again, has windscreen been changed recently, These are bonded in but if for some reason the glue missed a spot I suppose it's possible for some wind noise. Maybe check wipers are down properly when in their parked position. this is all speculation but as mentioned, wind noise on m car is very low and I have never felt it to be intrusive. Carl
  13. I don't have dab so can't comment on that but no issues with normal radio. The hardwiring does come with a magnetic shielding block which is optional whether you fit or not.
  14. They added an additional cigarette lighter socket to the later model, mine only has two in the centre console and one in the boot.