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Carl911 last won the day on June 19 2016

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  1. Yes, should be one USB port and two cigarette lighter ports deep down in the centre console. Probably the only bit of the rx that's a bit awkward in that you need to open centre console lid and then pull inner box out to access them.
  2. Looks almost the exact same deal as me, part x in my is250 in blue for my rx450 in light blue metalic. im sure your have many happy years of driving from it. I know when I bought mine I have gone through several phases of loving it to thinking the novelty had worn off. now some 11months later I still enjoy the car though. There were times I felt it needed a bit more go but then I was comparing it to my gs450. Overall, I love the high driving position, it's easy to drive and gets up the steep hills easily. I can fit my road bike in the boot without removing wheels which is a bonus for me and can get luggage for a two weeks holiday in the boot without needing to drop ge back seats. All in all I have found it one of the most practicals cars I have owned and not found it's size to be a problem. Its hard to imagine many other vehicles that could be as good an all rounder as the RX has been. on top of that, he RX has run faultless. My next cat decision, possibly next year will be the toughest as I'm either going to go completely impractical and buy a GS-F or else a new shape RX450. Anyway, well done with your purchase and enjoy the ride.
  3. I was In the same situation and although I prefer the facelift front grille I couldn't justify nearly £2000 extra just to get it. I drove most variants and frankly if there are differences they were so small I struggled to detect them. In the end I found a low mileage clean example from my local lexus dealership at a good price. It was pre-facelift but frankly I have no regrets and have found economy extremely good for the vehicle size. I think it's slightly better economy compared to my GS450h. Ultimately it comes down to how much you are prepared to pay. Decide on that figure then get the best one for the money you can find carl
  4. I traded my is250 for the rx450 and if anything I get better fuel aconomy from the rx despite its size. My main driving is around town and odd carriageway but I never see it drop below low thirties. The is250 used to sit around 28mpg for the same trip so I reckon a good 4 mpg improvement since driving the rx and given its weight and size I think that's excellent. Also like yourself I needed a big hatchback and the rx has been just great. I can get the racing bike in without taking a wheel off and from memory 2.4metre lengths will go in up to the centre console when needed. Also the rear floor is flat as the rx has no rear tunnel, no rear driveshaft as the rear wheels are electric driven. Makes for good loading space behind front seats. carl
  5. It is definitely an option that Lexus can turn on or off. No idea how long it takes but I suspect minutes. I had this feature turned on my RX and was nit charged for the service. My GS450 already had it enabled.
  6. I have a set of rear brake pads, brand new that are surplus to requirements. all in original box. EBC Ultimax Brake Pads DP1586 £10 collected if anyone interested. cheers Carl
  7. I like the grille, was this a standard trim on later models or something imported?
  8. That looks lovely, I do like the red leather to. carl
  9. 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
  10. 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.
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. There you go, just in case there was ever any doubt..
  14. 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
  15. 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