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  1. I’m no psychologist but if this is the first time you’ve experienced this kind of specific ennui with a car you were originally excited about getting, maybe there’s something else going on in your life which is generally dissatisfying and you’re assigning those feelings towards the car. After all, who’s to say whatever you replace the GS with won’t leave you similarly cold in 6 months time? For whatever it’s worth I have a GS a bit like yours, albeit a 450h. It’s a great car, but to my mind it’s not the sort of machine that immediately wows you with any specific attribute. I think it’s the sort of car that requires time to fully appreciate its many qualities. Hope your find a solution to your disillusion soon. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  2. I have a 2008 GS450H which presumably has the same nav system as the original poster. The disc I bought the car with (2007/2008) did not allow me to enter destinations on the move, but once I updated the map disc to an up to date version it did. I've got the latest maps but earlier maps may also allow on the go entry. I'm not sure when it was enabled. Note that entering phone numbers etc is still greyed out once you get above 3 mph or so. Hope that helps. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  3. It's interesting what other cars we were considering before buying our GS450s. I was looking at CLS350 CDIs and the odd 530d but didn't really fancy a diesel and the equipment and tech in the BMW and MB was no match for the GS. I also wanted something very reliable as there are few things more disruptive to a finely balanced kids/wife/work life than a non functioning car. In the end, my positive experiences with the family Prius, and lots of reading of forums put the GS on top. No regrets from me. In my car options spreadsheet (do all blokes have one of these?) I'd factored in the cost of fuel, and while the GS is probably a touch thirstier than a CLS350 or 530d the fact petrol is cheaper and running costs are lower generally put the GS only marginally more expensive than an old Volvo S80 D5 I ran for a while. In terms of economy versus performance everyone finds a level they are comfortable with. I'm very comfortable with 341bhp and 30mpg. :) Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. Ford Mustang first impressions

    I agree entirely. I drove a V6 Mustang for 1,500 miles around Texas and really liked it. It felt a bit cheap inside but that was ok since it's a relatively cheap car in the USA. The UK comparisons between Mustang V8s and stuff like ISFs and M4s stem from the lack of obvious competitors to a relatively cheap powerful rwd sports coupes and saloons in this country. In the US I don't think people assume you'd put a Ford Mustang in the same category as a Lexus ISF or BMW M3 or M4, Mercedes C63, etc. In five years time when there are some used UK Mustangs knocking about (at hopefully bargain prices) I can see myself being tempted, especially given the character and tune-ability of the V8. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. To be fair, I've no idea how you guys are getting close to 40 mpg in your 450h's. I could only get that at 60 mph on a flat motorway. My 30 mpg is based on my commute on country roads (frequent accelerating and braking), going through villages and crawling through Cambridge traffic, with a small amount of dual carriageway. I'm perfectly happy with 30 mpg given the performance available. I run my car (which admittedly I've only had 8 weeks) on Shell unleaded and it's been serviced on the button by Lexus, so technically it should be fine. I track my fuel consumption with GasTracker+. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  6. Slightly strange one... Whilst looking through the MyLexus pages, I came across this (see screen-grab) suggesting I have DAB, as well as the Lexus iPod adaptor. The iPod adaptor is obvious (a cable in the glove box) and I use it every day, but the DAB is a complete unknown. I didn't even know DAB was an option on the 2008 GS450h. Was it a little screen that sat on the dash that the previous owner may have taken out or do I have some as yet undiscovered feature?
  7. Amazing figures Brian. I'm only 6 weeks in with my 2008 GS450h and I'm hovering around 30 mpg. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. I had a so-so experience buying my GS450h from Lexus Edgware Road. The sales guy didn't know the product, never replied to my emailed questions in writing, and generally was a bit slippery. On a matter of what should have been included with the car from what we agreed, I had to escalate to the sales manager then threaten to involve Lexus UK. It got sorted then. I would not be in a hurry to deal with them again. That said, the 'structural' aspects of Lexus dealers tick the right boxes. You're greeted professionally when you walk in, the coffee is excellent, and clearly effort is spent on making everything look slick. I'm shallow enough to like that sort of thing. I'll be using Lexus Cambridge when the GS needs a service. I already take my Prius to their sister Toyota dealer so comparing the two will be interesting. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. But... mine is a 2008 facelift (indicators in the wing mirrors and different steering wheel buttons etc) and I have the lines. Is it a SE/SE-L thing? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. Any luck getting the lines enabled Lee? They are very cool and have dramatically improved my parking ability!
  11. Thanks gents. I appreciate the confirmation. No idea why you don't have the reversing lines Lee, but as John says they are very useful. Just line up the yellow box with your parking space, get the green lines into the yellow box and park perfectly each time. Gamification in action. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  12. I might be going mad, but looking at my reversing camera view today I noticed a lot more bumper than I thought was there before. There's no obvious damage and I'm positive it's not been bumped. I poked the camera a few times and it all feels pretty solid. Please can anyone else with a GS have a look at their reversing view to see if it's similar to mine? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. I got under the bonnet of mine yesterday, mostly out of curiosity to see the extent of the cleaning job I have to look forward to at some point. I have the spray marks too. :) Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  14. I spotted this video on YouTube. The colour scheme of the car isn't to my tastes but the wheels look nice. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  15. My requirement is different to your in that I was/am looking to protect my rear seat rather than the fronts, but I did find this on Amazon. They claim to be specifically for the GS and come with a higher price tag than the generic ones. I haven't purchased as I ended up using old towels to cover the seats and stop my kids (5 and 3) from getting muddy feet on the leather. It does look better than it sounds as I've been able to tuck excess towel in places you can't see.