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Linas.P last won the day on August 9

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    IS 250 SE-L
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  1. OK here is more: It seems Lexus trying to up-sale, as only cars with "Premier" package are eligible with this scheme. According to above the cars will actually be scrapped by Autogreen:
  2. That is right - nothing to do with Government, just Lexus offer on certain model in their line-up. That is pretty much every second diesel car on the road. I am amazed how many cars are equipped with "smoke screens", even fairly new cars.. not a single petrol thought. I guess this gives good idea: Stops short of saying cars will be taken of the road. From what I know regarding disposal and recycling... the most environmentally friendly ways is to "re-use", which would equal re-sale via 3rd channel. As this is not government funds I don't believe we going to see any cars being scrapped unless they are deemed to be not road worthy (in which way they would probably do not qualify for scrappage scheme anyway).
  3. Just my guess... People most of the time abandon this project (including myself) when they realise this is £500-800 "jobie" (or £1500+ if we talking OEM parts)... and all that just for some LED lights which do nothing except of looking "cool". The price alone makes it easy to program the brain to switch lights on the stalk manually.
  4. That is spot-on in my experience as well. I don't know if it rattles when done by Lexus as I obviously get car with warm engine after "road test", but when indies changes the oil, first few seconds it rattles before oils gets evenly distributed in all crevices including valve lifters and what not. After that 6000-7000 miles silky smooth v6 roar... @Britprius - that is impressive!
  5. I think that is top tip then- "Get the deal you want and then top-it with trade-in". You are right when it comes to government scrappage, but I see no legal grounds which would force Lexus to take cars of the road. It is likely they won't re-sell the cars themselves (that is purely because most of the cars will not be fit for "Lexus used approved" status), but not like they going to all the cars to scrapyard and shred them. For example my current car was similar type of thing - it was PX'ed to IS300h, but because it had over 100k miles Lexus didn't bother to deal with re-selling it. Instead they passed the car to local dealer at "trade price" from whom I bought it. I was told he was taking high miles trade-in's from Lexus quite often and almost in bulk. Now again - I don't know the details and there are nothing else in the offer, not T&C to confirm my guesses, but I just see this "Lexus Scrappage" as alternative way of saying "capped PX" ~ maybe with little bit more favourable price.
  6. I would think it would be based more on the car you scrapping PX value, not on the car you buying value (obviously just a guess). That is because unlike government scrappage scheme Lexus can and will resell the cars. Now again... I might be wrong and I must admit I haven't even looked at T&C (thought there are no link for any other details). It would feel almost right if the go with: "scrap any IS220d and get unconditional £4000 discount, or any other Lexus older than 2009 and get up-to £4000". Then they environmental goal and their brand image would improve drastically.
  7. 2018 Lexus CT200h Revealed

    I must agree on that. I am not fan of 300h in any other car, but for CT I believe that would be great option, kind of application which would allow the engine to shine and showoff itself... Maybe even Clarkson would like it.
  8. I had this issue, but oil flush and more frequent oil changes solved it. If you don't flush the engine then I would advice changing oil after around 5000 miles, you can go up to 6000-7000 before problem manifests itself (at least in my experience with Magnatec 5W30). If you flush the engine then the oil stays clean for longer and I guess you can go around 8000-9000 miles. As I do ~15k miles a year that is exactly what I am doing, changing oil once during normal annual service with Lexus and then changing it after 7000-8000 miles and flushing it with indy in between services. That makes average mileage for oil change at around 7500 miles and flush every other time. Since I start doing it, I never heard of this problem again - even though my car is no 173k miles and definitely had the problem before. Few other tips - I do let the car idle for 10-15s before driving-off, I try not to rev it unnecessary whilst the engine is cold (especially in winter). If you live where it is colder you can use thinner oil e.g. 0W30 or even 0W20 which would allow for better lubrication from cold start (I heard that is what Lexus Edinburgh puts in IS250 during the service). I have tried using 0W40 as well, which I personally consider upgrade, thought unnecessary one unless you doing extended motorway journeys in -20C.
  9. Yeah I guess that is just another way of saying Part Exchange i.e if you have literally perfect 2009 Lexus, only then you can expect maximum £4000 discount. However, if you have such car you might get better deal elsewhere, so it is PX capped at £4000. Equally at the lower end they will simply offer you standard PX price. Furthermore , I guess this applies only if you buy your next car for list price (which almost always negotiable otherwise)... so win-win for them lose-lose for you. I guess that somewhat works if you have no time or experience selling and no nerve to negotiate new one... and you car is worth somewhere between £2000-3000. Not going to get that money, but potentially going to get better deal than normal PX. The only car this could be aimed to is 2006-2008 IS220d - the car fairly new and good on paper, but low value due to all the issue. This means you might be able to get the £4000 cap on car which you would struggle to sell for that money. Still I don't see any way to get better value than selling you car privately for cash... Interesting way of putting and offer through... maybe some people even going to get caught in that.
  10. I would double on what @johnatg said. What I tend to do myself is to let the car idle for 10-15s (seconds not minutes), so that it can circulate the oil on things like valve lifters etc. before pulling away. Then drive rather carefully until engine gets to optimal temp... if I can.
  11. IS-F v Tesla

    I like watch cars dragging... but I must say it is pretty much apples and oranges. Here is description from video which gives some context: What is not in description is official figures for acceleration: Tesla S75D - 5.4s Lexus IS-F - 4.8s This kind of makes sense, Lexus has both better acceleration and top speed...

    I would even be happy to swap from IS250 3 seats to IS-F 2 seats - with assumption that leather condition is the same (mine are literally like new).
  13. Tuning

    As far as I know nobody in UK does it, I have seen one single DIY supercharged IS250 example and one JD TOM's IS45 (IS350)... that is pretty much it. The cost of the system would be in the range of car cost itself ( whereas IS250 in good shape can be had for £4000-5000, supercharger set-up alone would be like £3000... and only if you lucky, by which I mean if you manage to get set-up right first time without long list of issues). In terms of power 4GR-FSE (IS250) has very high specific power for NA engine. I agree that it is rather heavy in comparison with some rivals and what it needs is a bit of "diet". Talking about diet it woudl be much cheaper to "weight-reduce" the car, than trying to get extra power.
  14. Aftermarket lights

    Don't you have DLR's fronts and "L-finesse" rears on 2011 car?
  15. Unless you doing 20+ k miles and spend 90% on motorways definitely - DO NOT BUY. Even so IS250 is not that much more thirsty @70MPH+, it is overall more reliable and much more fun to drive. That it is from dealer makes no difference what so ever. That said diesel would still have edge on @55-65MPH cruising on A roads and some motorways, but that is sole area where it has advantages. BTW IS200d and IS220d has identical engines, just ECU is de-tuned on IS200d and it has upgraded head gasket - that apparently reduces the possibility of head gasket failure.