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About olliesgrandad

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    GS300h Luxury ML
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  1. The truth is that the motoring press are extremely biased as they favour certain manufacturers and are rooted in the past. Cars are going to change dramatically in the next few years because legislation will force it. If like me you drive in excess of 30000 miles a year you would know how good the ecvt is compared to other modern systems which are all set up for economy. Look at dual mass flywheels for instance and how troublesome they can be. Let's not forget all the semi auto gearboxes and how jerky most of them are. I have owned a lot of modern cars in the past decade and in that time have driven a third of a million miles. The ecvt in Lexus is brilliant. The lack of jerkiness compared to say a Mercedes auto is sublime especially when overtaking as the response to the throttle is instantaneous and smooth. You need to drive one yourself to make an informed decision. If I followed the advice of journalists I would have missed owning some very enjoyable and reliable cars eg Alfa Romeo Mito.
  2. Have owned my 2015 luxury model since July and have done 13000 miles. Car is superb on fuel and real world brim to brim has averaged 46mpg. No issues with the car at all. Fuel consumption is actually better than the 2014 is300h I had before. Tyre wear is brilliant. At 20000 miles they were all between 4 and 6mm and evenly worn. At service the only thing that was replaced was a pair of wiper blades costing £25. If you can find the right car you won't be disappointed.
  3. I just connected my LG flex2 android phone by Bluetooth to the car and it worked. When navigating with Sat nav it will sometimes just say 'incoming mezsage' if making a turn and it will then display the message on screen after manoeuvre is complete. You then select the 'read' option and it reads the text out loud. My car is early 2015 just pre face-lift luxury spec.
  4. A couple of weeks ago I managed to damage the rear bumper of my car with the metal dropbolt mounting of my driveway gates which put 2 small puncture holes into the middle of the bumper. No scuffs but 2 very neat and annoying marks. Being pearlescent white I was dreading the cost of repairs and the quality of finish. My local Chipsaway Franchise in Gloucester seemed to have some good reports so I paid Stuart the owner a visit. He said that the pearlescent would require more painting of the bumper than usual to get a good match and blend in and quoted a price of £192 inclusive. The car went in on Monday at 8am and I collected it at 4.30pm. I am over the moon with the result. Even shining a bright light on the paint to get the flakes to pop doesn't reveal the signs of any repairs. You would never know that the paint isn't factory finish. I would definitely recommend him for minor paint correction.
  5. If my key fob is in my pocket near my mobile phone I cannot unlock my car. Hope this helps.
  6. My is had Bridgestones and was still on original tyres when sold with 28000 miles. I did get tracking checked on both cars shortly after purchase to ensure everything was OK.
  7. Stolen is-F Manchester

    Good picture. Never drove it but I did drive a V6 Cavalier we had in Gloucester.
  8. Just completed 10,000 miles since July and so car now had intermediate service done by Listers in Cheltenham today. This included brake fluid change and new battery in remote key plus new wiper blades. They gave me club discount so total cost was £244. I went for a stroll while it was being done and was surprised to receive a text with a video from the technician. Car has now covered 20000 miles and has nice even tyre wear. There is still 4to5mm on rears and 5to6mm on fronts.
  9. Stolen is-F Manchester

    When I was in the police we had a VR6 Golf for pursuits in Gloucester City. It was very reliable. They replaced it with the later VR5 which kept leaving its sump behind on speed bumps. It was sent out to the Cotswolds.....
  10. Currently in Scotland. Having covered 450 miles since filling up in Carlisle I have averaged 48.8mpg in mainly mountainous driving. I am extremely impressed.
  11. In 43 days I have now racked up 3500miles.According to my phone app I have averaged 46.4 Mpg over that period. The last 500 miles I have tried v power and to be honest the Mpg has been marginally less.
  12. Your Lexus Dealer Experience

    My problem is that I am pushed to find time to get my car serviced other than locally. In 42 days of owning my GS it's done 3477 miles. Listers Cheltenham seem okay for servicing, but I understand the views about them. Mind you I have had negative experiences with both BMW locally and Mercedes. The good thing about Lexus is the fantastic build quality and reliability of the product compared to the German offerings.
  13. Wheel Spacers - IS300h

    I am a great believer in leaving modern high performance cars well alone in terms of wheels and wheel spacers. The car is designed over thousands of miles to run on particular wheel combinations. Putting spacers in surely will cause unnecessary stress on all sorts of components and possibly lead to premature failing of things like wheel bearings and drive shafts.
  14. Sorry didn't spot that..
  15. And the car would never ever drive in a straight line again...... Thanks, the wheel and tyre cost more than that . I value my life more than a botched repair on a high performance car.