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    is250 sel
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  1. Servicing Costs

  2. SE-L spec vs SEspec ?

    I thought that the SE-L model designation was for the IS Mk 2 and not the IS300H. SE, Executive, Advance and Premier are the Mk3 models with the Premier being the top trim level. Someone more with more knowledge than me will put you right.
  3. Test drives.

    I also registered my details and waited for some sort of confirmation from first one then another dealer. Heard nothing despite a couple of polite emails, then sent an email to Lexus GB who responded by saying they had forwarded my email to them on to the dealers in question. Again, heard nothing until a few days ago, I received an email from Lexus GB saying that I had to call in to the dealers to arrange insurance as per the dealers email to me. Suffice to say, I didn't receive an email from the dealer asking me to do this. Poor communication somewhere methinks, but I will go to the dealers, when my wife and my work timetables coincide with a free day.
  4. Paint code

    Find a local branch of Autopaint and call in. They have hundreds on paint chips to try and match and can mix up small amounts to use with a touch up brush or make up an aerosol can. My local guy is very helpful and mixed up some paint for the wheels on my BMW R1200GS which has silver grey wheels which also does not have a paint code. I have found in the past, touching up a door handle on my VW which is called magic black and is a pearlescent base coat and laquer, that the only way to get a good finish on small areas is to use an air brush which gives out a very small fine spray. The trouble with using a touch up brush is that the metallic particles are not evenly distributed. All depends on how OCD about these things you are.
  5. Easy to take things for granted

    Yes, I agree. Too many motoring writers don't seem to live in the real world with real on the road driving conditions, when testing cars. After all, why should a car built for the road be a track tool, smoking tyres as they drift around corners. I must admit, that when I first became interested in the 300h, I too thought that the CVT gearbox had some sort of belt system instead of the very clever planetary system with the electric motor. Still haven't managed to get a 24hr test drive yet though, through the offer on this site.
  6. Easy to take things for granted

    But the E CVT does not use rubber bands ! or did you not know that either ?
  7. Easy to take things for granted

    The guy in this video review is a prime example of a journalist getting his facts wrong but comes across with authority so some would believe him without question. Video here. Jump to 2 minutes 50 seconds to here his description on the E CVT gearbox. Lack of research at worst.
  8. Test drives.

    Nope ! I don't want a sports car with the associated noise and firm crashy suspension. I have a 1200 cc motorbike for speedy "kicks" I do want a relaxing quiet drive with reasonable fuel consumption and road tax. It has to look nice to me as well. I don't want a diesel any more. I have had a VW Bora TDI for 12 years now and done nigh on 100k miles in it but that has none of the expensive emissions crap on it which a modern diesel has and a new diesel will not be the sort of thing that would suit my driving profile. I also don't want a small capacity "revbomb" either. Hence my interest in the IS. It would seem to fit the bill. However, I would never just stroll into a dealer and buy one without a good road test. There are some things about a car, especially for long term ownership, that a half hour test drive is just not going to reveal. Maybe, later on in the year, when the tumbleweeds are blowing through the car showrooms, I might get a bit more attention. You would think that given this 24hr test drive initiative is being promoted by Lexus GB, it would be a bit better organised.
  9. Test drives.

    Well, the whole point of having a 24hr test drive was to enable me to see if I can adapt to the E CVT gearbox and Hybrid drivetrain. I suspect I will like it but a quick spin around the block as was originally offered is just no use to me at all. I'll give it another week and see what happens. I'm in no rush, it is a buyers market !
  10. Test drives.

    Well, as per my other thread, despite filling out the Lexus GB 24 hour test drive request to 2 different dealers and having had initial contact via email and telephone, the result so far has been zero. Do Lexus salesmen ever read replies to their emails ? it would appear not. Amazing Lexus ?? Not on this occasion.
  11. Has anybody successfully managed to have one of these ? I ask because despite initial contact at two of the dealers nearest me, I have yet to have anything offered. Spoke to one on the phone and the other one, I replied to their email sent to me by their sales guy. Since then nothing. I expected better from "Amazing" Lexus.
  12. If your talking about protected NCB, then you are wasting your money. If you have a claim, then OK your NCB might stay intact BUT, the scummy insurance company will just put up your base premium instead, at your next renewal. Many years ago, my Toyota HiAce van was insured comprehensively for just under £200 per annum with full protected NCB. My wife, one day, drove off the end of our drive and did a sharp left turn on to the road. Just to the left of our drive entrance is a BT telephone pole, wood and creosote. She came back home and parked up, then next day I noticed that the side sliding door was stoved in. I could not understand how it happened, because I knew I hadn't done it. Witness marks on the door and a smudge of creosote and I put two and two together. She had turned a bit sharpish and not being used to driving a van had bashed the door on the post. Claimed on the insurance for a new door, which cost about £780 from memory. Next renewal came and the quote was now just over £1000. Asking the insurance company why the increase was so much, I was told it was because I had made a claim. It wasn't just a case of charging me a bit more but in effect charging me for the cost of my new door. So basically, the protected NCB was worthless. Of course I told them to stuff it and looked elsewhere and being honest, of course told them about my previous claim. The cheapest I could now get TPFT was about £600. That then took a few years to drop back down to a reasonable amount for an old van. I now never take the option of protecting my NCB, because what am I going to save ? In fact I have come to the conclusion, that the only time to claim on my insurance for any vehicle is if it was written off. If I had a bit of a bump and no one else was involved, I would certainly not claim and as for then telling my insurance company, well have a guess ! In addition, I am sure that everybody has heard of some one making a legitimate claim for a written off vehicle, or motorcycle, only to be offered a derisory amount, forgetting that the whole reason of insurance is to put the insured back into the position he was, before the clai., The insurance scumbags also do everything they can to either not pay at all or pay less that they should.
  13. I suspect that people are wary of telling their insurance company about an accident that was not their fault and did not involve a claim on their own insurance because they know that the scumbag insurance companies will use that as an excuse to increase premiums come renewal time. The old " statistics prove " phrase will be trotted out. I take it that you do or did have connections with insurance companies ?