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  1. Looking at a few IS300h and one that has caught my attention has a heating console that looks a bit rough. The dealer has said they will "try" to make it look better but it won't be perfect. Is it past the stage of ever being made to look good ?
  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. I am interested in buying a used approved IS300H. Now, having read lots on here and elsewhere, I want to experience for myself everything the 300H has to offer and see if the Hybrid and E-CVT suits me. I believed that Lexus would offer a 24 hour test drive but no, my local dealer wants me to have an accompanied drive which no doubt is at most a half hour run around the block. Then, back to the showroom to discuss if I like the car and how would I finance it etc etc. I explained to the sales guy that this was no good to me as a quick run round tells me nothing at all. How can you commit to spending a sizeable amount of money on a car you intend to keep for many years based on that. After a word with his sales manager, apparently a long test drive is not possible even though I offered to pay the insurance. I thought Lexus as they put it "Try Harder " Not in this case.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Easy to take things for granted

    But the E CVT does not use rubber bands ! or did you not know that either ?
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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 !
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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 ?
  15. If that were true, then a Ferrari would cost the same, insurance wise, as a Fiat 500, wouldn't it ?
  16. Right, I know that the E CVT is a planetary gear system as opposed to the belt and cone type but one thing I cannot find the answer to is this. How does the engine take up the drive from a standstill ? A manual transmission has a clutch which will slip to provide a smooth take up of engine power. A conventional auto has a fluid coupling i.e. a torque converter. What does the Lexus E CVT have ?
  17. Test drives.

    Well, I have just spoken to Lexus Bradford and they explained that this is a Lexus GB thing, so filled in my details via the link and lo and behold, up comes my nearest dealer which is Bradford ! Hopefully then, a 24 hr test of the IS300h may be offered through Lexus GB.
  18. Test drives.

    Contained near top of the list of threads is this message. Exclusive To Club Members! Test Drive Any Lexus for 24Hrs - Book Your Spot! Is this a current thing or something that was ? Maybe I should fill it in and they can contact Bradford Lexus again !
  19. IS300h cvt gearbox

    I suppose that we should just accept that "it works" but I've always been the type of person that loves to pull things apart to see how they work. I always have in mind, that if something (like the clutches in DSG type boxes) can wear out they will and will have the associated cost of replacement. Of course for lots of people who move their cars on every few years, that won't matter, but for those who tend to keep cars for longer, it is always something to consider. So, just to recap on the IS300h, no friction clutch to wear out, aside from the damper which does look like a clutch plate. All in all, very clever stuff !
  20. IS300h cvt gearbox

    How does it do that ?
  21. IS300h cvt gearbox

    I think I've got it, so I assume when the car comes to a stop on a hill, the electric motor must have to spin to hold the weight of the car from rolling backwards, a bit like holding a manual transmission car on the clutch. Or in that situation, does the IC engine always fire up ?
  22. IS300h cvt gearbox

    Thanks for those replies and the videos, they explain it quite well, but I have a question. If the Hybrid battery was not functioning, say the isolating plug was out, could the IC engine actually drive the car from a standing start with a smooth pull away or is that the function of the motor/generator so having no power, the car would not move ?