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TBi

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About TBi

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  • Lexus Model
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  • Year of Lexus
    2000
  • UK/Ireland Location
    Cork
  1. The i3 is electric only with the 22kw battery. Normal usage you'll see around 120KM (75Miles) range, up to 160km in summer and down to 90ish km on a harsh winter day. Although if you slow down to 80kmh you can increase the range 10-20%. Great car to drive, very nippy (leaves the IS and most almost all cars for dust) and i love the one pedal driving. Hopefully it will be the most reliable (and last) BMW i'll ever own. Also preconditioning is great on cold winter mornings, having a nice warm car to sit into and all the ice melted. As a second car i definitely recommend an electric car. My wife does a 90km round trip every day, which costs about ~€1.40 on night rate. The IS300h is doing 6l/100km so would cost around €7 for same trip. However we couldn't justify having an electric only household yet with the current range limitations (can't drive between the two major city's in Ireland yet with one charge unless it's a Tesla). The biggest drawback we see so far is that no one is investing in charging infrastructure in Ireland and there are a lot more electric cars (and PHEV's) on the road now. Almost all the chargers are taken every day which can be a pain if you need to charge to get home. The worst offenders are the PHEV's who are taking advantage of free parking in the cities and leaving fully charged cars plugged in all day.
  2. Just bought IS300h Premier (2015) and here are rambling thoughts after one week of ownership. It's the (almost) fully loaded version with Mark Levinson Audio and Premium Sat Nav. Almost didn't buy it due to all the reviews. I've driven the same vintage 3 series and A4 and they just don't compare. The 3 series was a better drivers car, by a small margin, but are generally diesel and diesel is the devils fuel. The IS is very smooth and refined during normal driving, no loud diesel clattering as you drive around. The engine does rev up and get loud when you floor it but you only really notice due to the lack of noise the rest of the time. There's also enough power (for me) to perform brisk overtakes without flooring it. The more i drive it, the more i like it. The CVT gearbox is far better than people say. I drove the 8 speed auto 3 series which was very smooth for a regular auto but you could still feel the gear changes. It was never a perfectly smooth drive like the IS. Also that car had a lag when flooring it just like the IS in normal mode. (Combination of turbo lag and the gearbox hunting for a lower gear). Another plus of the IS is the tech you get with it as standard. (We have an i3 with the upgraded widescreen sat nav, which is great, but lights for the vanity mirrors in the sunshades was an extra. Unfortunately that box wasn't ticked so we have no lights there.) I actually quite like the remote touch 'mouse' and find it quick and easy to get around. I really love how the mouse feel 'adjusts' to the buttons so you can feel the cursor going over them. My biggest issue is how slow the system is, possibly this is why people get aggravated with it. When you come from super smooth BMW iDrive it really does show it's weaknesses. Even changing songs on iPod is far too slow. Average fuel consumption is 5.9l/100k (48MPG) at the moment and i'm not doing any fancy fuel saving maneuveres. I know a diesel might get better economy but life is too short to drive a diesel... Thanks to every poster here who helped me make the correct decision for my new car!
  3. Check out this website http://eahart.com/prius/psd/
  4. Found your helpful guide after a bit more searching and was able to change it. Also got the car to log onto internet and get traffic info. Still need to figure out how to get the car to save the details though. I went to nav-connected services to try to save the details but it didn't work. I will try again tomorrow. Now i just need to figure out how to update the maps. Thanks for your help! Am the proud owner of a Premier IS300h. Let's see how long the honeymoon period lasts :)
  5. I’m also having issues with this service. I created an account which only has email address for log on. No username. The email address is too long for the car. How can you create a user name? I don’t see the option on my.lexus.eu
  6. Servicing Costs

    The only issue with this is the long term damage by not servicing the engine at 10k. I know people with BMW's who serviced at long intervals and people who religiously serviced at 10k. All the 10k cars are fine, the ones left for longer all started burning oil after 4-5 years and for diesels were more likely to have chain issues. Sure you probably don't care if you buy new and don't keep them very long, but it's the main reason i'm very weary of older BMW's.
  7. Boot Size

    Fantastic thanks. The bags will squeeze in!
  8. Boot Size

    She doesn't like the center stack from the clock on down. Her view is that the designer was 'angry' that day. She is an architect so very into her details. My last three cars didn't come with a spare wheel, so doesn't bother me. Last time i got a flat (once in 10+ years of driving) i just called roadside assist. It was dark and bucketing down and no way i was getting wet changing a wheel on a dark boreen when i paid for the service! Would you know the exact dimension front to back of the boot?
  9. Boot Size

    It's a tight squeeze in ours to put them on top of each other. I know we couldn't do it in the e60 but probably because we had a buggy at the time too, this meant we had to push the bags in and there is less height at the back of the trunk.
  10. Still humming and hawing over a is300h. Got the wife to test drive one and she liked it, although still hates the interior styling. I forgot to bring my measuring tape with me when we test drove. Does anyone have the dimensions for the boot? Specially from front to back. We regularly do long trips and take two large suitcases, each is about 50cm wide. They fit grand in our e60 520i but i'm worried they won't fit in the is300h. Here's the full size Height: 76cm, Width: 48cm, Depth: 28-33cm. Thanks for your help!
  11. Thanks for the responses, especially the brochure. It seems I should be looking for Premier, not luxury. There is a fully loaded Luxury up in Louth so that threw me off. Edit: double checked and it’s actually a premier in Louth.
  12. New to the forum. Considering moving from BMW e60 5 series to a lexus IS300h. Currently looking for a 2014 IS300h Luxury model to import from UK. A lot of dealers are mislabeling these. What is an easy way to tell if a is300h is a full luxury or not? I've seen a few "luxury's" with partial leather manual seats...