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4 hours ago, mrdoofa said:

My GS450h was the SE-L model which gives you the sunroof, I’m over 6 ft tall and occasionally my hair would brush the roof, same for the LS400. The LS430 I have now is different though, loads of headroom, even with the sunroof, in fact the whole car is just cavernous!!!

Yep, the LS430 could even accommodate Nigel Kennedy's hair!

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I have to say having a sunroof is great as it lets in more light making the car much nice to drive during the day.

Agreed, if the interior is black but the cream interior doesn’t need more light.


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12 hours ago, The-Acre said:

Interestingly two people have said in the past couple of days the shape looks a bit like a Jag!

I have always said that the Jaguar XF and the Mk3 GS are near identical from a side profile. Considering this GS model was introduced in 2005 and the XF in 2008 I wonder who copied who!?!

Interestingly I parked next to an XF once that was a similar colour to my 450h. I returned at the same time as the Jag owner only to see him go to the drivers door of my car. We did have a laugh and a short discussion about the similarity of the two.

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58 minutes ago, stevet said:


Agreed, if the interior is black but the cream interior doesn’t need more light.


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Keeping the cream clean would be a issue for me too.

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2 minutes ago, Chris111 said:

I have always said that the Jaguar XF and the Mk3 GS are near identical from a side profile. Considering this GS model was introduced in 2005 and the XF in 2008 I wonder who copied who!?!

Interestingly I parked next to an XF once that was a similar colour to my 450h. I returned at the same time as the Jag owner only to see him go to the drivers door of my car. We did have a laugh and a short discussion about the similarity of the two.

I wonder if the Jag would share the same reliability too ?

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1 hour ago, Initial P said:

I wonder if the Jag would share the same reliability too ?

Wonder ye not Peter. A fat chance of that occurring!

 

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I was tempted to get a XF but after some research...

Apparently the reversing camera take 5 seconds to come on too.

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1 hour ago, Initial P said:

I was tempted to get a XF but after some research...

Apparently the reversing camera take 5 seconds to come on too.

There speak the words of a very wise man.

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2 hours ago, Initial P said:

I wonder if the Jag would share the same reliability too ?

A friend who specialises in Jaguars constantly complains about their unreliability, especially the XF.

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10 minutes ago, The-Acre said:

A friend who specialises in Jaguars constantly complains about their unreliability, especially the XF.

Well done on your purchase Phil. If I'd known about it before you I'd have bought it myself! Mine is dark blue with the cream interior and I don't have any problem keeping it almost like new inside as, in the main, it's just me and my wife in the car. However, I'd love one in the silver with cream leather, it's a brilliant combination IMHO. Yours is a particularly good buy, as you pointed out, because of the registration date only requiring £305 p.a. tax, whereas mine is 2007 and costs £520 p.a., must be something to do with emission rules changing on a certain date. I think the price you paid is well worth it if the car is really as good as it looks in the photos. Do you have any history on previous expenditure apart from servicing costs? Mine has now done 65K miles and I've had new tyres, Battery, brake shoes, rear callipers and about to have new brake discs, other than that, just the normal servicing once a year (as far as I can recall off the cuff). I agree about the looks/shape of the GS, very streamlined and still looking very good and modern. Re Jags, I wouldn't touch a Jag or VAG or BMW/Merc for that matter.

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37 minutes ago, JeffL said:

Well done on your purchase Phil. If I'd known about it before you I'd have bought it myself! Mine is dark blue with the cream interior and I don't have any problem keeping it almost like new inside as, in the main, it's just me and my wife in the car. However, I'd love one in the silver with cream leather, it's a brilliant combination IMHO. Yours is a particularly good buy, as you pointed out, because of the registration date only requiring £305 p.a. tax, whereas mine is 2007 and costs £520 p.a., must be something to do with emission rules changing on a certain date. I think the price you paid is well worth it if the car is really as good as it looks in the photos. Do you have any history on previous expenditure apart from servicing costs? Mine has now done 65K miles and I've had new tyres, Battery, brake shoes, rear callipers and about to have new brake discs, other than that, just the normal servicing once a year (as far as I can recall off the cuff). I agree about the looks/shape of the GS, very streamlined and still looking very good and modern. Re Jags, I wouldn't touch a Jag or VAG or BMW/Merc for that matter.

As it happens I think dark blue and cream is possibly the best combo!  I don't have any info regarding work done. The car does speak for itself though seen in the way its been looked after.  I searched all over it to find a blemish to negotiate a price but found nothing! It's also just me and my wife so hopefully keeping it clean inside shouldn't be too bad, after all, the previous owner seemed to manage.  The dealer I got it through get their Lexus cars from the main dealers, maybe Lexus Leicester will give me some info?

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5 minutes ago, The-Acre said:

As it happens I think dark blue and cream is possibly the best combo!  I don't have any info regarding work done. The car does speak for itself though seen in the way its been looked after.  I searched all over it to find a blemish to negotiate a price but found nothing! It's also just me and my wife so hopefully keeping it clean inside shouldn't be too bad, after all, the previous owner seemed to manage.  The dealer I got it through get their Lexus cars from the main dealers, maybe Lexus Leicester will give me some info?

Yes dark blue/cream is a very good combo when paintwork is clean and shiny, but silver appear to hide the dirt for longer. Also silver hides marks and scratches which are a a pain on dark colours.

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1 hour ago, JeffL said:

as you pointed out, because of the registration date only requiring £305 p.a. tax, whereas mine is 2007 and costs £520 p.a., must be something to do with emission rules changing on a certain date.

In real terms its £5 extra a week :wink3:

I think the screen is meant to be higher rez from 2007 I looked at a few older models on Autotrader like this LE on the (top picture) vs mine (bottom picture).

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Yes, I've read that the screen improved, although it looks fine to my untrained eye!

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2 hours ago, JeffL said:

Yes dark blue/cream is a very good combo when paintwork is clean and shiny, but silver appear to hide the dirt for longer. Also silver hides marks and scratches which are a a pain on dark colours.

My Volvo is silver, doesn't get washed that often but always looks fairly clean

 

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I had a dark blue once never again !

Most new cars come in white.

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4 hours ago, JeffL said:

Yours is a particularly good buy, as you pointed out, because of the registration date only requiring £305 p.a. tax, whereas mine is 2007 and costs £520 p.a., must be something to do with emission rules changing on a certain date.

Changed 24/03/2006. Prior to this the VED was broken down into bands A to K. K was the top band and was for cars with a CO2 emission (g/km) of 201 and above. Then, on said date, bands L and M were added. Band K changed to CO2 of 201-225 g/km, band L is for CO2 of 226-255 g/km and M is for CO2 over 255 g/km. Both L and M bands more than £200.00 p.a more than the band K charge. As the GS 300's emission rating is 232 g/km it was placed into band L and that is why the earlier models are cheaper to tax.

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2 hours ago, Initial P said:

I had a dark blue once never again !

Most new cars come in white.

Strange how the most popular car colour now in the UK is said to be black!

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As it happens I think dark blue and cream is possibly the best combo!  I don't have any info regarding work done. The car does speak for itself though seen in the way its been looked after.  I searched all over it to find a blemish to negotiate a price but found nothing! It's also just me and my wife so hopefully keeping it clean inside shouldn't be too bad, after all, the previous owner seemed to manage.  The dealer I got it through get their Lexus cars from the main dealers, maybe Lexus Leicester will give me some info?

Another one for dark blue and cream but biased as that’s what mine is I find it really easy to keep the interior clean. I keep some leather seat cloths in the glove box and quick wipe down once a week keeps them spotless.


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1 hour ago, stevet said:


Another one for dark blue and cream but biased as that’s what mine isemoji3.png I find it really easy to keep the interior clean. I keep some leather seat cloths in the glove box and quick wipe down once a week keeps them spotless.


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I think that's the solution, keep on top of it which is so much easier than attacking it once a year.  The interior is so nice I can't imagine letting even the smallest mark stay for long. Just started booking accommodation for our drive to Austria in the Spring, I'm looking forward to that!

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13 hours ago, Initial P said:

In real terms its £5 extra a week :wink3:

I think the screen is meant to be higher rez from 2007 I looked at a few older models on Autotrader like this LE on the (top picture) vs mine (bottom picture).

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My 56 plate GS450h had the higher res screen, possibly because all the hybrid info needed the high res screen!!!

 

11 hours ago, The-Acre said:

My Volvo is silver, doesn't get washed that often but always looks fairly clean

 

I’ve always found silver cars don’t show dirt as much as deeper colours.

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Silver for the SMART men amongst us ?  :):):)

1 hour ago, Initial P said:

Silver for the lazy men amongst us :blush:

 

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Here's another question for you.  Mine is an SE, so what's the difference between that and an SE-L?  And is it right that the non hybrid don't have CVT?

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Here's another question for you.  Mine is an SE, so what's the difference between that and an SE-L?  And is it right that the non hybrid don't have CVT?

Think it’s 18” wheels, cooled seats and sunroof. Non hybrid have a normal 6 speed auto, and a very good one it is too.


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