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Hi everyone, i am looking about getting back into the lexus fold, i have had my BMW V8 fun and the 650I is no longer going to be practical enough due work relocating later in the year and needing to get estate or SUV as i will need the load space.  Shame Lexus doesn't make a large estate car, but they make the RX hybrid, what is great as i don't need to go down the diesel route???  I haven't actually been to see and sit in one yet.  But i have alway admired them, when i see one. 

I have seen a few that i am tempted to go look at, there is a 400h SE at a Lexus Ipswich what is only 45 miles away up around 8K with 120k on the clock, this seems to be expensive considering the miles?  But it is a used Lexus approved car.  There are a couple other for around that price with fewer miles say 80k at an independent dealers or i can cough up an extra 2k and get one from Lexus with those kind of miles and SE-L trim.

The other question is, is it worth trying to get 450h over a 400h?  Pro and cons for either would be good cheers.

    

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£8000 from a Lexus dealer - especially if the Approved status means you can nail them into attending to all outstanding issues and get a no-quibble warranty - doesn't seem super expensive to me. The SE might still have satnav and/or Mark Levinson stereo if the original buyer specced them.

I'm buying an RX right now too (replacing a V8 LS400 in my case), so my knowledge is limited. I suspect I've been looking at the same adverts as you.

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I'd pay a little bit more and go or a 450h, doesn't need a cambelt at 100k miles (cir £500) as it uses a chain and also the engine is more efficient giving better MPG. 2009 was the change over date.

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Love my RX450h, best of everything. Very comfortable with loads of power and good economy. Haven't driven a 400h, but am sure you will enjoy whichever you choose. I would try and buy a car with Lexus warranty on it as it is comprehensive and the dealer can get anything authorised pronto. I commented last week when my car was mot'd that the reverse camera was slow. New media unit ordered which would have cost nearly 2 grand without warranty. 

Good luck in finding the right car. 

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RX450h is an improvement on RX400h. Both are great cars. I have tried RX400h and find the RX450h better for me. 

If you are getting something make sure it is either just after 100K with Lexus history and stamps or something below 75K. The 100K could be pricey service.

All the best. Keep us posted.

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Doesn't sound like you're too far from me Aaron.

If you'd like to look at a 450 and see if you think it's worth the extra cost over a 400 then you'd be welcome to come and have a chat and a play with mine. Easier to take it in than when you've got a salesman alongside you, and I can give you my real world thoughts about its pros and cons.

Mine's a '14, but I don't think there's too much different on the earlier pre-facelift models.

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My recollection with the 450 is that the 60000 miles service is the biggest as spark plugs are changed necessitating part of the exhaust dropping. 

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34 minutes ago, olliesgrandad said:

My recollection with the 450 is that the 60000 miles service is the biggest as spark plugs are changed necessitating part of the exhaust dropping. 

Les is correct, as you'll see below ((they got the mileages wrong which is why I crossed them out):

 

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13 hours ago, Spottedlaurel said:

Doesn't sound like you're too far from me Aaron.

If you'd like to look at a 450 and see if you think it's worth the extra cost over a 400 then you'd be welcome to come and have a chat and a play with mine. Easier to take it in than when you've got a salesman alongside you, and I can give you my real world thoughts about its pros and cons.

Mine's a '14, but I don't think there's too much different on the earlier pre-facelift models.

Thats not a bad idea at all mate.  One of the issues i have been finding is all the RX400h and RX450h for sale are about 50+ miles away

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8 hours ago, inflames said:

Thats not a bad idea at all mate.  One of the issues i have been finding is all the RX400h and RX450h for sale are about 50+ miles away

If you find a good one it's worth the travelling to get it. I got mine from an independent dealer about 50 miles away.

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9 hours ago, inflames said:

One of the issues i have been finding is all the RX400h and RX450h for sale are about 50+ miles away

You have to be prepared to travel for the good ones. We bought our RX300 from a place 210 miles away and our current RX450h came from Lexus Teeside, a journey of about 106 miles (but because of the route, over two hours) away.

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9 hours ago, inflames said:

Thats not a bad idea at all mate.  One of the issues i have been finding is all the RX400h and RX450h for sale are about 50+ miles away

My recollection with the 450 is that the 60000 miles service is the biggest as spark plugs are changed necessitating part of the exhaust dropping. 

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Travelling to find the right car can pay dividends. In 2014 I bought a 1500 miles mini clubman with full John Cooper works body kit for £14000,. The previous week the car had been advertised for £20000 at another branch. I put 20000 miles on it a d traded it for £650 more. 

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1 hour ago, Herbie said:

You have to be prepared to travel for the good ones. We bought our RX300 from a place 210 miles away and our current RX450h came from Lexus Teeside, a journey of about 106 miles (but because of the route, over two hours) away.

I travelled 160 miles each way to view the RX 300 I bought. It was well worth the journey. Whenever I travel for a car, I view it as a day out - that way you do not feel pressurised to buy. The downside is that if you travel and the description by the seller is tosh, it can be very annoying. Ask lots of questions - if the answers are not forthcoming then don't bother looking. You will almost certainly have to travel unless you are very patient for one to come up in your area.

 

Just my thoughts, others may disagree.

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10 hours ago, inflames said:

Thats not a bad idea at all mate.  One of the issues i have been finding is all the RX400h and RX450h for sale are about 50+ miles away

I'll send you a message with my location and an idea of when I'm free.

Jumpingjehovahs on here (who I knew through another forum) kindly did the same for me before I got my RX, it was very useful.

Ipswich are my nearest dealership and I found them to be very helpful there, but they didn't have the right car even amongst their other branches. It's quite useful that they currently have both a 400 and 450 at present, so you can make a side-by-side comparison.

I ended up travelling 100+ miles down to Kent for mine and had been considering a trip up to Bradford.

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19 minutes ago, Spacewagon52 said:

I travelled 160 miles each way to view the RX 300 I bought. It was well worth the journey. Whenever I travel for a car, I view it as a day out - that way you do not feel pressurised to buy.

Good advice there from David.

Something else to bear in mind is to ask if the car is prepared and can be driven away that day so that you drive to the dealers in your old one, do the deal, then drive home in your new one, which is what we did.

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I have traveled for cars in the past, now a days i limit myself to about 100 miles as i have wasted time doing this in the past but i have also bought a couple of cracking cars in the past for traveling.

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