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Hi,

I'm looking at getting an IS through work and am considering my options. I wonder if I could trouble you for a bit of advice.

1. I would prefer the 220d as it will be cheaper for me than the 250, however i've heard some real bad stories/reviews about the diesel engine. (I don't believe them all) I would like some real life experience from someone who has driven one.

2. Spec wise, i'm torn between the SE-L MM and Sport MM. I hear the sport drives better, but not sure what I lose and what the sport seats/trim are like compared to the SE-L spec.

3. Any other info/tips?

Any advice greatly received.....

Chris

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All depends on how many miles you do buddy. It is a good diesel, don't get me wrong, but due to emission rules and Euro 5, the economy ain't spectacular - just average for a diesel.

Your best bet is to go 250 Auto, SE with MM. The SE-L has more stuff, but only a couple of them IMHO are useful (Parking sensors) You won't get a bettwer, more refined form of transport that is very economical for the type of car - a V6 Petrol with 200+ BHP!

Even with that you'll top 27-35mpg driven sensibly, whereas the diesel will give you 28-43 most of the time. The auto is worth the extra 8 MPG, and remember, Unleaded is 5% cheaper than diesel, so the impact is lower!

If only I could turn the clock back!

UNLESS you do 40,000 + miles per year!

PS - some Diesel drivers are struggling to get into the 40's, conversely, some Petrol Auto drivers are getting into the 40's occasionally!

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Hi,

Thanks for that. I don't do a massive amount of miles, probably 20-25k. It's just the 220d will be more cost effective for me due to the company car tax.

I currently have a 05 VW Golf 2.0 GT TDI (140 bhp) and i have been very happy with this. It gets me around 40mpg and 0-60 in 9.1 according to the spec. (top speed 127)

I would hope that the Lexus engine is better, but i have heard mixed reports about noise, vibration and sluggish performance? I would hope it would perform better than the Golf, although i've never had any issues with excessive vibration or noise with that engine.

The figures from the lexus in terms of 0-60 and top speed are very similar.

Basically, I just would like a bit of re-assurance before i place the order.

I'm looking at the 220d Sport or SE-L with MM (can anyone advise on the differences)

Thanks again,

chris

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All depends on how many miles you do buddy. It is a good diesel, don't get me wrong, but due to emission rules and Euro 5, the economy ain't spectacular - just average for a diesel.

Your best bet is to go 250 Auto, SE with MM. The SE-L has more stuff, but only a couple of them IMHO are useful (Parking sensors) You won't get a bettwer, more refined form of transport that is very economical for the type of car - a V6 Petrol with 200+ BHP!

Even with that you'll top 27-35mpg driven sensibly, whereas the diesel will give you 28-43 most of the time. The auto is worth the extra 8 MPG, and remember, Unleaded is 5% cheaper than diesel, so the impact is lower!

If only I could turn the clock back!

UNLESS you do 40,000 + miles per year!

PS - some Diesel drivers are struggling to get into the 40's, conversely, some Petrol Auto drivers are getting into the 40's occasionally!

Interesting point of view Jamboo. Do you perhaps regret going with the Diesel now?

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Gord - the Auto is "worth" less in terms of economy...actually it's only about 8mpg from my experience...sorry for the confusion - the figures should be clear...

Kazi - I do

Chris T - you really need to drive it yourself - for a weekend or so...no one can really answer the question except you!!

The Lexus official figures for the Auto and the Manual transmission show the auto to have slightly better fuel economy...it was one of the reasons I bought my first ever car with automatic transmission..the major one being it was (and still is), the smoothest auto I had ever driven. :)

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