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Just thought i'd give a quick report on my latest courtesy car whilst mines in for work.

IS220d Base model....both times.

I first drove the IS220 d about 2 years ago........my only niggles being the gearbox was a pig and the car seemed very skitish as far as handling was concerned,,,although I was impressed at the time to see 60mpg on the computer.

I am now driving an 09 plate for a while........so far my impressions are

Gearbox is fine....no issues...very smooth....and the handling seems better too

however the engine is SOOOO noisy, when idling it sounds like a right tractor.......

and why is the gearing ratio's all to *****? I recon you would need to be doing at least 80mph before 6th gear was of any use........and also second gear is a pig.......when turning a junction or similar ...unless you race around to keep the rev's high ,, there is so much lag (turbo?).

Not tried an economy test yet...but can keep you posted.

Apart from that it's OK. Maybe it needs a few more miles on the clock to loosen things up. :shifty:

Rgds, Tony.

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Just thought i'd give a quick report on my latest courtesy car whilst mines in for work.

IS220d Base model....both times.

I first drove the IS220 d about 2 years ago........my only niggles being the gearbox was a pig and the car seemed very skitish as far as handling was concerned,,,although I was impressed at the time to see 60mpg on the computer.

I am now driving an 09 plate for a while........so far my impressions are

Gearbox is fine....no issues...very smooth....and the handling seems better too

however the engine is SOOOO noisy, when idling it sounds like a right tractor.......

and why is the gearing ratio's all to *****? I recon you would need to be doing at least 80mph before 6th gear was of any use........and also second gear is a pig.......when turning a junction or similar ...unless you race around to keep the rev's high ,, there is so much lag (turbo?).

Not tried an economy test yet...but can keep you posted.

Apart from that it's OK. Maybe it needs a few more miles on the clock to loosen things up. :shifty:

Rgds, Tony.

tony,are you refering to the 150bhp latest incarnation or the 177bhp.
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Just thought i'd give a quick report on my latest courtesy car whilst mines in for work.

IS220d Base model....both times.

I first drove the IS220 d about 2 years ago........my only niggles being the gearbox was a pig and the car seemed very skitish as far as handling was concerned,,,although I was impressed at the time to see 60mpg on the computer.

I am now driving an 09 plate for a while........so far my impressions are

Gearbox is fine....no issues...very smooth....and the handling seems better too

however the engine is SOOOO noisy, when idling it sounds like a right tractor.......

and why is the gearing ratio's all to *****? I recon you would need to be doing at least 80mph before 6th gear was of any use........and also second gear is a pig.......when turning a junction or similar ...unless you race around to keep the rev's high ,, there is so much lag (turbo?).

Not tried an economy test yet...but can keep you posted.

Apart from that it's OK. Maybe it needs a few more miles on the clock to loosen things up. :shifty:

Rgds, Tony.

tony,are you refering to the 150bhp latest incarnation or the 177bhp.

Isn't all IS220D 177BHP?

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Just thought i'd give a quick report on my latest courtesy car whilst mines in for work.

IS220d Base model....both times.

I first drove the IS220 d about 2 years ago........my only niggles being the gearbox was a pig and the car seemed very skitish as far as handling was concerned,,,although I was impressed at the time to see 60mpg on the computer.

I am now driving an 09 plate for a while........so far my impressions are

Gearbox is fine....no issues...very smooth....and the handling seems better too

however the engine is SOOOO noisy, when idling it sounds like a right tractor.......

and why is the gearing ratio's all to *****? I recon you would need to be doing at least 80mph before 6th gear was of any use........and also second gear is a pig.......when turning a junction or similar ...unless you race around to keep the rev's high ,, there is so much lag (turbo?).

Not tried an economy test yet...but can keep you posted.

Apart from that it's OK. Maybe it needs a few more miles on the clock to loosen things up. :shifty:

Rgds, Tony.

The gearbox has always been ***** .... its better on the sport diesel, but thirsty

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