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  1. I admit that I haven't had her long, but here are my initial thoughts and musings: Getting into the ES doesn't feel like getting into a fighter jet or racing car like getting into the IS did. The driving position does not feel so "snug". More of an observation than any criticism. Betsy's extra size has not caused any problems yet. Please God don't let me have tempted fate there. There seems to be less things to adjust on the ES. I haven't found a speed warning setting yet, and as there is nothing I can see about one in the manual, I'm guessing there isn't one. There are no "service checks", i.e. no details of the air filter, oil needing a change etc. which were on the 2IS and 3IS. The sliding seat and steering wheel is a nice touch. I've just discovered that the wheel can either tilt, or telescope or both, and that the extent of the seat slide can be adjusted. Just the thing for the gentleman with a fuller figure. I've found it best to put seat belt on first to get closer to the start button. Heated steering wheel? Nice. She is so quiet! She is so smooth! She is so comfortable! I discovered today that in the vehicle settings, Sport was set as the suspension setting. I must take Betsy out again soon to see whether putting her into Normal makes it even more wafty and comfortable. There is no lag when accelerating, she just goes. At roundabouts in the IS, I would often put it into S to make sure power arrived when asked. The indicator stalks are not as solid as on the IS. I love having confirmation of Betsy being locked when her ears, sorry mirrors, fold in. It may be me, but I've found that the Nav screen takes priority. Perhaps more playing around and reading the manual is required. My wife tells me that the navigation screen will take priority, and as she knows everything, that's probably the case. I liked the light on the IS wiper stalk to show that the auto wipers were engaged. FWD Vs RWD? I have not noticed any difference at all yet, and to be honest I'm not what you'd call an enthusiastic driver anymore so it's probably not going to be an issue. People like it. I stopped to let a mother and her young son cross the road and he gave me a thumbs up. A future owner perhaps? Everyone comments upon the colour. Economy looks good at the moment - roundabout an indicated 45mpg with lots of (totally unnecessary) short journeys. I'd get about 40mpg in the IS for similar conditions. The boot is vast. When I discovered that my bass cabinet did not fit in the IS, I had to buy another one (well, didn't have to, but it was a good excuse). The old one would easily have gone into the ES. Android Auto is awesome. It's just a shame that it's not wireless but those very expensive adapters will come down in price soon I'm sure. The Rain free side windows really work! The phone holder is great, I love having a Qi pad and lots of deep cubby holes Tyre pressure display is nice but would like it in psi Betsy feels like my beloved IS250 I prefer the button to unlock filler flap. With the IS, it was too easy to get out at the filling station, lock the car, then have to unlock it again to open the filler flap. Cruise control controls on wheel took some getting used to after having the stalk behind the steering wheel for so many years. OBD port is easier to find Heating controls - having a dial is much easier than the slider on the IS. I'm not sure that the road speed limit recognition is as good on ES as on the IS The auto main beam system in the IS seemed better than on the ES. I'm not sure if I have it on - there's a light on the stalk, so I'm guessing that I have. I have only seen it from inside Betsy, but I do like the way the lights swoop up when they come on. Much like my IS250's did (the 3IS lights just come on?) It is a very, very relaxing drive. Even though she's an F Sport, the seats are much more comfortable than my IS F Sport and I don't creak or ache at the end of a journey. I'm sure that more surprises and observations will crop up in the coming weeks and months so I'll post any updates as and when.
    14 points
  2. Today, I had to take the current Mrs Mincey to the hospital at Stanmore for a checkup. I will freely admit that I was looking forward to it, because it would give the ideal opportunity to compare the trip in Betsy against the same trip in my IS300h. The trip to Stanmore was, incidentally, the furthest I'd driven in the IS300h during our short acquaintance. Anyway, I digress, which I'm sure you will all agree, is not unusual. It was an early start - the appointment was at 9am. This meant an alarm for 5.30, then departure at 7am sharp. I had primed Waze with the route, as I wanted to see how it worked with guidance via Android Auto. All was good. All suddenly stopped being good at around 6.32. Mrs Mincey was watching BBC Breakfast when the local travel reporter announced that the A1 was shut southbound. I checked Waze. Waze now told me that the trip would be 92 miles, not 65, and that it would take two and a half hours. This was not good news. Not at all, in any way, shape or form. We had to leave immediately. Shoes were hastily put on and and coats grabbed. Betsy was roused and we set off in a Northampton-ish direction to pick up the M1 as suggested by Waze. When we reached the junction of the Peterborough Parkway system with the A1, it was congested to say the least. Luckily we were going towards Oundle, so we could dodge the queue. This is where it started to go a bit wrong. I used to use this route to get to Redditch and Coventry in a previous life as it was the quickest way to get to the westbound A14. I recall it being a pain in the derriere on occasions, and boy, it was hard work today. Queues at the Oundle roundabout, queues all the way from the edge of Thrapston to the A14 junction. I was not a happy bunny at all. Mind you, Betsy was being very kind on the mpg front as most of the movement was being done electrically. Nice one my lovely. As we approached the A14 roundabout, I put a question to the current Mrs Mincey. I wanted her to confirm my suspicion that if we headed down the A14 towards the A1, we would miss the part which was closed and be able to continue on our merry way southbound. She concurred. After waiting for what seemed like months in the queue to reach the roundabout, I sped off on the first left into the bright sunsheeeeine (as Liam Gallagher would say) towards Huntingdon. At this point, Waze got the hump badly. It kept trying to route us back home. I was not impressed at all. In fact, it was only when were were 5 minutes away from Stanmore that it finally understood what we were doing and routed us in a sensible direction for the remainder of the journey. Once on the A1, we hit the usual holdups at the Black Cat Roundabout (although the Black Cat was sporting a poppy, which was a nice touch) then Sandy, Biggleswade and Stevenage. To be honest, Stevenage wasn't too bad, unlike the run up to the roundabout near Elstree. This part was made worse by having to endure the awful Zoe Ball talking pretty much non-stop to Sophie Ellis-Bextor about her 24 hour dance marathon thing for Children in Need. At this point, I should point out that I would normally be listening to Planet Rock, but the current Mrs Mincey has gone on record to say that only people who haven't grown up listen to that, hence having to suffer Radio 2. We arrived at 9.30 which given the circumstances wasn't too bad. Just about everyone else who was there was complaining about the traffic, so I didn't feel too bad. They always run late there anyway. The return journey went without any dramas. I followed a white LC500 for a bit around Welwyn - I shall grab some stills off the dashcam at some point and post them here in case it's anyone we know. Now the bit you've all been waiting for. How did the trip in Betsy compare to the trip in the IS300h? I cannot compare how tired I felt after each trip because after an early start preceded by a restless night, I'm knackered anyway. However, I have to say that Betsy is much more comfortable than the IS. Mrs Mincey said she found Betsy's seats didn't squeeze her ample bottom at all, unlike the seats in the IS. Betsy is so smooth and feels so planted on the road - no skittish behaviour or bouncing over bumps. She does have a slightly annoying reflection of the instrument binnacle on the windscreen in direct sun however. Other than that, tick VG all round. Crawling in traffic is much smoother than in the IS as there is no jerk when taking off, and she is very, very quiet at motorway speeds. MPG? This wasn't a true test because I'd done a couple of short trips after filling up, but I did get an indicated 47.4mpg and an Excel-derived 46.4 which isn't bad. I did get 51ish from the IS on the same trip, but I did drive like a girl on the way back. All in all, I'm very happy. I'm happy too because Mrs Mincey has been signed off and I won't have to make that journey anymore. Yay!
    13 points
  3. I am new said owner, and I cant say thankyou enough to steve2006 for the help he provided and also the compensation!!! Talk about a nice guy, completely unnecessary! These things happen i just wanted to use his superior knowledge to make sure I wasn't going to ruin something bodging it up for the final miles home. Thank you again. And thank you to giant cable ties made a bit of a racket but got me home and still didn't break. Parts ordered thanks again to steve2006 for giving me all necessary information.
    12 points
  4. New RX collected this morning, and what lovely weather for it! She certainly got nice and dirty on the journey back down the M4 after collection...🙄 As always, the team at Lexus Swindon were excellent. A nice - and unusual - gift of Japanese spoons accompanied the car which was presented perfectly. After connecting mobile telephone and logging in to Lexus Link, a quick tour of the major controls, some final paperwork and she was mine. Sonic White looks beautiful under the showroom lights 😍. Will contact Lexus to get the full paper manuals sent - assume they still do this - and will play with the incredible tech over the next couple of days. I'm glad I got one with the tech & safety packs as I especially love the blind spot monitor and the panoramic roof which makes the interior so light. And now, the photographs…
    11 points
  5. Well I've owned my Subaru now since June and covered 4000 miles. Firstly the downsides. Car has just had 2 urgent recall notices and is booked in for these and a winter check at nearest dealer in Swindon. Secondly I enquired on the cost of the next intermediate service. This is £400 which is dearer than Lexus. I enquired about cost of front discs and pads and was amazed that it is a £500 job. My 2015 RX was £330 I recall for front brakes. Good points. A week in Cornwall made me realise the Subaru is a better vehicle for steep and narrow lanes and offroad. A sat nav guided trip into Polperro would have been a disaster with the RX as even with mirrors folded in the XV would only just squeeze between the houses. Full Time Four wheel drive is superb and the eyesight safety system likewise. Headlights are superb. Seats are very comfortable. Fuel consumption averaging 31mpg but main road driving from Bodmin to Gloucester tank to tank achieved 37mpg. I will report on my dealership visit after my appointment early December. I find it interesting that Subaru and Toyota are so different and yet they are jointly linked in projects and finances.
    11 points
  6. Yesterday I got to drive a 2022 NX350h AWD taking turns at the wheel with two other prospective customers. This was not a formal test-drive, for which I still don't have a date (maybe early December?), but a sneak preview in a car obtained by my dealer for his private use. I understood this particular car, a fully specced model, unnamed but presumably corresponding to a Takumi, may have been among a fleet of Lexus models used to chauffeur VIPs around the Venice film festival in September by way of promoting brand awareness. That it already had 7000km on the clock is a measure of its popularity with Lexus personnel, and I gather there is some management concern about reducing inventories of the earlier model, no car in recent years having been considered so much of an improvement over its predecessor. Fifteen minutes at the wheel and twenty as a passenger were frustratingly short but enough to convince me that the new NX is a difficult car to fault. So difficult, in fact, that I can't help thinking, wrongly I hope, that months of pre-launch brainwashing prevented me from seeing the car other than favourably. I was mainly interested, probably like most people, in trying out the new infotainment system, and, having owned both the IS300h and the RC300h, I was also looking forward to assessing the benefits of the increase in power to 245bhp. Regrettably the brevity of the drive and its limitation to town roads meant that any viable conclusions about the latter will have to wait for a proper test-drive. Although declared figures clearly favour the NX, it did not feel much faster or more responsive than my RC when I had the chance to accelerate from about 50kmh to 120kmh+ upon approaching and merging with fast traffic from a secondary road, though it was certainly smooth and perceptibly quieter. I gather that the F-Sport, which is the version I would normally want, differs only in some aesthetic details but has the same suspensions, and wheels and tyres, and therefore drives no differently. The 14inch touch-screen is so visually dominant that the whole cabin and not just the dash seems designed around it. Being perfectly positioned in height and angle, it has an almost "magnetic" attraction for the eye and hand. Despite being angled towards the driver it can be operated almost as easily by the front-seat passenger, not that this is something I would encourage. Full appreciation of the system and the amount of data it can provide requires a period of familiarisation and practice, but major functions like navigation, media and climate are immediately and invitingly simple to operate. The display is graphically pleasing, sharp in definition, and readability is not seriously impaired by direct sunlight. The full-screen maps are particularly impressive in their size and clarity. I experienced no feeling of visual or mental overload from the large amount of data available, not least because of the summary data provided by the excellent HUD. My only complaint, in addition to the continuing proneness to error of the supposedly improved voice command function, is the absence of the traditional split-screen showing two sources, which I initially thought was because I couldn't find the relative control but, as it turned out, is actually no longer present. Lexus has done a very good job in re-designing the system, and the sooner it is adopted across the range the better. Unless competitors match it for functionality and quality (for all I know some of them already do), it will help Lexus to sell more cars and gain market share, and I don't doubt that quite a few existing Lexus owners will bring their plans for a new car forward in order to have it. By comparison, the otherwise perfectly serviceable system in my RC now suddenly seems - indeed is - out of date and, despite my long familiarity with it, much too fiddly to operate. In fact, I now dislike it. My drive of about 20km, during which I generally kept to the speed limits, was entirely on good roads in normal town traffic and included a stretch of dual carriageway where I was briefly able to get up a bit of speed. Before commenting further, I should say that I am generally not fond of SUVs as a type of vehicle. Based on my own admittedly limited experience, I find them too large for my everyday needs, uncomfortably high in driving position, wobbly at high speeds and on winding roads, overbearing in traffic, inelegant in appearance, and too numerous. The new NX, like the previous one, shares few or perhaps none of these drawbacks and lives up to its billing as the sort of "luxury compact" I would be proud and happy to own. Compared to the UX, it looks and feels better built and more luxurious inside and out, and compared to the RX, its size better suits my physical requirements and my finances. On the two occasions I have had the "old" NX as a courtesy car (RWD both times) I was slightly disappointed by the quality of the ride, describing it as choppy on uneven services when posting my thoughts on this forum back in 2016. Minor asperities on otherwise good roads remain detectable in the new NX and can be momentarily startling because of the contrast with the general feeling of insulation from the outside world. Did I like the new NX enough to buy it? The answer is a borderline No, though I will be keeping this decision under constant review. I still prefer my RC even if the time when it will become tiresome to own and drive (but probably not to look at) has now come significantly closer.
    11 points
  7. Once again Lexus UK went the extra mile arising out of a simple question I asked as to why there is currently no digital brochure for the 2021/22 ES300h. I simply sent an enquiry on the Lexus UK website because the link to Lexus car brochures currently only lists the 2021/22 price list for ES. I did state I had ordered a car in my original message but was a bit disappointed that no digital brochure is available to download right now. About 2 days later a chap from Lexus rang me direct on my mobile and I repeated the fact I had ordered a new ES for 2022 but there was no digital brochure to download, only the price list. He explained it was coming but in the meantime would I like him to make up a brochure from the data and images they have and send it to me as a hard copy. To my surprise it arrived today and it was just like an old fashioned brochure of quality printed material with 42 pages in all in a spiral bound A4 booklet with clear front and back protective covers. Clearly been put together by hand and had all the technical data, trim, model ranges and prices in it, enough to satisfy anyone who wanted to view the current model variations in book form. Not so sure any other manufacturer would have bothered to do this. Top marks to Lexus for wanting to help.
    11 points
  8. My initial impressions of the RX aren’t a surprise - after all, I had one on loan for 6-8 weeks four years ago, and had one for three days before making my decision to swap. What I will find interesting will be the long term ownership differences between an RX and an NX. TBH I’ve never really understood the ‘seat comfort’ thing. I found the NX to be supremely comfortable, and in some ways the slightly smaller seats suited me better. Personally I’d say there’s nothing in it. Where the RX does really score bonus points, is the general refinement and silence. The NX was excellent in this regard, but only when driven gently (which is what I tend to do). However, the RX takes things to a whole new level. NX very good, RX superb. Fuel economy comparisons will need to wait for the RX engine to ‘run in’ a bit. My previous experience showed the RX to be 5-10 mpg lower than the NX, but - and it’s a big but - those were loan cars, so I may have driven them (ahem) more enthusiastically than I drive my own car. I’ll now be in a position to compare like for like, but not for a few weeks yet. The RX also scores highly for the extra equipment, although it is significantly more expensive. I never knew I needed a heated steering wheel until this morning! Also love the panoramic roof, HUD and blind spot monitors. The NX had more bells and whistles than I thought I needed, and now it turns out I’m seduced by even more tech! Once I’ve had the car for a few weeks I’ll write up a proper comparison based on my opinions of both cars.
    9 points
  9. - Young people, by which I mean anybody under forty. “Youth is wasted on the young” (I was the exception, obviously) - The metric system, what’s that all about? The previous methods had served us well for a few hundred years. I like furlongs, Fahrenheit and chains. As the Headmaster at my Prep said in c1975, “…I’m not teaching any of you this French rubbish. It’ll never catch on…” - Avacados. Tasteless garbage. - Food served on anything other than a plate in a restaurant. If I wanted to eat of a piece of slate, I’d get up onto the roof. - American terms used in England. We’re in England, it’s our language! Things like Trunk, Aluminum and garbage… - Re-writing history. It may not be nice, and it may offend our modern sensibilities, but the clue is in the name. It’s HISTORY. We need to teach it and learn from it rather than airbrushing it so as not to cause offence. Otherwise we risk making the same mistakes all over again. That’ll do for now. More to come…😆
    9 points
  10. I’m afraid it’s the current young generation that waste more energy than any generation before it. New phones every year, throwing away perfectly good electrical items, upgrading anything and everything as soon as they can. Buying the must have latest fashion accessories and clothes well before their current ones are ready to be replaced from a wear and value perspective. They have to be driven to school, they cannot walk anywhere, they have to jet off somewhere for holidays every time, I could go on. The pampered younger generation who want it all, want to take no responsibility for their actions and want to blame everyone but themselves for everything. Feel better now I’ve got that one off my chest 🤣🤣🤣
    9 points
  11. Hi all. Update. After 77 days of hanging on the ramp in Lexus garage, I got my baby back. The engineer working on my car said , that in his entire career in Toyota\Lexus service(22years) he never had such a problem. The gearbox and all associated parts which had contact with transmission oil were replaced for brand new according to Lexus technical department recommendation with hefty bill over 17, 000 British pounds just for the parts. Everything what been uninstalled from my car had been sent back to factory for post mortem examination. It's not likely they will share the knowledge about this problem unless it's necessary to introduce any critical improvement affecting other cars with this gearbox. This would lead to recall action . Anyway, the car was on warranty, it costed me nothing, got new transmission and I enjoy my ride again. Two and a half months waiting time is mostly awaiting for these associatiated parts which are specific to RCF's and not available on demand. One thing I can realise after the replacement is - the box is working quicker, with no such a long lags in reaction for pressing the throttle. I was driving the sc430 for 7 years before, with both 5 and 6 gearboxes and response from them was much better, what was making me bit concerned. Now is better, but on normal mode still bit sluggish. Sport mode is ok. Got another appointment in the garage in 3 weeks time for transmission oil service. Hope that's the end of problems, now got to replace axleback exhaust and the infotainment interface to enjoy my beast even more.
    8 points
  12. Oh dear - worms, can, opened! All the cars I've ever owned have been run on nothing but standard supermarket petrol when they started selling it or standard forecourt petrol before that. No problems whatsoever. Super-duper petrol in super-duper engines that have been tuned to make use of it - great. Super-duper petrol in ordinary engines that have not been tuned to make use of it - complete waste of money. Now I'm just going to get the popcorn so that I can sit back and watch the battle
    8 points
  13. Cycle clubs riding 4 abreast on minor country roads with zero respect for any other road user
    8 points
  14. It made it to it’s new home! A bit of clever ingenuity with some cable ties from the crank pulley to the alternator ( Yes John we used ladies tights in our day) and some serious arm muscles on the steering got it there. Sent him the links to the parts needed which are now on order and the dosh. A very understanding guy so feeling a little better now.
    8 points
  15. My new RX delivery date has been confirmed as 26th November at Lexus Swindon. She will be a Sonic White Pearl Premium with Tech, Safety and Protection packs and a black leather interior. I’ve had two NXs, the current one for almost four years and 25k trouble free and blissful miles. However, the part-ex price and the discount on the RX meant the opportunity was too good to miss to upgrade. I can’t wait! First job will be to have the RX paintwork corrected and ceramic coated. Having had this done on my NX I can’t imagine being without it as it makes cleaning just so easy. I’m a long standing detailer, but love the ease with which I can achieve almost perfection simply with a quick spritz of GTechniq c2v3 isn’t something I’m willing to be without now. Other than that, I’d be grateful for current RX owners to give me hints and tips. Anything I should look out for? I’ll have the HUD, and the ‘climate concierge’ as well as the opening panoramic roof so lots of new toys to learn about! Pictures as soon as she is delivered…
    7 points
  16. Surely the only way to properly confirm this would be to drive it through Rufford Ford at speed and check whether it expires in a cloud of steam? That should do it 🤣
    7 points
  17. Quick update from the garage - the car is repairable! I am so glad! She needs a new bonnet, headlamp, bumper and front left wing and may be other small things under the bonnet. The garage have done a wheel alignment and it is all good, means the body had not been deformed! Now, lets wait and see what insurance will say wrt to whose fault the accident was.
    7 points
  18. I got called a fuel snob the other day by somebody who doesn’t know a thing about me or my trade or my experience or how many engines I’ve repaired from carbon fouling because I mentioned that I would normally not use supermarket fuel so before I give my opinion, I really don’t care what anybody else uses and if it ruins your engine so be it. The usual arguments are “I’ve been using it for years in my old SAAB or my old Merc”, “all fuel meets BS**** so its all the same”, it isn’t the same by the time it gets to your car and that’s a fact. All these different fuel companies can’t have their own bulk storage terminal and if you sit outside one you’ll see all different brands go in. What is in those giant tanks is the same stuff, there’s no disputing that but the additive packages are added at the time of loading are not the same and the additive packages are expensive. Yes the base fuel meets BS**** but that standard is more about calorific values than additives so that will appear on every pump. In any case if we are talking Lexus then by the very nature of what goes on in the engine and the resultant carbon after burning fuel means that petrol is far less likely to cause problems than diesel and I would strongly recommend that supermarket diesel is avoided over branded standard and high grade fuels, this argument is far less relevant to us because the Lexus diesels have just about gone. That said, things are about to change and the new models just launched have to meet Euro6d and that is tough. The only ways that the A25A-FKS engine will meet that spec is with an exhaust filter rather like the DPF that causes all the expensive problems on diesel engines. The only saving grace is that as long as the engine gets to normal temperature it will self purge rather than needing a “regeneration” like the diesel does. Thats what causes the dilution problems which can be a nightmare along with major, carbon fouling. Your potential problems will come with the PHEV 450h+ which may not see those temperatures on lower mileage use. I have ordered the 350h to replace my 300h and I can tell you it will only be fed with high grade petrol. Not because of the ridiculous notion that I’m a snob but I know that the detergents that are double dosed in high grade fuel will make the self purging of that very, very, expensive filter so much less of a challenge. You please yourselves but to argue that it has always been OK to use fuel with a lessor additive package is coming to an end with petrols and came to an end with Euro 6 diesels from about 2017 - just google it to understand the extent of the problems. Don’t confuse Tesco high octane fuel with the likes of Shell V-POwer. The octane rating is about the burn rate of the fuel and not the additives. It’s not clear if Millennium has an enhanced additive package but your regular 95 is far more volatile (it goes goes “bang”) and the Millennium 99 burns at a controlled rate so is far easier for the engine management computer to work with. Luckily, I’ve got to go to work or you would get my long answer!
    7 points
  19. No, it can't. Three things are needed for the car to run - 1. 12V battery 2. Petrol engine 3. High voltage traction battery. These things all interact with and need each other. The startup sequence is: The 12V battery boots the computers and gets the hybrid system into READY mode, which is basically the equivalent of a conventional car sat with the engine idling and alternator spinning. Hybrids don't have a conventional starter motor to crank the engine. When the hybrid system wants to run the petrol engine it energises Motor/Generator 1 (MG1) and uses that to spin the engine at 1,000rpm before applying fuel and a spark to fire it. MG1 is a 650V AC motor which is controlled by the hybrid system, so you can see that if there's a fault with the hybrid system, you can't even start the petrol engine. Hybrids also don't use a conventional alternator and anything that would normally be driven by a belt from the engine, such as aircon compressor or power steering for instance, are instead driven by electric motors and are again controlled by the hybrid system.* The voltage of the hybrid battery (more properly called the traction battery) varies by model but for the 4RX like mine, it's 288V. The hybrid system uses DC/DC converters and inverters to get the various voltages required for the various systems. The 12V systems are run, and the 12V battery is charged, by means of a DC/DC converter that decreases the 288V from the traction battery to about 14.5V. The aircon compressor is a 500V 3-phase AC variable frequency motor; the power steering is, if I remember correctly, powered by a 48V motor and MG1 and MG2 are both 650V 3-phase AC. *The hybrid system decides when to run or when to turn off the petrol engine. There are no belt-driven devices because of this - imagine losing power steering in the middle of a turn, and so on. So you see, no hybrid system means no car. Equally so, if the petrol engine goes faulty you can't just drive on battery power; you may get a mile or two but that would be it and if the traction battery went completely flat you'd need a Lexus dealer to deal with it - the AA/RAC/whoever don't carry a 288V source to jump start it. EDIT: Just to say, don't be put off by this - there are many thousands upon thousands of people driving hybrids daily.
    7 points
  20. My experiences with Lexus servicing of LS400, IS200, LS430, GS300h, IS300h and NX300h since 1996 have been fine. Lexus Sheffield exceptional, Milton Keynes very good and the old Bracknell mob ok. if you’re not happy speak to the centre principal and Lexus. If everyone complains politely when anything goes wrong we all benefit with better service.
    7 points
  21. I forgot people who go and do their weekly shop in service stations while their car is blocking access to the pump they have just used.
    7 points
  22. Hi Roy and welcome to the LOC. As usual I will post the comedy reply just to test a new members sense of humour 😀
    7 points
  23. I've dealt with Lexus Stoke for several years now, first with my LS600 and more recently with our RX450h (which has just completed 19k miles). Yesterday afternoon, rang them to ask about fitting two new Bridgestone tyres. I was quoted what I thought was a very reasonable price (and around £40 less per tyre than my local tyre fitting company). Turned up this morning, tyres fitted, nice chat with Joel who sold us our RX, admired a beautiful Bentley they had in the show room, and back home by 11. Great service as always from Lexus Stoke. No post is complete with a couple of pictures, so here's the RX with new tyres: and here's the Bentley:
    6 points
  24. Picked up my RC-F yesterday, after one day of ownership, I could not be happier. After mainly having older Japanese cars this is my first trip into newer territory. I love how smooth it is, power delivery is great and all the gadgets are amazing! Few little bits I want to change, personally I think it sits a little high and it needs slightly more of a V8 burble. Will track the changes here. Also, managed 35mpg on the way home on the motorways! 😄
    6 points
  25. Well, the NX's replacement has arrived. Just a word of thanks to fellow forum members for the invaluable advice and discussion during the years I had my NX. I can well imagine returning to Lexus when it has a wider range of EVs. By the way, I was pleasantly surprised by the strong residual value of my 2015 NX.
    6 points
  26. Just been down to Devon for a few days and this time of year the M5 and M6 are quiet so had a cracking return run Wednesday left Barnstaple at 7'45 and arrived in Blackpool at 12 30, exactly 300 miles average was 60 mph and the tank average 31 mpg and the car runs like a dream and looks like one compared to the rest of the jelly moulds and square boxed SUV,s. The outside lane is the only place for these cars even when the other lanes are empty they just eat up the miles and sweep regally past all the wannabees Why would I ever change this car for anything else out there they are the best car ever built in this class and I am privileged to own one.
    6 points
  27. Now I'm sure that many of you will be surprised, and perhaps somewhat concerned, to see that I have posted on this thread, given the well known fact that I rarely complain or moan about anything, but something got my dander up this morning. Let me explain. Sandisk "Easy Open Packaging". An oxymoron if ever there was one. I treated Betsy to a 128GB microSD card to replace the paltry, and frankly very short on space 32GB card which NextBase assume is good enough for front and rear camera installations. I thought I would have time to fit it before starting work this morning. It was touch and go, I can tell you. It was easy enough to open the card packet which the card came in, but was the plastic container, sealed with a film lid easy to open? In the cold? Without a Swiss Army knife and an SDS drill? No it was not! I got rather cross I have to say. It's lucky that my front door key has a reasonably sharp edge to it, otherwise I would continue to be struggling out there now. I'm still cross in fact. Anyone at work who rubs me up the wrong way today will feel the full force of my wrath, make no mistake!
    6 points
  28. I am now the proud owner of a Lexus RC-F 😄
    6 points
  29. Seen in a village in rural Denmark, middle of town entering a schoolzone. 30km limit and a trafficlight. Mind you no crossing at all just a trafficlight that is always green. Except it is connected to a radar. Over the limit the light turns red and keeps you sitting there for two minutes. Next to the light? a Camera! so drive through means a fine. How wonderful is that! Social pressure at work, everybody will stare at you for 2 minutes thinking Another w##### that is in a hurry. For me this system is about safety and not about bringing in money for the council. Wonder why this is not replicated everywhere.
    6 points
  30. Yep, new thread 45 minutes ago. 25 year old Lexus LS400 breaks down and leaves driver almost stranded ....I’m ringing Lexus UK in the morning and those people at that JD reliability survey to complain.If I knew this was going to happen 15 years ago I wouldn’t have bought it.
    6 points
  31. The old pollen filter scam. I had this with my local stealer. Queried why it wasn't replaced at the 2 year service, answer was we do it at the minor 1 year service which they probably didn't. The thing is it's supposed to be part of the 2 yearly service and is included in the cost. They're not cheap , about £90 , so if they can scam you for this on top of charging £180/hr to do little more than look at things it's a nice little earner for them. As far as the video goes, that's nothing more than an opportunity for upselling on top of their already extortionate charges. As you may guess I'm getting a jaundiced view of Lexus' business practices and I don't suppose they will be getting better any time soon. My car is due for the expensive 6 year service soon so I will be asking for all removed parts to be left in the car after. I've always had a fairly relaxed attitude to servicing , regarding it as a further bribe to keep the warranty intact but with the advent of the new Relax warranty and all it's exclusions I'm going to have to be a bit more hard nosed. Definitely raise your issue with the dealer principal and Lexus UK if necessary. You're paying premium prices you don't expect back street practices.
    6 points
  32. Exciting times. My new RX is on the Cronus Leader, which left its final port stop in Italy before UK arrival earlier today. It’s passed through the Straits of Gibraltar, and is due to dock in Bristol on Monday 8th November. Fingers crossed there won’t be any unexpected delays, and I’ll get it as planned first week December. Protection pack will need to be fitted - I assume in Portbury - prior to delivery. I’m just waiting on the confirmed delivery date before I book the paint correction and ceramic coating to be done. I feel like a small child does on Christmas Eve, waiting to see what Father Christmas has delivered…😃
    6 points
  33. I think the more relevant question is - how did you not know this? It's been common knowledge for a long time now (maybe not the exact figure but certainly that a surcharge exists).
    6 points
  34. I came to Lexus from owning a BMW 530D. BMW are simply money pits. Not just mechanical issues but a silly electrical system which simply does not forgive anything not being perfect. I used to post pictorial guides of my encounters, heres a couple of example (https://www.bimmerforums.co.uk/threads/2004-e60-530d-glowplug-controller-replaced.121246/ https://www.bimmerforums.co.uk/threads/2004-e60-530d-ulf-bluetooth-module-goosed-frozen-idrive.118221/#post-1008083 In fact, I did so many the site above made me a Moderator on the site (I'm not anymore as I no longer visit). I have many friends with BMW and they all have issues which I help them with. I still have all the tools and software etc to code modules. Currently head scratching a 2012 X3 with Wipers which turn on whenever they like. Next weekend a 1 series with an occupancy sensor problem. My IS250 has had rear caliper woes but aside from that, I almost hate the fact I have a garage full of tools yet a car with absolutely nothing to do on it. I changed spark plugs but the old ones looked good, throttle body was still shiny and hardly worth cleaning. In fact, the only thing I need to look at is the drivers side washer jet isn't as powerful as the passengers side. That's all I got! I invested in detailing kit (DA Polisher etc) just to give myself something to do on it.
    5 points
  35. I don't agree. I think it looks great and practical and a huge leap forward from the current NX. In terms of quality, I'll reserve judgement until I see the car 'in the flesh': what we are looking at is a pre-production model, and I don't think a video really gives any indication on quality.
    5 points
  36. For the first time, (and a racing certainty - the last time!) I introduce a 71" x 41" (Note - a proper measurement system!) oak table (legs unbolted!) into the car without any difficulty. At that point, when turning off the ignition, the driver's seat would normally return to default position (furthest back) - which would have caused a problem - for there was insufficient clearance behind. A simple touch on the 'Forward' switch on the side of the seat, prevents the return to default without upsetting the memory settings for normal (sans load) driving.
    5 points
  37. Hi. I had the RX Takumi in for its first service today and I had my first drive in a UX and an electric one at that as a courtesy car. I had quite mixed feelings about it so please don’t take it personally as they are mine alone. First thing - and I’ve got a bloody gash on my left shin to show for it - was the sticky out lower dash piece that was a hard plastic point. Why didn’t Lexus add a piece to the door if they wanted the dash to snugly meet the door when the door is closed rather than a spike on the lower dash? As I climbed in I struck my shin against this hence the long bleeding gash. After a lot of swearing I settled in for the 25 mile drive home mostly along the A19 from Teesside. Okay, it drove very nicely and the materials were quite pleasant. I particularly liked the small, modern steering wheel and auto seat heat / steering wheel heat panel. It reminded me of my ES Takumi. The RX still has the old cruise control stalk sticking out from the steering column rather than being built into the right side of the wheel. Boot size is subjective but it would fit (just) my daily needs. My only criticism inside was the door card was particularly bland. No different colours or trim pieces - just a slab of grey plastic. I thought this really let the side down. Some different material or colour would had lifted the door cards. Driving-wise, it drove nicely with decent punch but twice, on damp roads, the car slithered left and right and had to be reigned in by the traction control. I thought the power delivery on hard acceleration was quite savage. Is there a way to dial it down (like an eco or snow mode) for certain road conditions? The acceleration certainly feels quicker than the posted 0-60 times. It felt more like a time in the mid to late 6’s but the car was spinning up and sliding on hard (not max) throttle inputs. Overall, it was a good effort but £52k for a BEV built on an ICE platform. That seems like a lot of cash and it’s identical in cost to the brand new Kia EV6 GT-Line S AWD. I’m looking at trading in my mint RX for the Kia as i do very little miles now and an EV would probably suit my needs better than a 3.5 V6. I’m sure I’ll return to Lexus when they eventually present a BEV built on a bespoke platform but like many things the Toyota / Lexus brand always seem to take their time getting things to market. Peter
    5 points
  38. for the last week I have been getting this message repeatedly. a reset on techstream will ensure the error goes away for the day but the following morning its back. Today was the first chance I have had to have a look, I knew that the bumper would have to come off and my suspicion was the shutter motor had water ingress, however techstream was still able to talk to the actuator so this left me puzzled. a couple of hours later and the bumper is off, the grille shutter system is held on with 4x10mm bolts. All the electrical connections had power when required so the next stage was to strip the motor off the shutter frame and have a look inside it. Not the easiest thing to do as the motor is heat sealed together, most likely to stop water getting in, once I had is all apart I could tell the PCB was good, the motor worked freely and all the gears moved but really needed re-greasing. The gears connected to a metal shaft that went through two seals and connected to the grille shutters, these were seized on one side so whilst the motor was trying to move the shutters it just couldn't. 30 minutes later the shaft is free from the actuator case, its covered in rust and has expanded and because of this won't rotate, having cleaned up the shaft, greased all the gears and put it back together there is no error message on the dash and when connected to techstream the actuator moves the flaps as it should. I know that with 225,000 miles on it things like this are going to start giving issues, Lexus wanted 325+vat for the actuator so with that in mind I figured that I had nothing to lose in stripping it and trying it make it work again.
    5 points
  39. Boy Racers. I am going to start an e-petition to extend the powers of the Citizens Arrest to include setting fire to any Golf/Saxo/Leon/etc which either pops and bangs on the overrun or has an excessively loud exhaust. Preferably with the owner still inside it. I think I need a nice cup of tea and a sit down after all this spleen venting....
    5 points
  40. To be fair, Bernard, you could have stopped at…
    5 points
  41. Well made electronics should not be affected by being stored, so long as you store it somewhere dry and temperature controlled. Damp and temperature changes are what damages electronic circuits, especially since they stopped using solder with lead in it. Rubber parts deteriorate whether you use the vehicle or not and if you store the vehicle in a VERY dry environment, they decay faster. If you are storing for a few weeks then in a garage with the battery connected to a battery tender is good enough. If storing for a year or 2, then prep the vehicle as mentioned in the article I linked to above. If storing indefinitely, then take the weight off the tyres (axle stands?) and consider a car bubble as well as draining the fuel tank. Cars are designed to be used, not stored. If it's not being driven, then it's just garage art.
    5 points
  42. People who believe in the rubbish fairy, who will come along and remove whatever c**p they've left on the pavement or in a service road.
    5 points
  43. get a second opinion on the likely costs involved .... and maybe a fresh MOT Advisor too Malc
    5 points
  44. My thinking was along these lines: 1. The EV6 is much better-looking, especially in the metal. In fact I think it's one of the best designs on the market. Realise that's subjective! 2. Too many build quality/quality control problems in the Model 3 to ignore. EV6 has flawless paint and Lexus-like panel gaps; & no delivery issues (touch wood). Realise that Tesla supposedly improving. 3. Don't like the Model 3/Y control ergonomics - too much controlled through the touch screen (okay in the showroom, not so good on lane 3 of the M1 in heavy spray at 70 mph) and speedo too far from line of sight. 4. EV6 800V architecture means faster charging than Model 3/Y (though admittedly not many 350kW chargers around yet; banking on that improving). 5. A local dealer to deal with rather than remote Tesla service. 6. Better driving position (for me) than Model 3 (haven't seen a Y) and hatchback practicality. 7. Similar performance and range (M3 LR has longer WLTP range but in most tests Kia have come closer to achieving WLTP range). Ultimately the only area where Tesla had a clear lead was the Supercharger network, and it wasn't enough. On price, no discounts on EV6 (Kia are building a long waiting list) but similar price to M3, and cheaper than comparably equipped Model Y.
    5 points
  45. As mentioned here, John's Sheepskin Jacket turns 50 today. Many happy returns! -
    5 points
  46. Ed, I have come to the view that many of us take it too personally. Not one of us is responsible, if any body is its the entire human race. For its understanding and its lack of understanding There is a multitude of factors which need to be taken into account on the subject of Global Warming. And we know some of them. None of us have been here before and we cannot therefore have experience to draw upon. We do however have on occasions, common sense. It takes us some of the way, but not all of the way. What we don`t know, we don`t know ! We know that the Planet has warmed up previously, on several occasions. We know that the Planet has cooled previously, on several occasions. We know that chronologically, we are currently coming out of an Ice Age We know therefore that the Planet is warming up regardless of what we humans do We know that we are adding to the warming process regardless of what we are doing. We know that millions of tons of methane are currently being released from the Russian Steppes due to the warming process, thus releasing more co2 into the atmosphere. We know that there have been at least 7 Extinction Events in the history of the Planet We don`t know if we are into the Eighth ! We know that the Taxman cometh using fear of Global Warming as justification for Taxation. My rant is nowhere near half over, but it is time for others to join in., methinks.😉
    5 points
  47. I once tried to get some younger people at work to expand their musical knowledge, and that album was one of those I chose. Two problems. First, they didn’t know who Richard Burton was. Second, as an age group they seem fixated by rap music. That’s rap with a silent ‘c’ of course… Off-topic, but I was watching the youth COP26 earlier. I care about the environment, and know that humanity needs to do something fast about global warming. However, I do object rather to be being lectured and blamed for the current situation - after all, when I grew up in the 1970s none of this was on the agenda at all. All I have been doing is living my life and trying to do the right thing, and being told I’m the problem just because of when I was born doesn’t help! Rant over.
    5 points
  48. I have a 2014 gs300h premier and used to change cars every four or five years. However, whenever I think about buying another I can’t think of anything else that I would change it for! I’ve had many cars during my 42 years of car ownership and have not had a better car. The only thing I can of as a negative is that it is not useful as a taking stuff to the tip car unlike my old Volvo estate. Unlike our Honda jazz. The second best car I’ve owned!
    5 points
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