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Scarlet Pimpernell

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  1. Happy Birthday Scarlet Pimpernell!

  2. Cheers matey - can't wait for that. Thanks to all for a warm feeling and kind words... you're the best!!
  3. None really, other than it's time to move on. I don't have the IS any more and my experience of the ISd is becoming a distant memory. Everything that needs to be known is, so I'll be concentrating on them Beemer ones!! Might pop in to have a look as a lurker without login, but don't see the need to post anything any more.
  4. Just a quick note to thank everyone who has offered help and advice on this forum to me. I've asked Janey to revoke my access asap, and so you'll probably not hear from me again, unless of course I buy a Lexus again. It's been a good 3.5 years - highs and lows, and some good friendships along the way. Some will be glad to see the back of me, but hey, it ain't a fan club and you can't be good to all in the pursuit of perfection... Farewell!!!
  5. Normally rattles won't be covered - even the parts could be on a goodwill basis as the extended warranties normally cover mechanical and electrical stuff only. Good luck...
  6. Normally rattles won't be covered - even the parts could be on a goodwill basis as the extended warranties normally cover mechanical and electrical stuff only. Of course it depends on what's causing the rattle - if the satnav unit doesn't fit well, for example, it could be covered if a new complete unit will fix it. Good luck...
  7. I think right now, all those who took out PCH/PCP's are best off...wish I'd done the same!!!
  8. I ain't reacting to your tedious bate and personal jibes, but for the record - It had my cherished plate from new registration which I retained - so I have no idea what the new reg plate was...also it was still under warranty - so I guess someone else will try and get them fixed whilst on "honeymoon" time.
  9. I knew it was too good to be true. All rattle free for just over a week and then the familiar plastic creaks and cracks sounded when travelling over uneven surfaces. The sound appear to be coming from the armrest area. I did notice that when my missus sits in the passenger seat the rattles/creaks are much less. I wonder if there is something inside the passenger seat mechanism that is loose ??? I still get the creak sound in my right ear near to where the upper part of the seatbelt housing is. The rattle are less than they were but there still is that unsettling plastic rattling from the centre console. I just don't want to have to contact them to take it in again I did say that you might find they'll be back...sadly there is only one option to get rid of the noises on some of these cars - and that is to get rid of the car :shutit: The ones by the ear drove me mad towards the end of ownership, and it was partly due to the grab handle. If I pushed it right down "squeaky" would stop squeakin', and then come back again. But there was also a buzzing from the drivers A post somewhere high up that the dealership could not fix - not loud, but close enough to the ear to actually give a seatbelt anchors didn't make a jot of difference. The passenger seat vibrated at motorway speeds too - almost like a constant "juddering" in the backrest. At one point I used a rope to fasten the backrest passenger side front and rear headrests to each other to stop it... It need a new seat but I'd given up on it by then. I feel it for the mug who paid £17,850 for it in July/August 08!
  10. Is it being sold as a Lex Approved car? I'd be shock if they were...especially as they've got the model listed wrong!
  11. Extra's and options don't make a car an "Executive" brand - else Mondeo Titanium X's and Honda Accords would be king and their "value" rating would be even higher!!! There's a fine balance between engineering excellence, the "drive" and what you get for your money...which is why the BMW 3 outsells the Mondeo...the badge counts for some too... I was positively wowed by the options when I had my Lexus, but looking at it now from the other side, the only option I miss is the rear view camera which I can have fitted for a small current car doesn't have half of the Lexus kit, but my experience has proven to me at least that most of the options are "nice to haves"... The biggest issues now though are : Limited engine choices High Co2 the reasons I think why Lexus have allowed this to happen in Europe is because they follow the American market and demand there drives their development. Wait till the yanks start buying BMW320d's...and other BMW and Audi Diesels...Lexus will be hit hard then. The Hybrid programme needs a serious kick (i.e. better Co2, more boot space, less weight).
  12. Fabulous choice mate - It's a good spec you've gone for - I doubt you'll be wanting for anything!!! It's not the S-Line though is it? You'v gone for the free "port" upgrade which is excellent value. I'd have an A5 over the A4 any day...I was one of those people that wanted to get the A4 but was disappointed by it, the A5 felt and looked much better but I couldn't convince her indoors that we could live with 2 doors... Normally Audi quote 12-14 weeks for a new car (or at least they did to me every time I enquired). So early May delivery = an order this week...they should be sitting twiddling their spanners with this credit lunch so you might be OK with the pricing and impact least you can quote it to the lease company if they try and charge you the higher amounts. Bet you cannot wait...
  13. Probably the most emotive subject in the world and another thread which could go downwards . It's a topic that becomes very heated and the lines between subjective and objective become blurred all too easy !! Just do a search on here and check out the poll - it's worth spending a few hours trawling through the threads. If you want the perfect car and believe in the science, then remember it's only a car, and no car is perfect: Ultimately you will have to decide and live by it, but generally I wouldn't just buy a car because of reputation or what humans have put have down on Customer Satisfaction surveys ever again!!!! It's a personal thing and the car has to fit your budget, your family and feel connected to you when you drive it.... If you're a Lexus fan, there is nothing better on the road...and even if you're not, the IS250 Auto with MM makes a compelling case. It's a good car. Diesel? Well that's another story!! Concentrate on the gearing, the clutch, fuel economy, quality of fit and finish ahead of the toys in the car...and make sure you subjectively compare it to the competition too...
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