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Normski last won the day on October 8 2017

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    GS300 SE-L
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  1. Mine has around 115k so not any where near 'high mileage'. However, I appreciate things like suspension components need refreshing after certain time/mileage. It's the fact that Lexus don't sell JUST the small part on its own. It's very wrong. The rest of the hub isn't exactly a consumable item!
  2. Interesting you mention this. My GS300 just failed on the following: Nearside Rear Suspension component ball joint dust cover no longer prevents the ingress of dirt bottom arm hub bush badly split (5.3.4 (b) (ii)) ...but they don't sell the item on its own. The whole hub needs to be replaced. Cost around £700 It's not covered under the official Lexus warranty that I have as the underwriters are arguing it's wear and tear. While I agree that actual item on the assembly has worn, the fact that Lexus only sell the WHOLE hub is quite frankly taking the michael... I'm currently fighting for a gesture of goodwill...
  3. This. Also used Tony. Top chap and always has a Lexus in getting some work down so is very experienced
  4. Like Linas said those systems will help a little...but it's all about the contact with the road/snow. So it mainly comes down to the types of tyres. My GS was (as expected) quite hopeless in the snow/ice when I had my decent but ultimately summer orientated tyres. Since then I switched to some all-seasons and so far so good. I'm not expecting to make the GS into some snow plough but to give it just enough traction and stability to get me out of a spot of bother.
  5. Normski

    Residual values

    IMO there's a move to force people down the "rental" route where they pay X amount per month - regardless of the age of car. This kind of hides the "cost" of the vehicle. Depreciation wise - there are very, very few cars that are wouldn't show a similar profile..
  6. I would check the back boxes too and not just the Y point. Ultimately budget in getting a custom one built up as they will go. I went to Tony Banks in Leeds which quite a few folk here have also used. I bought a "CAT back" system, with OE looks and sound, for just under £500...
  7. I thought that was US spec only - euro folk have fog lights there??
  8. The "new" costs have risen so that hasn't helped things either when it comes to used. Like many other manufacturers I think they're pushing the PCP/PCH routes so the end user can be talked into continuing their monthly payments...
  9. Another vote for Blackvue. Nice and discreet and fit and forget it my experience. I had gone through a fair number prior to the Blackvue I have so it was a welcome relief to find something that was reliable.
  10. Normski

    Lexus added value options- worth it?

    +1 for the extended warranty. Much more valuable. Asset protector? Presuming this is GAP/Return To Invoice (RTI) insurance? If so, check out the many other companies that do this. I went with ALA and their RTI version. Give them a call as they're always willing to do a deal. A decent detailer will be able to protect the paintwork a great deal better so be sure to have a look around for some near to where you are.
  11. I bought one very similar to this - link. The 450 one seems to be this one:|Model%3AGS&hash=item46725a4b3e:g:LGoAAOSwPzhaM746:rk:2:pf:0 OK it's essentially the same one as Marks...but I was forever taking the kiddies pram in/out and it never moved. Unfortunately you may well have to do with the one you already have. As a 'mod' you could also use the tethering clips inside the boot to anchor the tray down in some way??
  12. Glad to hear you're OK Someone scraped the same corner on my GS (car was in a car park). Damage was on the bumper, rear panel and rear door. Was told they would replace bumper and rear panel and repair the door - main reasons were they couldn't guarantee the alignment of the rear panels. Your damage seems to be quite a gouge so can't see them even trying to repair that. Total quote from an "approved bodyshop" came to £9k Mainly due to replacement and the many, many hours of labour required just for that panel. Paint wasn't cheap as it needed blending onto the front door and the roof. Presume your car is the pearl white (my Mrs RX Sport I think has the same colour)?? If so, I've been told that's an even more difficult colour to sort 😞 Car was worth around £6k at the time. A chap I massively trust repaired the whole lot for £700. Essentially it came down to how much "value" I had in the car. It wasn't a new car by any means so for me getting a repair was worth it rather than getting it written off. Come trade-in/selling time the mileage, general condition etc. in my experience has played much more of a factor.
  13. Like it. A lot. Lovely car Martin. Always had a soft spot for them since my Mum had the MK1 many moons ago. The V6 in particular is a gem. Not blistering quick but instead a relaxed drive. Seriously tempted with one when I change my car - which I have still YET to sort out 😐