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  1. How are you finding the tyres Normski? I need new boots on the GS450h and very tempted by these. I also used to run winter and summer sets but I’m tempted by all seasons with the GS. Getting 400 miles a tank so not hooning it around back roads and stuff. It’s a 60mph rush hour motorway couch for me. I do 20k a year throughout Scotland but have an RX with winter boots for the really tough stuff. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  2. How do you turn traction control off in an S2RX350 and does it help? I was looking for a button but couldn’t find one. I’m not sure it would have helped. AWD system was fine. There were a few times I though “oooops I’m stuck now” but a liberal application of right foot fixed the issue. It was just the heavy bottomed out van that it couldn’t do anything with. Front left wheel just kept spinning. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  3. My RX350 powered through drifts over the bonnet. We’re in Bishopton which was the 2nd worst in UK with 46cm in 24 hours. The only thing which was a bit disappointing was the lack of a diff lock made it poor at towing stuck vehicles. (Managed a Vito bus and a taxi but did nothing with a British Gas van which had bottomed out on a drift) Vredestein Wintrac Xtreme S always help though. Plenty 4x4s (with diff locks) got stuck where this powered through. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. Vredestein Wintrac Xtreme S is the winter tyre I’ve been using for about 5 years on everything from SLK280 to X-trails and a 272bhp V6 Touareg. They can be used all year round and turn any car into a beast in the snow, handle fine on warm summers day but make a huge difference to grip on snow ice and cold greasy roads. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. We stay in Bishopton which was 2nd worst hit in the UK this week with 45cm of snow and deeper drifts. The RX350 might be a soft roader with no proper 4WD system but it was surprisingly good. Never got stuck once despite drifts over the bonnet. I ended up doing mercy missions for snowbound villagers getting bread, milk and medicines. Also did a few runs to local hospitals transporting staff. Obviously the Vredestein Wintrac Xtreme S helped because I passed several stuck 4x4’s including XC90s, Ravs, CRVs, X-trails, etc. Also took the GS450H out which was awesome (also has Vredestein Wintrac Xtreme S). The only thing it wasn’t great at was towing people stuck in ditches but that’s to be expected with no diff lock. This was down the sheltered bit at the side of the house. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  6. I found a 2010 US brochure stating 17x7.5 and did a quick google to find they're also ET45. Same brochure suggests brakes are all the same. This is what it would look like: 17x7 ET50 would bring the calipers even closer to the spokes by 17.7mm... This is what I have and fronts don't fit (18x7 ET40) This is what I'm aiming for (with 17x7 ET35)
  7. I want to run 7” winter rims on my S3 GS450h but the spare set I’ve got from her RX are ET35 which, technically, are 2.7mm closer to the calliper than ET45 8” rims which come as standard. There’s not a lot of clearance as standard so I’m nervous about going 2.7mm closer. I also don’t want to have to use spacers, even if they’re just 3mm. Has anyone else been using 7” ET35 on an S3 GS? Are S3 GS450h callipers any different to non-hybrid S3 GS? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. I've already asked admin to move it a few minutes ago when I checked for responses and realised there were none.
  9. Well, after 4 years without a Lexus we're back in the club with an RX350 if all goes to plan. I've put a deposit down on this badboy I couldn't see past 10 Lexus main dealer service stamps and main dealer warranty. I've not seen it in the flesh though. We chopped the IS200 in for an SLK280 in 2013, that turned out to be a (leaking) lemon and went the same way as my IS200 with electrical gremlins caused by water ingress. Merc took it back and we got a C200 CDI (guess who's got 2 kids now) which we've still got. We had a new Touareg R-line 262bhp for a couple of years on a lease which was replaced with a new Infiniti Q30S in June. The Q30S spent almost as much time in the garage for repairs as it did on the road and was finally bought back by the dealer for a full refund. We very nearly bought a Mini Countryman Cooper S Chilli on a lease but, after contemplating the bangernomics model and looking at X5's, Range Rovers I came across a 2007 RX350 from a local dealer for £5k. It had no history and the guy sounded rough as hell on the phone.A quick check on the Lexus used car website brought up the RX350 at Sheffield with a full Lexus service history and main dealer warranty. It was nearly 50% more expensive but the history and warranty was worth the premium in my opinion. It's for the Mrs and will only do around 5000 miles a year. She likes the height of a 4x4, she wanted auto and heated seats, I wanted memory seats because she's 5'5 and i'm 5'11, I have gorilla arms and she's stumpy. She doesn't like less than 6 cylinders (4 is OK if it's turbo'd) and she likes at least 200bhp. I can't think of any other car that would come close to what we're getting with the RX. I've got a set of Kia winter wheels with winter rubber which were bought for the Infiniti but will fit the RX so it'll be a monster in the snow (we're at the bottom of a hill in Scotland a bit off the beaten track). Will need spigot rings though as centre bore is 7mm bigger on Kia rims. Does anyone want to swap a cream interior for a black one? How easy is it to fit rear screens to this for the kids?
  10. Merc c200. Not CT200. But your point still applies! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  11. So... lots to update but basically... the car has been back to the dealer twice for remedial works but that’s another story to be added later. In other news I’ve just been out in the snow with the winter tyres for a play. Damn this thing is a machine with the right tyres. I went for Vredestein Wintrac Xtreme S 235/55/19. I’ve used these tyres on all my 4x4s since 2010. To give you an idea here’s a pic from earlier this evening of the steep hill to get in/out our estate Sheet ice, untreated with cars abandoned and bumping into each other all over. I’ve just been out in the RX no that it’s empty. I stopped at the steepest point and floored it... a small amount of wheelspin then it accelerated well. Before I knew it I was doing over 40mph. Also, Roxy has had a little brother named Gus. I swapped my ‘14 c200 for a ‘09 GS450h (which will also be wearing Wintrac Xtreme S in the colder months). Fingers crossed Roxy won’t need any more trips back to Lexus and we can start enjoying her more. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  12. I’m not that fussy! [emoji23] Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. Is there anyone who knows the history of the 2009 GS450h for sale at Stoke Lexus with 100K on the clock?
  14. grantwils

    Is your car male or female?

    Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha. I was the one being apologised to! My GS450h is Gus, as in Angus. It’s a boy. My wife’s RX350 is Roxy and is obviously a girl. We only started naming our cars after we bought a red SLK which had a nice note from the previous owner in the handbook explaining that he was called Manfred after Manfred Albrecht Freiherr von Richthofen aka The Red Baron. My ‘15 Touareg was Rufus (numberplate started with RF). I think it’s cute but also stupid to name cars. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  15. It’s a he not a she. His name is Gus (as in Angus). My car appears to be a collection of spare parts. I’ve got a brochure and it’s got lots of things it shouldn’t have which aren’t options. No nav or ML so it must be a base model but auto wipers, rear blind, rear side airbags, weren’t an option. Very strange. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  16. So far it’s what I expected. The wheel ‘refurb’ they promised is a rattle can job which they’ve made an arse of which is the biggest disappointment. The bodywork isn’t as good as they said it was but I didn’t believe them anyway so it’s as I expected. So far seems to be an honest car. Alignment is out but they’ve agreed to pay for me to get it done nearer home. Got that in writing. I’ll take it to a local place with the hunter system so it will get done properly. Probably be £60-135 or so. There’s a couple of chips on the windscreen but they’ve said they’ll pay for a new windscreen if any cracks appear from the chips or the chips grow. I got that in writing as it’s a £500 windscreen AFAIK. On the plus side it has some things I didn’t think it would have such as rear blind and boot spoiler. I didn’t think they were on the base model. Heated seats aren’t very heated at all, is that normal? I’m hoping I can do some DIY improvements, nothing major just tidying up the bodywork, wheels, etc. I’m desperate to polish up the exhaust tips. The AFS seems different to the Mrs RX system. When you turn the lights on on the RX they move up/down/sideways and return to position. On the GS they just go up and down, no sideways sweep. Is that normal? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  17. Back in Glasgow. 250miles at 75mph with a few opportunities to get the foot down. 36mpg. 14.5p/mile (brimmed the tank when I left and when I arrived home). Pleasantly surprised with the economy so far. Very comfortable car. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  18. Well. I’m at the hotel across the road. Been over for a look but can’t see the car. I assume it’s in the valet bay. Bring on tomorrow AM! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  19. I heard that you should give the brakes a jab occasionally to keep the discs from corroding too much. Is that balls? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  20. grantwils

    Wheels 18x8J rims (for GS450h)

    As per subject I’m on the lookout for 18x8j rims for my GS450h. I’ve got 18x7j for winters but I’m thinking about just getting another set of 18x8j. I’m in Glasgow but I know a company that will collect if you’re too far away. I’d just need you to cover them with cardboard and tape them up. Not too bothered about condition. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  21. That would make 225/45/18 on 7j seem the obvious option then. Thanks! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  22. How fussy is the GS450h Mk3 about wheels? I always run separate summer and winter wheel sets on all my cars for various reasons. I’ve got a set of 2007 RX350 rims and a set of Kia rims which will all fit (Kia needs spigot rings though). Both of these are 7j not the 8j that is standard on the GS450h. I’m fine with that and it’s normal to go thinner in winter but what tyre size should I go with? 225/45 or 215/45 I can also choose to use the rims that come on it and just get another identical set but I’m not convinced that’s necessary. Does anyone know what size winters Lexus offer in countries where a second set is mandatory? Do they recommend going thinner or staying at 8j 245s? Thanks in advance. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  23. If I use 8j I’ll go with standard sizes. My issue is I’ve got 2x sets of 7j rims that will fit the car so I’m trying to work out if Lexus offered a 7j fitting for GS in winter. On the continent it’s normal for manufacturers to supply a second set of rims for winter (often these are thinner rims with smaller diameter too). E.g on my 2015 Touareg it came with 20” rims, official VW winter set was 17” and half inch thinner. Same for my Merc. It has 18” as standard and official Merc winter set for the car are 16” with rears being 0.5” thinner (staggered as standard). Someone must know what Lexus offer as standard winter sizes for GS450h. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  24. Thanks. What wheels do they run those sizes on 8j, 7.5j or 7j? 235/45 doesn't look ideal on 7j. 225/50 looks OK but it's £50 a corner more than 225/45 which also look OK.
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