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  1. Hi For the 1st time in 8 years I find myself without an LS in some shape and form so was back thinking about what the next car would be. Have been reading a lot about the Toyota Century which is occasionally available as an import in the UK. There are 2 available on ebay at the moment. Would have thought its the sort of car that LS fans would immediately take a shine to. Was wondering if anyone has any experience of sitting, driving or owning one and if they had any information to share. I suppose Toyota would be happy to service the car and there would be the obvious issue of importing parts. would be good to hear from anyone with any info
  2. Hi Aido. I'm glad to hear its all up and running again. Did the service center cover the cost of the badge replacement in the end? It did seem they were at fault at causing the problem
  3. personally I love the new LS500h interior and exterior. I feel all the new luxury barges find it difficult to differentiate themselves from each other as they are all supremely technologically advanced. Historically they were always the cars where new technology for the brand was showcased. Now, one feels, they introduce certain technologies just for the sake of it as they don't necessarily impact on the way the car drives. They are all super smooth to drive, with luxurious seats and have top notch materials. In that sense, with the interior of the LS500, I think Lexus have just done something really different from the other brands which helps it stand out a bit from German competition
  4. in all honesty I though Sir Robert Mcalpine was the name of the owner as that was what was written on the log book 🤪 it wasnt till I got home and researched it that realised it was the name of a company (Doh) Anyway I was actually about to buy the car but the original seller (not TH Boler) was a bit off handish with me, not returning phone calls or replying to emails as if though he did'nt want to sell it to me so I just backed off
  5. Looks like the same car. Its still available on the original vendors website for under 20k https://www.tradedirectcarsessex.co.uk/used-cars/lexus-ls-600h-5-0-l-premier-e-cvt-4wd-4dr-rear-seat-relaxation-epping-201806057198292
  6. went to see this today as looking to upgrade my LS460. It is no doubt great value but service history was not unfortunately complete. The car was owned by Sir Robert McAlpine and the seller seems like a really genuine guy with some really nice cars for sale which all seem to be one owner. However in 130000 there was only evidence of 3 or 4 services at Lexus. It may very well be likely it has been serviced more but unfortunately he did not have any paperwork for it. The last service at lexus was at around the 100k mark so has done 30k miles since. I have to say the car exterior was spotless and the drive was absolutely amazingly smooth. The rear ottoman looked well used though! If someone is willing to look past the patchy service history it is an absolute steal at that price. Bit more service history and I would have definitely bought it as it's probably never likely to break down On a separate note he had some nice bentley flying spurs for sale for a similar price. I've always fancied that car but not sure could risk the repair bills as they are probably very likely to break down as they get older
  7. I saw a premier model parked up at lexus Reading. Some people have mentioned they don't like the new grill but I thought in the flesh it looked absolutely awesome. It has this extremely athletic look. It is very different from the usual LS, bit like the new Jaguar XJ was from the older version. However it has a real presence and the inside just looks sublime. It is very different from all the other renowned luxury barges out there and i'd be surprised it if doesn't sell well. Little while to go before it depreciates enough for me to buy one, lol
  8. did'nt know that about the autotrader post code thing. thanks for that otherwise makes the car an interesting one. Obviously quite cheaper than the fully updated ones
  9. bit confused when I saw this http://www4.autotrader.co.uk/classified/advert/201611250073724?sort=price-asc&advertising-location=at_cars&model=LS 600H&postcode=sw1a1aa&radius=1501&onesearchad=New&onesearchad=Nearly New&onesearchad=Used&make=LEXUS&page=1 has the interior of the older LS460/600h at the front but a floor mounted DVD player at the back. The exterior shape looks like the new LS600h premier model. I thought the floor mounted DVD player came in in 2012 with the upgraded front interior (with the lexus clock and mouse control etc). Also the gear lever does not look like one for a hybrid car
  10. I think I may have been wrong all along. Lexus state that the front seats have climate control so they warm up to a specific temperature and then switch off and then the climate control maintains that temperature. This is independent of the AC climate control. So drove to Birmingham yesterday and it was cold and I noticed that they were right. The seat was maintained at a certain temperature and turned on and off during the 2 hour journey. Since I'd been doing short journeys prior, I probably kept getting to the end of the journey as they were going off. Also I've noticed the front passenger seat goes warm and then switches off. It then doesn't go back on unless someone is seated on it. Maybe it has a sensor in it to detect that. The rear bench remains warm irrespective but apparently that's not connected to the climate control system. Perhaps I got confused coming from an LS430 as the seats in that don't do this. Anyhow I have a year left on the warranty. Will continue to monitor the situation and will speak to the dealer if I feel they are misbehaving. Thanks for all the input
  11. Having owned 5 different LS models over many years (lS400, 2x LS430 pre and post facelifts and 2x LS460) I would say not to worry about reliability problems with anyone of them. I had a slight problem with my previous LS460 with a steering rack problem (discussed on this forum few years ago) but that was partly my fault for not researching the seller. After I part exchanged the car back, the car was for sale with the same seller without any issues so I suspect it was some electrical code he was able to clear rather than the 5k job Lexus quoted me. All the cars have been a pleasure to drive and bombproof reliable. In between these cars I had a Jag XJ6 which drove great but just did'nt feel as luxurious as the Lexus so part exchanged it after 6 months for an LS430. In my view the LS460 is better than the LS430 and the LS430 is better than the LS400, overall as a car. There are individual things better about each car but as an overall package the cars have continued to get better. Before I bought my current LS460, i tested a GS250 but just couldn't get used to the difference in size, although it was more modern looking. The Lexus salesman told me that he found that in his experience LS owners find it difficult to adjust to any other car
  12. Can anyone make any sense of this document. Took the car into Lexus and they noted heater going off and decided to discuss with Lexus tech who forwarded this document to them. They are saying that no error code was detected with the seat heater Seat Heater Information LS460-SE-L.pdf
  13. I hope they change my heated seat leather 1st too. that would be a real bonus