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LexIS200Sport last won the day on February 27 2015

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About LexIS200Sport

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    Now with more hybrid

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    GS450h SE-L
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    West Midlands
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  1. Sorry off-topic but that is mint! 😍😍 Is that a recent photo? Finding a 1st gen IS in that condition (especially with the headlamp lens so clear) is incredibly rare.
  2. True that. I believe all diesel Nissans use Renault engines? As a perpetual Nissan fan it's just sad seeing what has become of the company and where it's headed.
  3. 30mpg was my magic figure for my commute. As mentioned above, keeping it up to 70mph on the motorway gave decent consumption; any quicker and consumption increased quite drastically. From memory, the engine sat at almost 3000rpm at 70mph on 6th gear, which certainly did not help with the economy. I remember driving it at Vmax on the Autobahn and was achieving <10mpg lol.
  4. Wow snowing already! Hope you've got winter tyres on!
  5. The GS450h has superior straight-line acceleration compared to the IS250, but I found the IS250 to be more engaging to drive. In fact, the IS250 was plenty fun to drive (especially in 3IS form), and having a "normal" automatic transmission also added to the aural thrills 🙂 Sorry, not too familiar with the difference between the two. Hopefully someone can chime in on this. Good luck with your search!
  6. I'll chime in my thoughts and experience. First off, welcome to the club 🙂 Driving around London, my GS450h managed around 25mpg in summer. I suspect the IS250 is in that vicinity too so it would be a tie there. And since you're after the SE-L trim of the IS250, I don't think you'll be left wanting for anything additional that the 3GS could offer, so another tie there. Ride and comfort - I feel this is very subjective, and best if you test drive the cars and decide. I find that my GS450h is a little too stiff. It works on the roads around me and my commute, but left me wanting for a smoother ride in London. For the times that I've had the IS250 as courtesy cars, the ride felt more compliant than the GS, but I've not driven it in London. Reliability - there had been some big-bill items on my GS but none of it was related to the hybrid system. You may have read that Lexus does offer a warranty for the hybrid battery too, up to 15 years. The IS250 does have a regular powertrain so in theory less things to go wrong.
  7. Fair enough, glad that its all sorted now 🙂 So next up is replacement dampers? When my rear shock failed, it did indeed have a knocking noise to it.
  8. Well done! How hard was it to disassemble + reassemble the dash? Any chance you took step-by-step photos that could be shared? 🙂
  9. Potentially, if something is bent beyond tolerance. Another cause is sticking brake calipers. The car will pull towards the side of the binding brake caliper. Happened on my IS200.
  10. Yeah, simply push the cruise control stalk forward (away from you) toggle from adaptive cruise to normal cruise. It's in the owners manual 😛
  11. Just to be clear, is it just the distance control that you have issues changing? The adaptive cruise works okay otherwise with the default distance setting? If yes, maybe the distance control switch on the steering is faulty. The car is ever so ready to throw a fault if the radar unit has gone wonky, which I'm guessing isn't the case?
  12. Noticed that you are in West Midlands. Would highly recommend these chaps for wheel alignment. They look after my GS and Leaf. https://www.alineyourcar.co.uk/
  13. This post may be helpful regarding the different trim levels for the GS450h: The GS450h Sport models were equipped with APSSS and factory bodykit, but lacked sunroof and radar cruise control. May have come standard with rear privacy glass as all the ones I've seen seem to have been tinted, but other may confirm this. Rare trim level within the already sparse GS450h.