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    Michael
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    2006 RX350 (ex GS450h/SC430)
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  1. you don’t heed to prove ownership, the retailer needs to prove you don’t have ownership. Invite them to prove it, they cannot, unless you didn’t pay, then your stuffed👀🤣
  2. Quite! Lexus should be guarding their reputation for quality better than Lexus Bristol's approach to customer care seems to suggest.....
  3. Apparently it covers 'administration' whatever that means. In reality its just another way of bumping up the price. Some less savoury car supermarkets have been trying this on for years. But Lexus main dealers???
  4. In their own words....... "At Lexus Bristol we want to provide the ultimate buying experience which is why...................*ALL VEHICLES ARE SUBJECT TO A £139 MOTORLINE ADMINISTRATION FEE*" So now a Lexus Main Dealer will charge you a fee additional to the price of the car for the pleasure of buying a Lexus from them!! Have just started looking around for an RX450H, Lexus Bristol have a good looking example in Black, but early in the Autotrader ad the fee gets a prominent mention in capital letters. It does make you wonder what these jokers are on. This 'fee' makes it certain I will never darken their glass palace doors. Am surprised that Lexus are not challenging main dealers who do this, surely fleecing customers so blatantly is not a good look for the brand, is it?
  5. lol, just caught up with this to finish the tale, but first thxs for the humour guys🤣 will let Andy know next time I bump into him!😉 Anyway, next day, after them putting the car through the mot and it failing big style on everything but the exhaust, the boss of the selling garage contacted me to pull the car from sale, just as it disappeared from AT! I think I must have been asking all for them the wrong questions about the right things. So if anyone on here sees a 2005 non facelift in grey at a 'good' price, check steering wheel motors, tpms, tyres and exhaust - or just avoid. Thxs all for help, am not giving up just yet on the SC. An old skool V8, convertible that eats the miles and is soo comfortable? Who could say no.. Best Michael
  6. Thanks Andy, that is really useful information 👍
  7. thanks John, that is v helpful. Now have these pics. Seems to me the car needs a new back box and pipes out, together with the twin pipes forward. Thoughts welcome, but could be a solution and negotiating point.
  8. Am temptingly close to returning to the SC fold. Saw one yesterday where the main advisory on the last MOT warned about entire exhaust system badly corroded. So the selling garage guy says 'ok lets find out worst case shall we' and rings a Lexus Dealer to get a price on a full system. I did warn him but he insisted. 'That'll be £3550 inc VAT sir' says the man from Lexus. The face was an absolute picture he heh, so might be a good negotiation point. Anyway might go ahead but does anyone know of a place that could make me up a normal soft metal system at a more reasonable price? Want to avoid stainless as I prefer the signature quiet Lexus noise. All advice much appreciated; watch this space. tvm M
  9. Was minor. They suggested I invest £100+ for a fluid change on the day but decided against as not really vfm....
  10. Not looking for an argument simply comparing and contrasting my own ownership experiences. Own now and have owned previously BMW cars, and apart from an old skool E30 325i have not bothered with servicing myself as prefer spending time driving the Lexus. If only everything on the road was as reliable as a Lexus.......🙂
  11. My 2006 RX350 went into Lexus Cambridge yesterday for its annual (essential care) service and MOT. At 13 years old and 100400 miles I suppose some problems were to be expected - and so there were: * new rear wiper * brake fluid topped up a tiny touch with advice to replace in next few months * some surface rust on inside face of front discs MOT passed with flying colours That's the trouble with owning a Lexus; imho they are truly reliable and built like tanks. In my times of owning an SC430, a GS450H SE-L and now a RX350, the annual service and MOT has always been the main event. That's the trouble with owning a Lexus, not enough time to catch up on these forums as too busy driving the Lexus not, as per BMW etc, complaining about the latest thing to go wrong! Same time, same place next year😎 Hope all is well with everybody Cheers all!
  12. Fair points well made 👍 though many of those challenges do not exist in the form often portrayed. Just today 150kwh chargers were launched by BP which will recharge the latest EVs in ten minutes. The National Grid has already confirmed that car charging does not now, and will not present insurmountable infrastructure issues. On street charging via bollards and lampposts is now a commercial reality and spreading fast, and the range offered by EVs is increasing exponentially as research investment increases the same. Cars on sale today from mainstream manufacturers offer 300 + mile ranges, much more than the average male bladder can cope with! Most cars used daily complete trips of less than 100 miles! Hopefully your cul de sac of 18 houses won’t suffer much, if at all - all EV’s can, and often do, charge to full overnight on a 13amp plug. But yes, this is a massive cultural and practical change, requiring behavioural shifts from nations just as the horse, canals and trams were all made redundant by other revolutions. Long trips to Europe (2000 miles+) are common place now, and will only increase. I do hope Lexus are playing the long game, but all the evidence available says not. The UX will be EV’d in the future is all we know, along with the fact that the Lexus CE continues to speak out in public against the ev. Recently the CE of BMW was forced to apologise to shareholders for losing the lead on ev development and production. Yesterday BMW announced a JV with Jaguar on electric drivetrain production. Lexus isn’t quite at the King Canute stage, though I fear that the rising tide on the beach may be starting to tickle their toes 😉
  13. I fitted mine first to my then 2009 GS450h so any help or questions just ask
  14. +1 on disappointed with Lexus on not bringing out ev models, or if they are then the pace must be glacial.....Have just put a deposit down for a Polestar 2 ev due next year, done with regret but cannot wait anymore for Lexus to move on ev cars. By this time next year the vast majority of manufacturers will be offering ev models (Audi/BMW/Jaguar/Honda/Vauxhall/MG/Kia/Hyundai/Mercedes etc etc.) Lexus are imho being left behind and I can’t see how they will easily catch up. Lexus appear to have a cultural objection to ev cars, backed up by the Lexus boss criticising evs and explaining how hybrid is still the way forward. But hybrid relies on carbon fuels which are not now seen as part of the long term future. OK Lexus did bin Diesels and they deserve kudos for that and making hybrids mainstream high end; a move that has carried them through for years, but things change, and the rate of change to ev is now high for high end makers. I hope that they change their mind, but if not my dream of retiring early with a brand new RX ev is not going to happen. The Polestar 2 looks to be a fine car.......
  15. eBay, or more likely a scrappy, though you might have to buy the entire unit with it!! it is worth asking a Lexus Dealer for a price....you might be surprised. Have you got the part number? lastly, can you get an auto electrician to fix the harness? Worth asking as Lexus harness are usually well made....